Kistefjell, one of the gnarliest roads in Norway

Kistefjell is a mountain peak at an elevation of 1.001m (3,284ft) above the sea level, located in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. It’s a well-known mountain for most people due to the old, huge TV mast which stands on top.


The road to the summit is totally unpaved and extremely steep, so a 4x4 vehicle is required. The weather conditions are harsh at the top, and there is a significant danger when driving to the summit during the winter due to ice formation and precipitation. Starting from the paved Fv86, the road to the summit is 8.9km (5.53 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 988 meters. The average gradient is 11.10%.

Located between Gisundet in the west and Rossfjordvatnet in the east, the summit hosts a 78 meter high mast that transmits radio, TV, mobile signals and internet, known as Tårnet på Kistefjell. It is clearly visible from the surrounding area. Kistefjell is also the location for one of the measuring stations of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. The road can be closed anytime without notice.
Pic: Hugo Myhre