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.
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.
• 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.