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Traveling Northern Europe’s highest mountain pass, Norwegian Scenic Route Sognefjellet (Road 55), takes you from the lush valleys of Lom to the fjords at Gaupne. The famous road reaches 1,434 meters above sea level with endless opportunities for outdoor adventures along the way. The 108-kilometer long road first opened for cars in 1938 and became famous for being Norway’s first scenic route in 1997.
From the highest point at Fantesteinen ("the Tramp Rock") and down towards Sognefjorden, the mountain road appears untamed. Where the Hurrungane Massif towers up to the heavens, the mountains open up and the landscape changes once again. Passing Turtagrø, the road evolves into tight hairpin turns as you descend to Fortun. Towards Gaupne, the final point on this stretch, the road descends to skirt the beautiful Sognefjord where the clear waters change color from green to blue in tune with the light and the weather.
Along the route, you’ll be tempted to stop at the viewing points to soak up the beauty of the natural surroundings. If you want to stretch your legs, there are multiple hikes to viewpoints and peaks accessible from the road.
The central position between Eastern and Western Norway means that you can easily combine Sognefjellet with a variety of road trips, including the striking Valdresflye in the east or the famous Geiranger-Trollstigen in the northwest.
The section between Liasenden and Turtagrø is closed during winter, normally from November to May.
Check the current status and see closure dates from recent years.
Despite its size, Lom has come to be a hub for locally sourced food. Bakeriet i Lom is one of Norway’s finest, and make sure to stop by to grab some mouth-watering pastries before heading out on Sognefjellsvegen.
The petrol station at Fortun is the only one along the route, so be sure to fill up in Lom or Gaupne. In addition to Lom and Gaupne, you’ll find grocery stores in Bøverdalen, Fortun, and Skjolden along the route.
The weather may change rapidly at the mountain plateau. Always remember to bring extra clothes, a map, and a compass when undertaking longer hikes.
If you want more tips on hiking in Jotunheimen, check out our ultimate guide.
- While exploring Sognefjellet by car is the alternative that gives you the most freedom to stop for a hike whenever you want to, it is possible to travel the route by bus. In summer, the local route no. 200 (Lom-Sognefjellet-Sogndal) runs across Sognefjellet two times a day. Buy your tickets aboard the bus or via the app Opplandstrafikk Billett.