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

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

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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!


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 to zoom in or out. Click on the icons on the map 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

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 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.

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 to 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

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 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 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. 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 Flam and Gudvangen accommodation.

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 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. 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 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 the best deals for Alesund accommodation here.

Alesund in Norway

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
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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 find the best deals 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

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!

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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  1. Hello Jurga

    Your blog is wonderful, and very helpful 🙂

    We want to follow exactly your itinerary (we – just me and my wife), and we have more options flying into Oslo. Is it possible to hire a car in Oslo airport, and return it there on way back?

    Which stops would you recommend on the way from Oslo to Stavanger, and then from Trondheim to Oslo? Google map shows something like driving 6-7 hours

    Or you would say that the road is boring, dangerous, and this is just a waste of time, and it worth adding few more $$ and buy a ticket right to Stavanger

    We talk about 2nd half of June,

    Thanks in advance,

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      Hi Michael, since we didn’t drive to Oslo, I really don’t know how the roads are, but I don’t think they are any more dangerous than any others. And boring – no idea. I think that the coastal route between Oslo and Stavanger should be nice, but it’s over 550km and, knowing Norwegian roads, that’s indeed at least 7 hours of non-stop driving. You won’t have much time to see anything along the road and will arrive in Stavanger exhausted. So if you choose this route, I think it might be wiser to add an extra night somewhere half-way, maybe in Kristiansand. That way you can actually enjoy the drive. But that would add two days to your trip, plus extra nights hotel, plus extra days car rental. Flying might be cheaper.
      As for the road between Trondheim and Oslo, my thinking is about the same. It’s a very tiring long drive and even if there is anything to see along the way (like Lillehammer), you wouldn’t have much time for it.
      Domestic flights aren’t that expensive in Norway, so it might actually be cheaper to fly. You’d have to check this for your travel dates, however.
      PS One more tip – June is high season and you should really book your accommodations asap.
      Enjoy your trip. Norway is amazing! We are going back this summer too and I’m about to leave for a winter adventure as well.

  2. Hello! I just found your blog and am curious if you might have any insight regarding traveling with someone who uses a walker. Specifically, I am concerned about getting on and off buses and trains. Did you notice how accessible those modes of transport were? I love this itinerary because we want to rent a car to see western Norway next summer as well. Can you tell me, taking buses is no problem with luggage when going to a new town? Thanks for any insight!

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      Hi Pam, I really cannot say how accessible the buses are. We only took a bus once – from Stavanger to Bergen.
      As for the trains, we only took a scenic train in Flam, so also not sure, but I’m sure they’ll have this info on their site.
      Luggage wasn’t a problem- we had lots of luggage on the bus and we saw people with luggage on the train as well. But you have to carry it yourself.
      Honestly, if you have limited mobility, I think that renting a car would be so much easier.

    2. Thanks, Jurga!
      I found tickets via Swiss with two stops and that exactly follows your itinerary. I booked the hotels through your links, without one exception I used another site as for some reason via Booking it was sold out. Indeed, That seems to be a high season there!
      Your blog is wonderful and very helpful. Hopefully we will be able to take such a good pictures 🙂

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        Glad to hear that it all worked out for you and that you could find suitable accommodations as well.
        Enjoy your trip!

  3. Hi Jurga

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful and very useful experience. I’m planning my Norway trip scheduled in end Sep. After reading your blog, I realised that my 7 nights plan is kind of short but unfortunately that’s all the time I have in this trip. I plan to follow your route, fly into Stavanger (2 nights), then Bergen (2 nights), Flåm (1 night), Oslo (2 nights). You and your family covered Flåm scenic train ride from Flåm. I wonder if I travel from Bergen to Flåm by train I will be able to cover it by the time the train has arrived in Flåm? Or it is only possible to do Flåm scenic train ride departing from Flåm itself? Need your advice. Thank you! Cheers. YY

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      Hi, since I already answered your similar question by email, I’ll just post the answer here:
      I think that you can easily visit Flam with public transport. There is actually a bus/ train combo that you can do that will get you via Flam to Oslo. If you google Norway in a Nutshell, you’ll find this exact trip, but often in another direction.
      It’s also possible to visit Flam as a day trip from Bergen, but if you have no car, you’ll probably need to do it with a tour (not cheap, like in crazy expensive). Alternatively, you can go to Flam, visit all there is to see, and then return to Bergen. It really depends on your own choices, how the bus schedule is or what the better flights are, etc.
      And yes, you can only take the scenic ride between Flam and Myrdal. It’s possible to continue further from Myrdal, but Flam is the last stop if you are coming from Myrdal – there is no train going on from Flam to Bergen, so you have to do that part by bus.

  4. Hello Jurga, first of let me congratulate you on such an insightful blog. Travelers like us benefit a lot from it and can’t thank enough for your efforts in making our traveling easy. Thank you!

    We are family of 6 (4 adults + 2 young kids) and going to Norway this August for 15 days road trip across western fjords. With kids, I am trying to minimize driving more than 4-5 hours daily. Will be using car ferry for fjord crossings along the route.

    Would really appreciate if I could get some suggestions / guidance on the plan below. Thanks a lot for all the help! I understand this is too much information to digest but thought to give as much details as possible for better guidance.

    Day 1: Arrive in Oslo, pick up rental and stay close to airport
    Day 2: Drive to Lom and spend the night there
    Day 3: Drive to Solvorn via Leirvassbu and scenic Sognefjell road. Spend the night around Solvorn
    Days 4-6: After visiting Urns stave church and surrounding small towns, drive to Flam via Aurlandsvegan “Snow Road”. Spend 3 nights in/around Flam (doing scenic cruise , visiting villages/farms etc)
    Day 7-8: Drive to Bergen via Stalheimskleiva drive . Visit waterfalls on the way . Spend 2 nights in Bergen
    Day 9: Drive to Balestrand via route 13. Visit Hopperstad stave church . Spend the night around Balestrand
    Day 10: Drive to Loen via Fjaerland (booktown). Spend the night around Loen
    Day 11-12: Drive to Geiranger via Jostedalsbreen national park , route 258 (Gamle Strynefjellsveg), Dalsnibba & Flydalsjuvet viewpoints, Spend 2 nights around Geiranger and visit nearby attractions like “Eagle Way” and Trollstigen , if possible
    Day 13-14: Drive to Alesund via Geiranger-Helleylt ferry, Leknes-Standal ferry & E39 ferry . Spend 2 nights in Alesund
    Day 15: Drive the “atlantic ocean road” and thereafter spend the night in Molde
    Day 16: Dive to Lillehammer and spend the night there
    Day 17: Drive to Oslo airport for return flight

    Few alternatives I was contemplating :

    1. Is it worth spending a night around Hjørundfjord ? If yes then may be on Day 13th night will spend there (either Urke or Saebo). Then would have only 1 night for Alesund the next day

    2. Is it worth driving to Leirvassbu and scenic Sognefjell road? Or should I skip it and straight drive to Flam from Oslo

    3. Lastly, how strong a recommendation would be to drive down to Hardangerfjord and spend a night in Lofthus or Ulvik, before continuing to Bergen from Flam . But then I may only have 1 night in Bergen , unless I skip something as well

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      Hi Kumar, I’m sorry, but I really can’t help you out – I don’t even know many of the places in your itinerary.
      Why don’t you post this question in our Scandinavia travel group on Facebook – I’m sure somebody will have suggestions for you.

  5. Hi Jurga,

    I am planning to follow your itinerary (Including Car option) except few hikes as i have 20+ months old baby. My plan is on Last week of May 2019 and First week of June 2019. I have already booked hotel reservations (with free cancellation) for few places but waiting for visa clearance. I just wanted to clarify with you on few points.

    1- Only three of us are travelling (Myself, Wife & my son (20 months old)). Is it safe to travel in all places with my baby to all places (except hikes). How about travelling in a car with baby? Is it safe to drive? How about road conditions?

    2- Though i m planning to travel on last week of May and First week of june just to avoid crowd in peak summer. Is it d best time to travel? How about October? I don’t want to travel on peak summer where i see more crowd.
    Thank you so much for your itinerary.

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      Hi Subbu, to answer your questions. Yes, it’s very safe to travel in Norway. The roads are usually very good, but often narrow and there are lots of tunnels. Speed limits aren’t high and it takes quite some more time to get to places than you’d expect, so plan enough time for that. Also, in May/ beginning of June, some roads from our itinerary might not be open yet. I’m not sure, as it depends on the weather each year, but in general, you can always find alternative roads instead.
      If you can move your trip to mid-June, I think it would be somewhat safer in terms of road openings and it won’t be that busy yet.
      In any case, I think May or June are much nicer than October.
      As for driving with a baby, make sure you rent an appropriate car seat for his age.
      Hope this helps.

  6. This is so handy! Thank you. It was pretty similar to what I had laid out for our 11 day trip so it helped me confirm I was on the right track!

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      Good to hear that. Have a wonderful time in Norway!

    2. Just got back from our trip! Your posts were such a helpful reference!

  7. Hi Jurga!

    I’m so impressed and thanks for sharing !

    My family and I are now planning a trip to Scandinavia this July.

    We fly from Singapore to Copenhagen on 10 July and will have to fly from Stockholm on 19 July.

    Do u reckon we can do your itinerary up to alesund and geiranger and then fly to Stockholm on 18/7? . My research shows that I would prob need to fly to Stockholm via Oslo. Which effectively means we have to fly to Oslo and then to Stockholm on 18 /7 .

    We would love to do as much as you have… any advise!!

    Thanks once again !!

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      Hi Kristin, so you wouldn’t stay in Copenhagen longer than half a day and also would have to fly back to Stockholm on the 18th? That leaves you with some 7 days in between… First, try to find local flights from Copenhagen to e.g. Stavanger or Bergen and then also back from wherever you end up to Stockholm instead of going via Oslo – that should save you lots of time and unnecessary flights. Check SAS website – they operate most flights in the area.
      We did 11 days over Stavanger – Alesund and I really think it would be too stretched to do it in 7 days. In 7 days you could potentially do Stavanger – Flam (from Flam you could take a train to Oslo and fly back from there) or – if you don’t care much about hiking – skip Stavanger and start your journey in Bergen and on to Alesund.
      Whatever you decide, make sure you book your accommodations asap – it will be a real challenge to find family accommodations in places like Flam or Geiranger for July now. Stavanger area is much easier – more hotels and more affordable and also Bergen should be feasible since it’s a bigger town. But it’s really getting last minute for hotel bookings.
      So before you make any decisions, quickly check available accommodations for your travel dates. If you can’t find anything suitable in Flam or nearby, and also in Geiranger, then you probably best stick to visiting Stavanger and Bergen. You can easily fill a week with just those two places and take day trips even without renting a car (=lots of money saved). Here you can find more info about things to do in and near Stavanger. In Bergen, you can spend at least 2 days in town and also take day trips, it’s also possible to visit Flam area from Bergen for a day.
      Hope this helps.

  8. Hi,

    Thank you for your suggestions – We are planning a 12/13 days trip with our parents and kids to Norway, around 15th of June this year. We were thinking of doing Oslo-Flam-Bergen. We will be renting a car for the trip. we would prefer not to change our base a lot – Can we cover all the places as day trips from these three locations? or would you suggest any other base? our kids would also like to explore some fun activities like an amusement park, zoo, water park, go carting, zip line, animal encounter etc. would you be able to recommend any places for these activities?

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      Hi Dev, unfortunately, I don’t know Norway well enough to recommend places like this. I know there is a theme park close to Stavanger in the south of Norway, but for the rest – no idea about places like that. I’m sure there are some, but you’d have to do your own research.
      As for staying in one place and traveling around, Norway isn’t the best place for this – distances are quite big and the roads don’t allow you to drive fast. I’m sure you could do some day trips around some areas, but if you really want to see the best of the best, you’ll have to move around.
      PS I suggest you join our Scandinavia travel group on Facebook and ask there – maybe someone else will be able to help. But most people in the group are also travelers, not locals, so I’m not sure. You can always try.

  9. Hello – your post is SO awesome! Thank you for sharing. Is it necessary to pre-book all accommodations? My wife and I are planning this June 2019 to follow your itinerary but allowing a bit more time. We like the spontaneity of staying longer or shorter. Do you think it is difficult for two people to find small local hotels without reservations along this path? We don’t require much and are good with very simple? Would love to know your thoughts. Thank you.

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      Hi Brent, I really don’t know what to tell you. There are quite some places along this route that hardly have any accommodations to start with – e.g. Geiranger or Flam/Gudvangen area. Maybe you’ll find something as you go, but it’s also possible (and I think very likely in June) that many places will be fully booked months in advance. I think bigger towns like Stavanger should be ok; on the other hand, Bergen was quite booked-up when we travelled… We booked our hotels for August in November and were struggling to find accommodations at that time already. Granted, it’s easier when it’s just 2 of you vs. a family of 5 like we are, but still…
      Why don’t you just take a look at and see what’s still available at each place now for your travel dates. If you see that more than 80% of accommodations are already full, then I think it’s a good indication not to wait too long.
      Another issue is that often you’ll pay much more if you just book with the hotel directly upon arrival vs. booking online in advance. In many cases price difference is ridiculous (we saw official rates in the rooms in some hotels and some were over twice the price we paid).
      I know this probably doesn’t help you much and I understand that you want to keep some flexibility, so it’s really your decision. I guess you can always find some place to stay for 2, it’s just that it might not be easy to find one exactly where you’d like to.

  10. Jurga,

    Thank you for the detail in your itinerary – it is SO helpful! One question, where did you fly in and out of? Can you please confirm? Thank you!


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      Hi Nancy, we flew to Stavanger and out of Trondheim. We had direct flights from Amsterdam, so it was much easier than flying through Oslo first. But depending on where you come from, you may need to catch a local flight.

  11. Hello Jurga, we intend to visit Norway in September 2019 (autumn). Wondering if all the routes for driving will still be opened and if there are places we can skip or add because of the season we are travelling. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with everyone. We will be travelling as a couple (2 ) only. Awaiting for your responds. Have a blessed day.

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      Hi Violet, I think there might be some difference depending on when you go – first weeks of September everything should still be open, whereas later in the month it’s already a bit more tricky. But, normally, most roads should be open even in October. It depends on the weather – no snow = open roads :). So I think you are pretty safe with this itinerary in September.
      You may also want to check this website for more information, just so you know that there are always alternatives even if the Trollstigen pass or the road to Geiranger would be closed. The same for the road after Stegastein viewpoint – if it’s closed you just drive back down to Flam and take the Lærdal Tunnel.

      1. Hi Jurga, thank you for the website to the passes. I would appreciate if you could let me know the cost of going to Pulpit Rock self drive from Stavanger , as i could not get any information on the cost of the Car Ferry and the bus ride from Tau to Pulpit Rock.

        1. Jurga, before i forget , is it advisable to do Lofoten Island? I find that the only way is to fly and it’s expensive.

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            Yes, of course, it’s worth it – Lofoten are beautiful. But if you go that way, you need to fly – it’s much too far to drive. I’d count at least a week for that area and indeed, it’s very expensive. You’ll also need to rent a car, take ferries, and best book your accommodation well in advance.
            We haven’t been yet, but I have the whole itinerary in my mind for when we find the time for a proper road trip in Northern Norway. It’s well worth the trip, just really depends on how much time you have. We chose to see smaller area more in depth rather than try to see a bit of everything.

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          Hi Violet, you can find the ferry information, schedule and rates here. From what I see the prices for Stavanger-Tau ferry in 2018 are as follows: 60 NOK/adult, 30 NOK/child and 182 NOK/car up to 6m in length+driver. This is one-way, so make it double. Also, add parking cost at the trailhead of Pulpit Rock. It was about 25 EUR (250 NOK) if I remember well.
          I wouldn’t really advice to go there by car though. It’s so much easier to just take the ferry as a passenger, then there is a bus right at the ferry terminal that will bring you to the Pulpit Rock hike. Bus and ferry schedules are aligned, so you never have to wait long. It costs much less and it’s really easy. Not sure what your other plans are in Stavanger, but that’s one place in Norway where we didn’t rent a car – it saved us a lot of money and we never missed it.
          You can read more information about how we did it here: Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock in one day. Here you can find more practical info about hiking to the Pulpit Rock. And here you can read more about things to do in Stavanger.

  12. This is a wealth of information. It seems it is better to drive and stop than to do the NIN. Is that something you would recommend? Thinking of doing a trip next summer and also visiting lofoten islands. Thank you for sharing.

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      We haven’t done Norway in a Nutshell tour, but I really see no need to book it. If you just rent a car, book your own accommodations, you can do it all by yourself. I think many people do it because it’s easy to just book without having to arrange anything themselves or because they feel overwhelmed to try to plan their own trip. Just one tip – the earlier you book, the more options you have available and the better the prices.
      As for Lofoten, we haven’t been there yet. I already have an itinerary planned for that area as we were thinking of going this summer, but in the end we went to the Faroe islands, so maybe we’ll get there next year as well…

  13. Hello,

    We are planning to go to Norway and are planning the exact same route as yours. I was a little confused with the Flam railway. Did you take the train from flam to myrdal and stayed the night there ?

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      Hi Deepa, Flam railway is usually done as a 2-hr trip. You go to Myrdal (takes less than 1hr one way), stay on the same train, and come back. You better book the tickets in advance however as it’s the most popular trip in Flam area. Check here for the train schedule for 2018.
      If you have more time, you can rent a bike, take a train to Myrdal, and bike back to Flam. Walking back is also an option, but plan for the full day if you want to do that. More info here.
      I’m not sure if you saw it, but make sure to also check our guide for the best things to see and do in Flam. There’s so much more than just the famous Flam – Myrdal railway.

      1. Ah right, so do you need to purchase a two way ticket then? Thank you, we will be staying in Flam for a night 🙂

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          Yes, Deepa, you should buy a two-way ticket. Last year you could easily do it online, but I see that it’s changed and you now can only buy single fares online (why do they always have to make things complicated, right?). You now have to either buy the tickets at a train station or by phone. Check Visit Flam website for more information.

  14. Fantastic resource – thanks so much for taking the time to post this! We just got back from 2 weeks in Norway & Sweden I studied this post and took your advice to heart! Your tips about leaving plenty of time came very much in handy – the driving is slow going because of all the sights to stop and enjoy, not to mention all the tunnels, bridges, and ferries! Everything went like clockwork and we had an excellent trip.

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      Glad to hear you had such a wonderful trip, Renee. Thank you for taking your time to come back and leave this feedback on our blog. It’s always so nice to hear that our tips help people to plan and make their trips more enjoyable. Now I should ask you for some tips for Sweden 😉

  15. Great resource! I’m planning a trip for next August – 2 weeks, 2 adults, Oslo-Trondheim-Alesund-Bergen-Stavanger-Copenhagen. Great information to help me here, thank you!

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      Good to hear it’s helpful with your trip planning for Norway, Christy. Enjoy it!

  16. What a great itinerary, filled with so much to see. Thanks for sharing this with so many excellent pics that have made the country come alive. I will be saving this for a trip in the near future. Passports are needing to be renewed.

  17. Hi, I am finding that the drop off cost for a one-way rental car is very expensive in Norway (500 USD!). Did you find a car company that did not have such an expensive drop off fee? Thanks.

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      Hi Phil, we rented a car from Avis (pick-up in Bergen city, drop-off in Trondheim city). We found the best deal on RentalCars website and booked through them – was much cheaper than directly. I remember comparing the prices between one-way rental or pick-up and return in the same location and there was hardly any difference, so maybe worth checking several websites to compare. It might also depend on the exact pick-up and drop-off location, travel period, how much in advance you book, etc. But yes, in general renting a car is really expensive in Norway (but Norway is expensive in general).

  18. Hi.
    I want to do the same kind of itinerary for 10 days ( starts in 20th may’18). is it possible ?


    1. Author

      Hi Rajesh, just to make things clear – we are a travel blog, not a travel agency, so we don’t book trips. 🙂
      If you are wondering if you can make this exact same trip in 10 days end of May, then I think most of this itinerary is possible (some mountain roads will probably still be closed at that time of the year), but 10 days is quite short. I think I wouldn’t go as far North if you only have 10 days.

  19. Thank you for this itinerary. I was just wondering whether a similar, if not exact, itinerary is possible using express buses (summer)? We are a family of 9 (adults, teenagers, children) and renting a minibus is proving very expensive. Thanks.

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      I really don’t know, Omar. Some places can be visited by train or bus, some probably not that easy. It would require more research to make a trip itinerary using public transport only and honestly I don’t know if it would be that much cheaper… If you go for a rental car, maybe just rent it for the parts of the trip that are most difficult to reach otherwise and combine it with train/bus rides. We didn’t take the car till Bergen and used public transport in Stavanger. But then afterwards it was so much easier by car…
      Also, check alternative pick-up locations (airport vs. city) and book well in advance. Take a look at this website – they compare several companies for the best deals, but I checked and indeed there are just few cars available for 9 people.
      Hope this helps a bit

  20. Hi Jurga,

    I found your blog while trying to decide for my next vacation plan with my kids and really loved it. I have been studying it for the whole week 🙂

    I read about Norway in a Nutshell that provides flexible transportation packages for the most scenic places in Norway and I’m not sure if it is a good option to consider. Do you have any idea?

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      Hi Zas, I know that many people do Norway in a Nutshell tours, some others copy the itinerary and book the trip themselves. We find that traveling with kids you have much more flexibility when you have your own car and book accommodations that best fit your travel style and group size, so we tend to always plan our own trips. I guess it’s all about how much time and effort you want to put into planning your trip. If you are short on time, then copy/paste solutions like Norway in a Nutshell might be quite handy. After all, they have been done and tested by many travellers, so I have no reason to doubt that the itineraries are good. And public transport in Norway is quite reliable too, just don’t miss the bus or you may need to wait for hours for the next one 🙂

  21. This trip is amazing and just the help I needed as we are thinking of exploring Norway with our two children this year. I am just concerned about the amount of driving though. Also, can you give me a rough idea of how much money you spent on accomodation/food in total? Thank you.

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      Hi Tracy, I really cannot remember the exact cost of the whole trip and so much depends on the season when you visit, your family size, accommodation and restaurant choices, the size of the car you rent and how much in advance you book all of this. Best way to estimate the cost for your trip is to check hotel prices and car rental prices. Add at least 120 EUR for food per day for 4 people. Activities – depends on what you want to do, but then again – you can find all prices online before you book. You can find more details about costs in Norway here. Hope this helps

  22. Hello Jurga, thank you so much for your tips. I really hope that I can go there someday. I just came back from New Zealand and I would say I left my heart there. Looking at your photos just made me wanna plan another road trip to Norway. The mountains,the lakes,even the roads look pretty to me.haha.I hope I can be like you, travelling around the world. Thanks from Malaysia.

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      Hi Syuhada, yes Norway is a lot like New Zealand – both wonderful countries with stunning nature, perfect for a road trip. Hope you can visit Norway one day, and I wish we could go back to NZ – it’s so far from Europe…
      As for us, we don’t really travel all the time, and have a regular life with work and school, etc. But we try to make the best of the limited vacation time we have and see as much as we can. That’s also what this blog is about – helping people to plan their trips in such a way that they are able to see the best in a limited time.
      Happy travels to you too!

  23. Hey Jurga,

    Thanks for the amazing detail on your itinerary. Could you let me know which month were you in Norway? I am planning a trip in mid May and as you mentioned some roads might be closed then so was wondering. Thank you.

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      Hi Venkat, we visited in August. And yes, indeed, quite a few roads I mention here will probably still be closed mid May. A lot depends on how the winter is I suppose. You can still make a very similar trip though. Here are some suggestions for alternatives:

    2. Alternative for the Fv.243 road on day 8 is the Laerdal tunnel.
    3. If the road #63 to Geiranger isn’t open, you could drive to the left side (Road #5) from Sogndal towards Hellesylt and take a scenic cruise on the fjord from there.
    4. If the roads out of Geiranger (Ornevegen – Trollstigen) aren’t open, you can skip them and drive from Hellesylt straight to Allesund (Road #60).
    5. Hope this helps.

  24. Hi Jurga,
    Thanks for your reply. Wow tough choice.

    Lets say if I decided to visit Norway for 15 days, would you recommend that i stay full 15 days in Norway? Or take this opportunity to visit neighbouring countries?

    I have googled many websites in search of Scandinavia itineraries, all the neighbouring countries seems so pretty. While I don’t want to be over ambitious and exhaust my husband and myself, I would also want to take this opportunity to make full use of the time I will be there.

    So difficult to plan omg.

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      It is difficult. It all depends on your travel style I guess. We prefer to explore one country more in-depth when we travel, some other people count countries, so they just tick the boxes and are just as happy. 🙂 We found 2 weeks really short in Norway and could have easily stay longer. We are planning to go back to visit Lofoten, Tromso, maybe drive all the way to the North Cape… For us Sweden, Denmark, and Finland would be separate trips, not in the planning yet… Not enough time to see everything…
      The choice is yours – you can certainly see more countries in two weeks, it’s a choice of what exactly you think is worth your time more. Keep in mind that traveling in multiple countries is usually more expensive as you need extra flights, car rentals, etc. Good luck deciding, I am sure you will love Scandinavia either way.

  25. Hi Jurga, would you recommend travelling to Norway or New Zealand? I am planning a trip and am contemplating which one to visit.

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      Now that’s a really tough choice, Jazzie. 🙂 I think it would depend on where you are from. If you are in Europe, I would say definitely start with Norway first, but if New Zealand is closer – go there. It also depends on when you can travel – Norway is best in European summer, while New Zealand would be better now – in our winter, when it’s summer there. We were in New Zealand many many years ago and for a very long time it was our favourite trip ever. Nature is incredible there! But then this year we finally got to Norway and we were like, why in the world did it take us so long to get here. So if you can, do both. And add Western Canada as well, also Switzerland, South Africa, Namibia, and Iceland – some of our all time favourites when it comes to nature. 😉 Not really helping, am I? 🙂

  26. You certainly pack it in but I definitely like the level of activity you get up to, we are the same – we find you can often fit in more than you think you can. Great itinerary.

  27. 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 🙂

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      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 :).

  28. 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!

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      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.

  29. 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.

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

  30. 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!

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      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!

  31. 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 .

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      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!

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