How to Travel in Norway and Explore the Most Beautiful Norway’s Fjords

Norway is known for its spectacular nature defined by fantastic land and seascapes and one-of-a-kind fjords. The easiest way to tour in Norway, especially in summer, is by joining an escorted group. If you like independent travel, my recommendation would be renting a car and driving through this beautiful country.

I suggest starting your tour in Bergen and staying there for two nights. On the third day drive east over the Kvamskogen mountain pass to Norheimsund, a small town on the west bank of the Hardangerfjord. The Hardangerfjord is the second largest fjord in Norway. You will drive along the Hardangerfjord going north, passing small towns, farms and many fruit orchards. It is especially pretty in the spring and early summer when the mountains are snowcapped and the orchards are in bloom. Stay overnight in Ulvik, the pearl of Hardanger.

Next day head north up the many switchback turns past Skjervefossen waterfall to Voss. From Voss, continue north, passing Tvindefossen waterfall, then across the Vikafjell mountain (watch out for goats on the road) to the small town of Vik on the Sognefjord. The Sognefjord is the largest fjord in Norway and the second largest in the world. Don’t miss the beautiful Hopperstad stave church in Vik! From Vik head north to Vangsnes where you catch the ferry to Dragsvik, then a short drive to Balestrand where you spend your fourth night.

On the fifth day drive north over the mountain and along the Jolster Lake to Skei, then continue to Olden. Take a short side trip from Olden to the Briksdal valley and the Briksdal glacier, an arm of the Jostedal glacier, the largest glacier in Continental Europe. Continue on to Loen for overnight stay.

Next day drive north to Stryn and over the Strynefjellet mountain pass to the small town of Hellesylt on the Geirangerfjord. This is probably the most photographed fjord in the world. It is not very long, but very dramatic with steep cliffs on either side. Take the car ferry from Hellesylt to Geiranger where you stay overnight.

In Geiranger, take a little side trip north, driving up the many switchbacks to Ornesvingen for a great view and photo opportunity. Back in Geiranger, head east driving up the switchbacks to the top and stop at Flydalsjuvet for another photo opportunity. You will recognize the view from many posters and postcards!

Leaving the fjord country behind you, head east, climbing up to Grotli, Lom and Vagamo. You are now in the Gudbrandsdal valley, halfway between the Jotunheimen National Park and the Rondane National Park, with stunning mountain peaks on either side. The valley becomes more lush and green as you head south to the Olympic city of Lillehammer, a great place to spend the night.

Next day, stop by the Maihaugen, Northern Europe’s largest open air museum, a folk museum with a collection of 200 buildings dating from year 1200 up to modern days. Drive south to Oslo where you spend your last night or two.

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