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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!

This Norway Itinerary is Perfect 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. I recommend renting a car at the airport. It is possible to reach both Pulpit Rock and Kjeragbolten using public transportation but having a car will give you more flexibility in your schedule.

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

Get an early start to beat the crowds. You can drive directly to Pulpit Rock from Stavanger with the recent opening of a new tunnel. If you do not have a rental car you can get to Pulpit Rock by bus. Get the details in our post about Pulpit Rock.

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 five miles round trip, the shortest on this Norway 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.

Pulpit Rock

Pulpit Rock August

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Return to 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.

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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!


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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


Once finished in Bergen, you will drive to a town near the Trolltunga hike.

You have several options where to stay near the Trolltunga hike. Odda and Tyssedal are the two towns located closest to the hike. From Bergen, it takes about three hours to drive to these towns.

You can also stay in Kinsarvik or Eidfjord. These two towns are north of Trolltunga, so you will have a longer drive to get to the trailhead for Trolltunga. However, since you are farther north, you will do less driving on day 6 when you go to Flåm.

On the drive, there are two waterfalls you can stop and visit. Steinsdalsfossen is a waterfall that is visible from the road. You can follow the footpath behind the waterfall. Twenty minutes east of Eidfjord is Vøringsfossen, a stunning waterfall that you can hike to. There is now a footbridge that crosses the river, offering views of the waterfall.

For recommendations on where to stay near the Trolltunga hike, read our article Where to Stay Near Trolltunga.

Day 5


Today is another day of epic hiking and a chance to see more of iconic Norway.

If you stayed in Eidfjord or Kinsarvik, it is an hour drive south to Tyssedal and the start of the Trolltunga hike. The views along the way were some of my favorites in Norway.


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 several 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. Option 2 is to arrive very early in the morning and be one of the first cars to park in the new, upper parking lot. This drive lops off the first major descent of the hike and can save you hours of time. But you need to get here very early in the day. Read our Trolltunga article for more information.

Option 3, the Sky Ladder, is a tour that has visitors cycling and then climbing a Via Ferrata, finishing the journey not far from Trolltunga.

After the first major climb, whether you did on foot or by car, you are treated to amazing views. And then, of course, you get to step out onto Trolltunga.

Norway Hiking


The hike to Trolltunga takes 8 to 10 hours to complete, going 28 km total. After completion of the hike, drive back to your hotel.

Day 6

Norway in a Nutshell

The Norway in a Nutshell tour is a very popular excursion for first-time visitors to Norway. This tour includes a cruise on Naeroyfjord (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the narrowest fjord in Norway) and Aurlandsfjord, a railway journey to and from Myrdal, and a spectacular view of the Naeroydalen valley from the Stalheim Hotel.

Flam Norway

If you are following our Norway 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 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


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 Map Norway itineraryToday 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:

  • 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


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 Norway itinerary

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.


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 Sign Norway itineraryRomsdalseggen is an 11 km hike along the spine of a mountain. Although not the longest hike in this Norway itinerary, we found it to be the most difficult. This hike can take 8 to 10 hours to complete.

You can hike this trail from July 1 through September 30, when the shuttle bus is in service. Read our article about the hike for full details.

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 Norway itinerary

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.”

If you don’t want to hike Romsdalseggen Ridge, or the weather is not cooperating, you have the option to hike to the Rampestreken viewpoint. This viewpoint is located along the Romsdalseggen trail and overlooks Åndalsnes and the valley. It takes roughly 3 hours round trip to hike to the viewpoint. With 700 meters of climbing, it a strenuous walk to get here.

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 to Fjellstua for the best views of the town.

Alesund Norway itinerary

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.

Best Time for this Norway Itinerary

The best time to do this Norway 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 1, according to the Visit Norway website.

If you are planning a trip to Norway before June with the intent to go hiking, here are some things to consider:

Pulpit Rock: You can hike Pulpit Rock from April to October. For the remainder of the year, the trails will be covered with snow. It is only recommended that you hike Pulpit Rock from November through March with a guide.

Kjeragbolten:  The best time to hike Kjeragbolten is from June 1 through September 30. The bus from Stavanger does not start running until June 1. Before June 1, snow can still cover the roads, so you may not even be able to drive to the start of the hike.

Trolltunga:  June 1 to September 30. All other times of the year you should hike with a guide.

Romsdalseggen Ridge:  June 30 to September 30 (when the shuttle bus is in service).

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.

If you do not plan on hiking, some roads on this Norway itinerary can be closed from November through May. Trollstigen and the Aurlandsvegen Snow Road make it onto this list. For a list of possible road closures, plus their dates of opening and closing times, click here.

We did this same Norway 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:

10 Day Itinerary: The Lofoten Islands and Northern Norway

Or, learn how to combine a road trip through the fjords with a visit to the Lofoten Islands:

10 Days in Norway: The Fjords and the Lofoten Islands

If you have any questions about this Norway itinerary, let us know in the comment section below.

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      The cost of the trip will depend on the time of year you visit, dining in restaurants vs. grocery stores, and what kind of accommodations you choose to stay in. We don’t have a budget for this itinerary, but with rental cars, food, and accommodations for 2 mid-range travelers, expect to pay somewhere around $500 USD per day, but this is a very rough estimate. Cheers, Julie

  1. hi I am trying to plan an itinerary for norway, and was looking at this blog. On the norway in a nutshell self guided tour, I found that it would take too much time to do the tour, and then drive to balestrand right after.

    these are the times that I added:

    8:00 – drive to stalheim hotel (2 hrs), enjoy the view (30 mins)
    10:30 – stalheim road (10 mins)
    10:40 – Explore Gudvangen (20+ mins)
    11:00 – Drive to Flam (20 mins)
    11:20 – extra time for stops (15-20 mins), lunch in flam (30 – 40 mins)
    12: 30 – fjord cruise (2.5 hours)
    3: 00 – Flam railway (2 hrs)
    5:00 – finished

    with this itinerary, it would take 3+ hours or more including stops and you would arrive in Balestrand at around 8:30, which would be pretty late. Also, I know that it will be a long day of sitting (2.5 hours car, 2.5 hours cruise, 2 hrs train) for seven hours. I was wondering if I could drive from flam to geiranger on the next day, but that would also be a lot of driving and you wouldn’t have much time to enjoy the attractions on the way. Is there another way I could do this, or how did you do it? Should I make this a two day journey? thanks.

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      Your timeline looks good and you will get into Balestrand late, but there isn’t much to see here. The good thing about doing this in the summer (the best time for this itinerary) is that it does not get dark until 10 pm. If finishing the day at 8 pm is too late, you can save a little bit of time by staying in Flam. But that will give you a longer drive the next day to Geiranger. We did all of the Norway in a Nutshell on one day (but had a delay because of issues with the ferry) and the drive to Geiranger on the second day. Another option is to take out the fjord cruise. That might sound crazy, but you will see/drive by a lot of fjords on this itinerary so you don’t lose a whole lot by omitting it. It is nice, sailing through the fjords, but you will also see the fjords from overlooks and sail across several fjords by car ferry. Cheers, Julie

  2. Hi Julie,
    Thanks so much for publishing this great itinerary! I am planning a similar trip based off this itinerary and I was wondering if you had any tips/recommendations for finding a reasonably priced rental car? I’ve noticed that the rental cars in Norway are pretty expensive (especially for a one way trip such as this), which rental car company did you select? Do you mind if I ask how much the rental car cost for your trip?

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      Hello Jessica. We did this trip in 2013 so our rental car price will no longer be accurate for what you can expect. But it can be very expensive. When we rent a car, Tim prices out the major companies and picks the company with the cheapest price. Usually it is Hertz, Avis, or Budget, but by now, we have used every major company that there is. This can change from month to month, even in the same country. You can also rent and get a basic idea of to expect on Autoeurope.com. Cheers, Julie

  3. Not sure if this has been asked before or not, but what’s a cost range for a 10 day trip like this, say out of.. PDX. Food, hotels and all.

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      The cost of this trip depends on a lot of factors (time of year you visit, budget vs midrange vs luxury hotels, how often you dine in restaurants). We did this with a mid-range budget, in August, eating out once to twice per day, and for our family of four spent $500 to $600 per day. That includes the rental car, 2 hotel rooms, meals, and activities. Cheers, Julie

  4. Amazing blog to read!
    I am landing in Oslo and doing a full coastal road trip curving round and finishing just North of The Atlantic Road.
    Heading back South to Oslo for our returning flight, I was wondering if there is a mountainous route which is worth stopping for 1 or 2 nights before reaching Oslo.
    Thank you so much!

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      Hello Katie. I’m glad you like our blog! We haven’t driven to Oslo, so far we have only reached Oslo by flight. So personally I am not aware of any scenic drives to get to Oslo. I imagine it would be a very pretty drive, but also a long one, to get to Oslo from the west coast. I hope you find the information you need! Cheers, Julie

  5. Julie:
    Thanks for sharing your travel experience! I found your blogs most informative and very helpful for people to plan their trips.
    I have booked an arctic cruise for my family of 4. Now the cruise is cancelled but the flights are not, at least not yet. I tried to re-arrange my itinerary so I don’t waste my flight tickets if the airlines don’t cancel them. I currently planned 4 full days in Lofoten and 3 full days in Longyearbyen. I wonder if 3 days too long for Longyearbyen and if I should plan 2 days in Longyearbyen and add 1 day to Lofoten or other places?
    Here is my plan and I appreciate it if you could give me some suggestions. Thank you very much!
    0 Depart US
    1 Arrive at Stavanger (SVG) at 9:15 am
    Drive to Lysebotn”
    2 The Kjeragbolten Hike (Starting point: Øygardstøl)
    Drive to Stavanger”
    3 Hike the Pulpit Rock
    Drive to Gudvangen, stop at Bergen & Stalheim Hotel ”
    4 Do “Norway in a Nutshell” on our own at Flam
    5 Drive to Geiranger
    Stop along the way”
    6 Geiranger:
    7 Drive to Åndalsnes (2h): Route 63 (Trollstigen)
    Hike to Rampestreken viewpoint (3h)”
    Drive to Bud and Atlantic Road
    Return to Molde or Alesund”
    8 Fly from Ålesund to Lofoten
    9 Lofoten
    10 Lofoten
    11 Lofoten
    12 Lofoten
    13 Flight to Oslo, Overnight at Oslo
    14 Flight to Longyearbyen
    15 Longyearbyen
    16 Longyearbyen
    17 Longyearbyen
    18 Fly (2:30 am) to Oslo (5:20 am); Oslo (11:10 am) to US

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      Hello Jian. Thanks for writing in to us and I am happy to help you with your itinerary. I think it looks great. In my opinion, three full days in Longyearbyen is a great idea. That’s essentially what we had and all four of us ended up wishing that we had a fourth full day. There are so many cool excursions from Longyearbyen so that third day is well worth it. Plus, four days in the Lofoten Islands should be enough time to see the main highlights and hike a few trails (we had 4 four days as well). If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the link to our Svalbard guide. It has info on how we planned our time, what we did, and lots of great planning tips. And here is the link to our Lofoten Islands itinerary. If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to write back in. Cheers, Julie

      1. Hi Julie: Thank you so much for your quick response. Do you think I have allocated enough time for other places besides Lofoten Islands and Longyearbyen?

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          Yes, I think your entire itinerary looks good. For the fjord part of your trip (southern Norway) you are doing exactly what we did, going on a road trip. The only problem is the weather. At some point, you will have some rain and that can affect your plans, especially hiking. If there is something that you really, really want to do, and you want good weather, you could add an extra day to this part of your itinerary, just as a contingency plan. For example, if hiking Kjeragbolten is the #1 thing you want to do in Norway, you could add an extra day to Stavanger just in case. But you also have the weigh the fact that you are adding another day to your trip, both the time and the expense. So, that would be my only thought with regards to your itinerary, but all in all it looks great. Cheers, Julie

  6. I can only join my previous speakers. Your blog is really great and I am thankful that you are doing such a great effort to share your experience and put out all this great information! Save travels everyone!

  7. Your blog is awesome. I used it to plan my trip to Italy! Great balance of information and suggestions! If you had to pick a month to go back to Norway would it be July or early August? We are planning a trip and debating between late July or early August?

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      Hello Sudhir. I’m glad we could help you with your trip to Italy. For Norway, I would pick July. In August, it tends to rain more, so you have a better chance for clear weather in July (although, at some point, it will rain, even in July, just hopefully not as much as it would in August). Cheers, Julie

  8. Thanks for your incredible blogs. Packed with so much information and suggestions.

    I was planning a 2-3 week trip combining the fjords with northern Norway in late May – early June. However, after reading about road/trail closures, I’m very confused if I should stick to my plan, or go in July instead. The problem with July would be availability of accommodations, crowds and higher prices. However, trail closures would not be as common in July.

    What do you recommend? Will I miss out on all the best hikes if I go in May/June?

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      If you really want to do those hikes, I’d go in June/July, just to make sure the trails are open. However, you can go earlier (in May), if you get a guide for the Trolltunga hike. You just have to keep your fingers crossed that the road is open to Kjeragbolten. If we went back to Norway to hike these trails, we would go in July, even when the crowds are bigger. Get an early start each morning to get ahead of the crowds and then it won’t be so bad. For Trolltunga, reserve a spot on the upper parking lot or book your shuttle in advance. Cheers, Julie

      1. Thanks, Julie! This was very helpful.

        On another note, I went through several of your travel blogs, and just wanted to comment that they are fantastic. They have a great balance of why (highlights, pictures, descriptions), when (weather, crowds, road closures) and how (logistics, local suggestions etc). I’m sure thousands of people benefit from this every year.

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  9. Hi,

    Thank you for the amazing post, this is extremely helpful. I am struggling to cut this into 7 days and would love some advice!

    As you’ve noted in comments, Pulpit Rock and Kjerag require 3 nights and 2 full days in Stavanger, where there is not much else to do. We really want to do those hikes though.

    I am thinking of following the itinerary up to Trolltunga and NIN, and then driving directly from Flam to Alesund. This would effectively skip Balestrund and Geiranger (2nd half of the trip). We’d have a day or so in Alesund, then back to Oslo for our flight back to the States.

    Is this ill-advised? Those Stavangar hikes just look so great, but not sure if they are worth sacrificing Balestrund and Geiranger! Your advice is much appreciated

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      It’s tough decision…what to take out of this itinerary. Personally, hiking Trolltunga and Kjeragbolten are some of my favorite experiences in Norway, and they beat Geirangerfjord, but we also had bad weather in Geirangerfjord. I think you came up with a good plan. However, if you are going to drive right to Alesund, you can drive past Geirangerfjord. You won’t have time to do much, but you can see it and add on Trollstigen. On Google Maps, it looks like adding the detour to Geirangerfjord adds 1 hour to the drive, bringing your driving time up to 7 hours. I think it is worth the extra time in the car to at least get a view of Geirangerfjord, especially if the weather cooperates. Cheers, Julie

  10. Hello Julie,

    Thanks for the wonderful guide and amazing photos!

    If I only have 8 or 9 days, which part of the trip can I skip? What the itinerary will be like?

    Thank you so much!


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      If you took out one day, you could eliminate one of the hikes (Trolltunga, Kjeragbolten, or Pulpit Rock). To make it an 8 day itinerary, take out the first section with Stavanger (eliminating Pulpit Rock and Kjeragbolten), start in Bergen, and then follow this itinerary as it is written. Cheers, Julie

  11. Good morning! I love reading about your adventures. I am just beginning to start planning a trip to Norway for a party of 4. My husband and I are 62 and our travel partners are 72. We are all in good health and love hiking, but our 72 year old partners usually pass on the strenuous hikes. Looking at this itinerary, it looks wonderful, but a bit fast paced for us “seniors”. What ideas would you recommend to make this a bit slower paced, possibly taking 2 weeks for this itinerary vs, the 10 days. Also, the day of the strenuous hike of 7-8 hours, including the rock scrambling, what could one couple do instead while the other couple does this hike?

    Also, how far in advance would one need to plan ahead to secure lodging and rental car if one traveled in mid June to mid September?

    Thank you for taking the time to read this!

    Mary Knutson

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      Hello Mary. To make this itinerary more leisurely, add a day to Bergen. On day 4, rather than flying, you could drive and take the ferry to Bergen. I have heard that this ferry trip is beautiful but we have not done it ourselves. That also means that you will rent a car in Stavanger and later drop it in Alesund. Day 4 would be a day to get to Bergen. Sleep in Bergen and spend the next day there. In the evening, drive to Trolltunga if you want to do this hike. For the other couple, they could go on a scenic drive around Hardangerfjord while you do the hike. There is a waterfall, Voringfossen, kind of close by, that they could check out too. Once up near Andalsnes, you could add an extra day to this area. Drive the Atlantic Road and spend the night in Alesund. Add a day to Oslo, since there is very little time for it on this itinerary. And then you have one more day to add. You could either spend more time in Bergen or add a second day at Geirangerfjord. If the other couple (or you) do not want to hike the Romsdalseggen trail, you could just visit the Rampestreken viewpoint instead. I would start booking your hotels now (for a trip in June) but the rental car could wait a few months. I hope you have a great trip to Norway! Cheers, Julie

  12. Dear Julie,

    I need your advice on this itinerary I am making ( still no flights booked, so everything can be changed/ revised) I have set two main plans, and will have to complete the rest of the journey, I would really need your advice

    1st day: fly from Amsterdam to Oslo – arrive @ 11:00 spend rest of the day in oslo/ sleep in oslo
    2nd day”: next morning embark in norway in a nutshell journey – direction bergen – sleep in bergen
    3rd day: free day in bergen – day activity to be decided
    4th day: early morning drive to Trolltunga, meet group for a 28 hours journey including sleeping in trolltunga
    5th day: go back to Bergen at the end of the afternoon
    6th day: free day in bergen – day activity to be decided
    7th day: half day in bergen, fly back to Asmterdam at 19:00

    do you think Oslo is worth it? shift the norway in a nutshell by one day and stay an extra day in Oslo and region

    I can have an option to add one extra day if that would make a difference

    the date for the trolltunga hikes are fixed though.

    Many thanks for feedback.

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      Hello Asmae. Yes, I think your itinerary looks good. You have a lot of time in Bergen, which is totally fine, but one day is enough to tour the town. I’d look into a day trip that you can do from Bergen on your 6th day (or put this time into Oslo). Oslo is nice, but I prefer the small towns and the fjord region of Norway more, so I’d lean towards finding something else to do around Bergen on your extra day rather than spending it in Oslo, but that’s just my opinion. I don’t have any day trips to recommend, but maybe you can take a boat tour of the islands near Bergen? Just an idea. Have a nice trip! Cheers, Julie

      1. Thank you Julie, I have another question, how about combining Bergen and Stavanger instead of Oslo and Bergen and skip Norway in a nutshell, would that be more interesting? would Stavanger provide more interesting activities? for first visit? this is only a first trip into the region, hopefully will have more opportunities to discover other areas.

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          I would only add in Stavanger if you plan to hike to Pulpit Rock and/or Kjeragbolten. But you will need about 3 consecutive days to do this. You will have to look into your itinerary to see if there is a way to make this work. The town of Stavanger is nice but we walked through it less than an hour. For us, Stavanger was a great home base for the hikes in the area, not so much of a “sightseeing” town. Cheers, Julie

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  13. did you visit a fish maarket in Oslo and bought a lunch that was great? for a picnic? I am trying to find the Pinterest blog that spoke about this.

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  14. Hi there!

    I must say, this blog post has inspired my husband and I to take this trip! We are planning on leaving around 20th of June in 2020. We are really excited about the Trolltunga hike – but we have no experience with any major hiking. We are in fairly good shape, but we aren’t sure what to expect. Do you recommend adding a day to the itinerary around the Trolltunga hike in case the weather is bad? If so, what would you recommend for a filler day? I’m ok hiking Trolltunga in the rain, but do not want to do so if it is not wise.

    Thank you for any advice you can give!! Your blogs have really helped us plan our trip!


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      Hello Harlie. If you are relatively fit you should be able to hike Trolltunga. Some prior hiking experience will make it easier and more enjoyable, so if there is a hiking trail near where you live, consider hitting the trail a few times for “practice.” If you can add a day to this itinerary to increase your chances for good weather for Trolltunga, by all means do it. This is a hike that you can do in the rain and Trolltunga is very wide so you can stand on it when it is wet. However, for the amazing views along the hike, clear skies are ideal. Plus, even hiking for hours on a cloudy day is much more enjoyable than doing it in the rain. I don’t know of much else to do in the area, but you could hike to Voringfossen near Eidfjord. Have fun! Cheers, Julie

  15. Hi Julie, what an incredibly helpful post. As a future Norway traveler I thank you!

    I’ll be travelling to Norway early September and will be driving the following route:

    Stavanger 2 nights (Pulpit rock hike)
    Bergen 2 nights
    Solvorn 1 night (Molden Hike)
    Hjelle 1 night
    Geiranger 2 nights (Skagefla farm hike, Storseterfossen (waterfall) hike)
    Andalsnes 1 night (Rempestrekken Viewpoint Hike)
    Alesund 1 night

    As you can see I’ve avoided the longer, more demanding hikes (Trolltunga, Romsdalseggen, Bessegen Ridge, etc.). My question is are there any other hikes you would recommend on this route that would be worth while? I’m looking for hikes that won’t be absolutely overrun by other visitors (irony being…I’m one of them), and that won’t take longer than 8 or so hours round trip. Would you recommend any hikes near Geiranger or perhaps Solvorn or any where else? Thanks again for all of the useful information 🙂

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      Hello Benya. You’ve done, or are going to do, some of the best hikes that I am aware of. Galdihoppen (which we have not done yet) is the tallest mountain in northern Europe. It’s located near Besseggen Ridge and it can be and easy to extreme hike, depending on the route you take. It doesn’t have the popularity of Trolltunga or Pulpit Rock. You could do a little research about this hike, but sorry that I can’t give you more info than that. You also have the option to hike Kjeragbolten while in Stavanger, but you might need another day here to make it work. Looks like you will have a great trip, a nice mix of popular and off the beaten path spots. Cheers, Julie

  16. Hi –

    Thank you for sharing. Beautiful scenery and great information!

    I have a question: I really would like to visit Pulpit Rock during our family trip in mid July. Hiking itself is no problem because we are in great shape. My concern is the narrow ledge right before the end point of reaching the Rock. I get weak knees if I am at the edge of a cliff/path with a big drop. Heights are not a problem as long as I can look out and I am not on the edge of a place, so standing on Pulpit Rock isn’t a problem either. The issue is that short distance right before the end. How narrow do you think that path is? We did the narrow trail on Machu Picchu that goes to the Inca Point which was only a couple of meters wide and I had a hard time. Don’t know if you have been there and can compare or can just give me a general feel of this narrowest point of the hike of Pulpit Rock.
    Thank you so much!

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      We have one photo in our Pulpit Rock hike where you can kind of see the narrow trail that you are referring to. It’s the vertical photo just before the photos taken on Pulpit Rock. I think that you could have a hard time here. It does get narrow (maybe 2 meters wide?) but it’s brief. If you look at the trail on Google Maps you can get an idea of how wide the trail is (it’s the section just before Pulpit Rock). Good luck! Cheers, Julie

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