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Norway Road Trip - Grand

(17 days / 16 nights)

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Unrivaled Vistas and Leisurely Drives

This 17-day road trip leads you to some of the most breathtaking fjord landscapes in Norway. Starting and ending in Oslo, you will have ample time to soak in breathtaking vistas along Sognefjord, Geirangerfjord and Hardangerfjord. Attractions include the cascading waterfalls of Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil as well as the villages of Flåm, Loen and Røros, time in the beautiful cities of Bergen, Trondheim and Oslo, as well as a visit to the Olympic town of Lillehammer. This tour also includes driving exciting routes like Trollstigen, the Atlantic Ocean Road and Eagle Road.

17 days / 16 nights

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Approx 3942 EUR

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  • Hassle-free & seamless self-drive experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
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  • Specialists in Norway self-drive holidays
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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the scenic fjord landscapes along Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord
  • Stroll through Norway’s grand capital, Oslo and visit charming Bergen
  • Visit the dramatic deep fjord of Geiranger and explore the charming village
  • Drive the exciting routes of Trollstigen, the Atlantic Ocean Road and Eagle Road
  • Survey the lovely views surrounding Loen
  • Marvel at the magnificent waterfalls Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil
  • Explore the medieval city of Trondheim
  • Experience the quaint village of Flåm
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage site Bryggen
  • Spend time in the Olympic town of Lillehammer
  • Enjoy Norway at a leisurely pace, with extra days to join optional activities

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Classic i, Culture and History i, Fjords i

Season

May - Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1984/1233 km/mi

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: WELCOME TO OSLO

    When you arrive at Oslo Gardermoen Airport, pick up your rental car and make your way to Oslo’s city centre where your hotel is located. If you arrive early, we recommend exploring Oslo by foot, spending the afternoon at sights including the Royal Palace, Akershus FortressOslo City Hall, Oslo Opera House, and the Aker Brygge area. Other notable attractions include the beautiful Vigeland Sculpture Park and Karl Johans Street.

    Spend the night in Oslo.

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  • Day 2: OLYMPIC TOWN OF LILLEHAMMER

    Start your road trip by driving to Lillehammer, the host of the 1994 Winter Olympics. Here you can visit The Norwegian Olympic Museum and the Lysgårdsbakken Olympic area as well as the Lillehammer Art Museum. You could also wander through the Maihaugen open-air museum which includes a collection of more than 200 houses from as far back as the 12th century, including the Garmo stave church. After sightseeing, you could stop by one of Lillehammer’s cosy restaurants for a meal and Lillehammer Bryggeri for a local pint of beer. 

    Spend the night in Lillehammer

    Driving distance: 168 km / 104 mi
    Estimated driving duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes (without stops)

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  • Day 3: RØROS

    Get ready to explore the Rondane National Park and Swedish border, as well as the small mountain town of Røros. This former mining settlement is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering a charming atmosphere with well-preserved old wooden houses and narrow streets home to many artist workshops.

    We recommend visiting Olav’s Mine and learning about the past at Røros Museum Smelthytta, which gives a window into the history of this town.

    Spend the night in Røros

    Driving distance: 264 km / 164 mi
    Estimated driving duration: 4 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 4: TRAVEL TO TRONDHEIM

    After breakfast at your hotel, head north towards Trondheim, the "Capital of the Vikings". Enjoy exploring this vibrant port city that was once the capital of Norway during the Viking Age, back when the city was called “Nidaros”. Here you will find the remarkable Nidaros Cathedral – with architecture to rival Notre Dame de Paris. Other attractions include the Ringve Museum and Gardens, the Trøndelag Folk Museum, the charming neighbourhood of Bakklandet by the old wharf and much more.

    Spend the night in Trondheim

    Driving distance: 154 km / 96 mi
    Estimated driving duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes (without stops)

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  • Day 5: EXPLORE THE CAPITAL OF THE VIKINGS

    Enjoy another open day in Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city. If you’re looking for some relaxing activities, you can take a short boat trip to the old fortress island of Munkholmen (the Monk’s Islet). Or hop on the tram at St. Olavs Gate for a scenic 20-minute ride up to Lian in the Bymarka forest, offering panoramic views of the city. Trondheim also features an excellent selection of restaurants that specialise in regional dishes made with fresh, local ingredients.

    Spend another night in Trondheim.

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  • Day 6: JOURNEY SOUTH TO KRISTIANSUND

    Begin your journey south along the beautiful west coast of Norway towards the island town of Kristiansund with its bright, colourful houses. Kristiansund is often referred to as the "opera town", and for a very good reason as the town offers frequent opera performances, an opera festival and an outdoor rendition of "Donna Bacalao" every year. Kristiansund is also known for its tasty clipfish and we recommend trying their local version of fish and chips called “fishan”.

    Spend the night in Kristiansund

    Driving distance: 198 km / 123 mi
    Estimated driving duration: 3 hours and 30 minutes (without stops)

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  • Day 7: ATLANTIC OCEAN ROAD & ÅLESUND

    Today you will drive the famous Atlantic Ocean Road, with the vast open sea on one side and majestic mountains on the other. Then head to the historically significant fishing village of Bud, which was the most important trading centre between Bergen and Trondheim in the 16th and 17th centuries.

    Next, drive to the city of Molde to take the car ferry to Vestnes and continue your journey to the captivating town of Ålesund. This city was almost completely rebuilt after a huge fire in the early 1900s and now has a distinctive character. The architecture features a myriad of turrets, spires and beautiful ornamentation, like something out of a fairytale. Here you also have the opportunity to visit the Atlantic Sea Park and enjoy stunning views from Fjellstua.

    Spend the night in Ålesund

    Driving distance: 175 km / 109 mi
    Estimated driving duration: 3 hours and 30 minutes (without stops)

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  • Day 8: TROLLSTIGEN & GEIRANGER

    If you enjoy twists and turns, you will be impressed with a drive on Trollstigen, “the Troll Ladder”, one of the most visited attractions in Norway. Trollstigen takes you over the mountain to the Romsdalen valley and Åndalsnes, passing 11 exhilarating hairpin bends on the way. After the scenic drive, we recommend a stop at Jordbærstova in Valldal. During the strawberry season you can try a number of dishes in which strawberries are the main ingredients, and you simply have to try the strawberry cake!

    Next, take a short ferry between Eidsdal and Linge before driving down the twisty Eagle Road to Geiranger.

    Spend the night in Geiranger

    Driving distance: 186 km / 116 mi
    Estimated driving duration: 3 hours and 40 minutes (without stops)

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  • Day 9: GEIRANGER AT LEISURE

    Today you can explore Geiranger to your heart’s content. We recommend soaking in the fantastic fjord scenery during a morning hike or on an optional excursion like kayaking. If you want pampering, the spa at Hotel Union is ideal to relax and get a treatment or two. You could follow that up with a trip to the chocolate factory in town for a little more indulgence.

    To take in the vast surroundings, we recommend visiting the Geiranger Skywalk at Dalsnibba. It’s Europe’s highest fjord viewpoint by road and you will enjoy sweeping views of Geirangerfjord, as well as across to the mountains and the mighty Blåbreen glacier. Later, return to Geiranger through twisty roads and beautiful mountain scenery.

    Spend another night in Geiranger.

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  • Day 10: GEIRANGER

    Enjoy your morning in the beautiful Geirangerfjord. If you wish to learn more about local culture and nature you could visit the Norwegian Fjord Centre. In the afternoon head to Loen on a 65-minute ferry ride through the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord. Along the journey you’ll see famous waterfalls like the Seven Sisters, the Suitor, and the Bridal Veil, along with abandoned fjord farms in the mountains. The sightseeing ferry ends in the small village of Hellesylt, from where you’ll drive south to Loen.

    Spend the night in Loen.

    Driving distance: 61 km / 38 mi
    Estimated driving duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes (without stops)

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  • Day 11: LOEN, GLACIERS & FJÆRLAND

    You will kick off your morning in lovely Loen. We recommend an optional excursion on the magnificent Loen Skylift, a cable car that will take you to the altitude of 1,011 metres (3,300 feet). You’ll have amazing views of the fjord and you could go hiking along the top. Your journey will continue south along Jostedal glacier, mainland Europe’s largest icecap, and the Fjærland road. We recommend stopping at the Norwegian Glacier Museum in Fjærland before reaching Sogndal, a village beautifully situated by the Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord.

    Spend the night in Sogndal.

    Driving distance: 128 km / 80 mi.
    Estimated driving duration: 2 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 12: SOGNEFJORD AND FLÅM

    Start the day with a short ferry from Sognefjord towards Aurlandsfjord, an especially beautiful spot in Norway. We recommend a stop at the Stegastein Viewpoint for more panoramic views before reaching the village of Flåm. Here you could board the famous Flåm railway (Flåmsbana), a steep train ride between Flåm and Myrdal - a treat for photographers or train enthusiasts alike!

    Later, your journey continues to Bergen through scenic villages including GudvangenStalheim and Norway’s adventure capital, Voss .

    Spend the night in Bergen.

    Driving distance: 237 km / 147 mi.
    Estimated driving duration: 4 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 13: BERGEN AT LEISURE

    Start the day with a short ferry crossing from Sognefjord towards Aurlandsfjord, an especially beautiful slice of Norway. We recommend a stop at the Stegastein viewpoint for panoramic views before reaching the village of Flåm, where you find the famous Flåm Railway (Flåmsbana), a steep train ride between Flåm and Myrdal - a treat for photographers or train enthusiasts alike!  After a stop in Flåm, your journey continues to Bergen through villages including Gudvangen, Stalheim and Norway’s adventure capital, Voss before ending the day in Bergen.

    Spend the night in Bergen.

    Driving distance: 237 km / 147 mi.
    Estimated driving duration: 4 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 14: HARDANGERFJORD & GEILO

    From Bergen, you will embark on a scenic drive along Hardangerfjord and past Hardangervidda National Park, a region of great natural beauty. On your way you will pass the impressive waterfall Vøringfossen – the highest in Norway with a 182-metre (600-foot) cascade – and the dramatic and narrow Måbødalen valley.

    Upon reaching Geilo, we recommend visiting Geilojordet, an idyllic area with ancient buildings from the 1700-1800s.

    Spend the night in Geilo.

    Driving distance: 244 km / 151 mi.
    Estimated driving duration: 4 hours sand 10 minutes (without stops)

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  • Day 15: BACK TO OSLO

    Today it’s time to close the circle and head back to Oslo trough the Hallingdal valley. On this scenic route, you will drive past steep ski hills, through beautiful forests and over valleys with breathtaking views. We recommend visiting the town of Gol, known for being home to Gol stave church, a Viking village and the Hahaug troll’s cave. From Gol, continue to Jevnaker where you can stop at Hadeland Glassverk to see the glassblowers carry out their traditional craft.

    Continue to Oslo where you’ll return the rental car tonight. 

    Spend the next two nights in Oslo.

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  • Day 16: EXPLORE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OSLO

    Today it’s time to close the circle and head back to Oslo trough the Hallingdal Valley. On this scenic drive, you will drive past steep ski hills, through beautiful forests and over valleys with breathtaking views. We recommend visiting the town of Gol which is known for Gol stave church, a Viking village and the Hahaug trolls cave. From Gol, continue to Oslo where you can stop at Hadeland Glassverk to see the glassblowers carry out their traditional craft.

    Continue to Oslo where you can either return the rental car tonight or the next morning and catch up where you left off on day one and explore the highlights of Oslo, including museums, cafes and shops.

    Spend the night in Oslo.

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  • Day 17: DEPARTURE FROM OSLO

    When your time in Norway comes to an end, make your way to the airport. You could hop on the Flytoget Express train from Oslo Central Station or let us book you an easy and convenient private transfer. If your flight is in the afternoon, take the opportunity to do some last-minute shopping, visit one more of Oslo’s many museums or just relax at a café after this amazing journey.

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Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort Plus

Standard rooms in good quality and comfortable three-star hotels in combination with charming country hotels.

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Superior

Standard rooms in four-star hotels in combination with Superior rooms in premium three-star hotels.

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, in the rental car of your choice.

VW Polo (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

VW Polo (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Economy
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 2
  • Doors: 4-5
  • Operation: Automatic

Suzuki Vitara (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

Suzuki Vitara (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Compact
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 2
  • Doors: 4-5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Corolla Stationwagon (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Toyota Corolla Stationwagon (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Intermediate Wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 2
  • Operation: Automatic

VW Passat Stationwagon (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

VW Passat Stationwagon (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Standard Wagon
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 3
  • Doors: 4-5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota RAV4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Toyota RAV4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Intermediate SUV
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Land Rover Evoque (Automatic)
or similar

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  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Land Rover Evoque (Automatic)
or similar

  • Description: Luxury SUV
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

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Optional extras

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Day Five

Activity

City Walk - Trondheim

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Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about driving in Norway, what the tour includes, accommodation, deposit payment and other useful information for your travels.

ABOUT OUR SELF-DRIVE TOURS
This is a self-drive tour, which means you will follow a detailed and personalised itinerary during your road trip in Norway. No dedicated driver or tour guide is included. All accommodation, rental vehicle, and other planned activities or added services will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor (as specified in the itinerary). As this is a self-drive tour, you are welcome to stop when and where you wish on your drive. Except for accommodation and booked activities, other highlights we’ve listed in the itinerary are suggestions based on Nordic Visitor favourites.

For inexperienced drivers who still want to explore and discover Norway, we recommend one of our guided small group tours, where you will have a local, experienced guide leading the way.

ACCOMMODATION
Our team of Norway travel experts carefully selects hotels around the country based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort. Please note, that in Norway our room types are based on European standard sizes. For instance, a double bed often consists of two single beds pushed together. Triple rooms include a double bed along with an extra bed, a rollaway or a sofa bed, and a single room is often smaller than the standard double.

DRIVING IN NORWAY
For information on driving in Norway we recommend that you take a look at our online travel guide. There you will find handy information on tolls, ferries, tunnels and more! In general, the roads in Norway are of high standard and are well-maintained. Rural roads are generally two lanes and can be narrow and winding, particularly in mountainous areas. Norwegians drive on the right side of the road.

CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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