Trek Travel’s #8 Greatest Ride In The World.
This iconic Northern Europe climb will test both your legs and your Gortex riding gear as it winds up from the small village of Skjolden up to the famous glaciers of Sognefjellet pass.
Discover this ride on our Norway trip.


Only clear of snow a few months of the year, this relentless climb will offer incredible views of the vast and extremely remote mountainscape above the Fjords. Designated, for good reason, as a Norwegian National Scenic route, you won’t regret testing the legs on this incredible, bucket list climb.

Open May to mid August, the Sognefjellet ski center at 32.7kms, is a beautifully remodeled old ski lodge that offers tons of warm food options for lunch or a quick stop. It is not uncommon to see the Norwegian XC ski team training out on the glacier here during the summer.

“We’ve taken a lot of bike trips with a Trek Travel and other companies, and a few of the rides on this trip were my all-time favorites. We chose this trip since Trek Travel was the only company offering a road bike trip in Norway and given the logistics challenges, this trip was outstanding. We really enjoyed the opportunity to do some epic rides. I also enjoyed the opportunity to hike to the waterfall and the glacier. These activities really enhanced the experience and helped us feel that we got a good taste of the beauty of Norway.”

-Leslie C., Trek Travel Guest

Three Things You Need to Know

The 21.1 km climb crawls 1481m up from the Fjord to the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe. Average grade is 8.8% but don’t be surprised if you see grades as steep as 15%

Due to the extreme environment of the far North, the weather changes incredibly fast here. Make sure to pack all the rain gear and a good attitude because you will likely need both.

Water, coffee, assorted pastries and the best carrot cake you’ll ever have available at Turtago hotel 10km up the climb. They also have a big fireplace and tons of old mountaineering books to flip through while you warm up.

Local Resources

Stay at the Skjolden hotel right on the iconic Sognefjord, the largest and deepest fjord in Norway and only 5km from the base of the climb. The owner, Siri, of the Skjolden hotel is a great resource for the best hikes, medical needs, rentals, fjord adventures, etc. You can almost always count on her being behind the front desk with a huge smile on her face.

All your grocery needs can be met at markets in Skjolden and Guapne. About an hour from Skjolden is the larger town of Sogndal where there is a large outdoor store, cell phone stores and more food options.

Discover this ride on our Norway trip.

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