Sognefjellsvegen

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Sognefjellsvegen
Route 55
Norwegian: Fylkesvei 55
Nynorsk: Fylkesveg 55
Route information
Length: 110 km (70 mi)
Existed: 16 July 1938 – present
Major junctions
South end: Gaupne, Luster, Sogn og Fjordane
North end: Lom, Lom, Oppland
Highway system
County Roads in Norway

The Sognefjellsvegen or Sognefjellsveien is the highest mountain pass road in Northern Europe. Part of County Road 55, it is located in Oppland and Sogn og Fjordane counties in Norway. It is a national tourist road and starts in the village of Lom in the municipality of Lom, it then travels over the Sognefjell mountain area, and it ends in the village of Gaupne in the municipality of Luster. The road was opened on 16 July 1938. The road passes through the Jotunheimen, Hurrungane, and Breheimen mountains. The highest point is Fantesteinen at 1,434 metres (4,705 ft). During the winters there is a lot of snow, and so the road is closed from November through May. The road passes between Jotunheimen National Park and Breheimen National Park.[1]

Route[edit]

The road passes the villages of Galdesanden, Spiterstulen, and Elveseter, then the mountain Galdhøpiggen, lake Bøvertunvatnet, and then the Bøvertun rest area. The rest areas of Krossbu and Sognefjellshytta are located beside the road high up in the mountains. Upon entering Luster, the road passes the lakes Prestesteinsvatnet and Hervavatnet with the mountain Fannaråki, just south of the road. Descending into the valley, the road passes the hotel Turtagrø, the villages of Skjolden, Luster, Høyheimsvik, and Nes before finally reaching Gaupne which is along the Sognefjord.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Sognefjellsveien" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-09-11. 

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Coordinates: 61°33′50″N 7°53′24″E / 61.5639°N 07.8900°E / 61.5639; 07.8900