Mefjellet.
Mefjellet. Photo: Werner Harstad, Statens vegvesen

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 Jotunheimen has long traditions as a thoroughfare. From the verdant meadows and lush cultural landscape of Bøverdalen, you can vaguely see the mighty mountains in the far distance. The road climbs gently up through the valley. It makes its way up to the summit 1434 metres above sea level, making this road the highest mountain pass in northern Europe.

Continuing down towards Sognefjorden, the mountain area appears untamed. Towards Gaupne, the road runs down along the beautiful Sognefjorden whose clear waters change colour from green to blue in tune with the light and the weather.

Travel information

Length
108 km
MASL
0 – 1434

Norwegian Scenic Route Sognefjellet runs between Lom and Gaupne [55]. 

For cyclists: Sognefjellet is a spectacular bike ride, with Lom as the recommended starting point. Note that the route includes challenging climbs and a steep downhill ride to Fortun. 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.

Traffic and road information

Telephone +47 815 48 991

Traffic alerts in map (Norwegian only)
Scenic Routes closed in winter season

GPS, Lom:
61.831129, 8.554187
GPS, Gaupne:
61.395127, 7.303172

The mountain road from Rustasætre/Vegaskjelet to Turtagrø is normally closed in November and reopens in May. Spring is capricious in the mountains. In bad weather, the road can be closed at short notice. For the first few weeks after opening, the road may be closed at night.

When the road is closed, it is shown with a red line on the map.

Experiences

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 have a good meal with local ingredients and delicious tastes.

Hiking options in Jotunheimen are endless, and almost regardless of where you stop, you will find alternatives to suit everyone. At the highest point of the route, you can follow the old waymarked Cairn Track (“Vardestien”) from Krossbu to Turtagrø, or walk along the Mefjell Track (“Mefjellstien”), 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 mountains 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.

Useful links

The 18 Norwegian Scenic Routes

Norwegian Scenic Routes are roads that run through unique Norwegian nature. Along the roads you will find artworks, viewpoints and rest areas with innovative architecture in beautiful landscapes.

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