Ålesund Bergen drive

Driving from Ålesund to Bergen

See where to drive and where to stop along route

Driving from Ålesund to Bergen

When driving from Ålesund to Bergen you travel through the beautiful Norwegian fjord landscape.  You can plan every little stop in advance - or you can be impulsive and stop when and where you want to. But, you should of course choose a route with as many memorable attractions as possible.

If you don’t have a car, there are plenty of other alternatives for how to travel from Ålesund to Bergen.

Driving Ålesund Bergen map Photo: from Google Maps

Driving from Ålesund to Bergen

On the journey between Ålesund and Bergen, you travel through parts of Norway's most beautiful fjord landscape. The trip is 420 kilometers long and takes approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes. The most common route between Ålesund and Bergen is via Stryn and Sognefjellet (Sogn mountain).

Driving Ålesund Bergen and stops along route Oppstryn in Stryn. Photo: CH - VisitNorway.com

Ferry from Solavågen to Festøya

On this route there are two ferries, which provide a welcoming break from driving. The first ferry ride is only 20 minutes from Ålesund. This ferry goes across Storfjorden from Solavågen to Festøya and takes approximately 20 minutes. The price per car is approximately NOK 100 kroner.

Where to stop between Ålesund and Bergen

About 90 minutes drive after the ferry across Storfjorden, you reach the 3 small charming villages Stryn, Olden and Loen. These villages are located in the heart of Fjord Norway, surrounded by high mountains, and are perfect for a stop. If you are not in a hurry, we recommend a trip 1000 meters up the mountain with Loen Skylift. If you want a special nature experience, we highly recommend a detour to Briksdalsbreen (Briksdal glacier) or Jostedalsbreen (Jostedal glacier).

driving from Aalesund to Bergen via Sognefjellet - Loen Skylift View from Loen Skylift. Photo: Bård Basberg Photography/Loen Skylift

Further on towards Bergen, Huldefossen (Hule waterfall) outside Førde (2 hours drive from Loen) is a beautiful place for your next stop. Huldefossen has a drop of around 90 meters and is one of Norway's most photographed waterfalls. After Førde you have a little over 3 hours drive left before arriving in Bergen.

Driving from Aalesund to Bergen via Sognefjellet - Hulde waterfall Huldefossen (Hulde waterfall). Photo: Cole Rise / Matador Network / FjordNorway

Ferry from Lavik to Oppedal

The second ferry ride is on the drive between Førde and Bergen. This ferry crosses the Sognefjord, between Lavik and Oppedal and takes around 27 minutes. The price per car is about NOK 110.

Accommodation along the route from Ålesund to Bergen:

If you would like to stay overnight somewhere along route, consider spending the night at Sognefjord ferie. Sognefjord ferie offer apartments and cabins, right by the fjord, approximately 40 minutes from the Oppdal ferry quay. Explore the surrounding hiking trails, rent a boat for a leisurely outing, or simply relax and soak in the beautiful views overlooking the fjord. When you continue to Bergen, the drive will take you about 2 hours.

Sognefjord ferie - Panorama flats
Photo: Sognefjord ferie - Panorama leilegheiter 

Wondering what to expect when you get to the World Heritage City of Bergen? Here you will find suggestions for things to do in Bergen.

Check out driving routes to Bergen from other major cities in Norway.