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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.

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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

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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.

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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).

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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.


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.


Post updated April 2018.

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Comments 116

  1. 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

  2. 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).

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. hello, I’m planning a 15 day road trip to Norway next August. Your blog is so inspiring. We also travel with our 11 and 14 years old children. We love trekking. I noticed that you haven´t came to Portugal yet, but you must, it´s a very nice country

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      You are absolutely correct, we really must get to Portugal. It’s high on our list so hopefully we’ll be there soon. Have fun in Norway! Cheers, Julie

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      It depends on the time of year you visit Norway. During the summer months you can hike Trolltunga without a guide. I’m not sure what you mean by Fjord, perhaps Kjeragbolten? For more information, check out our posts on Trolltunga and Kjeragbolten. Cheers, Julie

  6. Hi Julie,

    Just wanted to thank you guys for the wonderful itinerary. We just got back from our 10-day trip a few days ago and it was amazing!! We followed your itinerary with a few modifications and loved it! What a beautiful country!! Thanks for all the inspiration – I’ve really enjoyed watching your travels! – Alex

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  7. Hi, this itinerary is just perfect. Do you have a printable version as trying to print it straight off of the site is making it 22 pages due to all the images and adverts?

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      Hi Nicola. I’m glad you like it. No, we don’t have a printable version, although that is a terrific idea. A PDF copy would be perfect. But right now, I don’t have that available (sorry!). You could cut and paste the text, but that is time consuming. – Julie

  8. Hi Earth Trekkers,

    I love your site and look at it often for inspiration. We just returned from Italy where we hiked in the Dolomites and then went to Cinque Terre. I saw that you liked some of our photos so it’s great to be connected. I love your site and you’ve inspired me to plan a trip to Norway next year. If we are able to go then I will follow your 10-day itinerary. Thanks for all the inspiration. Love you guys.

    Sarit, Trevor & Sophie

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      Awesome! Yes, your photos on Instagram looked amazing!! It looks like you really had a great time in the Dolomites and in the Cinque Terre. I would love to get some advice from you if we plan a return trip to the Dolomites. Norway wonderful as well. Happy travels, Julie

    2. Would be happy to share recommendations, especially a hotel we loved that was rustic yet luxurious and just serene.

  9. Stumbled into your site by chance.its a great itinerary.my wife and me plan to go to Norway for 10 days in last week September and 1st week October.we plan also going north to possibly see northern lights and do couple of treks.do you think it’s possible at that time of year and what you recommend.we are in our 60s and reasonably fit. we love trekking
    Thanks a lot for any help.
    Arun

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      Hello Arun. Here is what I know: the best time to go to Norway for trekking is between June and August. The window of opportunity is short because of how much snow Norway receives. Trolltunga can’t be hiked past September 15 without a guide. You might still be able to do Kjeragbolten but you really have to watch the weather. If it is snowing, then I would not do this hike. There is a chance of snow in southern Norway during the time you are visiting.

      We have not been to northern Norway yet (but hopefully soon). The best time to see the northern lights is between October and March, with the best chances of seeing them during the winter months. You might be getting to Norway a little too early to see the Northern Lights. The Visit Norway website has a lot of good information about this. This website can also give you more information about what it would be like to visit Norway during your time frame. I would imagine that trekking would be difficult or impossible in Northern Norway during your time frame, but you could book a tour where you go snowshoeing. That would be a cool thing to try!

      Cheers, Julie

  10. Hi Julie,
    We are just starting to plan a trip to Norway most likely for next late May. Unfortunately my work schedule doesn’t allow me to take summers off. I am curious why you didn’t explore more of northern Norway. Based off my guide books it seems like Lofoten Islands and Tromso are popular places. Curious if you visited them at all?

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      The Lofoten Islands look awesome. We have not been there yet but it is a place that’s high on our list to travel to next. We didn’t go there because we had limited time for travel (we did this back when Tim and I were working full time) and wanted to do the hikes in southern Norway. Maybe next year!! Cheers, Julie

    2. The Lofoten islands are amazing! I spent parts of four summers there, doing geological field work for my PhD. Lofoten is actually a basement ridge, which happens to rise out of the sea around it.

      There are basically three ways to get there:
      – Fly to Bodø, car ferry to Lofoten (4 hrs). Pro: you get a good view of the sea and can visit the amazing Røst archipelago on the way. Con: takes time.
      – Fly to Bodø, commuter plane to Leknes, Svolvær or Røst. Pro: fast. Con: The commuter planes are expensive.
      – Fly to Evenes, car or bus to Lofoten.

      Getting around in Lofoten: There are buses, with reasonable fares, but only a few per day. The best is to rent a car on Evenes or in Bodø (bring on ferry), but car rental is generally expensive in Norway. There are also car rentals in Lofoten, but rates may be higher. The car gives the freedom to explore, independent of the fragmented bus schedule.

      Where to go: The main towns, Leknes and Svolvær, are not much to see themselves, althoug Svolvær has a spectacular location. But they are the places, which have shopping malls and high-standard hotels 🙂 The best is to drive the islands from N to S and back, seeing the outer, wild side on one way, and the inner side on the other way.

      Unstad: A very beautiful beach, famous among surfers.

      Reine and Henningsvær: Picture pretty fishing villages on skerries.

      Skrova: Fishing and whaling village, short ferry trip from Svolvær.

      Røst: The outermost island; pancake-flat, but surrounded by high cliff islands. Famous bird cliffs. Take the boat to Skomvær lighthouse and feel you really are at the end of the world.

      Much of the time, you may just want to drive slowly and admire the spectacular landscape. Lofoten is also a fishing eldorado.

      Accomodation: Save for hotels, there are “rorbuer”, fishermen’s cabins, which have been refurbished to more or less modern standard, usually with complete bathrooms. Self-catering. These are spread around everywhere i Lofoten. If you feel brave, camping is generally allowed in free nature in Norway, but there may be restrictions due to the many tourists coming.

      When: May-June is best; the midnight sun has arrived (or nearly arrived), the forests are green, and the snow mostly gone. But, being north of the Arctic circle, there may still be snow showers. In the mountains, the skiing season may last until May. The weather is obviously warmer during July and August, but then you will drown in other tourists, and accomodation prices may double.

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        Thanks for all of this info. We are visiting the Lofoten islands this June after a visit to Svalbard. We will be road tripping from Tromso to Reine. Can’t wait for some awesome hikes, seeing the quaint towns and fishing villages, and the midnight sun. Cheers!!

        1. I lived in Tromsø for five years, through dark polar (almost) nights and midnight sun. The city itself is ugly, but the surroundings beautiful. Tromsø has the world’s northernmost university, and thus a quite vibrant food and culture scene. Make sure to taste steamed and grilled dry fish.

          Driving southwards, I recommend taking the route across the Senja island, which is as spectacular as Lofoten. Drive out to Kvaløya, take the summer ferry Brensholmen-Bothnamn (https://www.tromskortet.no/getfile.php/1316570/Rutetabeller%20%28pdf%29/2018/Hovedtermin%20%28jan.%2018%20-jan.%2019%29/181_260418.pdf).

          There used to be a ferry direct across to Vesterålen, between Gryllefjord and Andenes (3 hrs), but not sure if it operates this year – no time table on the net so far. If not, cross to the mainland at Finnsnes bridge, and head along the coast southwards.

          Reine is THE picture perfect fishing village. I recommend taking a boat trip into the wild fjord landscape behind it.

          The ferry to Bodø leaves from Moskenes, right next to Reine. If possible, the detour to Røst is worth it!

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            Wow, thank you for all of this. We haven’t been this excited for a trip in a long time. Our experience in Norway several years ago was phenomenal and we have always dreamed of returning. I really hope the Gryllefjord ferry is operating. We have our hotels booked and were planning on staying in Andenes and doing a nearby hike (Matind). It could be a minor disaster for our itinerary if that doesn’t run this year. Any way to get more info that you know of? Hopefully the schedule hasn’t been released yet simply because it does not start operating for another month. We end with three days in Reine in a great little fishing cottage. Can’t wait!! Probably won’t make it to Rost, we fly home directly from the Lofoten Islands. But already I know we need a third (and a 4th) trip back to Norway. What a great expereince for you to live in Tromso. Are you still in Norway? 🙂 Cheers, Julie

          2. https://www.177nordland.no/ should give the time table when/if it is ready. (Select language under “velg språk” to the upper right). If the ferry doesn’t sail, you will have to drive around, but except the cost for a new accomodation under way, it should not create too much trouble.

            Understand regarding Røst; altough it is possible to fly Leknes-Røst-Bodø, changing tickets may be very expensive. And the commuter planes are often fully booked.

            Yes, I am Norwegian, and still live here 🙂 In Oslo now, did my MSc here, before moving north for 7 years of PhD and other work, before moving back, closer to the rest of my family. But I fly north regularly, to visit old friends and mountains.

            Hope you enjoy Svalbard as well. Its geology is very different from mainland Norway, mainly layered sedimentary rocks. The reindeer, grouse and arctic foxes are so tame, the wander within the town. Occasionally polar bears also come into town, but are chased away or killed. Generally, it is regarded as safe to walk within Longyearbyen town, but outside, a rifle is needed for protection. Hope you will see some white bears if you take a trip outside the town, at this time of the year, preferably by a tourist boat cruise. Also, make sure to take a look at the old coal mine, Min3 2, up in the hill side. Longyearbyen is named after an American, john Longyear, who started the first big industrial scale coal mining there.

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  11. Hello, I’m so happy I found your blog! This sounds like a fantastic itinerary, with plenty of hiking and sightseeing. I am planning a trip with my family of 4, likely for next July, with two kids, who will be 11 and 15. We hike frequently, however Trolltunga might be long for us. Are there any other hikes in the Eidfjord area?

    Also, we are considering taking a train from Oslo rather than a plane, preferably overnight. What were the prices for these flights and what airline were they through? Is flying to Bergen and navigating from there, rather than Oslo, another option?

    In order to lower the cost, is it possible to spend your time in just one area, like Bergen, and do day trips from there or drive to other cities?

    Thanks so much!

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      Hello Jill. I am not sure if there are other hikes in the Eidjford region. If you think the Trolltunga hike is too long, have you considered the Via Ferrata trip offered by Trolltunga Active? We have a link on this post if you want more information.

      Our flights were through SAS, and they were relatively cheap. Going by train can be nice, also. Overnight train travel is usually budget friendly and you get to save on paying one night’s accommodation. Sure, you could skip Oslo and start in Bergen (we liked Bergen more than Oslo). Taking day trips from Bergen is not a great option, since so many great places to visit are spread out throughout Norway. However, if you are planning on getting down to Stavanger and north to Geirangerfjord, you should start in either Stavanger, Alesund, or Andalsnes so you are not backtracking. Norway is expensive to visit but it is absolutely worth it. It’s still one of our top 5 favorite countries and we are dreaming of going back again sometime soon.

      Cheers, Julie

    2. Jill,

      We just got back from Norway this week and the Trolltunga hike was by far our favorite – absolutely beautiful and a decently easy hike (especially compared to others like Kjerag/Romsdalseggen). They just opened a new parking lot at Trolltunga which now allows you to skip the first few kilometers of switchbacks (definitely the hardest part of the hike). It costs 500 Kr which is expensive for parking but it was well worth it. We were able to do the whole hike in just under 6.5 hours including time spent at the tongue (3 hours there, 45 minutes at Trolltunga and 2.5 hours back). There are only 30 spots available at the new lot so you have to get there early. We arrived around 6:30 a.m. and the lot was already half full (even though it says it opens at 7 a.m.). If you hike frequently you will have no problem with this hike – especially if you can utilize the new lot!

      Best of luck!

      1. Hi! It looks like you hiked Norway in mid-September. I’m thinking of doing the same but was hesitant about the weather. How was it? Any advice? Thanks!

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          We were in Norway at the beginning of August. This is the time when the rains start becoming more frequent in Norway. We lucked out with the weather for several of our hikes, but not so much for Romsdalseggen. In September, it can be wetter and cooler than in August. If there is a hike that you really want to do, maybe budget two days for it, just in case one of those days is wet and dreary. I know that it can be difficult to budget in contingency days just for the weather, but it may be worth it to have the best experience. Cheers, Julie

  12. We just got back from a 10 day trip to Norway for our 25th Anniversary. We used your itinerary and made a few modifications. Thank you so much for your blog! It was “postcard” scenery around every turn. Luckily we had pretty good weather on all of our hiking days. The Norwegians never heard of switchbacks as the trails pretty much go vertical :). Pulpit Rock was really crowded. I would recommend doing the guided off the beaten track pulpit rock hike. We stayed at Haune B&B the night before Kjerag in Lysebotn. Really cool 5th generation B&B. Also stayed at Tyssedal hotel to get an early start on Trolltunga. In retrospect I would stay in Odda. Much prettier town. Trolltunga was awesome. From there we went to Flam and stayed at the Fretheim. Think I would stay at the other hotel in town next time. We rode the train up “very touristy” but rented bikes in Myrdal and had a really awesome ride back down the valley to flam. We also did a fjord cruise with fjord safari. Nærøyfjord was spectacularFrom there we stayed in Mundal at the Fjaerland Fjordstue. Really beautiful location and excellent staff. And the best diversion was to Oye. We stayed at the hotel Union Oye and did a local side hike called Bentebu. Really incredible views within an hours reach. Another great hike there called Slogen. Most beautiful valley the whole trip. Took a car ferry from Hellesylt to Geiranger. Personally didn’t find Geirangerfjord any more spectacular than any other fjord. Geiranger was crowded with cruise ship tourists and we got out of there and headed to Andalsnes and stayed at Rosvang Gaard with Otto and Albert. A wonderful experience. finally we did Romsdalseggan. I also agree that this was the toughest hike. Took us 6 hours to do 6 miles. Most incredible views! There was some serious exposure issues. If you don’t like heights it is a bit crazy. Wouldn’t take young ones on this hike. Again, many thanks to you and Tim for your site!

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      Wow, it sounds like you had a great trip. I like all of the different variations you did of this itinerary. Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Julie

  13. Awesome Itinerary. We are heading to Norway in August and will be following this. We might have to exclude one of the longer hikes though. Between the two hike Trolltunga and Kjeragbolten, which one do you recommend in terms of scenery and ease of the hike? Also do you have any more info on Sky Ladder option for Trolltunga hike? Is that shorter?
    Thanks.

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      Kjeragbolten is the easier and shorter of the two hikes. Kjeragbolten is also our favorite hike of all time. However, Trolltunga is awesome and also very scenic. If you can do both (and get lucky and have good weather for both) they are both worth your time. Sorry, I do not have any further info on the Sky Ladder. That was not an option when we did this hike. You will have to contact the tour operator in Norway for more info. Have fun in Norway! Cheers, Julie

  14. We just finished our Norway trip and it was amazing. Julie, we followed you and Tim’s itinerary with a few exceptions below which was perfect.

    Unfortunately, when we arrived at the launching point for the hike to Kjeragbolten the rain, wind, and fog wouldn’t allow us to make the hike..trail was closed and they would not let us go. Now we have a reason to go back. I will also say that Romsdalseggen is probably my favorite hike I have ever done. Better than Trolltunga and Pulpit Rock for sure. First, there were no crowds and on the day we did the hike we had great views. It is point to point so the views never repeat themselves. It is just spectacular. Speaking to the few Norwegians we met on the trail they all felt the same way.

    As for the itinerary, we stayed in Bergen for one night so really there for two days. When the cruise ships leave it really is an interesting town. We had dinner at Cornelius Restaurant. You have to take a boat to get there and it is quite an experience. Also, after leaving Eidfjord we made our way to Flam where we took the train to Myrdal, rented bikes and rode back to town…very easy bike ride. Very pretty train and bike ride. The train fills up fast so you need to book well in advance if interested. Afterwards we made our way to Fjarland to see the glaciers. It was also a shorter drive than to Balestrand and then on to Geiranger. Both Flam and Geiranger are overwhelmed when the cruise ships come in!

    Thanks for all the information on your site. It really saved the day

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      It sounds like you had an awesome trip. I’m glad to hear that Romsdalseggen was a great hike, but what a bummer about Kjeragbolten. Thanks for writing about your experiences! Cheers, Julie

  15. What an amazing itinerary! I had been overwhelmed by planning a 10 day hiking trip and voila I found your amazing plan! Thank you.

    2 questions:
    1) Hike to Trolltunga – someone said its easier to stay in tyssedal (than eidfjord). I don’t find much info online but do you have any thoughts? What time did you start trolltunga hike ?

    2) Romsdalseggen hike – I read your notes about it being very challenging , the very narrow ridges and steep descent. Are you climbing along the ridge most of the time? and there are no ropes?

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      For Trolltunga, it is easier to stay in Tyssedal because you will be much closer to the start of the hike. But there are very few hotels/B&B’s in Tyssedal. There is more selection in Eidfjord. You can also look into staying in Odda. We stayed in Eidfjord because it was a good location for our road trip route through Norway. Staying in Eidfjord saved us some time driving on the day before and after the Trolltunga hike. However, on the day of the hike, we did have to drive one hour each way to get to Trolltunga.

      For Romsdalseggen, much of the time you will hike near the edge of a cliff/ridge. But the trail is far enough from the edge that it’s really not dangerous (unless it’s foggy and you lose your way). There is only one short section where you climb up and over a rocky ridge, using chains, that you are closer to the edge of the cliff.

      Cheers, Julie

  16. Hi Julie,

    My partner and I are planning a trip based on your itinerary, with the exception of skipping the Romsdalseggen Hike. Do you have recommendations for hotels at each spot? Or at least neighborhoods of each area to stick to for convenience. I’m not sure how big some of these towns are, so want to make sure we’re set up in a good location!

    Thanks!

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      Hello Kate. In Stavanger we stayed at the Comfort Square Hotel (great location with an interesting theme), located right in town. In Eidfjord we stayed at Vik Pensjonat go Hytter (loved this place). In Balestrand we stayed at the Balestrand Hotel (nothing special). In Geiranger we stayed at the Hotell Utsikten (good view but it is a little expensive) and in Andalsnes we stayed in cabin in the Trollveggen Campground (cheap and cozy and very unique!). In Oslo we stayed at a hotel near the train station although I cannot remember the name of it. Hope this helps! – Julie

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  17. Hey julie…loved your itinerary.we are a couple from mumbai ( india).we are planning to go to Norway in june. Kindly reply me on the following questions :-
    1. What would be the budget of the whole trip in USD?
    2. We are Indian vegetarian, so will vegetarian meal be easily available?

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      Hello. For a budget traveler, budget $150 per person per day and for midrange travelers, budget up to $200 per person per day. If you will be renting a car, which you will on this itinerary, you will fall more into the midrange budget, because of the cost of the rental car. Plus, you will need to add in your transportation costs to get to Norway. I recall eating a lot of meat and fish while in Norway. I assume there are vegetarian restaurants but that is just an assumption. Cheers, Julie

  18. Hi julie, loved your blog. We are budget travellers. Kindly let us know how much will be the cost of the entire tour of norway if we follow the same itinerary as you?

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      Hello Margi. I got this information from Lonely Planet. For a budget traveler, budget $150 per person per day and for midrange travelers, budget up to $200 per person per day. If you will be renting a car, which you will on this itinerary, you will fall more into the midrange budget, because of the cost of the rental car. Plus, you will need to add in your transportation costs to get to Norway. Cheers, Julie

  19. Hey Julie,

    Great itinerary, we are looking to spend 10-12 days in Norway at the end of June / early July – and we love to hike and just play in nature!

    A few quick questions, if you have time!

    1) do you think it would be possible to copy your itinerary, but travel only by rental car? We love to drive and be able to stop any time to explore.
    2) was the trip relaxing, or did you feel that you were always on the move? Did you spend more than one night in each accommodation?
    3) what kind of places did you stay in? AirBnB, Hotels, B&Bs?
    4) with 12 days, is there anything we should add?

    Thank you so much in advance!

    Shaun

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      Hello Shaun. Yes, you can do the entire itinerary by car, but you will have to add at least one to two days to allow for the extra driving time instead of taking flights. On this itinerary, we were always on the move, but we loved it. We spent two nights in Stavanger, two nights in Eidfjord, and two nights in Andalsnes. The rest were one night stays. We stayed in a combination of hotels, B&B’s, and even a cabin in a campground in Andalsnes. With 12 days, if you are driving the entire time, you probably will not have extra time to see something else. However, you could eliminate Oslo and add the Atlantic Road near Andalsnes and Alesund. Cheers, Julie

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  20. The amount of flying here is crazy – there is no need to take internal flights in Norway, certainly not twice. Oslo has great rail links to the west of the country and taking the train will help protect this environment for future generations to enjoy…

    1. Oslo has rail links to Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger. 6 to 8 hrs; the trains are modern and comfortable, but the lines outside the Oslo area are mostly curvy and single track. From Trondheim, an 12 hr train reaches Bodø (and the ferries to Lofoten). No trains north of that, except the Ofoten line, which links Narvik to Sweden (it was built for iron ore transport).

      The Bergen line is famous for spectacular nature. It was once called “the impossible line to build”. The other lines may feel a bit boring, although the Trondheim and Bodø lines also cross mountain areas.

      I suggest making especially the Bergen line a part of the journey if you have time; and make sure to do the detour on the Flåm line; it descends from the mountain to the fjord in just a few kilometers.

      However, between Stavanger and Bergen, there is no train (unless you go via Oslo!), and driving to North Norway will cost you two or three full days on the road.

  21. Norway has been on our list for a number of years. We were close to booking it last year but ultimately travelled to Patagonia (Torres del Paine) in February. 2017 is definitely going to be Norway. I am finally getting around to booking a trip for June and came across your blog..Awesome. Not sure we will have a full 10 days in Norway. We have three kids (9, 7, and 5) and I doubt all, if any, are up for the trip and so will need to rush back. So my question is if you had closer to 10 days total including travel time from the states what would you exclude from the itinerary? We definitely want to do Trolltunga and Kjeragbolten and Pulpit Rock seems like it should be one the list as well. We are open to flying in and out of diffenent cities if that helps. Thanks for all the useful informaton in the blog and help planning others trips. You almost inspired me to take all the kids….

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      Hello Duane. If you want to do Trolltunga, Kjerag, and Pulpit Rock, then eliminate the more northern destinations on this itinerary (Geirangerfjord,Romdsdalseggen, Andalsnes, and Alesund). Basically, do this itinerary through day 6. I think there may be a way on the Norway to Nutshell tour (if you wanted to do this) to get back to Oslo. With a day in Oslo, you are looking at around 8 days total. If you fall in love with Norway, like we did, you can always go back and explore Geiranger and northward in the future. Have an awesome time in Norway! – Julie

      1. Thanks Julie. Looking closely at the calendar I may be able to work it out by just missing either the Norway in a Nutshell cruise or Romsdalseggen Hike. Gonna be a great trip if we can fit everything else in. If you have thoughts between the two please let us know.

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          Honestly, from the views you are going to get on the hikes, you can skip the cruise. Sure, it’s nice, but we loved the hiking experiences much more. If you have to choose between the cruise and Romsdalseggen, I vote for Romsdalseggen…if you have good weather it is a phenomenal hike. We did not the best weather but still had a great experience. But Andalsnes is kind of far away from the other places you are visiting, so you have to make sure that you won’t be too rushed trying to get up there. – Julie

  22. Hello fellow globetrotters! My wife and I have been travelling around the world for the last 15 years, been to close to 50 countries so far ( we are Canadians and work in Abu Dhabi ) and on our list this year is Norway, which we plan on spending 10 days there from the end of August. SInce your itinary was 10 days that’s how I stumbled on your page. Looks like you went to the same places we want to go, so if you don’t mind we might follow on your foot steps!!! Then we would fly back to Amsterdam from the last point we will be at. Question, from Oslo what sort of transportation did you use in order? Like flight, train, car, etc…

    Cheers,

    Yann

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      Hello! We toured Norway as a three country journey through Scandinavia. Norway was our final country. From Stockholm, we flew to Stavanger and followed this itinerary as it is laid out. We rented a car for one day while in Stavanger to get to Kjeragbolten (although you can get to Kjeragbolten using public transportation during the summer months). In Bergen, we rented a second car and drove this until we reached Alesund. Then we flew to Oslo. Once in Oslo, we used public transportation, since we were only there for one day. Oslo has a great metro that can get you to most tourist spots, even the Holmenkollen ski jump. To get to the Viking Museum, we took a ferry from the harbor. And we did a lot of walking. Hope this helps! Let us know if you have more questions. Cheers, Julie

  23. Your blog is absolutely wonderful! I will be going to Norway in mid-June and was wonder how many layers should I wear when hiking? I’m from Louisiana so cold to me is 60°! Also, what camera and equipment do you use?

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      Hello Claire. In Norway, I would wear long, zip off hiking pants, a short sleeve shirt, and a fleece jacket. I would also put a rain jacket in my backpack, just in case. If 60 degrees feels cold to you, you could swap the short sleeve shirt for a long sleeve shirt. Check the weather but remember the higher you hike the cooler it will get. In the 10 days we were in Norway, it was 70 degrees for one hike (Pulpit Rock) and 32-40 degrees for Romsdalseggen. We wore a lot more layers for Romsdalseggen.

      I use the Canon 7D Mark iii camera with a 24-70 mm lens. We also carry a Panasonic Lumix, a cheap, nothing fancy, point-and-shoot camera, mostly for videos. But 99% of the photos you see on this site were taken with the Canon.

      Have an awesome time in Norway! – Julie

  24. Thank you soo much for posting this itinerary!! I wanted to hike 3 of places that you had listed and this helps so much on my planning and knowing what city I need to be in. I may not want to drive, so I’ll have to see if there are other alternatives. Again, thank you so much!!

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  25. Hi guys,

    I stumbled on your site by accident. Oh boy, you guys are so inspiring. As a parent, I admire your guys for the determination and effort for taking kids on these demanding hikes and opening their guys to the world. Your blogs are also well written and informative.

    We have been inspired to follow your footsteps to Norway. Can you comment on whether the Norway in a nutshell tour is worthwhile considering what you saw on all these wonderful hikes (we are also going to hike Besseggen) and at Geirangerfjord?

    Thank you.

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      Hello Eric. Honestly, hiking Norway is the best way to see it. Yes, the Norway in a Nutshell tour is great, but the hikes we listed in this post are amazing. They really are some of our favorite travel experiences, ever. If you skip the Nutshell tour, you will not be missing much. We were more impressed with Geirangerfjord than Naeroyfjord. So, in my opinion, if you are planning to hike Norway, you can skip the Nutshell tour without missing much. Enjoy Norway!! It is such a wonderful country. Cheers, Julie

      1. Julie,

        Thank you for the reply. I have another followup question. Do you need hiking boots to do the hikes you did? Will hiking shoes be sufficient?

        Thank you !

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          Hiking shoes are sufficient. All four of us wear the Merrell Moab waterproof hiking shoes. Boots are not necessary for these hikes. The only thing I would say is if you are going at the beginning of the hiking season (mid-June) than maybe boots would be a good idea because of the chance of lingering snow on the trails. Cheers! Julie

  26. Hi!

    Just wanted to remind of a couple more things to do in Norway.

    Kannesteinen rock. It can be hard to reach, though, but might be worth the extra trouble.
    A stave church – Heddal in Telemark, outside Oslo, is the biggest, Urnes is on the UNESCO World Heritage list with amazing carvings. It’s also in the South-Western Norway, so might be worth putting on the list.
    Another place in Telemark worth experiencing is Rjukan–Notodden Industrial Heritage Site, also on UNESCO list.
    Nidaros cathedral in Trondheim is on my Bucket List.

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  27. Hi Julie,

    Thanks for the detailed itinerary. It helped us a lot planning our 6 day trip in Norway. A quick question about car rental. We like the idea of driving thru the Fjords to Geiranger. How did you manage the pick up and drop off ?

    Durga

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      Hello. We picked up our car up in Bergen and dropped it in Alesund. We had to pay an additional drop charge fee since we used two different rental car locations. For us, this was more economical (and saved a lot of time) to go point to point with the car. Check the more popular rental car companies in Norway (Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar…) and get price quotes. They should list the additional drop charge on their website. If not, call their customer service representative. Have fun in Norway! – Julie

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      Thank you, Kim. Norway is such a fabulous travel destination. I agree…I hope we can make it back to Norway again someday. – Julie

  28. Hi! I’m going to Norway in August with my boyfriend, and I was wondering where you guys stayed during your trip? Was it mainly hotels? And do you have any recommendations?
    // Camilla

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      Hello Camilla. Here are our accommodations in Norway. In Stavanger we stayed at the Comfort Square Hotel. This is located in central Stavanger so it was easy to walk to the ferry, restaurants, and our car rental company (Hertz). In Eidfjord we spent two nights at Vik Pensjonat og Hytter, a small B&B, which was excellent. In Balestrand, we stayed at the Balestrand Hotel, nothing special, but there is not much else in the area. In Geiranger we stayed at Hotel Utsikten, which has awesome views over the fjord. And in Romsdalseggen, we stayed at the Trollveggen campground in a cabin which our kids described as epic. Cheers! Julie

  29. Hello for India 🙂
    We are very much inspired to take trip to Norway after reading your blog and would be going along with this itinerary in the month of August. Most of the facts we could read on your blog and plan accordingly . Was curious to know which car rental company you had chosen to rent a car since in August the rentals are sky high also needed to know the reliability of these companies! Is Atlantic highway worth driving which I suppose you had not included in your itinerary . We have 12 days in Norway from 4th to 16th so apart from the 10 days as per your itinerary which place is best to spend more 2 days ?

    Sorry for all the question 😉 but super excited and cant wait to get there !!!

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      Hello! I am glad we inspired you! We used Hertz because they offered the best price at the time. When booking a rental car, we typically compare the rates of the bigger companies (Hertz, Avis, Budget, Europcar) and pick the cheapest option. Any of these companies are reliable. We have used all of them in different places around the world and never had a problem.

      You are correct. We did not make it to the Atlantic Road (and I regret it). It is not far from Alesund. I would definitely add this onto your itinerary since you have the time. With your final day, you could add more time to one of your other cities. This would give you a little more time to explore. Plus, somewhere along the way you will have rainy weather. If there is something you are really looking forward to and want to have the best chance for a good weather day, add your extra day at this destination. Or, if you like hiking, you could hike Besseggen Ridge in Jotunheim National Park (northeast of Flam). It’s a long hike but the most popular in Norway. I don’t know much about it but you could take a look at the Visit Norway site: https://www.visitnorway.com/listings/the-besseggen-ridge-in-jotunheimen/12302/.

      Have an awesome time in Norway!! – Julie

  30. Hi Julie! I love your blog! My sister and I are heading to Norway at the start of August, and we are basically using your itinerary as a bible! (As we decided only yesterday to go, talk about last minute) I just and few questions about the hikes-are they all well signposted and something you can do totally unassisted? I.e did you need maps/gps or anything? And how cold DID it get, we are taking one carry on through sunny Western Europe beforehand so are packing very lightly! We weren’t planning on taking our actual hiking boots and hiking in trainers… Doable?
    We are super excited and your trip looks amazing, we adore Norway, we were there in January for the lights and husky sledding and can’t wait to get back for Sumer! So thanks for your itinerary ☺️

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      Hello Sheri!

      Yes, all of the hikes are well posted. Most likely, there will be plenty of people on the trails (just follow them…LOL). We did all of the hikes without a map. Posted at the start of the hike is a route map and I just took a photo of this on my phone for reference. Trainers should be OK, as long as you don’t get any rain. Unfortunately, rain is a possibility in August. When we hiked Romsdalseggen, temps were in the 40’s (Fahrenheit). We bought gloves in Andalsnes, which was a good call. We wore our rain jackets and long layers and were fine. For Pulpit Rock, Trolltunga, and Kjeragbolten, temps were in the high 50’s to low 60’s…very pleasant for hiking. It was early to mid August when we did all four hikes. In August, for the most part, temperatures should be pleasant. But it is Norway, you just never know.

      Have fun in Norway. I’m jealous!!! 🙂 I can’t wait to go back!

      Cheers, Julie

  31. Julie,

    First off, your blog is wonderful. Thank you for your thoroughness and detail in how you got places and how worth it the places are that you went. Very helpful! I have a question in regards to how high up you would put Geirangerfjord and Trollstigen on the to do list. My friend and I are flying into Copenhagen and will have 7 full days in Norway/Sweden to see by rental car (will do 1 day in Copenhagen, 1-2 in Sweden, 4 in Norway). We really want to do the main three hikes (Trolltunga, Pulpit Rock, and Kjerag), which are obviously more south, but would you suggest the drive to Geirangerfjord/Trollstigen? It looks like there will be a number of other beautiful fjords we will encounter as well as curvy, hairpin roads… so just wanting your opinion if it is an absolute must see for us to go out of the way to knock those two off the list. Thank you so much!

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      Hello Sarah! Trolltunga and Kjeragbolten are not to be missed, so it is good you are getting to those. I know that Pulpit Rock is popular (everyone wants to see it) but as far as hiking and views go, you are getting the best with Trolltunga and Kjerag. Pulpit Rock tends to be very crowded, which takes away from it, I think. Do this one first, if you can, because it will just get better from here. I think, on a sunny day, Geirangerfjord is worth it. We saw it in the rain. It was beautiful but not “Wow Amazing” if you know what I mean. We did like Trollstigen. If you only have a little bit of time in Norway, I think it will be too rushed to try to get up to Geirangerfjord and Trollstigen. If you are like us, you will fall in love with Norway, and return again sometime. You can always see them later. You could visit Bergen instead…that’s a cool little town and you can see it quickly. The fish and seafood market is awesome (and delicious!). That’s my opinion, hope it helps! Have fun in Norway!! It’s a wonderful place. – Julie

  32. Hello,

    My name is Sameer. Me and my wife will be traveling to Norway end of August for 7 days. We like outdoor and scenic drives. Below is the itinerary we have planned. Any suggestions are helpful 🙂

    Aug 27 Arrive in Stavanger from Newark

    Aug 28 Hike to palpitt rock

    Aug 29 stavanger to bergen flight spend time in bergen

    aug 30 trolltunga hike

    aug 31 norway in nutshell

    sep 1 drive to geirenger, some activities, evening drive from geirenger to alesund

    sep 2 alesund to kef(Iceland)

    Thanks

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      Hello Sameer. Where are you staying when you do the Trolltunga hike? Make sure you are staying near Trolltunga the night before and the night after the hike (it is too far to do the hike on a day trip from Bergen). On September 1 you will have a lot of driving, which I am sure you realize. You won’t have much time in Geiranger, just enough to take in the views. There is a great chocolate shop in town that we loved (Geiranger Sjokolade). In Alesund, climb the hill to the viewpoint over the city…it is worth it for the view! If you have any other questions, let us know. Have fun! – Julie

      1. We booked hotel in Eidfjord. I see thats over an hour drive from trolltunga. Do you think we should book a hotel closer?

        Thanks

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          No, I don’t think you need to be closer. It’s an hour drive but it is incredibly beautiful. Just budget enough time to get there and do the hike. If you are driving north the next day, being in Eidfjord will make it that much quicker and easier. By the way, we stayed in Eidfjord and loved it. – Julie

  33. Hi there, first of all thank you for this itinerary – it’s extremely helpful! My partner and I are planning a 7 day trip to Norway and are hoping to include many of the same highlights. I do have a question about the Norway in a Nutshell tour leaving from Flam. Where does the tour end? Did you get off in Gudvangen as you were heading North, or did you stay on until the end in Bergen? Thank you!

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      Hello Robyn, We booked the tickets for the cruise and the railway individually, meaning that we did not book the round trip tour with Norway in a Nutshell from Bergen or Oslo. You can book cruise tickets to start in Flam which allows you to cruise on the Naeroyfjord, and then take a bus back to Flam. This journey takes 3 to 4 hours. Once back in Flam you can buy your Flam railway tickets. This is how you can piece together your own Norway in a Nutshell tour without taking the round trip excursion from another location in Norway. But, in our case, tunnel closures messed up our plans, which is a whole different story (we ended up taking a one way car ferry from Gudvangen to Kaupanger and then driving to Flam…we saw the same awesome sights but it actually took less time to do it this way). I plan on writing a separate, in depth post about how to see Naeroyfjord and Flam like we did (with really cool side trips the same day). Keep checking back…I will be publishing new information soon. Cheers! Julie

      1. Thank you Julie – that’s really helpful. So essentially the purpose of cruising the Naeroyfjord and then bussing back to Flam is to see the sights rather than get from point A to B. When you say that once you’re back in Flam you can purchase Flam railway tickets – did you guys actually do that part? Just wondering what you did with your rental car if so, as we are also going to have a rental and are planning to continue on North as well. Or is that railway ticket just another round loop so that you can see some sights? We are nailing down our travel plans and booking accommodations currently, sorry for all my questions 🙂

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          Hi Robyn! Here’s what we did: There was a tunnel closure on the way to Flam so we missed our cruise from Flam. Instead, we took the one way car ferry on Naeroyfjord to Kaupanger (which saved a lot of time!). From Kaupanger we drove to Flam. Once in Flam, you can purchase the railway tickets. The trip on the railway is a round trip journey bringing you right back to Flam. We actually did not do the Flam Railway. It was raining and very overcast and the visibility was terrible. It is expensive (don’t know the exact cost) and didn’t seem worth the price at the time. But I have heard wonderful things about the train trip. We ate dinner in Flam and then drove to Balestrand (2-3 hours away). One piece of advice: if you want to do the Flam Railway, check their website and see if you can purchase tickets ahead of time. We had no problem getting tickets (if we had wanted them) but we would have waited an hour or two. At the time, pre-purchasing tickets was not possible but I do not know if they have changed anything. I do plan on writing that in-depth post this week so check back again (there are cool things to drive and see near Flam). And let us know if you have any more questions! Happy planning, Julie

  34. I’d say Norway hiking season starts late June rather than May. We hiked Trolltunga on the 3rd week of June in 2015 and 10 out of the 11km trek were still covered in snow, many parts of which are up to waist high. It was still do-able despite the snow and my friend and I loved the whole white scenery and experience. But the snow certainly made it much harder work!

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  35. Me and my husband will rent a motorhome in may, and we want to do about the same route you did , but driving from Oslo to the atlantic road. We have only 12 days! Your tips were just perfect for us, and also encouraging , as I was afraid of hiking… Until I saw the smile on your children face! We will go to Kjerag and Pulpit Rock, but I don’t think we will have enough time to go to Trolltunga, unfortunately!

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      Hello Flavia,

      Even without Trolltunga you will have a great time. The hike to Kjeragbolten is amazing! We never got to see the Atlantic Road but it’s on our list. Have a fabulous time!

      Cheers,
      Julie

  36. This was so helpful, thank you so much! Do you think it would be a terrible idea to do the Trolltunga hike in October? It would be just me and my husband, we’re young & relatively fit!

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      Hello Ishia,

      The main issue with hiking to Trolltunga in October is the weather. You may have gorgeous weather or you may have rain/ice/snow, making conditions much more difficult and treacherous. I think it is possible and I’ve seen beautiful photos of Trolltunga taken in October. You will have to keep a close watch on the weather, be prepared for adverse conditions, and even be prepared to cancel your plans if conditions really get bad. The other thing to consider is transportation. If you have your own car you will be able to drive to the start of the hike. If you are dependent upon public transportation it may not be running that time of year between Odda and the start of the hike.

      Hope this helps! Cheers, Julie

  37. this seems like a fabulous itinerary! my husband and i are planning a similiar trip to norway for next june and we’re very into hiking and doing as many outdoorsy things as we can (we have no kids yet). i noticed that you rented a car in bergen and dropped if off in alesund? this is what we were hoping to do but i am having difficulty finding a rental car company that allows us to do that. which did you use? again, thanks for your helpful insights!

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      Hello Patty,

      You picked a great destination, Norway is awesome for hiking. We used Hertz as our rental car company, and yes, we did pick up the car in Bergen and drop it in Alesund. There was a drop fee but its worth not paying to drive back. – Julie

  38. Hello. I’ve come across your blog by good fortune. I’ve wanted for quite some time to travel to Norway for the amazing scenery. I have a few questions: What tickets did you book for your itinerary ( ferry, bus, Norway in a nutshell tour) ? Also, did you book your stay at the cabin? Also I want to know if you can make a rough spending estimate for an individual to complete this itinerary, let’s say maybe except the last day or two. Also, can you give some information on your luggage? Is a hiking backpack enough for this trip? Thank you in advance. Loved the post.

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      Hello Silviu,

      For the Norway in a Nutshell tour, we booked our tickets online on their website. You can pick your starting point. Some people take the tour from Bergen, Flam, or even Oslo. We chose Flam since we had a car and could take this tour while we traveled north through Norway. These tickets will cover the ferry, train, and bus transportation. As for the cabin in Andalsnes, we booked it ahead of time, contacting the campground directly. As for the cost, Norway is one of the most expensive destinations in the world. For our family of four, we spent approximately $10,000 for the two weeks we were in Norway. Yikes! But, it is absolutely worth it and I cannot wait to return someday. For this trip, we used traditional luggage, although if you pack light enough, a hiking backpack would be fine.

      Have an awesome time in Norway and let us know if you have any more questions. -Julie

  39. My husband and I went for 9 days to Norway at the end of August and (heavily) relied on your prior hiking commentaries. Our itinerary ended up pretty close to this one, though we continued to Trondheim. Thanks so much for sharing your adventures. They were so helpful in trip planning, and I’m really hopeful when we have kids down the road that we can share travel experiences with them like you and Tim have.

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  40. I just came back from Norway last week and loved it! Wished we could’ve spent more time, though.

    I must say, however, that my husband and I took a bus from Stavanger to Bergen. It was actually quite fantastic. The bus had to board 2 commuter ferries along the way and we thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and the 5.5 hours went by quite quickly, in my opinion.

    I do wish we had enough time to go to Trolltunga. Bravo to the kids for hiking that much! Definitely amazes me! I will have to reserve Trolltunga for next time! 😉

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      Hello Diana! Thank you for the information! I was just going off of what I found on the web so it is nice to get another viewpoint on the bus to Stavanger. Glad you enjoyed the bus and I appreciate the comment! -Julie

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