7 Day Norway Itinerary: How to Spend One Week in Norway
Norway is maybe the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. It’s full of mountains and waterfalls and fjords along with delicious food and incredible cities. If you’re looking to plan a trip to Scandinavia, this 7 day Norway itinerary will help you easily see some of the best parts of Norway.
This is an itinerary you won’t need a car for, so it’s super easy for every traveler, especially if you are hesitant about renting a car in another country.
Keep in mind, Norway is a HUGE country with TONS to see though. Seven days in Norway won’t let you see everything, but it is a manageable trip that will let you see some of the best and most popular parts of Norway!
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Why Visit Norway?
Norway is a country on so many people’s bucket lists. And for good reason! It is a beautiful country with breathtaking mountains and fjords, refreshing forests, and dramatic landscapes. Here are some reasons you may want to visit Norway:
- To stand on top of some of the most beautiful mountains (and you don’t even have to hike to them!)
- To take a bucket-list worthy fjord tour that I promise you will remember forever!
- To go to some amazing museums where you can learn about Vikings, see some of the most famous art in the world, and even let your kids play.
- To enjoy some of the most photogenic (i.e. Instragrammable, because let’s just be honest here) architecture and landscapes.
Best Time to Visit Norway
Every season in Norway can be a good one to visit, even winter! Each season is just very different.
But I think the best time to visit Norway is summer. You’ll get the best weather, with mild temperatures and less rain. Plus the sun hardly sets at all, which gives you extended daylight hours to enjoy all Norway has to offer!
When we visited in the summer, temperatures hovered around 60 degrees. So we needed light jackets, but we were perfectly comfortable!
Getting to Norway
If you arrive at the Oslo Airport, you’ll need to take a train into the city center. Oslo Gardermoen airport is about 35 km (or 22 miles) northeast of Oslo. But it’s super easy to take a train to the Central Train Station in downtown Oslo.
Likewise, the Bergen airport is several miles from the city center, but you can easily take the light rail into the city. It takes about 45 minutes or so. You can also choose to take the bus, which takes about 30 minutes.
If you are coming from a nearby country, you may choose to arrive by train. In that case, you should arrive at the central train station for each city, and from there it should be easy to walk or find public transportation to your accomodations.
Getting Around Norway
If you wanted to, you could definitely rent a car to get around Norway. However, it is NOT necessary! Norway has a fantastic public transportation system, with trains that can take you from city to city as well as around the city you are staying in.
On our trip, we didn’t rent a car at all and instead relied on trains and buses. And while going back to Norway and renting a car to drive around ourselves is definitely on my bucket list, we didn’t have any issues or feel like we missed anything by just taking public transportation!
Plus, since we bought the Oslo Pass and Bergen Card, all of our transportation (except for our longer train ride between Bergen and Oslo) was included!
7 Day Norway Itinerary Summary
Before we dive into the details of each day, let’s take a look a summary of this 7 day Norway Itinerary.
- Day 1: Arrive in Oslo and Explore Oslo
- Day 2: Explore Oslo with Akershus Fortress and Holmenkollen Ski Jump
- Day 3: Go to the Bygdøy Peninsula Museums in Oslo
- Day 4: Take the train from Oslo to Bergen
- Day 5: Explore Bergen’s Mountains
- Day 6: Take a Fjord Tour
- Day 7: Tour Bergen’s Best Museums
Norway Travel Resources
Do the cost analysis and consider getting an Oslo Pass and a Bergen Card. These passes include free (or sometimes discounted) admission to almost all of the city’s attractions and include free public transportation.
Where to Stay in Oslo: The Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion for families. Thon Hotel Opera for a super convenient location.
Where to Stay in Bergen: The Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekonteret for families. Opus XVI for a splurge.
Or use VRBO in either city to find a vacation rental.
You can buy a train ticket for the journey between Oslo and Bergen directly on Vy.no.
7 Day Norway Itinerary
Now let’s dive into the details of this itinerary! We’ve broken each section up into morning, afternoon, and evening to help you plan each day.
Also feel free to switch days around based on what works best for your schedule or even what the weather looks like! I mean, you don’t want to be going up mountains on the rainy day and touring museums on the sunny day!
One note: We did choose to start this itinerary in Oslo for a reason. Mostly because you know that travel advice to go from low to high or budget to luxury when moving resorts? I’m going to apply it to cities here too. Oslo is great and fine and good. And there are some incredible things to do here. But Bergen is one of our favorite cities ever, so it’s the best note to end on! BUT if it works better for you to reverse that order, definitely do it!
Planning a trip to Norway? Here are some books set in Norway to read before you go!
Day 1: Arrive in Oslo
Day 1 Morning: Get Settled
We’re going to assume you’re arriving to Oslo in the morning, so some of your morning time will obviously be taken up with travel logistics. We won’t pack a lot into the first morning, because you’ll want to find your bearings.
Once you get into the city, head straight to the Oslo Opera House. This is one of the most iconic sites in Oslo. It sits right on the water and you can WALK on the roof, which is pretty cool. I think this is a great place to start out because it’s a quick stop and it gives you some beautiful views, which I always appreciate after traveling.
Day 1 Afternoon: MUNCH Museum
Grab some lunch from one of many restaurants in the area near the Opera House and then head to the MUNCH Museum!
This new museum opened in 2021. It featured the works of famed Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, but it also has galleries featuring other artists and an exhibit about the life of Edvard Munch.
There are so many great things about this museum:
- Bright spaces and large galleries.
- Incredible views of Oslo!
- Fun, interactive displays and activities for kids in almost every different gallery space!
- You can see different versions of the famous painting, The Scream, here.
And if you bought the Oslo Pass, you can use it for admission into MUNCH.
Day 1 Evening: Frogner Park
Hop on the cable car near MUNCH at Dronningens gate (you’ll walk back past the Opera House) and get off at Vigelandsparken to go to Frogner Park. This is a large park in a central part of Oslo. It’s also where you’ll find the Vigeland Sculpture Park, a free outdoor museum featuring the work of Gustav Vigeland.
This is a great place to spend an evening walking the beautiful grounds and seeing some incredible (and free!) art!
Day 2: Explore Oslo
Day 2 Morning: Oslo’s Royal History
Let’s start day two of our 7 days in Norway visiting the royals! Well…kind of.
Start the morning off at Akershus Fortress where you can visit Akershus Castle. This complex was built in the late 1200s and has been used as a fortress and a royal residence. Today, you can tour the rooms and see the Royal Mausoleum.
While Akershus Castle is the main draw, Akershus Fortress is home to other Oslo attractions as well. You can visit the Norway Resistance Museum, which tells the story of Norway’s occupation and resistance during WWII. Or you can go to the Armed Forces Museum, which has exhibits of Norwegian military history from the Viking Age to modern day.
While entrance into the grounds of Akershus Fortress are free, you will need to use either an Oslo Pass or pay an admission fee for the museums.
After your time at Akershus, head to The Royal Palace. It’s about a 20 minute walk, or you can take the bus from Wessels plass to Nationaltheatret.
You can tour the inside of the Royal Palace from late June to mid-August, usually. But most of the time you’ll just stop by and see the outside of it. Depending on how long your morning took, you may decide to stick around and see the changing of the guard, which takes place at 1:30 p.m. each day.
Day 2 Afternoon: Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum
Note: The Holmenkollen Ski Museum is closed for renovations until the end of 2023. Until then, head to some of Oslo’s other museums like the National Gallery or the Nobel Peace Center.
For the afternoon, take the train to Holmenkollen to go to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum. (Remember, your Olso Pass gets you free access to local transportation including the regional trains like this one!). To get there, you’ll take the train from the Nationaltheatret station to the Holmenkollen station.
Pro Tip: To find the train station, you’ll go under the road from the park behind the Nationaltheatret. It’s a little hidden if you aren’t looking for it!
Once you get to Holmenkollen, it’s about a 15 minute walk (and kind of uphill, so be prepared!) to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum.
This ski jump has been operating since 1892, although of course it has been rebuilt since then. Inside the Ski Museum you’ll find exhibits about the history of skiing and the ski jump as well as the cutest indoor children’s play area I’ve ever seen.
Then you can take an elevator to the top of the ski jump for some incredible views!
Want more adventure? You can also go ziplining from the top of the ski jump!
Day 2 Evening: Oslo Street Food
For the evening, head to one of Oslo’s popular food halls, Oslo Street Food. Here you can get dinner from a variety of different food stalls that have food from around the world. Options include burgers, tacos, Hawaiian food, Korean food, and more. This is a popular place to go, so it will be busy! So find some great food and enjoy the atmosphere.
Day 3: Tour Oslo’s Bygdøy Peninsula
Day 3 Morning: Norsk Folkemuseum
For most of our third day in Norway, we’re going to enjoy the museums on Oslo’s Bygdøy Peninsula. To get there, you can easily take a bus from several spots in the city center.
The Norsk Folkemuseum, also known at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, is one of my favorite museums in Oslo. It’s a step back in time, as you can tour historic buildings in their open-air space and enjoy exhibits on Norwegian history in several indoor spaces.
Really though, my favorite thing about this museum is that you get to enjoy some peaceful nature in the middle of Norway’s capital city!
There are several highlights to see here:
- 160 historic buildings in the outdoor open-air museum.
- Gol Stave church, which is a great, easily accessible (as in, you don’t have to travel far) place to see a traditional Stave church.
- Wessels gate 15 Apartment House with rooms decorated from different time periods.
- Old Town area with buildings from Oslo, including old shops.
- Seter Summer Dairy Farm with fam animals.
This really is a beautiful museum, and is especially a great place to take kids because there’s so much outdoor space for them to run around in. Plus, on the weekends they have demonstrations that kids will enjoy like baking traditional lefse, seeing the blacksmith at work, and listening to fairytales.
While you are touring the museum, you can also enjoy lunch here at the Kafe Arkadia.
Admission to this museum is free with the Oslo Pass.
Day 3 Afternoon: Bygdøy Ship Museums
Spend your afternoon touring the rest of Bygdøy’s famous museums that all revolve of sea exploration. There are three you can choose from, and honestly, I recommend going to as many as you can. None of them are particularly huge museums, so you can spend an hour or two in each one and be able to see so much! Plus an Oslo Pass will give you free admission to all of them.
Bonus: They are all within walking distance of each other!
- Fram Museum — This museum is all about polar exploration. Climb aboard the Fram ship, learn about the race to reach the poles, go inside a sub-zero room, and test your skills as an explorer in interactive elements. This museum is really so much fun for the whole family!
- Kon-Tiki Museum — This is a smaller museum than the Fram Museum, and is all about the Kon-Tiki expedition where a Norwegian man build a balsa wood raft and sailed it with a small crew across the Pacific. The backstory of the expedition and the expedition itself are fascinating! I highly recommend this museum.
- Norwegian Maritime Museum — If you are interested in general maritime history, this is a great museum to go to! Here you can see different ships from Norway’s seafaring history, view an exhibit about what a sailor’s life has been like throughout history, and see a Viking boat being reconstructed.
Note: Normally the Viking Ship Museum is another popular museum to visit on Bygdøy. However, this museum is currently closed as they build the new Museum of the Viking Age which will open in 2026.
Day 3 Evening: Vippa
Take the ferry back across the fjord and then spend your evening at another popular Oslo food court: Vippa. This food court is located right on the Oslo fjord, which means you can enjoy your food and some great outdoor space at the same time. Here you’ll be able to find things like Syrian street food, Polish Pirogis, Chinese food, and more. They frequently switch up the food offerings, so you should find different options all the time!
This is a perfect way to end your time in Oslo — eating some great food and admiring the Oslo fjord. (And knowing that even more spectacular fjords are in your future!)
Day 4: Take the Train from Oslo to Bergen
We’re up to day four of our seven day Norway itinerary, and today you’ll be spending most of it traveling. Which can sound dull, but I promise you this mode of travel IS NOT.
Day 4 Morning & Afternoon: Train to Bergen
Today, take the train from Oslo to Bergen. This train, known as the Bergensbanen, is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. And I have to say, I agree!
You’ll start in Oslo and travel out into its suburbs before climbing mountains that still sometimes have snow in the summer, passing through forests, and getting a preview of some of Norway’s best fjords.
The train journey itself takes about 7 hours. But it doesn’t seem that long at all!
Besides the most amazing scenery, there are some other great perks to this train journey:
- A family car, with a cushioned play area kids can play and climb in.
- A café car that offers food and drink. I got a warm sandwich here and honestly though it was pretty great!
- Wi-Fi, although it can be a bit spotty in some areas.
- Lots of tunnels, which are just fun!
Day 4 Evening: Dinner in Bergen’s Fish Market
Depending on when you leave Oslo, you’ll probably get into Bergen in the late afternoon. Once you get settled, head to the central area of Bergen and find some dinner at the Bergen Fish Market.
Bergen has long been known for their fishing history, and this area in the center part of town has several restaurants you can choose from. During the summer, there are also outdoor stands that offer different menus.
Then find a bench along the water and take a deep breath of fresh Bergen air and enjoy your evening people-watching and boat-watching!
Day 5: Explore Bergen’s Mountains
Day 5 Morning: Bryggen
Start your first morning in Bergen with a stop at it’s most photographed area — Bryggen. These wooden buildings were once used as harbor warehouses and office buildings, but are now classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
And while this place can get super crowded later in the afternoon and evening, I love exploring it in the morning before the crowds are out! Be sure to go down the different alleyways and walk along the wooden planks. The architecture of this area has so much character.
Plus, morning is a great time to get photographs of beautiful Bryggen without the crowds!
Day 5 Afternoon: Mount Ulriken
Grab an early lunch, and then head to Ulriken643 to go up to the top of Mount Ulriken. You’ll have to take a bus to get here and then walk about 10 minute (kind of uphill), but I promise it is worth it!
This cable car will take you to the top of Mount Ulriken, where you’ll find amazing views of Bergen and the surrounding area. There are all kinds of hiking trails and places to explore up here. Although my favorite honestly might just be standing at the top of the mountain and looking at all the other mountains surrounding you. You can even see the lakes on top of some of them!
Ulriken is an incredible place and I definitely recommend making the time for it, even if getting to the cable car is a little out of the way.
If you are really up for an adventure, you can make a whole afternoon of hiking here too! You can hike from Ulriken to our next stop, Fløyen, across the mountaintops! It’s a medium-difficultly hike with some challenging areas and takes about 5+ hours. (And be sure to hike safely!)
Day 5 Evening: Mount Fløyen
End your day at my favorite spot in Bergen: Mount Fløyen! This is another mountain in Bergen that offers amazing scenery and views of Bergen.
It’s a bit easier to get here than Ulriken. You can take the Fløbanen funicular, which departs just a couple blocks from the city center.
The terrain here is also very different from Ulriken. This mountain is forested, which gives you some really fun areas to explore. There are also fun things like a several playground areas, a troll forest, and ice cream stand, and a café.
You can grab dinner here, and then spend your evening exploring the forests and finding a spot at the overlook to watch the sun dip down. (Although, depending on what time of year you are visiting, it might not actually go down before you need to head to bed!)
Day 6: Take a Fjord Tour
Day 6 All Day: Fjord Tour
Bergen is known as “The Gateway to the Fjords” because it’s a great home base for seeing some of Norway’s most spectacular fjords in a day trip.
There are lots of different tours you can take to see the fjords, but we recommend the Norway in a Nutshell tour.
This tour is a self-guided tour that takes you through multiple modes of transportation (seriously, a train to a bus to a boat to another train, etc.) to popular fjords. You can choose to either book all of these tickets on your own, or pay a higher prices to have Norway in a Nutshell book the tickets for you.
When they book the tickets for you, they make sure all of your timings are worked out perfectly and they give you step-by-step instructions on how to follow the itinerary. Honestly, if it’s your first time in Norway or you feel remotely nervous about managing your own travel plans, I think this is the way to go!
This tour will take you through some of the most amazing places:
- The popular Nærøyfjord, which has to be one of the most beautiful fjords in Norway.
- Aurlandsfjord, which is a lot wider and definitely different, but still beautiful.
- Flåm, a small town situated at the base of the fjords
- The historic Flåm Railway, which takes you through the mountains and has you stop at an incredible waterfall.
I mean, did you really go to Norway if you didn’t see the fjords? So definitely make sure you set aside a day during your 7 days in Norway for a full day-trip of fjord-touring.
Day 7: Explore Bergen’s Museums
It’s your last full day in Norway, and since yesterday was so busy, we’ll take it a bit easier today with some of Bergen’s best museums.
Day 7 Morning: Gamle Bergen Museum
Start your morning off at the Old Bergen Museum (Gamle Bergen). You can take the bus from Bryggen and get off at the Gamle Bergen stop. Then it’s just a short walk under the road to the museum.
The Old Bergen Museum is an open-air museum with houses from…well, Old Bergen. They have been reconstructed to create a small town that shows what life was like in Bergen in the 1800s. You’ll find houses from community leaders, an old grocery store, and historic actors that tell you about Old Bergen.
Plus, this spot has some beautiful views out into the fjord. Besides all the things we learned about Old Bergen, I really loved this place because it felt so peaceful!
Admission to this museum is free with the Bergen Card.
Day 7 Afternoon: More Museums
Bergen has so many more museums! So after you grab lunch (maybe in Bryggen?), find one or two of these museums which sound most interesting to you!
Most of these museums have free admission with the Bergen Card.
- Norwegian Fisheries Museum — A small museum along the water that teaches you about the history of fishing in Norway and current fishing practices. Plus they have some great interactive exhibits that both kids and adults will enjoy!
- VilVite (Bergen Science Center) — If you are traveling with kids, this is a must! This museum is full of science experiments for kids. They will learn a lot, but they will really feel like they are playing the whole time!
- Bryggens Museum (Bergen City Museum) — If you want to learn more about the history and restoration process of Bryggen, then head here!
- Leprosy Museum — This is definitely one of the more unique museums in Bergen! Late 1800s, Bergen was home to the largest concentration of leprosy patients in Europe, and you can learn about this at what used to the be leprosy hospital.
- Fantoft Stave Church — If you want to venture out of town just a bit, you can take the bus to see the Fantoft Stave Church. This is less of a museum and more of just a sight to see, but if you are interested in Stave churches you’ll want to add this to your list.
Day 7 Evening: Bryggen
There’s no better way to end your last evening in Norway than back in Bryggen, where you can grab some dinner, relax by the water, and maybe do some souvenir shopping. (Although try to hit the shopping before dinner since stores will start to close!)
We’ll keep it low-key this evening, since you probably need to head back to your hotel and start packing up. But stay out for a bit and soak up a bit more of that fresh mountain air that you will wish you could bottle up and take home with you.
Tips for Visiting Norway
If you’re coming from the United States, Norway is a relatively easy country to visit. Most Norwegians are comfortable speaking English, most restaurants and shops take credit cards (in fact, lots don’t take cash!), and cars still drive on the right side of the road.
Here are a few tips to make your travels to Norway a little smoother though:
- Expect rain! It can rain a lot in Norway, and weather can easily change from clear skies to rain within the day. Always have rain gear with you! And wear shoes that will be okay in the rain.
- Wear layers. Temperatures during the day can vary, so always be prepared with layers.
- Wear sunscreen! This is just a good all around travel tip, and since Norway can sometimes be gray or rainy, you may not think to put sunscreen on. But always apply it!
- Budget for food expenses. Norway is known to be one of the most expensive countries to visit, and we definitely saw that in the food prices! So make sure you have plenty of room in your budget for food. We definitely found Oslo to be more expensive than Bergen though.
- Learn some Norwegian. Even though Norwegians are comfortable speaking English, learn a few words like “hello” and “thank you” in Norwegian to be polite.
- Don’t be surprised with you don’t get a response. If you are trying to be polite and say “thank you” don’t be surprised if you don’t get a “you’re welcome” back. It’s just one of those cultural things, but no one is being rude!
- Consider City Passes. If you plan to see a lot of sights in Oslo and Bergen during your 7 day Norway itinerary, consider getting the Oslo Pass and Bergen Card to save money. They also include local transportation!
- Check attraction times and dates. Always be sure you know what time something opens. And check the dates too! Some museums may be closed on certain days or even during the winter entirely!
More Norway Posts
- Norway in a Nutshell Review: How to See Norway’s Incredible Fjords
- 3 Days in Bergen, Norway: What to See and Do
- 13 Best Museums in Oslo, Norway
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