I decided to split this article in three parts as it is quite long. The first part will cover from my home town to the end of the Kjeragbolten hike, the second part will cover from the Trolltunga hike to the end of the Via ferrata in Loen and the last part from The Geiranger Fjord to the way back home. In the last one, there will also be the budget you’ll have to consider while doing a road trip in Norway.
(In this article will be the points in green)
- Hirtshals (Not worth staying long. If you have time before your boat leaves, go to Skegan, 50 minutes away)
- Kristiansand (Sleep)
- Road 44 (Helleren; Songdalstrand; Hafrsfjord (Swords in Stone))
- Lysefjord, Kjeragbolten camping (Check the weather before choosing going to Kjeragbolten or Prekeistolen first. It would have saved us time for the Prekeistolen hike)
- Prekeistolen Hike
- Kjeragbolten Hike
- The Touristic 13 road
- Buer Glacier
- Trolltunga Hike & here
- Lovanet Lake
- Via Ferrata in Loen
- Maloy (Whale rock)
- Geiranger Fjord
- The Atlantic road
- Box in the mountain
Day #6 — On our way to Odda
Next stop was Odda and its camping next to the Trolltunga hike. On our way there, we (and you too if you go there because it’s on Road 13) started to see a huge smoke in front of us, like a water smoke. It was like we were entering a waterfall. And it was almost that. On our right, a waterfall was pouring its water under the road. The scenery was magical (except for the many tourists).
Before checking in at the camping, we stopped by the glacier that is a few kilometers after. It’s called Buer. The guys went up the road by foot (another hike – if I recall it’s two hours one way) but not to the top of the glacier and I stayed next to the river to make a timelaps.
The Glacier is really nice. I would have love to have more time to hike up to see it from closer.
We slept at the Odda Camping for two nights, the night before the hike and the night after.
Day #7 — The Trolltunga Hike
Day #8 & 9 — On our way to Bergen & Bergen
The day after the Trolltunga we drove to Bergen. I couldn’t realize that we’ve only been gone for less than a week and we already did all the three hikes we were supposed to do! We saw so many things in a short period of time. Norway is a beautiful country.
We spotted two waterfalls to see on our way to Bergen.
One of them is called the Vøringfossen waterfalls. It has a total drop of 182 meters and is on the top 100 of the highest waterfalls in Norway.
You have to go up a small road (as usual) and the two point of views are from above. We thought it would be more impressive than that, it was like the fall was missing some water.
The other waterfall we wanted to stop to is clearly on the road to Bergen and is called Steinsdalsfossen Waterfalls. You cannot miss it! It was going to be a fun stop: we were going to walk behind the fall.
Once again, it is really impressive how much water can fall in a second. It was a nice short stop. There is a small museum next to the waterfall and you can stop to eat there.
We had nowhere to sleep in Bergen but on our way there, our friend found a couchsurfing for us three.
We stayed there for two nights. Our host were really nice and visited the city with us! They even introduced us to a quizz night (it was in norwegian but it was still fun!)
Bergen is so charming. The old city is beau-ti-ful, especially when it’s sunny at sunset. The light is incredible. I love the small streets, the wooden houses, the colors.
The city itself is quite active because there are a lot of students there. It is the second city of Norway after Oslo. We could see people dancing in the street like they had a class, students disguised for their first week of school (in Norway they start school the week before the last week of August).
I’m currently writing a complete article about Bergen. I’ll update the link as soon as I’ll post it!
Day #10 — From Bergen to Loen
Then we went back on the road. Our trip was not over at all yet. We stopped in a town called Loen. A lake right next to it has the most beautiful color. The blue-green I’ve seen in Banff.
Anyways, we slept there two night, in a camping that is the garden of someone very nice. We were by the lake in front of mountains. The owner of the place even went fishing and lend his fishing stuff to another couple that was here too. Well they had to eat something else for diner though.
Day #11 — Via Ferrata in Loen & the Kannesteinen Rock
My boyfriend and our Swedish friend went to Loen to do the Via Ferrata there (We didn’t only go there to see the lake) and I went to see a strange rock in Maloy that looks like a whale tail and is called the Kannesteinen rock.
People also say it looks like a heart or a mushroom. It was shaped by the water beating against the rock for a thousand years. To see it, you will have to go through slippery rocks thanks to the water. The road that goes to the Kannesteinen is narrow and scared the hell out of me. I didn’t want to ruin the car that wasn’t mine.
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