We have been crossing Sognefjellet several times, but never when it has been all covered in snow. The road over the mountain pass is more than 1400 meters high and are closed during winter. The road opened the weekend before Easter this year, and we used the opportunity to take a look, and to take some photos to share with you all. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
In the middle of September this year, we revisited the Briksdal Glacier. Even we knew it has withdrawn considerably since last time, it was still a bit disappointing to see it was hardly hanging over the edge of the mountain. Anyhow, the drive up the valley was spectacular as always, even more so this time with the dramatic clouds covering the mountain sides.
As carefully suggested in the previous post about the Briksdal Galcier we strongly urges everybody to walk the 2.5 km from the parking, although they offer transport most of the way, its an easy walk.
With almost 500 meters above sea level you can see down to one of the most treacherous stretches for seafarers along the Norwegian coast. The weather can turn in the blink of an eye, making this idyllic scenery to a nightmare of strong current and gale wind. Many ships have ended their journey in these waters.
The spectacular panoramic view from West Cape might lead you to believe its the western most place in Norway, witch its not (its Vardetangen close to Bergen by the way).
Briksdalsbreen is maybe the best known arm of the bigger Jostedalsbreen in Norway, the biggest glacier on continental Europe. Its not only the glacier that are spectacular, the path from the parking presents us with some breathtaking impressions as well.
Sognefjellet is a mountain pass – the highest in Northern Europe – between Sognefjorden and Lom, in Norway. You can use the Tourist Route 55 and indulge in wild towering mountains of Jutunheimen Nasjonallpark and open views, where you basically go from sea level to the roof of Norway in 30 minutes driving.