Experience the best of Norway's spectacular fjords on this active self-drive tour. The trip starts in Norway's second-largest city (Bergen), where you'll pick up a rental car and spend several days exploring charming fjord-side villages and stopping for outdoorsy activities, like hiking, summer skiing, and kayaking. Finish the adventure traveling along Norway's longest and deepest fjord towards Jotunheimen National Park — with more than 250 peaks — to see some glaciers.
A great hike involves taking the Lysefjord ferry to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) for a moderately difficult trek on one of the most beautiful trails in the world. The trip takes about five hours roundtrip on hilly terrain, with a total ascent of 350 meters (1,148 feet). Along the way, you'll have ample opportunity to snap photos.
Of course, the most famous photo of all is from the surface of the flat plane known as Pulpit Rock, which stands 650 meters (1,981 meters) off the ground at an impossibly perpendicular angle. Standing at the edge of this inconceivable natural wonder, with sweeping panoramas of the Lysefjord laid out below, is an experience that leaves an indelible mark on the soul.
Also note that this is a self-guided seasonal hike (May through October) that is anything but solitary, as there are typically many others on the trail.
Intineraries with Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock Adventure
There are nearly 1,200 fjords along Norway's western coast and this trip covers the cream of the crop — Lysefjord, Sognefjord, and Geirangerfjord — using a mix of fun travel modes to amp up the adventure factor. These majestic gems provide the setting for activities like hiking, biking, and sea kayaking. You'll explore everything from tiny fjord-side villages to diverse cities like Oslo, Bergen, Ålesund, and Trondheim.
This active itinerary visits the best of Norway's fjords with plenty of chances to work up a sweat. See Bergen like a local before driving to Stavanger and beyond for endless scenery, hiking, and waterfall photo ops. Stop at villages along the Sognefjord—Norway's longest and deepest fjord—before visiting the glaciers of Jotunheimen National Park.