10 days in Norway… the options are countless one of the simplest ways to explore this excellent nation.
We have now been to Norway twice and after each journey we wrote a 10 day Norwegian route. One route plan covers solely the fjord space, from Stavanger to Ålesund, with epic hikes, fjord cruises, canoeing and more. Our second route covers northern Norway, ranging from Tromsø and passing by way of the islands of Senja and Vesteralen to the islands of Lofote.
After publishing one other route, we frequently get questions on the right way to combine both. How are you going to visit for 10 days in Fjord and Lofoten Islands?
This article has a number of concepts on how to do that. One route plan is extra focused at hikers, and the second route plan is aimed toward seeing a number of the most essential highlights in the Fjord area.
Because I combine two 10-day routes into one 10-day itinerary, you must surrender
Anybody who takes me thus far: for those who assume you’re coming again to Norway (and you trust me, after your first visit, dream of going again), skip the mixture routes in this article and concentrate on only one area on the first trip. It's simpler to plan, cheaper (because you take less flights) and extra usually satisfying as a result of you might have a more peaceable experience.
But when you’ll take just one journey to Norway, you might need to
Svolvaer Flolvaer seen from Lofotensaar
About this itinerary
Greatest time to go
This route is greatest for June throughout October and October. Climate and snowfall will trigger some climbing trails not to open until June. Some roads might be closed late till spring, such as the Trollstige, a steep, iconic, round street close to Geirangerfjord.
These route plans are designed for street visitors
Automotive Rent provides more flexibility than public transport. It’s attainable to go to public transport and if you need to know more about how I can do this, I like to recommend visiting the Visit Norway web site.
With a purpose to travel between Fjord and northern Norway, I like to recommend flying. You’ll be able to travel by practice, however in the event you only have 10 days to save lots of time, you’ll lose worthwhile time
South of London to Lofoten Islands, you’ll be able to in all probability guide flights with multiple stop. Many flights cross via Oslo or Bodø to the Lofoten Islands. Complete flight occasions can range from three to 7 hours, relying on the day and departure schedule and the final destination.
Mainly touring from Fjord to Lofoten Islands can take a lot of the day.
10 Days in Norway: Sampling Routes
# 1 Epic Trekking in the Fjord Region
This route is aimed toward hikers. You’ll be able to hike three of Norway's most iconic hikes, Kjeragbolten, Pulpit Rock and Trolltunga, visit Stavanger and lovely Bergen and spend three days on the Lofoten Islands.
In the event you plan to comply with this route, you need to do it between June 15th and September 15th until you propose to hire a Trolltung hike.
Day 1: Arrival to Stavanger
Most international flights arrive in Oslo.
Carry a rental automotive at both Stavanger Airport or Stavanger
Sleep in Stavanger. We have now stayed at Comfort Square Lodge. This modernly adorned lodge (fascinating paintings) is situated in the guts of Stavanger.
Day 2: Climbing to Kjeragbolten
Complete Driving Range: 292 km (together with Lyseveggen Tour)
Complete Driving Time: 5.5 hours
Start early. You possibly can take pleasure in breakfast in your lodge and then take the Kjeragbolten mountaineering trail. Two and a half hours from Stavanger to Kjeragbolten (140 km)
This is an unimaginable hike. In reality, it's considered one of our favorite, ever. You simply do not check how courageous you’re at Kjerag, however the terrain is uneven. Even when you can't rise up on the hill, this is nonetheless an epic hike.
Mountaineering in Kjeragbolten is a 12 km round trip and takes 5-7 hours.
In case you are doing a great time, contemplate this scenic detour. You possibly can drive down (and then again up) Lyseveggen Street, a slender street with 32 hairpin turns, a mean slope of 9.4%, and a peak difference of over 800 meters (2,600 ft) over 5.eight km. And if it's not crazy enough, there is a tunnel at the backside that turns 340 levels.
When you're ready for this adventure, as we have been, turn left once you pull out of Kjerag's parking zone and you start taking place this windy, reverse street. This street connects the Kjeragbolten parking zone to the city of Lysebotn
Return to Stavanger
Day 3: Mountaineering to the Rock, Driving to Trolltung
Complete driving distance: 225 km
This is one other lengthy day there’s plenty of driving. Nevertheless, the Pulpit Rock hike is short and candy and one among Norway's most popular hikes.
Begin in the present day. Take the ferry from Stavanger to Tau and then drive to Pulpit Rock parking space.
Climbing to Pulpit Rock is eight km (5 miles) round trip and takes a complete of 4 to five hours, much less time if
Midnight crowds at Pulpit Rock in August.
Because this hike is so common, it's necessary to start out at present. Not only are you able to keep away from the crowds on the path, but the early start may also offer you extra time to drive to Trolltung.
After the hike, you possibly can drive across the towns near Trolltung. I like to recommend staying in Odda or Tyssedal. The shrine from the Rock automotive park goes to those two cities for 4 hours.
Day four: Trekking Trolltunga
Trolltunga is another Norwegian hike whose reputation has elevated via Instagram in current years. Since we did this hike in 2013, numerous modifications have taken place. The cable automotive has been dismantled and a brand new street to the higher parking area has been added. Now it is potential to bypass the first great climbing of the hike and drive it as an alternative.
In case you are walking the entire trail to and from Trolltung, it is 22 km (13.6 miles) spherical journey at 900 meters. It's an enormous day, which is why we give you the entire day to do this hike. Nevertheless, should you park in the upper batch, you’ll remove probably the most troublesome a part of the hike and save about 1.5 hours.
Just like the Kjeragbolten hike, the surroundings along the route is breathtaking. The trail ends in the Troll language, a rock that’s good for pictures
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Day 5: Drive to Bergen, Visit Bergen
Complete driving distance: 140 km
Complete driving time: three hours
Driving in Bergen in the morning. The station is 140 km from Tyssedal and takes 3 hours.
Spending the Finish of the Day in Bergen. Lunch in the fish market, wander the cobbled streets, take the cable automotive to the hillside along the perfect views of Bergen and discover Bryggen, situated at the harbor towns of the harbor.
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Day 6: Fly to the Lofoten Islands
At this time you fly from Bergen to the islands of Lofoten.
There are two airports in the Lofoten Islands. Svolvaer Airport is situated in Svolvaer in the north of the Lofoten Islands. Leknes Airport is situated extra centrally on the Lofoten Islands. Ideally, fly to Leknes as a result of it is centrally situated.
Once I was in search of flights from Bergen to the Lofoten Islands, I couldn't discover direct flights. Most flights went by means of Oslo or Bodø. Bodø is a city on the continent that isn’t removed from the islands of Lofoten. You possibly can fly to Bodø and take a ferry to the Lofoten Islands, but flying from Bodø to Leknes or Svolvaer is probably quicker.
Three airways fly to Lofoten Islands: Wideroe, Norwegian Airlines and SAS. We have now flown all these airways and we now have had good experiences from every of them.
You’ll be able to seek for flights with Skyscanner. I also just like the Wideroe web site. The Wideroe website provides you flight connections with Norwegian Airways and SAS
Flights can take between three.5 and 5 hours from Bergen to the Lofoten Islands. Average flight prices range from $ 200 to $ 450 per individual in the summer time months
If you find yourself in the Lofoten Islands, decide up a rental automotive and quiet down in the lodge and if in case you have additional time, take a look at the world.  Day 7, eight, and 9: The Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten Islands can seem like a small map, but there’s a lot to do right here. Most of the greatest issues are between Svolvaer and the town of Å.
It might take some time to go from face to face (going from Å to Svolvaer for just over 2 hours). However what it is! It appears that there’s another nice view of every arc of the Lofoten Islands
Lofoten Islands are situated in an arctic circle, but here you may be hotter than you anticipate. The nice and cozy Gulf Stream stream retains the temperatures average. Temperatures in the summer time months differ between 13 and 24 ° C (60-75 ° F). From late Might to mid-July, you possibly can enjoy the midnight sun.
You’ve gotten three full days in your journey to the Lofote Islands. Throughout this time, discover the fishing village, stroll the paths, benefit from the scenic places and go to the seashore. Yes, seashore. They are great here! For most individuals, it might be too cold to get water, but the white sand seashores and aquamarine waters are nice
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View of Kvalvika Seashore from Ryten
Design a time if you're here. You’ll be able to spend the day in Svolvaer (mountaineering Svolvaer Floya and / or mountaineering Svolvaergeita) and Henningsvaer. On Day 2, you possibly can hike one or two climbing trails (Ryten, Reinebringen and Festvågtind all make good decisions). On Day 3, explore the historic Nusfjord, explore Uttakleiv and Haukland Beaches, go for a second trail and explore Hamnøy and Reine.
Day 10: Fly House
For the Lofoten Islands to go away, the best choice is to fly from Leknes to Svolvaer in Oslo and then fly residence here. Alternatively, you may as well take a ferry from Moskenes to Bodø and fly right here. Ferry visitors takes 3 hours and might be fairly tough at occasions.
For those flying to a different vacation spot than Europe, you could not be capable of travel from Lofoten Islands to a world vacation spot all the same day. On Day 9, you need to journey to Oslo and day 10 to fly residence (or proceed your journey) right here. This is simply one thing to maintain in thoughts when taking a look at flights
# 2 Highlights in Fjord
This route will provide you with three days on the Lofoten Islands and four days in the Norwegian Fjord.
to spend time in the Fjord space on climbing trails, go to Ålesund, drive to Trollstige, take a look at the gorgeous Geirangerfjord, do Norwegian Nutshell and go to Bergen. When you like the thought of doing a bit of hike, you are able to do it in Geirangerfjord, Åndalsnes and Lofoten Islands.
Day 1: Arriving at Ålesund
Arrive in Oslo and take a flight to Ålesund. Spend the evening in Ålesund
Day 2: Ålesund, Trollstigen and Geirangerfjord
Complete driving distance: 194 km
Complete driving time: 3.5 hours
Spend one or two hours exploring Ålesund. It’s a very small city and you don't need to see it for a very long time. Don’t forget the view of Fjellstaste over this magnificent view of the town
Panorama between Ålesund and Åndalsnes
Ålesund, drive to Åndalsnes. Lunch in town and contemplate the spectacular view from the Rampestreken viewpoint. It's a turbulent uphill stroll once you get there at 700 meters. It takes about three hours to go back and forth, however on a clear day the views over the world are great.
This viewpoint is situated on the Romsdalseggen Ridge Climbing Path. You don't have enough time to walk the whole trail at this time because it takes eight to 9 hours, but this attitude provides you a really comparable view of
from Åndalsnes, drive to Trollstigen. Trollstigen (Troll Ladder) is one among Norway's most popular stations
Traveling in this course, driving to Trollstigen. From above, you’ll want to stay in the view you take pleasure in.
Finally go to Geirangerfjord and verify your lodge. We stayed at Lodge Utsikten. This lodge gives nice views of the Geirangerfjord at the very least when the climate is obvious (we were not so comfortable)
Day 3: Geirangerfjord
Geirangerfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Website and one in every of Norway's most lovely fjords. If you find yourself right here, you possibly can go canoeing, discover the brief climbing trails, discover the fjord and discover the town of Geiranger
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Day 4: Drive to Flåm
Complete Trip: 280 km
Complete driving time: 6 hours
The space between Geiranger and Flåm is 280 km and lasts 6 hours. It might sound like numerous time, and that is, however there are some things alongside the best way
Viewpoint. Just south of Geiranger, drive Norway's highest street so far. It gives nice views of the Geirangerfjord. That is value it solely on a clear day. We did this on a rainy day and we solely noticed clouds
Previous Strynefjell Mountain Street and Buldrefossen. A scenic drive along excessive mountain roads and a fast waterfall.
Middle of Jostedalsbreen National Park. Stay here to study glaciers. Jostedalsbreen is the most important glacier in continental Europe
If you find yourself in Flåm, you will stay in the lodge.
Day 5: Norway in the nutshell and Bergen
Complete driving distance: 167 km
Complete driving time: 2.5 hours
The Norwegian Nutshell tour has a very fashionable tour for the first time for Norwegian guests. This tour includes a cruise to Naeroyfjord (another UNESCO website and Norway's narrowest fjord) and Aurlandsfjord, a rail link to and from Myrdal, and a powerful view of the Naeroydalen Valley from the Stalheim Lodge.
You’ll be able to ebook a whole tour of the Norwegian tour on the Nutshell web site. Since you’ve gotten your personal automotive, you can save money by financing it yourself.
You possibly can drive from Flåms in Flåmsbana to Myrdal and back. This practice experience takes about 2 hours for a spherical journey and is described as one of the lovely practice journeys in the world.
Additionally at Flåm you’ll be able to cross at Naeroyfjord and Aurlandsfjord and then return to Flåm by bus. This spherical trip takes 2.5 hours.
In fact you don't need to cross fjords and experience in Flåmsbana.
Flåm drives west to Bergen. You possibly can shortly drive around, the place you possibly can drive the Stalheimskle, one of many steepest roads in Europe, to the Stalheim Lodge. From the lodge you possibly can take pleasure in a powerful view of the Naeroydalen Valley. This fast tour can also be a part of Norway's Nutshell tour. Because you’ve gotten a automotive, you can do it yourself, and you don't need to pay additional for this.
View of Naeroydalen Lodge in Stalheim
from the Stalheim Lodge goes to Bergen for 2 hours.
Come to the lodge and spend the night learning Bergen
Day 6: Bergen, flying to the Lofoten Islands
Spend the morning in Bergen. Within the afternoon, fly to the Lofoten Islands and settle in the lodge.
Day 7, eight, and 9: Lofoten Islands
Tour of the Lofoten Islands.
Day 10: Fly House
Begin your journey residence (or proceed to your subsequent destination)
Know Earlier than You Go
Flight Delays to / from Lofoten Islands
Poor weather disturbed our flight plan on the day we left the Lofoten Islands.
We traveled from Lofoten Islands to Gdansk, Poland. Rainy climate canceled our flight from Leknes. We have been in the buses to Svolvaer, we ran a brief bounce to Bodø and took one other flight to Oslo. From Oslo we flew to Warsaw and then to Gdansk.
Lofoten islands haven’t any unusual flight occasions, and luck is that we’ve accomplished it in our planned day in Gdansk (although much later at night time and four flights in at some point… sure, it took four flights to get us from Svolvaer to Gdansk)
Learn how to change this route
More time on the Lofoten Islands. We spent 5 days right here and we might have liked extra time. Additional days provides you with more time for climbing and more "standby time" if in case you have wet days once you're here.
Tromsø. Two more days you’ll be able to drive from the islands of Lofoten to Tromsø and spend someday in Tromsø
Oslo. Add a day in Oslo to start out or finish the ticket to get around the metropolis.
Atlantic Street. Atlantic Street is another very scenic drive in Norway. On route # 2 you possibly can add someday and carry Atlantic Street from Ålesund
Hike Romsdalseggen Ridge. In Route # 2, you’ll be able to hike to Romsdalseggen Ridge, a challenging but spectacular hike from Åndalsnes. To do this, you propose to remain in Åndalsnes before and after the hike. Learn more concerning the Romsdalseggen hike.
Much less time
I don't advocate this route until you have got a full ten days.
The Lofoten Islands have rather a lot to see and do, and it is well worth the time and value of flying right here, I recommend you’ve got a full three days
It's virtually unimaginable to shorten the Fjord area of these routes with out creating long days filled with long stations and packed
Ramberg Seashore at Lofotensaar
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