Steep mountains that rise straight up from the sea create the perfect surroundings for great walking experiences with panoramic views. The hikes often start within walking distance of the town centre or a hotel or guesthouse in smaller places, which means you have more time for excursions during your holiday.

There are thousands of scenic hikes to choose from in the region. Here is a list of the five most spectacular hikes.

Do you want to hike all 5 of them? Take a look at this round trip.

Preikestolen

Preikestolen – by the Lysefjord in Ryfylke, close to Stavanger. Preikestolen is one of Norway’s most popular tourist destinations, and around 300,000 people do the hike every year.

  • The walk is about six km and takes approximately four hours there and back.
  • Season: May – October.
  • You can do the hike outside the main season as well, but only with a guide!

Take the express bus from Stavanger to Preikestolen parking (day trip)

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Trolltunga

Trolltunga is in the Hardangerfjord region and is one of the most spectacular hikes in Norway. Trolltunga is hovering 700 metres above Ringedalsvatnet lake, and is situated near the town of Odda.

  • The round-trip hike is 28 km. from the main trailhead at the parking lot P2 in Skjeggedal.
  • The estimated hiking time is 8–12 hours.
  • You can go to Trolltunga almost year-round:
    • June 1st–September 30th: We recommend hiking with a guide, but experienced hikers can hike on their own.
    • October 1st–May 31st: You should hike only with a guide!
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Aurlandsdalen

The Aurlandsdalen valley is wild and beautiful and rich in culture and history. Aurlandsdalen and the Nærøyfjord, located innermost in the Sognefjord, offer great walking opportunities, whether you want to do walks that can be done in a day or longer walks where you stay overnight in a trekking association cabin. The season is June–September.

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Skåla

Mount Skåla is considered to be the highest mountain with its foot in the fjord. From the summit by Kloumannstårnet tower, the views are spectacular as you overlook the glacier, fjord and mountains.

  • The walk up takes about five hours, while the descent takes two to three hours.
  • The season is June–September.
© Sverre Hjørnevik

Romsdalseggen

Romsdalseggen is one of Norway’s most beautiful hikes, offering spectacular views of the Romsdalsfjellene mountains. From Romsdalseggen you can see the Trollveggen cliff, but also as far as the town of Molde and the Norwegian Sea.

  • The walk is about 10 km, and it takes between five and eight hours.
  • Season: June–September.
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