Being one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, Norway has lots of attractions that you do not want to miss. However, due to its vast surface area, is it doable in a single trip? Good planning is the key to see all these attractions in a short period of 2 weeks. Here’s a list of top attractions this amazing country has to offer and how to see them all in two weeks without rushing and fully enjoying the breathtaking scenery:
Atlantic Coast Highway
This stretch of highway is both architecturally unique and very scenic. There are a bunch of opportunities to stop along the way, and do short hikes up and around some hills. If the tide is high enough, big waves of water splash all over the highway, making it an adventurous ride.
450 steps to this amazing lookout over Alesund is so worth it. If you don’t feel like walking, you could also get on a bus tour or drive up there yourself.
Known as the most beautiful railway in the world, Flamsbana takes you from the town of Flam to Myrdal which is only accessible by this rail. This 60 minute ride has breathtaking scenery and stops at Myrdal where you’ll find a lady singing and dancing near the waterfall. This is something you can only experience in Norway, thus it’s not to be missed.
Just driving to this amazing lookout is an adventure in itself. With its narrow and winding road rapidly gaining altitude, your heart will pound at times when you look down to the Naerfjord. Don’t forget to stop midway for unobstructed views of the fjords and villages beneath you. Stegastein lookout, which is made of glass, sticks out from the platform giving you an amazing panoramic 360 degrees view.
Alternateively know as the snow road, this amazing road is covered in snow even in the summer. You will experience the most amazing views on this route.
This 25 km long tunnel is the longest land road in the world. Connecting Flam to Lærdal, this tunnel is worth experiencing when in Norway. There are green illuminating light patterns spread periodically across the tunnel which makes it fun to drive and non monotonous like some other tunnels.
Surrounded with snow capped mountains in all directions, this fjord is listed as a UNESCO heritage site. Here, you can kayak, take a ferry or cruise and stroll around in the charming little town of Geiranger. This Fjord is also home to Storseterfossen seven sisters which is a gorgeous waterfall about midway along the fjord. Few minutes drive up the hill takes you to Flydalsjuvet, which has amazing aerial views of Geirangerfjord.
When driving from Alesund to Geiranger, this is right on the way, has stunning views of Geirangerfjord towards Geiranger and where the fjord bends and changes direction.
At an altitude of about 5000 ft above sea level, Dalsnibba is considered the highest drive able look out point over a fjord in the world. You will be driving up on many hairpins with sharp turns while experiencing temperature drop as you make your way up. At the summit, you will enjoy snow capped mountains even in the summer with amazing views of Geirangerfjord down below.
Also called the old town of the second largest Norwegian city Bergen, Bryggen is one of the most popular attraction in Norway and dates back to the 12th century. Walk through and around the colorful houses of Bryggen, exploring the little shops and cafes in the area. Also, when in Bergen, not to be missed is the fish market, Bergenhus Fortress and Floyen lookout point.
An easy hike of about 2 hours one way takes you to this stunning rock overlooking the Lysefjord. From Stavanger, a ferry and bus ride takes you to the starting point of this hike. It’s mostly uphill to the rock but the path is well maintained and wide enough for a comfortable walk. At the top, the views are pretty impressive and that short hike will definitely feel worth it.
Old town of Troindheim has colorful wooden houses right by the Nidelva River. While enjoying the picturesque view from the Old town bridge, you can also enjoy little cafes and shops beautifully situated along the cobblestone streets of Bakklandet.
This is basically a zigzag road that is really fun to drive and then you can enjoy the aerial view from the viewpoint. Also one of the more popular attractions in Norway.
Stalheim Valley View
Enjoy the most breathtaking valley view from a deck of Stalheim hotel. This deck is open to the public from 9 am to 6 pm.
Norway in a nutshell
This popular tour includes cruising the Aurlandfjord from Flam to Gudvagen, then taking a bus back to Flam. This can all be self guided, just make sure to buy the tickets online at least a few days prior.
Capital of Norway, Oslo is a large cosmopolitan city with so much to see and do. Some of the popular attractions include Akershus Fortress, Vigeland sculpture park, Royal Palace, Opera house, Oslo Harbour and not to be missed is the changing of the guards which takes place at 1:30pm everyday.
These unique churches are believed to have been built as far back as the 1100s. Made of wood, these are seen mostly in small villages across Norway. Even though they were built in different areas around Europe, Norway has the most, about 25 stave churches that have been preserved till date. Make sure you visit at least one of them when in Norway.
Lake Loen area
Extremely serene and pristine, this area is full of fun and adventurous activities. You can take a cable car up to a 1110m high mountain and para glide back down, hike to a breathtaking glacier or bike around Lake Lovatnet.
>>You only have 2 weeks and you want to see them all? This Itinerary below is perfect to cover all above mentioned top attractions in Norway<<
Day 1 & 2: Start from the town of Troindheim. If you are arriving in Oslo, you can board a short flight to Troindheim or take the night train. Rent a car in Troindheim airport or the city center, close to the train station depending on where you arrive. Spend the rest of the day touring Troindheim. Popular attractions here include Bakklandet, Old town bridge, Nidaros Cathedral and Kristiansten Fortress. Stay in Troindheim.
Day 3: Drive Troindheim to Alesund via the Atlantic Coast Highway. This will take up your whole day. Spend the night in Alesund.
Day 4: Stroll around the Art Nouveau town of Alesund all morning and afternoon. After lunch, hike or drive to Mount Askja for an amazing panoramic view of the city and the surroundings. Spend another night in Alesund.
Day5: Drive from Alesund to Geiranger via Trollisten. Explore and spend the night in Geiranger.
Day 6: Enjoy Geirangerfjord, stroll around the village of Geiranger, then drive to Loen taking a detour to Dalsnibba. Spend the night at Loen.
Day 7: Explore the beautiful Loen area. Drive/bike along Lake Lovatnet, or drive along olden lake to the glacier and back. Drive from Loen to Flam. Spend the night in Flam.
Day 8: Today you are going to do all the attractions covered in Norway in a nutshell that includes cruising Aurlandfjord, scenic rail from Flam to Mydal, Borgund Stave Church, Stegastein, Aurlandsvangen and Lærdalstunnelen. Spend the night in Flam.
Day 9: Drive from Flam to Bergen stopping at Stalheim Hotel for the Valley View. Explore Bergen. Popular attractions include Bryggen, fish market, Fløibanen Funicular.
Day 10: Return you rental car and take the ferry from Bergen to Stavanger. Fjordline takes about 5 hrs from Bergen to Stavanger for about $30 per person. Explore Stavanger in the Afternoon/Evening.
Day 11: Stavanger to Pulpit rock tour. Hike to pulpit rock. Spend night in Stavanger.
Day 12: Explore Lysefjord or hike to Kjegbolten. Take the night train to Oslo.
Day 13: You have a whole day to explore Oslo.
Day 14: Fly back
If you have some more days in Norway, add Lofoten Islands to the beginning of this itinerary i.e spending first few days in Lofotens then taking the night train from Bodo to Troindheim. See my posts below to plan your trip to the Lofoten Islands:
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