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Where to drive in Norway

While there’s plenty to enjoy in cities such as Oslo, Bergen and Tromso, it’s worth picking up a hire car to see Norway’s stunning natural landscapes. Whether you choose to journey through mountain passes, fishing villages or forests, you’re in for an unforgettable trip.

We recommend adding the following routes to your sat-nav.

The Atlantic Ocean Road

Widely recognised as one of the world’s most beautiful drives, this 106-kilometer, toll-free road runs right along the ocean edge. The route links Averøy with the mainland via a series of small islands and islets connected by eight bridges.

Geiranger-Trollstigen National Tourist Route

This feat of Norwegian engineering is the country’s most popular tourist route. This gravity-defying road cut into the mountains runs between Lake Langvatnet in Strynefjell and the Sogge Bridge in Romsdal via 11 breathtaking hairpin bends. At the top, viewpoints and steel walkways offer views of waterfalls, mountains and lush green valleys.

The Northern Lights Route

If you hope to spot the famous Northern Lights during your visit you’ll want to head towards the Alta, aka the town of the Northern Lights. Located on Norway’s northern coast, it has only 20,000 inhabitants but boasts some of the best views of the aurora borealis. Cover all bases by starting your trip in Tromso, the island city just off the mainland of Northern Norway, which is also one of the most popular spots to see this sight. The journey between the two locations takes around six hours and takes in fjords, mountains, and forests.


Around a 90-minute drive from Bergen, the Hardangerfjord is Norway’s second-largest fjord and ranks as one of the longest in the world. While you’re there be sure to visit the awe-inspiring Trolltunga cliff, Folgefonna glacier and the Voringsfossen waterfall. You could even book a fjord cruise to experience Norway’s coastline from the water.

Lofoten Islands

These islands are known for their stunning scenery, including dramatic mountains, fjords, and pristine beaches. The drive along the E10 road takes you through picturesque fishing villages and rugged landscapes. Jotunheimen National Park: Located 800 miles from Oslo, this remote archipelago offers some of the country’s most dramatic scenery. Rugged mountains, white sandy beaches and pretty fishing villages have made it a beloved spot for artists for decades. It’s the perfect spot to experience Norway’s eerie 24-hour midnight sun and a great place to hike or fish.

Wherever you decide to visit, plan your trip carefully and check road conditions before you set off.