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Alternatives to road closures for drive from Trondheim to Bergen to Oslo

Hello all,

I am planning for my honeymoon and originally planned the below itinerary. We planned to do a couple of scenic drives including National Tourist Routes Atlanterhavsvegen, Trollstigen and Sognefjellet. While the Atlanterhavsvegen route looks like it will remain open in early May, I don't think the Trollstigen and Sognefjellet routes are opened during that time, based on past years' open and close dates. With the road closures, are there workarounds to still see the beautiful fjords? Alternatively, are there other places that might be a good visit in that area? I appreciate any feedback on how to plan this part of our trip better.

4 May: Leave for Trondheim and stay for the night
5 May: Leave for Kristiansund and stay for the night
6 May: Leave for Alesund and stay for the night
7 May: Leave for Geiranger and stay for the night
8 May: Leave for Sogndal and stay for the night
9 May: Leave for Flam and stay for the night
10 May: Leave for Bergen and stay for 1 night (Car rental ends upon arrival into Bergen)
11 May: Bergen or Oslo?
12 May: Oslo
13 May: Oslo - end of trip

Thank you in advance!

Posted by
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So this is a breakneck pace! I assume that you are wanting to drive in order to see the scenery based on your route?
I can speak to several of the legs of your trip.
Personally I would skip Kristiansund - there is literally NOTHING to see or do in that town unless your into the local, dried fish they are famous for. There is a whole museum dedicated to it. The town itself is not charming...the economy seemed to be quite depressed when we were there with many empty storefronts. Just keep driving straight to Alesund...on the way stop in at the stave church at Kvernes and drive the Atlantic Ocean Road. You can do both of these if you get an early start.
Plan 1: If you skip Kristiansund you can sleep in Alesund, then drive the Trollstigen Road the next day, stay in Geiranger that night, take the ferry through the fjord the next day, and then drive to Sogndal.
Plan 2: Like you guessed the Trollstigen Road could very well be closed still...some years it does open early but it's a total crap shoot...for your sake I hope it is! It's one of the best drives in the world.
If not...you can drive to Hellesylt from Alesund and take the ferry through the Geirangerfjord to Geiranger. It's the best fjord to see IMHO! The car/tourist ferry starts operation April 1 so you should be fine. After that you can drive to Sogndal and continue on.
You can definitely do this itinerary but, honestly, I think you're trying to do too much. It won't be restful! Checking in and out of hotels every day and driving for most of each day sounds exhausting to me.

Posted by
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I totally get the desire to see a lot, but I have to agree with Anita that all these one-nighters will wear you down. I would think about ways to condense your route a bit. For example, Sogndal and Flam are fairly close to one another. Maybe pick one and stay there two nights, then explore by car during the day? You might also consider staying in Alesund for three nights instead of Trondheim/Kristiansund/Alesund. Alesund is a great base for seeing the sights in that area.

I did a similarly aggressive driving route in 2014 (Oslo > Andalsnes > Solvorn > Bergen > Eidsdal > Setesdal Valley; I only stayed multiple nights in Oslo, Bergen and Setesdal) because I wanted to see EVERYTHING and I ended up wishing I'd spent at least a couple nights in each spot. I love a road trip and seeing the spectacular sights while driving was part of the pleasure of it, but I still wish I'd slowed down a bit.

Sorry, don't know much about alternatives to closed roads. Good luck!

Posted by
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Based on statistics and travel dates:
Fv 63 Trollstigen, closed
Fv 63 Geiranger – Langvatn, closed
Fv 55 Sognefjellet, open
Fv 13 Gaularfjellet, open
Fv 51 Valdresflye, open
Fv 243 Aurlandsfjellet (Snowroad), closed
Fv 258 Gamle Strynefjellsvegen, closed