Norwegian Panorama

Travel from inland Norway to the dramatic coastline. Impressive mountains, glaciers and spectacular fjords will leave you breathless. Highlights include the Atlantic Ocean Road, the Troll Road, the Sogn Mountain Road and the Nærøyfjord. Activities like kayaking, RIB safari and glacier walk can be added.

Duration

13 days

Transportation

Self-drive

Season

Summer

Tour Type

Self-guided

Itinerary - Day by day

  • Arrival in Norway according to your own itinerary.
  • Drive to Lillehammer.
    • Driving distance from Oslo: 190 km
    • Approximate driving time from Oslo: 2 hours, 40 minutes
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Maihaugen Open Air Museum
    • Olympic Museum & Arena
  • Accommodation in Lillehammer.

Drive from Oslo, the capital of Norway, to Lillehammer, the host town of the 1994 Winter Olympics. In Lillehammer we recommend a visit at Maihaugen Open Air Museum. The museum reveals the past of the people living in the Gudbrandsdal valley dating back almost 300 years. Experience life between the wars in the inland town of Lillehammer and of homes and the domestic environment during the 20th century. Also recommendable is a visit at the Olympic Museum and the Olympic Arena (Lysgårdsbakken). Accommodation in Lillehammer.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Lillehammer to Røros.
    • Driving distance: 270 km
    • Approximate driving time: 4 hours
  • Accommodation in Røros.

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive through the Gudbrandsdalen Valley to Ringebu before continuing along the Ronde Road with views of the beautiful Rondane National Park. In Østerdalen Valley, where you have the possibility to see foxes and elks, the route continues in northern direction along Norway’s longest river Glomma to the mining town of Røros. The town is one of the oldest towns of wooden buildings in Europe, and also one of the few mining towns in the world that has been found worthy of a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The town centre boasts a rare collection of large and well-preserved wooden buildings, made all the more authentic by the fact that the people still live and work in them. Accommodation in Røros.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Røros.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Røros Mining town (UNESCO heritage site)
    • Røros Museum
  • Accommodation in Røros.

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure in Røros. Besides visiting the city and its interesting museums, the spa and pool of the Røros Hotel are worth to spend some time at. Accommodation in Røros.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Røros to Trondheim.
    • Driving distance: 160 km
    • Approximate driving time: 2,5 hours
  • Accommodation in Trondheim.

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive from Røros to Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city. The city was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997 BC, and occupies a special place in Norwegian culture and history. Trondheim was Norway’s first capital and continues to be the coronation city where Norway's Kings from Harald Hårfagre (10th century BC) to King Harald V (1991 -) have been crowned and blessed. Accommodation in Trondheim. 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Trondheim.
  • Recommended attractions:
    • Nidaros Cathedral
    • Kristiansten Fortress
    • Trøndelag Open Air Museum
    • Ringve Museum
    • Bakklandet
  • Accommodation in Trondheim.

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure in Trondheim. We recommend a visit at the Nidaros Cathedral, built over the grave of St. Olav. Next to the cathedral you will find the Archbishop’s Palace, the oldest secular building in Scandinavia. Other sights of interest are Kristiansten Fortress, the Monk’s Island, Trøndelag Open Air Museum and Stiftsgården – the Royal Residence in Trondheim. We also recommend a stroll in Bakklandet, located on the east bank of the river Nid. Here you will find old wooden buildings which were formerly worker’s dwellings but are now partly restored as homes or charming shops and restaurants. Accommodation in Trondheim.

Add extra nights in Trondheim - From EUR 69 per person per night

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Trondheim to Molde.
    • Driving distance: 300 km
    • Approximate driving time: 5,5 hours
    • Driving time and distance includes detour to Atlantic Road
    • Short ferry crossing from Halsa to Kanestraum (to be paid on spot)
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Håholmen Havstuer (Averøya)
    • Askvågen viewpoint platform
    • Bud fishing village
  • Accommodation in Molde.

Breakfast at the hotel. Today the journey continues in south-western direction to Nordmøre - a region characterized by the amazingly short distances between high mountain ranges and the wild open sea, between sheltered rural communities in fjord country and island communities with a genuine coastal heritage. A short ferry crossing from Halsa to Kanestraum (to be paid on spot) will bring you towards the klip fish town of Kristiansund. From Kristiansund continue through the underwater tunnel to reach the Atlantic Ocean Road - The 8.3 km long road is built on several small islands and skerries, and is spanned by eight bridges and several landfills. The Atlantic Ocean Road was voted "Norwegian Construction of the Century" in 2005, and is currently Norway's second most visited scenic road after the Troll Road. Continue on the scenic road via Hustad and Bud to Molde, the Town of Roses. Molde is well known for the beautiful nature surrounding it, including the Molde Panorama with its 222 mountain peaks. Accommodation in Molde.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Molde to Bøverdalen.
    • Driving distance: 265 km
    • Approximate driving time: 5 hours
    • Driving time and distance includes detour to Troll Road
    • 35-minute ferry crossing from Molde to Vestnes (to be paid on spot)
    • Short ferry crossing from Linge to Eidsdal (to be paid on spot)
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Troll Road view point
    • Norwegian Fjord Centre (Geiranger)
    • Dalsnibba viewpoint (after Geiranger)
    • Lom Stave Church
  • Dinner and accommodation in Bøverdalen.

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure by ferry across the Molde fjord to Vestnes (to be paid on spot). Continue to Åndalsnes where you will ascend the famous Troll Road. The road has 11 turns and the highest point is 858 meters above sea level. Dramatic, exciting and the ultimate nature experience - this is the best way to describe it. A short ferry crossing from Linge to Eidsdal (to be paid on spot) will bring you to the Eagle Road, with panoramic view of the Geirangerfjord. The Geirangerfjord was added to the UNESCO world heritage list in 2005, and is truly a spectacular sight with its waterfalls and steep hills. In Geiranger we recommend a visit to the Norwegian Fjord Centre, where you can learn how people lived along the steep edges of the fjords. Drive from Geiranger to Lom, where we recommend a stop at the Lom stave church. This is one of the largest stave churches in Norway and was built around the end of the 1100s. Short drive from Lom to Bøverdalen. Dinner and accommodation in Bøverdalen.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Bøverdalen to Sogndal.
    • Driving distance: 165 km
    • Approximate driving time: 6 hours
    • Driving time and distance includes detour to Jostedal
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Skjolden, RIB Safari
    • Jostedal and Nigardsbreen Glacier
    • Urnes Stave Church (if excluding Jostedal)
    • Sogn Folk Museum (if excluding Jostedal)
  • Accommodation in Sogndal.

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will start by crossing the Sogn Mountain, following one of Norway’s most scenic roads. The road climbs to 1440 metres, with superb views of mountain lakes, glaciers and snowy peaks, before descending the hairpin bends down to Skjolden at the head of the Lustrafjord. Continue along the fjord, passing by hamlets and villages that dot the shores of the green Lustrafjord. At Gaupne you have the possibility to make a detour to visit the Nigardsbeen Glacier, an arm of the Jostedal Glacier. Continue to Sogndal, a fjord village located at a side arm of the Sognefjord. Accommodation in Sogndal.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Sogndal to Bergen.
    • Driving distance: 250 km
    • Approximate driving time: 4 hours
    • Short ferry crossing from Fodnes to Mannheller (to be paid on spot)
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Flåm and Flåm Railway
    • Stegasteinen view point
  • Accommodation in Bergen.

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart towards Mannheller where a short ferry crossing (to be paid on spot) will bring you over Sognefjorden to Fodnes. Continue through the 25 km long Lærdal tunnel. Before reaching Flåm, it is worth to take a detour up the windy road to Stegasteinen view point for a marvellous view on Aurlandsfjorden. We also recommend a stop in Flåm where you can take the famous Flåms train up and down to Myrdal (please see experiences for further details and prices). After this stop, head towards Gudvangen and the amazing Stalheim canyon with its hairpin road (can only be driven in downwards direction when weather permits) before reaching Bergen. Accommodation in Bergen. 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Day at leisure in Bergen.
  • Recommended attractions in Bergen:
    • Bryggen Wharf
    • Fløibanen funicular
    • Edvard Grieg’s home Troldhaugen
    • The Fish and Flower market
    • Old Bergen Open Air Museum
  • Accommodation in Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure to explore Bergen, Norway’s second largest city and the world’s only city surrounded by 7 mountains and 7 fjords. Sights of interest include the Hanseatic Bryggen Wharf, Fløibanen funicular, Edvard Grieg's home Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum). Accommodation in Bergen.

Add extra nights in Bergen - From EUR 69 per person per night

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Bergen to Geilo.
    • Driving distance: 240 km
    • Approximate driving time: 4,5 hours
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Steindalsfossen Waterfall
    • Hardangervidda Nature Centre (Eidfjord)
    • Vøringsfossen Waterfall
  • Accommodation in Geilo.

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive from Bergen towards the Hardanger fjord. Stop at Steindalsfossen waterfall just before reaching Norheimsund, a waterfall that you can walk behind. Continue to Bruravik, from where you will cross the Hardangerfjord on the impressive Hardangerfjord bridge, which opened in August 2013. The Hardanger region is famous for its fruit orchards, and in May you can experience the beautiful apple blossom. Just past Eidfjord you will have the possibility to stop at the Hardangervidda Nature Centre, which gathers and distributes knowledge about interaction in nature and human activities. Ascend the Måbødalen Valley, but make sure to stop at the spectacular Vøringsfossen Waterfall, with a fall of 182 metres, before continuing across Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, with its snow capped mountain peaks. Accommodation in Geilo.

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive from Geilo to Oslo.
    • Driving distance: 250 km
    • Approximate driving time: 4 hours
  • Recommended stops along the way:
    • Torpo Stave Church
    • Vassfaret Bear Park (Flå)
  • Recommended attractions in Oslo:
    • Vigeland Sculpture Park
    • Viking Ship Museum
    • Oslo Opera House
    • Kon-tiki Museum
    • Munch Museum
  • Accommodation in Oslo.

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive from Geilo to Torpo, where you will find Torpo Stave Church from the 12th century. Continue via Gol, through the beautiful Hallingdal Valley and along Lake Tyri, to Oslo. The Norwegian capital is beautifully situated at the head of the Oslo Fjord and surrounded by forested ridges. Oslo offers many well know sights such as the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum, the Munch Museum and Oslo Opera House. Accommodation in Oslo.

Add extra nights in Oslo - From EUR 89 per person per night

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Departure from Oslo according to your own itinerary.

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Oslo according to your own itinerary.

Tour category

Scandic Victoria

Silver

Accommodation at good tourist class hotels equal to 3 to 3+ stars according to Scandinavian standard.

Inside cabin included during overnight cruises.

See Silver accommodation

Clarion Collection Hotel Hammer

Gold

Accommodation at 4 star hotels or at unique properties, like historic hotels or manor houses, selected for their atmosphere.

Outside (seaside) cabin included during overnight cruises.

See Gold accommodation

Services included:

  • 12 nights hotel accommodation in a standard room with private shower/WC, including breakfast.
  • Dinner at Elveseter Hotel in Bøverdalen. 
  • Electronic travel documentation, including a detailed travel itinerary and travel vouchers.
  • Additional services included for Tour Category GOLD only:
    • Category GOLD hotels (accommodation in standard rooms

Rental car is not included in our self drive tours since many travellers prefer to bring their own car.

  • Rental car companies at Oslo Airport Gardermoen include: AVIS (www.avis.no), Budget (www.budget.no), Europcar (www.europecar.no), Hertz (www.hertz.no), Sixt (www.sixt.no).