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Fantesteinen pass

Fantesteinen Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.437m (4,714ft) above the sea level located in Oppland county, Norway. It’s said to be the highest mountain pass in northern Europe.

Located in the Jotunheimen Mountains, the road to the summit is asphalted. It’s called Sognefjell National Route (Road 55). Road is a little bit narrow at times but mostly fine. It’s closed from November through May, but is snowploughed ready for opening around 1st of May. The pass links the villages of Galdbygde and Fortun. It is one of the most popular tourist routes in the country and is visited by thousands of tourists during the summer.

The road was inaugurated on 16th July 1938. If you can, plan this trip with open and sunny weather. It can be very windy. Atop the pass is a glacial lake known as Fantesteinsvatnet. This mountain pass has long been an important trading route: leather, butter, tar, salt and fish were carried across the mountains.

 

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