Welcome To Norway and the Norwegian hyperloop! This is how you can start in Oslo and see some of the most epic sights, stave churches, fjords, roads and general Norwegian epicness in less than 48 hrs. If you are in a hurry, this is the road to take to see the most in the least amount of time. Some of the sights visited on this hypertrip is Beitostølen, Jotunheimen, Lom and the stave church here, Dalsnibba with epic views into the Geiranger fjord. The amazing Trollstigen road, Molde, the Atlantic sea road, Kristiansund, the Sunndalsøra fjord, Dovrefjell, Rondane and Lillehammer. Phew!
This is the Norwegian Hyper Loop. We thought we should find out if we could go to some of the most iconic Norwegian places in less than 48 hours, only 1-night road trip across the mountains from Oslo to Molde and back. A 1300 kilometres done by departing Oslo at 8 am, arriving in Molde 9 pm, leaving Molde at 7 am and arriving in Oslo 10 pm. If you have just 2 days and 1 night to experience Norway, this is the itinerary for you. Best time to do this road trip is May and June, spring in Norway is the most magical time, with lush greenery in the valleys and fjords, combined with lots of snow on the mountains. This itinerary is compressing mountains, fjords and spectacular roads and scenery all the way.
Oslo-Molde, day 1
If you start from Oslo or if you arrive by flight and start from Gardermoen Oslo Airport, it’s basically the same thing, E16 to Hønefoss is the first thing you need to do. From Oslo you approach from south and from Gardermoen you come in from the east. From Hønefoss you continue up the valley, and there is a lot of valley and a lot of spruce trees on this first leg, like many of the other valleys of Norway. But there are beautiful inland lakes and rivers to follow, and you will get glimpses of the mountains in the distance now and then. Keep on trucking on E16 until Fagernes, then you continue on FV51 to Beitostølen over Valdresflya. From Beitostølen and over the mountain this road is winter closed, please check Nasjonale Turistveger website to see if the road you are driving is opened yet. The opening of roads that are winter closed can happen anytime from April to late June depending on the winter’s snowfall. Valdresflya was used by Top Gear to test their combine plow thing. This road hugs the Jotunheimen national park, and it has spectacular hikes in the spring and summertime.
After crossing the first mountain, and surely stopped for photos of snowdrifts and views, you once again meet a valley and do a right on E15 west towards Lom. It is well worth a stop, probably for lunch at Lom bakery with its spectacular location on a raging waterfall, and to visit the Lom Stave Church.
From Lom you continue on E15 west until you get to one of the most spectacular crossroads where the E15 continues towards Stryn and Ålesund and FV63 goes northwest towards Geiranger.
This is also a winter closed road, so check if its open before you go. This is one epic stretch of road, nestling in a valley with high snow-covered mountains on each side. Like all Norwegian roads, its narrow and you need to look out for campervans in both directions. Halfway to Geiranger you must take the road up to the Dalsnibba viewpoint. On a clear day it is breath taking to gaze into the Geiranger fjord below. it costs NOK 170 for a car, but this is a small price to pay for a view like that. On the way down to Geiranger there are some awesome stops you can make for photos, among those are the Flydalsjuvet.
Geiranger itself is a quaint little hamlet, but if there is a cruise ship there, it will be overfilled with people, and best to just drive past it. Later years the lobbying for limiting or stopping the cruise ships have been an issue, not only the amount of people, but also the amount of pollutants those huge ships brings into the fjord. On a busy day you can see the haze from the smoke that the ships emit.
If you can get the planning right, and if you can get a place on the ferry, one of the most mind bending ferry rides of the world is from Geiranger to Hellesylt or Valldal (this is the direction of our road trip). Continue up the fjord ridge on FV63, with a stop at the Ørnesvingen (eagles’ corner) view point and then push on over yet another mountain to Eidsdal.
Take the ferry from Eidsdal to Linge. Continue FV63 towards Trollstigen. This is another mountain climb from the fjord and up, but at the end of the mountain, yet another spectacular view. The Trollstigen (Trolls ladder) viewpoint and road. One of the most spectacular bits of tarmac anywhere in the world winding down the mountain side with impossible twists and bends. But before you head down the road, make sure to walk and visit the platform hanging in thin air over the valley. Not for those with a fear of heights, but if you dare to walk out over the abyss, it will make for one hell of a photo opportunity.
If the weather is fair, you might also see the wing suit maniacs hurling themselves down the mountain and flying along the walls of the Trollveggen massive. Trollveggen is Europe’s highest massive drop, 1700 meters, with over a 1000 metres vertical drop with a 50 meter overhang. The Trollveggen is regarded as the home of BASE jumping from mountains, in 1980 Finn Jorma Øster was the first to parachute off Trollveggen, thus giving birth to a new sport. Watch a YouTube video from the wingsuit flying at Trollstigen.
Continue down the valley, and stop for more photos on the way, it is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. When you reach the end of FV63 you continue on FV64 towards Molde, and then a short hop on another ferry across a fjord, and you are in Molde. A beautiful town, the city lies with its back to the Atlantic Ocean and the money shot is the view from town back towards those mountain massives with their snow-capped peaks. We arrived at 9pm in the evening, so we had no time for much more than some dinner and beers, before hitting the bed exhausted.
Molde-Oslo, day 2
From Molde we continued on FV64 towards Kristiansund. This road will yield the Atlantic Ocean Road (Atlanterhavsveien) also used by Top Gear and others because of its rawness and epicness hovering above the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. It makes for some awesome photos. It is not a long stretch of road but makes up for it in pure fierceness and stubbornness of being put in such an epic place.
We had to skip Kristiansund, just because of time, so no offence to the city, but we had no time for it. From Kristiansund we headed back east on E70 past Tingvoll and to Sunndalsøra. Here you will hug magnificent Tingvollfjord until you reach Sundalsøra. A typical Norwegian small town in the end of a fjord, many have or have had heavy industry history, with typical power heavy factories that use hydro power to smelt and process ore from around the world. In Sunndal they have the most modern and largest primary aluminium plant in Europe. Keep on trucking along the valley and rivers until you reach the alpine village of Oppdal famous for being one of the largest alpine skiing areas in Norway.
From Oppdal you will drive on the E6 south and enter the Dovrefjell area, up on this mountain plateau there are musk ox roaming, so watch out for those while driving. At Hjerkinn you can go two ways, either continue on the main road E6 south via Dombås and Otta, or like we did, take the detour via the Rondane national park. FV29 to Folldal and then the FV27 south. You will have the Rondane mountains on your right, and there are some spectacular stops along the way. The Sohlbergplassen stop offers a cool platform among the spruces to take in the vistas of the park.
Diving back into the valleys again you re-enter the E6 for a straight run down to Lillehammer home of the 1994 Olympics. From here it’s a two-hour drive back to Oslo. We arrived around 9pm in Oslo.
This was the Hyper Loop, if a hyper tour of Norway is what you need, this will take you past some of the most spectacular sights Norway has to offer. If we should recommend some amendments to this itinerary, it would be to either add an extra night in Kristiansund and explore some more of Molde and Kristiansund and the coast in that area. Or turn south in Molde and go via Ålesund and spend a night here, it is a very nice town, and has some very cool places to see and eat. And then go via even more fjords back to Oslo. Enjoy the roads of Norway, but be careful on the narrow roads, watch out for campervans, and look out for speed cameras, it is expensive to get caught for speeding in Norway. Drive safe and enjoy!