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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!

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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

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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!

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

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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 31. 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 15 to September 15. 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.

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:

10 Day Itinerary: The Lofoten Islands and Northern Norway


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Comments 134

  1. Hello!! thank you for the awesome Blog. I’m looking to plan a solo hiking trip to Norway and really dig your 10 day Norway butttt also want to squeeze in the Lofoten Islands. Would it be doable to do a few day Fjord cruise from Trolltunga to the Islands? then spend a few days hiking the Islands? That way I’ll still do the epic hikes of Pulpit Rock, Kieragbolten, and Trolltunga. Plus the town of Bergen. I’ll get a cruise of the fjords and hike the Senja hike in Lofoten.

    So my questions are
    1. is my idea doable (to cut short your 10 day Norway and add a few of Lofoten Islands)?
    2. if you only have a 3 days of Lofoten what would you do…I’m thinking the Senja hike for sure….anything else?
    3. is there a cruise of the Fjords that would take me from around the region of Trolltunga to Lofoten?

    Kind regards
    Emma

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      Hello Emma. There is no cruise that goes from Trolltunga to the Lofoten Islands. You can cruise from Bergen to the Lofoten Islands but I would imagine this would take multiple days which would eat into your precious time. If you want to do the hikes and see the Lofoten Islands, you will have to fly between the 2 different locations. Even then, timing will be tight. And just so you know, Senja is an island north of the Lofoten Islands. To get to Senja, it’s a very long drive plus a ferry from either the Lofoten Islands or Tromso. You can spend 5 days in southern Norway to do these hikes, starting in Stavanger and ending in Bergen. Then you can fly to the Lofoten Islands. If you only have 10 days, you will have 2 to 3 days on the Lofoten Islands (but not enough time to get to Senja as well). Cheers, Julie

  2. Hello!
    My husband and I are using this itinerary for a trip to Norway in mid-September. We have 2 extra days, but as we are pushing the Sept 15th deadline on the Trolltunga we can’t use them on the first half of our trip. We were thinking of adding an extra day in Geiranger and another to Alesund (we take off directly from Alesund so will not be flying back to Oslo). Is this something you would recommend? If so, do you have any additional recommendations on what to do with our extra time here?
    Thank you so much, we are so excited to use this fantastic itinerary!
    Ellie

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      Hello Ellie. Near Alesund you can drive the Atlantic Road. We ran out of time for this but with your extra day you will be able to drive it. You might also have time to hike the Besseggen Ridge, which is in Jotunheimen National Park. You would add this in between Flam and Geiranger. It’s another one of Norway’s great hikes (and still on our bucket list). Have fun in Norway! Cheers, Julie

  3. Hi Julie,

    My girlfriend and I were planning to do a similar abbreviated itinerary at the end of May:

    Day 1: Fly into Oslo
    Day 2: Oslo to Bergen via Norway in a Nutshell
    Day 3: Bergen
    Day 4: Fly to Alesund, Drive to Geiranger
    Day 5: Hiking in Geiranger
    Day 6: Drive to Andalsnes, Train to Oslo
    Day 7: Fly home

    Unfortunately, we recently learned that Norway in a Nutshell does not do trips from Oslo to Bergen on Sundays, so rather than waiting a day and potentially missing out on our itinerary, we are considering doing our original itinerary in reverse (Oslo to Andalsnes to Geiranger, etc). Do you see any problems with doing the itinerary in reverse? Or if you have additional recommendations, I would welcome those as well. We are both outdoorsy and plan to do some hiking (where possible in late May) while we’re there. Thanks!

    Drew

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      Hello Drew. Doing this in reverse should not be an issue, you just have to make sure the trains and the Norway in a Nutshell sync with your dates. In late May, some hiking trails will still be “closed.” For example, the Romsdalseggen Trail in Andalsnes can be snow covered through June. You could email your hotel in Geiranger about what to expect on the hiking trails at the end of May (they would know more than me). It sounds like a very nice trip. Enjoy Norway! Cheers, Julie

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