The Sognefjellsvegen Road and the Gamle Strynefjell Road are national tourist roads. Rv. 55 - Sognefjellsvegen (Northern Europe’s highest mountain pass) is one of Norway’s most used roads in the summer. The old “Gamle Strynefjellsveg” road - Rv 258 - from Grotli to Videseter is er 17 miles long and offers many heritage features. The roads offer magnificent views, dramatic landscapes, high mountains, valleys, jagged peaks, glaciers, mountain lakes, sæter villages still in use, mountain flowers, grazing animals, mountain walkers and pleasant tourist lodges and hotels. In a short space of time you can experience the great contrasts of fjord, mountains and valleys.
The highways agency is now enabling you to travel in harmony with the landscape and with your own feelings through the ”National Tourist Routes” project. A journey alongside fjords, coast, mountains, forests and waterfalls, where time stands still and past and present become one. A journey that portrays Norway and its landscape, offering tourists from home and abroad a world-class experience of nature. These are the national tourist routes – memorable drives through a richly-contrasting landscape, culture and climate. The tourist routes offer the quiet life, the alternative to stress and pressure. Between now and 2015, 18 stretches of road are to gain the status of national tourist routes, representing 1150 miles of all that is unique in Norwegian landscape. They will include stopping places for picnics, rest and photographs, as well as parking places to enable you to leave the car and take a walk.
Strict environmental requirements reinforce the natural experience. Along the tourist routes you can also fish or go for walks to waterfalls and mountains. You will also find good facilities, accommodation, exciting culture and a great deal besides. Whilst out and about you will find information about the tourist routes, both along the road and in places you visit. There are information boards and guide leaflets, and the national tourist roads are marked with their own tourist road symbol.