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20 Incredible and Easily Accessible Viewpoints in the Fjords

20 Incredible and Easily Accessible Viewpoints in the Fjords

Discover a curated selection of 20 remarkable and conveniently reachable viewpoints nestled within the breathtaking Norwegian fjords. These viewpoints share a common trait: the ease of access, as you can drive nearly to each vantage point. Here’s your guide to experiencing some of Norway’s most awe-inspiring vistas, with a couple of gondola rides thrown in for good measure.

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Note: Many of these roads and viewpoints are open during the summer and close in the autumn, contingent upon factors such as snow accumulation and the risk of avalanches. Seasonal opening times may vary depending on location and road conditions, with some closures occurring during the winter months.

The Atlantic Road and Coastal Majesty

The illustrious Atlantic Road, spanning eight kilometers, forms a segment of the 36-kilometer Atlanterhavsvegen National Tourist Route, stretching from Kårvåg in Nordmøre to Bud in Romsdal. Voted the construction marvel of the century in Norway, it stands as one of the ten National Tourist Routes in Western Norway.

A convenient parking lot awaits at Eldhuset Café/Service Building on Eldhusøya Island near Storseisundbrua Bridge. While the café and service facilities operate only during the summer season, the trail remains accessible year-round, offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Road, Storseisundbrua Bridge, and the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Explore the wonders of the Atlantic Coast across all seasons.

Season: The road is open throughout the year; refer to the provided link for Café and Service Building hours.

Winter: Winter tires are mandatory due to often poor road conditions, including snow and ice. Limited parking may be available during winter months.

The Majestic Molde Panorama at Varden

Nestled along the outer edge of Romsdalsfjord, Molde stands as the second-largest city in Møre og Romsdal. Renowned for its floral splendor, the Molde International Jazz Festival, and the captivating Molde Panorama, it beckons visitors to the Varden viewpoint and Vardestua Café, perched 407 meters above sea level. Revel in the breathtaking Molde Panoramic View, which unveils the Romsdalsfjord and its encircling array of 222 snow-capped peaks.

Season: Vardestua Café operates during the summer season.

Winter: The road to Varden and Vardestua remains closed in winter.

The Romsdal Gondola Experience

Embark on an exhilarating journey from fjord to mountain in just four and a half minutes aboard the Romsdal Gondola. Ascend from Eggen Restaurant atop Mt Nesaksla to behold a mesmerizing vista encompassing Åndalsnes and the Romsdalsfjord below. The gondola shuttles passengers from the fjord station at Åndalsnes to the mountain station at Mt Nesaksla, 694 meters above the fjord.

Season: Refer to the Romsdalsgondolen website for seasonal schedules and operating hours.

Trollstigen in Romsdal: A Legendary Route

Trollstigen, an iconic symbol of Norwegian tourism, constitutes an integral segment of the Geiranger-Trollstigen National Tourist Route, located 18 kilometers from Åndalsnes. Comprising 11 hairpin turns, this mountainous thoroughfare unveils its splendor during the summer months. Wander a short distance from the Trollstigen Mountain Plateau to discover two new viewpoints ideal for capturing scenic vistas.

Note: Trollstigen Mountain Road imposes restrictions on vehicle length.

Season: Trollstigen Road is open in summer months.

Winter: Trollstigen Road is closed during winter.

Trollveggen: The Legendary Troll Wall

Journey eight kilometers from Åndalsnes to encounter the awe-inspiring Trollveggen and Trolltindene in the Romsdalen Valley. Gaze upon the towering peaks of Trolltindene, Trollveggen, and Romsdalshorn, while soaking in panoramic views of the Romsdalen Valley and the Rauma River below. The Trollveggen Visitor Centre offers a closer look at Europe’s tallest vertical rock face, the formidable Trollveggen.

Season: The visitor center operates during the summer months.

Winter: The parking lot may experience closures in winter due to snow accumulation. Winter tires are mandatory, and road conditions can be challenging.

Aksla Viewpoint and Fjellstua Restaurant in Ålesund

Ascend Mt Aksla, Ålesund’s town mountain, for unparalleled views of the cityscape and the Atlantic Ocean. Accessible via a scenic 418-step climb or by car, the summit at 189 meters above sea level hosts Fjellstua, a café offering panoramic vistas of Ålesund and its surrounding archipelago.

Season: Open year-round; check the provided link for Café and Viewing Platform hours.

Winter: Winter tires are necessary due to steep and winding roads, often covered in snow and ice.

Ørnesvingen, the Eagle Road, in Geiranger

Perched atop the Eagle Road in Geiranger, Ørnesvingen offers a breathtaking panorama of the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord and the quaint town below. Note the limited parking space and the need for caution due to high traffic.

Season: Open during the summer months.

Winter: Closed during winter, with limited parking availability.

Flydalsjuvet Viewpoint in Geiranger

Make your way to Flydalsjuvet for an iconic vista of Geiranger and its stunning fjord landscape. Capture the beauty of Geirangerfjord and its surrounding mountains and waterfalls from this picturesque vantage point.

Season: Open in summer months.

Winter: Accessible with winter tires, but parking may be limited.

Geiranger Skywalk Dalsnibba

Continuing from Flydalsjuvet, embark on a 17-kilometer journey to Geiranger Skywalk Dalsnibba, offering unparalleled views of Geiranger, the Geirangerfjord, and the majestic mountain ranges.

Season: Open during summer.

Winter: Closed for winter.

Loen Skylift in Loen, Nordfjord

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Experience the marvel of Loen Skylift, whisking passengers from the fjord to Mt Hoven in just five minutes. Revel in the panoramic views of Nordfjord and its surrounding landscapes, with Hoven Restaurant offering a delightful culinary experience.

Season: Refer to Loen Skylift website for seasonal operation details.

Hoddevik – Surfers Paradise

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Discover the captivating beach at Hoddevik, a renowned destination for surfers along the west coast of Nordfjord. Embrace the thrill of surfing while soaking in panoramic views from the top of the hairpin road.

Season: Open year-round; check for surf camp and surfing hours.

Winter: Accessible with winter tires, but parking may be limited.

Vestkapp (West Cape) at Stadlandet

Journey to Vestkapp, the westernmost point of mainland Norway, for a truly epic vista. Behold sweeping views spanning from the Sunnmøre Alps in the north to Ålfotbreen Glacier in the southeast, and Bremangerlandet to the south.

Season: Open during summer months.

Winter: Closed during winter.

Kannesteinen at Vågsøy

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Marvel at the natural wonder of Kannesteinen, a three-meter-high mushroom-shaped rock sculpted by millennia of ice and ocean waves. Situated in the western part of Vågsøy, northwest of Måløy, it offers a captivating sight year-round.

Utsikten Viewpoint and Gaularfjellet Mountain Road

Embark on a thrilling drive across Gaularfjellet National Tourist Route, a 130-kilometer stretch of road offering diverse landscapes. Stop by the Utsikten viewpoint for breathtaking vistas along the route.

Season: Open during summer months.

Winter: Closed during winter.

Stegastein Viewpoint in Aurland

Journey along the Aurlandsfjellet National Tourist Route to Stegastein, situated 650 meters above Aurland and the Aurlandsfjord. Revel in stunning views of the fjord and its surrounding mountains.

Season: Accessible year-round, with winter closures just above Stegastein.

Fløibanen Funicular and Mt Fløyen in Bergen

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to ride the Fløibanen Funicular to Mt Fløyen when visiting Bergen. Enjoy unparalleled views of Bergen city, Vågen Harbour, and Byfjorden from the summit, where you’ll find Fløirestauranten and Fløien Shop and Café.

Season: Refer to Fløibanen website for seasonal details.

Låtefoss Waterfall in Odda, Hardanger

Witness the grandeur of Låtefoss, a 165-meter-high waterfall cascading into the Oddadalen Valley, located 16 kilometers south of Odda. Best visited in early summer, it offers a breathtaking spectacle.

Season: Ideal time to visit is early summer.

Winter: Accessible with winter tires, but parking may be limited.

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