7 Days - Norway
Instagram round trip
This round trip includes visits to the most instagrammable spots in Western Norway. You will do the unforgettable hikes to Trolltunga, Preikestolen and Kjeragbolten and visit the lovely cities Stavanger and Bergen.
Highlights on this trip
Arrive in Stavanger
Hike to Preikestolen
Hike to Kjeragnbolten
Drive to Odda
Hike to Trolltunga
Drive to Bergen
Arrive in Stavanger
Stavanger is Norway´s third largest city with around 200 000 inhabitants and it is the capital of oil in Norway.
The city is famous for its wooden houses in the older parts of the city. The word Stavanger is made up of the words steep rock (stafr) and fjord (angr).
Stavanger is the starting point for hikes to Preikestolen (Pulpit rock) and Kjeragbolten.
Stavanger is a quite small village so you will have plenty of time exploring the village in the afternoon och morning.
You will stay here for three nights.
Where to stay: Eilert Smith hotel
Hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit rock)
This is a full day (about 8 hours) including transportation. The hike is easy and 4 kilometres one way.
From Stavanger it is about one hour to the start of the hike. Go by the car ferry from Stavanger to Tau and then by bus from Tau to Preikestolen Fjellstue, the starting point of the hike. Tickets for transportation can be bought at the Tourist office in Stavanger.
If you have your own car you can bring it on the ferry and then drive to Preikestolen Fjellstue.
Lots of tourists do the hike to Prekestolen every day during summer so being either really early or late in the afternoon or evening is a good idea.
Since the nights are bright in June and July you can actually start the hike around five o´clock in the afternoon and still be safe back down at the lodge at 9 p.m.
Hike to Kjeragbolten
Kjeragbolten is a streneous hike that will take about 6-8 hours. (We will do this hike in 2020 so the information about the hike is what we have found on other web sites.)
From Stavanger to the start of the hike, Öygardsstöl, it is a little less than 3 hours drive east. If you do not have your own car you can go there by public transportation (ferry and bus).
From Stavanger, go along E39 to Ålgård where you turn left along road 45. Follow the road until you reach Öygardsstöl and Kjerag Restaurant.
You then go back to Stavanger for your last night there.
Drive from Stavanger to Odda
If you arrived in Stavanger by train or flight you shall rent a car from this day with return in Bergen.
You have a beautiful 3,5 hours´ drive ahead of you from Stavanger to Odda along the beautiful E39 and E134. You will pass across two fjords by car ferry (NOK 300) and the first ferry will take you about 40 minutes.
Take your time, there is no rush to get to Odda before bed time.
Where to stay: There are no chic boutique hotels in Odda so perhaps a night in a camping cabin (or tent) at Odda camping by the Hardanger Fjord is a nice way to save up some money. You will stay here for two nights.
Where to eat: This is not the place for foodies. A pizza before next day´s hike to Trolltunga is the perfect dinner.
Hike to Trolltunga
From Odda there is a shuttle bus to Skjeggedal. There is also a large parking at Skjeggedal (600 NOK/24 hours) if you want to go by your own/rental car.
From Skjeggedal the hike is 28 km. You can shorten the distance to 20 km if you take the bus up to Mågelitopp which will also save you some 400 metres ascent (100 NOK).
The hike to Trolltunga is streneous, especially if you do not take the bus to Mågelitopp. The well-signed path passes through high-mountain terrain.
Since the weather in the high mountains changes quickly and it gets quite cold you shall not do this hike if there is strong winds, heavy rain or fog predicted. To be sure to be able to do the hike you might have to be ready to wait until the next day if the weather is bad.
"Since the weather in this high mountain terrain
changes quickly and it gets quite cold you shall
not hike if there is strong winds, heavy rain
or fog predicted."
Down in Skjeggedal you take the bus back to Odda for one more night before driving to Bergen. Even if it is possible to drive straight to Bergen, especially since the days are long, you will probably be tired after today´s hike to Trolltunga.
About free camping at Trolltunga
One option if you have your own tent is to spend the night close Trolltunga. It takes some strength to carry the equipment all the way but it is well worth the effort. I promise! Waking up in the high mountain terrain and meet the morning or evening sun at the Trolltunga is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Read more about free camping at Trolltunga here.
There are also trips including an overnight stay including tent, sleeping bags and food (3 000 NOK per person). Then you will not have to carry anything more than your own equipment.
If you choose to sleep over close to Trolltunga you drive to Bergen when you come down the next day.
Drive to Bergen
The scenic 2,5 hours drive from Skjeggedal to Bergen passes along the Hardangerfjord, through tunnels and small villages surrounded by farms. Once in Bergen you can return your car since everything is within walking distance.
Bergen is a beautiful village. Stroll along the narrow alleys at Bryggen. Hike 30 minutes up to Flöyen to get an outstanding view of the city.
You will stay here for one night.
Where to stay: Hotel No13 is personal, has a perfect location and a great breakfast buffé. They also have family rooms.
Where to eat: There are several really nice restaurants in the city center. Try for example some reallys nice fresh fish at Fjellskål.
Probably the most perfect way ending this 7 days Instagram round trip is taking the train to Oslo. It passes across Hardangervidda and is an amazing train ride.
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