There’s so much to see and do on the journey between ‘the city between the seven mountains’ Bergen, the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund and the spectacular Scenic Route the Atlantic Road. The coastal culture has deep roots in Norway and you can find hidden gems in the small historic fishing villages and towns, explore lighthouses and coast paths or even try your hand at fishing.
Bergen – Førde, 175 km, 1 ferry, 3 h
The most obvious way of exploring Bergen is on foot along the city’s cobbled streets. Discover the charming neighbourhoods of Sandviken and Nordnes, with their quaint wooden houses. The Hanseatic area of Bryggen will take you back to the Middle Ages, with its traditional narrow alleyways.
For a bird’s eye view, take the Fløibanen funicular to Mount Fløyen and then stroll back down to the city centre at your own pace. At the Norwegian Fisheries Museum in Sandviken, children and adults alike can explore the interesting history of fisheries, hire rowing boats and explore the shore.
On the way to Førde, you will travel through varied coastal landscapes, heathland and forests, along valleys and over mountains. Sunnfjord Museum just outside the centre of Førde has an impressive collection of old cotter’s farms in beautiful scenery.
If you have time, take the Scenic Route Gaularfjellet (closed in winter) with its spectacular waterfalls, or visit the artist Nikolai Astrup’s childhood home in Astruptunet.
Førde – Florø, 55 km, 1 h
The idyllic town of Florø is Norway’s westernmost town. Maybe it’s time to plot in a lighthouse safari? Visit the island of Kinn, with its stone church from the Middle Ages or try a sample from the local brewery of the same name.
Florø – Måløy, 100 km, 1 ferry, 2 h 30 min
There are several accommodation options along the beautiful coast. Stay in the small coastal town of Måløy, or maybe you are more tempted by an exclusive stay at Kråkenes lighthouse, with the open sea as your nearest neighbour? Stroll along the quay and make sure you visit the natural attractions just outside the town centre. Refviksanden, with its 1.5-km-long stretch of fine white sand, is one of Norway’s most beautiful beaches. The characteristic Kannesteinen rock has been formed by the tides over thousands of years.
The idyllic fishing village of Kalvåg, with its traditional rorbu shacks, art gallery and freshly caught seafood is well worth a visit. You can hire a boat here or try your luck at fishing from the quay.
Måløy – Ålesund, 145 km, 2 ferries, 3 h 30 min
On the way to Ålesund, take the time to visit the monastery island of Selje, a truly unique place. Go on a guided tour and learn about the legend of St. Sunniva. When you arrive in Ålesund, you can start with a walk up Mount Aksla for a fantastic view. Ålesund has some of the world’s most unique Art Nouveau buildings and a guided city walk is highly recommended.
There are also lots of exciting activities to choose from here, like a kayaking trip in Brosundet sound, deepsea fishing, or a high-speed trip on a RIB to the bird island. The Møre coast is the home of clipfish, so don’t miss the chance to try this traditional dish at one of the town’s great restaurants.
Ålesund – Kristiansund, 185 km, 1 ferry, 4 h
In Molde, visit the Romsdal Museum and wander around the collection of village and town buildings. From Varden, you can see how many of the 222 snow-capped peaks of the Molde panorama you can count.
Go island hopping with the car ferry to Finnøy and on to Ona with its 25 permanent residents. The tiny island, with its lighthouse towering over the colourful houses, really is a treat.
Make a stop between the fishing village of Bud and Kristiansund to enjoy one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Norway. The Atlantic Road National Tourist Route is an impressive architectural feat, as it winds its way alongside small islands and inlets at the ocean's edge. Follow the path around Eldhusøya island or try your luck at fishing.
Kristiansund – Trondheim, 200 km, 1 ferry, 3 h 30 min
In Kristiansund, we recommend a trip on the local Sundbåten boat. The town centre is scattered over four islands and the boat service has carried passengers between the islands for over 200 years! Take a trip to Grip island and visit a true gem at the ocean's edge. The island, which is now uninhabited, has one of the smallest stave churches in the world and was once Norway’s smallest municipality and a lively fishing village.
The journey continues north to Trondheim, where the impressive Nidaros Cathedral is a key monument of the city’s thousand-year history.
The local tourist offices can give you good and useful information.