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Southwestern Norway

Scenic Sogn og Fjordane

The World Heritage region consists of two sub-areas: the Geiranger Fjord and the Nærøyfjordwith surrounding area. In total the region extends over an area of 1,227 km², of which 107 km² are allotted to the sea. Many people see these two fjords as a symbol for Norway – as the world’s best known fjord nation. It is presumably due to them that the Norwegian word “fjord” is internationally in use! Fjords are amongst the world’s most dramatic and spectacular landscapes. In the domain of natural science, the Geiranger Fjord and Nærøyfjord are seen as classic examples of this type of landscape. The region is characterized by a multifaceted abundance of nature – with large differences in altitude and short distances between sea and high mountains. The natural geological processes which have led to the formation and further development of fjords are not influenced by humans or technical interventions. Man is the guest of nature in the World Heritage region – therefore behave circumspectly!

Gamle Strynefjellsvegen
An over 100 year-old masterpiece of road construction art meanders through the mountain and fjord landscape from Grotli over the Strynefjell to Videseter. Since time immemorial, tracks beaten by packhorses and saddle horses have connected the mountain village Skjåk with Stryn on the fjord. The loads were heavy and the transport tedious. The construction of a route from Hjelle to Grotli over the Strynefjell was resolved in 1881. The enthusiasm was considerable as the first wagons rolled over the pass in 1894. A new section – passable year-round thanks to three tunnels – was handed over for traffic in 1978. Yet only the old “gamle” route grants the famous view. Wild nature is all around here. The east side of the mountains are characterized by the round cliffs carved in the Ice Age, whereas steep mountainsides and pointed peaks are predominant on the west side.

Gamle Strynefjellsvegen is closed in the winter and only passable starting in June. The road was cleared of snow by hand shovels well into the 1950s: 200 men three the snow into walls that were meters high. Today snow blowers which clear the road within a few days are utilized. Skiing is possible in Tystigen until well into the summer. Late summer and fall are the high season for hikers. Touring cyclists also get their money’s worth. The National Tourist Route Gamle Strynefjellsvegen between Grotli and Videseter is 27 km long.

The Motorcycle Hotel in the Strynefjell Mountains: Hotel Videseter

Source: www.visitnorway.com