National Scenic Routes in Norway

The national tourism routes are eighteen Scenic Routes named for the picturesque nature of Norway's public roads, 
and include tourist stops and viewpoints in Norway by the Norwegian Public Road Administration (Vegvesen).

Jarle Wæhler, Statens vegvesen

1.

Varanger

160 Km | 123 MASL | 0 ferries

Varanger is concerned with lengthy lines and long history in the landscape. Not only does Varanger provide a physical experience; on this path you can find calmness too. It is hard to explain other than that this is a place where you feel like time has stopped a bit. You drive past birch woods, marshes and rugged cliffs. The light is unique, and the life of birds and animals is unique.

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Jarle Wæhler / Statens vegvesen

2.

Havøysund

67 Km | 233 MASL | 0 ferries

The road to Havøysund is fascinatingly varied. Although at the highest point it is only a few hundred metres, you get the feeling that you drive over the tree line. Across the one hand, certain stretches of the route cross a steeply rugged terrain with harsh outcrops of the Arctic Ocean. The scenery is powerful and spectacular and there are very few signs that prove where someone has been before. 

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3.

Senja

102 Km | 287 MASL | 0 ferries

Great scenery and the most notable aspect of this stretch of land are the sheer cliffs plunging down into the ocean. Here and there, the path is narrow, twisting and turning in crystal-clear, graceful water over fjords. So cold, no matter how the pure white coral sand of the beaches invite, it's only the toughest one among us to take a swim.

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Hugo Fagermo, Statens vegvesen

4.

Andøya

58 Km | 65 MASL | 0 ferries

On Andøya Island, you can stroll around some of the most beautiful beaches in Norway with your own midnight sunlight, gazing out over the calm waters of the pacific. This is a ride built for fun. The path itself is a large area of cultivated land, which has its origins between the vast sea and the jagged mountain peaks. If you are lucky you could see from your car window cameras, dolphins and eagles.

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Steinar Skaar, Statens vegvesen

5.

Lofoten

230 Km | 59 MASL | 0 ferries

Lofoten offers a journey through the beautiful natural surroundings. The scenery is spectacular and powerful. Nonetheless, protected areas can provide protection from the rough and bare areas that reveal their strength if the wind blows hard. We will never fail to love the mixing of the uncontaminated ocean to the stormy seas, and the white beaches with crystal-clear waters.

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Steinar Skaar, Statens vegvesen

6.

Helgelandskysten

433 Km | 346 MASL | 6 ferries

The longest of 18 Norwegian Scenic Routes is the Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten. Across six ferry crossings and the opposing route you have to spend plenty of time on the trip. You cross the Arctic Circles at 66 degrees north latitude from Jektvik to Kilboghamn. It is the largest tidal maelstrom in the world while the second biggest glacier in Norway is Svartisen. 

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Roger Ellingsen, Statens vegvesen

7.

Atlanterhavsvegen

36 Km | 30 MASL | 0 ferries

Nothing is as powerful as the ocean-our major transport route over centuries, a source of income and the point of departure for countless recreational options. There are few areas close to the ocean where you feel like it's part of it as in Atlanterhavsvegen. In the warmth of the season you can feel the effects of winter tempest. The road is a visual pleasure as it elegantly curves over its seven bridges from islet to islet.

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Jarle Wæhler / Statens vegvesen

8.

Geiranger - Trollstigen

104 Km | 1038 MASL | 1 ferries

The drive along Trollstigen is undoubtedly more dramatic than most people are used to, but what is special about driving in Norway is that in fact people live just about everywhere. Even on the narrowest mountain ledge or small crag there will be a house. We are bound to the landscape and the natural surroundings through settlements that have offered us a livelihood throughout history

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Werner Harstad, Statens vegvesen

9.

Gamle Strynefjellsvegen

27 Km | 1139 MASL | 0 ferries

Sometimes it is the road itself that is the destination, and this is true of Gamle Strynefjellsvegen. As well as being staggeringly beautiful, the scenic route from Western Norway to the eastern part of Southern Norway is also designated as a listed road. The road itself is a landmark and a testimony to a masterpiece of engineering design from a bygone time. 

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 Jørn Hagen for Statens vegvesen

10.

Rondane

75 Km | 1060 MASL | 0 ferries

Close your eyes and sense the mountains: over 2,000 metre-high summits in a singular landscape decked in blinding white snow, the rays of the low-hanging sun reflecting on the glittering snow, the bluish light. Tranquillity and quiet, and the knowledge that the sunny day can be transformed within moments to threatening stormy weather. This is when you get the feeling that Rondane is a place you must visit.

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Werner Harstad, Statens vegvesen

11

Sognefjellet

108 Km | 1434 MASL | 0 ferries

From the verdant meadows and the lush cultural landscape of Bøverdalen you can catch a glimpse of towering mountains in the far distance, as the road slowly ascends through the valley. It makes its way up to the summit at 1,434 metres, making the road northern Europe’s highest mountain pass. From the starting point in Lom, your expectations rise even before you drive out of the small village.

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Kjetil Rolseth, Rolseth Foto / Statens vegvesen

12

Valdresflye

49 Km | 1389 MASL | 0 ferries

Driving in the open sweep of the landscape can be compared with the feeling of flying. The road swoops and stretches out ahead in long sweeps of undulating terrain. It’s easy to let your thoughts soar to the heights of the mountains on the horizon. The natural surroundings are both alluring and within reach, and the road hugs the landscape as a secure mooring. The landscape can appear drowsy and friendly but the road is closed in the winter for good reasons.

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Trine Kanter Zerwekh, Statens vegvesen

13

Gaularfjellet

114 Km | 784 MASL | 0 ferries

For most people Gaularfjellet is a well-kept secret, but for all those who have discovered the road it is quite special. A journey along the road leading across Gaular, the mountain between Dragsvik and the Sognefjord, is a serene experience where the quality is in the details. The drive skirts the fjord before snaking up towards the highest point of Gaularfjellet. At the rest area at Utsikten you can admire the panorama of mountains and valleys.

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Trine Kanter Zerwekh, Statens vegvesen

14

Aurlandsfjellet

47 Km | 1306 MASL | 0 ferries

Most scenic routes are stunning no matter what direction you drive in but this particular stretch presents its most dramatic side if you start the trip at Lærdal and drive towards Aurlandsvangen. You will come away with powerful impressions, and the contrasts between the fjord and the high mountain region where snow lies on the ground for most of the year are compelling.

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Marco Robeerst

15

Hardanger

158 Km | 275 MASL | 2 ferries

It’s no secret that Hardanger is like a picture postcard and almost everywhere you look you will feast your eyes on thundering waterfalls or fruit trees in bloom. Everything you’ve ever heard about Hardanger is true. Dramatic roads run through dramatic scenery and there is a wealth of variation to absorb. The roads in Hardanger impose their own pace and you must adapt to the natural tempo.

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Norfilm as / Statens vegvesen

16

Hardangervidda

67 Km | 1250 MASL | 0 ferries

The fact that the road crosses Northern Europe's largest high mountain plateau tells you something about waiting, but not everything. You'll find vast plateaus, dark, lush valleys, high mountains, far-off glaciers, waterfalls and azure fjords. Hardangervidda offers a variety of experiences from where the road snakes lazily across the broad plains to the narrow, steep, untamed valley of Måbødalen, before suddenly you're no longer in the high mountain area but in the small village of Eidfjord in the Hardangerfjord.

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 Jarle Wæhler / Statens vegvesen

17

Ryfylke

260 Km | 972 MASL | 2 ferries

The drive along the Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke is a trip full of contrasts. Here you will encounter high barren mountains, lush hillsides, sheer mountainsides and deep fjords. The Saudafjellet mountain displays special natural characteristics. It is rugged, brutal and unyielding, and you might find yourself wondering what on earth it was that persuaded someone to lay a road exactly here.

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Roger Ellingsen, Statens vegvesen

18

Jæren

41 Km | 35 MASL | 0 ferries

To some extent this road differs from many of the other tourist routes – it’s quite simply a regular all-purpose road. On this route you must be prepared to share the road with all those who use it every day. Just treat this as part of the experience, and keep in mind that being stuck behind a farmer on his tractor in fact gives you a better opportunity to spot all the nuances and features of the landscape – the cultural heritage, the ocean, the fields and the eternally changing light

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