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The old road between Sletterust and Øvre (upper) Årdal is a lovely road for a bike ride. Its twisting incline brings you 1000metres above sea level. The road does include a tunnel, so it would be beneficial for the bike to have a light.

The road offers a panoramic view towards the mountain range of Hurrungane and a good view in towards the valley of Utladalen, Øvre Årdal, the mountain of Bøttejuvet and the Årdalsvatnet Lake. Approximately 40 bends brings you from the highest point to where the gravel road meets Riksveg (highway) 53, a few kilometres from the centre of Øvre Årdal. There is race that takes place going from Øvre Årdal to the 1000-Metre, and the road up the bends of the old road is also a popular walk amongst the locals.


400 metres – 1,000 metres – 400 metres

Walking map: Årdal walking map

Starting and finishing point: Fv 53 road, the '400 metre' mark

Parking: Fv 53 road, the '400 metre' mark

Waymarking: Information board at Fylkesveg 53, the '400 metre' mark

Altitude difference: 400–1,000 metres.

Total time: 4 hours there and back.

Description of walk

The path follows an old gravel road that was originally a construction road, then a summer car road over the mountain, though today there is a barricade at Rausdalssvingen. From here, you also get a great view of Bøttejuv, Nundalen, Fardalen and Utladalen.


  • Tyinvegen
  • 6884 Øvre Årdal
+47 5766 3444


Level of difficulty:
  • Medium (blue)

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