What is special on the Norwegian routes is the use of spectacular architecture and art. Norwegian architects and designers combined this with the Norwegian nature, and in various ways changed the view. This initiative is called the National Tourist Routes.
Wander along some of Norway’s most beautiful beaches and look out over the ocean with the midnight sun as your companion. If you’re lucky you might see seals, whales and eagles. Earlier in the summer you can visit the bird cliff on the island of Bleiksøya. Discover some little-known highlights such as the tiny fishing village of Bleik. Between Nordmæla and Nøss you will find the rock formation Bukkekjerka, where nature itself has build a natural altar and pulpit.
The road is a pleasure to drive, because it elegantly turns from island to island across its seven bridges. The natural environment and performance of modern technology are combined to create a unique driving experience. The journey takes you from the fertile landscape of the coast to the bare bay of Hustadvika. Atlanterhavsvegen is described as the world's most beautiful car route.
Start the trip at Lærdal and drive over the mountains towards Aurlandsvangen. The first stop is the viewing point at Stegastein. The contrasts are compelling between the fjord and the high mountain region where snow lies for most of the year. Drive back through the Lærdal Tunnel, the world’s longest road tunnel with a length of 24.5 km.
The Gamle Strynefjellsvegen itself is a tourist attraction and a masterpiece of technical design. The road was built by the end of the 19th century. Old stone brickwork and long rows of guard stones give a sense of a journey back in time. The ancient road offers impressive contrasts in the landscape.
Gaularfjellet is quite special. From the fjord you ride up towards to the highest point of Gaularfjellet. At Utsikten you can admire the panorama. The road follows Gaularvassdraget, one of the few watercourses that is protected. A continuous “waterfall path” of almost 25 km. For many people the bridge over the Likholefossen waterfall is a highlight.
The Trollstigen National Tourist Route is a 106-kilometer road through western Norway. This is nature at its best, with breathtaking views of mountain ridges, waterfalls, deep fjords and lush valleys.
Hardanger is like a postcard. Almost everywhere you can see beautiful waterfalls or fruit trees in bloom. The roads in Hardanger set their own pace. Here the trip is the experience. Then Hardanger reveals its unique aspects that change with the season.
This road crosses the biggest high mountain plateau in Northern Europe. Here you will encounter vast plateaus, deep valleys, high mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and azure fjords. Hardangervidda offers a variety of experiences.
The road out to Havøysund is fascinatingly. Only a couple of hundred metres above sea level at the highest point, you get the feeling of driving above the tree line. You drive through a rocky landscape with the Arctic Ocean on one side and rugged outcrops on the other. The landscape is stark and dramatic. In this barren land you can spot sea eagles and reindeer. The drive offers a varied and thrilling experience with a picturesque final stop. The little fishing village of Havøysund located at 71° north is literally the end of the road.
The National Tourist Route Helgelandskysten is the longest of the 18 National Routes. The six cruises and contrasts that you see during the route mean that you should take enough time for this trip.
Jaeren is a normal all-purpose road. The coastal landscape is unique and completely unlike other parts of Norway. To get the strongest impressions you should drive on some of the little side roads. That way you draw closer to the ocean and discover much more than you can from the main road.
Lofoten provides a journey through imposing natural surroundings. The landscape is both beautiful and stark. The combination of the untamed ocean and stormy seas, alpine mountains plunging into the water, tiny fishing villages and white beaches with crystal clear waters will never cease to enchant you.
Rondane is a place to visit. As ancient giants, the mountains stand along the road that leads you through the Rondane National Park. Experience the slowly changing landscape with its towering mountains. Very special - almost magical. Rondane was the first national park in Norway.
The drive along the National Tourist Route Ryfylke is a trip full of contrasts. Here you will encounter high barren mountains, lush hillsides, sheer mountainsides and deep fjords.
The steep mountains plunging deep into the ocean are a breathtaking sight. The road is narrow here and there as it twists along fjords with crystal clear, icy-cold waters. At Bergsbotn you will find a viewing platform allowing you to look out over the ocean and Bergsfjorden. When the drive continues you will find tiny fishing villages and houses clinging to surprising spots. Senja reveals a less harsh side with its sheltered fjord.
From the verdant meadows and the lush cultural landscape of Bøverdalen you can see the towering mountains in the far distance. the road slowly ascends through the valley. It makes its way up to 1,434 metres, making the road northern Europe’s highest mountain pass.
National Tourist Route Valdresflye runs from Garli to Hindsæter, with a detour to Gjende, a total distance of 49 km (Road 51). This is an excellent alternative if you are heading north, or it can be included in a wide variety of round trips.
On this route you will find serenity. You drive past birch woods, marshland and a rugged cliff landscape. The light is special and the bird and animal life are unique. Species of birds that you can’t see anywhere else in the world are relatively easily accessible. A trip along the route leading to the Arctic Ocean will reveal natural surroundings full of contrasts, and the landscape out towards Hamningberg feels like this is a journey to the world’s end.