On this trip, you get to truly experience the best of fishing, Norwegian traditions and discover scenic views including the unique fjords. Driving from the capitol Oslo and down south, you will encounter the southern picturesque villages before ending up at historical Boen Manor House for a few day of guided fishing in the Otra River. You'll then head through the Setesdalen and visit Flåm, where you'll enjoy a Næroyfjord Cruise and travel along the historic Flåm Railway, before heading back to Oslo.

Highlights

  • Stroll through the narrow streets of Kragerø
  • Catch a large trout at Boen Manor House
  • Go rafting through the Otra River's wild rapids at Troll Aktiv
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Nærøyfjord
  • Travel along the historic and scenic Flåm Railway

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival - Drive to Kragerø Kragerø
Days 2-3 Boen Manor House - Salmon Fishing Kristiansand
Day 4 Troll Aktiv - White Water Rafting Evje
Day 5 Drive from Evje to Flåm Flåm
Day 6 Næroyfjord Cruise - Flam Railway Flåm
Day 7 Drive to Oslo Oslo
Day 8 Depart from Oslo  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - Drive to Kragerø

Houses facing the water in this coastal town
Houses facing the water in this coastal town

After arriving at the Oslo airport, you can pick up your car and start the scenic drive from Oslo to the village of Kragerø. 

The charming coastal town of Kragerø has beautiful surroundings and a fabulous cluster of islands just off the coast, with no less than 495 islands, islets, and reefs.

Kragerø is the furthest town south in the county of Telemark and is home to around 11,000 residents. The atmosphere of Kragerø is an attraction in itself. Narrow streets and alleyways spread from the harbor through the town, with galleries and parks within easy walking distance.

You'll spend the night at the Kragerø Resort Hotel.

Driving time: 3 hours
Driving distance: 163 miles (262 km)

Days 2-3: Boen Manor House - Salmon Fishing

The fresh water of Tovdalselva River famous for salmon fishing
The fresh water of Tovdalselva River famous for salmon fishing

Situated just a mile or so away from the coast of Southern Norway, you'll find the elegant and quaint Boen Manor.

Previously, the estate was inaccessible for the public but in 2012 the estate opened its doors for private arrangements. Today, after extensive restorations and upgrades, the manor is a true gem within the region. A traditional park surrounds the beautiful manor and the house welcomes its guests to large, bright rooms and parlors. The interior of the manor creates a classical, yet distinct environment for private festivities and corporate events.

From a historical perspective, salmon and timber established the foundation for Boen. The Tovdalselva River runs through the property and provides the opportunity to combine social arrangements with exciting salmon fishing.

You'll spend the next two nights here and get a true introduction to the art of salmon fishing.

Driving time: 2 hours
Driving distance: 92 miles (148 km)

Day 4: Troll Aktiv - White Water Rafting

Travelers enjoy the thrill of white water rafting

This morning, you'll leave the idyllic Boen manor house and head up the mountain towards Evje.

After arriving at the activity center, Troll Aktiv, you'll get the chance to check in to your cabin. There are a variety of activities to do here that will keep you busy over the next day including biking, hiking, kayaking, and rafting. White water rafting in the Otra River is an exciting and highly recommended activity for your first afternoon.

For the rafting excursion, you'll need to bring your own swimsuit, takkies (wet shoe rental is available), and a towel. The activity organizers will supply you with a CE approved life jacket, a splash jacket, a wetsuit, and a helmet. The two available times to go rafting are 10 am and 2 pm.

After your two to three-hour rafting excursion, you'll have some time to go biking on one of the forest trails or choose another activity that interests you.

Driving time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Driving distance: 44 miles (73 km)

Day 5: Drive from Evje to Flåm

The waterfalls are worth stopping for and taking pictures
The waterfalls are worth stopping for and taking pictures

Today, you can expect a lot more sightseeing as you head further up the mountains into the region of Setesdalen, including spotting some of Norway's oldest houses along this route.

You'll also pass through the national park of Hardangervidda which offers ample opportunities for photo stops along the way. We suggest you make a stop for lunch at one of the beautiful spots along this route. The typical svele (a Norwegian batter based cake) and some other traditional food from the region are highly recommended.

As you reach the other side of Hardangervidda, you will find yourself in Norway's region of fjords where you'll pass by waterfalls and majestic scenic nature.

In the afternoon you will arrive in Flåm where you'll check into your hotel, order dinner, and settle in for the evening.

Driving time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Driving distance: 259 miles (417 km)

Day 6: Næroyfjord Cruise - Flam Railway

The Flam Railway
The Flam Railway

After breakfast, you'll head out in time for a scenic cruise on the Næroyfjord. The cruise will start by sailing through the idyllic Aurlandsfjord, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The boat then continues through the narrow Næroyfjord before arriving in Gudvangen. The entire trip takes about four hours, so you'll spend most of your morning soaking up the beauty of your surroundings. 

You'll return to Flam by bus and get some lunch before your next adventure where you'll board the Flam Railway. As one of the world's steepest train rides, this journey presents you with endless idyllic scenery, including small villages in the remote countryside. At their highest point, the tracks will take you 4000 feet (1220 meters) above sea level.

Day 7: Drive to Oslo

Views of Hallingskarvet National park
Views of Hallingskarvet National Park

It's time to head back to Oslo. You can expect another, final scenic drive through Norway's spectacular countryside.

You'll pass over the Hallingskarvet National Park and several ski resort areas. If you have time, you can make a quick stop at the park, which has lovely hiking trails that vary in length and difficulty.

You'll arrive in Oslo in the afternoon. After checking into your hotel, you'll have some free time to make the most of the bustling nightlife of the capital city.

Driving time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Driving distance: 196 miles (315 km)

Day 8: Depart from Oslo

Oslo port at night
Oslo port at night

You can enjoy your last morning in Norway by walking around Oslo, relaxing in a café, or visiting local boutiques where you'll find one-of-a-kind souvenirs.

You'll drive back to the airport in time for your flight, and to drop off your rental car.

Map

Map of Norway Road Trip: Kragerø, Kristiansand, Evje, Flåm, and Oslo - 8 Days
Map of Norway Road Trip: Kragerø, Kristiansand, Evje, Flåm, and Oslo - 8 Days