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Scenic Norway - Grand

Road Trip & Hurtigruten Cruise

(16 days / 15 nights)

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Drive, Cruise & Hike Norway

Starting in Oslo, this 16-day journey takes you along some of Norway’s most magnificent fjords like Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord, on your way to the cities of Ålesund, Kristiansund and Trondheim. You'll drive on scenic routes like the Atlantic Ocean Road and the twisty Trollstigen pass, visit natural wonders like glaciers and waterfalls and explore the culture of Bergen and Stavanger. To top it off, the tour also includes a cruise on the Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage, one of Europe’s top attractions and the chance to hike the famous Pulpit Rock.

16 days / 15 nights

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Approx 3210 EUR

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless self-drive experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Quality & value for your money
  • Specialists in Norway self-drive holidays
  • Great customer reviews 

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Tour Highlights

  • Sail along the Norwegian coast on a relaxing Hurtigruten cruise
  • See Stavanger and hike the famous Pulpit Rock
  • Visit the dramatic deep fjord of Geiranger, and explore its surrounding beauty
  • Drive along the scenic routes of Trollstigen, Eagle Road, and the Atlantic Ocean Road
  • Enjoy the amazing view in Loen and take an optional ride on the Loen Skylift
  • Roam the UNESCO Heritage site, Bryggen in the beautiful town of Bergen
  • Visit Sognefjord, the largest and deepest fjord of Norway
  • Stop in Flåm where you can enjoy optional activities like riding the Flåm Railway
  • Explore the medieval city of Trondheim
  • Enjoy Norway at a leisurely pace, with extra days to join optional activities

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Active i, Best Seller i, Culture and History i, Fjords i, Hurtigruten cruise i

Season

May - Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

904/562 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‘s Gardermoen Airport, make your way into Oslo‘s city centre by taking the express train to Oslo Central Station, or through a private transfer Nordic Visitor will arrange for you (at additional cost). For those arriving early, we recommend exploring Oslo by foot, spending the afternoon at sights including the Royal Palace, Akershus Fortress, Oslo City Hall, Oslo Opera House, and the Aker Brygge area.

    Spend the night in Oslo.

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  • Day 2: EXPLORE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OSLO

    This morning, get an early start to explore the Norwegian capital. We recommend booking a guided bus tour that will take you along the famous landmarks of the city. Highlights include the beautiful Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Royal PalaceAkershus fortress, and Oslo City Hall.

    Another option is to tour Oslo on your own visiting some of the above attractions, or others like the Viking Ship Museum, Fram Polar Ship Museum and Karl Johans street. You will then have the rest of the day to explore at your own leisure.

    Spend the night in Oslo.

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  • Day 3: JOURNEY TO BERGEN

    Start the day early by heading to the Oslo Central Station to board the Bergensbanen train for your scenic journey to Bergen over the mountainous rooftops of Norway. This route passes through the charming villages of Gol and Geilo on your way to Myrdal Station, where the train continues to Bergen, the day’s final destination. The journey is approximately 6.5 hours and you will arrive in the afternoon in Bergen.

    Despite being an international city, Bergen, “The Capital of the Fjords”, has all the charms of a small town. Here you’ll find Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with remarkably preserved old houses, a lively fish and flower market, cable cars offering stunning views, great museums and more.

    Spend the night in Bergen. 

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  • Day 4: WATERFALLS & MAJESTIC VIEWS

    Start the first leg of your self-drive trip by collecting your rental car and heading to Norway’s adventure capital, Voss, which is home to the beautiful Tvindefossen waterfall. Your journey will then continue to Sogndal along the Sognefjord—Norway’s longest and deepest fjord—taking in sights including the towns of Stalheim, before reaching the beautiful Aurlandsfjord and the town of Flåm. We recommend stopping in Flåm and riding the renowned Flåmsbana railway, a steep train ride between Flåm and Myrdal—a treat for photographers or train enthusiasts alike!

    A stop at Stegastein viewpoint is recommended, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Aurlandsfjord. You will then take a short ferry ride before driving towards Sogndal, where you will send the night. 

    Spend the night in Sogndal.

    Driving distance: 237 km / 148 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 4 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 5: SCENIC FJORDS & NATIONAL PARKS

    Today you have a short drive ahead of you and a full day to explore. Drive along the Fjærlands road towards the Jostedal glacier, which is mainland Europe’s largest icecap. We recommend stopping at the Norwegian glacier museum to learn more about the geology of the region. Before you reach the quaint village of Loen, you will drive along the magnificent Nordfjord and enjoy the dazzling turquoise lakes, cascading waterfalls, vast glaciers and steep mountains.

    For those that want the ultimate panoramic view over the region, the Loen skylift is a must. The skylift takes you to the top of Mt. Hoven where you can take enjoy the magnificent views of the fjord landscape and Jostedalsbreeen National park.

    Spend the night in Loen

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

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  • Day 6: EXPLORE GEIRANGERFJORD

    After breakfast, you will leave Loen, driving to Geiranger. Board a 65-minute ferry ride through the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord where you see famous waterfalls like the Seven Sisters, the Suitor, and the Bridal Veil, along with abandoned fjord farms in the mountains.

    With its fairytale landscape, Geiranger has a lot to offer for nature lovers like snow-covered mountain tops, lush green vegetation and the deep blue fjord. You can hike one of the many trails in the region, go kayaking, take a rib boat safari, relax at the nearby spa or visit the chocolate factory in town.

    Spend the night in Geiranger

    Driving distance: 82 km / 51 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 2 hours and 30 (without stops)

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  • Day 7: GEIRANGER AT LEISURE

    Spend the day in lovely Geiranger at your leisure. We recommend soaking in the fantastic fjord scenery on an optional activity like kayaking or joining a rib boat safari. It’s also recommended to drive up to Dalsnibba skywalk which offers magnificent views of Geiranger, the fjord, towering mountains and vast Blåbreen glacier. For those after some pampering, the spa at Hotel Union is ideal to relax and get a treatment or two, followed by a trip to the chocolate factory in town for a little more indulgence.

    Spend another night in Geiranger.

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  • Day 8: TROLLSTIGEN TWISTS & TURNS

    From Geiranger, drive up the steep and winding Ørnevegen, “The Eagle Road”, to Eidsdal, where you will take a short, scenic ferry ride to Linge. If you enjoy twists and turns, you will be very impressed with the drive up Trollstigen, “The Troll Ladder”.  The road twists through 11 hairpin bends making it an exciting ride. 

    After passing the high mountains, continue to Ålesund, a captivating city with distinctive character. 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: 191 km / 117 mi.
    Estimated driving duration: 3 hours and 40 minutes (without stops)

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  • Day 9: ATLANTIC OCEAN ROAD TO KRISTIANSUND

    This morning you will drive to Vestnes and take a short ferry ride to the town of Molde before heading to the fishing village of Bud. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Bud was the most important trading centre between Bergen and Trondheim and this is a historically significant slice of Norway’s economic past. From Bud you will drive on the Atlantic Ocean Road, with the vast sea on one side and majestic snow-capped mountains on the other. End the day in Kristiansund, a charming city built on five islands with beautiful views from its natural harbour.

    Spend the night in Kristiansund. 

    Driving distance: 185 km / 115 mi. 
    Estimated driving duration: 3 hours and 30 minutes (without stops)

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  • Day 10: The Capital of the Vikings

    Continue north towards Trondheim to explore this vibrant port city. Here you will find the remarkable Nidaros Cathedral, as well as countless other attractions like the Ringve Museum and Gardens, the Trøndelag Folk Museum, the charming neighbourhood of Bakklandet by the old wharf and much more.

    If you’re looking for some relaxing activities today, 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 in the city centre for a scenic 20-minute ride up to Lian in the Bymarka forest.

    Spend the night in Trondheim. 

    Driving distance: 197 km / 123 mi. 
    Estimated driving duration: 3 hours and 30 minutes (without stops)

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  • Day 11: Exploring The Coastline Of Norway

    Today, you will embark on a cruise that will have you discovering the martitime beauty of Norway. You will head to the Trondheim harbour to board the Hurtigruten cruise ship, with your rental car, for the Norwegian Coastal Voyage. It will then set sail along the Trondheim Fjord and past Hitra Island.

    In the evening, the boat will dock at the city of Kristiansund and the town of Molde. This journey passes through some breathtaking coastal landscapes, and the final port of the day is a brief stop in Ålesund, after midnight.

    Spend the night on board Hurtigruten, in a private cabin.

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  • Day 12: SAIL TO HISTORIC BERGEN

    During the night, the ship calls at Torvik, Maløy, and Florø coming within view of its final destination—Bergen. Here you will disembark in the early afternoon to enjoy some leisure time and to drop off the rental car either this evening or tomorrow morning. In Bergen, spend some time shopping or visiting a cafe or two.

    Spend the night in Bergen.

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  • Day 13: BERGEN AT LEISURE

    Continue to explore beautiful Bergen today by visiting Rosenkrantz Tower and King Hakon‘s Hall for a little bit of history. Bergen is also known for its museums that cover the city’s architecture, music and art. We recommend visiting the Edvard Grieg museum and the KODE art museum, which is Scandinavia’s largest museum for art and music. If you wish to spend more time in nature, there are optional activities available such as a fjord cruise that sails down Hardangerfjord, giving spectacular views of Voringfossen waterfall.

    Spend another night in Bergen.

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  • Day 14: JOURNEY SOUTH TO STAVANGER

    Enjoy an early breakfast, check out of your hotel and head to the Bergen bus terminal, located in the heart of city centre. There you will board the coastal bus, which takes you along the rugged west coast of Norway, through sweeping fjords and dotted islands to Stavanger. The bus ride includes two ferry crossings, where you can stretch your legs, visit the cafeteria and enjoy the view from the passenger deck before arriving at Stavanger.

    Stavanger is the fourth-largest city in Norway is a favourite among visitors for its lively city centre, timbered old town (Gamle Stavanger) and historic harbour area. Here you can find an array of interesting museums and attractions along with great restaurants and cafes.

    Spend the night in Stavanger.

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  • Day 15: HIKING AT THE PULPIT ROCK

    Near Stavanger is the gorgeous Lysefjord, which includes the famous natural landmarks of the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen). You will join a self-guided tour, boarding a boat, followed by a bus ride, before embarking on a scenic 4-hour hike (approx. 6km).  Starting from the Pulpit cabin, you can enjoy the wild and beautiful nature on the way to Pulpit Rock, traversing hilly terrain with an altitude difference of 350 metres. Transportation to the starting point of the hike and back takes a little over one hour each way.  After the hike, you will take the ferry back to Stavanger.

    Spend another night in Stavanger.

    Please note if you prefer joining a boat tour and skip the hike , you can choose so during the booking steps online (see our optional activities).

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  • Day 16: DEPARTURE FROM STAVANGER

    When it’s time for your Norway adventure to come to an end, make your way to Stavanger Airport. Depending on your preferred method, you can take the  the airport bus from one of the many departure points in the Stavanger city centre or you can take a taxi directly from your hotel to Stavanger-Sola Airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can choose to enjoy some last-minute shopping, visit one of Stavanger’s many museums or relax at a café, enjoying the last few moments of your holiday.

    For those departing from Oslo or Bergen, we offer train transfer back to Oslo and a bus transfer to Bergen in our optional activities. Please keep in mind you might need to book an additional night if your flight is early in the day.

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Map

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