Best Norway road trip itinerary for two weeks along the Fjords and the Atlantic coast

Norway Road Trip Itinerary for Two Weeks

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Many of our readers who followed our Norway trip on social media have asked me to share our Norway trip itinerary. So here it is – our 2-week Norway trip itinerary that brings you to the most beautiful places along Norway’s fjords and the Atlantic coast. It includes our daily itinerary, practical advice, driving times, a map, and many tips to help you plan your own trip to Norway and make the best of it.

Planning Norway trip itinerary – where to start

Norway is a big country with charming little towns, stunning landscapes, and many highlights, so it might be difficult to choose where to go. And when you look at the map with countless fjords, islands and roads ending in the water, you will probably find it overwhelming to even start planning a road trip in Norway.

I felt the same way too! We have done countless road trips all over the world, but somehow planning our Norway trip itinerary seemed like an impossible task at first.

It’s important to understand that it’s impossible to properly see Norway in just a week or two, so you have to decide which area you want to visit the most. When planning our summer trip for two weeks in Norway we decided to focus on the most beautiful areas in the Southern and Central parts of the country. We wanted to see the famous fjords, do at least some hiking, drive the most scenic routes, and visit the most picturesque towns of Norway.

As I am writing this post on the last day of our trip, I can tell you that we are really happy with this itinerary. There are only a few minor things that we would change if we were to plan this same trip again. Find out!

Two weeks in Norway – our road trip itinerary and map

Please note that this is a summer road trip itinerary, and some of the roads mentioned here are only accessible from May to October, some even as short as from mid June to mid September.

I also did my best to put all of this info in a map too, so check it out. It’s always easier to prepare your trip itinerary when you can see where all these places are.

How to See The Best of Norway in Two Weeks

Day 1: Arrival in Norway – Stavanger

We started our trip in Stavanger, in the South of Norway. Stavanger is a charming little town and it’s a great base for exploring the region and doing some hiking. But the town itself has quite a lot to offer as well. It’s the only place from our 2 weeks in Norway where we wished we had planned to stay longer.

We arrived in Stavanger around noon and decided to take it easy on our first day. We visited the town centre and two of the best museums in town: Norwegian Canning Museum and Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Usually we don’t visit museums when traveling with kids, unless it’s something really special. However, these two museums are extremely well done and are great for adults and kids alike. Actually, we loved Norwegian museums so much that we visited quite a few more later during this trip. They are great for kids too!

Stavanger is a cozy town with lots to see and do and a great base for exploring the region

Stavanger is a charming town

 

Practical information. You don’t necessarily need a car to explore Stavanger. Car rental, parking, toll, and car ferries are quite expensive in Norway, so it’s better not to rent a car unless you really need it. Since Stavanger, Bergen, and the most beautiful areas around Stavanger don’t require a car, we only rented one after we left Bergen.

TIP: Stavanger airport is located a bit outside the city centre. The best option to get to town is by bus – book on Flybussen website in advance. And – if traveling with kids – look for a family ticket. The bus is fast and convenient, it stops at several places in Stavanger, and costs a fraction of what a taxi would cost.

Accommodation in Stavanger. We stayed in Stavanger for 3 nights and booked a family room at a recently built hotel Scandic Stavanger City. It was by far the most family-friendly and the best price/quality hotel of our whole Norway trip. It was also the cheapest. Go figure… Here you can find the best deals for Stavanger accommodation.

Day 2: Stavanger: Lysefjord cruise and hike to the Pulpit Rock

When researching our trip to Stavanger, I read that you need two days to see the main natural highlights of the area. One day for the Lysefjord cruise, and one for the hike to Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen). It’s not the case. You can see both – the Lysefjord and the Pulpit Rock – in one (full) day.

How to do Pulpit Rock hike and Lysefjord cruise in one day

Lysefjord cruise and the Pulpit Rock hike are a must in Stavanger!

Lysefjord cruise - reflections

Lysefjord

 

Practical information. You can read more about this day trip from Stavanger here: How to visit Lysefjord cruise and do the Preikestolen hike in one day. Also read this post if hiking to the Pulpit Rock with kids.

Day 3: Stavanger: Lysefjord and Florli 4444 hike

There are several iconic hikes you can in Stavanger region. In addition to the Pulpit Rock, we wanted to do one more hike. We were hesitating between Kjerag or Florli 4444, and chose for the latter. Florli 4444 is the most memorable and special hike we ever made! Climbing 4444 stairs was tough, but the views were stunning and it’s an experience we will never forget.

Florli4444 staircase and the views over Lysefjord

Florli4444

 

TIP: If you have one more day in Stavanger region and you think you can handle three challenging hikes three days in a row, then you may want to hike to Kjerag as well. Note that these are all challenging hikes, but I am sure you can find other alternatives too. Check Region Stavanger website for more ideas.

Practical information. If you are planning to hike to Kjerag or Florli 4444, you will either need to rent a car or book a guided tour. We went to Florli 4444 with Geir from Lysefjorden Adventure and had wonderful time with nothing to plan or worry about. Here you can read all about our day climbing the world’s longest wooden staircase Florli 4444.

Day 4: Stavanger to Bergen by bus and exploring Bergen

There are many several ways to get from Stavanger to Bergen. You can drive, fly, take a ferry, or a bus. The easiest and cheapest way to travel from Stavanger to Bergen is by taking a coastal bus. It’s also a very scenic ride!

Driving time. The bus trip takes 4,5-5 hours. There are two ferry crossings along the way, so you can get out of the bus to stretch your legs, grab a bite, use the bathroom, etc.

TIP: Book your bus tickets online in advance – it’s cheaper than buying them directly from a driver. If traveling with kids, click on ‘show more ticket types’ and choose a family ticket.

Exploring Bergen. We were extremely lucky with the weather on our first day in Bergen, so we decided to visit the Floyen mountain and do some more hiking. In the evening we came back down to town and explored Bryggen. It’s a magical place when there are no other tourists around!

View over Bergen from Floyen mountain - Norway

View over Bergen from Floyen

 

Accommodation in Bergen. We spent two nights in Bergen. The best location in town is next to the harbour. Here you can find the best deals for Bergen accommodation. And remember to book well in advance. Despite it being a big town with plenty of hotels, Bergen was one of the most challenging places to find a family room when we were planning this trip 9 months in advance.

Day 5: Bergen and suggestions for Trolltunga

Bergen is known as the city where it always rains, and on our second day in Bergen it poured the whole day. Luckily, there is plenty to see and do in this city even when it rains. We chose to visit three museums – Norwegian Fisheries Museum, the Hanseatic museum, and Schotstuene. We bought a combo ticket that included three museums and the shuttle bus between them.

Bergen - Bryggen

Bryggen in Bergen

 

TIP: If you like hiking and don’t mind a 23km (10-12 hours) strenuous hike, then you may want to consider the epic Trolltunga hike. It’s about 2,5-3hrs drive from Bergen. Trolltunga requires a full day and it’s best to stay 2 nights in the area close to it. Here you can find the best deals for Trolltunga accommodation. We didn’t do this hike because our kids are too young for it, but if you hike, then definitely try to add Trolltunga to your Norway trip itinerary.

Day 6: Bergen to Gudvangen/Flam

The rest of this Norway trip itinerary requires a car. Check here for the best deals for car rental and book early for the lowest price. We picked up our rental car in Bergen and drove in the direction of Gudvangen/Flam where we would spend two nights.

On the way from Bergen to Gudvangen we stopped by two waterfalls: Skjervsfossen and Tvindefossen. Skjervsfossen requires a small detour and there were hardly any tourists at all. While Tvindefossen was just next to the road, and there were several tour busses with hundreds of cruise ship passengers.

Upon arrival in Gudvangen we visited the Viking Valley. This Viking village is not to be missed! Count at least 2 hours for a visit. Here you can read more about this authentic Viking Village in Norway.

Afterwards we headed to Flam where we had a 5.25PM reservation for Flamsbana – one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.

Flamsbana scenic railway trip from Flam to Myrdal in Norway

Flamsbana scenic railway trip from Flam to Myrdal

 

Driving time from Bergen to Flam is approximately 2,5 hours. Count 3-4 hours if you are planning to visit the two waterfalls.

Accommodation in Gudvangen/Flam is very scarce and expensive, so book as soon as you start planning your trip. Click here for availability and prices for Flam and Gudvangen accommodation.

Day 7: Gudvangen – Flam area – The Nærøyfjord

We started our day with the cruise on Naeroyfjord from Gudvangen to Flam. My husband took a shuttle bus back to Gudvangen to pick up our car and then returned to Flam (20min driving time each way). After that we had lunch and explored Flam a bit more, walked to a waterfall, and visited the small village of Undredal.

How to see Norway in two weeks

Undredal village along the fjord between Gudvangen and Flam

 

Practical information: If you are planning to do the scenic train ride and the fjord cruise, make sure to book your tickets in advance (check prices and availability on Visit Flam website). Flam is a very popular destination!

Here you can find our suggestions for the best things to see and do in Flam in one day.

Day 8: Gudvangen to Sogndal

We started our day with the drive up the Stegastein viewpoint. We then continued on the old scenic road (Fv.243) to Laerdal. This road is only open from mid June to Mid September – alternative is to take the Laerdal tunnel, the longest car tunnel in the world.

Our next stop was Borgund stave church. It’s a small detour to get there, but worth the trip. After that we continued to Sogndal (ferry crossing from Fodnes to Mannheller).

After checking in at our hotel we headed to nearby Norwegian Glacier Museum and visited two glacier tongues nearby. We also made a short stop in Mundal – the book village in Fjaerland. The picturesque village looks like a beautiful place to hang around for a while if the weather is nice, but it was raining when we visited, so we headed back to Sogndal for early dinner.

Borgund Stave Church in Norway

Borgund Stave Church

 

Driving distance/time. The actual driving distance is not that big, but scenic roads, ferry crossings, and lots of photo stops quickly add up. Total driving distance for this itinerary is 215km.

Accommodation. Sogndal town and area has several really nice hotels. We stayed one night at the beautiful Hofslund Fjord Hotel in Sogndal town itself.

Day 9: Sogndal to Geiranger

The long drive from Sogndal to Geiranger passes some of the most beautiful roads in Norway. Our first stop was at Drivandefossen waterfall. After a short walk we then continued on the scenic road Fv.55 to Lom and afterwards Fv.63 to Geiranger.

Must-do is the scenic road (toll road) to Dalsnibba viewpoint over Geiranger fjord and the area.

Geiranger Fjord Norway

Geiranger Fjord

 

Driving time. There are several roads leading from Sogndal to Geiranger. Count minimum 4-5 hours for the route described above (235km). Add a few hours for the stops along the way.

Note that Geiranger is only accessible by car in summer months. From mid October to May you can only reach Geiranger by boat or train.

Accommodation. Finding accommodation in Geiranger was another challenge when creating our Norway trip itinerary. To keep the long story short, in the end we were lucky to secure two nights at Hotel Geiranger with the best location in the village and fantastic views over the fjord.

Day 10: Geirangerfjord – Briksdalsbreen – Geiranger

We started our day with the scenic fjord cruise on Geiranger fjord. The car ferry crossing from Geiranger to Hellesylt is a great way to see the fjord and to explore more of the area afterwards.

After a short stop at Hellesylt waterfall, we headed to the scenic little towns of Stryn, Loen, and Olden. The main highlight in this area is Briksdalsbreen glacier. The drive there was really scenic and also the hike was well worth it. It’s a popular area visited by tour busses as well, so you won’t be alone.

The nearby Kjendalsbreen glacier is much less known, but according to all the reviews and guidebooks, is also worth a visit. We ran out of time and the weather wasn’t great either, so we skipped it. But if you can, make sure to visit this glacier tongue as well.

Briksdalsbreen glacier in Norway

Briksdalsbreen glacier

 

Driving distance. Total driving distance excluding the ferry is about 200km. Count the whole day.

TIP: Book your tickets for the Geiranger car ferry in advance to make sure that you can start your day early and don’t have to wait for the next ferry on busy days.

Day 11: Geiranger – Orneveien – Trollstigen – Alesund

The drive described here is not the fastest way to get from Geiranger to Alesund. However, it’s the most scenic one. After leaving Geiranger we drove up the steep and winding Ørnevegen – The Eagle Road, to Eidsdal, where we took another scenic ferry ride to Linge. And then we drove up Trollstigen – The Troll Ladder, one of the most visited attractions in Norway.

Geirangerfjord in Norway as seen from the Eagle Road

Geirangerfjord as seen from the Eagle Road

Trollstigen scenic road in Norway

Trollstigen scenic road

 

We reached Alesund in the late afternoon, which gave us plenty of time to walk around the small town centre, climb the 418 steps to the Mount Aksla viewpoint, and have a nice dinner.

Alesund in Norway

Alesund

 

Driving distance. 192km, count at least 4-5 hours. Add another hour for the scenic walk on top of Trollstigen.

Accommodation. We spent one night in Alesund. You can find the best deals for Alesund accommodation here.

Day 12: Alesund – Atlantic Ocean Road – Kristiansund

Main highlight today is the Atlantic Ocean Road. However, the part that most tourists visit is just over 8km long, and you don’t need the whole day for it. We took the longer version of this road, took many detours and took the time to walk around and travel slower. It was one of our favourite days in Norway! With beautiful landscapes and hardly any other people around.

Leave Alesund and drive to Vestnes from where you take the ferry to Molde. In Molde, make sure to turn left on the road 664 in the direction of Bud.

Atlantic Ocean Road Norway

Atlantic Ocean Road

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Little fishermen’s village Bud along the Atlantic Road

 

Kristiansund itself is a beautiful, but a very quiet town with very little to do for tourists in the evening. If you arrive early, you can take the ferry connecting the five islands, visit the Klipfish museum, or walk in the park or to the coast.

Driving distance/time. 185km – minimum 4 hours without stops.

Accommodation. We spent one night in Kristiansund. Check prices and availability for Kristiansund accommodation here.

Day 13: Kristiansund to Trondheim

There are several roads to get from Kristiansund to Trondheim. We chose the scenic route Fv. 680 along the coast and the views were well worth the detour.

Since we had plenty of time, we made a stop at the Sverresborg folk museum just outside the city centre of Trondheim.

After that we returned our rental car and we still had plenty of time to walk around the old town of Trondheim.

Landscapes along Rv680 route to Trondheim Norway

Landscapes along Rv 680

 

TIP: If you want to make your trip a day shorter, you could continue straight to Trondheim, explore the city centre, and leave Norway the next morning.

Driving distance/time. Scenic road 207km 4-5 hours. Quickest: 200km 3,5 hrs.

Accommodation. We stayed in Trondheim for two nights. Here you can find the best deals for Trondheim accommodation.

Day 14: Trondheim

We spent the last day of our trip exploring Trondheim, the third largest town of Norway. Unfortunately for us, the weather was really bad, so we couldn’t do many things we had planned to. We made it a nice relaxing day to end our holiday, but if you want to save some time, you could skip this day altogether.

Trondheim Norway

Trondheim

 

Day 15: Departure from Norway

Trondheim airport is located quite far from the city.  We took a bus to the airport – the bus station is centrally located, busses run every 10-15 minutes, and it drops you off right at the terminal after a ride of about 40 minutes.

TIP: There is no reason to keep your rental car till the airport in Trondheim. Parking is difficult to find and expensive in Trondheim, on top of that there are toll roads on the way to the airport, not to mention the rental price for an extra day or two.

So this was our family road trip itinerary for two weeks in Norway. If you have any questions or suggestions based on your own experience, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

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  1. Amazing. And the pics are so beautiful. As already said, we will be going but not for another 3-4 years, due to the kids ages.
    But thank you for sharing, and thank you for making this an exiting, long term 🙂 family project .

    1. Author

      Thanks for following along, Corina. It’s always great to hear that our travels inspire other families. Norway is extremely kid- and family-friendly. The only reason I see to wait till the kids are somewhat older is that you can do more hiking. Otherwise – a perfect country to visit with kids of any age. Museums are fantastic too, so much to do for kids!

  2. My husband was working in Laerdal a few years ago! Lovely town with all the old houses! I love Norway and it is somewhere I want to explore more of – hopefully one day we can follow your itinerary as it looks excellent Jurga!

    1. Author

      I thought you would have already seen all these places since you lived there, Tracy. It’s good to hear that you found some more inspiration! Norway is definitely worth exploring more. We are hoping to go back too!

  3. Thanks for sharing this great itinerary, Norway is high on our list. Hoping to get there and hike up pulpit rock and drive the Trollstigen.

    1. Author

      Thank you, Priya! I am glad you found some inspiration here. I am sure you would love Norway, it’s just stunning!

  4. Thank you for sharing this inspirational post. It’s full of well researched details and I truly appreciate the hard work you have done. We look forward to following in your footsteps!

    1. Author

      Thank you for this, June! I always put a lot of work and research into my posts, so it’s always nice to hear that people appreciate it.

  5. SO much of the Norway landscape reminds me of the south island of New Zealand. Breathtaking views and incredible roads that wind around – makes for the ultimate RV adventure!

    Those quaint little colourful houses would be amazing to live in – pure zen!

    Thank you for sharing some amazing pictures as well by the way 🙂

    1. Author

      That’s true, Chris! Norway looks a bit like New Zealand, just a bit less sheep. 🙂 Both beautiful nature destinations. Just – in our case – Norway is so much closer and more accessible. That being said, somehow we managed to visit NZ 14 years ago, but only made it to Norway now :).

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