Heillstuguvatnet.
Heillstuguvatnet. Photo: Jarle Wæhler, Statens vegvesen

Along stone walls and guard stones

The old roadway between east and west is a museum experience in itself. It is a historic alternative to the new trunk road across Strynefjellet Mountain.

As well as being staggeringly beautiful, the scenic route from Western Norway to the eastern part of Southern Norway is also designated as a listed road. The road itself is a landmark and a testimony to a masterpiece of engineering design from a bygone time.

Built by manual labour towards the end of the 19th century, it conveys a historical presence. Old stone masonry and long rows of guard stones provide a sense of journeying backwards in time.

The old road offers imposing contrasts in the landscape: to the east rounded shapes bearing the stamp of the ice age and to the west precipitous mountainsides. It’s not without reason that the old tourist road has impressed travellers for over a century.

Travel information

Length
27 km
MASL
465 - 1139

Norwegian Scenic Route Gamle Strynefjellsvegen runs from Grotli to Videsæter.  The small village of Hjelle also plays an important role in the tourist route since the old road starts at the jetty in Hjelle.

Traffic and road information

Telephone +47 815 48 991

Traffic alerts in map (Norwegian only)

GPS, Grotli:
62.006193, 7.630928
GPS, Videsæter:
61.937043, 7.264409

THE ROAD IS CLOSED! The route is closed during the winter season. It is normally closed in October and reopens in June.

In places this stretch is narrow with a number of bends and there are restrictions. Vehicles that are more than 8 metres long and have an axle load of more than 8 tonnes will be banned from driving on Gamle Strynefjellsvegen from Grotli to the Sogn og Fjordane county boundary.

Experiences

When the mountains don their autumn garb, Gamle Strynefjellsvegen looks really magnificent. Nature is beautiful at all times, but the glowing autumn colours convey a completely different radiance and experience. Everyone who likes to be close to rushing cascades must take the time to stop at the viewpoints at the Øvstefossen and Videfossen waterfalls. If you prefer to cycle, you will be richly repaid for your exertions on Norway’s oldest tourist route.

Hjelle is a good starting point for a number of hikes. Perched on a cliff high above Lake Oppstrynsvatnet is the abandoned Segestad mountain farm. Here you get to enter the buildings, and their modest interior will give you a feel for the lives of mountain farmers only a few generations ago. Flofjellsvegen is an old travel route that runs between the villages of Vollset in Sunnylven and Flo in Stryn. This is a hike that is suitable for families, either on foot or by bike.

Gamle Strynefjellsvegen is a relatively short route where you get a genuine road history experience. It is easiest to start at Grotli. You cycle the first part on a gravel road and the birch wood gradually disappears as the mountain landscape opens up. After passing the summer ski resort you will have a great downhill stretch with a wide view towards the valley and the surrounding mountains, as well as a number of great waterfalls. When you reach Lake Strynsvatnet at the bottom of the valley, you should include a stop at Hjelle.Hiking

Along Gamle Strynefjellsvegen you have a variety of different hiking options. Walk along the many mountain lakes near Grotli, follow an on old travel route down through the valley, or let your hike take you to one of the mountain farms in the area.


The Norwegian Public Roads Administration builds infrastructure in the form of rest areas and viewpoints along Norwegian Scenic Routes.

We kindly ask that questions regarding tourist information be directed to local and regional tourism operators.

Useful links

The 18 Norwegian Scenic Routes

The Norwegian Scenic Routes attraction comprises 18 selected drives through beautiful Norwegian nature. The experience is enhanced by innovative architecture and thought-provoking works of art at designated viewpoints and picnic areas. The development project is being carried out by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.

All Scenic Routes