For most people Gaularfjellet is a well-kept secret, but for all those who have discovered the road it is quite special. A
journey along the road leading across Gaular, the mountain between Dragsvik and the Sognefjord, is a serene experience where
the quality is in the details. The drive skirts the fjord before snaking up towards the highest point of Gaularfjellet. At
the rest area at Utsikten you can admire the panorama of mountains and valleys. The road follows Gaularvassdraget, one of
the few watercourses that is protected, offering everything from wild rapids and waterfalls to calm stretches where the water
glides quietly on its way. Simply driving along the watercourse and following the natural route the water takes in its descent
is a wonderful experience, but if you go on foot you can be at one with nature. A continuous “waterfall path” of almost 25
km has been established from Nystølen to Eldal. You can walk the entire length or just take a short stroll to admire the watercourse
at close hand. For many people the bridge over the Likholefossen waterfall is a highlight, since it provides a feeling of
being in the midst of the swirling cascade.
In 1853 a request was made for money to establish a road over the mountain, but almost 100 years would pass before this became
a reality. The road swiftly became a key transport route after its opening in 1938, but today it is a peaceful alternative
to the main roads that absorb most of the traffic.
There are a number of simple, easily accessible places along the entire stretch of road where you can stop, stretch your legs
or just admire the natural features or the view. There are endless opportunities to try your hand at fishing for brown trout,
and anyone with experience of angling knows it’s just a matter of throwing out a line and waiting. Almost like driving on
this road, where you should take ample time to allow the experience to sink in.
Likholefossen has been mentioned already and Balestrand, where you can also take a boat to Fjærland and visit the glacier
museum, is a wonderful place to begin the trip. This is a great way to experience the fjord and an excellent starting point
for the drive across the mountains.