The trip from Stavanger—the southernmost city in Norway—to Odda covers a distance of 120 miles (193 km). The most convenient and quickest way to reach Odda is by car or private transfer. The journey takes around 3 hours and a half and passes through some incredible landscapes with several fjords and lakes that you’ll see while driving. We recommend you allow plenty of time for stops so you can enjoy this beautiful road trip without feeling rushed to reach Odda.
Taking the bus is an option, though we don't recommend it due to long travel times and transfers. If you don’t have a car, we suggest a private transfer.
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By Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 3.5 hours
The quickest and most convenient route is via the E39 and RV13 highway and takes around five hours. This road trip has a ferry crossing and toll roads.
Forty-five minutes after starting your trip, you’ll take the Mortavika-Arsvågen ferry. Ferry crossings and operate 3 to 4 times an hour during the day till evening and take 24 minutes. Night ferries cross every hour until the early hours of the morning. We suggest you time your ferry, by checking the ferry schedule on the Fjord1 website, to avoid extra wait time. While on the ferry, it’s a great opportunity to use the restroom and buy a snack from the kiosk. This ferry crosses the Boknafjorden so you’ll want to be ready with your camera to take many photos.
You’ll continue on with two-lane roads and views of the Boknafjorden after disembarking the ferry.
Soon after, you’ll pass by the Grindafjorden, where you’ll want to stop for photos and then as you continue on you'll pass by a few lakes, including Stordalsvatnet, where you can rent boats from locals to fish for trout, salmon, and eel.
Then you’ll reach the town of Åkrafjordtunet, a gateway to the nearby Folgefonna National Park and the Langfossen falls, both with plenty of hiking opportunities and nice detours if you have the time. This is also a great spot to have a snack or meal.
You’ll also have views of the fjord, Åkrafjorden, which parallels the road and will be on your left-hand side. Right before reaching Odda, you’ll pass by the Sandvinvatnet lake, on your left-hand side.
If you don’t want to take the ferry, there is an alternative route. However, this route will add 2 hours to your trip and has toll roads, as most highways have in Norway.
Duration: 5-8 hours
Taking public transportation is possible, though it’s not the most efficient way to reach Odda. Buses operate anywhere from 3-6 times a day and take 5-8 hours. There is availability on Saturday and Sunday with less frequency. Typically, you take a local bus, disembark to catch a ferry and then catch another bus after the ferry crossing and some bus routes require upwards of 3 transfers.