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Norwegian Scenic Route Sognefjellet: Hiking Trails and Viewpoints

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.

Road Closures

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.

Tips

  • 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.

  • Sognefjellshytta Mountain Lodge and Turtagrø Hotel are excellent, newly renovated accommodation options along the route.

  • 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.

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Lom to Gaupne

Vardestien

Jotunheimen National Park

Hiking Trail
Easy
1.6 km · 1 – 2 hr

Vardestien

Driving from Lom up to the Sognefjellet mountain plateau, you’ll reach Krossbu Mountain Lodge after about 50 kilometers. From the lodge, you’ll have the chance to wander in the footsteps of travelers past along the signposted Vardestien (“the Cairn Track”) to Sognefjellshytta Mountain Lodge. The trail runs through soft mountain terrain, allowing you to explore the magnificence of the mountain pass without climbing steep peaks. 

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Fantestien

Jotunheimen National Park

Hiking Trail
Easy
0.9 km · 0.5 hr

Fantestien

Between Krossbu and Sognefjellshytta mountain lodges, you’ll pass the rest stop at the highest point of the scenic route at 1,434 meters above sea level. In the old days, the mountains were considered lawless areas where tramps roamed freely. At the rest stop, you’ll find Fantesteinen (“the Tramp Rock”), a large boulder which vagrants used as a hiding place when waiting for innocent travelers to pass by.

For stunning views of Fantesteinsvatnet Lake, follow the signposted Fantestien (“the Tramp Track”), taking you along the lake to Sognefjellshytta Mountain Lodge and back to the rest stop via Vardestien (“the Cairn Track”). 

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Mefjellstien

Jotunheimen National Park

Hiking Trail
Easy
5.1 km · 1 – 1.5 hr

Mefjellstien

About 2.5 kilometers west of Sognefjellshytta Mountain Lodge, you’ll pass Mefjellet rest stop. Here you’ll find the famous quadrangular stone sculpture by the Norwegian artist Knut Wold, through which you admire the magnificent Smørstabb Peaks. From the rest stop, follow the marked Mefjellstien trail if wishing to discover the surrounding mountain scenery even further.

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Helgedalsnosi

Jotunheimen National Park

Hiking Trail
Medium
1.8 km · 2 hr

Helgedalsnosi

Descending from the highest point at Fantsteinen down towards Gaupne, you’ll find the most spectacular hikes along the scenic route. The trail from Huldehaugen rest stop up to the top of Helgedalsnosi (1,418 m.a.s.l.) starts above the treeline, so you’ll have far-reaching views the entire way. Upon reaching the top, incredible views of the dramatic Hurrungane mountain range await.

There are multiple access points from Helgedalsnosi into Jotunheimen National Park, so a tip is to pack a tent if a multiday hike sounds tempting. 

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Nedre Oscarshaug

The viewing platform at Nedre Oscarshaug offers excellent views of the Sognefjellet mountains. Learn the names and heights of the impressive peaks of the Hurrungane mountain range by peeking through the large spyglass available at the platform.

The viewing platform is situated at a bend in the zig-zagging road running down from the plateau, approximately 3 kilometers north of Turtagrø Hotel.   

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Fannaråken

Jotunheimen National Park

Hiking Trail
Demanding
15.2 km · 8.5 – 10.5 hr

Fannaråken

The signature Jotunheimen hike to Fannaråken is easily accessible from Turtagrø Hotel. Close to the top is Fannaråkhytta, DNT’s highest cabin at 2,068 meters above sea level. Stay there to witness a stunning sunset and sunrise over the mountains.

The hike is challenging as parts of the trail are steep and jagged, but the perk is that you’ll be enjoying spectacular views the entire way.

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Fuglesteg

Sognefjord

Hiking Trail
Medium
6.3 km · 5 – 6 hr

Fuglesteg

Driving down from Turtagrø, you’ll reach the green Fortun Valley. If you prefer lush hillsides to bare mountain landscape, hike from the bottom of the valley up to Fuglesteg, an old farmhouse now turned into an unstaffed DNT cabin. In summer, they serve coffee and fresh pastries, the perfect reward after the 600-meter ascent to the cabin.

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Feigefossen

Sognefjord

Hiking Trail
Medium
1.6 km · 1.5 – 2.5 hr

Feigefossen

Passing Skjolden, the scenic route continues along the northern side of the Luster Fjord (the innermost part of the Sogne Fjord), offering great views of the magnificent Feigefossen Waterfall. However, if you want to feel the rushing water on your face, turn off Road 55 at Skjolden and take a detour along Road 331, on the southern side of the fjord. Drive for about 16.5 kilometers and hike up the short, marked trail to a viewpoint close to the waterfall. 

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Børesteinen

Sognefjord

Hiking Trail
Demanding
8 km · 2 – 2.5 hr

Børesteinen

For excellent views of the pristine Luster Fjord, hike to the top of Børesteinen. This steep peak rises about 1,000 meters above Luster Village. The hike is demanding as it travels steeply uphill all the way, conditions being breezy at the top. Feel the rush as vistas of the fjord and the surrounding green hillsides open up before you.    

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Molden

Sognefjord

Hiking Trail
Demanding
7.7 km · 3 – 4 hr

Molden

If you’re hungering for more fjord views, hiking to the top of Molden (1,116 m.a.s.l.) is another excellent option. Except for some steep sections, the trail descends gradually towards the top and is easy to follow. A tip is to do this hike during a clear summer night and watch as the sun rises over Jotunheimen at 4am.

Continue past Gaupne for about 10 kilometers and exit Road 55 towards Mollandsmarki to reach the parking at Krossen. 

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