Norway was a dream vacation spot of mine. In reality, simply the considered cruising via its complicated fjords and dramatic landscapes made me shudder with pleasure! Because of Innovation Norway, that journey dream of mine got here true once they helped me craft up the perfect highway journey itinerary to among the finest spots within the nation. In spite of everything, exploring the encircling locations in a automobile was part of my Norwegian journey dream!
And so, I spent about 12 days hopping from one metropolis/city to a different with a automobile along with my buddy, Jonas. I certainly didn’t see all the wonder that Norway has — nevertheless it was sufficient for the time we had, particularly as a 1st time go to too (although in fact, one other go to again is in course *wink*).
All in all, we had such a tremendous time that I can nonetheless vividly recall all the small print of the great experiences that we had on this Scandinavian magnificence! With that, it’s now my want that you’ll expertise the identical feeling; subsequently, I might be streamlining under the entire highway journey itinerary that we had and also you’re free to edit it relying on the size of your keep and your journey type.
Hope this helps!
10-Day Norway Highway Journey Itinerary
» PRE-TRAVEL GUIDE
Now, earlier than I start with the itinerary information, if in case you’re extra of a visible individual, you may already watch my video under to get a ‘ temporary peek’ into what the islands can provide.
» DAY #1 «
Oslo, the nation’s superb capital, was my start line — and it will likely be my finish level by the top of this 12-day highway journey.
Benefit from the metropolis of Oslo
◘◘ Do some thrilling FREE issues to do within the capital
As a Scandinavian vacation spot, it’s no information that issues can get fairly expensive round this space — however fret not! In spite of everything, there are LOTS of superior FREE issues to do in Oslo! To start out off, take a look at my article under to get some concepts:
READ: High 10 FREE Issues to Do in Oslo, an Underrated Nordic Gem (Norway)
For the perfect lodging selections within the metropolis:
Finances: Oslo Hostel Central / Mid-Vary: Saga Lodge Oslo or AirBnB / Luxurious: Lodge Continental
» DAY #2 «
I left Oslo on at the present time (however in fact, if you wish to spend extra time within the capital — which I extremely advocate — then please achieve this! I regrettably didn’t have a lot time so a day was sufficient for me).
Now, you may anticipate that it could be this time that I’d jumpstart my highway journey; nevertheless, I made a decision to try this elsewhere. Moreover, I needed to expertise driving the practice via Norway’s breathtaking landscapes, particularly after listening to that they’ve a number of scenic practice rides all through the area.
So the place then did I get my automobile? I made a decision to retrieve it from Åndalsnes, which was my vacation spot as I boarded on a practice on this 2nd day.
Let the highway journey start!
◘◘ Journey the scenic Dovre and Rauma Railway to Åndalsnes
Dovre Railway runs between Oslo and Tronheim and it goes via beatuiful valleys and mountain ranges. Rauma Railway, alternatively, is well-known as certainly one of Norway’s wildest and most stunning practice journeys. That being mentioned, driving each of those trains might be fairly an expertise!
We left early within the morning for this and I particularly cherished the trip via Rauma Railway as a result of the practice slows down on the perfect spots alongside the best way such because the Trollveggen cliff face and the Kylling bridge. (It helps to notice although that the Rauma sightseeing practice runs from finish of Might to finish of August and there are voiceovers through the journey in Norwegian, English, and German that explains the terrain).
ITINERARY: To get to each of those railways from Oslo Central Station, you want to board the practice that heads to Trondheim — however you’ll must cease midway at Dombås’ station. Change trains simply throughout the platform to Rauma Railway with remaining vacation spot as Åndalsnes. For more information, verify NSB.
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◘◘ Go to Norsk Tindesenter
Åndalsnes is a small city nevertheless it’s in shut proximity to superb locations like Romsdalseggen, Trollstigen and extra. Nonetheless, as you’re within the city itself, it could be a clever alternative to go to the Norsk Tindesenter (Norwegian Mountaineering Centre) after you seize a hearty lunch.
This centre options not solely trendy reveals about mountaineering journey sports activities and historical past, but in addition an indoor climbing wall which is claimed to be Norway’s highest! With over 60 climbs throughout 20 anchors, climbers of any skill can certainly give this a attempt. In any other case, you might additionally watch a 3D film referred to as as Trollfolk for 15 minutes which showcases the encircling Romsdal area.
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◘◘ Drive via Geirangerfjord through Trollstigen, one of many Nationwide Vacationer Routes
Backside picture by Jiri Havran / Statens vegvesen
After exploring Åndalsnes, we went to select up our rental automobile from an Avis workplace that was positioned within the close by Grand Lodge Bellevue. After some preparations we’re accomplished with, we launched into our highway journey and had our first style of one of many nation’s in style 18 Nationwide Vacationer Routes: Geiranger-Trollstigen!
This was such an epic trip particularly as we went via the serpentine mountain roads of Trollstigen — simply take a look at the picture above!
To know extra about my expertise in addition to the opposite sights you may see round right here, learn my information under:
READ: Geiranger-Trollstigen Nationwide Vacationer Route: One among Norway’s Most Breathtaking Roads!
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◘◘ Spend the evening on the scenic village of Norddal
After a while on the Trollstigen route, you’ll need to do a crossing on the Linge-Eidsdal automobile ferry. Don’t fear about reserving upfront as a result of you may simply present up on the port and fall consistent with the opposite vehicles. Departures are each 30 minutes and crossing time will solely take 10 minutes for less than 79 NOK (we had a small sedan). For more information and fee segregation, see right here.
Upon crossing, I like to recommend spending the evening within the charming little city of Norddal as there isn’t sufficient time to succeed in Geiranger. For lodging, keep over at Petrines Visitor Home.
» DAY #three «
All about Geiranger
◘◘ Proceed cruising in direction of Geiranger
Picture by Jarle Wæhler / Statens vegvesen
After testing at Norddal, proceed the journey through Trollstigen with a view to lastly attain Geiranger. One of many highlights of this drive can be Ørnevegen or the “Eagle Highway” which is the steepest a part of highway on the mountainside from Geiranger to Eidsdal (it’s at 620 meters above sea stage). Afterwards, the highway will twist much more via 11 hairpin bends as you climb up Stigrøra that’s 858 metres above sea stage.
TIP: Be sure that to cease by the Eagle’s Bend or Ørnesvingen viewpoint earlier than reaching the city of Geiranger. It’s arduous to overlook whereas driving as a result of not solely is it very seen nevertheless it’s additionally nearly at all times crammed with individuals.
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◘◘ Discover Geiranger and do some hikes
Geirangerfjord is a real magnificence — therefore, it comes as no shock that it’s a UNESCO-protected space in Norway. And so, with its majestic mountain peaks, waterfalls and landscapes, there certainly are tons of sightseeing journeys that you are able to do right here. However since our time was brief, we will solely achieve this a lot apart from exploring the village middle itself. So when you’ve got the time, I extremely counsel that you just make your strategy to viewing the “Seven Sisters” waterfall other than doing another hikes.
As for Jonas and I, we selected to hike to the highly effective Storseterfossen waterfall because it has a singular path that leads behind it. This hike takes roughly an hour every means and with a view to get right here, you simply want to move over Westerås farm — from there, the observe is nicely marked.
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◘◘ Have lunch on the town
For my prime suggestions, you need to take a look at Olebuda, Brasserie Posten or Westeras Grad!
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◘◘ Keep the evening at Lodge Utsikten and benefit from the grand view over Geiranger
I urge you to spend your evening at Lodge Utsikten. Why? Nicely, should you ask for the rooms that face the highway, you should have a tremendous view over Geirangerfjord proper from the consolation of your room! (As pictured above). Close by this lodging, you’ll even discover a small viewpoint by the aspect of the highway.
» DAY #four «
At the present time will largely contain driving via extra of Norway’s Nationwide Vacationer Routes (with beautiful stops and viewpoints alongside the best way). So be sure to pack sufficient snacks and meals! Don’t overlook to arm your self with a killer music playlist too.
Simply you and the highway
◘◘ Drive to Kaupanger through Sognefjellet Nationwide Vacationer Route
At your individual tempo after breakfast and check-out, make your strategy to Lom after which proceed on Sognefjord through Sognefjellet Nationwide Vacationer Route with a view to attain Kaupanger by the top of the day. This scenic drive will take about 5 hours not together with stops — which I extremely advocate that you just do everytime you occur to glimpse upon dreamy and rugged terrains (that may positively quantity many!).
Some added trivia for you, this Sognefjellet Nationwide Vacationer Route is claimed to be northern Europe’s highest mountain go at 1,434 meters excessive.
- Lom Stave Church: A stave church is a medieval picket Christian church which has distinctive timber framing and corner-posts referred to as as stafr in Previous Norse (or ‘stav’ in trendy Norwegian). As you arrive in Lom, ensure that to cease by this church so you may witness an instance of the elaborately-designed stav church that you’d most definitely have witnessed earlier than in films involving Vikings or dragons.
- Dalsnibba Viewpoint: You’ll discover right here the Geiranger Skywalk which is the very best fjordview from a highway. As somebody who’s afraid of heights, it took each muscle on my physique to remain on this skywalk for at the very least 10 seconds (I failed). Nonetheless, the views listed here are majestic as you might be surrounded by snow-covered mountains and dramatic fjords! (Toll highway is open late Might to October, NOK 130).
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◘◘ Test-in to Vesterland
It’s superb to go loopy in your stops whereas driving via Sognefjellet Nationwide Vacationer Route however please do not forget that the reception in Vesterland closes 9:00PM — which would be the resort that we stayed in by the top of at the present time — and which I like to recommend. So if you’re working late, simply name forward to rearrange key supply.
» DAY #5 «
After all of the driving, we determined to take it simple on at the present time as we took some relaxation within the morning and did some minor aspect journeys within the afternoon earlier than coming again to Vesterland once more for the evening.
◘◘ All about glaciers
Only a 10-minute drive away, you will discover Brævasshytta whereby you may benefit from the view of the gorgeous glacier referred to as as Bøyabreen. You may view this from the primary highway or from Brevasshytta restaurant which is nearer to the ice. It has huge panoramic home windows and should you’re fortunate, you may see huge blocks of ice crashing down.
RECOMMENDED SIDE TRIPS: Fjærland village to see Jostedalsbreen (the LARGEST glacier in continental Europe), Norwegian Booktown in Fjærland, and/or the Norwegian Glacier Museum.
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◘◘ Head on to Gaularfjell Nationwide Vacationer Route
Picture by Jiri Havran / Statens vegvesen
In case you nonetheless have a while, I urge you to drive to Skei, Førde and up the gorgeous Gaularfjell Nationwide Vacationer Route. This one is a little bit of a hidden gem as a result of its spectacular new viewpoint, Utsikten, simply opened final June 2016. In case you proceed to Gaularvassdraget, you might even see protected watercourses that provides something from wild rapids, waterfalls to calm rivers.
» DAY #6 «
Welcome to Balestrand
◘◘ Go to Balestrand and benefit from the metropolis for the day
From Kaupanger, you’ll attain the city of Balestrand in simply lower than 2 hours. This municipality is extremely charming! To finest take pleasure in your keep right here I’d counsel the next:
- Lease bikes on the Vacationer Info middle and discover the realm
- Do a RIB boat journey with Balestrand Fjord Journey (might be booked on the Vacationer Info middle as nicely)
- Go to Sognefjord Akvarium
- See St. Olav’s Church
- Do a nature path (Kerklingen) — an important exercise for households too as there are trails with varied ranges of difficulties
- Tour Nærøyfjord, essentially the most slim fjord on the earth (will also be accomplished with Balestrand Fjord Journey)
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◘◘ Test-in and have dinner at Kviknes Lodge
Greatest resort in Balestrand? There’s no contest actually as I discover Kviknes Lodge as your best option attainable! In case you’re on a price range, different choices are Balestrand Lodge or Vacation Dwelling.
» DAY #7 «
Say whats up to Odda
◘◘ Journey to Odda
Through Vikafjellet highway, slowly make your strategy to Odda. This can take about four hours, after which you’ll need to do a ferry crossing with Dragsvik-Vangsnes (fee for tickets might be accomplished on board). Someplace alongside the city of Vik, should you haven’t managed to go to a stave church but (from these I’ve already beforehand talked about), you may then go to the Hopperstad Stave Church.
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◘◘ Keep at Trolltunga Lodge
In preparation for tomorrow’s huge hike, relaxation nicely for the remainder of the day after you check-in to Trolltunga Lodge.
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◘◘ Get misplaced round Odda
If, nevertheless, you get stressed, you may stroll across the picturesque municipality of Odda. One of many issues that I counsel you to do is to drive to Låtefossen Waterfall which is simply 20 minutes away.
I actually cherished this waterfall due to its distinctive design! As proven within the picture above, it has two separate streams that be a part of within the center after which circulation underneath the Norwegian Nationwide Highway 13, thereby making it a spectacular (and moist) view as you drive via or get nearer to the falls.
» DAY #eight «
Time to overcome Trolltunga!
◘◘ Get up early and hike the famed Trolltunga
One of many prime actions that I aimed to perform as I traveled to Norway was to hike the well-known Trolltunga (Troll’s Tongue) and attain its iconic peak (tongue) — and I did! Nevertheless, it’s no stroll within the park to succeed in right here. Fact be instructed, this is without doubt one of the most troublesome hikes that I’ve ever accomplished in my life: it spanned for 11 hours at 23 kilometers lengthy and 1,200 meters excessive!
However oh… it was SO value it. It’s no surprise to me now why it’s referred to as as the most effective hikes on the earth as a result of apart from the view on the prime, the scenes I noticed throughout my hike have been so darn unimaginable.
I give props to our information from Trolltunga Energetic Energetic as nicely as a result of if it was not for his steering, I don’t suppose I’d have reached the highest (keep in mind guys: pacing is essential!). With out additional ado, if you wish to attain this epic view, you may learn my detailed information under:
READ: Final Mountain climbing Information to Norway’s Gorgeous Trolltunga (Troll’s Tongue)
Now in fact, you may hike the path by your self however should you’re not a seasoned hiker like me, or should you merely need the perfect steering that you could need to make the most of your hike, I’d advocate that you just ebook with Trolltunga Energetic. I did their Traditional Trolltunga route and it was completely memorable. (In case you’re extra into excessive actions, they produce other sorts of excursions too corresponding to ziplining or mountaineering.)
Alternatively, if you wish to know what to pack, put on, carry, and so on.? Once more, simply head to my Trolltunga information and also you’ll discover all the knowledge you want.
After we completed this hike, we didn’t have any power left to do the rest (and I wager you’ll really feel the identical) so I’m not gonna counsel any exercise for the evening apart from to seize some dinner and have sleep.
» DAY #9 «
Arrival in Stavanger
◘◘ Drive to Stavanger through Rv 13, Nationwide Vacationer Route Ryfylke and make stops alongside the best way
In your means from Odda to Stavanger, you’ll have to undergo yet one more Nationwide Vacationer Route referred to as as Ryfylke. It’s going to take about 5 hours and by now, it is going to come as second nature to you to make a number of stops alongside the best way given the spectacular terrain that you just’ve been seeing thus far in Norway — so, take your time in having fun with the sights you go by!
Don’t overlook to witness Låtefosse nWaterfall although should you haven’t managed to test it out on Day 7. Different issues to pay attention to are the grand fjords to your proper in Hardangerfjord space in addition to the may of Svandalfossen waterfall simply earlier than you attain Saudasjøen in Ryfylke.
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◘◘ Tour across the metropolis of Stavanger
Stavanger is the 4th largest metropolis of Norway and you are able to do a number of historic and concrete excursions right here. Relaxation assured, the middle is kind of compact so nearly each notable sight might be reached on foot.
With that in thoughts, don’t overlook to cease by Previous Stavanger to witness Europe’s finest preserved picket home settlement, NuArt Avenue to get some Instagram-worthy photographs, Swords in Rock to study extra in regards to the historic Battle of Hafrsfjord, and orwegian Petroleum museum (Norsk Oljemuseum) to see how oil and gasoline are created, found and produced within the North Sea.
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◘◘ Test-in for the evening
For a cushty keep, verify in to Myhregaarden Lodge which has a first-rate spot within the metropolis.
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Extra pure wonders
◘◘ Hike as much as Preikestolen
From Stavanger, head over to Tau by automobile ferry. The crossing takes about 40 minutes and likewise departs each 40 minutes the place you may pay in your tickets on board (for more information, see right here.) As soon as in Tau, park the automobile at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge which is a 20 minute drive away.
From right here, it’s time to overcome yet one more pure surprise that’s in style in Norway: Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock!
I’m fairly certain you could have already seen this view in images on-line, and because it towers at a powerful peak of 604 meters over Lysefjord, you’ll certainly be in awe of its grandeur. It helps to notice thatCNN and Lonely Planet have even named this as one of many world’s most spectacular viewing factors! Now, should you’re questioning how its distinctive form (like a protruding tooth) was shaped, it’s mentioned that it was most definitely formed by the growth of ice some 1000’s of years in the past.
IMPORTANT: Mountain climbing right here takes about four hours (2 hours every means) nevertheless it has been seen that the route can get shorter so there are literally plans underway to enhance this path. Please put on correct mountain climbing garments and sneakers based on the forecasted climate. Deliver sufficient meals and water for four hours, in addition to some further change of garments in case the climate turns bitter.
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◘◘ Take a scenic ferry trip from Forsand to Lysebotn
Time for yet one more ferry trip! However this time round, it is going to span a bit longer (about 2.5 hours). Plus, it is going to really be a sightseeing tour the place you may look on the Pupit Rock and Kjerag mountain from one other angle. There can even be a voiceover in English that may clarify the environment’ wild geology and glacial panorama. (Value begins at NOK 315 per individual. Bookings might be accomplished right here.)
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◘◘ In a single day at Lysefjorden Turisthytte at Lysebotn
To ebook, go right here.
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One final hurrah
◘◘ Hike to Kjeragbolten
Time to do yet one more hike earlier than this Norwegian journey ends! After you take a look at of Lysefjorden Turisthytte, just remember to pack your individual lunch pack earlier than driving to Øygardstøl (which is about 10 minutes by automobile). Park your automobile right here for 100 NOK and you will discover the beginning of the Kjeragbolten mountain climbing path close by.
What’s Kjeragbolten? As you will note within the picture above, this can be a boulder that’s wedged within the (Kjerag) mountain’s crevasse.
…Inform me, does it make your abdomen churn? As a result of it does for me! If I’ve to say so myself, stepping on this rock is quite a bit scarier than Trolltunga. Positive, the house on prime of the rock is extensive — however not extensive sufficient. To the perfect of my information, nobody has fallen from this, so should you simply take further care, you’ll be superb.
You could be questioning although: why would individuals even wish to danger it and go on prime of this scary boulder? Nicely, it’s seemingly the attract of it as a result of it’s a really well-known vacation spot in Norway. In spite of everything, it’s very accessible even with none climbing gear (it may be only a 5-hour hike, with 2.5 hours every means at a good tempo). In case you’re into base leaping, that is additionally the most effective spots to do it!
IMPORTANT: As traditional, please put on correct mountain climbing garments and sneakers based on the forecasted climate. Deliver sufficient meals and water for at the very least 5 hours, in addition to some further change of garments in case the climate turns bitter.
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◘◘ Make your strategy to Sandnes, do some stops and discover the realm
Automotive again to Sandnes takes roughly three hours. Some highlights alongside the best way that you could take a look at are:
- Sirdal Skisenter at Thjørhomfjellet: It is a nice ski resort should you’re right here in winter and an important mountain climbing space through the summer season.
- Gloppedalsura Scree: place that has avalanche boulders which can be piled on prime of each other. Nice for picture ops!
- Dalsnuten: That is only a 30-minute hike from Gramstad which has a pleasant lookout level over the Jæren space, Sandnes and Stavanger.
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◘◘ Have your final evening at Kronen Gaard Lodge
About an hour’s trip away from the town middle, we booked right into a room in Kronen Gaard Lodge and it was such a pleasing keep. The inside decorations have been actually swell.
» DAY #12 «
For our final day, we delivered our rental automobile in Avis in Stavanger Airport, Sola. We flew to Oslo through SAS and from there, took one other flight again house.
Norway is a treasure trove of journey and pure magnificence, so it’s completely a should to incorporate this in your Europe itinerary!
Moreover, visiting this nation will stay to be supreme NO matter the season. For certain, if I have been to return again right here once more, I goal to go to the north! I additionally plan to go to someday throughout winter in order that I might see the Northern Lights.
Aaah… I can’t wait!
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