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Stegastein Viewpoint [A Local’s Guide]

I grew up in Aurland and am often asked questions about the most popular tourist attraction/sight here – The Stegastein Viewpoint. I live so close to it that you can actually see my house from the viewpoint! So, it’s about time I write a post sharing all the information I have, so you have an in-depth guide to this crowd-pleaser of an attraction in Norway.

The Stegastein Viewpoint (or Stegastein Lookout or Stegastein Viewing Platform as some call it) is a part of the Norwegian Scenic Routes – Aurlandsfjellet (one of the 18 most beautiful road stretches in Norway). These routes combine nature with architecture and design in the most spectacular way. The ‘Snow Road’ over the Aurlandsfjellet (the Aurland mountain) features Stegastein Viewpoint, where you can stop on your way down the mountain.

Of course, you don’t have to drive all across the mountain in order to see Stegastein. More on that below.

In this guide, I cover everything you need to know about the viewing platform before your trip to the fjords. Regardless of which village you visit (Aurland, Flåm, Undredal or Gudvangen), Stegastein should be on your list.

view of aurlandsfjord
The Stegastein Viewpoint is quite a sight in and of itself!

A guide to visiting the Stegastein Viewpoint, Norway

The Aurlandsfjellet Scenic Road starts from Lærdal, covers a distance of 47 kilometres, and ends at the Aurland village (home sweet home!). This road stretch is closed from November to May during winters, due to snow. However, the scenic road from the Aurland village to Stegastein Viewpoint is open all year round, and hence the viewing platform can be visited any time of the year.

The driving distance from Flam to the Stegastein lookout is 18 kilometres, and from Aurland village, the drive is 8 kilometres. Once you cross through Aurland, the road starts becoming steeper and narrower, but more and more beautiful with each curve.

Keep reading for my guide to visiting the Stegastein viewing platform in Norway!

About the Stegastein Viewpoint

The Stegastein lookout is a 30-metre (98 feet) long and 4-metre (13 feet) wide viewing platform in Aurland that offers breath-taking views of the Aurlandsfjord and the surrounding mountains. Made of steel, concrete, glass, and laminated pine wood, this platform is constructed to give you an illusion of floating above the fjord! So it’s quite spectacular indeed.

Suspended at 650-metres (2133 feet) above sea level, the Viewpoint is amongst the most visited tourist attractions in Aurland. Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen designed this architectural marvel, and the construction was completed in 2006.

I actually remember when it was finished, and how cool it was to be able to look up and see it from the village (I was 15 at the time).

From the viewing platform at Stegastein, you can see the panoramic view of the Aurlandsfjord, the Aurland village, the village’s church and school, and even my home. The landscape view that you get from Stegastein Viewpoint is the most unparallel view you can get of any fjord in Norway (unless you go on a hike in the area). On a clear day, you will also be able to spot the Flåm village and the closest end of the Sognefjord. Trust me, Stegastein viewing platform is the most photographed and instagrammable place in the area!

the stegastein viewpoint, blue sky

When to visit Stegastein Lookout?

As mentioned earlier, the Stegastein Viewpoint is open all year round. However, it gets really busy in the summer months. So much that you actually have to form a queue and wait for your turn to get a good photo without anyone else photobombing it. During these peak summer months (May to August), you should visit the viewing platform early in the morning (just before sunrise).

Note that sunrise in summer is ridiculously early, so you might not be up for that. However, if you are a content creator or a photographer, and it’s important to you not to have other people in your shots, you might just have to.

In winters, the road from Flam to Stegastein gets closed intermittently when it snows heavily. The times when this road is blocked, you can access the viewing platform only from Aurland. The roads above Stegastein are closed from November to April.

The public toilet at Stegastein Viewpoint

Bet you never thought you’d see this as a heading in a travel guide?

The restrooms along the Norwegian Scenic Routes are considered amongst the world’s best toilets. Yeah, you read that right! And so is the public toilet located in the parking lot of the Stegastein lookout. This unique toilet has large windows that offer a panoramic view of the fjords from the toilet seat!

(No, no one can see you from outside.)

The public toilet at the Stegastein lookout was recognised as the world’s 4th best public toilet in 2016 by the website named DesignCurial. Even if you don’t have to use the loo, they are worth a visit. Sadly, the public toilet at Stegastein viewing platform is closed in the winter months, so make sure you go before you head up there if you are visiting in the low season.

How to get to the Stegastein Viewing Platform in Norway

Most travellers who wish to explore the Stegastein viewing platform stay in Flam during their trip to the western fjords. There are 4 ways you can reach Stegastein from Flam or Aurland.

Read more: the best things to do in Flåm

1. Visiting Stegastein by bus from Flåm and Aurland

You can join a bus tour from Flam to Stegastein lookout. The one major tour company that operates such tours is Norway’s Best They have departures from both Flam and Aurland all year-round. In the summers, there are hourly departures, whereas in winters, there are two departures daily. Regardless of whether you are staying in Aurland or Flåm, joining this tour is quite easy.

The guided tour lasts for 1,5 hours, where you spend 1 hour travelling to and back from Stegastein. You get a 30-minute time window to get to the viewing platform and take photos. They also provide you with an audio guide with a pair of headphones where you get to learn about the region and its history.

The best part about guided tour is that you don’t have to stress about the traffic or driving on the steep hairpin bends; you just sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic landscapes.

2. Visiting Stegastein by bus from Bergen

It is also possible to visit Stegastein lookout on a guided tour from Bergen. There are a handful of companies that offer day trips from Bergen to the fjord, and these often include a lot more than just the trip to Stegastein. Usually, they include a train or boat transfer to the fjords, the Nærøyfjord fjord cruise and the Flåm Railway as well! So this might just be the perfect way for you to see the fjords from Bergen, especially if you are short on time.

viewing platform in norway, grey clouds

3. Drive to Stegastein

If you have a car, you can drive yourself to the Stegastein viewing platform from Flam or Aurland. From the base of the mountain in Aurland, you need to drive up a steep road with a total of seven sharp hairpin bends. This should take you around 20 minutes. In summers, however, the road up to the viewing platform gets very busy and might take you as long as an hour (or more).

As mentioned earlier, the road from Aurland to Stegastein lookout is steep and narrow. So, unless you are 100% comfortable driving on such narrow winding roads in Norway, kindly do not drive yourself. There are very few meeting points along this road. Every summer, there are delays on the road as many tourists who rent out cars are not able to manoeuvre the vehicle on the narrow stretches. And if it comes to reversing their vehicle, they get really stressed at the idea of falling off the mountainside. If you are one of such, it’s better to join a guided tour than drive yourself.

You can even rent a small electric car in Flam and visit the Stegastein viewpoint and area around Aurland and Flam on your own. Such cars are really small (2-seater), are GPS guided, and hence quite easy to drive on narrow roads.

If you decide to drive, stay up-to-date regarding the road conditions by checking the Norwegian Road Directory. It will flag any road closures or ongoing road works, as well as delays relating to accidents. And again I want to stress; if you are not 100% comfortable on winding Norwegian roads, please don’t drive yourself.

4. Take a taxi to the Stegastein viewing platform

Joining a guided tour could turn out to be quite expensive if you are a part of a big group, as they (naturally) charge per person. In such instances, you can hire a maxi taxi with a driver that will be cheaper than the tour.

There is one main taxi company in Flåm and Aurland. The taxi drivers are experienced in driving on these roads and will take you to the Stegastein lookout safely; while you simply enjoy the stunning scenery. This way, you are also in control of how much time you can spend at the top, as the bus has a schedule it needs to stick to. You can arrange with your driver how long you want to spend there.

5. Hike to the Stegastein Viewpoint

If you have done some hiking in Norway, you already know how beautiful the landscapes are. And so, you might want to hike all the way up to Stegastein!

The hike to the Stegastein viewing platform starts from the car park at the Vangen Church in Aurland village. From here, you have to follow the marked trail to Rygg, the highest road in the residential area. At the end of this road, you will find a sign marked Dagsturhytta and Stegastein. Dagsturhytta is a shorter hike following the same trail as the Stegastein hike.

Please note that the hike to Stegastein lookout is marked as a ‘RED’ hike in Norway, which means that it falls under the hard and strenuous category. The hike is steep and challenging and can become more difficult if it snows or rains. If the trail is wet and slippery, its best to walk the road than hike the trail (or to simply drive or join a bus tour). It can be quite muddy in April and early May, so prime hiking time would be late May to September.

I have hiked to the Stegastein viewing platform from Aurland, and it took me around 2 hours to complete the trek. The hike was indeed strenuous; however, it was totally worth it when I reached the top. I think the hike is pretty doable if you go easy and have the right gear. The hike is “just” around 2 kilometres long, but you are climbing 650 metres in height, so you can imagine how steep it is.

See my video from the hike below!

Stegastein FAQ

What is the Stegastein viewpoint price?

The viewing platform is free to visit, and open all year round. However, if you want to join the bus tour there, the current price of this is 415 NOK per person (2023 prices).

Is the Stegastein viewpoint free?

Yes, visiting the viewpoint is free.

Where can I book the Stegastein bus?

You can book the bus tour to the lookout here.

How can I get from Bergen to Stegastein?

The total drive time from Bergen to Stegastein is 3,5 hours.
You can either travel from Bergen to Aurland by bus (book here), and then hike, take a taxi or join the bus tour to Stegastein.

Alternatively, you can take the train to Flåm (book here), and join the bus tour (or arrange for a taxi) from there.

I hope this post helps you plan your visit to the Stegastein Viewpoint. The viewing platform is worth visiting if you are in the area, and is amongst the top attractions there. If you have any questions not covered in the FAQ, please drop them in the comments section below and I’ll make sure to add them in!


  • Jan

    Hi there – do you recommend any taxi company to contact for the trip up to Stegastein? What would be a reasonable rate for a round trip to Flam?

    • Lisa

      Hi Jan! Thank you for your comment 🙂
      There is just the one taxi company in the area, and it’s called Aurland Taxi. Personally, I recommend going by tour, as it will be the most affordable. I think a round-trip from Flåm will cost around 800-1000 kroner – but it may be that the taxi company is able to give a set price for this.

    • Lisa

      Hi Lynn! I won’t go as far as to say they are “readily available”, as there is only one taxi company in the area, with a handful of cars (4-5, I believe). You usually don’t have to wait long to get a taxi, but if you have a specific time you need to be/go somewhere, I recommend booking it in advance (just in case there is a 30-40 minute wait, which can happen). I hope this was helpful!

    • Shen Pow Liew

      Hi Lisa,

      Am planning to visit in February 2024, driving from Norheimsund. Read from your blog only way is through Aurland. Can you advise me on this and is the way up same as the map in Google? Can you advise which way should I use when turning into Aurland town on the way to Stegastien viewpoint.

      • Lisa

        Exciting! Yes, the route showed in Google Maps is correct, and goes via Aurland. Stegastein Viewpoint is located in Aurland, so that’s why. As Google Maps is correct, I would recommend you follow Google Maps, instead of me trying to explain the road in writing (as it is the same). When you get to Aurland, you can easily follow signs to Stegastein, or just keep following the map 🙂

  • Ana

    Hi Lisa, thanks for the blog. I have a question, is it doable to hike to the view point from flam in winter? Like Jan-Feb time? Many thanks!

    • Lisa

      Hi Ana! The hike is generally doable year-round, but it depends on the conditions when you visit. If it has been snowing, and there is snow at Stegastein (at 650 meters above sea level), I would not attempt the hike. Also, if the ground is frozen, it may be difficult/less enjoyable.

      My advice is to consider the conditions during your stay, and to ask locals (like at your hotel reception) when you are here 🙂 January-February will only be a problem if it has snowed, recently rained a lot (too muddy) or the ground/mud has frozen.

  • Ann

    What a great article
    We plan to be there early March and plan to come to Flam from cruise and hopefully viewpoint
    What will be open in first week of March?

    • Lisa

      Thank you, Ann! 🙂
      The viewpoint and road up there is open year-round. Even though some opening hours are limited during the low season, on cruise days most shops and restaurants extend their opening hours!

  • Elke

    Hello Lisa

    Thank you for this nice article.
    With my 11- and 14-yeat old I’m travelling by train /bus + on foot 2nd half of August and stay some days on the Flåm campsite.
    From there we want to visit the Stegastein Viewpoint and continu to Østebrø , I think it’s Skyss bus n°850.
    My question is whether it’s worth taking a ferry in stead of a bus for the part from Flåm to Aurland, just for the experience and the views. Or is this part of the road equally beautiful by bus?
    In case the boat is an idea and affordable, can you recommend where to book the tickets?
    Thank you !

    • Lisa

      Hi Elke!
      Just to let you know before I answer your question, the bus to Stegastein and the bus to Østerbø are not the same (since Stegastein is on a different road). I am sure you already are aware, but I just wanted to point it out in case you were not 🙂
      The road follows the fjord all the way (except for a tunnel), so I say you can safely travel by road for those 8-10 minutes and still have pretty much the same view.
      Have a great trip!

  • Katie

    Hi there. Im trying to figure out how to get a taxi in advance to take us from Flam to Stegastein. The website does not work for me. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • Francesca

    In your video, you say you walked back from the viewpoint to Aurland via the 8km road. Is it safe? Is there a footpath? We’d be looking at doing the route in late June, going up via the trail and back either using the road, or the trail. Thank you!

    • Lisa

      Hi Francesca! The road is very busy in the summer months, and there are no footpaths. So I personally would walk the trail back down if I felt like the traffic was too much. It is a narrow road, so traffic is usually slow – but walking on it would create more bottle necks than necessary. In early June, walking the road may be fine, but late June it may be too busy. So I recommend just using common sense and gauging the traffic on the day 🙂 Of course, you can always ask locals (the receptionist at your hotel, server at dinner etc) what the traffic to Stegastein has been like in the last few days.

  • Francesca Harper

    Hi Lisa! It’s great having a local expert like yourself to answer questions. I’ve seen that it is possible to walk from Turlifossen to the Stegastein viewpoint, and then back into Aurland using either the road, or the trail that goes past Dagsturhytta. Is the route from Turlifossen to the top easy to find? I’ve read that it’s not very well sign-posted. Do you know if there are any apps or maps that can help? It looks like the route down from Stegastein via the trail into Aurland is easier to follow. Thank you!

    • Lisa

      Yes, this is possible! The trail up to Turli is very well marked the whole way. Once you have reached Turli, you keep following the trail going up (follow Turlivegen, you’ll be crossing the river over a bridge, towards Bjørgo and the farms there). Eventually you reach the main road, and have to follow it downhill for just 5-10 minutes to reach Stegastein. You can also follow the signs to Prest after you have reached Turli, but once you get on the paced main road (where cars drive), stop following these signs and head downhill 🙂 Hope this helps!

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