The thing I will remember about this place is the noise from the water...it pounds in your ears... read more
We were in Norway for about 14 days. We started in Bergen and stayed there for 2 days. Then we drove to Sogne Fjord and Naeroyfjord (E39 and R13 are your friends as is E134 depending on what you want to visit). We also... More
We were in Norway for about 14 days. We started in Bergen and stayed there for 2 days. Then we drove to Sogne Fjord and Naeroyfjord (E39 and R13 are your friends as is E134 depending on what you want to visit). We also hiked and kayaked near Gudvangen (Naeroyfjord) We returned to Bergen for 1 night and then ventured to Hardanger Fjord (same main driving routes - GPS is excellent in the rental car or cell phone - the routes are very well marked and easy to drive). The main focus for us was hiking Trolltunga and in and around Odda. Beautiful waterfalls, mountains and hiking. We camped in the Odda Camp Ground and stayed at the Tyssedal hotel for one night. R13 is the most scenic route and the National Tourist Highway. From there we went to Lysefjord. We camped at a campground near and hiked Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock). Again R13 is the key route. Take it to Forsand. From here we took a cruise along Lysefjord to Lysebotn to hike the famous Kjeragbolten. You can take your car on the ferry/cruise or you can park your car in Forsand. Depends on what you you are doing at any of the stops along Lysefjord and whether you need the car. There is additional charge for your vehicle on the cruise, We then stayed in Jorpeland for 2 nights. This included a day trip to Starvanger. R13 is the route. There are a couple of different car ferries to take to Starvanger - the main one from Tau. We had planned on taking E39 from Starvanger back to Bergen (note there are several ferries that you need to plan for - they have excellent ferry schedules). However, my daughter left something in the Tyssedal Hotel and we had to return the same way we came - back along R13 to E39 and back to Bergen. One thing to note...R13 is two lanes and tight - with some one-lane sections. So drive carefully and look for turn offs to allow on-coming traffic to pass by. Be courteous. The scenery is well worth the thin road. Also note that the speed limit is very low - like 60-70 Km per hour. So plan for that - time-wise. Also note that periodically they have cameras that record and snap if you are over the speed limit. My recommendation is that speeding is not worth the risk. Better to be safe and enjoy. One final note...there are a lot of tunnels - many without internal lighting - so turn your headlights on. I found that the plethora of tunnels were an amazing fete of engineering. Net: very, very easy to drive nd navigate - especially to the main venues.