Travelers to Norway typically plan a trip for 5 to 7 days when combining both Oslo and Bergen with Balestrand. If you're not interested in Balestrand, 5 to 6 days is enough for your Oslo and Bergen trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as 4 days. Read on for the best itineraries including Oslo and Bergen and beyond.

How many days do you need?

  • Most travelers spend 5 or 6 days in Oslo and Bergen combined
  • Visiting Oslo and Bergen in just 4 days is possible, but will feel rushed
  • With 7 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip 
  • The most common extensions are Balestrand, Aurland, and Tromsø

How Many Days Should You Spend in Norway?

Recommended Itineraries for Oslo and Bergen

Recommended Itinerary for 5 Days

The Sognefjord, Norway's longest, deepest fjord.
The Sognefjord, Norway's longest, deepest fjord.
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Bergen Bergen
Day 2 Explore Bergen with a Local Bergen
Day 3 Ferry to Flåm - Train to Oslo Oslo
Day 4 Explore Oslo's Hidden Gems with a Local Expert Oslo
Day 5 Depart Oslo  


Discover lively cities and breathtaking scenery on this short 5-day journey through southern Norway. Start on the coast, where you’ll spend two nights exploring the cobbled streets and colorful waterfront districts of historic Bergen. Day three takes you deep into the fjords, where you’ll sail through the spectacular Sognefjord before hopping on the famous Flåm Railway for a steep, scenic ride through mountains and waterfalls. End your adventure in Oslo to celebrate the vibrant culture and cuisine of Europe’s fastest-growing city. Read more

Recommended Itinerary for 6 Days

The historic Bryggen district along Bergen's picturesque wharf
The historic Bryggen district along Bergen's picturesque wharf
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Oslo Oslo
Day 2 Explore Oslo with a Local Oslo
Day 3 Transfer to Flåm - Fjord Cruise Bergen
Day 4 Explore Winter in Bergen with a Local Bergen
Day 5 Fjord Cruise to Mostraumen Bergen
Day 6 Depart Bergen  


Prepare to discover Oslo and Bergen's charm and culture as you explore the city by public transport during a local-led tour in both cities. You'll travel by train from Oslo to Bergen, with a stop in Flåm, on one of the world's steepest and most beautiful journeys that winds past lush fjord landscapes, gushing waterfalls, and steep, snow-capped mountains⁠. In Flåm, you'll go on a fjord cruise past some of the highest peaks in the region—before heading to Bergen where you'll discover the city's magical layout and history during a local tour—as well as go on a second fjord cruise past Mostraumen and finally to Modalen. Read more

Extended Itineraries

5-Day Itinerary Including Balestrand

The historic Bryggen district along Bergen's picturesque wharf.
The historic Bryggen district along Bergen's picturesque wharf.
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Oslo Oslo
Day 2 Train to Flåm - Ferry to Balestrand Balestrand
Day 3 Fjord cruise to Fjærland - Ferry to Bergen Bergen
Day 4 Explore Bergen with a Local Bergen
Day 5 Depart Bergen  


This five-day jaunt covers a great deal of Nordic ground, visiting the country's two largest cities and its longest and deepest fjord. Start in Oslo before taking a scenic train and ferry to the fjord-side village of Balestrand. Continue north to Fjærland before getting on another boat—this time to Bergen, a historic wharf city and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read more

5-Day Itinerary Including Aurland and Geilo

Ferry through the Sognefjord to reach the city of Bergen.
Ferry through the Sognefjord to reach the city of Bergen.
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Oslo Oslo
Day 2 Train to Geilo - Hiking Geilo
Day 3 Train to Flåm - Transfer to Aurland Aurland
Day 4 Aurland - Ferry to Bergen Bergen
Day 5 City Tour - Depart Bergen  


This Nordic adventure covers several key highlights in a short amount of time, starting in Europe's fastest growing capital. Next, hike in Norway's mountainous interior before taking the scenic Flåm Railway towards the western coast. Finish with a ferry ride through Norway's longest and deepest fjord (Sognefjord) to get to Bergen—a colorful waterfront city surrounded by seven mountains. Read more

7-Day Itinerary Including Aurland

One of many small villages on the Sognefjord.
One of many small villages on the Sognefjord.
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Oslo Oslo
Day 2 Explore Oslo's Hidden Gems with a Local Expert Oslo
Day 3 Flåm Railway - Riverside Farm Lodge Aurland
Day 4 Aurland Slow Travel Aurland
Day 5 Aurland - Sognefjord - Bergen Bergen
Day 6 Bergen City Tour Bergen
Day 7 Depart Bergen  


This relaxing weeklong journey starts in the capital city of Oslo before heading west, via the steepest train in Norway (Flåm Railway). From here, embrace the slow-paced local culture of Aurland while staying two nights at a secluded and upscale lodge that serves organic cuisine. Take part in some light hiking and paddling and then cruise the Sognefjord by ferry, finishing the adventure in scenic Bergen — Norway's UNESCO-listed second largest city surrounded by seven mountains. Read more

How to travel between Oslo and Bergen

Traveling from the 288 miles (464 km) from Oslo to Bergen is very straightforward. Oslo and Bergen are the biggest cities in Norway, and traveling between the two destinations is quick and easy by plane. The flight is less than an hour. Going by train or taking a road trip is considerably longer—six to seven hours without stops—but this is a scenic journey that travelers should consider if time isn't a limiting factor. Read more

Map

Map of Oslo & Bergen: Best Itinerary Ideas
Map of Oslo & Bergen: Best Itinerary Ideas