For hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, this Norway itinerary is perfect. In 10 days, you will be able to do four amazing hikes. Be daring and stand on Kjeragbolten, hike out to Trolltunga and pose for the camera, enjoy epic views out to the Atlantic Ocean from Romsdalseggen, and hike Norway’s most popular hike, Pulpit Rock. Mixed in with the hiking days are visits to quaint coastal towns, scenic drives along the fjords and through the world’s longest tunnel, and a chance to experience some of the best that Norway has to offer.
Norway is a gorgeous country, and on this itinerary you get to see it via car, ferry, airplane, train, and your own two feet. In our opinion, there is no better way to see Norway than by hiking!
This Norway itinerary is good for:
- Epic hiking
- Scenic Drives
- Quaint Coastal Towns
Arrive in Oslo, Fly to Stavanger
Arrive in Oslo and catch a connecting flight to Stavanger. Stavanger will be your home base for the next three nights. From here, you will hike to Pulpit Rock and Kjeragbolten.
Have dinner, get some rest, and tomorrow will be the first Norwegian hike.
Hike to Pulpit Rock
Stavanger is connected to Pulpit Rock by public transportation. After breakfast at your hotel, catch the ferry from Stavanger to Tau. This is a twenty-minute scenic ferry ride, giving you your first glimpse of the Norwegian fjords.
Once in Tau, there is a bus service that will drive visitors to the start of the Pulpit Rock hike.
The hike to Pulpit Rock is Norway’s most iconic hike, with views of the Lysefjord and this slab of rock that almost looks like it is from another planet. This giant monolith is also known as Preikestolen.
The hike is four miles round trip, the shortest on this itinerary. It is an easy hike that anyone with average fitness can do, including children. Since it is Norway’s most popular hike, expect lots of crowds, especially during the peak travel season from June through August.
For more details on hiking to Pulpit Rock, click here.
To get back to Stavanger, take the bus to Tau and the ferry to Stavanger. There should be plenty of time for dinner in Stavanger.
We ate at ND Sorensen’s Dampskibsexpedition Pub. The food was fantastic but it was expensive. Well, this is Norway, one of the most expensive destinations in the world. Expect to pay $30 to $40 for an entrée and $10 for a beer.
This was our favorite day while visiting Norway. The hike to Kjeragbolten is epic, with some of the best views of the fjords in Norway along with that chance to step out onto the boulder…if you so dare!
Kjeragbolten is located two hours away from Stavanger (140 km) and there are two ways to get there: a bus service that only runs during the peak summer months, or by rental car. We chose the rental car option. For four people this was more economical and more convenient.
The hike to Kjeragbolten is 12 km round trip, taking hikers between 5 and 7 hours to complete the hike. It is longer and more strenuous than Pulpit Rock, with sections of rock scrambling and chain-assisted climbing, which made this the favorite hike for Tyler and Kara. The views along the way are unbelievable. Even if you have no plans to step out onto Kjerag this hike is still absolutely worth it for the views along the way.
The infamous boulder is wedged between two rock faces 1000 meters off of the ground. It’s a crazy thing to do but one of our favorite traveling memories, for sure!
After the hike, drive the two hours back to Stavanger, return the rental car, and get a good night’s sleep. For more on hiking to Kjeragbolten, check out these posts: The Kjeragbolten Hike: A Complete Guide and Kjeragbolten: Our Favorite Hike in Norway.
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Take a morning flight from Stavanger to Bergen. It is possible to take a bus or a ferry to Bergen, but this takes five hours and the views are not worth it, considering the views you will get by hiking and driving between the fjords over the next few days.
Once in Bergen, rent another car. This one you will have for the rest of your time in Norway.
Most of the day is available for exploring Bergen, a coastal town that was once a German settlement. Have lunch at the fish market, wander the cobblestoned streets, take the funicular up the hillside for the best views over Bergen, and explore Bryggen, the location of the Hanseatic houses along the harbor.
Once finished in Bergen, you have a two and a half hour drive to Eidfjord, a tiny town located near Hardangerfjord. This will be your home base for hiking to Trolltunga.
Today is another day of epic hiking and a chance to see more of iconic Norway.
From Eidfjord, it is an hour and a fifteen minute drive south to Tyssedal and the start of the Trolltunga hike. The views along the way were some of my favorites in Norway.
Several years ago, the hike started as a 1 km strenuous walk up an old funicular track. That is now closed. There are now two options for hiking to Trolltunga.
Option 1 is to hike the switchback trail near the funicular track. This is strenuous but once at the top, it is mostly easy-going for the rest of the hike out to Trolltunga. The views along the way are even better than those to Kjeragbolten, in my opinion.
Option 2, the Sky Ladder, is a tour that has visitors cycling and then climbing a Via Ferrata, finishing this journey not far from Trolltunga.
The hike to Trolltunga takes 8 to 10 hours to complete, going 23 km total. After completion of the hike, drive back to Eidfjord.
For more on the hike to Trolltunga, click here.
Norway in a Nutshell
The Norway in a Nutshell tour takes visitors on a cruise through one of the most scenic fjords in Norway along with a ride on the Flam railway.
From Eidfjord, it is a 2 hour ride (115 km) to Flam, the start of the tour. In Flam, you can purchase your tickets for the cruise and train combination.
For more on Norway in a Nutshell: How to do Norway in a Nutshell on your own.
Once the tour is over it is time to drive to Balestrand. To get there, you get a chance to drive the Arlandsvegen Snow Road, a high mountain road with spectacular scenery. Don’t miss the Stegastein Viewpoint and a drive through the world’s longest tunnel, Laerdalstunnelen, at 24.5 km long.
Drive to Geiranger
Today is a full day of driving but if you get lucky with the weather (we did not) the scenery is amazing. This drive takes you along fjords and through small towns, giving you plenty of opportunities to stop for food along the way.
If you so desire, pay a visit to the Josteldalsbreen Nasjonalparksenter for an education on glaciers.
In the afternoon, you will arrive in Geiranger, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fjord known for being one of the most spectacular in Norway.
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There is plenty of time in the day to explore Geirangerfjord before moving on again. There are hiking and biking trails, kayaks to rent, viewpoints to drive to, and the small town of Geiranger to explore and to go shopping.
From Geiranger it is a two hour drive to the next town, Andalsnes. This is another scenic drive and just before arriving in Andalsnes you will drive the Trollstigen (Troll’s Ladder), a switchback road that is one of the most popular drives in Norway.
Have dinner in Andalsnes and get settled into your accommodations. Tomorrow is an early morning.
Romsdalseggen is an 11 km hike along the spine of a mountain. Although not the longest hike in the itinerary, we found it to be the most difficult. This hike can take 8 to 10 hours to complete.
From Andalsnes, there is a bus that delivers hikers to the start of the hike. This hike is a point to point hike, starting on farmland and ending in the town of Andalsnes. Weather can be unpredictable…we were here in August and there was a chance of snow in the forecast.
The hike starts off with a strenuous climb, taking hikers to the spine of the mountain. From here, on a clear day, you can see all of the way out to the Atlantic Ocean. We were not so lucky, but even so, the views were still amazing.
Beware of the low cloud cover…this hike goes right along the edge of a mountain and one false step could send you off over the side. Our kids called it “oblivion.”
After your hike, enjoy dinner in town. Click here for more on hiking Romsdalseggen Ridge.
Alesund and Oslo
From Andalsnes it is a two hour drive west to Alesund, another coastal town.
Enjoy the day exploring Alesund and don’t miss the walk up the hillside for the best views of the town.
In the afternoon, fly to Oslo, completing your tour of Norway.
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When To Go
Hiking season in Norway is between June and September. During the other months of the year, snow is likely, making hiking treacherous.
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