20 days in Black Forest & Norway Itinerary

20 days in Black Forest & Norway Itinerary

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Heidelberg, Germany
— 2 nights
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
— 1 night
Train to Zurich, Fly to Bergen
Bergen, Norway
— 4 nights
Stavanger, Norway
— 2 nights
Flam, Norway
— 2 nights
Bus to Hellesylt, Ferry to Geiranger
Geiranger, Norway
— 3 nights
Ferry to Ålesund rutebilstasjon hurtigbåtkai, Fly to Oslo
Oslo, Norway
— 5 nights


Heidelberg, Germany — 2 nights

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg, contemplate the long history of Dicker Turm (Schloss), and then take an in-depth tour of Alte Universitaet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), make a trip to Jesuitenkirche, stroll the grounds of German War Cemetery, then take some stellar pictures from Dilsberg Castle Fortress, and finally admire the striking features of Hinterburg.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Heidelberg tour planner.

Milan, Italy to Heidelberg is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Milan in August, with highs in Heidelberg at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Freiburg im Breisgau.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany — 1 night

In the heart of a major wine-producing region, Freiburg im Breisgau serves as the primary entry point for tours into the scenic Black Forest mountain range.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche St. Martin, then contemplate the long history of Freiburger Münster, and then steep yourself in history at Historisches Kaufhaus.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Freiburg im Breisgau trip builder.

You can drive from Heidelberg to Freiburg im Breisgau in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bergen.
Historic Sites

Bergen, Norway — 4 nights

A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
Explore hidden gems such as Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum and St John's Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene and VilVite - Bergen Vitensenter. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Floyen and the Funicular, take a leisurely stroll along Fish Market, pause for some photo ops at Ludvig Holberg Statue, and see the interesting displays at Gamle Bergen Museum - Bymuseet i Bergen.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bergen online route planner.

Getting from Freiburg im Breisgau to Bergen by combination of train and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Freiburg im Breisgau in August, expect Bergen to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Stavanger.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Stavanger, Norway — 2 nights

The coastal city of Stavanger ranks among Norway's top culinary destinations, its fine restaurants and food fairs an increasingly popular attraction with impassioned foodies from around the globe.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Stavanger Cathedral and The Museum of Aviation History. Step out of the city life by going to The Stavanger region sailing experience and Tide Reiser Kjerag. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Gamle Stavanger, stop by byBrun, and examine the collection at Flyhistorisk Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Stavanger attractions planner.

Getting from Bergen to Stavanger by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Stavanger sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Flam.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
Side Trips

Flam, Norway — 2 nights

Nestled in a kingdom of mountains and fjords, the scenic village of Flam serves as a good base for exploring some of the most beautiful sights of Norwegian nature.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): hike along FjordSafari and then stroll through Flam Hiking AS.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Flam trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Stavanger to Flam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Flam when traveling from Stavanger in August, with lows around 10°C. On the 18th (Thu), you'll travel to Geiranger.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Geiranger, Norway — 3 nights

Surrounded by pristine nature, the scenic village of Geiranger serves as a gateway to some of Norway's most famous landscapes.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Seven Sisters and Geiranger Church. Visiting Geiranger Fjord and Losta will get you outdoors. When in Geiranger, make a side trip to see Stryn Sommerski in Stryn, approximately Stryn away. It doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Ornevegen - Ornesvingen and don't miss a visit to Fossevandring Geiranger.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Geiranger tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from Flam to Geiranger takes 9.5 hours. August in Geiranger sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Oslo.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Side Trip

Oslo, Norway — 5 nights

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Det Kongelige Slott and Nordmarka. Get outdoors at Oslomarka and Soerenga Public Pool. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at The Norwegian Museum of Science and Tehnology, brush up on your military savvy at Armed Forces Museum, admire the masterpieces at Vigeland Museum, and examine the collection at Kon-Tiki Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Oslo visit planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Geiranger to Oslo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Norway travel guide

Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Art Museums
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.