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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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Norway Itinerary: 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.

Norway Itinerary: Day 2

Hike to Pulpit Rock

Get an early start to beat the crowds. You can drive directly to Pulpit Rock from Stavanger and 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 | 10 Day Norway Itinerary


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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.

Norway Itinerary: 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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View from the trail to Kjeragbolten | 10 Day Norway Itinerary

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 | 10 Day Norway Itinerary


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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.

Norway Itinerary: 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.

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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.

Norway Itinerary: 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.


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For the Trolltunga hike, you have several parking options. The ideal place to park is at Mågelitopp (P3), an upper level parking lot that shaves off the first massive climb and saves you a lot of time. However, there are only 30 parking spaces and you can make a reservation in advance. The next best option is the main parking lot at the trailhead. For more information about these parking areas and how to make your reservation, read our guide How to Hike 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.

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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.

Norway Itinerary: 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.

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Flåm | 10 Day Norway Itinerary

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).

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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.

Norway Itinerary: 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.

Norway Itinerary: 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.


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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.”

Norway Itinerary: 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. 

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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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.

Norway Itinerary: 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.

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Ålesund | 10 Day 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.

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

More Information for Your Trip to Norway:

PLACES TO GO IN NORWAY: For a list of top experiences in Norway, don’t miss our Norway Bucket List. If you are a hiker, we also have a hiking guide with 14 epic day hikes to do in Norway.

BEST OF NORWAY ITINERARY: In this guide, we share two different ways to plan a 10 day trip that includes both the Lofoten Islands and southern Norway.

LOFOTEN ISLANDS: For an overview of the best things to do, read our Lofoten Islands Top Ten List. Get lots of travel planning advice in our Lofoten Islands Itinerary. For advice on where to stay, read our Lofoten Islands Hotel Guide.

HOW TO VISIT SVALBARD: Learn more about how to plan a trip to Svalbard in our Svalbard Travel Guide. We also provide important planning information in our Svalbard Packing List and in our article about how much it costs to visit Svalbard.

FIRST TIME IN EUROPE: If this is your first time in Europe, don’t miss our article 7 Things to Know when Planning Your First Trip to Europe.

Are you planning a trip to the Norway? Read all of our articles about Norway in our Norway Travel Guide.


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  1. Avatar for Ofer

    Hello. Thank you for this amazing site. Great story telling and amazing pictures.
    I read through many of the comments and hope that I’m not repeating a previous question…

    Assuming that we have the time and stamina, is it worthwhile to travel to both the Pulpit Rock, Kjeragbolten and Trolltung?
    Looking at a few photos, I fear that they very similar to one another and given that they will be taken at the space of 3 days it might be too repetitive.

    Best, Ofer

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Great question! We did not think that they were too repetitive. Each offered something slightly different which made them all worth the time and effort. Kjeragbolten and Trolltunga are our favorites in this itinerary, and 2 of our favorite hikes of all time. If you wanted to eliminate a hike, to save a day, my first choice is Pulpit Rock. It’s the easiest and quickest on the list, but the hiking trail is the less interesting of the three. Another option is to take out Trolltunga. Since both Pulpit Rock and Kjeragbolten can be reached from Stavanger, it’s easy to do these two together (still in 2 separate days) rather than travel to a new location to hike Trolltunga. Cheers, Julie

  2. Avatar for Adeel

    Hi Julie,

    I am planning a 7 day trip starting From September 2nd to September 9th and want to know what is best way I can condense the 10 day trip you posted to 7 day trip. Also any thoughts on Norway weather in September? Will appreciate your thoughts.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Adeel. September is a very good time to do this itinerary. Rain chances are a little higher than the summer months but crowds should be lower. To make this a 7 day itinerary, you will have to remove a few days from this itinerary. You could take out the time in Stavanger with the hikes to Pulpit Rock and Kjeragbolten (days 1, 2 and 3) and start the itinerary in Bergen. Alternatively, keep the first part of the itinerary and on day 6, do Norway in a Nutshell and return to Bergen. On day 7, return to Oslo. Finally, you can remove the days of least interest to you. Cheers, Julie

  3. Avatar for Yana

    Hello Julie! Thank you so much for such an amazing and well-written itinerary! My fiance and I will be following your incredible trip on our honeymoon in June! In particular, we will be arriving in Oslo on the morning of June 13th and leaving at night on the 23rd! I would be extremely grateful if you could help me answer a few questions!

    We will be flying to and leaving from Oslo, where we will rent a car, and will only use our rental car for transportation inside Norway. It means that we won’t be flying to Stavanger or Bergen, which is included in your itinerary but will rather drive by car. Which destinations on your itinerary would you recommend skipping to avoid overwhelming ourselves with too much driving? My fiance and I will be camping in our tent most of the time and we love hiking+beautifal scenery! I would say that hiking and fjords are especially important to us! So I thought that we could skip on Bergen and drive straight to Odda for our Trolltunga hike. However, skipping Bergen still leaves us with a lot of driving. What would you recommend doing in our situation?

    Thank you very much!

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      If you like hiking, Trolltunga and Kjeragbolten are must-do’s in my opinion. From Oslo, it will be a lot of driving, but it will be worth it. You could drive to Odda, to hike Trolltunga. From Odda, you could either head north and see Gudvangen and do the the Norway in a Nutshell tour and/or head west to Bergen. If you choose to go to Bergen, you could take the ferry and drive south to Stavanger. We have not done this but we have heard from other travelers that this is a nice experience. Skipping Bergen does save you driving, but adding it allows you to see more of Norway and you get to cruise some of the fjords by ferry to get to Stavanger. Alternatively, it is a shorter drive from Odda to Stavanger, if you don’t want to add a big detour. From Stavanger, hike Kjeragbolten and Pulpit Rock and then drive back to Oslo. In our experience, no matter where you go, Norway is filled with beautiful scenery (it’s one of the prettiest countries we have visited).
      I recommend mapping out your route with and without Bergen to see how much driving you will do. If it is too much driving or doesn’t fit into your time frame, then skip it. But if it is doable with your schedule, it may be worth it. You could do some Google image searches to see what you could see on the drive/ferries from Bergen to Stavanger.
      Cheers, Julie

  4. Avatar for Elisabeth

    Hi Julie!
    My partner and I (and possibly my parents) are planning a trip to Norway for this summer. This road trip itenirary looks awesome, but we might have up to 14 days so I was thinking of doing this itenirary and then adding to it.

    So my question is, what do you think the best thing to do is with 4 additional days? We like hiking and off the beaten path destinations. Would Lofoten islands be possible? Or would you reccomend any other part of your northern road trip itenirary? I looked at both your combo Norway iteniraries for combing the fjord region and another area but still am not sure what would be most worth it. Or are there any areas in this itenirary that you would feel like it’s worth it to add days to?

    Also, would you choose July or August as being the better month? We want a decent chance of good weather but also want to avoid crowds as much as possible. I do know there will be inevitable crowds on the popular hikes anytime during the summer, but I recentky read that although July has the best weather it’s even more busy than August for that region.

    Any advice would be helpful… Thank you! I love your blog by the way!

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Elisabeth. 14 days in Norway is awesome!! If you can work it out that you would have 3 full days in the Lofoten Islands, I think it would be worth adding this on. Look at flights from Alesund (putting it at the end of this itinerary) or go first to the Lofoten Islands and then start this itinerary with Stavanger. Alternatively, you could do a few more hikes in the southern region (there are several more great hikes in this region not mentioned in this itinerary) or continue the drive up to see Trondheim. I have not been to Trondheim yet so I don’t know how good it is…but it looks great from what I have seen online. Of the 2 months, if it were me, I’d pick July. I have heard that the weather is drier this month. You will still have some rainy days, hopefully fewer than August (we did this trip in August). Both months will be equally crowded, from what I know. Cheers, Julie

      1. Avatar for Elisabeth

        Hi Julie! Thank you so much for your quick reply! It was very helpful. We definitely want to try to fit in the Lofoten Islands if we can!

        Also I’m just curious, I saw on your blog post about your northern Norway road trip that you liked it better than the southern one… can you elaborate on why? As first time visitors what do you think is the better trip?

        1. Avatar for Julie Post

          Both are great trips but we really liked the landscapes and the more remote feeling of being in the Lofoten Islands and the Vesteralen Islands. However, we love hiking, and Trolltunga and Kjeragbolten are two of our favorite hikes of all time. Really, I don’t think you can go wrong anywhere in Norway. We are hoping to get back here soon, since it is one of our favorite countries in the world, and if you are like us, one time (or two) won’t be enough. But if you can do the southern Norway trip + Lofoten now, you can always come back and see more of Norway. Svalbard is awesome, too. And if you can’t come back (or there are just so many places in the world to see and only so much time to travel) at least on this trip, you would have seen some of the best of Norway. Cheers, Julie

          1. Avatar for Elisabeth

            Thank you, that makes me feel better! We definitely don’t want to miss those two hikes. Hopefully we can make a return trip to see Northern Norway and Svalbard! Thanks again for your help!

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    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Norway is one of the most expensive places we visited in Europe . Hotel rooms will cost on average 100 to 300 euros a night, for mid-range accommodations. Rental car prices vary a lot, so this you will have to look up, but from our experience in recent years, it can cost 75 to 100 euros per day. For food, figure 50 euros per person per day, which would include dinner, lunch, and a free breakfast at your hotel (if they offer one). Finally, factor in another 100 euros per day for additional fees (gas, ferry tickets, admission tickets, etc). Things like internal flights and Norway in a Nutshell will also need to be added into the overall cost as well. Cheers, Julie

  6. Avatar for Jill Jaquemet
    Jill Jaquemet

    Hi Julie, I’m trying to plan a similar itinerary, and I’m wondering if you chose to stay in Stavenger for 3 nights and drive 5 extra hours for the dayhikes, in case the weather was a factor and cancelled the hike. I’m considering staying 1 night in Stavenger, hike pulpit rock, stay Lysebotn to hike Kjeragbolten, then stay in Odda the night before doing the Trolltunga via ferrata. Is it too risky in early July to be so specific on my accomodation if the weather is iffy? Thanks!

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Jill. Anytime during the summer, there is a chance of rain that could affect these hikes. Rainfall tends to be less in the early summer (such as early July) rather than later, like August. Our trip was in August. Overall, I think your plan looks good, road tripping to the hiking locations. Even with a multi-day stay in Stavanger, you will still be limited with the timing to do the hikes to Pulpit Rock and Kjeragbolten, unless you can add on contingency days. Ideally, you could budget two days for each hike, hiking on the day with the best weather, but most people don’t have that extra time to add to a trip. With a trip like this, assume that you will get some rain at some point, just keep your fingers crossed that it’s not on a hiking day that you are really looking forward to. Cheers, Julie

  7. Avatar for Joshua Briseno
    Joshua Briseno

    Hi Julie,

    On my bucket list, Norway is my #1 and this itinerary convinced me to start planning. I didn’t know how I can put the trip together into a 10 day trip until I came across your website, so THANK YOU! I was reading your itinerary and was a little confused on where you stayed at for the duration of your trip, can you please help me out? Also, to rent a car, do you need an international driver’s license? Again, thank you for the detailed itinerary and for your help!


    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Joshua. I’m glad you found us, too. 😊 Since this is a road trip, you will stay at several different places over the course of the itinerary. Where to stay is listed at the end of each day in this post. For days 1, 2, and 3 you will stay in Stavanger. For day 4 and 5, stay near Trolltunga (Odda or Tyssedal). The night of day 6, stay in Balestrand, day 7 stay in Geiranger, days 8 and 9 stay in Andalsnes, and day 10 stay in Oslo. Norway does not require an International Drivers License according to this source (we typically have an IDL because we travel and rent cars in other countries that do require it). Feel free to write back in with any other questions you may have. Cheers, Julie

  8. Avatar for Jyoti

    Such an extensive coverage. Thanks for this article. I always check out your travelblog whenever i plan for any vacation. I will fly (obviously after Covid restrictions is taken off for American travelers) to Oslo and follow your itinerary. I will also include the drive on Atlantic Ocean Road. I like to rent car and drive/hike at my own pace. Your itinerary suggested to fly from Ålesund to Oslo. Not sure where you have returned your rental car. Can I pickup car at Oslo and return at Ålesund? Will that cost me more since my car pickup and drop off are at two different locations?

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      When we did this, we rented a car from two different locations. Car #1 we rented and returned in Stavanger. Car #2 we rented in Bergen and dropped it in Alesund. So, yes, you can pick up a car in Oslo and drop it at a different location. There is an additional drop charge fee, and it can vary based on country and time of year, and in Europe it can be quite expensive. So, before locking in your itinerary, call some rental car companies to find out what their drop charges are, and if it is in your price range (just so you don’t have any unfortunate surprises). It’s still usually worth it to pay the drop fee…the alternative is to add another day to the itinerary, which then adds more expense and time to the trip. Cheers, Julie

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