Sognefjord Road Trip

Sognefjord Road Trip Photo - Øyvind Heend - Visitnorway.com

SEASON: April - October    DISTANCE: 688km    FERRIES: 3    CAMPING: 250nok/night    HOTELS: 1200nok/night    CAR HIRE: 2000nok/week

The Sognefjord Road Trip takes you around this king of Norwegian Fjords.  Stretching 204km inland, the surrounding area is some of the wildest and most beautiful scenery in Norway.

At its deepest, Sognefjord plunges over 1,300 metres towards the centre of the earth and the mountains rise out more than 1,700 metres towards the heavens.

Incredibly, the most narrow point in one of the fjords most famous arms, Nærøyfjorden, is only 250 metres wide and the fjord as a whole is listed on UNESCO's list of world heritage sites.

Road Trip Suggestions

DAY 1. Voss

The drive from Bergen Airport to Voss takes around 1hr 45mins.

Voss is another of Norway's little gems for outdoor pursuits.  You will find hiking, biking, rafting, fishing and skydiving.

For those not quite up to jumping out a plane, you can book a lesson in the wind tunnel with VOSSVIND to recreate part of the sensation.

An hours drive, passing Skjervsfossen and crossing the Hardanger bridge, lets you visit Hardangervidda Nature Centre and Vøringfossen waterfall.

DAY 2. Flåm

The hours drive along the E16 to Flåm passes several waterfalls including Tvindefossen and Kjellfossen.

Once in Flåm you can explore the fjord by boat or kayak.  Hike to the viewpoint at Stegastein, or drive to Undredal and check out the Stave Church built in 1147.

Billed as one of the most scenic rail journey's in the world, the 20km long Flåmsbana line is a must see for most people visiting the area.

With up to 10 departures a day in summer, the round trip to Myrdal takes around 2hrs with a 5 minute stop at Kjosfossen waterfall and 10 minutes in Myrdal. Timetable and prices.

Day 3. Flåm - Nigardsbreen
Flåm to Nigardsbreen takes around 2hrs 40mins and you start off by driving through the worlds longest tunnel from Laerdal to Aurland (24.51km). A quick detour to Borgund Stave Church is an option here, but it is in the opposite direction to Nigardsbreen. At Breheimsenteret, the museum and visitor centre for Nigardsbreen glacier, you can learn about how the landscape was formed and book guided tours of the glacier. visit website  N.B Breheimsenteret is only open 1.May - 27.Sept
Day 4. The Waterfall Path

The Waterfall Path from Gaularfjell to Viksdalen is 21km long and passes 14 waterfalls and 7 lakes.

Although quite a distance, the hike is relatively easy, and well signposted.  You can of course do as much or as little of the route as you please, with parking and start points at Tornestølen, Longestølen, Likeholefossen waterfall, and Eidal.

DAY 5. Viksdalen - Bergen

Driving via the Lavik to Oppedal ferry, the trip back to Bergen should take roughly 3hrs 30mins.

DAY 6. Bergen

Surrounded by seven mountains, Bergen is a vibrant city with small-town charm and atmosphere. The passionately patriotic locals are proud of their history and cultural traditions, and only too happy to direct visitors to their favourite local attraction.  Check out some of our favourite things to do in Bergen.