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Any alternative routes for FV55 and FV63

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Any alternative routes for FV55 and FV63

FV55 and FV63 are both long stretch of roads, passing by many towns. In the event that these roads are closed, is it the whole roads closed or just certain sections?

Are there any alternative routes to take, if I want to catch a glimpse of Jotuheimen National Park, and the Geirangerfjord ?

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1. Re: Any alternative routes for FV55 and FV63

On google maps I cannot see a single village on RV63.

http://g.co/maps/wndxt

Trollstigen is a tourist road and is not maintained in winter (roads are needing snow clearance this time of year). Ordinary traffic will follow the main roads like E15. You may be able to make a detour to the bottom of the mountain pass, but that would hardly be worthwhile.

Sognefjellet has at present snowy and icy driving conditions. This is an extremely narrow and winding road and I would strongly discourage you to do this road unless you are familiar with driving under such conditions. Right now the road is partly closed due to an accident.......

This time of year we recommend to stay in Oslo and Bergen and do the Norway in a Nushell trip for some fjord experience.

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2. Re: Any alternative routes for FV55 and FV63

Well, it seems that I have to give Trollstigen & Sognefjellet a miss this time round. Hope I will return to cover them again in the right season.

Would you recommend to cover the Atlantic Road at this time round ?

Apart from the two main cities - Oslo & Bergen, are there any places worth visting at this time round ?

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3. Re: Any alternative routes for FV55 and FV63

The Atlantic Road would not be any problem in October as it is coastal. But driving all that distance just in search of that short stretch of road would hardly be worthwhile.

You can easily drive in the lowlands of the fjord areas if you prefer that over the train/bus/boat and the cities. It is just that it is the landscape and the area that is the attraction rather then the little places along the route. Note that the weather can be very unpredictable in these areas. Rain , fog and sleet to be expected as the percipitation is normally high in autumn/winter in the fjords. Accomodation could be limited too, many close during the off season. You will find accomodation in Flåm. Hardangerfjord area can be done as a day trip from Bergen and does not involve venturing into the mountains. Main roads are cleared of snow and salted during frost periods in the lowlands. There is risk of frost in the lowlands in late October but snow is rare.

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4. Re: Any alternative routes for FV55 and FV63

Road 63 is closed at two points during the winter: Trollstigen (between Valldal and Åndalsnes), and at Djupvatnet (between Geiranger and road 15). There are no towns there, only tiny villages (the road ends at the small town of Åndalsnes).

Road 55 also has a difficult mountain pass east of Fortun (called Sognefjellet), closed during winter.

Geirangerfjord and Jotunheimen are certainly nice but there many other great fjords and mountains that are more available at this time of year. The nutshell is perhaps the best alternative at this time - includes great fjords and the high mountains.

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5. Re: Any alternative routes for FV55 and FV63

Hi, thanks for the precious advice once again.

We planned to take the Rauma Railway from Dombass to Andalsnes. Upon arriving Andalsnes, we thought of renting a car over the weekend. Are there any suitable places to cover via car that will not be subject to weather conditions closures ?

Just wondering, if RV63 is closed between Geiranger & Road 15, what is the alternative route to take to reach Geiranger ?

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6. Re: Any alternative routes for FV55 and FV63

If Trollstigen road 63 is closed, you have to stay on road E136 towards Ålesund, at Sjøholt turn east road 650 to Linge ferry, then to Eidsdal and Geiranger along 63 (small mountain pass too called "Eagle's road"). Not for the anxious if road is slippery:

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7. Re: Any alternative routes for FV55 and FV63

Thanks again.

One of the link you provide shows a viewing point of Geirangerfjord ( i presume). Is that within reach via car during this period of time. How do i go there ?

Is there any town worth visiting around Andalses ?

I have been trying to write to some of the tourist information offices for more info, but many do not respond. Presume they are closed by now.

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8. Re: Any alternative routes for FV55 and FV63

The viewing points is the road itself, this one is a hairpin on road 63:

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Åndalsens is the town (small one), but the village itself is not interesting.

The ancient Rødven Stave Church some 20 km from Åndalsnes is perhaps interesting (interior not available in winter):

www.visitmolde.com/no/Produkt/?TLp=32750

Ålesund is a nice town in great surroundings and certainly worth a half day of strolling:

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9. Re: Any alternative routes for FV55 and FV63

When road 63 is closed, does that mean the whole stretch is closed or just part of it ? Is the "eagle road" open during late Oct , or again subject to weather conditions ?

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10. Re: Any alternative routes for FV55 and FV63

It is important to understand that these roads are challenging to drive at the best of times. They are narrow, steep and extremely winding. Also, they are secondary roads and less well maintained than the main roads for the challenges of winter driving. In late October there is a risk of frost at night and roads can get slippery, especially in the morning. In such cases the main roads get priority for gritting and salting - meaning that you take a higher risk when choosing to drive on secondary roads. At altitudes higher than 4-500 meters you can risk that the percipitation will fall as snow. Heavy snowfall will give reduced visibility as well as slippery surface.

Right now Rv 63 is open for traffic, how the conditions will be later in the month is very difficult to predict.