Great Norway Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?

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The wintery wonderland of Norway has long been held in high regard for its plethora of stunning fjords and moorlands. From dramatic cliffs sloping down into deep river valleys to urban cities that are a mélange of quirky modern architecture and ornate medieval monuments, Norway is all in all a postcard-perfect destination.

Explore the bustling cities of Oslo and Bergen. Discover the archipelago of Lofoten, known for its scenic vistas and jagged peaks jutting out to the sea. While there, do not miss out on a trip to quaint fishing villages like Sakrisøy and Hamnøy. Learn more about the rich Sami culture in the country’s north and see bright streaks of the Northern Lights dance across the midnight sky in Tromsø, regarded as the capital of the Arctic.

Continue reading to find out how you can cover them all on your next trip to Norway.

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How much time should I spend in Norway?

The charming town of Stavanger in Norway
Norway may be one of the countries that possess villages that literally and metaphorically shine at night

Norway’s size (the country is slightly bigger than the US state of New Mexico) along with its well-developed transport network means that you can cover a lot of ground even if you have only one week to spend in the country. However, a couple of weeks are needed if you truly want to dive into the cultural richness of this Nordic nation and savor its natural beauty. We recommend spending at least two weeks in Norway to get your money’s worth of experience. The duration is enough to cover everything from the historic monuments of Oslo to remote coastal villages like Henningsvær and Nusfjord. Throw in a Northern Lights excursion if you wish to, or experience one of the world’s most scenic drives along the coastal road between Trøndelag and Bodø.

Discover Rjukandefossen waterfall in Hemsedal
Hike towards the mysterious Rjukandefossen waterfall in Hemsedal and get lost in its beauty

Zero in on the southern half of Norway during a trip lasting seven days or less. Discover the bustling city of Oslo on arrival before taking a train to Bergen. Soak up the vibrant facades of medieval buildings around the Bryggen wharf and ride a funicular to one of the surrounding mountains in the area. Then head out to see majestic fjords, including the stunning Hardangerfjord, located just south of Bergen.

Having spent a couple of days in Bergen, you can then wind your way up to Aurland, home to scenic hiking trails that take you past small villages and stunning landscapes. Call it an end on returning to Oslo, where you can spend your last day shopping and enjoying sumptuous fare in the city’s restaurants.

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Rjukan-Notodden in a bright summers day
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Cast your net further afield with ten days in Norway. Having soaked up the highlights of Oslo and Bergen, you can then head for Lofoten, whose jagged peaks, scenic vistas, and quaint hamlets are frozen in time are a sight to behold. The coastal town of Bodø, which is also the largest city in the region, is the gateway to Børvasstindan, a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, while Narvik and island-hopping opportunities abound in Helgeland.

Else, head for eastern Norway, a land of hidden valleys and dense forests that is also home to some of the largest ski resorts in the country. Go cruising down the canal in Telemark, which connects the towns of Dalen and Skien, and explore the lovely beaches of Kragerø. Take in the surreal views from atop Mount Gaustatoppen before heading out to discover the nature reserves of Jotunheimen, Dovrefjell, and Rondane. Hike through the numerous trails that scour the national parks and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including rafting, cycling, and climbing.

Browse through our exciting Norway itineraries for 10 days.

Norway is one of the best places to see the northern lights
You can view the northern lights from cities and the countryside

Planning to spend 14 days in Norway? Then you are in for a lot of fun. Giving Oslo a little more attention is worth it since the city is home to numerous highlights, including Vigeland Sculpture Park and Akershus Fortress. Wander among the ramparts of the fortress before checking out the Viking Ship Museum, home to numerous artifacts showcasing the history of the seafaring group.

Stavanger, located to the southwest of the capital city, is yet another must-see destination. Visit its old town, home to charming wooden buildings dating back to the 19th century, and browse through the collection of the Norwegian Canning Museum.

Fly to Tromsø, a city dubbed ‘the gateway to the Arctic,’ next. Soak up the sights of the shimmering Northern Lights and cruise past its scenic fjords. Swap stories with the indigenous Sami people and drive a reindeer sledge. Cap off the trip with a hearty meal of fårikål, a traditional Norwegian stew prepared with mutton and cabbage.

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Published by David Lee, updated on December 21, 2021
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