This epic jaunt through Western Norway encompasses a slew of outdoor activities — like hiking, biking, and camping — for travelers who want to experience as much summer fun as they can fit in five days. After a night in Bergen, you'll drive through some of Norway's most spectacular scenery as you make your way to Trolltunga, Aurland, Myrdal, and Flåm. Squeeze in a speedboat ride through a UNESCO-protected fjord before heading to the airport for your flight home.

Highlights

    • Ride a funicular (or hike the trail) to the top of Bergen's Mount Fløyen 
    • Hike to Trolltunga and stay overnight in a tent (gear is provided) 
    • See views of the Aurlandsfjord from Stegastein Viewpoint
    • Take a train to Myrdal and bike through the beautiful Flåm Valley
    • Enjoy our last morning with a speedboat ride through the Nærøyfjord

Overview

With dramatic landscapes and plentiful activities, Norway is an outdoor-lovers' paradise. A major portion of this summer road trip focuses on the steep cliffs above Lake Ringedalsvatnet, as well as exploring branches of Norway's longest and deepest fjord: Sognefjord. In fact, the entire west coast of Norway is a maze of waterways, cliffsides, and mile-long views, so this drive will certainly not disappoint those who prioritize jaw-dropping views when traveling. 

But first, you'll stay overnight in Bergen and get a chance to experience the culture and historic sights of Norway's second largest city and its lively restaurants. Then grab a rental car and make your way towards Trolltunga for a 24-hour experience that includes hiking to Troll's Tongue and sleeping in a tent. Wake up surrounded by nature and continue driving towards the Aurlandsfjord (a branch of the Sognefjord) where you'll spend your last two nights. 

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bergen  Bergen
Day 2 Hike to Trolltunga - Camp Overnight Trolltunga
Day 3 Trolltunga - Drive to Aurland Aurland
Day 4 Drive to Flåm - Cycling Trip Aurland
Day 5 Fjordcruise - Depart Norway  

Day 1: Arrive in Bergen

Bergen's waterfront is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
Bergen's waterfront is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Welcome to Bergen! Situated on Norway's west coast, this small wharf city (one of the oldest port cities in Europe) is surrounded by ocean, mountains, and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest.

The cobblestoned streets are compact and walkable, so get out and explore Bergen's lively restaurants and nightlife, thanks in part to a young student population.  

If there's time, be sure to ride the Fløibanen funicular (or hike the trail on foot) to the top of Mount Fløyen -- one of Bergen's seven peaks -- for the best views of the city, and take a leisurely stroll back down the path while discovering hidden troll sculptures along the way. 

Also make sure to check out the Bryggen area of downtown to view the waterfront wooden houses that characterize the city, dating back to the 1700s (a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Day 2: Hike to Trolltunga - Camp Overnight

Wake up in a tent with these views.
Wake up in a tent with these views.

After an early breakfast in Bergen, it's time to hit the road. You'll pick up a rental car and drive 83 miles (134 km) towards Odda to meet up with a private guide for a full-day hike to Trolltunga. (Guided tours are recommended for this challenging excursion, as it requires extra gear and enough food and water for the night.) 

Starting in Skjeggedal, you'll follow the trail to Topp and continue up the mountainside to Gryteskar, where you'll get a spectacular view towards a glacier called Folgefonna. Work your way through various sections of the trail culminating with the ferrata himelstigen or "ladder to heaven". Here, you will reach the famous Trolltunga, or "Troll's Tongue" — a smooth rock formation jutting out over Lake Ringedalsvatnet. The views from here are spectacular and are among the most photographed in all of Norway. 

After completing the hike — and if the clouds are cooperating — enjoy a magical setting as you watch the sun dip to the west behind the glacier. Meanwhile, tents are pitched (gear provided) and an outdoor campfire dinner is prepared. This unique nature experience is sure to be remembered for a long time. 

Hike Duration: 8-10 hours (moderate to challenging)

Day 3: Trolltunga - Drive to Aurland

Stegastein Viewpoint near the village of Aurland.
Stegastein Viewpoint near the village of Aurland.

This morning, you'll wake up in your tent, surrounded by nature, and have time to soak in the peaceful views of Trolltunga. Enjoy breakfast at the camp before starting your descent back down to the trailhead. The trip will end around midday.

From here, you'll drive 101 miles (163 km) to the scenic Aurlandsfjord (a branch of the Sognefjord) stopping at a small village aptly named Aurland. For a bit of history, the first Vikings to set foot in Iceland were said to have set sail from Aurland over 1,000 years ago. 

If time allows, take a side-trip to Stegastein Lookout platform — a national landmark created by Todd Saunders, a well-known Norwegian architect. When you're done taking in the views from the sleek wood-and-steel design, feel free to head up the mountain for a hike.  

Finish the day with dinner at one of the area's restaurants, like Duehuset Pub with an outdoor terrace and fjord views. 

Day 4: Drive to Flåm - Cycling Trip

Bike through the lush green Flåm Valley.
Bike through the lush green Flåm Valley.

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to the village of Flåm where you will park your car and pick up a bicycle rental for the day. Bring your two wheels (and a picnic lunch!) onboard the Flåm Railway and slowly start your way up to Myrdal — a beautiful journey along one of the world's most scenic (and steepest) train rides!

When you reach Myrdal, cycle back down to Flåm at your own speed stopping to take in the views along the way. Maps will be provided so you can enjoy the day at your leisure. From here, you'll return the bike and retrieve your car for the drive back to Aurland. 

Day 5: Fjordcruise - Depart Norway

Take a boat ride in this deep blue water.
Take a boat ride in this deep blue water.

Enjoy your last breakfast of the trip before you check out of the hotel. But the adventure isn't over yet. Make the short drive back to Flåm where you will park and enjoy the fjord again — this time from the water. This fun ride, called FjordSafari, takes you through the Aurlandsfjord and a section of the deep blue UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord on an open speedboat that fits a small group (up to 12 people).

You’ll be dressed to get wet (geat provided) and accompanied by guides who know the area like the backs of their hands. They will share stories and local knowledge as you pass through small villages and waterfalls.

When you return to Flåm, head to the airport for your departure.

FjordCruise Duration: 1.5 hours

Map

Map of Nordic Adventure for Outdoor Lovers - 5 Days
Map of Nordic Adventure for Outdoor Lovers - 5 Days

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