Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route

Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route: views are breathtaking

Aurlandsfjellet is a National Tourist Route in Norway, that runs between between Aurlandsvangen by the Aurlandsfjord and Lærdal by the Sognefjord in the county of Sogn og Fjordane in Fjord Norway, with a length of 49km. The road is closed in the winter. This route includes the Norway road 243. It's one of the famous scenic drives in Norway.

The route was replaced by the Lærdalstunnelen, the world's longest road tunnel at 24.5 kilometers (15.2 miles) long. The road runs through 20 hairpin turns along lovely scenery. It was opened in 1967. Note that there may be a lot of traffic from Stegastein towards Aurlandsfjorden. It is closed in the winter. The road over Aurlandsfjellet is a journey across a barren plateau through a desolate landscape of snow and rocks with the occasional sprig of grass. The road between Aurland and Lærdal has its highest point at 1.305m (4,281ft) above seal level. There is snow along the road most of the summer. Because of this, the road is also called the "Snow road". There are restrictions on the length of buses and the maximum length is 12,4 metres.Travelling from Lærdal, the view that opens up on the descent towards the dramatic fjord landscape in and around Aurland is astounding, with the award-winning Stegastein viewpoint as the pièce de résistance. Made of laminated timber and steel, this platform sticking 30 metres out into thin air, 650 metres above the fjord gives the landscape a whole new dimension. The road was opened in 1967 and its forerunner was a construction access road. Note that there may be a lot of traffic from Stegastein towards Aurlandsfjorden. The road is closed in the winter and snow lies on the mountain throughout large parts of the summer.

Roads: Road 243
Length: 47km
Highest elevation: 1.306m
Ferries: 0
Winter notice: Closed over the mountain during the winter season between the Aurland/Lærdal municipal boundary and Nalfarbakkane above Aurlandsvangen.
Other: Restrictions on the length of buses and the maximum length is 12,4 metres.

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