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Ultimate Norway Itinerary: 2 Weeks Road Trip Along the Best Fjords

Ultimate Norway Itinerary: 2 Weeks Road Trip Along the Best Fjords

Are you thinking of traveling to Norway, but are not sure where to start and how to plan your trip? In this article, we share our 2-week Norway itinerary that brings you to the most beautiful places along Norway’s fjords and the Atlantic coast.

Our Norway trip itinerary is based on lots of research and personal experience with a self-drive road trip visiting the most beautiful towns and fjords in the south-west of the country.

In this article, we feature our detailed Norway road trip itinerary, practical advice, driving times, a map, and many tips to help you plan your own dream trip to Norway and make the best of it. Take a look!

Planning Norway Road Trip – 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. We even considered booking a cruise in Norway instead…

It’s important to understand that Norway is huge and it’s impossible to properly see the whole country or even just the main highlights in a week or two. So you have to decide which area you want to visit the most and focus on that.

When planning our summer trip for two weeks in Norway we decided to focus on the most beautiful areas in the Southwest 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 Norway itinerary. There are only a few minor things that we would change if we were to plan this same trip again. Find out!

Update: A few years later, we also visited Northern Norway in summer and spent two weeks traveling around Lofoten Islands, Vesteralen, Senja, and Tromso. You can find all the details of that trip in our Northern Norway Itinerary.

   

Please note that this is a summer road trip itinerary. 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 on a map too, so check it out. It’s definitely easier to prepare your Norway itinerary when you can see where all these places are.

How to Use This Map: Use your computer mouse (or fingers) to zoom in or out. Click on the icons to get more information about each place. Click the arrow on the left top corner for the index. Click the star next to the title of the map to add this map to your Google Maps account. To view the saved map on your smartphone or PC, open Google Maps, click the menu button, and go to ‘Your Places’/’Maps’.

See the best of Norway with this 2-week road trip itineray along the most beautiful fjords and the Atlantic coast
 

Ultimate Norway Itinerary – How to See The Best of Norway in Two Weeks

Day 1: Arrival in Norway – Stavanger

We started our Norway trip in Stavanger, in the Southwest 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 center and two of the best museums in town: the Norwegian Canning Museum and the 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!

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 center. The best option to get to town is by bus – book on the 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…

LEARN MORE: Where to Stay in Stavanger – Best Hotels & Accommodation

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

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).

However, this is not necessarily the case! You can see both – the Lysefjord and the Pulpit Rock – in one (full) day.

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.

LEARN MORE: Hiking to Pulpit Rock

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
 

Day 3: Stavanger: Lysefjord and Florli 4444 Hike

There are several iconic hikes you can do in the Stavanger region. In addition to Pulpit Rock, we wanted to do one more hike. We were hesitating between Kjerag or Florli 4444, and chose 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.

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 a 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.

READ ALSO: Best Things to See and Do in Stavanger

Florli4444 staircase and the views over Lysefjord
Florli4444
 

Day 4: Stavanger to Bergen by Bus and Exploring Bergen

There are 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!

Accommodation in Bergen. We stayed two nights at Scandic Torget Bergen. The best location in town is next to the harbor. Here you can find some of 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.

View over Bergen from Floyen mountain - Norway
View over Bergen from Floyen
 

Day 5: Bergen and Suggestions for Trolltunga

Bergen is known as the city where it always rains. 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 – the Norwegian Fisheries Museum, the Hanseatic Museum, and Schotstuene. We bought a combo ticket that included all three museums and the shuttle bus between them.

ALTERNATIVE 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 accommodation near the Trolltunga hike trailhead.

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. It’s one of the most spectacular hikes in Norway.

Bergen - Bryggen
Bryggen UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bergen
 

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 5.25 PM reservation for Flamsbana – one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.

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 make sure to book it as soon as you start planning your trip. Click here for availability and prices for accommodation in Flam or Gudvangen.

Flamsbana scenic railway trip from Flam to Myrdal in Norway is one of the best things to do in Flam
Flamsbana scenic railway trip from Flam to Myrdal
 

Day 7: Gudvangen – Flam area – The Nærøyfjord

We started our day with the cruise on Naeroyfjord from Gudvangen to Flam. After arrival in Flam, my husband took a shuttle bus back to Gudvangen to pick up our car. He then returned to Flam to pick us up (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.

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 the Visit Flam website). Flam is a very popular destination!

LEARN MORE: Best things to see and do in Flam in one day

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Undredal village along the fjord between Gudvangen and Flam
 

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. An 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 an early dinner.

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

Borgund Stave Church in Norway
Borgund Stave Church
 

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 afterward Fv.63 to Geiranger.

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

Driving time. There are several roads leading from Sogndal to Geiranger. Count a minimum of 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 the 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.

Geiranger Fjord Norway
Geiranger 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 the 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.

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.

Briksdalsbreen glacier in Norway
Briksdalsbreen Glacier
 

Day 11: Geiranger – Ornevegen – 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.

Then we drove up Trollstigen – The Troll Ladder, one of the most beautiful scenic roads in the world. It’s also one of the most popular places to see 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 the town of Alesund in the late afternoon. That gave us plenty of time to walk around the small town center, climb the 418 steps to Mount Aksla viewpoint, and have a nice dinner.

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 and stayed at First Hotel Atlantica right in the town center. You can find more Alesund accommodation options here.

Alesund in Norway
Alesund
 

Day 12: Alesund – Atlantic Ocean Road – Kristiansund

The 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 favorite 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 road 664 in the direction of Bud.

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.

Atlantic Ocean Road Norway
Atlantic Ocean Road
Planning a trip to Norway - check this 2-week itinerary for the best fjords, colorful towns, and stunning landscapes
Little fishermen’s village Bud along the Atlantic Road
 

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 center of Trondheim.

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

TIP: If you want to make your trip a day shorter, you could continue straight to Trondheim, explore the city center, 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 check availability for Trondheim accommodation.

Landscapes along Rv680 route to Trondheim Norway
Landscapes along Rv 680
 

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 had a nice relaxing day, walked around the town a bit. It was very lively as there were several events in town that weekend, so it was really nice to experience the city as locals do. And it was a good way to end our trip.

TIP: If you want to save some time when planning your Norway trip, you could skip this day altogether. Trondheim town can be visited in just a few hours, so you could easily do it in the evening of the day when you arrive here.

Trondheim Norway
Trondheim
 

Day 15: Departure from Norway or Continue to Lofoten/Tromso in the North

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 until 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.

ALTERNATIVE SUGGESTION: If you have another few days to spend in Norway, you can fly to the north and explore more of this amazing country. One of the most popular regions many people visit is Lofoten. Another great place to be is Tromso. If you are feeling even more adventurous, fly all the way up to Svalbard – a Norwegian archipelago just 1000 km from the North Pole. No matter which destination you choose, they are all worth a visit!

LEARN MORE: 2-Week Northern Norway Travel Itinerary

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

TIP: Planning a trip to Norway and wondering about the budget? Make sure to read this: How expensive is Norway.

Thinking of visiting Norway in winter? Check this out for some serious winter travel wanderlust: Best things to do in Tromso in winter & Best things to do in Svalbard in winter.

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David

Friday 26th of August 2022

I loved reading your article on your 2-week trip to Norway. I would like to do a similar trip in 2023. How hard was it getting your reservations and doing the planning on your own? I have been looking at some travel sites that have similar road trips and have been wondering if it is better/cheaper to try to do this on my own and follow your itinerary. I have never been to Norway.

Thanks, David

Jurga

Saturday 27th of August 2022

Hi David, it’s extremely easy to plan your own trip to Norway. We have all the links and useful info in our articles. Just be sure to book well in advance. For accommodation and car rental for our trip in the summer, we booked about 8-9 months upfront. In most places, you’ll have some options last-minute too, but some other areas have fewer facilities and there’s not much choice left if you wait too long. It’s also usually much cheaper if you book in advance and you have more choices. For boats/tours, I normally book as soon as it’s possible or at least a few weeks in advance. Try to look for options with free cancellation so that you keep flexibility.

Jackie

Friday 12th of August 2022

Hi Jurga! Love reading your articles, all very helpful and well thought out. Just have a question for you. If we have 18 days in Norway, and we want to split it up our time between north and south thinking of 7-8 days in Lofoton Islands and the rest in southern Norway starting in Stavanger would you add Flam or Alesund areas or what areas would you recommend are the best to see and what to cut out? We would probably fly from Stavanger or Bergen north to Lofoton halfway through the trip to cut out drive time or ferry. We are adventures, like to hike but not hardcore hiking 5-7miles in a day and no more than moderate skill level. Not much into cities, love nature and beauty. Any helpful hints would be great. Appreciate your time. Thank You, Jackie

Jurga

Saturday 13th of August 2022

Hi Jackie, with 18 days in Norway, indeed, you could easily add Lofoten to your itinerary. I probably wouldn't fly there halfway through the trip though, but in the beginning or at the end, so that you limit the number of flights and car rentals. So you could potentially start in Stavanger, and follow this itinerary until day 11 to Alesund. Then from Alesund, you could fly to Bodo or Hardstad/Narvik and spend a week in Lofoten. We're just back from Lofoten and I have our 2-week Northern Norway itinerary published already (with more to come). The first part of that article is about Lofoten, so you can find more details on what to see/do there. PS A lot depends on the season when you travel. All these itineraries are best for the summer, +- May-September. Most places are ok the whole year, just hiking options will be limited, and there will be fewer ferries, etc. Hope this helps. Good luck with the planning and have a great trip!

Joe Richards

Wednesday 10th of August 2022

Your itinerary is very helpful in planning our trip to Norway in late September and early October. I would love to print it, but I am not very tech savvy. What do you suggest?

Jurga

Saturday 13th of August 2022

Hi Joe, Ctrl+p on Windows (or Cmd+p on Mac) should work. You can also choose to save to pdf instead of sending it to the printer and only print the pages you absolutely need. Have a great trip!

Shrikant

Friday 24th of June 2022

Hi... I'm interested with one of my friend... I'm from India. Please send me all details.

Jurga

Friday 24th of June 2022

I think you got a bit confused - we run a travel blog where we share personal experiences and inspire our readers to plan their own trips. We do not organize or book trips for others. But if you are looking for tours to Norway, I'm sure there are plenty of companies offering this type of service. Happy travels!

Hörður

Thursday 16th of June 2022

Hi Jurga My son and his wife are planning a trip from Kristiansand to Nord Kapp (and back). They are travelling on their own motorbikes, and I'm mapping the most scenic roads. Also looking for the easiest way to pay the road tolls. Living in Iceland and frequently biking in the Alps they are not worried about steep mountain roads, and very much looking forward to the scenery and all the hairpin bends! They want to avoid the big cities and highways, but don't want to miss the main attractions. Any ideas?

Sune

Wednesday 20th of July 2022

@Hörður, Motorcycles don't pay on the toll roads in Norway, but on some ferries you have to pay. They take creditcards.

Jurga

Monday 20th of June 2022

Hi Hörður, unfortunately, I can't really help you - this itinerary would pass the entire country and you have lots of options on how to do it. I just hope that they realize how far this is and how long that drive will take (you really can't drive fast in Norway). I know some people who tried a similar trip taking the shortest route via Norway (so not the highways via Sweden) and after a week, they turned back never even getting close to the Nordkapp since it took forever. But if time is not an issue, it can be an amazing experience. One thing you really don't have to worry about - big cities. There are hardly any and the smaller towns are so pretty that you'd want to see most of them anyway. Good luck with the planning!

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