The Norwegian scenic route Sognefjellsvegen passes through the western side of Jotunheimen National Park. The road goes from Gaupne to Lom and offers beautiful views of the surrounding large mountain peaks and glaciers which descend down towards the road.
Planning the journey
Sognefjellsvegen serves as a 108 km long entry point to a significant number of hikes and mountains. You could easily spend weeks in the area exploring new trails every day. Here are some suggestions, traveling from Gaupne in the west to Lom in the east.
The first stop is Fortun, a small village located at the foot of the Hurrungane massif at the end of the Lustrafjord. The mountain farm Fuglesteg is found 600 meters above Fortun and takes about 1.5 hours to reach by foot. Fuglesteg has 31 beds, but you need to be a member of the Norwegian Trekking Association and bring their special key to get in. It is a great place to stay the night, but remember, you have to plan and prepare your own meals.
Back in the car, you will start the climb towards Hurrungane. As the mountains start to rise in front of you, the narrow passes and winding roads only increase. This scenery will make you wish you brought your road bike too!
Turtagrø is also the perfect starting point for the next day’s adventure, Fannaråken, your first real ascent of the trip. While on the top of Fannaråken, you will feel like you are standing on top of the world with a perfect view over glaciers, rising mountain walls, fjords, and lakes. If you prefer to cross the glacier, start at Sognefjellshytta. Local guide Iver Aakre from Fyrst og Fremst Mountain Adventures can safely take you to the top and give you all the details you could wish for.
If you have time you should take the drive to Leirvassbu mountain lodge in the heart of Jotunheimen. You have numerous options for an epic hike at Leirvassbu. Make sure you consider Kyrkja, which is the peak hovering over Leirvassbu in the east.
Back in the car, you will enjoy more views as you drive over the plateau and start the descent through Bøverdalen into Lom. Lom is a real mountain village and has one of the best bakeries in the country, Morten Shakendas’ famous Bakeriet i Lom. Morten serves delicious pizza in the backyard.
Keep in mind
Sognefjellsvegen is the highest mountain pass in Norway, and it is usually closed from November to the end of May due to 4–8 meters of snow. When the snow has melted, it turns into a welcoming mountain plateau made for hiking. At the beginning of May, the experience is quite amazing as you drive with 8-meter high snow walls on both sides of the road.
There are no costs for traveling this road through Jotunheimen and most parking is free.
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You have several options to spend the night, and these are amongst the most popular:
Dependent on where you choose to stay, prices will range from 140–2,000 NOK/person per night. Remember that you can also bring a tent and stay for free along the road. Make sure you read the rules for Right to Roam in Norway if you plan to camp.
Looking for more things to do in Jotunheimen? Check out our guide.