The steep road to Kjeåsen, the world’s most inaccessible farm
Kjeåsen is the name of a famous farm located in Eidfjord, a municipality in Hordaland county, Norway. Built 400 years ago, it’s said to be the world’s most inaccessible farm. A very steep and twisting road and a rather dark tunnel makes this an exciting drive.
The now famous mountain farm lies like an eagle's nest on a mountain ledge 600m (1,969ft) above the fjord below, on the north side of Simadalsfjorden next to Eidfjord in the inner Hardangerfjord. Surrounded by tall pines and mist, the road to the farm is pretty exciting. It’s totally paved. It was built in 1975 to provide access to hydroelectricity developments. Starting at Fv103, the road to the farm is 5.3km (3.29 miles) long.
This single-lane winding road to Kjeåsen Mountain Farm is very narrow. At the foot of the steep road, a sign warns that a narrow tunnel lies ahead, because half of the road (2,2km) goes through a one-way hand-carved tunnel. The tunnel has a single lane, with driving directions scheduled up on the hour and down every half hour. Although the tunnel is open 24 hours, the latest you should drive up to the farm is 5pm, so as to respect the privacy of Kjeåsen's inhabitant. There is no lighting in this tunnel, so only thing here you can depend on, are the headlights of your car. The road is very steep, hitting a 30% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps.
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