Norway in a Nutshell Part 4: Stegastein

LOCATED 10KM NORTH OF FLÅM ALONG AURLANDSFJORD is the Stegastein, an overlook that provides a stunning view of the fjord. The structure itself is a marvel to behold.

The 30-meter-long and 4-meter-wide steel and laminated pine platform was designed by Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen, who submitted the design to a competition in 2002 and won. The structure, which is part of a national program of tourist routes commissioned by the Norwegian Highway Department, was unveiled in 2006.

The platform hangs 650 meters above the Aurlandsfjord and jutting 30 meters from the mountain, providing visitors a panoramic view of the cliffs and the village below.

Regular tour vans to Stegastein depart from the tourist center in Flåm. The journey itself is scenic, although the fact that it’s passing through narrow highways with worryingly tight turns might make one want to avoid sitting window-side.

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