NORWAY … a place everyone I talk to wants to go. I seriously don’t recall ever talking to someone who said they wouldn’t be interested in going there. Norway is wanted. And famous. For its stunning nature, the fjords and the mountains. For its inspiring landscapes, great outdoor and adventure activities and being incredibly expensive. I’m amongst the lucky ones having been able to travel to Norway several times, always exploring another part of the country.
It’s needless to say that the fjords are best observed from above. While hiking up will usually give you the best views, it’s not necessary to always hike up to get stunning views. We’ll share our favorite viewpoints in Fjord Norway with you … and only one of them can be reached by foot, the rest of them you can just drive to in the comfort of your car.
[Note that this article was first published in 2015 and updated in 2020 with new viewpoints after recent adventures]
At 1.500 meters above sealevel, this might be one of the finest viewpoints in Fjord Norway. At first we were a bit hesitant if we should go up because we had to pay for it. We’re are Dutch after all and paying for a view seemed a bit strange, but since we figured we’d probably be there just once in our lives, we decided to cough up the crowns and drive the Nibbevegen all the way up to Dalsnibba. The road is narrow and windy so if you feel motionsick easily (like me!) make sure to take a car sickness pill before driving up. Once at the top, the view is stunning. All the way down below you will see the tourist town of Geiranger and the Geiranger Fjord. And all around you there are mountains. And wilderness. It’s beyond perfect and has stunning Geiranger views as well.
If you don’t fancy paying for the access to Dalsnibba, a great alternative for the best Geiranger views is Flydalsjuvet. About half way down the drive from the road down to Geiranger (hard to miss, there’s only one road down to Geiranger) you will find this viewpoint. What can we say, almost as impressive as Dalsnibba and … it’s free!
Probably one of the most famous viewpoints in Fjord Norway. Stegastein has been open since 2006 and gives your splendid views over the Aurlandsfjord. We came here in the early morning (about 8.00 am) in June and had the whole place to ourselves, except for a jacket that some left behind. However, if you find yourself unlucky, you might not be the only one, so try to go as early as you can!
At the end of the platform there’s a glass wall, making it feel like you are right at the fjord. You can access Stegastein for free, it’s about a 6 km drive from the town of Aurland. The road up (RV 243) between Aurland and Lærdal is quite a challenge as in many places it’s just wide enough for one car. Imagine having to drive your motorhome up … good luck!
Upon arrival in Norway, the first hike we made was up to Rimstigen. A sturdy uphill walk and relatively unknown by tourists, but the best hike in the area, according to the owner of the apartment we rented. The way up made me grasp for breath more than once and after deciding to quit at least 10 times (it was just one of those days) we eventually made it to the Rimstigen viewpoint with a superb vista of the UNESCO Nærøyfjord. What can I say, a priceless way to start your vacation in Norway. Just decide for yourself if you want to make the 2 hour hike up …
Utsikten on Gaularfjellet
A relatively unknown viewpoint is Utsikten on the Gaularfjellet. In 2018 I made a cycling trip in Fjord Norway and climbed this fjellet by e-bike. The ascent of the Gaularfjellet starts at Vetlefjord and takes you up in countless views to the relatively quiet viewpoint Utsikten. From here you have a view over 1,500 meter high mountains. There is a modern building with toilet facilities. The header photo of this article was also taken at Utsikten!
The Trollstigen is probably one of the most famous routes in Norway. These 11 hairpin bends are a must for any road tripper, and once you’re up there, you have a beautiful view. We visited Trollstigen on the way south, after it had been raining in Norway for days, so it was closed for a few days before. The result: even at 8:00 pm it was still incredibly busy. Nice but not something I’d do again due to it being very busy.
Conclusion and disclaimer
These were my favorite views in Fjord Norway. In recent years I made four trips to Norway and the viewpoints are a result of these trips. Hopefully you found this article useful, if you have any questions please let me know!