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22-day roundtrip: Norwegian Grand Campervan Tour

Creating an extensive 22-day travel route through Norway offers an incredible opportunity to dive deep into the country's natural beauty, vibrant culture, and rich history. This journey, titled "Norwegian Grand Tour: A Campervan Odyssey," is designed to showcase the very best of Norway, with a blend of iconic sights, hidden gems, outdoor adventures, and cultural experiences.
Campervan 22 day roadtrip

Day 1-2: Oslo – Start of the Journey

VisitNorway, Oslo / Foto: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

Oslo, Norway’s vibrant capital, is a city where urban sophistication meets outdoor adventures, all set against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty and historical landmarks. Whether you’re interested in exploring world-class museums, enjoying the picturesque Oslofjord, or indulging in the city’s dynamic culinary scene, Oslo offers a rich tapestry of experiences.

Pick-up:

Collect your campervan in Oslo City.

Stay:

Bogstad Camp & Turistsenter

Explore:

Walk around the Oslo Opera Hause and The Harbour Promenade , stroll through the Vigeland Sculpture Park and take a walk at Akerbrygge & Tjuvholmen

Eat:

Enjoy dinner at VulkanFisk Seafood Bar in Mathallen food hall.

 
Attractions and Museums:

Vigeland Sculpture Park:

This iconic park, part of Frogner Park, showcases more than 650 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland in bronze, granite, and wrought iron, making it a must-visit for art lovers.

The Fram Museum:

Dedicated to polar exploration, this museum houses the Fram and Gjøa, showcasing Norway’s significant contributions to Arctic expeditions.

Kon-Tiki Museum:

Celebrates the adventurous spirit of Thor Heyerdahl with exhibits on his balsa wood raft journey from Peru to Polynesia.

Norwegian Maritime Museum:

A family-friendly venue that delves into Norway’s seafaring history, including its Viking past.

Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum:

Offers insights into 4,000 years of skiing history, including polar exploration by Fridtjof Nansen, with stunning views of Oslo from the ski jump’s observation deck.

Experiences:

Oslofjord:

Connects Oslo to the North Sea, offering a plethora of cruise options or the opportunity for more intimate explorations by kayak or canoe. It’s a fantastic way to see the city’s landmarks from a different perspective.

Culinary Scene:

Oslo’s dining landscape is as diverse as it is innovative, reflecting Norway’s culinary traditions and contemporary trends. From Michelin-starred restaurants to cozy cafes and vibrant food markets, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

 
Planning Your Visit:

Oslo caters to a broad spectrum of interests and activities throughout the year. Whether you’re drawn to the cultural richness of the city’s museums and galleries, the tranquility and beauty of the Oslofjord, or the excitement of outdoor adventures in nearby nature, Oslo promises an unforgettable experience. The city’s compact size and efficient public transportation system make it easy to explore all it has to offer.

For more detailed information on planning your trip to Oslo, including attractions, accommodations, and activities, you can visit official tourism websites such as Visit Norway – Oslo  and Visit Oslo 

 

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Day 3-4: Oslo to Rjukan – Industrial Heritage and Hiking

Krossobanen in Rjukan, Norway – Foto: Ian Brodie – VisitNorway.com

Rjukan, nestled in the Telemark region of Norway, is a hub of historical significance and outdoor activities, surrounded by the majestic landscapes Norway is renowned for. With attractions like Gaustatoppen and the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork, it offers a blend of natural beauty and intriguing history.

Drive:

Oslo to Rjukan (approx. 3 hours).

Explore:

Visit the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum  Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum, hike up to the Gaustatoppen  , (Visit Telemark offical site for Gaustatoppen) for panoramic views.

Eat:

Eat at one of the local resturants, TripAdvisor – Resturants in Rjukan

Stay:

Rjukan Camping or Rjukan Bobilparkering

 

Outdoor Adventures:

Gaustatoppen:

This towering peak offers breathtaking views across Norway. Easily accessible, it’s a favorite among hikers, promising the southern Norway’s longest view on clear days. During June to September, the trail from Stavsro to Gaustatoppen is a family-friendly hike, leading to Gaustatoppen Tourist Cabin at the summit.

Krossobanen:

Europe’s oldest aerial tramway offers a shortcut to spectacular hiking and biking trails on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, providing stunning views of the valley below.

 

Historical Sites:

Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork: This museum, located in the Vemork hydroelectric plant, dives into the area’s industrial worker history and the heroic acts of WWII’s Heavy Water Sabotage. The museum is a must-visit for history enthusiasts, offering exhibitions that detail a significant period of Norwegian and world history.

Rjukan Railway:

Though no longer operational, this railway’s history is tied to the industrial growth of the area and the famous WWII sabotage efforts. It’s a glimpse into the strategic importance of Rjukan during the war.

 

Unique Attractions:

The Sun Mirror:

Installed on the mountainside, this innovative project directs sunlight into Rjukan’s town square during the winter months, when the valley is normally shadowed from the sun.

Planning Your Visit
Rjukan offers a range of activities throughout the year, catering to both the summer hiker and the winter skier. The town provides various accommodations, from hotels to more rustic lodging options, ensuring a comfortable stay regardless of your adventure choice. With its combination of unique industrial and war history, coupled with the magnificent natural backdrop of Gaustatoppen and the accessibility to Hardangervidda, Rjukan is a compelling destination for anyone looking to explore Norway’s rich cultural and natural heritage.

For those planning a trip, it’s advisable to explore the offerings of each season, as Rjukan presents a different face in summer’s warmth and winter’s snow. Whether you’re drawn to the historical depths of the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum, the panoramic heights of Gaustatoppen, or the serene beauty of the surrounding landscapes, Rjukan awaits with experiences to fill your journey with wonder.

For more detailed information on planning your trip to Rjukan, including attractions, accommodations, and activities, you can visit official tourism websites such as Visit Norway – Rjukan

 

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Day 5-6: Rjukan to Stavanger – Gateway to the Fjords

Stavanger Harbour, Norway – Foto: FotoKnoff / Sven-Erik Knoff – Visit Region Stavanger

Stavanger, a city known for its unique blend of breathtaking nature, rich cultural life, and historical significance, offers an array of experiences for visitors. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, or a food lover, Stavanger has something special in store for you.

Drive:

Rjukan to Stavanger (approx. 6 hours).

Explore:

Explore Old Stavanger , visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum , take a Ferry trip to Lysefjorden with FjordTours 

Eat: 

Fish & Cow for a modern dining experience.

Stay:

Mosvangen Camping 

 
Outdoor Adventures:

Stavanger serves as the perfect base for exploring some of Norway’s most stunning natural landscapes, including the Lysefjord, Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen), and Kjerag. These destinations provide thrilling hiking experiences with spectacular views over the fjords and mountains. For a unique geological exploration, the Magma UNESCO Global Geopark offers a look into the earth’s ancient past with its lunar landscapes.

 
Historical and Cultural Insights:

The region is rich in history, notably captured at the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork, where visitors can delve into the heavy water sabotage story from World War II. Gamle Stavanger (Old Stavanger) showcases Europe’s oldest wooden house settlement, offering a picturesque walk through history. The Stavanger Maritime Museum and Breidablikk Museum further highlight the city’s maritime heritage and the elegant lifestyle of the 1880s, respectively.

 
Culinary Experiences:

Stavanger is recognized for its culinary scene, with several Michelin-starred restaurants that showcase the best of Norwegian and international cuisines. The city’s proximity to the sea ensures a fresh supply of seafood, while local farms contribute with high-quality ingredients, making dining in Stavanger a delightful experience for food enthusiasts.

 
Planning Your Visit:

Accommodations in Stavanger range from cozy guesthouses to luxury hotels, catering to every preference and budget. The city’s compact size allows for easy exploration, with many attractions within walking distance. For those looking to venture further, public transport provides convenient access to surrounding areas and natural attractions.

Whether you’re hiking to the breathtaking viewpoints over the Lysefjord, exploring the city’s rich cultural heritage, or indulging in the local gastronomy, Stavanger promises an unforgettable experience that combines the best of Norwegian nature, culture, and hospitality. For more detailed planning, including activities, accommodations, and dining options, visit official tourism websites like Visit Norway – Stavanger and Fjord Norway – Stavanger Region 

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Day 7-8: Stavanger to Preikestolen and Kjerag – Hiking the Icons

Pulpit Rock in Stavanger, Norway Foto: Casper Tybjerg – VisitNorway.com

Preikestolen, also known as Pulpit Rock, is a breathtaking cliff in Norway that rises 604 meters above the Lysefjorden, offering one of the most spectacular viewing points in the world. The plateau at the top measures about 25 meters on each side and provides stunning views over the fjord, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts.

Drive:

Stavanger to Preikestolen basecamp

Stay:

Preikestolen BaseCamp for easy access to the hike.

Explore:

Hike to Preikestolen and Kjeragbolten for thrilling views.

Eat:

Pack a picnic to enjoy at the summit. 

 
Getting There:

Preikestolen is accessible by bus and car from Stavanger, with buses departing daily to Preikestolen parking during the high season. For those driving, there’s a parking fee, and the car park also has charging points for electric cars. The area is also served by fjord cruises and ferries, providing a unique perspective of Preikestolen from the water.

Hiking to Preikestolen:

The hike is moderately challenging, covering a 3.8 km trail each way with a total elevation gain of 334 meters. It typically takes about two hours each way, starting from Preikestolenhytta. The trail is well-prepared, with parts of it made easier by bridges and Sherpa steps. Despite the trail’s steepness and the plateau’s open edges, the hike is considered safe, though visitors are reminded to act responsibly as there are no fences at the edge.

Accommodations and Facilities:

Near Preikestolen, you’ll find various accommodation options ranging from the historic Preikestolen Basecamp, which includes a mountain lodge, mini cabins, and camping sites, to other accommodations in the Ryfylke area. Preikestolen Basecamp also rents out clothing and equipment for the hike.

Best Time to Visit:

The peak season for hiking Preikestolen is from April to October. However, visiting during the off-season offers unique experiences, such as sunrise hikes in autumn and winter treks with guides, which are recommended due to rapidly changing weather conditions.

Nearby Attractions:

Beyond Preikestolen, the Lysefjord area is rich in attractions, including the historic town of Jørpeland, the scenic Lysefjord itself, and the small village of Forsand. The area is part of the Sustainable Destination Program, highlighting efforts to preserve its natural beauty while accommodating tourists.

For those looking for a guided experience, hikes to Pulpit Rock with professional guides are available, offering insights into the area’s history, geology, and flora and fauna, ensuring a safe and enriching journey.

For more information and planning your hike to Preikestolen, visit official tourism websites such as Fjord Norway and Visit Norway.

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Day 9-10: Stavanger to Hardangerfjord – Fruit Orchards and Waterfalls

Hardangerfjord, Norway , Foto: Øyvind Heen – fjords.com

Hardangerfjord, known as “the Queen of the Fjords,” offers a blend of breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unique gastronomical experiences. This region is celebrated for its spectacular nature, including the famous Trolltunga rock, majestic waterfalls like Vøringsfossen, and the serene beauty of the fjord itself, making it a must-visit destination in Norway.

Drive:

Stavanger to Hardangerfjord (approx. 5 hours).

Explore:

Visit Vøringsfossen waterfall, hike around the fruit orchards , take a fjord cruise. 

Eat:

Local cider tasting  at a fruit farm .

Stay:

Lofthus Camping in the heart of Hardanger.

Key Attractions and Experiences:

Trolltunga:

One of Norway’s most spectacular rock formations, offering stunning views over the Ringedalsvatnet lake.

Waterfalls:

Hardanger is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls, including Vøringsfossen, known for its impressive plunge into the Måbødalen valley.

Cider Tasting:

The region is famous for its apple orchards, offering visitors the chance to taste local ciders and apple juices. Many farms also offer tastings of their cider products, which have gained popularity across Norway.

Hiking:

There are numerous hiking trails, such as the HM Queen Sonja’s panoramic hike (Dronningstien), offering accessible yet stunning views compared to the more challenging Trolltunga hike.

Fjord Cruises:

Exploring the fjord by boat offers a unique perspective of the area’s natural beauty. Various fjord cruises and tours are available, including a cider cruise that stops at local farms. 

Accommodations and Travel Tips:

Hardanger boasts a variety of accommodations, from historic hotels like Utne Hotel, which has been in operation since 1722, to modern facilities like the Hardangerfjord Hotel. For a truly unique experience, consider staying in a treehouse at Woodnest – Odda, which offers breathtaking views of the fjord.

Planning Your Visit:

The Norwegian Scenic Route Hardanger is a beautiful drive that takes you close to the fjord, mountains, waterfalls, and fruit farms. It’s a 158 km route that includes several sections and requires ferry crossings in parts. This scenic route offers an excellent opportunity to explore the region at your own pace, with plenty of activities, attractions, and walking paths along the way.

Hardangerfjord’s natural beauty and cultural experiences make it a compelling destination for travelers seeking to explore Norway’s spectacular fjords. Whether you’re interested in adventure, relaxation, or culinary delights, Hardanger offers an unforgettable experience with its stunning landscapes, rich history, and welcoming atmosphere. For more information on planning your trip, including activities, accommodations, and dining options, see Visit Norway – Hardangerfjord and visit the official tourism websites for Hardangerfjord 

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Day 11-12: Hardangerfjord to Bergen – Historical and Cultural Hub

Bryggen in Bergen, Norway , Foto: Casper Steinsland – www.visitbergen.com

Bergen, known as the Gateway to the Fjords, is nestled between Norway’s two largest fjords, the Hardangerfjord and the Sognefjorden. This picturesque city, rich in history and culture, is also a UNESCO World Heritage city, celebrated for its beautiful fjords, historical buildings, and vibrant cultural life.

Drive:

Hardangerfjord to Bergen (approx. 2 hours).

Explore:

Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf , Fløyen Mountain , Bergen Fish Market

Eat:

Enhjørningen Fish Restaurant for traditional Norwegian seafood.

Stay:

Bergen Camping Park  or Freecamp Park4night – Bergen

 
Key Attractions:

Bryggen:

The iconic wharf of Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, reflects Bergen’s historical significance in European trade. Walking through its narrow alleyways and exploring the Hanseatic Museum and Bryggens Museum offers a deep dive into the medieval times of Bergen.

Fjord Tours:

Bergen’s prime location makes it an ideal starting point for fjord tours. The city offers access to the stunning natural landscapes of the Norwegian fjords, which are recognized by UNESCO and have been voted the world’s most unspoiled tourist destination by National Geographic.

Mount Fløyen:

For breathtaking views of Bergen, the fjords, and surrounding mountains, a trip to Mount Fløyen via the Fløibanen funicular is a must. The journey to the top is an experience in itself, offering panoramic views and various outdoor activities.

Old Bergen Museum:

This open-air museum provides a glimpse into what Bergen was like in the 19th century, showcasing 55 original wooden houses from the city center.

 
Cultural Highlights:

Bergen has a rich cultural scene, from music to art galleries and international festivals. It’s home to the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the world’s oldest symphony orchestras, and the birthplace of famous composers like Edvard Grieg. His home, Troldhaugen, is a popular cultural attraction offering insights into his life and work.

Gastronomy:

In recent years, Bergen has gained recognition as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. The city’s culinary scene is diverse, ranging from traditional Norwegian seafood at the local Fish Market to international cuisines, reflecting its status as an international culinary city.

Practical Information:

Bergen Card: Offers free or discounted access to most museums and attractions, as well as public transportation within Bergen and the surrounding Vestland county.

For more detailed information on planning your visit, including attractions, accommodations, and seasonal activities, the official tourism websites such as Visit Norway – Bergen and Visit Bergen offer comprehensive guides and inspiration for your trip.

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Day 13-14: Bergen to Ålesund – Coastal Beauty

Visit Ålesund, Norway – Foto: Berge/Knoff/Natural Light – VisitNorway.com

Ålesund, known for its unique Art Nouveau architecture, is a gateway to the stunning landscapes of Norway’s fjords, such as Geirangerfjord and Hjørundfjord. This coastal city offers a rich blend of historical insights, outdoor adventures, and culinary delights.

Drive: Bergen to Ålesund (approx. 8 hours, including ferry).

Explore: Art Nouveau architecture tour, visit the Atlantic Sea Park 

Eat: Maki Fish Café for fresh seafood, TripAdvisor – Maki Fish Cafe

Stay: Ålesund Camping or Volsdalen Camping

 
Things to Do:

Explore Local Cuisine:

Ålesund is renowned for its seafood, particularly klippfisk (dried and salted cod), a local specialty used in the dish bacalao. The XL Diner is one of the city’s upmarket venues known for its klippfisk dishes.

Hiking and Outdoor Activities:

The nearby Giske archipelago offers numerous hiking options, including a popular culture trail on Valderøy island and the challenging climb of Storhornet on Godøya island.

Fjord Cruises:

A fjord cruise in Hjørundfjord is a must-do, offering breathtaking views of the Sunnmøre Alps and the opportunity to explore historic hotels like Hotel Union Øye.

Sunnmøre Museum:

An open-air museum showcasing a collection of traditional Norwegian buildings and boats, including replicas of Viking ships.

Runde Bird Island:

Known for its significant seabird population, including puffins, Runde offers unique opportunities for bird watching and hiking.

Alnes Lighthouse on Godøy Island:

This historic lighthouse and the picturesque fishing village of Alnes are worth a visit for their cultural and scenic value.

Getting There and Around:

Ålesund is accessible by air with flights from major Norwegian cities. The city also welcomes many visitors via cruise ships. Once there, the city’s compact size makes it easy to explore on foot, though local buses are available for attractions further afield. Ålesund serves as an excellent base for exploring the nearby fjords, with boat tours available for deeper exploration.

For more detailed planning and insights into Ålesund’s attractions, accommodations, and travel tips, visit sources like  Visit Norway – Ålesund and Sunnmøre , Heart My Backpack , and PlanetWare .

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Day 15-16: Ålesund to Geirangerfjord – The Jewel of the Norwegian Fjords

Geirangerfjorden, Norway – Foto: Øyvind Heen – fjords.com

Geiranger, nestled in the heart of Norway, is renowned for its breathtaking Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated for its stunning beauty. This destination is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the quintessential Norwegian fjord landscape, marked by steep mountains, deep waters, and cascading waterfalls like the iconic Seven Sisters and The Suitor.

Drive:

Ålesund to Geiranger (approx. 2.5 hours).

Explore:

Geirangerfjord CruiseDalsnibba Skywalk , Eagle Road.

Eat:

Westeras Farm for local cuisine with a view, TripAdvisor – Westeras Farm Restaurant

Stay:

 Grande Hytteutleige og Camping

Key Attractions:

The Seven Sisters Waterfalls:

These magnificent falls, named for their resemblance to long women’s hair, are a highlight of any visit to Geirangerfjord, offering a spectacular natural display.

Ørnevegen (The Eagle Road) and Flydalsjuvet:

These viewpoints provide jaw-dropping vistas of the fjord and its surrounding landscapes, perfect for capturing memorable photos.

Geiranger Skywalk Dalsnibba:

Standing at 1,500 meters above sea level, this platform offers unparalleled views of Geirangerfjord, making it a prime spot for sightseeing.

Activities:

Geiranger is not just about sightseeing; it’s a hub for outdoor adventures. You can explore the fjord’s beauty by taking a fjord cruise, hiking to waterfalls like Storsæterfossen, or discovering the area’s traditional fjord life by visiting mountain farms such as Knivsflå. For those looking for a unique experience, a kayak or RIB boat trip provides an intimate encounter with the fjord’s serene waters and majestic waterfalls.

Getting There:

Geirangerfjord is accessible by boat, allowing visitors to sail from Ålesund directly into the heart of the fjord to the town of Geiranger. This journey offers a front-row seat to the fjord’s waterfalls and steep cliffs. For those traveling by car, scenic routes along the fjord provide stunning landscapes, with ferry crossings adding to the adventure.

Best Time to Visit:

The best time to visit Geirangerfjord is from May to June, when the waterfalls are at their fullest, or between July and August for the warmest weather and longest days. While summer is peak season, offering the best conditions for exploring and the widest range of services, Geiranger’s beauty is year-round.

For more detailed information, planning tips, and to book tours, visit official tourism websites like Visit Norway – Geirangerfjorden and FjordNorway – Geirangerfjorden. These resources provide comprehensive guides to help you make the most of your visit to Geiranger and the surrounding fjord region.

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Day 17-18: Geiranger to Lom – Gateway to Jotunheimen

Lake Bygdin in Jotunheimen, Norway – Foto: Terje Rakke – VisitNorway.com

Lom, nestled at the heart of southern Norway’s majestic national parks, is a picturesque village offering an array of outdoor and cultural experiences. This National Park Village serves as a gateway to Jotunheimen, Breheimen, and Reinheimen National Parks, making it an ideal base for exploring some of Norway’s most stunning landscapes.

Drive:

Geiranger to Lom (approx. 2.5 hours).

Explore:

Lom Stave Church , Norwegian Mountain Center .

Eat:

Bakeriet i Lom Bakeriet i Lom for traditional Norwegian pastries.

Stay:

Lom Camping Lom Camping or freecamp Park4night – Lom

Key Attractions:

Lom Stave Church:

One of Norway’s finest stave churches, dating back to 1158, this historic site is a must-visit for its unique architecture and rich history.

Norwegian Mountain Center:

A comprehensive visitor center for the surrounding national parks, offering information on hikes, guided tours, and an interactive exhibition that brings the outdoors indoors.

National Parks:

Lom is the perfect starting point for adventures into Jotunheimen National Park, home to Norway’s two highest mountains, Galdhøpiggen and Glittertind. The region offers countless hiking, skiing, and skimountaineering opportunities.

Activities and Experiences:

From thrilling hikes like the Besseggen ridge to exploring local food traditions, Lom and Jotunheimen are rich in activities. The area is known for its outdoor cafés, restaurants, shops, and well-developed construction practice, offering a glimpse into the Norwegian way of life in harmony with nature.

Accommodation and Dining:

Lom offers a variety of accommodation options, from mountain lodges and hotels to cabins and camping sites. The region’s culinary scene is rooted in long-standing traditions, using local produce to create delightful Norwegian dishes. For a truly unique stay, consider options like farm stays to immerse yourself in the local culture and landscape.

Planning Your Visit:

When planning a visit to Lom, it’s advisable to explore the wealth of information available at the tourist information center in Lom or through online resources. They provide valuable insights into activities, events, accommodation, shopping, and services in the area.

Lom’s strategic location makes it an excellent spot for those looking to explore the natural beauty of Norway’s national parks, engage in outdoor activities, and experience the rich cultural heritage of the region. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a history enthusiast, or simply looking to relax amidst stunning landscapes, Lom offers a memorable escape into the heart of Norway’s wilderness.

For more detailed information, planning tips, and to book tours, visit official tourism websites like Visit Norway – Lom, Jotunheimen

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Day 19-20: Lom to Rondane National Park – Untouched Wilderness

Rondavassbu in Rondane, Norway – Foto: Anders Gjengedal – VisitNorway.com

Rondane National Park, Norway’s first national park established in 1962, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. This majestic landscape is characterized by high mountain peaks, vast plateaus covered in heather and lichen, and deep valleys, offering a serene escape into nature.

Drive:

Lom to Rondane (approx. 2 hours).

Explore:

Hiking in Rondane National Park , visit Sohlbergplassen viewpoint .

Eat:  

Rondane Gjestegård for local game dishes.

Stay:  

Rondane River Camp or freecamp Park4night – Rondane

Activities and Attractions:

Hiking:

Rondane offers a plethora of hiking trails ranging from easy walks to challenging treks, suitable for all ages and fitness levels. The park is home to ten peaks over 2,000 meters, including Rondslottet, the highest at 2,178 meters, providing hikers with breathtaking views of the surrounding Norwegian mountains.

Wildlife Viewing:

The park is a critical habitat for wild reindeer, offering unique opportunities to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural setting.

Cycling and Skiing:

For cycling enthusiasts, the Rondane Tour is a popular route that showcases the park’s dramatic landscapes. During winter, the park transforms into a snowy wonderland, ideal for cross-country skiing.

Accommodation:

Rondane and its surrounding areas offer a variety of accommodations, from cozy mountain lodges to cabins and hotels, catering to different preferences and budgets. For a truly immersive experience, consider staying in one of the mountain lodges that serve as perfect bases for exploring the vast wilderness.

Best Time to Visit:

While Rondane National Park is accessible and beautiful year-round, each season offers a unique experience. Summer and autumn are ideal for hiking and enjoying the rich colors of the landscape. Winter presents a magical snowy landscape perfect for skiing and snowshoeing.

Getting There:

Located in Eastern Norway, near the Gudbrandsdalen valley, Rondane is accessible by car, bus, or train. The closest major towns are Otta and Dombås, which provide good public transport connections to the park. For those traveling by car, the Norwegian Scenic Route Rondane offers a stunning drive with ample opportunities to stop and admire the scenery.

For more detailed information on planning your trip to Rondane National Park, including activities, accommodation options, and travel tips, visit Visit Norway – Rondane Moutains and Visit Norway – Rondanavegen  websites.

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Day 21-22: Rondane to Oslo – Completing the Circle

Ekeberg Sculpture Park, Oslo – Foto: Visit Norway – Field Productions

Drive:

Rondane to Oslo (approx. 5 hours).

Explore:

Last-minute shopping in Grünerløkka , relax at Sørenga Seawater Pool .

Eat:

Dinner at Maaemo for a special end-of-trip celebration (reservation needed).

Stay:

Ekeberg Camping Ekeberg Camping for the final night.

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Tips for Travelers:

Book campsites and activities in advance during peak season to ensure availability.

Check the weather forecast regularly and be prepared for changes, especially when hiking.

Follow the Right to Roam responsibly when free camping, making sure to respect wildlife and private land.

Try local delicacies at every opportunity to fully experience Norwegian culture.

Stay flexible with your itinerary to allow for unexpected discoveries along your journey.

This itinerary, “Norwegian Grand Tour: A Campervan Odyssey,” is designed to immerse travelers in the full breadth of Norway’s stunning landscapes, from the bustling streets of Oslo to the serene beauty of the fjords and the rugged wilderness of the national parks. It offers a mix of adventure, relaxation, and cultural exploration, ensuring an unforgettable journey through one of the world’s most beautiful countries.

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