Above the roof of Norway
The Scenic Route travels from the cultural landscape in Lom across the highest mountain pass in Norway to the innermost part of Sognefjorden.
The gateway to Jotunheime has long traditions as a thoroughfare. From the verdant meadows and the lush cultural landscape of Bøverdalen you can catch a glimpse of towering mountains in the far distance, as the road slowly ascends through the valley. It makes its way up to the summit at 1,434 metres, making the road northern Europe’s highest mountain pass.
Continuing down towards the Sognefjord the mountain region appears untamed. Where the Hurrungane massif towers up to the heavens the mountains suddenly open up and the landscape changes once again. Towards Gaupne the road descends to skirt the beautiful Sognefjord whose clear waters change colour from green to blue in tune with the light and the weather.
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Norwegian Scenic Route Sognefjellet runs from Lom to Gaupne. From the verdant meadows and the lush cultural landscape of Bøverdalen you can catch a glimpse of towering mountains in the far distance, as the road slowly ascends through the valley. It makes its way up to the summit at 1,434 metres, making the road northern Europe’s highest mountain pass. Continuing down towards the Sognefjord the mountain region appears untamed.
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Lom Stave Church is well worth a visit and is a good place to mark the start or end of your trip. Lom has become a kind of culinary hub in Norway and there are many opportunities to eat a fine meal with local products and delicious tastes. There is an infinite number of hiking options in the Jotunheimen mountains and almost regardless of where you stop, you will find alternatives to suit everyone – no matter what your level of fitness and ambitions.
There are plenty of hiking opportunities along Scenic Route Sognefjellet, whether you prefer bare mountain landscape or lush valleys. At the highest point of the route, you can follow the old waymarked Cairn Track from Krossbu to Turtagrø, or walk along the Mefjell Track starting at the stone sculpture. On your way down towards Turtagrø, you will be driving past Fannaråken and Helgedalsnosi. These peaks offer breathtaking views of the wildest peaks in Norway - as many as 23 peaks above 2000 m asl. If you prefer lush hills to the bare mountain landscape, there are many hiking options in the Fortunsdalen valley, winding its way in between the high mountains. The hike to Fuglesteg, a farmhouse perched on a mountain ledge above the village of Fortun, is a great option. Closer to Gaupne are the peaks of Børesteinen and Molden, two challenging hikes that both offer panoramic views of Sognefjorden.
Sognefjellet is a spectacular experience on a bike. Your cycle ride should start from Lom so that the climb towards the top of the mountain is spread out over a longer distance. Having reached the high parts of the mountain, you will have a great view of the Jotunheimen mountain peaks, but at an altitude of more than 1400 above sea level this can be a tough ride if the weather is bad. There is a bracing descent down to Fortun and an easy ride from there along Sognefjorden towards Gaupne.
The route coincides with National Cycle Route 6, which is planned between Røros and Hardanger. The part of the route that runs along Lustrafjorden is signposted.
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.
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.