There are eighteen National Tourist Routes in Norway. Ten of the roads are located in Western Norway, in the fjords.
Common to them all is that the roads are going through some of the wildest and most beautiful scenery that Norway has to offer. Here is a brief overview of the National Tourist Routes in the fjords.
Season: Summer. This also depends on whether the roads closed in winter are open.
Below you can read more about what to see and do along the roads. There are great opportunities to not only see the area from the car, but also be active in the surrounding nature. Like hiking, cycling, skiing, glacier hiking or to join a fjord cruise. The pictures below show you some of the things you can do along the routes.
Fasten your seat belts and have a fabulous trip with beautiful scenery along the roads in the fjords.
The Atlantic Road zigzags across low bridges that jut out over the Atlantic Ocean, linking the islands between Molde (famous for its annual jazz festival in July) and Kristiansund in the western fjords. The road is eight kilometer long and is voted as the construction of the century in Norway.
Experience the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord and the Trollstigen Mountain Road, two of Norways most dramatic and most visited attractions. Stay at the Juvet Landscape Hotel that use the surrounding nature as part of the hotel. The National Tourist Route is 106 kilometer long and is closed during winter.
Completed in 1894, the Old Strynefjell Mountain Road in Nordfjord was a masterpiece of road-building and engineering. This was the only way of passage between Skjåk and Stryn during most of the last century. Stryn Summer Ski Centre is situated in the middle of this road. Hjelle by Lake Oppstrynsvatnet is a beautiful village, just a short detour from the western part of the road. The 27-kilometer long road is closed during winter.
The road over Gaularfjellet takes the traveller into the waterfalls from the mighty Sognefjord, which is Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. The 130 kilometer long drive is exciting and varied, and is closed during winter. The new viewpoint at Utsikten at the top of Gaularfjellet is one of many great viewpoints along this road which goes between Balestrand in Sogn and Moskog and Sande in Sunnfjord..
High in the Jotunheimen mountains, the Sognefjellet Mountain Road runs between the Lustrafjord and the Gudbrandsdalen Valley. The Sognefjellet National Tourist Route is the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe with its 1434 meters. The 106 kilometer long road is closed during winter.
The road across Aurlandsfjellet is a journey across a mountain landscape of snow and rocks with the occasional sprig of grass. Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route is a 47-kilometer-long stretch of road between Aurland in the Aurlandsfjord area and Lærdal by the Sognefjord. Aurlandsfjellet Mountain Road is the starting point for many hikes in the area.
Stegastein Viewpoint is part of the road, 650 meters above Aurland and the Aurlandsfjord. Great view from the viewpoint towards the Aurlandsfjord and the surrounding mountains. The road up to Stegastein is open all year, but during winter the road is closed just above Stegastein Viewpoint.
The 158-kilometer-long Hardanger National Tourist Route passes through the scenic Hardangerfjord area, where for more than a century travellers have come to experience mountains, fjords, waterfalls and glaciers. Two great hikes in the area are the hike to Trolltunga and HM Queen Sonja´s Panoramic Trail. The area offers many opportunities for hiking, outdoor adventure and culture experiences.
The 67-kilometer-long road passes through the Hardangervidda National Park and Northern Europe’s largest mountain plateau. The Måbødalen valley and Vøringsfossen Waterfall are two tourist attractions you can see from the road. There might be a chance that the road is closed in short periods during winter.
At Ryfylke, idyllic green skerries and cultural landscapes are suddenly replaced by rockslides, polished cliffs, mountains and fjords. Along the 183-kilometer long Ryfylke National Tourist Route you pass villages, towns and cultural attractions. What about a hike to Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) with panoramic view towards the Lysefjord? The drive is also a trip through the Norwegian industrial history. Parts of the Ryfylke National Tourist Route is closed during winter.
Jæren – with open skies, wide horizons and endless ocean. Mile upon mile of sandy beaches and sand dunes. Jæren National Tourist Route is a 41-kilometer-long stretch of road in Norway’s food basket with intensive agriculture in a flat, vast and well-kept cultural landscape.