Dalsnibba is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.476m (4,843ft) above the sea level, located in Stranda Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county in the western part of Norway. The drive offers the Europe’s highest fjord view by road. The road to the summit is very steep, with sections up to 12,3%.
The road to the summit was paved in 2013. It’s called Nibbevegen and has 11 hairpin bends. The road winds through a vertiginous valley affording impressive views. The views from Dalsnibba are spectacular and varied. 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.
This winding toll road 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. 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!
The road to the summit is pretty steep. Starting from Norwegian County Road 63, at an elevation of 1.025m above the sea level, the ascent is 4.7km long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 451 meters. The average percentage is 9,5% but with some sections up to 12.3%. Dalsnibba offers a very good view and is therefore a very popular tourist destination. The summit 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. Dalsnibba is often covered by snow even in the summer.
With such a high summit altitude the road can be closed anytime due to snowfalls. The road opens in May, or as soon as is practical. 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 a photographer’s dream to witness these stunning variations and there have naturally been many photos taken of the view from the summit. 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.