National Tourist Route Valdresflye is a 49-kilometre long stretch of road running between Garli and Besstrondsæter, through the eastern part of the Jotunheimen mountains and on to Valdres, in Eastern Norway. It's one of the famous scenic drives in Norway.
This route, called County Road 51 (Fylkesvei 51), is asphalted and climbs up the Valdresflye, a mountain plateau where the road reaches 1,389 m (4,557 ft) above mean sea level. On the plateau the route has views towards Jotunheimen National Park, while further down the road passes through cultivated landscape with mountain pastures. The summit is an extremely popular starting point for magnificent spring ski trips across the level mountain plateux to the east or up toward the Jotunheimen peaks.
The road opens from early May and normally well into the month of November, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The stretch of road across Valdresflye (the Valdresflye mountain plateau) has been selected to be one of the 18 National Tourist routes in Norway.
Don’t forget your camera! The road across Valdresflye, between Garli (near Beitostølen) and Besstrondsæter in Vågå, provides endless vistas as it hovers free and light above the mountain plateau, with excellent views towards the Jotunheimen National Park, from which it seems to swoop into the Jotunheimen massif like the beginning of an endless journey. To the north, you can catch a view of the Jotunheimen National Park, where the mountains are steeper and wilder than to the south, where the landscape widens into serene, rolling hills.
Roads: Road 51
Highest elevation: 1.389m
Winter notice: Parts of the route are closed during the winter between Garli and Maurvangen but the stretch between Hindsæter and Gjendesheim is open.
Other: Keep an eye open for domestic reindeer.