Norway is one long and narrow country, with its northern end dipping into the Arctic Circle and its southern portion bordering Denmark. With so many miles in between, it's no wonder the landscapes are diverse and interesting. However, most visitors stick to one of two hubs. Southern Norway combines colorful Bergen with some of the best fjords and islands, plus famous Trolltunga (Troll's Tongue). Northern Norway is another world, with tall mountain peaks, more fjords, and the famous Lofoten Islands, plus easy access to the country's far stretches and Aurora Barielus sightings.
Technically, though, the country hosts numerous regions, all with a certain appeal. So what do they all have in common? Gorgeous scenery that will leave you in awe.
Norway is the perfect country for a road trip. With so many scenic routes leading to iconic Norwegian landscapes, driving through the country offers more opportunities to stop, take photos, or enjoy a day hike or outdoor adventure.
Scenic Drive Surrounding Senja
The area around Senja is one of the most picturesque in Norway. Enjoy a road trip that features historic fishing villages, idyllic beaches, scenic viewpoints, and excellent hiking opportunities. Visit Husøy Island, where locals secure the oldest homes from the wind with wire, stop to admire the white sands of Ersfjordstranda, and walk out on a platform to enjoy views of Bergsbotn. Other highlights include the views from Tungeneset, the fishing village of Mefjordvær, and the family-friendly hike of Flatneset. Read More
Explore Lofoten by Car
A visit to the famous Lofoten Islands is enhanced with a road trip, which allows you to explore at your own pace. Cruise along the popular E10 road and make stops in the two most popular fishing villages on Moskenesøya Island. Reine is home to the iconic red-and-white fishing huts and those steep granite peaks, whereas Hamnøy is the oldest fishing village in Lofoten. Read More
Ferries & Fjords
Norway is synonymous with fjords, and one of the best ways to experience this natural beauty is by ferry. Several famous fjords to see, but all give unique views of tall cliffs, roaring waterfalls, dense hillsides, and charming villages.
Tromsø Fjord & Wildlife Cruise
Tromsø's fjord and coastline offer exciting opportunities to see some of the area's wildlife and experience the local culture. On this cruise, you'll head out into the fjord, passing by the famous Arctic Cathedral. Make a stop at a local fishing village to test your senses with the regional fare, then continue into deeper water. Keep your eye out for some more common species, like eagles, seals, dolphins, whales, and other seabirds. And while you sail, have a look under the surface with the boat's underwater drone! Read More
Round Trip Fjord Cruise Geiranger to Hellesylt
Cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Geirangerfjord. Enjoy stunning scenery as you pass by cliffs, densely forested hillsides, charming villages, and some of the area's most popular waterfalls. You'll visit three in total, including Knivsflå (Seven Sisters), Friaren (Suitor), and Brudesløret (Bridal Veil). Read More
Stegastein Viewpoint & Round Trip Cruise in Nærøyfjord
Visit one of the most popular viewpoints in Norway, Stegastein Viewpoint, followed by a scenic cruise through Nærøyfjord. You'll start with the views from Stegastein, which sits 2,132 feet (650 meters) above the fjord and juts out 98 feet (30 meters) from the cliffs. Enjoy scenes of Aurlandsfjord and learn a bit about this award-winning structure. Then settle in for a picturesque cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nærøyfjord. Read More
There are two reasons to embrace an evening in Norway. One is to chase the Northern Lights, while the other is to experience the country's far northern setting. In the winter, the sun sets early and offers more opportunities to watch the colorful sky, and the summer opens up opportunities to enjoy the famous midnight sun.
Skrova Island Evening Cruise
Take advantage of the extra light with an evening cruise to Skrova Island, passing by sandy beaches and observing the island's signature bird species—white-tailed eagles. Enjoy plenty of time to explore the island on your own, with either a hike up to the tallest peak for incredible views over the water, a seafood dinner, a stroll out to the lighthouse, or a visit to the tunnel gallery. On the way back, you'll sail around some of the neighboring islands. Read More
How to Create the Perfect Scenic Itinerary in Norway
You can combine any of the regions in Norway to craft a scenic trip, as they all offer gorgeous landscapes and jaw-dropping scenes. To make the most out of the country's diverse natural environments, try to set aside at least one or two weeks, especially if you want to explore both north and south. Some plans might depend on which season you visit, although there can be quite a bit of overlap.
Past kimkim travelers have enjoyed the following trips that include scenic excursions: