15 days in Southern Norway, Northern Norway & Central Norway Itinerary

15 days in Southern Norway, Northern Norway & Central Norway Itinerary

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Kristiansand — 3 nights

Kristiansand, historically Christianssand / Christiansand, is a city and municipality in Norway. Explore hidden gems such as Sjosanden and Odderoya. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kristiansand Domkirke, stop by Annas Rom, make a trip to Fiskebrygga, and laugh and play at Dyreparken.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Kristiansand road trip planning website.

Manama, Bahrain to Kristiansand is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manama to Kristiansand, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Manama in December; daily highs in Kristiansand reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly to Svolvaer.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Theme Parks
Side Trips

Svolvaer — 1 night

The largest town on the Lofoten Islands, Svolvaer serves as a good base from which to launch your tour of the archipelago.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on Lofoten Lights.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Svolvaer holiday planner.

You can fly from Kristiansand to Svolvaer in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and ferry. In December in Svolvaer, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Tromso.
Trails · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Tromso — 5 nights

The cultural and economic hub of northern Norway, Tromso boasts a historical city center containing one of the highest concentrations of wooden houses in Europe.
Explore hidden gems such as Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet and Prestvannet Lake. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Polar Museum, snap pictures at Tromso Bridge, look and learn at Northern Norwegian Science Center, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Polaria.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tromso journey builder tool.

Fly from Svolvaer to Tromso in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Svolvaer in December, things will get little chillier in Tromso: highs are around 0°C and lows about -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Trondheim.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums
Side Trip

Trondheim — 5 nights

The oldest of Norway's major cities, Trondheim sits on the southern shore of one of the country's longest fjords.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vitensenteret i Trondheim and Room Escape Games. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Sverresborg Trondelag Folk Museum, take in the views from Old Town Bridge, wander the streets of Bakklandet, and examine the collection at Rockheim.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Trondheim sightseeing app.

Fly from Tromso to Trondheim in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In December, daily temperatures in Trondheim can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Southern Norway travel guide

Zoos · Lighthouses · Room Escape Games
Visit diverse communities, explore lush nature, and go on a sailing trip around the scenic shores of Southern Norway. Life here is largely focused on the coast, and many of the region’s settlements are located by the sea. Larger cities like Kristiansand and Arendal are the area's cultural and economic centers, offering all the amenities of urban surroundings, with plenty of sightseeing and entertainment opportunities. Other coastal settlements are mainly peaceful port towns, where life goes at slower pace. Further inland, you can find a selection of idyllic villages, where many of the locals still practice traditional crafts, and where you can visit different historical attractions. This area is a prime destination for spending time outdoors, fishing in lakes and rivers, hiking, and enjoying winter sports.

Northern Norway travel guide

Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Nature & Wildlife Tours
Land of the Northern Lights
Located at the northernmost tip of continental Europe, Northern Norway is a place where civilizations meet, the sun shines at midnight, and auroras paint the skies. Learn about the local culture, a mosaic of Sami, Norwegian, Finnish, and Russian influences, and see the historical attractions that stretch from prehistory to the Cold War era. Despite their modest size, the region’s cities are vibrant places with many unique architectural features and an exciting nightlife. Outside the cities, you'll find a vast area of pristine nature with mountains, fjords, lakes, and rivers. Here you can take part in a number of outdoor activities, from golfing and rock climbing in the summer, to dog sledding and skiing in the winter. Complete your Arctic vacation by tasting the local specialties, including fresh dairy products and seafood, whale and reindeer meat, and seagull eggs followed by home-brewed beer.

Central Norway travel guide

Churches · Specialty Museums · Bridges
Take a trip to Central Norway to admire its natural beauty, visit historical communities, and immerse yourself in a rich cultural heritage. The area is renowned for its mountainous landscape, perfect for hiking, rafting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. It is also one of Norway’s main centers for winter sports, having hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics. Numerous cultural monuments are scattered throughout the area, from rock carvings and wooden churches to museums of local history. Small towns and villages preserve a slow-paced way of life, and are known for their hospitality and homemade food. The urban center of the region is the city of Trondheim, the first capital of Norway, and a hub of education, arts, and culture.