Norway

These photos were taken during my 13-day solo road trip through parts of South Norway. The itinerary started in Oslo and from there I visited Fredrikstad, Heddal, Vemork, Kongsberg, Dalen, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Bergen, Hardangerfjord, Nesflaten, Beitostølen and Lillehammer.

Oslo

Highlights

  • Folkemuseet (open-air museum with buildings from different regions and eras)

  • Viking Ship Museum (contains three Viking ships)

  • Frogner Park (with permanent sculpture installation by Gustav Vigeland)

  • Holmenkollbakken ski jump and Holmenkollen Ski Museum

  • Akershus Fortress

  • Aker Brygge (ideal for a stroll, eating out and shopping)

Tips

  • Get the Oslo Pass which includes entrance to major attractions and public transport

  • Check out Mathallen, an indoor food market, which caters to most tastes

  • Combine the Folkemuseet with the Viking Ship Museum as they are next to each other

Fredrikstad

Highlight: Old Town

Tip: The Old Town is nowhere near the city centre. Head to “Gamlebyen” by car or public transport.

Heddal

Highlight: Heddal stave church

Tip: If you want to see the inside of the church, buy a ticket first at the nearby cafe, which also has an exhibition in the basement (in Norwegian)

Vemork

Highlight: Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum. Very interesting for those who are into science and history as this location played a major role during World War II.

Tip: Be prepared for a steep walk up to the museum (not as rough as the gorge below though)

Dalen to Kristiansand

Highlights:

  • Hotel Dalen (covered in a separate post)

  • Lakes

  • Posebyen (Kristiansand old town)

Stavanger

Highlights:

  • Gamle Stavanger (old town)

  • Norwegian Petroleum Museum (which unfortunately I didn’t have time to visit. I also missed the nearby rock Preikestolen and boulder Kjeragbolten)

  • Øvre Holmegate (colourful street)

Tips:

  • If I could do it all over again, I would spend more than one night in Stavanger as there was more to see and do

  • I recommend the Radisson Blu Atlantic hotel. It’s close to the centre and has great facilities and breakfast.

Bergen

Highlights:

  • Fløyen for a hike in the mountains, meet the goats, enjoy the panoramic views

  • Bryggen (old town)

  • Edvard Grieg Museum “Troldhaugen”

Tips:

  • As Troldhaugen is 9 km from the city centre it is more convenient to stop there before heading to/upon leaving Bergen

  • Fløibanen is the funicular to reach Fløyen. Best is to book tickets in advance and skip the long queues.

  • Have a drink or food at Bar Amundsen (Grand Hotel Terminus)

  • One night in Bergen is enough

Hardangerfjord - Nesflaten - Beitostølen

Highlights:

  • Hardangerfjord

  • Waterfalls: Steinsdalfossen (possible to walk behind it and stay dry), Låtefossen, Flesefossen, Vøringfossen (a must)

Tips:

  • Planned itinerary as going back and forth is time-consuming

  • With fewer gas stations and restaurants in the area, it’s best not to push one’s luck

Lillehammer

Highlights

  • Maihaugen (open-air museum with houses from different eras, similar to the open-air museum in Oslo, includes Queen Sonja’s childhood house). There is also an indoor exhibition “We won the land” which walks you through Norway’s history from the ice age until today.

  • Norwegian Olympic Museum

Tip: There is a combined ticket for Maihaugen and the Olympic museum

This time I wanted to share a bit more than just photos. If you have visited these places and have any additional recommendations, feel free to leave a comment.

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