39 Photos from an epic Norway Road Trip!

by | Sep 20, 2015 | Latest Posts, Norway, Photography, Road Trips

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An epic 4,500km road trip through Norway saw us fall in love with its spectacular scenery and incredible natural beauty. From waking up to stunning Fjordland views to the 24 hour sunlight in the Arctic Circle, Norway quickly stole our hearts. One million pictures have been narrowed down to 39 of our best Norway photos. Enjoy!

If you are planning a trip to Norway, check out the Norway itinerary which allowed us to capture the photos! 

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1 | Lysefjord

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2 | Pulpit Rock

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Renting a Car in Norway

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3 | Fjord Views

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Don’t look down!

 

4 | Steinsdalsfossen

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5 | Snow roads

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6 | Lake Loen

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Lake Loen, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world

 

7 | Kjeragbolten

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Check out our adventures on Kjerag here

 

8 | Don’t look down!

The view from standing on Kjerag

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9 | Geirangerfjord: UNESCO No 1

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10 | Nigardsbreen Glacier

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11 | The Atlantic Road

It’s easy to see why this road was named one of the best in the world!

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12 | The Atlantic Road: take 2

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13 | Reflections

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14 | Trollstigen, the “Trolls ladder”

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15 | The Arctic Circle

Trust us, it was worth the 15 hour drive north! Check out our experience here

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16 | Hike Views

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17 | Ferry Views

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18 | Låtefossen

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19 | The Midnight Sun

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20 | Gudbrandsjuvet

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21 | Bryggen, Bergen: UNESCO No 2

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22 | The Nærøyfjord

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23 | Cabin Views

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24 | Turquoise Lakes

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25 | Laerdal Tunnel

The longest road tunnel in the world is also one of the most beautiful on the inside!

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26 | Borgund Stave Church

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27 | Bridge Views

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28 | Deserted Houses

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29 | Urnes Stave Church: UNESCO No 3

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30 | Snow Vibes

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31 | Vega Island: UNESCO No 4

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Check out our visit – why you have to visit the Vega Islands if you’re in Norway

 

32 | The Vega Archipelago

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33 | Trolls!

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34 | More trolls!

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35 | Røros Mining Town, UNESCO NO 5

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36 | Ice Lakes

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37 | Vigeland Park, Oslo

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Check out our trip to Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo – the craziest park in the world

 

38 | Northern Norway

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39 | Sunsets

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There you have it: one country, 10 days, 4,500km, 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and more incredible memories than we could ever count summarised in 39 of our best Norway photos captured during our amazing road trip through the country. Say cheese!

If we missed anywhere awesome let us know in the comments! 

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48 Comments

  1. Donna

    Stunning photos!

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    • Elaine

      Thanks Donna!

      Reply
  2. Daniel Johnson

    Wow, these are wonderful. Was driving in Norway a stress-free experience, and did you pre-book accommodation, camp, or simply find places to stay en-route?

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    • Elaine

      Thanks Daniel!

      We found the driving fine and the roads good. We didn’t pre book our accommodation but we were there outside of peak season – one thing we did find was the offices on the campsites closed quite early so we ended up pitching our tent and settling up the next morning instead. One night we really wanted a cabin as it was raining hard but we had to camp in the end as the office was closed!

      Elaine

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  3. elaine schoch

    These are great photos! The snow road image reminds me of driving up Trail Ridge Road in Colorado. It’s closed in the winter due to the snow but in the spring when it’s reopened you may find yourself driving through something similar.

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    • Elaine

      The roads are so pretty with the snow walls Elaine! Would love to see it in Colorado!

      Reply
  4. Milton

    Thank you Slartibartfast.

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    • Elaine

      Thanks!

      Reply
  5. Elisabeth

    Gorgeous pictures!
    Always thought Norway would be beautiful and a great place to travel to.
    What was your favorite place there? (Yes, sorry I know that’s a difficult question!)

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    • Elaine

      Thanks Elisabeth!

      Everything was so pretty it’s hard to choose! I really loved the the hikes to Pulpit Rock and Kjerag, Røros and the fjords! Standing in the Arctic Circle was an awesome experience as well! It was all fab but I definitely preferred being outside of the cities!

      Elaine

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  6. Mr.Loto

    I live in Italy and I was in Norway in 1991; I was in Oslo, Bergen and Cap Nord. I still remember the enormous stature of the inhabitants of Bergen.
    Nice post and beautiful pictures.

    Greetings

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  7. Ami-Diego

    What is a guy doing with kids in Vigeland Park?

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    • Nanette Nilssen

      Ami-Diego,

      Vigeland Park is filled with wonderful sculpture depicting all phases of life from babies to old folks. This father is playing with his babies! They are all over him! All the sculptures are nude, to reduce us to our common denominator of humanity.

      Nanette

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      • Elaine

        What an amazing park Nanette, we were so surprised to find it in Oslo! Thanks for the explanation on the sculptures, they are so unique and interesting!

        Elaine

        Reply
  8. Mads & Camilla

    We’re really amazed by these photos! Norway has so much to offer, and you can find such incredible nature and cities with a wonderful location. We’re talking about driving through Norway as well, and your photos have really inspired us where to go!

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    • Elaine

      Glad we inspired you Mads & Camilla! It’s a fab country for a road trip!

      Elaine

      Reply
  9. Kerwin

    I like it. It’s definitely beautiful country :-).
    Thanks for sharing these really awesome photos.

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    • David Murray

      Thanks Kerwin, I hope we’ve inspired you to visit some time!

      Reply
  10. sirilovise

    Lovely photos, though I hate to break it to you – You missed out on the prettiest spots, such as the Lofoten islands and vesterålen, the aurora in winter, the midnight sun (unless that was the “after”), the Lyngen alps, and the waiting for Rudolph & Co and Sean the Sheep to get out of the way.

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    • David Murray

      Thanks ScribblewithLiner! We can’t wait to go back to see what we missed. The Lofoten Islands is top of the list, unfortunately we lost days due to snow road closures and it was too far to drive in the two weeks we had. Can’t wait to see the Aurora!

      Reply
  11. Julius from Traveltipy

    Really great pictures! I don’t think I would be so brave to step on that stone – Kjeragbolten. 🙂

    Reply
    • Elaine

      Only one of us was brave enough Julius! And it wasn’t me!! Glad you liked the pics!

      Reply
  12. Abhinav Sood

    Amazing pictures. How long were you there in Norway??

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    • Elaine

      Thanks Abhinav, happy you liked the pics! We were in Norway for a little over a week – we did a serious amount of driving to get all the sights in!

      Elaine

      Reply
  13. Aaron Jade

    Amazing photos, straight onto my pinterest board! How cool are the snow roads? Bet it was interesting driving through those.

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    • Elaine

      Cheers Aaron! The snow roads were awesome! It was much easier to drive on them at night as the headlights were visible if a car was coming – during the day was much more difficult!

      Elaine

      Reply
  14. Anneke Reiss

    …. I SO love Norway… any picture of any view in Norway gives me goosebumps and makes me a bit homesick! great pics of many places I’ve already visited… 14 times of Norway is not enought… I will go there again!

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  15. MariaAbroad

    Oh wow, those pictures are stunning! My husband and I did a road trip through Norway and Sweden for our honeymoon and the picture of the cabins you took, look very familiar. Was that by any chance close to Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier in Norway? We got stuck there by chance and it was one of our favorite moments when we hiked up the fjord to the glacier.

    Thanks for sharing and bringing back some beautiful memories 🙂

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    • David Murray

      Thanks Maria! It was a lot of fun taking all though photos! The lake/glacier is indeed in Jostedalsbreen National Park, its called Nigardsbreen Glacier. It was one of our favourite days in Norway. The weather was terrible when we arrived (sheeting rain), but alf way through the hike the sun came out for about an hour and it was one of the most beautiful views we’d ever seen! Glad you liked the pics!

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  16. Renate

    Wow! Coming from someone who lives in this country you have really managed to capture the soul of Norway. Your photos are stunning! I almost felt a bit proud of being Norwegian after reading this blog 😛

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    • Elaine

      Thanks so much Renate, it is so amazing to read your comment! Norway was absolutely incredible from start to finish, we’re hoping to come back soon and check out some of the spots we missed 🙂

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  17. Cindy

    These are stunning! I’m planning our trip for next year but can’t decide on when – I’m thinking August/September, but I’ve read that the weather in northern Norway can get bit dodgey. How did you find it? I’m working on being in the country 3-4 weeks so am hoping to cover a fair bit of the country. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • Elaine

      Thanks Cindy, glad the pics are giving inspiration. We travelled at the start of June and I think I would prefer later in the summer with a better chance of good weather. It was still manageable but we needed our cold gear for most of the trip. We also came across one road which was still closed from winter and we had to do a bit of a detour as a result. The weather up North was fine for us, definitely cold but no rain or snow.

      Enjoy your trip!
      Elaine

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  18. Map & Fork

    Norway is really a magic place and we discovered it last month during our interrail and road trip through the country. Congratulations for the beautiful pictures!

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  19. Monica

    You missed out on Jæren. The low sky meeting the sea. The beaches. Setesdal with its old wooden houses and vally. Where is stav kirkene? The viking churches? The old Stavanger. Much more to see????

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    • Elaine

      Definitely so much more to see Monica!

      Reply
  20. Chuck

    Hi these photos are amazing! I am planning to do a 10-day trip in Norway this coming May as well. Is there a possibility that you can share with me your itinerary?

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    • Elaine

      Hi Chuck, sure we can put something together. We’re travelling at moment but will be back early April and will shoot you an email then!

      Elaine

      Reply
  21. Kate

    Wow,these photos are absolutely stunning! Norway has been on my mind a lot lately for a future trip and this post definitely convinced me. I hadn’t thought of road tripping around Norway, but I love the idea! Have you written any other posts about your trip? I would love to get an idea of your itinerary and other tips for driving around Norway 🙂

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    • Elaine

      Thanks Kate! We’re working on a Norway itienary post at the moment, it’s been a popular request from our readers! We have a posts on the Kjerag and Pulpit Rock hikes that we did – they were amazing and would definitely recommend 🙂 Check out the rest of the posts here: https://www.thewholeworldisaplayground.com/category/destinations/norway/

      Reply
  22. Sarah Moore

    Hello. What time of year did you do this trip? Thanks

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    • Elaine McArdle

      Hi Sarah, it was the beginning of June.

      Elaine

      Reply
  23. June Whitehouse

    I love Norway and these photos convey everything about Norway that stirs my soul. Places i have been to and places unknown. Have you been to the loo tens yet I would love to see that as your camera portrays
    and svalbard but there I would need sound the sound of the birds -eerie sounds.
    June

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    • Elaine McArdle

      Thanks so much June. We haven’t been to Lofoten or Svalbard yet but both are high on our list of places we’d love to visit. Such a beautiful country.

      Elaine

      Reply
  24. Sandeep

    You have a superb overview on Norway.. I have been looking the internet for a few days, I found everything on your page. Thanks for putting this together.
    One quick check what hikes would you or would you not recommend to do with a 2 year old?
    We are planning a 18 days trip during Easter 2019 (mid April to first week of May).

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    • Elaine McArdle

      Thanks for the comments!

      I would maybe skip the tougher hikes like Kjerag and Trolltunga – our little guy has only turned one so I don’t have any experience of a two year old! Some of the snow roads and hikes had just opened when we travelled at the end of May so, depending on the weather you might need to double check the routes.

      Elaine

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  25. Lissa

    Wow, your pictures are amazing and I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for the past two hours. We just booked our flight to Norway for early May to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. After reading your posts we are going to have a few road closures, sigh. I couldn’t find your itinerary, did I miss it? I can’t believe how overwhelming it is trying to plan a road trip when your not sure what roads will be closed. Thank you for sharing your amazing adventures 🙂

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    • Elaine McArdle

      Hi Lissa

      Norway is an awesome choice! We have a Norway itinerary here. You can also check out road closures here. Norway was definitely a lot of work to plan for us too but is easily one of the most beautiful places we’ve visited!

      Have a great trip
      Elaine

      Reply

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