Scenic route Sognefjellsvegen in Norway /
The scenic route Sognefjellsvegen is literally the highest of the routes in Norway. The route is on the highest mountain road in Northern Europe! At its highest point, the road is at 1,434 meters above sea level, guaranteeing beautiful views. Along the way are several viewing platforms where you can stop to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Sognefjellsvegen mountain area.
Where is the route located? /
The Sognefjellsvegen is a mountain area located in western Norway. It lies in 2 counties, one half of the route is in the county of Vestland and the other half in the county of Innlandet. The route runs between the towns of Gaupne and Lom and along the way passes Nes, Fortun, Mefjellet, Vegaskjelet and Liasanden.
The mountain route is located between 2 national parks, namely National Park Breheimen and National Park Jotunheimen. The route does not go through the national parks, as no vehicles are allowed here. The route does run close to the park boundaries in several places. In addition to Breheimen and Jotunheimen, the well-known Jostedalsbreen National Park is also nearby.
General information about scenic route Sognefjellsvegen /
The scenic route Sognefjellsvegen is 67 miles (108 kilometers) long and runs through the mountain area Sognefjellsvegen, from which the route has also been given the name. It is a high mountain area and the route reaches 1434 meters above sea level at its highest point. This makes it the highest road in Northern Europe. The Sognefjellsvegen starts in Gaupne and runs between the Jotunheimen and Breheimen National Parks to Lom. The route can of course also be driven in the other direction. The well-known route can be found on road maps under road number 55.
In the past, the road through the mountain area was an important route for the transport of goods. For example, fish, butter, salt and leather were transported on the highest mountain road in Northern Europe. This was not without risk, however, as travelers used to be robbed there on a regular basis. Today the mountain road is a tourist route, where people from all over the world come to enjoy the special and beautiful surroundings.
Norway is also known for the amount of snow that falls in winter, especially in the mountains. The Sognefjellsvegen mountain road also disappears under a thick layer of snow in the winter months. The road is therefore closed from about November to May between Turtagrø and Liasanden. It is extra special to drive on the route when it has just reopened, you drive along snow walls of almost 10 meters high. The road is then cleared of snow, but next to the road the snow is still literally meters high. A must to admire during a tour through Norway.
The scenic route Sognefjellsvegen is not only the highest road in Northern Europe, it is also one of the most beautiful routes in Norway. The road is one of the 18 National Scenic Routes, these are officially the most beautiful roads in Norway. Special viewing platforms have also been realized along these routes, so that you can enjoy the view even better. Along the Sognefjellsvegen these are Nedre Oscarshaug, Mefjellet and Vegaskjelet.
What makes the route special? /
The Sognefjellsvegen mountain area is known for its beautiful views. En route along the mountain road, you have a view of breathtaking mountain peaks, the clear waters of the Sognefjord and the Hurrungane massif. Along the route are multiple points of interest and places to stop and enjoy the view. The 67 mile (108 kilometer) route is never boring!
From end point Lom you can continue on road 15 to Grotli, where the National Scenic Route Gamle Strynefjellsvegen is located. After driving this route you can also easily take the National Scenic Route Geiranger – Trollstigen, which is practically next to it and goes through the Geirangerfjord and over the Trollstigen. The National Scenic Route Valdresflye is also close to the scenic route Sognefjellsvegen. Because the 4 routes are close to each other, they make a perfect road trip during a trip to Norway!