Linking the country’s high central mountains with the famous west coast fjords, the 108km SOGNEFJELLET ROAD is one of Norway’s spectacular drives. Known as the ROAD OVER THE ROOF OF NORWAY, it is one of the 18 National Tourist Routes that showcase the country’s exceptional natural wonders. It traverses 108km of “fertile” valleys, “piercing” “lumbering” mountains an “deep” lakes, linking the country’s high central mountains with the famous west coast fjords and skirting the northern edge of JOTUNHEIMEN National Park along the way.
Norway’s mountains, fjords and forests are known the world over, their splendour is certainly no secret. But arguably, one of the most impressive ways to see them is by traversing the SOGNEFJELLET ROAD.
With a name that means “HOME OF THE GIANTS”, 1,151sq.km, JOTUNHEIMEN National Park is home to more than 275 mountains that reach higher than 2,000m, including 2,469m-high GALDHOPIGGEN, the highest mountain in Northern Europe. At 2,403m, STORE SKAGASTOLSTIND is Norway’s 3rd highest mountain and it dominates the view for a large part of the drive along Sognefjellet Road.
Although Jotunheimen National Park lies south of the Arctic Circle, its altitude —- like mush of central Norway — is high enough that a typically Arctic climate prevails and Arctic wildlife and plants dominate. Summer is very short (July to kid-August) and winter is long and hard.
One of the world’s most visually arresting points in the often-frozen Smorstabbreen Lake at the road’s highest point, about 49km west of Lom. At 1,434-high SOGNEFJELLET is often considered the highest mountain road in Northern Europe.