With nearly 60,000 miles of coastline (including the islands), Norway is the longest country in Europe — and one of the most beautiful. The list of ways you could spend your time here is as long as your imagination, so get inspired by one of these incredible ten-day itinerary ideas.

Norway in 10 Days

Like any well-informed traveler, you're probably after a combination of what Norway's most famous for: adventure, views, history, culture, and the best seafood on the planet. While this hardly narrows it down, here are seven sample itineraries that will get you started planning an unbeatable excursion, whatever your tastes. For more trip ideas, see all of our 10-day Norway tours and itineraries

Itinerary #1: Discover Norway's Cities - Oslo, Bergen, & Trondheim

With this itinerary, you'll visit three of Norway's largest metropolitan areas, which are hardly the cacophony of noise, traffic, and neon that most "big cities" have become. Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim are all surprisingly walkable (well, if you can handle Bergen's hills!) and pedestrian-friendly. You'll see thousands of years of history, get entranced by Norwegian nightlife.

The National Theater, Oslo
The National Theater, Oslo
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Oslo Oslo
Day 2 Oslo City Tour  Oslo
Day 3 Oslo - Train to Flåm Flåm
Day 4 Ferry to Bergen - City Tour Bergen
Day 5 Explore Bergen - Hurtigruten Hurtigruten
Day 6 Hurtigruten - Ålesund Ålesund
Day 7 Ålesund - Hurtigruten - Geirangerfjord Hurtigruten
Day 8 Hurtigruten - Trondheim Trondheim
Day 9 Trondheim - Train to Oslo Oslo
Day 10 Depart Oslo  


You're starting in Oslo, exploring as you see fit. See Edvard Munch's The Scream, witness one of the most well-preserved Viking ships in the world, or sit on top of an opera house, picnicking across the water. Grab a skillingsboller (cinnamon pastry) and a coffee before heading out on the famous Flåm Railway on day three (said to be one of the most beautiful train rides in the world), terminating at its namesake town.

After spending an overnight in the fjords in Aurland, you'll be right on the waters you've spent hours marveling at, arriving in short order in Bergen. Spend days five and six exploring, taking time to stop at Bryggen (the famous UNESCO site), climb up one of Bergen's seven mountains, or take a one-hour jaunt outside the city to Øygarden and Sotra —an area of 550 islands and small reefs.

Afterward, it's back on the water and onto the coastal steamer Hurtigruten for a trip down the world-famous Geirangerfjord. You'll sail by the West Cape to the shores of Ålesund, continuing past the area's iconic cliffs and waterfalls to arrive in Trondheim on day eight of your journey. Don't miss the famous Nidaros Cathedral, and be sure to take a kayak tour on the river or take in the student-centered nightlife downtown. With fewer than 200,000 people, Trondheim has the history and culture of a big city — but you'll still feel like a local. Learn more

Itinerary #2: Ultimate Fjord Road Trip - Bergen, Stavanger, Årdal

Active types who like to take the wheel (and who don't mind skipping Oslo) should check out this itinerary, which allows you to experience the best of Norway's spectacular fjords. 

Climb to Preikestolen, or 'Pulpit Rock' – a steep cliff above Lysefjorden
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bergen Bergen
Day 2 Explore Bergen with a Local Bergen
Day 3 Drive to Stavanger  Stavanger
Day 4 Lysefjord Adventure Stavanger
Day 5 Drive to Eidfjord & Hike to Vøringfossen Waterfall Eidfjord
Day 6 Explore Hardangerfjord Eidfjord
Day 7 Drive to Årdal Årdal
Day 8 Guided Hike & Kayaking Tour Årdal
Day 9 Drive to Bergen Bergen
Day 10 Depart Bergen  


The trip starts in Norway's second-largest city where you'll tour the streets and mountains with a local guide before you pick up a rental car. From here, head out of town and spend several days exploring charming fjord-side villages and stopping for outdoorsy activities. This includes (but is not limited to!) climbing the spectacular Pulpit Rock above Lysefjord, called one of the most beautiful trails in the world.

It's a tough call as you can choose between that epic trek or climbing to the 'Top of Flørli', a hike up 4,444 steps and the longest wooden stairway in the world. You'll also hike to the Vøringfossen waterfall, go snow skiing at a summer resort, and kayak on the deep blue Lake Årdalsvatnet. Finish the adventure traveling along Norway's longest and deepest fjord towards Jotunheimen National Park—with more than 250 peaks—to see some glaciers. Head back to Bergen for your last night and reward yourself with the city's fun restaurants and pubs. Learn more

Itinerary #3: Active Jotunheimen National Park Adventure

For those seeking an active Norway trip, look no further than this itinerary. You'll hike and whitewater-raft your way through the country's most epic peaks, rivers, valleys, and national parks.

Innerdalsvatna Lake and the mountain peak of Innerdalstarnet
Innerdalsvatna Lake and the mountain peak of Innerdalstarnet
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Oslo Oslo
Day 2 Oslo - Drive to Lom Lom
Day 3 Hike in Jotunheimen National Park Lom
Day 4 Lom - Geiranger - Åndalsnes Åndalsnes
Day 5 Hike to Romsdalseggen Åndalsnes
Day 6 Åndalsnes - Innerdalen Summer Farm
Day 7 Hike to Innerdalstårnet Oppdal
Day 8 River Rafting - Train to Trondheim Trondheim
Day 9 Explore Trondheim Trondheim
Day 10 Depart Norway  


After exploring the ins and outs of Oslo on your first day, you'll head to Lom, a charming mountain village. Stop at the old stave church, go hunting for waterfalls, and take it easy in order to rev up for the week. Start day three with your first epic hike to the peaks of Jotunheimen — we suggest Storebjørn — before heading out to the famous Geirangerfjord. You'll paddle in the waters, drive the heart-pounding Trollstigen to Åndalsnes, and then hit yet another peak: Romsdalseggen. Trust us, and Google it.

But seeing Norway from the air isn't over. Then it's a drive to Innerdalen on day six of your trip to summit the Innerdalstårnet (it gazes over the entirety of Trollheimen). Hope you have just a bit of energy left because you've got one more adrenaline rush: river rafting down the Driva. Afterward, it's time to celebrate your last night in Trondheim, Norway's third-largest city. Stroll along the river, stop for coffee and relish all you've conquered. Learn more

Itinerary #4: Western Norway's Rivers, Islands, & Fjords

This 10-day itinerary allows you to fully experience some of Western Norway's lesser-known scenery during the warmer summer months where daylight hours extend far into the evening. That means there's much for travelers to discover, from the rapidly growing capital city of Oslo to picturesque fjords, snow-capped peaks, and emerald-green rivers. 

The Nordfjord, between Ålesund and Bergen.
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Oslo Oslo
Day 2 Explore Oslo with a Local Oslo
Day 3 Train to Åndalsnes - Bus to Ålesund Ålesund
Day 4 Explore Ålesund Ålesund
Day 5 Arrive in Florø - Explore Florø Florø
Day 6 Ferry to Kalvåg - Explore Kalvåg Kalvåg
Day 7 Ferry to Florø - Boat to Bergen Bergen
Day 8 Explore Bergen with a Local Bergen
Day 9 Ferry to Flåm - Train to Oslo Oslo
Day 10 Depart Oslo  


Skip the peak season crowds and take a train ride along the emerald-green River Rauma toward the breathtaking city of Ålesund, known for its Art Nouveau architecture. Continue the journey through interesting coastal islands where artists reside and eat your share of fresh-from-the-boat seafood.

From here, you'll head towards the lively wharf city of Bergen. Climb one of the seven surrounding mountains with a local guide before ending your trip back in Oslo (by way of ferry through the Sognefjord) for one last night of Scandinavian fun. Check out the city's hip neighborhood of Grünerløkka and keep an eye out for summer festivals that often fall during weekends. Learn more

Itinerary #5: Summer in Southern Norway

For first-timers, Norway's summer weather and long hours of daylight are ideal for maximizing exploration time. This relaxing itinerary creates a nice loop through Southern Norway: fjords, cities, islands, and the famed Flåm Railway await.

Bryggen, the UNESCO-listed neighborhood of Bergen.
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Welcome to Bergen Bergen
Day 2 Explore Bergen with a Local  Bergen
Day 3 Bus to Stavanger  Stavanger
Day 4 Day Trip to Flørli Stavanger
Day 5 Train to Arendal Arendal
Day 6 Day Trip to Merdø Island Arendal
Day 7 Train to Oslo  Oslo
Day 8 Explore Oslo with a Local  Oslo
Day 9 Train to Flåm and Ferry to Bergen  Bergen
Day 10 Depart Bergen  


Start off exploring Bergen on your own and with a local guide. This is the country's second-largest city, known for its fish market, Hanseatic League history, and stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. From there, you'll hop on a bus to the pretty port town of Stavanger, then ride a ferry through the Lysefjord to hike the longest wooden stairway in the world.

Continuing east, you'll stop in charming island towns along Southern Norway's popular coast like Arendal — the "Venice of Scandinavia," which used to have a series of canals until they were turned into wide streets. You'll also ferry to Merdø Island and explore the car-free culture by sunbathing on a couple of small sandy beaches or climbing rocks and boulders.

Next, board a train to Oslo and soak up the pleasures of Europe's fastest-growing capital with a new waterfront promenade, hip cafés, and summer festivals. You'll finish the adventure on the steep Flåm Railway and ferry through Norway's longest and deepest fjord to get back to Bergen for one last night in this beautiful city surrounded by seven hills. Learn more

Itinerary #6: Winter Adventure in Norway's Arctic

Norway's cities are somehow more magical in winter, a Christmas fairytale come to life. Try this winter season trip—you'll start in Oslo and travel north by train, stopping in fairytale villages, dogsledding, and (with some luck) watching the Northern Lights dance across the sky. 

Hamnoy fishing village on Lofoten Islands, Norway
Hamnoy fishing village on Lofoten Islands, Norway
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Oslo Oslo
Day 2 Oslo - Train to Røros Røros
Day 3 Dogsledding in Røros - Train to Trondheim Trondheim
Day 4 Trondheim - Flight to Tromsø - Lavvu Experience Wilderness
Day 5 Tromsø - Hurtigruten  Hurtigruten
Day 6 Hurtigruten - Explore Svolvær Svolvær
Day 7 Explore Lofoten Islands - Drive to Andenes Andenes
Day 8 Whale Watching & Snorkeling Safari Svolvær
Day 2 Svolvær - Northern Lights Excursion Svolvær
Day 2 Ferry to Bodo - Flight to Oslo - Depart Norway Oslo


Arrive in Oslo and immerse yourself in the opera houses, fortresses, and Michelin-worthy dinners this capital city is known for. On day two, it's off to Røros by train (about five hours), where you'll step off the platform and into narrow cobblestone streets, wandering between old courtyards. The entire town is a UNESCO site—its wooden structures have seen more history than any textbook could cover—and yet you'll be in good hands with plenty of restaurants, shops, and things to do.

After getting acquainted with a group of frisky huskies on a dogsledding adventure, it's off to Trondheim for a flight to Tromsø on day four. You'll sled with reindeer, sleep in a Sami tent, and (hopefully!) watch the auroras dancing above. Don't get too comfy lounging on your reindeer skin, though, as you've got a ticket on the Hurtigruten for a trip to the Lofoten Islands. You'll see Reine (the most famous of the cities, if not but visually), explore Andenes, and swim with a pod of Orcas. When 9 pm hits, jump on your horse to ride off into the Norwegian auroras, the perfect grand finale to your trip. Learn more

Itinerary #7: Aurland Valley Self-Guided Trek

This itinerary is a good taste of southern and central Norway. You'll get adequate time in both Bergen and Oslo (Norway's most populous cities), and still have plenty of reasons to keep your camera on landscape mode.  

Aurland Valley, Norway
Aurland Valley, Norway
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Oslo  Oslo
Day 2 Oslo - Train to Haugastøl Mountain Lodge
Day 3 Train to Finse - Hike to Geiteryggshytta Mountain Lodge
Day 4 Hike to Østerbø Mountain Lodge
Day 5 Hike to Vassbygdi - Ferry to Bergen Bergen
Day 6 Explore Bergen with a Local Bergen
Day 7 Bergen - Drive to Kalvåg Kalvåg
Day 8 Kalvåg - Drive to Otta Otta
Day 9 Otta - Drive to Oslo Oslo
Day 10 Depart Oslo  


After spending your first day in Oslo, you'll take the train to Finse—the highest stop on the Bergen Railway—which takes around 4 1/2 hours, leaving you enveloped in the magnificent Aurland Valley. You'll hike through the valley (there will be cozy cabins all along your way) all the way to the Aurlandsfjord, where a boat will be waiting for you. On day five, you'll board the ferry for a fjord cruise—a destination in itself—to Bergen, Norway's second-largest city.

After exploring the former capital, you'll visit Kalvåg, an old fishing village as beautiful as it is historic. Spend time kayaking the port, or take another hike up to the top of Hornelen, the tallest sea cliff in Europe (not quite 3,000 feet). Before heading back to Oslo, stop in Otta for a hike around the fjords or take a detour to Jotunheimen or Rondane National Parks—the options are many. Then it's back in Oslo for a taste of city life before heading home. Learn more

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Map of 10 Days in Norway - 7 Unique Itinerary Ideas
Map of 10 Days in Norway - 7 Unique Itinerary Ideas

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