Driving the Norwegian Scenic Route Aurlandfjalett
When we were planning our Norway itinerary, we listed the top adventures we would want to experience in Norway such as the glacier hiking, fjord cruise and mountain hiking and from there I strategically planned our road trip to ensure I will be able to cover 4-5 national scenic routes (crazy plan yes but it was worth it!). We pretty much spent the entire 6 days driving and i’ve never been so spoilt with so many breathtaking sceneries in my life!
I will create a different post for each of the Norwegian Scenic Route we’ve driven as each one deserves a highlight!
The first route on our list is the Norwegian Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet which runs for 47 KM from Aurlandsvangen to Lærdalsøyri. The starting point Aurlandsvangen is a 10-min drive from the more popular town of Flam.
We started our drive at around 9AM on June 2, 2018 from the guesthouse, the Aurland Apple Farm (click the link if you want to check it out) which is only 4 minutes away to Aurlandsvangen. The location of this guesthouse is very ideal and it is good for backpackers. This is the only backpacker type accommodation we booked on this trip as I couldn’t find a reasonably priced hotel around Flam and Aurland areas (blame it to last minute booking!).
Window view from our room and living/dining room
Driving the Aurlandfjalett Route – the road runs over the mountains overlooking the fjord, the road is very steep and narrow. For a person who doesn’t have experience in driving over the mountains, it could be scary (it felt like forever to reach our first stop!). Luckily, we did the drive in the morning and we only came across few cars along the road.
We came across some people hiking their way up to the top and it could have been a good option for us if we only had some free time, the hike will take almost 3 hours to reach Stegastein viewpoint.
Stegastein viewpoint is just one of the attractions along this route but we have decided not to continue on the route. Although, we were heading to Lærdalsøyri (the endpoint of the route) to catch a ferry, we opted to take the faster route and drove thru the Lærdal Tunnel, the world’s longest road tunnel with a length of 24.5 km (it was exhilarating!).
If you are interested, other attractions you can visit on this route are Flotane and Vedahaugane which will give you more views of the mountains and valleys and you can find more information about them on the Norway National Scenic Route website.
Overall, the drive was a good start to our day before heading out to our main adventure – the glacier hiking!