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10 Day Norway Itinerary: The Ultimate Road Trip through the Fjord Region

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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!

Norway Travel Itinerary

This Norway itinerary is good for:

  • Epic hiking
  • Scenic Drives
  • Fjords
  • Quaint Coastal Towns

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Day 1

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.

Where We Stayed in Stavanger: The Comfort Square Hotel. This modernly decorated hotel (with interesting artwork) is located within the heart of Stavanger. Take-away breakfast is available, perfect if you want to grab breakfast and get an early start hiking.


Day 2

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.

Stavanger Ferry

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.


Learn more: How to Hike to Pulpit Rock


Pulpit Rock

Pulpit Rock August

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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.


Day 3

Kjeragbolten Hike

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 MapKjeragbolten 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 in Norway 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.

Hiking Norway with Kids

Earth Trekkers Norway

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!

Kjeragbolten

Best Hike Norway


For more on hiking to Kjeragbolten (including details on how to get here), check out these posts:

The Kjeragbolten Hike: A Complete Guide

Kjeragbolten: Our Favorite Hike in Norway


After the Kjeragbolten hike, if you are up for another adventure, then you might consider driving down (and then back up) Lysevegen Road. It is a narrow road with 32 sharp bends, an average gradient of 9.4%, and an elevation difference of more than 800 meters (2600 ft) over only 5.8 km (3.6 miles). And if that isn’t crazy enough then there is a tunnel near the bottom that turns 340 degrees.

If you are up for this adventure, like we were, then when you pull out of the Kjerag parking lot turn left and you’ll start going down this dangerous, windy, switchback road almost right away. This road connects the Kjeragbolten car park with the town of Lysebotn.

Drive two hours back to Stavanger, return the rental car, and get a good night’s sleep.


Day 4

Bergen, Norway

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 you need that time today to tour Bergen.

Once in Bergen, rent another car. You will have this car until you reach Ålesund on day 10.

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.

Bergen Norway

Bergen

Once finished in Bergen, you have a two and a half hour drive to Eidfjord, a tiny town located near Hardangerfjord. We recommend taking the route that drives past Steinsdalsfossen, a waterfall that is visible from the road. You can follow the footpath behind the waterfall.

If you arrive in Eidfjord with extra time, consider driving to the Voringfossen viewpoint, a 20 minute drive each way from Eidfjord.

We recommend making Eidfjord your home base for hiking to Trolltunga. However, you can also choose to stay in Tyssedal or Odda. These two towns are located very close to the hike but will add an hour drive onto the drive to Flam on day 6.

Where We Stayed in Eidfjord: We spent two nights at Vik Pensjonat go Hytter in Eidfjord. We had a two bedroom apartment which Kara described as “epic.”  From Eidfjord, it is a gorgeous one hour drive to Tyssedal and the start of the Trolltunga hike.


Day 5

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.

Eidfjord

Norway Road Trip

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.

Norway Hiking

Trolltunga

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.


Read More: Trolltunga: A Fabulous Hike Packed with Incredible Scenery


Day 6

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 Flåm railway. From Eidfjord, it is a 2 hour ride (115 km) to Flåm, one of the starting points for the organized tour.

Flam Norway

If you are following our itinerary and/or have your own transportation, then it is not necessary to book the organized tour. You can follow our guide on how to do Norway in a Nutshell on your own. You’ll want to drive from Eidfjord to the Stalheim Hotel, where our guide begins.


Read more about this full day itinerary, including what to see on the drive from Eidfjord to Flåm: 

How to do Norway in a Nutshell on your own


Naeroyfjord

Once the tour is over it is time to drive to Balestrand. On the way, and only about 30 minutes from Flåm, is the Stegastein Viewpoint, a scenic lookout over Aurlandsfjord. From this viewpoint you can continue along the Aurlandsvegen Snow Road, a high mountain road with spectacular scenery. Or you can back track down the mountain and take the world’s longest tunnel, Lærdalstunnelen (24.5 km or 15.2 miles).

Norway Drive

Where We Stayed in Balestrand: We stayed in the Balestrand Hotel, a nothing fancy, family-run hotel. If you want a nice view, request a room overlooking Sognefjord.


Day 7

Drive to Geiranger

To Geiranger MapToday 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.

Sites to see on the drive between Balestrand and Geiranger include:

  • Likholefossen (we ended up not stopping here ourselves due to a late start)
  • Jostedalsbreen National Park Centre (listed in Google Maps as Jostedalsbreen Nasjonalparksenter) for an education on glaciers
  • Old Strynefjell Mountain Road (Old Road 258) … for the views
  • Videseter Hotel to look at the view of the valley (located on Old Strynefjell Mountain Road)
  • From the Videseter Hotel you can also walk to the Videfossen Waterfall (listed in Google Maps as Buldrefossen)

As you approach Geiranger there are various viewpoints to see:

  • Djupvasshytta
  • Dalsnibba Viewpoint – highest of the views of valley and fjord. The road here is Norway’s highest car road.
  • Knuten Viewpoint
  • Flydalsjuvet Viewpoint

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.

Where We Stayed in Geiranger: Hotel Utsikten. We chose this hotel for its awesome views over Geirangerfjord. Unfortunately, during our stay in Geiranger, it was wet and foggy and at times we could barely see the fjord from the hotel. If you chose to stay here, hopefully you will have better luck. The hotel is within walking distance of the town, where you can rent kayaks and go shopping. We enjoyed hanging out at the hotel bar at the end of the day, and overall really enjoyed our stay here, despite the rainy weather.


Day 8

Geiranger

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.

Kayaking Geirangerfjord

From Geiranger it is a two hour drive to the next town, Åndalsnes. This is another scenic drive and just before arriving in Åndalsnes you will drive the Trollstigen (Troll’s Ladder), a switchback road that is one of the most popular drives in Norway.

Trollstigen

Have dinner in Åndalsnes and get settled into your accommodations. Tomorrow is an early morning.

Where We Stayed in Åndalsnes: We spent two nights at the Trollveggen Campground in Åndalsnes. We slept in cabin #3 and it was adorable.  Tyler and Kara loved it. In fact, they described it as “epic.”


Day 9

Romsdalseggen Hike

Romsdalseggen SignRomsdalseggen 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 Åndalsnes, 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 Åndalsnes. 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.

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Romsdalseggen Ridge

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.”


Read More: Hiking Romsdalseggen Ridge


After your hike, enjoy dinner in town.

Day 10

Ålesund and Oslo

From Åndalsnes it is a two hour drive west to Ålesund, another coastal town.

Enjoy the day exploring Ålesund and don’t miss the walk up the hillside for the best views of the town.

Alesund

In the afternoon, fly to Oslo, completing your tour of Norway.

Where We Stayed in Oslo: The Clarion Royal Christiana. This is a four star hotel located in downtown Oslo within walking distance of the train station and the Oslo Opera House. My favorite thing about this hotel (other than it’s great location) was the huge breakfast buffet.

When To Go

The best time to do this itinerary is between June and September, especially if you plan on hiking these trails. Snow lingers on some of these trails up until June. The earliest you can hike Trolltunga without a guide is June 15, according to the Visit Norway website.

For your best chance of clear weather, visit Norway in the spring and early summer. In August, rainfall chances increase. It is not unusual to have rainy weather during September and October.

We did this same itinerary in early August.


Looking for another epic trip to Norway? Learn how to spend 10 days road tripping from Tromsø to the Lofoten Islands:

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  1. Hi Julie,
    thanks for the great info and descriptions of your trips. They are very inspirational. We live in Germany and are planning to drive to Norway next year, visiting most of the places on your itineraries. One question: what is the mosquito situation during the June-September period? If at all possible, we will try to avoid the pesty little bloodsuckers. Many thanks.

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      Hi Jerry. So, we were in southern Norway at the beginning of August and had zero issues with mosquitoes. We were in northern Norway at the beginning of July and also had no issues. Maybe we got lucky but I don’t think of Norway as the kind of place where mosquitoes are an issue, not even the “no-see-um’s” or midges like there are in Ireland and Scotland. Cheers, Julie

  2. This was one of the best Itinerary i read about Norway. Would Definitely use this one. Just wanted to know how much will it cost for 10 days in Norway. And can u please let me know when is the best season to do the above mentioned activities along with chasing Northern Lights.

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      Hello Durgesh. It’s difficult to answer budget questions because there are a lot of factors that affect the price of your trip (the type of accommodations you stay in, how often and where you go out to eat, the activities you choose to do, and when you choose to travel), so I can’t give you a good answer here. But Norway is one of the most expensive countries to visit in the world. Our family of four would spend $150 USD per dinner at a mid-range restaurant (just this past July). Mid-range hotels also roughly cost $100 – $200 per night.

      You can see the northern lights between December and April but you will have to travel farther north in Norway to the Tromso area.

      Cheers, Julie

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      You are welcome. Yes, this route does help. We flew between Stavanger and Bergen, but you can also do the drive. I think there are several ferries along the way but it is probably a gorgeous road trip.

  3. Hi Julie,

    Your blog is amazing. My wife and I are travelling to Norway in August this year but only have 4 nights.
    My tentative itenary is:
    Day 1 – flight arrives in Stavanger around 9:30am from London. In the afternoon travel by public transport and hike Pulpit Rock. Public transport back to Stavanfer and 1 night in Stavanger
    Day 2 – Hire a car and leave early to Kjerag and do that hike

    so far so good! Here is where I am not so sure

    On day 2 should we drive back to Stavanger (~3 hours) and fly to Bergen in the evening. Or should we continue from Kjerag on a ~6 hour drive to Eidford and arrive late there? My thinking is that this is less hassle and we will see some beautiful scenary on route rather than the hassle of going back to Stavanger and the hassle of a flight. If we did the drive we would stay 3 nights in Eidford. On day 3 we would maybe relax and spend some time driving or doing a cruise on the Fjord.
    Day 4 – hike Trolltunga and back to Eidford for our 4th night.
    Day 5 – drive back to Bergen, spend a few hours tehre before flying home to London in the evening from Bergen

    Would really welcome any input or advice you may have.

    Many Thanks
    Dan

    1. I mean to add, with the flying from Stavanger to Bergen option we would spend night 2 and day 3 in Bergen, drive to Eidford early evening on day. Then still trek Trolltunga on day 4 and spend night 4 in Eidford before heading to Bergen on day 5 for our evening flight back to London.

      The question really is what to do after Kjerag as that shifts things a little and means either 3 nights in Eidford and 0 nights in Bergen or 2 nights in Eidford and 1 night in Bergen.

      I hope all of that makes some sense!!

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      I like your idea of driving from Kjeragbolten to Eidfjord. It does make a lot of sense. Of course, it will be a very long day. You could stay in Lysebotn after hiking Keragbolten so you don’t have such a long drive that same day. Then drive to Eidfjord on day 3. Or, another option would be to drive to Odda on Day 2 (after Kjerag), on day 3 hike Trolltunga, then stay in Odda or Eidfjord. We never made it to Odda, but Eidfjord is a very small town with not much too do (at least in 2013). It’s pretty, and it worked for our itinerary, but staying in or near Odda may be more convenient for you if you drive from Kjerag to Trolltunga. Just a thought. I hope you enjoy your time in Norway…it’s amazing and beautiful and the hikes are incredible. You have a lot to look forward to! Cheers, Julie

  4. Mountain hiking in Norway from mid September may give you spectacular fall colors under a crisp, blue sky. Or rain pouring down for a week. Or blizzards. Full winter may have arrived in the mountains. I suggest August if you want to be on the safer side (although, the weather in western Norway may be soaking at any time during the summer, if you are unlucky).

  5. Hi Julie,

    your travelogue is inspirational Great details.
    I am planning trip to Norway with Family (2 Adults + 15 year + 10 year kids)
    My flights are booked , arriving Oslo on 14th May afternoon and leaving back from oslo on 22nd May.

    I’ve three itinerary in my mind as below:

    Option 1: via Car (Oslo – Bergen- Stavanger – Oslo)

    May 14th Arrive Oslo at 2.30 pm (from Bangalore.),
    15h Oslo – Bergen , Bergen Local
    16th Rent Car Bergen to Flam via Car
    17th Flam and surrounding area via Car.
    18h Drive to Hardangerfjord and stay at Odda
    19th Odda to Pulpit tock, finish the hike and Reach Stavanger in night., Drop the Car at Stavanger.
    20th Stavanger local and fly to Oslo in evening.
    21th Oslo local
    22nd Oslo – Bangalore in Morning flight.

    Option 2: via Car (Oslo- Stavanger – Bergen – Oslo)

    May 14th Arrive Oslo at 2.30 pm (from Bangalore.), Fly to Stavanger
    15h Pulpit rock
    16th Rent Car and drive to Odda/
    17th Drive to Flam while exploring Hardangerfjord sights.
    18h Explore Flam and surrounding Area via Car.
    19th Flam to Bergen , Drop the Car at Bergen.
    20th Bergen local and go to Oslo by afternoon Train.
    21th Oslo local
    22nd Oslo – Bangalore in Morning flight.

    Option 3: With Car covering (Oslo- Alesund -Bergen – Oslo)

    May 14: arrive Oso fly to Alesund
    May 15: Explore Alesund
    May 16: Rent Car @Alesund and driveto Gerainger via Eagle road
    May 17: Explore Gerainger area
    May 18: Gerainger to Flam/Songdal
    May 19: Flam Exploration, Reach Bergen by night.
    May 20: Flam – Bergen , Drop Car at Bergen, and evening fly to Oslo or Train.
    May 21: Oslo Local
    May 22: Fly back to Bangalore.

    In Option 1 & 2, Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord is covered but Geraingerfjord & Alesund is not covered.,
    in Option 3: Sognefjord and GeraingerFjord is covered, but Stavanger/Pulpit rock is not covered.

    Which Option is best considering May timeframe, ?
    Which option provides better experience with Nature, is GeraingerFjord is similar to SogneFjord provide similar scenery as SogneFjord ? or it’s vastly different ?

    I am confused between Option 2 and 3 , => choice is between Geraigerfjord vs Hardangerfjord/Pulpit rock.

    Please advise.
    Also let me know any other suggestion to improve the itinerary.

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      How about this (you get to see Flam, Bergen, Pulpit Rock, and Geirangerfjord):

      May 14 – Arrive in Oslo, fly to Alesund, sleep Alesund
      May 15 – Pick up rental car, tour Alesund (it’s small and you don’t need a full day), drive to Geiranger in the afternoon/evening
      May 16 – Geirangerfjord
      May 17 – drive to Flam, check out this post for things to do in the area
      May 18 – Norway in a Nutshell, end in Bergen
      May 19 – See Bergen, in the evening fly to Stavanger
      May 20 – Pulpit Rock
      May 21 – fly to Oslo in the morning, see Oslo
      May 22 – fly home

      For the Norway in a Nutshell day, there are two ways to do it. Since you have a rental car, you could follow your own Nutshell tour using this guide as advice. Or, you could drop the rental car, book the official Norway in a Nutshell tour, starting in Flam and ending in Bergen. Just depends on your preference.

      Let us know if I missed something, or if you have more questions. Cheers, Julie

      1. Thanks a lot Julie for Suggestions and improved itinerary.

        I understood Trollstinger would not be open till later part of May, and that was my objective to go all the way to Alesund., I am Not sure if it’s worth to cover Alesund/Gerainger vs Spending more time near Flam and drive via Hardangerfjord scenic route/Waterfall.

        What is your thoughts on that ?
        I would like to decide on itineary you proposed vs Option 1/2 from my original query.

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          That is correct that Trollstigen may not open until late May, and in some years even early June. Fjord Norway has some info about the roads here. So you’re right, it may be better to plan on going no farther north than Gierangerfjord. Both #1 and #2 itineraries look good, it’s just your preference for the order. If you do #1, I recommend one minor change. On May 19th, you can drive to Stavanger and see Stavanger in the afternoon. On the 20th, do the Pulpit Rock hike early (to miss the crowds and have time to catch your evening flight to Oslo). Cheers, Julie

          1. Sure, Thanks a lot for your suggestions and super fast feedback !, Highly appreciate your help.

          2. Hi Julie,

            After some more research, i thought may be i can drop Bergen and cover Geirangeer with below itinerary:, still considering:

            14 May – Oslo Alesund
            15 Alesund local and Gerainger
            16 – Gerainger local
            17 – Gerainger to Balestrad/Aurland
            18 – Explore Flam as Day trip stay near Flam
            19 – Balestrad/Flam/aurland to Stavanger via hardangerfjord
            20 – Pulpit rock and fly to Oslo in evening
            21 – Oslo local
            22 – Fly Back home

            What do you think about this one,
            with above i can cover all famous fjords of Norway.
            => what do you think ?, is GeiraingerFjord is must trip or i can have similar beautiful view also near Sognefjord ?

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            Yes, this works. The night of the 18th, consider staying in Flam or at the Stalheim Hotel just to save you a little driving time on the 19. Staying in Balestrand on the 18th will add more time and a ferry ride in the morning. I think Gierangerfjord is something special. We thought it was gorgeous and we could only see it in the rain. I’d keep it in your itinerary if you can. Hopefully you will have clear weather! Cheers, Julie

  6. Hi, I loved your trip summary. Thank you for sharing your info and photos. I’m trying to plan a 6-7 day trip with my husband and older teen sons. Our timing is late May and I’m concerned that it’s too early for the hiking trails . I read somewhere that Trolltunga isn’t even open till 6/15. Do you think there could be issues with the other trails you went on? And if we do just one hike, which do you think is the safest one (weather wise) or would you recommend others? Also, did you do any kayaking or biking on your trip?

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      Hello Karen. In late May, you are too early for Trolltunga, although you might be able to do it with a guide. The best place to get up to date info is the Visit Norway website. They usually have great info about the hiking trails. If you could do one hike, I’d say do Kjeragbolten, if you don’t mind the idea of doing something crazy. Even if you choose not to step out onto Kjerag, it’s still a gorgeous hike. I just checked the Visit Norway website. Currently, they state that the road to Kjerag opens mid-May. There still may be snow on the roads and trails and it sounds like they recommend having a guide until June. They do have a way to contact them on their website. Check this out and consider asking them about Kjeragbolten in your time frame. I’d hate for you to miss it or skip it especially since you are right at the beginning of the season. We went kayaking in Geirangerfjord (just rented kayaks for an hour and paddled around…and we saw dolphins!!) but no biking. Let us know if you have more questions. Cheers, Julie

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