I'll be visiting Norway starting mid-August and have basically 10 days with the goal to see fjord country, stave churches, amazing roads/views, and general beauty of the country. I will be driving because I like being able to stop when I want to stop, go where I want to go, and adjust my itinerary if so desired. Below is what I've created so far for my days in Norway and would welcome comments/suggestions and answers to questions noted.
- Days 0-2: Arrive and visit Bergen.
- Days 3-4: Pick up car in Bergen and drive to Flam (2 nights stay at Flam Hostel). Questions: A) I'm considering driving down along *Hardangerfjord** for scenery and to visit cider farms. Is this route worth the extra 1.5-2 hours or so for getting to Flam? B) Would like to do boat trip on Sogndal fjord and maybe Flamsbana train during time in Flam. Would I have time for both if I drive to Hardangerfjord first?*
- Day 5: Drive to Olden. Question: I want to first drive the Stegastein viewpoint and then to see Borgund Stave Church. Is Olden too far to consider for this day? (Look at Days 6-7 to help me make a decision on Day 5 destination).
- Day 6: Drive to Geiranger. First, do Loen Skylift and then drive to Dalsnibba viewpoint (weather permitting). Then arrive to stay 1 night in Geiranger.
- Day 7: Drive to Molde via Trollstinga. Question: Is Molde a reasonable destination expectation for this day (after driving Trollstinga)?
- Days 8-9: Drive the Atlantic Road, then head to Alesund (2 nights in Alesund). I know this road is out of the way/detour from Molde to Alesund.
- Day 10: Catch flight from Alesund to Kristiansand (for work).
General Question: I love to drive and don’t mind twisty mountain roads (lived in Colorado for years driving mountain roads, drove Beartooth pass - yes, wider than Norway roads but similar type of experience, and I also drove single tracks in Scotland). My must-do/see are Stave Churches, Trollstinga, and Fjords from up above and from the water! Knowing I have a car and like to stop and take photos, what are alternate route suggestions/stops you recommend? I have my flights booked arriving in Bergen and departing from Alesund and also my car rental. Thanks for reviewing and offering ideas.