The Scandinavian country, Norway is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. There are so many places in Norway to visit, the country is packed with mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. With its interesting culture and history of the Vikings, Norway is on the top of the list of many travelers. While you would want to visit every part of this naturally blessed country, here are ten places that should be at the top of your list.
1. Western Fjords and Alesund:
Norway has more than a thousand Fjords and they are found throughout the country. In West Norway, you will find some of the most beautiful and dramatic fjords like the Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord both are on the UNESCO world heritage list. Apart from these some other famous Norwegian fjords are the Lysefjord, the Hardangerfjord, the Aurlandsfjord, the Sognefjord, the Hjørundfjord, the Romsdalsfjord, the Trollfjord, and the Nordfjord. The city Ålesund is at the entrance to the Geirangerfjord and one of the famous cities of Norway that you have to visit. Some of the must-visits include the Runde Island, Jugendstilsenteret, Sunnmøre Museum, The Art Nouveau Town, and Aksla Viewpoint.
Oslo is Norway’s capital on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord. It is home to the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Akershus Fortress, Vigeland Park. Its green spaces and museums, many of them are on the Bygdøy Peninsula and the Holmenkollbakken which is a famous ski-jumping hill and it also has a ski museum. Also, you can take a trip to Trolltunga from Oslo for a unique hike experience.
Bergen is surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord. There’s a lot to explore in Bergen like the colorful Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf which is a UNESCO protected site, the Bergenhus fortress, and Bergen’s royal residence. Bergen is the second largest city and one of the best regions to explore in Norway. There are a number of museums in this city. Also for a hiking trail explore Fløyen and for a magnificent view of the city explore Fløibanen.
4. Lofoten Islands:
The Lofoten archipelago in Norway is packed with some of the most magnificent sites you will ever see like sandy beaches and towering mountains to dramatic fjords and lush green hillsides and tiny and beautiful villages, Lofoten also has several interesting museums and galleries including the Viking Museum. The Reinebringen hike is one of the best hiking trails, also, don’t forget to explore the beautiful village Hamnøy and the tiny village of Reine, Svolvaer. You can check out the Austvågøy island. Take a boat ride through Trollfjord and also, explore the beach Utakleiv from where northern lights are visible.
Stavanger is surrounded by beautiful fjords, mountains, and long, white beaches and it also has a collection of museums like the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, Stavanger Art Museum and cultural events. You can explore scenic landmarks like the Lysefjord where you will find the famous cliff Preikestolen or the Pulpit Rock. Visit the old Stavanger that has Europe’s best preserved wooden house settlement and the Stavanger Cathedral is Norway’s oldest cathedral.
The Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is known for its rugged, remote terrain of glaciers and its wildlife including the frozen tundra sheltering polar bears, Svalbard reindeer, and Arctic foxes. It is famous for viewing the Northern Lights during winter, and also, for the “midnight sun” in summer.
7. Jotunheimen National Park:
Norway has around a total of 47 national parks and each of them holds unique characteristics. The Jotunheimen is Norway’s premier national park. The park encompasses several mountain ranges including Northern Europe’s two highest peaks, Galdhøpiggen and Glittertind. It is also home to Vettisfossen, which is the highest waterfall in Norway. Jostedalsbreen is another national park in Norway famous for the Jostedalsbreen glacier.
Trondheim is one of the historic cities in Norway. From Sverresborg, the restored 12th-century castle, to the Nidaros Cathedral, this is the perfect city if you want to explore the history of Norway. Some of the famous places in this city include the old town bridge, the Kristiansten fortress, Trøndelag folk museum, Nidelva river, Ringve music museum, Bakklandet, and Gråkallen.
Tromso is a major cultural hub and It’s famed as a viewing point for colorful Northern Lights. The city includes the Tromso University Museum, The Science Center of Northern Norway, Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden. You can Moor in a Spa Boat from the city and explore the Arctic Circle. It is situated on the island of Tromsoya, and there is a lot to explore. The Arctic Cathedral, Polaris, Fjellheisen are some of the must-visits of the city.
10. Drive The Atlanterhavsveien and The Trollstigen:
If you want to witness some of the most amazing views of Norway take a drive on the Atlanterhavsveien or the Atlantic Road which Connects the mainland of Norway with the lovely island of Averoya. And the world famous Trollstigen road, between the villages of Andalsnes and Valldal.