Most scenic routes are stunning no matter what direction you drive in but this particular stretch presents its most dramatic side if you start the trip at Lærdal and drive towards Aurlandsvangen. You will come away with powerful impressions, and the contrasts between the fjord and the high mountain region where snow lies on the ground for most of the year are compelling. The road is closed in winter but the stretch from Aurlandsvangen is open as far as the viewing point at Stegastein all year round. Many people find this point as spectacular as the view. In winter especially it’s fascinating to see how the landscape changes character from the colourful tapestry of summer to a symphony in black and white with grey nuances. We don’t always regard such things as anything special but it’s often about taking time to look.  Allow time to experience the installation “DEN” by the American artist Mark Dion at Vedahaugane, and keep in mind that art is intended to stir the emotions

History

The road was opened in 1967 and its forerunner was a construction access road. The road runs from Lærdalsøyri to Aurlandsvangen over the mountains and the highest point is 1,306 metres above sea level. The road is closed in the winter and snow lies on the mountain throughout large parts of the summer, so the name “the snow road” is truly befitting. 

Experiences

Sometimes it’s all about having the opportunity to experience something exactly as it is, neither more nor less. For many the feeling of being in a place where there are few traces of mankind is what makes the greatest impact at Aurlandsfjellet. It’s like being a guest somewhere you are not expected. The real quality lies in the little things, like touching the snow or dipping your toes into an icy mountain tarn. The desolate landscape itself offers something unique, and the drive takes you from fjords to mountains, from lush valleys to the stony wasteland of the high mountain region. You will encounter many striking contrasts over a short distance.

Cycling

Aurlandsfjellet can be a demanding cycle ride with a long climb up the mountain whether you start from Lærdal or from Aurland. From the Lærdal side there is a steady climb up the steep and lush hills of the Erdalen valley. The highland landscape has scanty vegetation and cycling this route is obviously best when the weather is okay. Stegastein is a natural place to stop on your way down from the mountain before continuing downhill to Aurlandsvangen. Please note that there may be a lot of traffic from Stegastein towards Aurlandsfjorden.

Hiking 

The mountain road between Aurlandsvangen on Aurlandsfjorden and Lærdalsøyri on Sognefjorden is an excellent starting point for great hikes with magnificent views of the fiords. Lærdal is the end point of the historical “Kongevegen” (Kings’ Road) that takes you from the inland settlements in the east to the fiord landscapes at the head of Sognefjorden. From Borgund Stave Church you can walk a part of this road, along the beautiful stretch known as Vindhellavegen. Another popular hike from Lærdal is the trail to Torsteinen. This is a large rock at the top of a steep cliff with an amazing view down towards Lærdal.

At Bjørgo on the descent towards Aurlandsvangen you will find the starting point for the hike to the peak of Prest. After a steep climb, you will have reached the top and can enjoy the view of Aurlandsfjorden. A little further down the hillside is the viewing platform at Stegastein. Keen hikers can park their car at Aurlandsvangen and walk along the waymarked trail from the centre and up to Stegastein. From the southern point of the Scenic Route you can walk the lush and beautiful Aurlandsdalen valley. The best view can be obtained by walking down the valley to Vassbygdi, starting at Aurlandsdalen Turisthytte (tourist lodge).

You will find more great roadside hikes in the Outtt hiking guide.

Norwegian Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet runs from Aurlandsvangen to Lærdalsøyri, a distance of 47 km (Road 5627). Among the attractions close to this stretch are the villages of Lærdalsøyri, Flåmsbana, Aurlandsdalen and Nærøyfjorden. Driving through the Lærdal Tunnel, the world’s longest road tunnel with a length of 24.5 km, will allow you to enjoy a wonderful round trip.

There are restrictions on the length of buses and the maximum length is 12,4 metres. In the menu below you will find useful links that we hope will be helpful. For more tourist information, please contact local and regional tourist agents.

Winter notice: The road is closed- 05 November 2020.  Norwegian Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet is closed over the mountain during the winter season between the Aurland/Lærdal municipal boundary and Nalfarbakkane above Aurlandsvangen. Red flags in the map show where the road will be closed. The road from Aurlandsvangen to the Stegastein viewing point is open all year round. The stretch is normally closed in November and reopens in June.

Opening and closing of scenic routes closed in winter and statistics >>

Travelling by electric car? Map of EV charging points at Aurlandsfjellet.

 

Traffic and road information - Telephone +47 815 48 991.
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GPS: Aurlandsvangen 60.910982, 7.191303 -
Lærdalsøyri 61.101395, 7.460039

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