Driving in the open sweep of the landscape can be compared with the feeling of flying. The road swoops and stretches out ahead in long sweeps of undulating terrain. It’s easy to let your thoughts soar to the heights of the mountains on the horizon. The natural surroundings are both alluring and within reach, and the road hugs the landscape as a secure mooring. The landscape can appear drowsy and friendly but the road is closed in the winter for good reasons. When winter tightens its icy clutch and remorseless winds sweep over the plateau, the huge snow masses make the task of keeping the road open too demanding. When everything is bathed in light in the summer there are no dark shadows. Regardless of where you stop you don’t need to go far before feeling you’re on an expedition. The open landscape needs little human intervention, and the rest areas and art works blend into the background and draw your attention to individual features. Valdresflye forms a composite picture rather than presenting hidden secrets. Serenity is the dominating quality in the experience of this vast landscape.

History 

The construction of roads in the mountains helped to link the various regions of Norway. More people were able to experience the mountains and the roads were very useful for summer mountain farms.  The majority of mountain roads in Norway have therefore been a key factor for the tourist industry ever since they were built, allowing us to explore the mountains easily and safely. Valdresflya is a good example of such a road.

Experiences

You can make a stop almost anywhere and go for long or short hikes in the mountains. Rjupa and Vargbakkene are specially adapted stops but they are by no means the only places where you should have a break from driving. At summer mountain farms you have the opportunity to buy butter, sour cream and cheese produced in the traditional manner.

Cycling

Up on Valdresflye you get the feeling of “hovering” above the mountain plateau with a great view towards many of the mountain peaks of Jotunheimen National Park. Remember that large open areas up in the mountains also mean strong winds. Whether you come from the north or the south we recommend a detour (2 km) to the beautiful Lake Gjende, which is a good point of departure for a number of walks. On Valdresflye there is a good deal of traffic and a few long climbs, but the cycle ride is absolutely manageable.

In time, this route will be part of National Cycle Route No. 5.

Hiking

Whether you like rocky mountain terrain or soft forest ground, you are sure to find hiking trails that suit your preferences along this route. Bitihorn and Synshorn are attractive peaks that offer stunning views of Bygdin. If you prefer a family-friendly walk that includes sweeping views of Jotunheimen, Gravolskampen near Bygdin is a great option. To experience the famous but challenging Besseggen Ridge, take a short detour to Gjende. The view from the ridge is spectacular, featuring the green Lake Gjende one one side and the blue Lake Bessvatnet on the other. If you are looking for a shorter and easier alternative, Gjendehøe is an excellent option. In the valley of Sjodalen you will find the Hulderstigen nature trail, with 15 stations with information about nature and culture along the way. The trail runs through Stuttgonglia Nature Reserve and is perfectly suited for families with children. Hiking to the top of Stuttgongkampen at Hindsæter is another great alternative, taking you through diverse landscapes with pine and birch forests, mountain pastures and lakes, small streams and treeless terrain. From the top, you will have stunning views of the entire Sjodalen valley as well as the peaks of Jotunheimen.

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

Norwegian Scenic Route Valdresflye runs from Garli to Hindsæter, with a detour to Gjende, a total distance of 49 km (Road 51). This is an excellent alternative if you are heading north, or it can be included in a wide variety of round trips.

Winter notice: The road is open - 05 April 2020. Parts of the route are closed during the winter between Garli and Maurvangen but the stretch between Hindsæter and Gjendesheim is open. Red flags in the map show where the road will be closed. The road is normally closed in December and reopens in April. Access to Gjendesheim is from Randen (Road 51) or Sjoa (Road 257).

Drivers must keep an eye open for domestic reindeer on this section of road. 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.

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

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

Traffic and road information - Telephone +47 815 48 991.
Traffic alerts in map >>

GPS: Garli 61.269397, 8.863413 -
Hindsæter 61.618944, 8.972654

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