"Utsikten".
"Utsikten". Photo: Per Ritzler, Statens vegvesen

From Sognefjorden to Fosseheimen, the realm of falling waters

A serene alternative to the trunk roads from Sunnfjord to Sogn.

For most people Gaularfjellet is a well-kept secret, but for all those who have discovered the road it is quite special. 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 a majestic view of a lushly beautiful landscape where national road 13 winds its way up the hillside.

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. A walk over the flixible bridge at Likholefossen waterfall provides a feeling of beeing into the mid of the swirling cascade.

Travel information

Length
114 km
MASL
0 - 784

Norwegian Scenic Route Gaularfjellet runs from Balestrand to Moskog and from Sande to Eldalsosen. From Balestrand you can make beautiful detours. A boat trip that ends almost at the Jostadalsbreen glacier is a wonderful way to experience the natural surroundings.

Traffic and road information

Telephone +47 815 48 991

Traffic alerts in map (Norwegian only)

GPS, Moskog:
61.442286, 6.002698
GPS, Balestrand:
61.210477, 6.528711

THE ROAD IS OPEN. The road over Gaularfjellet is closed during winter from Mel to Mjell. This section is normally closed in December and reopens end of April.

Experiences

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.

The 21-km-long Fossestien Waterfall Trail runs along the Gaula river, parallel to the Scenic Route. You can walk the trail in its entirety or choose a shorter section. The trail runs past a number of waterfalls and through a lush cultural landscape with active farms. Along the route you will also find mountain hikes to spectacular viewpoints and quiet mountain lakes where fishing is possible. Near Balestrand you can walk the challenging trail to Keipen. This hike takes you from the fiordside and up into the high mountains, and offers spectacular views of Sognefjorden and its arms Vetlefjorden and Fjærlandsfjorden.

The old travel route through Sværskaret is a nice hike for families and for those who would like an easy walk in highland terrain. The trail starts from the car park at Torsnesstølen and runs through uncomplicated terrain to Skarvatnet. If you prefer a longer and more challenging hike, you can walk through the mountain pass and down to the Sværedalen valley and Vetlefjorden.If you are looking for a quiet area to pitch your tent, you can walk to the old summer pasture farms of Årsnesstølen and Horsevikstølen, idyllically situated by Lake Skarvatnet. A more beautiful place to rest your body and mind is hard to find.

This route should preferably be cycled from Moskog, so that the climbs up towards Rørvikfjellet and towards the top of Gaularfjellet will not be too heavy. An alternative is to start at Sande. From Eldalsosen and up towards the mountain you will be close to the Gaularvassdraget river system. The Gaula river has 29 large waterfalls, with Likholefossen and the bridge across it as one of the highlights. From the rest area at Utsikten - the View - you will have a bracing descent down to the fiord and an easy ride from there and onwards to Balestrand.


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.

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