Experience Europe's Highest Fjord View: Dalsnibba, Norway's Scenic Road
Mount Dalsnibba is a mountain peak and scenic overlook at an elevation of 1.460m (4,790ft) above the sea level, located in Stranda Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county in Norway. It's one of the highest roads of the country.
What is the highest fjord view in Europe?
The road to Dalsnibba viewpoint -facing the Geirangerfjord -was paved in 2013. It’s called Nibbevegen road, aka Eagle Road. The drive offers the Europe’s highest fjord view by road. It’s a very exciting drive, with 11 sharp hairpin bends. Driving up the beautiful and winding road you will discover the unspoiled back country and be part of one of the most beautiful and exciting drives in Norway.
How long is the road to Dalsnibba?
Starting at Norwegian County Road 63, on Djupevatn, the road to the viewpoint is 4.7km (2.92 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 438 meters. The average percentage is 9.31%, hitting a 14% of maximum gradient.
When was the road to Dalsnibba built?
Located at the end of the Geiranger valley, this winding toll road owned and operated by Geiranger Skysslag was built in 1939 but due to the Second World War its official opening was delayed until 1948. The road up to Dalsnibba is one of the most ambitious road-building projects ever seen in Norway.
Is the road to Dalsnibba worth it?
To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 12 and 20 minutes. The road winds through a vertiginous valley affording impressive, spectacular and varied views. Along the way, you’ll find info boards telling the unique history of the road, which is a sequence of hairpin bends and an experience in itself. It also gives a foretaste of the spectacular views awaiting you at the top to whet your appetite. Mount Dalsnibba offers a very good view and is therefore a very popular tourist destination. The summit, with a big parking lot on it, is virtually unique because you can really experience the high mountains without having to walk for hours. At the summit there are spectacular views over the Geiranger fjord. It is a photographer’s dream to witness these stunning variations and there have naturally been many photos taken of the view from the summit. If it’s a very foggy day, consider giving Dalsnibba a miss and saving your money.
Is Dalsnibba open?
Set high in the western part of Norway, Dalsnibba is often covered by snow even in the summer. The road opens in May, or as soon as is practical (snow and risk of avalanches). As a rule, it is then open 24 hours a day until October. Opening times may vary slightly depending on weather conditions. The weather at the summit is changeable and can vary from thick fog to radiant sunshine in the blink of an eye. It is not uncommon to observe thick fog in the lowlands while the sun is shining at the summit. The weather changes quickly up here and, if you’re lucky, you can experience all four seasons in one day.