4 Day Ultimate Norway Road Trip Itinerary
Norway is legendary. Its beautiful fjords, stunning hikes, gorgeous scenery and fresh sea food are more than enough reason to book an ultimate Norway road trip. We traveled to Norway as a long weekend getaway from London so we focused on getting into nature between Bergen, Flam and Odda rather than including Oslo. However, it would be easy to add Oslo to the itinerary below!
What should I know?
- A rental car is a great way to get around. Having the freedom and flexibility to stop off and see sights is worth the price of a rental. From the airport, you could book a one-way ride on the Flybussen to Bergen’s city center. If you plan to stay in Bergen for a night or two, you could pick up your rental car from the city the morning you head out to explore other parts of Norway to avoid having to pay to park it for two nights.
- We checked a bag with snacks and food, which was worth it! Norway is super expensive and our $40 round trip bag on NorwegianAir filled with snack bars, fruit, oatmeal/flax/chia packs, almond butter, tea, coffee, etc. was an economical way to save money.
- Travelling in the late Spring/Summer timeframe is the best to maximize the daylight hours.
- Do not speed; there are speed cameras, especially in the city, and they’ll mail you a ticket if you are caught speeding on camera!
Day One: Bergen
After arriving to Bergen, take the Flybussen to the city center and get settled into your hotel. I’d recommend Bergen Bors Hotel – they include breakfast at a reasonable rate and it’s so delicious and plentiful that you probably could skip lunch.
Grab some fresh and delicious fish for a late lunch at the Fish Market on the waterway.
After the late lunch, walk around Bryggen, St. Mary’s Church, the Fortress and the Open Air Museum. They’re all close together and not far from the harbor!
Before dinner, hike up Mount Floyen overlooking Bergen. If it’s summertime, you won’t exactly get a sunset but you’ll see the town in gorgeous golden light. Grab dinner at Spisekroken, Pingvinen or Colonialen Litteraturhuset. If you’re on a budget, consider 3 Kroneren Polsebu (Nordics seem to love their hot dog stands). We grabbed a sandwich from Subway and the awesome clerk labeled Ryan’s half as “his” and my half as “hers” 🙂
Day Two: Bergen to Flam to Odda
Start the day with breakfast at your hotel and then hit the road by 9AM to drive to Flam.
After arriving to Flam, get ready for your cruise (1:45-4:00) on Naeroyfjord! We went with Fjordsafari on the rib boats so we could be closer to the water and had a blast.
After your dinner, drive to Odda (about 2.5 hours). Some of the roads go through the mountains for so long there are roundabouts! Sometimes the length of a mountain pass feels like it goes on forever but then you’ll be rewarded with great views and roadside waterfalls.
Go to bed early in preparation for tomorrow’s long hike! We stayed at an Airbnb in Odda as this was the most affordable option and allowed us to meet some locals. Another popular option is to stay at the Trolltunga Guesthouse which is super close to the start of the Trolltunga hike.
Day Three: Hike Trolltunga
Start your day with a solid breakfast as you’ll be hiking ~8 hours today to Trolltunga!
Follow road RV 13 to Tyssedal and then follow the signs towards Skjeggedal. The parking lot is approximately 7 km away.
Bring a water bottle you can refill in the streams along the route (fresh snowmelt water is incredibly delicious and refreshing); plenty of snacks (fruit, nuts, protein bars, chocolate, etc.) and wear layers. At some points, it may be cold (in late May we were hiking in the snow!) and others it may be very warm. We did not have to wear snowshoes (although we did 70% of the hike in snow) but sometimes they are recommended earlier in the season. If you need snowshoes, there’s a shop you can arrange to rent from near the start of the hike (reserve in advance).
Enjoy an early dinner – you’ve earned a big meal after a long hike! We enjoyed a meal at the Smeltehuset. A couple other well rated options in Odda are Glacier Restaurant Bar and Café and Thai Takeaway.
Day Four: Odda to Bergen
Enjoy a breakfast at your accommodation before checking out Latefossen Waterfall and Buerbreen Glacier, just south of Odda.
Drive back to Bergen via Hardangerfjorden (just under 3 hours). You’ll drive your car right on to the ferry to make the ~20 min crossing. If you’re heading back to the airport this evening, select the airport for your rental car drop off to avoid paying to take the bus or a taxi back to the airport. You could also consider going to more fjords in northern Norway or drive to Oslo instead of going back to Bergen, if you have more days to add on to this ultimate Norway road trip itinerary!
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