A road trip through the fjords of Norway is one of the main reasons so many travelers visit Scandinavia. From high mountain passes to epic boat tours, the unmatched beauty of Norway is sure to take your breath away! Join us as we share our best tips for exploring the Norway fjords as well as some interesting experiences we had along the way.
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12 Tips for the Norway Fjords
1. Embrace the Weather
The weather when visiting the fjords in Norway can be quite dramatic. One day you’ll have warm sun and a bright blue sky while the next it’s raining and cloudy. Sometimes the weather can swing wildly throughout the same day.
Understand that this is all part of visiting fjords in Norway. We actually learned to appreciate the different features of the landscape and misty skies. As long as you pack the right clothing, and don’t mind a little rain you’ll be fine!
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2. Electric Boats & Norway Fjord Ferries
It won’t be long until you are hopping on a ferry boat while driving through the fjords in Norway. Due to how the roads are designed, there are many 10-15 minute car ferries to shuttle you across the waterways.
One thing that is very unique is that many of these ferries are actually electric! Norway is known as being a leader in EV and that is seen all over the fjords. There are also electric passenger ferries that connect the roads and surrounding areas.
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3. Endless Tunnels
While there are plenty of scenic roads in Norway, one thing to be prepared for is the long tunnels. We had read there are a lot of them before our Norway road trip but didn’t realize the amount of time we’d be spending in them.
Just a friendly FYI… There are over 1,000 tunnels with a large majority of them connecting the fjords! Norway even has the longest car tunnel in the world stretching for over 24.5 kilometers.
At first, we were a bit sketched out being in tunnels going directly under the mountains for long periods. However, it was something we got used to quickly! If you’re claustrophobic or don’t like tight spaces at all you may want to reconsider how you’re seeing the fjords in Norway.
4. Bakeries Galore
There wasn’t a day that went by that we didn’t stop at one of the delicious Norwegian bakeries. Almost every town (even the small ones) had one and it was often the highest-rated place to eat in the area.
In the morning we would grab a coffee and sweet pastry, and for lunch often went for sandwiches on delicious whole grain bread. This is such a fun way to both save money and have food on the go when exploring Norway fjords.
5. Drive the Scenic Norway Fjord Routes
There are a few dozens roads spread out across the country that have been promoted for Norway tourism. They are the official scenic routes and should 100% be included in your Norway road trip!
During our one-week Norway Fjord tour drove several scenic routes and they were all insanely beautiful. When setting up your itinerary, be sure to plan around these special roadways.
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6. Beware of Road Closures
If you are visiting the fjords of Norway in swing or off-season make sure to take some extra time to research your route. This means specifically looking if the roads you’re heading towards are accessible year-round.
Part of the wild weather of Scandinavia affects many of the most popular roads, and even some of the scenic routes we just mentioned are closed during the winter months. While you can’t always plan for bad weather, road conditions are one of the reasons to visit during the summer months.
7. Pre-Book Popular Attractions
Although we do recommend seeing the Norway fjords during the summer, know that it will be very busy! The secret is out on this amazing country so prepare for potential traffic, higher prices for accommodations, and activities being booked up.
The best thing you can do to ensure an incredible visit to the fjords in Norway is to reserve things early! As soon as you know your dates, we recommend booking your rental car, popular activities, and anything else in advance.
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8. Consider Camping
One thing that surprised us about the fjords in Norway was how many campervans we saw on the road. With limited hotels in many areas, these adventure vehicles tend to sell out quickly.
Hiring a camper will give you the freedom that you won’t have with a normal car. There are fun places to park overnight right on the Norway fjords as well as very relaxed freedom camping laws around the country.
Norway Fjord Camping: If you have any tips for camping in Norway let us know in the comments! We plan to use this style of travel on our next visit.
9. Hiking & Biking the Norway Fjords
Norway is known for its incredible scenery and there isn’t a better way to experience it than by hiking or biking! There are awesome hikes in almost every Norway Fjord town with some of the most famous trails overlooking the Fjords.
Avid hikers should check out Kjeragbolten, Pulpit Rock, and Trolltunga to start! While bike lovers can cruise from Myrdal to Flam or take on the Geiranger Summit to Sea ride.
10. You Can’t See it ALL in One Visit
Norway is a massive country and there are over 1,700 named Fjords. When planning your Norway road trip it can be tempting to overpack your itinerary. Yet, you’re actually better off not doing that!
Driving between the fjords of Norway is time-consuming with long days in the car. You’ll also want to leave extra time for the unreal viewpoints and spontaneous stops that make vacation so fun.
Trust us when we say we’ve been guilty of trying to fit too much into a schedule! Just remember, it’s perfectly okay to leave something for next time.
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11. Long Sunlight Hours
If you’re planning a Norway fjord summer tour then know that you’ll have plenty of daylight to work with. In fact, during the longest days in June, you can expect up to 19 hours of sun!
This is yet another reason to visit the country between May and August. It gives you even more time to explore the great fjords of Norway!
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12. Cruising Through the Fjords of Norway
While we have talked about renting a car or campervan, there is another popular way to visit the Norway Fjords. The multi-day cruises are something to look into for a more leisurely way of traveling.
Not only are all your meals provided, but you’ll get to float right through the fjords of Norway! If you’re not much of a cruiser don’t worry. There are so many awesome boat tours to jump on to see the Norway fjords from the water.
Have any questions about this article or want to share your own fun tips for the fjords in Norway? Leave us a comment below!
Brigitte & Jake
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Norway Travel Planning
Flights: We always find deals using Skyscanner and Kayak. That’s how we got flights from Italy to Prague for under $40 USD!
Rental Car: We use Discover Cars when abroad. It is especially popular to rent a car and spend one week cruising between the Fjords.
Accommodation: Compare competitive sites for hotels such as Booking.com and Agoda. Also, Hostelworld should be your go-to source if you’re traveling on a budget.
Tours: Check out Get Your Guide for activities all over Norway. You can book everything from an Oslo pass for museums and transportation to a Bergen Fjord tour and even take a famous Tromsø Aurora Borealis Tour!
Travel Insurance: Never travel abroad without being covered. We’ve been using SafetyWing for the last few years on the road and they are there when we need them.
Packing Lists: Here’s all the inspiration you need with our Amazon packing lists! Including electronics and camera gear, must-have medical items, and long flight essentials!
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