Driving loop in Norway from Bergen

Feb 21st, 2019, 11:28 AM
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Driving loop in Norway from Bergen

While I have a few hours today I thought I would finally put up some trip reports (can you tell I retired recently). I know there is not a lot posted for Norway so I thought I would put this up. Norway is the most spectacular country. On this trip we went from Iceland (which was awesome) to Norway which is indescribable! When we left there we went to Sweden which we loved to for different reasons (we have family there).

We flew into and out of Bergen. We only had 5 days but we made the most of it. Driving in Norway was very easy. There is little traffic and the roads are easy to navigate. At points you drive up to a ferry, pay the fare and drive on. Very simple. We landed in Bergen and stayed a few nights. We enjoyed the fish market, walking around the town and taking the funicular up to the top of Bergen for an amazing view and wonderful lunch. We then drove to Balestrand and stayed at the Balestrand Hotel (with a view of the fjord). Make sure you stay on the fjord side. It was gorgeous! We had dinner in the large hotel there which was very good.
We then drove up to Luster and stayed at a place called Nes Gard. It it one of my most favorite memories in all my travels. I actually had found this hotel while I was searching and planned my route so that we could stay there. It was a very smart move. While we were there we hiked out to a glacier. We also hiked up to a dam which was gorgeous (and very cold and it was August). The scenery is gorgeous and around every bend you say "It can't get more beautiful than this!" but then it does! You can have dinner right at Nes Gardl (which is a good thing as there is really nothing else around there and the food was excellent).
We then drove over the snow road into Flam. The snow road is only open in the summer and it is a fun road to drive. There was still quite a bit of snow in August. What a gorgeous drive! We had planned on driving over to the Hardangerfjord from Flam but there had been a fire in the tunnel and it was closed. We were forced to take the ferry and I must say that I enjoyed the scenery more when driving than I did on the ferry (this is part of NIN) and the crowds were pretty large both on the ferry and in Flam. If this is the impression of Norway the the Norway in a Nutshell gives I would not do that trip. This was not my favorite part of Norway. We stopped at the Stalheim Hotel to see the view and it was well worth the stop. We stayed in the Hardangerfjord area for one night and then returned to Bergen where we flew to Stockholm. I think Norway is a very special place in the world and has the most stunning scenery that you will find anywhere. I will return someday and see more of the northern part of the country (and hopefully the northern lights). This is the route we took.


View from Nes Gard

Snow road in August. https://www.visitnorway.com/listings...t-route/12186/

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Feb 21st, 2019, 11:45 AM
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Very interesting to hear about some spots other than Flam! Thanks for the report.
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Feb 21st, 2019, 02:21 PM
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We did not like Flam. That is not what Norway is all about. I know people are hesitant to drive in foreign countries but I would not want to be herded around with all the people who do NIN. It is a beautiful country but you need to enjoy it with a bit of solitude.
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Feb 21st, 2019, 07:50 PM
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We stayed at Nes Gard this past August and loved it too. We did the glacier hike, went on a RIB boat ride and drove to the stave church from the ferry in Solvorn. Agree with you that driving was easy in Norway. We didn’t go to Flam but would like to go back and see more of Norway for sure. Thanks for posting your trip report.
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Feb 22nd, 2019, 01:24 PM
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thank you for the details, Norway is on my next to go list. it looks very spectacular.
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Feb 22nd, 2019, 04:22 PM
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Sberg, thanks for this wonderful report! The photos are spectacular - but it is even prettier in real life isn't it!
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Feb 22nd, 2019, 06:01 PM
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Nanabee you are correct, pictures do not do it justice and I took hundreds of them! It is one of the most beautiful countries I have been to. Between the fjords, the mountains, the glaciers, the flowers, the beautiful buildings it’s hard to know where to look.
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