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Norwegian Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet: Hiking Trails and Viewpoints

Norwegian Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet is a tourist route in the purest sense. Since the Lærdal Tunnel opened in 2000, the road’s primary function has become to provide access to the landscape. The 47-kilometer route connects two branches of the Sognefjord, running between the villages of Lærdalsøyri and Aurlandsvangen and reaching an altitude of 1,306 meters, as it bounds across the Aurlandsfjellet mountains.

Each end of the route is home to incredible outdoor adventures, whether you’re a thrill seeker, a history buff, or even both. Around Lærdal you’ll find the historic route Kongevegen over Filefjell where ancient trails have been cleared for passage. The classic Aurlandsdalen hiking trail finishes near Aurland while a cycling trip along Rallarvegen rolls to a stop in Flåm.

Some viewpoints along the route, known as the “snow road”, are situated by the roadside while others require a journey further into the terrain. As the nickname suggests, you can find snow in these mountains for much of the year, an image that clashes with the lush green valleys leading to the fjords below.

Road Closures

The section of road from Vedahaugane to Nalfarbakkane, above Aurlandsvangen, is closed during winter, normally from late October to June. The road from Aurlandsvangen to Stegastein is open year-round.

Check the current status and see closure dates from recent years.

Tips

  • For a round-trip of contrasting experiences, combine a drive along the scenic route with one through the Lærdal Tunnel. The 24.5 kilometer long road under the mountains forms the world’s longest road tunnel.
  • Take a boat ride on the Aurlandsfjord from Aurlandsvangen or Flåm and visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Nærøyfjord.
  • Flåm is a terminus for the famous Flåmsbana Railway which winds steeply down the mountain from Myrdal.
  • There are some great spots to camp along the route, including by Flotane Viewpoint. Just remember to protect yourself against the cold nights in the mountains.
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Lærdalsøyri to Aurlandsvangen

Vindhellavegen

Filefjell Kongevegen

Hiking Trail
Easy
4.5 km · 1 – 2.5 hr

Vindhellavegen

Vindhellavegen, the most spectacular stretch of Kongevegen over Filefjell, begins next to Borgund Stave Church. The trail leads to the mesmerising switchbacks that lead the road back and forth down the steep hill to Husum. The road here, suitable for a horse and cart, showcases what types of roads were possible to build before dynamite became readily available.

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Galdane and Seltunåsen

Filefjell Kongevegen

Hiking Trail
Medium
8.6 km · 3.5 – 4.5 hr

Galdane and Seltunåsen

This stretch is one of the finest sections of Kongevegen over Filefjell presenting new experiences around every turn. The road follows the terrain up and down through beautiful landscape and you can feel how difficult it must have been to travel between Oslo and Bergen back in the 1800s.

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Løberg

Sognefjord

Hiking Trail
Medium
2.5 km · 1 – 1.5 hr

Løberg

A hike to Løberg provides a view over Lærdal Valley and Lærdalsøyri without too much effort. Following first along a river before zig-zagging up through the forest, the clear trail is a great choice when time–or energy–is of short supply.

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Torsteinen

Sognefjord

Hiking Trail
Demanding
11.3 km · 5 – 7 hr

Torsteinen

While not as famous as some of the other trails in Norway, the view from Torsteinen is arguably just as impressive. The destination on this long and demanding hike is a large stone which acts as the perfect viewpoint (and photo prop) for views over Lærdal and out towards the Sognefjord.

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Vedahaugane

Sognefjord

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Vedahaugane

A viewpoint with a hidden artwork, Vedahaugane is a spot to contemplate our relationship with nature. The walkway and bench merge into the landscape while providing views to the tall peaks of the distant Jotunheimen massif, as well as the nearer mountains.

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Flotane

Sognefjord

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Flotane

High up amongst the mountains, where there’s often snow on the ground well into summer, stop at Flotane and explore the remote landscape. Stretch your legs with a walk down to the lake or hike along the old construction road to discover something more.

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Prest

Sognefjord

Hiking Trail
Demanding
4.3 km · 2 – 3 hr

Prest

The hike to Prest delivers some of those jaw-dropping fjord views you’ve probably seen on social media. While not terribly demanding, the hike is uphill and requires a bit of stamina. The reward is a viewpoint at a bend in the Aurlandsfjord, allowing you to see back towards Flåm and further down the fjord towards the Nærøyfjord.

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Stegastein

Sognefjord

Viewpoint
Easy
 

Stegastein

A popular vantage point for centuries, the unmissable Stegastein is now a modern interpretation of a viewpoint. The wooden platform stretches 30 meters away from the road and a glass barrier at the end showcases the drop towards fjord below. 

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Aurlandsdalen

Sognefjord

Hiking Trail
Demanding
19 km · 5.5 – 7.5 hr

Aurlandsdalen

One of Norway’s truly classic hiking routes, the trail through the lush Aurlandsdalen Valley leads past mountain farms, waterfalls, and rushing rivers. The steep landscape is challenging, but the downhill route and gorgeous scenery ease the burden. For an authentic Norwegian experience, spend the night before at Aurlandsdalen Turisthytte, a typical tourist cabin for hikers that offers full board.

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Rallarvegen

Sognefjord

Cycling
Medium
52.4 km · 6 – 7 hr

Rallarvegen

Probably the most famous bike route in Norway, Rallarvegen follows an old construction road from the mountains at Finse down to fjord at Flåm. For a day of contrasts on two wheels, there is no better option. The trip is made easy with train transport, one-way bike rental, and even luggage transport if need be.

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