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Day 1 - Arrive in Oslo & get started

Day 2 - Explore Oslo

  • Head to the Fram museum which is dedicated to Norwegian polar expeditions

  • Enjoy an afternoon stroll in the beautiful Frogner Park with its peculiar art installations followed by a local cuisine meal at Kolonihagen frogner

  • If you have more time, visit Holmenkollbakken which has a ski simulator or book a guided tour of the Nobel Peace Center

  • If you like to visit world renowned paintings, then visit Oslo’s Munch Museum for the famous painting called "The Scream"

  • Wrap up with dinner/ drinks at Kamai in Oslo’s trendy new suburb Grünerløkka

  • Get some early sleep as tomorrow will be a long day!

Day 3 - The road trip begins in Bergen

  • Check-out from the hotel and take an early morning 50-min flight to Bergen - Note that you can also take the "Norway in a Nutshell" train journey which is very popular with tourists but we opted for a flight to make the most of our time

  • Pick up your rental car from Bergen with the drop-off point as Kristiansand

  • Take the Fløibanen funicular for a perfect introduction to Bergen

  • Walk to the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf - a Unesco Heritage site famous for its old wooden houses

  • Head to restaurant house Matbørsen, located in the famous fresco hall in the city center which has four different restaurants - Try some Akevitt, a local alcoholic beverage made from potato and flavored with herbs and spices

  • Take the cable car to Ulrikken for sunset and wrap up with an early dinner at Ulriken643 restaurant at the top

  • Lots of hotel options to choose from in Bergen - Find the one that's best to crash for the night and remember you are there just till the morning before you start driving

Day 4 to 5 - Explore Flåm

  • Drive to Flåm which is a 2.5 hour drive from Bergen

  • Check-in to Flåm Hostel for two nights

  • Take the Flam Railway which is a scenic one hour journey to Myrdal

  • The best way to explore Flåm is to drive around and just follow the road uphill and down in and around the hostel location

  • Drive to Gudvangen and Stegastein viewpoint which has spectacular views of Nærøyfjord surrounded by steep valley sides and snow-covered peaks

  • Food options are a little limited, but the Fretheim Hotel Restaurant is a good option for food and Ægir BrewPub is great for drinks next to the fire place

Day 6 to 8 - The beauty of Geiranger

  • Check-out from Flåm and drive towards Geiranger center in the morning, driving through the 24 km long Lærdal Tunnel, the world's longest tunnel

  • Check-in to Hotel Union Geiranger or Lunheim Accomodation or Vinje Camping. 

  • There is much to see and do in Geiranger, spend at least 3 nights to soak it all in! Book a Hurtigruten fjord cruise on the Geirangerfjord; you can find more details at the Geiranger visitor center. Check out things to do in Geiranger to plan your 3 days at your leisure pace. 

  • Dedicate a day to drive along the National Tourist Route Geiranger-Trollstigen, (Eagles road) a 106 km must-do scenic road across the Norwegian wilderness. 

  • Drive to various viewing points along the way such as Trollstigen Visitor Centre, Ørnesvingen, Gudbrandsjuvet, Geiranger Skywalk - Dalsnibba, and Flydalsjuvet gorge for spectacular views.

  • Hotel Union Geiranger has a great setting for a meal

Day 9 to 11 - Alesund & the legendary Atlantic Ocean Road

  • Drive to Alesund (2 hrs drive from Geiranger) - Alesund is similar to Bergen but we chose to spend a few nights at Alesund over Bergen as it is less touristy

  • Check-in for two nights at First Hotel Atlantica or Hotel Brosundet if you fancy living inside a lighthouse!

  • Drive to Aksla Viewpoint for stunning views of the port 

  • On the day of check-out, start early in the morning and drive towards the famous Atlantic Ocean Road, a unique stretch of road which takes you right out to the ocean's edge

  • Drive to Kristiansund, drop the car off and take a 3-hour flight to Bodø

  • From the Bodø airport, you can get to Lofoten Islands either via the ferry (which has very specific timings) or a quick 30 min flight with Widerøe airlines

Day 12 to 16 - Lofoten Islands - Saving the best for the last!

  • Land at Leknes Airport at Lofoten and pick up a rental car - Lofoten is a series of islands and driving is a great way to explore the breathtaking landscape

  • Head to the charming fishermen village of Hamnøy

  • Check-in to Eliassen Rorbuer - Spend at least 4 nights in the cozy, red fishermen cabin - There is no better way to experience this dreamy land! (Note: Make sure you reserve at least a month in advance and try to book a cabin facing the mountains like Cabin No 2) 

  • Walk down from your cabin and enjoy a meal at the Krambua Restaurant next door, run by a lovely couple serving delicious fresh catch of the day

  • Make reservations to enjoy the Viking feast - a dinner arrangement with theater/ performance with the Vikings at Borg / Lofotr Viking Museum

  • Explore the neighboring villages from Å to Svolvær and Reine, which was once named the most beautiful village in the world!

  • Start your return journey from Lofoten to Bodø to Oslo to home

Additional Tips

  • Fjord tours are seasonal so do check if they are operating at your intended month of travel. April is a good shoulder season to visit Norway and beat the crowds but to experience the fjord tours, end of May or June would be better.

  • You could also do the above itinerary in reverse i.e start with Lofoten islands in the north and make your way south to Bergen and end in Oslo. If you have few days, skip Oslo and Bergen but make sure you visit Geiranger and Lofoten Islands. If you have more days to spare, other places to consider in your itinerary are Trolltunga and Kjeragbolten in southern Norway

  • If you are visiting in winter, then check out Tromso village further north for amazing northern lights.

  • https://www.visitnorway.com has all inclusive information on fjord tours & more

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Norway is without a doubt one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The incredible scenery formed by the fjords cutting deep into its western and northern coastline is both unique and timeless. With its long tunnels, roads connecting skerries and car-ferries, Norway is one of our top picks for a road trip destination.

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