11-day itinerary to make the most of Southern Norway the adventurer’s paradise

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At Spirit Quest Travel we are all about actively exploring the world and maximising your time in the places you are discovering. Norway is no exception to this with so much to see and experience making you wish you had all the time (and money) in the world to stay longer.

We believe that Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger are the South’s Top 3 cities to discover especially if you are hoping to hit Norway’s iconic photo stops. See below our South Norway itinerary, in a nutshell, to help you with your active adventure planning.

Day 1 Oslo


Views of Oslo from the iconic Holmenkollen

  • Arrive into Oslo
  • Settle into accommodation- We would recommend staying around Sentrum for close access to all the action.
  • Purchase your Oslo Pass–> More details can be found here
  • Activate Oslo Pass on the walking tour
  • Dinner at Grønland
  • Finish off your first night in Norway with Rooftop drinks at the Raddison Blu Hotel

Day 2 Oslo


Hang with the locals at the top of the Opera House.

  • Spend the day experiencing Oslo sightseeing. See our article how to crush your 24 hr Oslo pass like a boss for a comprehensive guide to seeing Oslo’s best attractions.
  • Conclude your busy day with drinks at the Magic Ice Bar.

Day 3 Oslo- Bergen


Enjoying the sights on the Oslo Walking Tour.

  • Catch the scenic train to Bergen- This is an absolute must for everyone to witness the vast and astonishing nature and landscapes Norway has to offer.
  • Arrive into Bergen, collect a car and head straight to Odda. You will need to get a Ferry to access Odda which is easy to navigate pain free.
  • Hike up and camp at the base of Folgefonna Glacier at Buerbreen.

Day 4 Odda – Folgenfonna Glacier


Folgefonna Glacier at Buerbreen, Odda is spectacular to see.

  • Explore Folgefonna Glacier in the early morning to yourselves before packing up and heading down.
  • Return to discover Odda town and have lunch at Odda-Grillen
  • Drive to Trolltunga after lunch to begin your trek.
  • Hike to the top of Trolltunga and camp the night. Click here for track notes and advice on hiking Trolltunga.

Day 5 Trolltunga


The stunning scenery of Trolltunga.

  • Spend the morning soaking up the views before beginning the hike down.
  • Have lunch in Odda
  • Head to the stunning town of Rosendal which overlooks the Hardangerfjorden for the evening.
  • There is no camping permitted and limited lodgings available in this town. We stayed in a more expensive hotel called Rosendal Fjordhotel AS  and we loved it. The food was devine, the rooms clean and spacious and the views are absolutely stunning. To eliminate exceeding your budget we’d recommend pre-booking to access cheaper accommodation.

Rosendal is worth the visit.

Day 6 Folgefonna Glacier Hike


Join the team from Folgefonna Breforarlag  for an ultimate day of active travel and adventure.

  • Join the Folgefonna Breforarlag team for your day discovering the Folgefonna glacier.
  • The day tour involves kayaking to the glacier followed by
  • Lunch at the base of the epic Folgefonna glacier before
  • Experience hiking in Crampons and using a pick axe on the ice for your Glacier Hike. You then kayak back to the carpark where you then
  • Return to Bergen for the evening.

Day 7 Discover Bergen


The view of Bergen from the top of Mt Floyen

  • Hike up Mount Fløyen for great views of the city and the perfect place to be when the sun does shine. There is an exciting troll park at the top for kids and the young at heart. To get there park on Dankert Krohns Gate across from St Førgens Hospital and meander up the hill.
  • Walk around the Old town
  • Explore the Fish markets
  • Go on the Fish Me seafood buffet dinner and Fjord cruise. If you don’t eat seafood then we’d recommend getting in contact with them earlier as they will provide an alternative meal option for you.
  • If seafood isn’t your scene then I’d recommend the Harbour Cafe for their delightfully, colourful salads.

Delightful Salads at the Harbour Cafe, Bergen.

Day 8 Bergen – Stavanger


Dancers Pose on the edge of Pulpit Rock.

  • Road trip, ferry or fly to Stavanger
  • Hire a car from the airport and head straight to Pulpit Rock via the Ferry.
  • Hike Pulpit Rock & camp at the top. There is limited accommodation at the base of the mountain if camping up the top is not ideal for you.

Day 9 Pulpit Rock – Flørli

Florin 4444

Views of Lysefjord from the top of Florli 444

  • Enjoy the morning on Pulpit Rock taking those iconic holiday photos.
  • Hike down and head to Forsand to catch the ferry to Flørli.
  • Check in, relax, have dinner then hike the World’s Highest Wooden stairs Flørli 4444.
  • For more information on Flørli 4444 click here.

Day 10 Hike to Kjeragbolten Rock


Courageous hikers stand on the iconic Kjeragbolten Rock.

  • Catch the first Ferry to Lysebotn to hike to Kjeragbolten. Click here for all you need to need on experiencing Kjeragbolten Rock.
  • Return to Forsand via ferry to collect your car before returning to Stavanger for the evening
  • Explore the sites and tastes of Stavanger for the night.

Day 11 Stavanger


Views of Stavanger from the Tango Roof Top Bar

  • Explore the city by day. Some key sights include; the harbour and the park boasting the city water fountain.
  • Stavanger is great for a spot of shopping and discovering the fjords.
  • Head to Tango Bar  for fantastic rooftop views, great ambience and tasty food.
  • If you’re there in July during the Food and Wine festival #spiseligbyfest then certainly stop by Helgo – for devine Seafood platters to salivate over. House of finger food is another favourite astheir crispy chicken balls are a must try.  The Fingermat Grill Tallerken  is perfect for those who want to experience everything. This dish serves a delicious crispy BBQ kongereke.

What are your Southern Norway Highlights? Where else would you recommend visiting in this area?

We would love to hear your feedback. Feel free to get in touch and share your experiences.

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