Unfortunately we only had 14 days to travel around Norway. Since we traveled with our own car the Lofoten were too far away to accommodate them on this trip. So we had to limit ourselves on our roadtrip to the south of Norway. But with highlights like Trolltunga, Kjeragbolten and the Geirangerfjord, the south has more than enough destinations to spend a fun and varied holiday there. If you are planning such a trip, here are a few tips and our Norway itinerary. Maybe it will help you with your vacation planning.
Tips for your Norway trip
A blog post that deals exclusively with tips and tricks for a round trip in Norway (where to sleep, how fast to drive, etc.), we have posted here: Tips for your Norway road trip
- On Google Maps you can see an overview of all our stops on our south norway itinerary.
The most important facts
How much money did we spend per person?
Per person we spent about 1000 € for two weeks including:
- arriving by car
- Ferry (about 200 € return and return for 2 people + car)
- Overnight stays at the campsite (average € 60 / night)
- Local shopping (thankfully this was not so much because we brought most of it)
- Parking costs (parking is quite expensive in Norway!)
How many kilometers did we drove in total?
Altogether nearly 4500 kilometers! But only about 2500 in Norway. The remaining 2000 kilometers we have spent to get from Germany to normal and back.
How many times have we stayed in the tent?
Thank God we did not buy a new tent! Although we had planned to stay in the tent every other day, we only did it once. We are definitely not the born campers. Nevertheless, we have stayed up to 2 days (where we have rented an AirBnB) always on campsites.
Day 0: Arrival by ferry and first AirBnB
On our first day of our norway roadtrip we drove almost 1000 kilometers from the western part of Germany to Hirtshals in Denmark. There is a large ferry port from which various ferry companies start to various destinations in Norway. We chose Fjordline (Hirtshals -> Kristiansand)…. which was not a good idea. Why exactly, you can also read in our tips and tricks article. The ferry costs about 100 € for 2 people and 1 car for one way and was 10 euros cheaper, because I registered myself in the Fjord-Club. No further obligations result through the registration. When we arrived around 8 pm, we drove on for another 30 minutes to our small AirBnB room in the tranquil Flekkefjord.
From the arrival in the ferry port I was already impressed by the incredible nature. I never thought that the fjords and rocky landscapes start in the deep south of Norway.
🚗 Travel distance: Flekkejford -> Kjeragbolten: approx. 130 km (2:30 h)
Day 1: Kjeragbolten
For the first day we had chosen a supposedly easy hike. But unfortunately we have messed up the kilometer information. In addition, we had extremely heavy rain, fog and wind on our hike. But you better read this in the corresponding article: Kjeragbolten -- Fighting our way through the mist
🚗 Travel distance: Kjeragbolten -> Flateland: approx. 90 km (1:45 h)
Day 2: Flateland Camping
After this extremely exhausting hike, we made a stopover on our trip to the Trolltunga, otherwise we would not have made it all at once. We chose the Flateland campsite by accident, and this really turned out to be the most beautiful and idyllic campsite on our whole trip. It is very suitable for families and (which is rather uncommon for Norway) relatively off the road. We rented a cabin there, which was pretty well equipped. In front of the huts there was a meadow, which was not completely occupied by tents, so that one could also spread out his blanket there.
We felt so comfortable that we spent 2 unplanned days at Flateland Camping. This place is perfect for a vacation where you don’t want to be somewhere else every day, but want a “home base”.
The campsite also offers some (family) entertainment. There is a small rabbit house and a large circus tent where performances for the little ones are performed on certain days. At the reception you can get fresh bread in the morning and the staff is very friendly and super helpful.
We had called beforehand, to reserve a wooden hut, but could not be there before the reception closed. The super friendly employee on the phone just said “no problem”, he would simply deposit the key in a small box outside the reception. We should just take it and come to the reception the next day to pay. Wow! What a customer service!
You can find the camp space here: Flateland Camping
There are beautiful landscapes and a lot to see close to the campsite. Among other things, the Honnevje bathing area (Google Maps Link). This is a small water landscape with an attached rest area and toilets, where you can also swim or just walk around.
🚗 Travel distance: Flateland-> Odda: approx. 180 km (3 h)
Day 3: Buarbreen Glacier
On the third day on our Norway roadtrip we actually wanted to do the Trolltunga hike within 2 days. But for various reasons, this did not work and so we decided to move Trolltunga and look for another activity nearby. Tripadvisor recommended the hie to the Buarbreen Glacier. So we spontaneously made our way there. What exactly we experienced on our hike you can read here: Buarbreen -- Hiking our first glacier
🚗 Travel distance: None, both is located in Odda
Day 4: Trolltunga
On the 4th day on our Norway itinerary we made it to the Devil’s Tongue. This should also be the longest hike (22 km) of our trip. We did not find the route itself to be the most beautiful compared to the rest, but at least the photo that came out in the end is probably one of the most spectacular that you can get in Norway.
We left the Odda campsite very early to be in time at the € 50 parking lot. Nevertheless, many, many other hikers also started their tour to Trolltunga at this early hour. Therefore, we felt this hike rather as strenuous, not (only) because of the long distance, but because we could never really enjoy the nature around us due to the sheer “crowds”.
If you are interested, you can read more here: Trolltunga – How to get there and where to park
🚗 Travel distance: Trolltunga -> Voringvossen: approx. 100 km (2 h)
Day 5: Voringvossen
We were really exited to hike to this huge waterfall. The hike is relatively short and if you have found the right parking lot you are pretty fast on your way to the Voringsfossen. You can find the right place to park your car coming from the east right here behind the tunnel. See the spot here on Google Maps.
The Voringvossen hike
From the parking lot go either directly over the road and follow the small path or go on the right side of the road along the slightly larger path. This is a bit longer, because it still leads under the road, but by this way you do not have to cross the road.The rest of the way is well marked or there are no alternatives to take another way. The highlight of the way is certainly the small suspension bridge that you have to cross to get to the other side.
At the end of the path you can then go up a stony hill to get even closer to the waterfall. This climb is quite slippery due to the wet and you should be very careful. If you still want to see the Vossen from the top, you can (after your way back to the car) drive along the road a little further until the viewing point or a little more further to the big hotel. There is another viewing platform with a slightly different angle.
We met only a few other hikers all the way to the Voringfossen. So you usually have enough time to take your photos (and also selfies on the suspension bridge).
If you want to see the Vossen (waterfall) from the very top, you can (after your way back to the parking lot) drive a little further along the road to the signposted viewpoint. Otherwise you can drive a little further to a large hotel, where is another observation deck with a little something another point of view.
🚗 Travel distance: Voringvossen -> Bergen: approx. 170 km (3 h)
Day 6: Bergen
We had taken almost half a day of time to visit Berge. Since we are more nature loving people than city people, half a day was definitely enough for us. Worth seeing here is, of course, the district Bryggen right on the harbor. We were so shocked by the sudden culture shock due to the sheer masses of people on the ground that we did not stay much longer, but rather preferred to return directly to nature.
We really liked the city, and if you are interested in culture then you can definitely spend a good 1-2 days here.
You can find more information about the city including here: https://www.visitnorway.de/reise Destinations/fjord-norwegen/bergen/
🚗 Travel distance: Bergen -> Naeroyfjord : approx. 150 km (2:30 h)
Day 7: Naeroyfjord
The Naeroyfjord, the narrowest fjord in the world, is probably an part of any trip to Norway. All the more it surprised us that there is actually no place or real viewpoint right on the fjord. Since we did not want to make a boat trip through the fjord, we chose a small hiking trail to see the fjord from another perspective. This hiking trail was the Rimstigen(Link to Google Maps)! To get there, you simply drive left on the pier and then straight ahead, even if it looks like you should not drive along this way. Just before the road ends at a small farm, you have to park as close as possible on the edge of the road.
From the parking lot it goes more or less steeply up the mountain with very beautiful views on the fjord. Unfortunately, we did not get any reliable information about the actual length of the trail. When after about 1.5h another a (much sportier) couple overtook us with the words that we had made it halfway up the mountain, we took a short break and then turned around. That was probably the right decision, because firstly, according to the local couple, the most beautiful views of the fjord arise anyway on the track we have already run. Also we still had a long way to go and wanted to arrive before sunset.
🚗 Travel distance: Naeroyfjord -> Geirangerfjord: approx. 300km (6h)
Day 8: Geirangerfjord
The Geirangerfjord is certainly one of the highlights in the south of Norway. But our route to the fjord started with a little detour. Our roadtrip through Norway led us to drive along the very scenic Game Strynefjellsveg.
We took the Gamle Strynefjellsveg on our roadtrip through Norway. The 27 km long National Tourist Route leads through beautiful and varied mountain landscapes and should be driven in any case.
Tip: We have seen some tents on the edge of this road. So it seems possible and also allowed to camp here near the Geirangerfjord. Otherwise it seems rather difficult to camp due to the landscape around the fjord.
If you have successfully crossed the pass road and are now on the quickest way back to the fjord, you will inevitably pass another pass road that leads to the summit of Dalsnibba. The way up is not very cheap at 15 € per car, but at almost 1500 meters you not only have a great view of the Geirangerfjord, but also the feeling of having reached the true summit of the world. You are at the same height as almost all the surrounding mountains and have a 360 ° view of countless mountain peaks covered with powdered sugar.
And of course, driving up and down the mountain is also a lot of fun if you like to drive fast like me. Sabrina suffered a bit on the way down, but sometimes she has to go through that 😉
Tip: Best photo spot at Geirangerfjord
To get a picture like this you just have to go past the toilets at this viewing point on the left and then keep left until you come to the abyss. There the photographer has to stand. The person to be photographed must then simply walk along the abyss until just before the boundary fence.
🚗 Travel distance: Geirangerfjord -> Trollkirka: approx. 130km (3:30 h)
Day 9: Trollkirka + Atlantic road + Trollstigen
On the 9th day on our Norway itinerary we started the long drive to Molde to visit the Trollkirka. We had to take the ferry to Vestnes. Since the ferry did not drove on the two days before for maintenance reason, we spent about an hour in traffic. After an overnight stay in a hut on a campsite, we then made our way to the Troll Church. The parking lot is located directly on the main road. See the exact spot here on Google Maps.
The cave is definitely worth a visit the steep hike. After a short walk through the darkness (a flashlight is very helpful here) in the first cave you get to a small waterfall inside of the cave. To get to the second cave you can leave through a narrow gap of the first cave, and then descend again on a ladder. There is another waterfall to visit. If you have left this one can go even higher, where another cave should be. Unfortunately we did not find then third one. Supposedly this should be accessible through a hole in the ground. On the plateau above the 2 lower caves, a small wooden sign points to this third cave. With a bit of luck (and time) you should hopefully find it.
We visited the Atlantic Road because it was not far from the Trollkirka. But unfortunately, this nearby road does not look as spectacular as in the photos. Basically, this street looks just exceptional from a special angle. When you drive along the road you do not notice anything of it. Therefore, we would not suggest to go there.
On our Norway roadtrip this serpentine road was almost on our way to Oslo. And it’s quite a pleasure to drive up there. But I have to say that it is not as much fun as to drive up to Dalsnibba. On the top are several viewpoints and also a restaurant with a souvenir shop. In our opinion, you should have looked at this winding road. Especially the view through the valley from the top is very impressive.
🚗 Travel distance: Trollkirka -> Vågåmo: approx. 200 km (4h)
Day 10: Bitihorn
For the next 3 days, we rented a cozy AirBnB log cabin in Vågåmo with its own fireplace and used it as a base for further hikes and tours. For the first day we had chosen the Bitihorn hike. This is a hike to a mountain top from which you have a wonderful 360 ° view of the Jotunheimen National Park. To begin the hike, park in the parking lot marked below, which is located directly opposite the seed tent with souvenirs- See the exact location here on Google Maps.
In the parking lot a sign is attached, that says something about a fee of 5 € in norwegian. Since there was no guard or anything else we could not imagine how to pay this fee, so we just parked our car. The path then leads first to the back of the mountain to run from there to the top on a steep way.
The view to the rear is usually the nicer one, since you can look at a beautiful lake landscape most of the time. Looking ahead you only see the steeply rising peak.
We didn’t make it all the way to the top because the wind was blowing around our ears halfway up, but of course we still enjoyed the great view (from almost the top). We had a very broad overview of part of the Jontunheimen National Park and we could almost see our car in the parking lot from above. Really a blatant panorama!
🚗 Travel distance: none, since we stayed in the same area.
Day 11: Hulderstigen (and relaxing in our AirBnB)
On day 11 on our Norway roadtrip we only did a small hike on Hulderstigen (Google Maps Link) and afterwards chilled in our cozy wooden hut.
The Hulderstigen is a completely flat circular walk in the Jotunheimen National Park. We chose it because we needed something, that is not that much exhausting and this way was exactly right. This hike would also be perfect to walk with small children. On this hike you pass a beautiful lake and deep pine forests. In between, you also meet one or the other sheep and can write a note (Norway typical) in a guestbook.
Who expects a spectacular hike over hill and dale, is certainly wrong here. But those who are looking for a relaxed walk through a very beautiful forest landscape should definitely not miss this hike.
🚗 Travel distance: none, since we stayed in the same area.
Day 12: Knutshoe
The next day of our Norway roadtrip we did our favorite. This was our personal highlight: the Knutshoe. For us it was the most beautiful and breathtaking hike of our entire vacation. We hardly met other people, had perfect weather most of the time and when we reached the top we had this incredible view that looked like a painting.
Read everything about in in this post: KNUTSHØE – The alternative to the Besseggen hike
🚗 Travel distance: Vågåmo -> Oslo: approx. 330km (4 h)
Day 13: Lillehammer & Oslo
On the 13th day on our Norway roadtrip we made it to Oslo (we were already on our way back to the ferry) and Lillehammer. Or at least the Olympic ski jumping area. That is the only thing I knew about the city. And we’re honest, we haven’t really given the city a chance either. But we didn’t have the time since we were only passing through. You can make a stop to look at the Olympic site, but you don’t have to. We found it very nice and it meant only a little detour for us.
But on the way to Lillehammer we noticed that we had left Fjord Norway because the fjords, mountains and lakes were gradually becoming fewer. In the area around Lillehammer and Oslo you don’t really feel like in Norway (at least from the landscape), but rather like in flat Denmark.
In Oslo itself we got the shock of crowds again. And for the first time on this trip we were stuck in traffic (!!). This day was also a good preparation for everyday life at home. Other than that, we didn’t like Oslo so much. If you want to buy souvenirs, the city center is naturally predestined for this. But you don’t have to see this city, we think. Oslo did not felt special compared to other Scandinavian capitals such as Stockholm.
🚗 Travel distance: Oslo -> Larvik: approx. 140km (2 h)
Day 14: Going back home
On the last day of our Norway roadtrip we took the ferry in Larvik (Colorline) (after an overnight stay at the highly recommended Gon campsite) to get back to Hirtshals. The Colorline ferry was also a lot bigger than the Fjordline ferry. This also meant that the ship didn’t wobble and everything was calm and pleasant (but more on that in our Norway Tips & Tricks article).
There were also restaurants and other shops inside the ship. A really pleasant end to the vacation.
After another 1000 kilometers through flat Denmark and northern Germany we were finally back home and could only longingly think back to the great time in Norway. We will definitely come back!
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