Old Strynefjell National Route

Old Strynefjell National Route

The Gamle Strynefjellsvegen (Old Strynefjell Mountain Road) is a 27-kilometre long stretch of road between Videseter in the municipality of Stryn and Grotli in the municipality of Skjåk, in Norway. The road, officially called RV 258 is a National Tourist Route. It's one of the famous scenic drives in Norway.

The road was built in 1894 - by manual labour - and its highest point is at an elevation of 1.139 meters above the sea level. Nature displays its contrasts along this stretch of road, with the rounded, glacier-scoured forms to the east and a steeper, more precipitous topography to the west.  
The road has a long history. Between Skjåk and Stryn there were several ancient routes for the transport of people and essential goods. It was a strenuous and slow journey, but in 1881 it was built a road between Grotli and Hjelle. Swedish navvies and local people from both sides of the mountains took part in the hard work of construction. In 1894 the 27-kilometre long road was ready for use, a masterpiece of road building and engineering. In 1978 the old Strynefjellsvegen was replaced by a new 12-kilometre long road with three tunnels that remained open all year, but the all road is still open.
This road is usually closed in winter. It normally opens in June, and closes in late autumn, depending on the amount of snow in the mountains. At Tystigen it is still possible to ski far into the summer. Otherwise, high summer and autumn is the time for walking in the mountains. The road is also excellent for cycling. Right up until the 1950s, snowploughing the road was manual labour. Two hundred men with spades dug their way through miles of several metre high snow banks, but that is history now. These days the snowploughs clear the road in a matter of days.

Roads: Road 258
Length: 27km
Highest elevation: 1.139m
Ferries: 0
Winter notice: It is normally closed in October and reopens in June.
Other: Vehicles that are more than 8 metres long and have an axle load of more than 8 tonnes will be banned from driving on Gamle Strynefjellsvegen from Grotli to the Sogn og Fjordane county boundary.