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The road across the Valdresflye plateau provides expansive views of mountains and plains, from which it seems to swoop into the Jotunheimen massif like the beginning of an endless journey. To the north, you can catch a view of the Jotunheimen National Park, where the mountains are steeper and wilder than to the south, where the landscape widens into serene, rolling hills.

Here, cultural landscapes dominate, with mountain pastures and several tourist lodges that have long traditions of catering to visitors. Large sections of the road run above the treeline, and it reaches its highest point at 1 389 metres above sea level.

No matter where you choose to stop you will find excellent opportunities for hiking. Especially the area around Gjende lake has a wide network of marked trails that allow for short as well as longer hikes. The most famous hiking route goes along the Besseggen ridge.

National Tourist Route Valdresflye runs from Garli to Hindsæter with detour to Gjende over a total distance of 49 kilometres.

The mountain crossing is closed in the winter season.



Information about National Tourist Route Valdresflye, download pdf.

Travel info Valdresflye

National Tourist Route Valdresflye  is closed during the winter season (see the "Map" menu and red flags). The road is normally closed in December and reopens in April.

Questions concerning places to stay, places to eat, itineraries etc. should be addressed to local and regional tourist agencies and enterprises. In the menu on the left you will find some links that may be helpful.

Have a good trip!

Construction details at Vargbakkan viewing platform. The peak in the background is Knutshøe, 1517 metres.

Photo: Roger Ellingsen
Construction details at Vargbakkan viewing platform. The peak in the background is Knutshøe, 1517 metres.

Photo: Roger Ellingsen
In the background is the Knutshøe ridge. In spite of its height of only 1517 metres, the view from the peak is splendid. The route to the peak is in part very challenging, and great care must be taken. The peak itself is inside a protected area, and the route to the top has therefore no markings. 

Photo: Vegar Moen
In the background is the Knutshøe ridge. In spite of its height of only 1517 metres, the view from the peak is splendid. The route to the peak is in part very challenging, and great care must be taken. The peak itself is inside a protected area, and the route to the top has therefore no markings.

Photo: Vegar Moen
Clear view to several of the highest peaks of the eastern Jotunheimen mountains, here we can see Høgdebrotet, 2226 metres.

Photo: Vegar Moen
Clear view to several of the highest peaks of the eastern Jotunheimen mountains, here we can see Høgdebrotet, 2226 metres.

Photo: Vegar Moen
Overview map of the stretch, with locations described under the "Architecture" menu. Red flags indicate tourist routes that are closed during the winter season.

If you wish to plan your journey or consult more detailed maps you will find links to maps and route planners in the menu "Travel info".
Overview map of several stretches located within the same region.

If you wish to plan your journey or consult more detailed maps you will find links to maps and route planners in the menu "Travel info".
Vargebakkane

Vargebakkane.

 This location offers an unrestricted view of the highest peaks of the eastern part of the Jotunheimen massif: Høgdebrotet, which rises to 2 226 metres above sea level and the Knutshøe ridge, at 1 517 metres. Knutshøe is located in a protected area with no marked trails and finding a route through this precipitous terrain can be difficult, so take care if you decide to go on a hike. Architect: Knut Hjeltnes.
Here you can find two simple maps of the route and the region. Map 1 provides a geographical overview of the route. There are other National Tourist Routes in the region. If you wish to visit several routes, Map 2 will give you a quick overview. For a more detailed planning of the journey or to see more detailed maps, follow the links under the menu "Travel info".
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