Norway:
Romantic Road Trip

At a peek

Location:
Southern Caribbean
Capital:
Willemstad
Official Languages:
Dutch, Papiamentu, and English
Currency:
Netherlands Antillean Guilder (ANG), U.S. Dollar widely accepted
Best Time to Visit:
March – October
Average Temperature:
Around 32°C/82°F
Culinary Highlight:
Keshi Yená – a cheese stuffed traditionally with chicken and vegetables
Unique Feature:
Famous for its vibrant, colorful architecture and unique blue liqueur production.

If you’re searching for the perfect romantic escape, look no further than Norway. This beautiful country in Northern Europe offers an array of breathtaking landscapes, cozy accommodations, and unforgettable experiences for couples seeking both adventure and tranquility. We recently started on an incredible road trip from the south in Oslo, journeying west to the national parks and the Atlantic coast, and then heading north to the enchanting Lofoten Islands.

And, we tried something crazy – we did this 4500 kilometer journey all with an electric car, but more on that later.

Imagine waking up to the serene beauty of Norway’s fjords, with their deep blue waters surrounded by snowy mountains and lush greenery. Norway’s fjords are perhaps its most iconic feature, providing a stunning backdrop for romantic adventures. For those who love the idea of discovering hidden gems, the Lofoten Islands are a dream come true. This archipelago, known for its dramatic peaks, sheltered bays, and fishing villages, felt like a world away from the ordinary.

Our road trip through Norway was a paradise for couples seeking both adventure and relaxation. Its awe-inspiring fjords, beautiful islands, and inviting cabins created the perfect setting for our getaway. Whether you’re looking for exhilarating outdoor activities or peaceful moments of solitude, Norway promises a journey that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

But what truly made our journey unique were the unexpected moments and hidden gems we discovered along the way. Stay tuned as we share both, our detailed tips and personal experiences, revealing how we navigated the stunning landscapes and cozy retreats of Norway with our trusty electric car. Trust us, you won’t want to miss the adventures and surprises that made this trip unforgettable.

At a peek

Location:
Scandinavia, Europe
Capital:
Oslo
Official Languages:
Norwegian
Currency:
Norwegian krone
Best Time to Visit:
Depending on the region you are going to visit
Culinary Highlight:
Gjetost, a caramel-like cheese made from goat milk, sometimes mixed with cow milk.
Unique Feature:
Norway is known for its vibrant, colorful architecture, especially in cities like Bergen and Oslo.


Things to do

Exploring Norway’s Vibrant Cities: Oslo, Trondheim, and Molde

As part of our incredible road trip through Norway, we had the pleasure of exploring some of the country’s most bueatiful cities: Oslo, Trondheim and Molde.

Oslo: The Heart of Norway
Our adventure began in Oslo, Norway’s capital. This city perfectly blends modernity with history, providing a fascinating start to our trip. The locals are also really friendly. Make sure that you don’t miss Vigeland Park and the Viking Ship Museum. Next, head to Aker Brygge, a waterfront district filled with cafes and stylish restaurants. Enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk with stunning views, especially in the evenings.
The fact that there is literally nowhere to park your car in the city center is a drawback if you are planning a road trip. Our recommendation: Park in the areas where parking is allowed or at the hotels own parking garage and use public transportation to explore the city.

Molde: The City of Roses
After exploring the western part of Norway and one of the biggest glaciers in Europe, our journey took us to Molde, a picturesque coastal town known as the City of Roses, offering a relaxing atmosphere.
Enjoy the Molde Panorama: Molde is famous for its panoramic view of 222 mountain peaks. We drove up to the Varden viewpoint and were rewarded with a spectacular sight of the mountains.

Trondheim: A Historical Gem
From Molde we continued our journey towards the western coast and the famous Atlantic Ocean Road. After that we drove to Trondheim, a city known for its vibrant student population and rich historical sites.
Nidaros Cathedral: This magnificent Gothic cathedral is the northernmost of its kind in the world. Also make sure you don’t miss ‚Bakklandet‘ when you are in Trondheim. This historic district is full of traditional wooden buildings. We spent an afternoon exploring its cafes, boutiques, and the Old Town Bridge, which offered a perfect view of the river and city.

But a road trip is not a road trip without national parks. Stay tuned and let’s continue with the beautiful nature of Norway.

Explore Norway’s National Parks and Scenic Drives

For couples who love nature and adventure, Norway’s national parks provide the perfect environment for a romantic getaway. Among the most stunning are Jotunheimen National Park and Nigardsbreen National Park, each offering unique landscapes and unforgettable experiences. Here are some of the best activities for couples to enjoy in these breathtaking natural wonders.

Jotunheimen National Park: A Hiker’s Paradise
Jotunheimen National Park is home to some of the highest peaks in Northern Europe, making it a paradise for hiking enthusiasts. There are countless chances for exploration and adventure thanks to the park’s striking mountains, lush valleys, and crystal-clear lakes.

Nigardsbreen Glacier: A Season-by-Season Natural Wonder
Welcome to the Nigardsbreen Glacier in Jostedalsbreen National Park, one of Norway’s most breathtaking natural wonders.
Seasonal Differences: Nigardsbreen Glacier offers something unique in every season. In spring, as temperatures rise, the surrounding valleys turn green, making it an ideal time for hiking. By May, the first guided glacier tours often start. Summer is the peak season, with mild temperatures and easy access to the glacier, perfect for guided hikes and a boat ride on the lake. Autumn brings a tranquil atmosphere with fewer crowds and stunning fall foliage. The glacier remains accessible until late October.

Nigardsbreen Glacier is located in the Jostedalen Valley, approximately 300 kilometers from Bergen. The most convenient way to reach the glacier is by car.
To walk on the glacier itself, you must join a guided tour. These tours provide the necessary equipment and expertise to safely navigate the glacier. We advise signing up for the guided tours as soon as possible. The lake was still frozen when we visited the Nigardsbreen Glacier in May, so there was no boat ride available to the glacier. So we decided to start hiking. Our 1.5-hour hike to the glacier took us along paths covered in ice and snow. The hike was both challenging and rewarding, offering incredible views of the glacier and its surroundings. The return hike took another 1.5 hours, making it a total of 3 hours.
We highly recommend packing good hiking shoes, as the trail can be slippery and uneven due to the lingering snow and ice. Proper footwear will ensure a safer and more comfortable experience as you navigate the beautiful yet rugged terrain.

Scenic Drives in Norway: The Atlantic Road, Trollstigen, and Sognefjellet
Norway is known for its stunning scenic drives. In this chapter, we’ll explore three of the most famous routes: the Atlantic Road, Trollstigen, and Sognefjellet.

The Atlantic Road
The Atlantic Road (Atlanterhavsveien) is one of Norway’s most spectacular and interesting scenic drives, stretching 8.3 kilometers across a series of islands and islets connected by eight bridges. This road offers dramatic ocean views and a sense of adventure as you drive right over the waves. We’ve posted some stunning drone footage of the bridge on social media and invite you to check it out on our Instagram.

Trollstigen: The Troll’s Path
Trollstigen, also known as the Troll’s Path, is a serpentine mountain road. This road offers awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. However, it’s essential to note that Trollstigen is subject to seasonal closures due to snow and ice.
Our Experience: We visited Trollstigen in early May, only to find that it was still closed. It’s crucial to check the road conditions and opening dates before planning your trip. We were still able to capture some stunning images and videos of the valley, though.

Sognefjellet: The Roof of Norway
The highest mountain pass in Northern Europe, the Sognefjellet, rises to a height of 1,434 meters, or roughly 4704 feet, above sea level. This route offers stunning views of glaciers, mountains, and alpine landscapes. Driving this scenic road requires careful planning, especially if you are using an electric vehicle.
Sognefjellet usually opens at the beginning of May and was the most interesting route we explored. However, in case you opt for an EV, it’s crucial to fully charge your vehicle before ascending, as there are no charging stations at the top. Your electric vehicle will use more energy when you drive up the mountains. You can see how high the snow was at that time in the image on the right-hand side.

Seasonal Considerations
When planning to drive these scenic routes, always check for seasonal restrictions. High-altitude roads like Trollstigen and Sognefjellet can be closed due to snow, typically from late autumn to late spring. It’s essential to plan accordingly and verify road conditions before your trip.

Lofoten Islands: A Romantic Getaway for Couples

If you’re searching for a truly enchanting destination for your next romantic escape, the Lofoten Islands in Norway should be at the top of your list. This breathtaking archipelago provides the ideal balance of adventure and peace for couples. It is renowned for its dramatic peaks, secluded bays, and charming fishing villages. Here are some of the best experiences for couples to enjoy in the Lofoten Islands.

Visit the Picturesque Fishing Village of Reine
Reine is often described as one of the most beautiful villages in the world, and it’s easy to see why. Wander through the colorful wooden houses, enjoy a fresh seafood meal at a local restaurant, and take in the stunning views that surround you.

Hike to the Summit of Reinebringen for Panoramic Views
For couples who love a bit of adventure, hiking to the summit of Reinebringen is a must. This hike, although challenging, rewards you with some of the most breathtaking views. Standing atop Reinebringen, you’ll be treated to panoramic vistas of the village below, the surrounding fjords, and the peaks that make the Lofoten Islands so unique.

Relax on the White Sandy Beaches of Haukland and Uttakleiv
The Lofoten Islands are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Norway, and Haukland and Uttakleiv are two of the best. These white sandy beaches with crystal-clear waters are ideal for a relaxing day by the sea.
Here’s our insider tip for you: visit Uttakleiv to witness and enjoy the most breathtaking sunsets.

Experience the Midnight Sun or Northern Lights
Depending on the time of year you visit, the Lofoten Islands offer two extraordinary natural phenomena. In the summer, you can experience the Midnight Sun, where the sun never sets, allowing for extended days of exploration and adventure. In the winter, the Northern Lights dance across the sky, creating a magical and unforgettable experience.


Our Top 3 attractions In Norway

Whale Watching

See whales & Orcas

3,5 hours
Coffee and Tea
Including Warm flotation suits and life jackets

Guided Hike Tour

to Pulpit Rock

Private tour
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration: 9 hours

Fjord Cruise

Explore Bergen’s fjords

4 hours
Boat tour
Easy to reach

How to plan your trip

Planning a trip to Norway is exciting, and the vast variety this big country offers makes the adventure even more special. Here’s a straightforward guide to booking your journey to this stunning Scandinavian destination.

When it comes to choosing the best time to visit Norway, you need to consider the region and activities you want to experience. Norway has distinct seasons, each offering unique attractions. The summer months, from June to August, are the most popular times to visit. You will have long, bright days during these months, particularly in the northern regions where you can see the Midnight Sun. This period is perfect for exploring the fjords and hiking in the mountains. During our trip to Norway in May, we didn’t see the full Midnight Sun, which peaks from late May to mid-July. However, the sky remained bright all night, providing us with extended daylight.
From December to February, Norway is transformed into a snow-covered paradise during winter. Who want to see the Northern Lights in places like Tromsø or the Lofoten Islands have the best chance of doing so during this time of year.

Being ready for variable weather conditions is an essential piece of advice for anyone considering a trip to Norway. Particularly in the coastal and mountainous areas of the nation, the weather can be highly variable. Even in summer, temperatures can be cool, and rain showers are common. Packing layers, waterproof clothing, and sturdy footwear will ensure you’re comfortable regardless of the weather.
Always check the weather forecast and be ready for sudden changes, especially if you’re planning outdoor activities.

Flights

This chapter will include our advice on how to book flights to Norway, a list of the main airlines that operate there, and information on important airports to be aware of so that your trip starts off well.

Booking a flight to Norway is the first step in your adventure. With numerous airlines flying into the country, you have plenty of options to choose from. We opted for a direct flight with SAS to Oslo Gardermoen Airport, the main international gateway to Norway.

Major Airlines overview:
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS): SAS provides a wide range of domestic and international routes.

Norwegian Air Shuttle: Known for affordable fares, Norwegian Air Shuttle provides a budget-friendly option.

Widerøe: For those looking to explore different parts of Norway, Widerøe’s extensive domestic network is ideal.

Lufthansa, KLM, and British Airways: These major European airlines also offer flights to Norway.

US airlines: US airlines also provide service to Norway. While direct flights may be limited, many options are available with transfers operated by partner airlines.

Major Airports in Norway
Understanding the major airports in Norway helps in planning your trip effectively. Choosing the right airport is essential, depending on where you want to begin your road trip or which area you want to visit. The following are the main airports you should know about:

Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL): Located about 50 kilometers north of Oslo, this is the main hub for international flights.

Bergen Airport, Flesland (BGO): Serving the southwestern part of Norway, Bergen Airport is perfect for those looking to explore the famous fjords.

Trondheim Airport, Værnes (TRD): For exploring central Norway, Trondheim Airport is a great entry point. This is also a good place to start a road trip to Lofoten Islands.

Tromsø Airport (TOS): The gateway to Northern Norway.

Our adventure began in Oslo, arriving at Oslo Gardermoen Airport, we faced efficient services and easy access to the car rental station.

Hotels

Norway provides a wide variety of lodging options to suit all traveler types and price ranges. In the city of Oslo, you’ll find everything from luxury hotels to budget-friendly hostels. Whether you’re looking for high-end amenities, cozy boutique hotels, or affordable lodging, Oslo has it all. The city’s hotels often boast modern Scandinavian design, excellent service, and convenient locations close to major attractions and public transportation.

Beyond the urban centers, Norway is renowned for its beautiful cabins, which provide a unique and immersive way to experience the country’s stunning landscapes. These cabins range from simple, rustic retreats to luxurious lodges equipped with all the comforts of home. Staying in a cabin allows you to connect with nature, enjoy peace and tranquility.

Whether you’re spending a few days exploring Oslo or embarking on a road trip through Norway’s magnificent landscapes, you’ll find a wide range of accommodation options to suit your needs. From the bustling city life to serene countryside escapes, Norway’s hotels and cabins provide the perfect base for your adventures.

During our trip, we stayed in a charming cabin in Skjolden. This cabin offered a perfect blend of comfort and charm, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and fjord. Waking up to such breathtaking scenery was an unforgettable experience. The cabin was well-equipped with modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable stay. If you want to watch our review of it, make sure you follow us on Instagram.


Find the Perfect Fit for Your Budget

Great choice in Oslo

Radisson Blu Scandinavia

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Top location near city center
Restaurant
Indoor Pool

Beautiful Fjord view

Beautiful Cabin in Skjolden

Waterfront cabin
Fjord view and mountain view
Terrace
Free parking is available

Colorful design

Thon Hotel Svolvær, Lofoten

Great location
Delicious breakfast available
Free parking available
Waterfront rooms available for breathtaking midnight sun views

Car Rental

In cities like Oslo, a rental car is often unnecessary due to the excellent public transportation system. Oslo boasts an efficient network of buses and trams that can take you anywhere in the city. This reliable system allows you to navigate the city with ease, eliminating the need for a car.
Moreover, parking in Oslo can be challenging and expensive. The city has limited parking spaces, and the costs can quickly add up. Using public transportation not only saves you money but also spares you the hassle of finding a place to park.
However, for a road trip, the situation is different. A rental car becomes essential for exploring Norway’s landscapes at your own pace.

Renting a Car in Norway: Our Experience

Renting a car in Norway for your road trip is an excellent way to explore the country at your own pace. However, it’s important to note that gas is quite expensive in Norway. We decided to switch to an electric car, which turned out to be a great substitute for our high fuel expenses.
Norway is a leader in electric vehicle (EV) adoption, with an extensive network of charging stations, even in remote areas. Renting and using an electric car was straightforward, and we found plenty of options from rental companies. The charging infrastructure is well-supported by apps that make locating stations easy.
The electric car performed beautifully, and we had no trouble finding charging stations along the way. Overall, renting an electric car in Norway gave us the flexibility to explore freely and enjoy our journey without worrying about high fuel prices. If you’re planning a road trip in Norway, we highly recommend considering an electric car.

Tips for Renting an Electric Car in Norway
To make the most of your trip, choose a higher-class vehicle with a longer range, as compact electric cars often have shorter ranges. When picking up your rental, explain your road trip plans to the agent to ensure you get a car with sufficient range and capabilities.
Given the extensive network of charging stations in Norway, you might want to incorporate charging stops into your travel plans. Use apps to locate stations and check their availability. Enjoy the charging stops by exploring local attractions and taking breaks, turning charging into a pleasant part of your journey. Install the Elton and Bilkraft applications. With these apps, you can initiate the process and make the payment at the majority of charging stations for your EV.
Adopting efficient driving habits, such as smooth acceleration and regenerative braking, can extend your range and reduce charging stops.


Our Route

Oslo

Aurlandsfjellet Scenic Route

Nigardsbreen Glacier

Sognefjellet Scenic Route

Trollstigen

Molde & Atlantic Ocean Route

Trondheim

Roadtrip to Lofoten & Arctic Circle

Lofoten

1500 km back to Oslo

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