detour: The county
road 243 detour between Lærdal and Aurland
Instead of driving the E16 into the Lærdal tunnel, in the roundabout
before the tunnel, take highway 5 to the
Lærdal village center. In the roundabout in the village, don't cross
the river, but go straight ahead the county
243 to Aurland. It brings you high up in the mountains, with a
fantastic view from Stegasteinen
down to Aurland.
The road is closed in the winter
(If in doubt, check the
reports with the road authority). It is quite narrow, so don't
with a camper or trailer.
Leave the E16 just after Hønefoss and take highway 7 in direction
Gol. The eastern part of this road has the same kind of landscape
you'll find along the first half of E16: Hills, forests, lakes and
rivers. Sights include the Bear
park zoo. The road is generally good, and you drive as
as at the
From Gol, there are three alternative routes to the fjords: Highway
to Lærdal, county road 50 from Hol to Aurland, highway 7/higway 13
to Voss or contiuing highway 7 along the Hardanger fjord until it
reconnects to E16 at
This road takes you through the pretty valley of
Hemsedal, a big winter
sports destination. It's less crowded in summer. Highway 52 takes
back to E16
before the Borgund
church and you still have the possibility to drive the county
243 from Lærdal to Aurland.
crosses the mountains from Hol (at higway 7) to Aurland (at E16),
descent down to the lake Vassbygdvatnet (in the picture) before
down to the fjord at Aurland. A highly recommendable way to
get to the fjords.
The Hol-Aurland road might be closed in the winter. (If in doubt,
reports with the road authority).
By continuing the highway 7 from Gol, you
get to the
resort of Geilo and then up at the Hardangervidda
mountain plateau. If
you want to take one of the more spectacular bicycle trips on the
planet, you should rent
Haugastøl and bicycle the Rallarvegen
navvie's road - left) to
Flåm. This will take you 2-3 days. You can park you car at Haugastøl
(at highway 7) and take the train back from Flåm. The western part
the road is the best, and if you want to shorten the trip to 55
kilometres, you can rent
bikes at Finse. You don't have to return the bikes
- the rental people bring them back from Flåm for you.
You will need appropriate clothes to bicycle the
Rallarvegen, but it is not a particulary hard trip. You sleep at Finse
After Haugastøl, the
highway 7 crosses the
descending down to the Hardanger fjord along a majestic
canyon, ending at
Eidfjord. You must
absolutely stop to watch the magnificent Vøringsfossen
waterfall. The waterfall is best observed from Fossli
hotel, a short detour before the waterfall when you come from
To take advantage of the bright northern summer nights, it is
possible to start from Oslo late in the evening and experience the
early morning by Vøringsfossen. You will be alone, there will be no
traffic and it can be magical three o'clock in the morning.
The highway 7 might be closed in the winter between Haugastøl and
Eidfjord. (If in doubt, check the
reports with the road authority).
After Eidfjord, the road runs along the beatiful Hardanger fjord.
cross the fjord with the ferry from Bu to Bruravik. The ferry takes
about 15 minutes. On the northern side, you could either take the
highway 13 to Voss or continue the higway 7 along the fjord to
Nordheimsund and reconnecting to the E16 at Trengereid. This latter
option is one of the prettiest car trips in the country, but the
quite narrow. Take higway
to Voss if you are in a hurry.
Considerably longer than the other options (Google estimates almost
hours of driving), this is still a highly recommended route, that
take you through some of the most spectacular landscape in Norway.
follow the E16 to Fagernes, from where you take the county road 51
direction Vågå. From Vågå, you go higway 15 to Lom, from where you
road 55 direction Fortun to the end at Sogndalsfjøra.
This route passes by beautiful lake
Gjende, where you can follow the
boat and hike the Besseggen
ridge (if you don't suffer from
vertigo, have appropriate gear and can walk 5-8 hours, some of it a
there is a stave
restaurant of famed chef Arne Brimi and a
good bakery. Going up the Bøverdalen valley
along the county road
you can eat and/or stay overnight at the old stage
Røisheim. From the 55, it is a
short detour up to the lodges Spiterstulen
where you can hike
to the summit
of Norway's highest mountain, Galdhøpiggen.
Close to Galdhøpiggen,
there is also a
summer ski centre.
requires no climbing, its just a long walk. From
Spiterstulen, you can walk on your own (but it's quite long and
From Juvasshytta, you need a guide to take you over the glacier. But
it's much shorter.
Following the county road 55 westwards, you also pass by Krossbu,
you can take a glacier course and walk on the Smørstabbreen
(never climb onto a glacier without a guide). The county road 55, Sognefjellsveien,
is a "national
tourist road" and highly
recommendable. It is the highest road in Norway and thus closed many
months in winter. It does not open until about May 1st. From the
you can view some of Norway's highest and most famous mountains,
mountaineers traditional hangout in Jotunheimen. If you are a
moutaineer yourself, you can hire a guide here for some exiting
climbing. From Turtagrø, you can also do the spectacular hike to Fanaråken.