Norway’s National Tourist Routes

Blending stunning nature and architecture, the National Tourist Routes project has been a huge success for Norwegian tourism.

Senja Bergsfjorden Hamn ©Foto: Roger Ellingsen / Statens vegvesenIt all started in 1994, as a trial project aiming to offer motorists an alternative to the main roads, and stunning architecture along the way. An architectural council was set up, a team of international architects assembled, and before too long interesting buildings started to emerge along Norwegian roads. There are 18 National Tourist Routes (NTR) in Norway, all of which will have been fully completed by 2020. Running along the coast, fjords, and mountains, these routes embrace Norway and its beautiful countryside, offering world-class scenery and vistas at every bend.

Along the way, exciting stops have been designed for taking breaks, parking for hikes and taking photographs. This visionary project, which covers 2,036 kilometres of road and will have been 26 years in the making when completed, is mainly financed by the Norwegian government, and represents an investment of 3.5 billion NOK. Two routes constitute part of the International E-road network: E10 through Lofoten and E75 through Varanger. Senja, NorwayMountain pass roads, such as Sognefjellsvegen, Valdresflye and Trollstigen, are closed during winter. Both sections of the Helgeland Coast Route have two ferries in them, while there is one ferry on Geiranger–Trollstigen and three each on the routes through Ryfylke and Hardanger. The Andøya and Senja routes are connected via the Andenes–Gryllefjord Ferry. Suggestions for as many as 52 National Tourist Routes originally came in, covering some 8,000 kilometres of Norwegian roads.

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Photos and Information Courtesy of National Tourist Routes of Norway

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