Vargebakkane.
Vargebakkane. Photo: Werner Harstad, Statens vegvesen

Where the road floats above the treeline

A drive with a panoramic view of the mountains and wide expanses at the gateway to Jotunheimen.

The road swoops and stretches out ahead in long sweeps of undulating terrain.

A drive with a panoramic view of the mountains and wide expanses at the gateway to Jotunheimen, through cultural landscapes with mountain dairy farms and traditional tourist enterprises.

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. Large parts of the route runs above the tree line, with the highest point at 1389 meters above sea level.

Valdresflye is like a large painting where the road swoops and stretches out ahead in long sweeps of undulating terrain. The route forms part of a number of circular drives, and is an alternative if you are heading north.

Travel information

Length
49 km
MASL
890 - 1389

Norwegian Scenic Route Valdresflye runs from Garli to Hindsæter, with a detour to Gjende. This is an excellent alternative if you are heading north, or it can be included in a wide variety of round trips. Norwegian Scenic Route Valdresflye is an innate leg in several roundtrips.

For cyclists: Beware of strong winds in large open areas high up the mountains. The route includes some long climbs, and car traffic may at times be quite heavy. In time, this route will be part of National Cycle Route 5.

Traffic and road information

Telephone +47 815 48 991

Traffic alerts in map (Norwegian only)

GPS, Hindsæter:
61.618944, 8.972654
GPS, Garli:
61.269397, 8.863413

THE ROAD IS CLOSED. Parts of the route are closed during the winter between Garli and Maurvangen but the stretch between Hindsæter and Gjendesheim is open. The road is normally closed in December and reopens in April. Access to Gjendesheim is from Randen (Road 51) or Sjoa (Road 257).

Experiences

At Valdresflye you can stop your car almost anywhere, and take a long or short hike into the mountains. 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. To experience the famous but challenging Besseggen Ridge, take a short detour to Gjende. 

Experience cultural landscapes with active mountain dairy farms and traditional tourist enterprises in the Norwegian mountains. Mountain dairy farms where you can buy butter, sour cream and cheese made in the traditional way.

Useful links

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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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