If you plan to visit Norway then there are many ways to explore this incredible country. You can focus on natural attractions and feel like a true explorer on vacation. Go sightseeing during the day and stargaze in the unspoiled night skies. Norway is Europe’s second-least populated country, meaning that the stars are more visible here than elsewhere. Do you prefer the convenience, buzz, and bright lights of larger cities? Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, and Ålesund are famous for their interesting architecture and accessible luxury.
Rocks or fjords?
Among Norway’s many natural wonders, interesting rock formations are undoubtedly a symbol of the country. Almost every trip to the Land of Trolls includes a visit to at least one of Norway’s iconic rock formations such as Preikestolen, Kjeragbolten or Trolltunga. Preikestolen is a 604-meter high cliff whose walls fall into the Lysefjord – the almost completely flat surface is the perfect place to admire these spectacular views, but take care as there are no barriers! Unleash your inner adrenaline junkie by visiting Kjeragbolten, which is the stone apparently resting between two cliffs at an altitude of 1000 metres. One of the most photographed places in Norway is the “troll’s tongue”, rolltunga. The flat rock protruding over an abyss above Lake Ringedalsvatnet attracts thrill-seekers and photographers from all over the world.
If you are looking for amazing views without strenuous trekking, visit Norway’s most popular fjords. The Naeroyfjord is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, while the King of the fjords is surely Sognefjord, with a length of over 200 kilometres! You can experience Norwegian folklore at the Geirangerfjord is home to Norwegian folklore, with mountains reaching 1,700 metres rising out of the water and towering over an area rich with traditional grass-roofed cottages.
Relaxation or excitement?
If you prefer the laid-back atmosphere of Norway’s coastal towns with their famous white wooden buildings, the Norwegian Riviera is perfect. You can travel around Sørlandet from village to village or island to island, soaking up its fairytale atmosphere. We recommend, Risør, Tvedestrand, and Gjeving as being particularly pleasant places to visit.
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For a thrilling experience, take a cruise on the Norwegian or Barents Sea where you can see the amazing nature of the west coast from aboard a ship. You can also go fishing for Norwegian salmon, along with rafting in Sjoa and Gudbrandsdalen. In Norway, you will also find exciting, scenic routes such as Atlanterhavsvegen, the Atlantic Road, and Trollstigen, or the Trolls’ Way.
Aurora or white nights?
Norway is one of the few European countries where you can admire the spectacular Aurora Borealis. You can hunt this majestic light show in the sky from September 21 to March 21 every year and they are best seen from northern areas such as Tromsø, Kirkenes, Lofoten, Svalbard, and Bodø. If you are visiting Scandinavia in summer, you can also experience another amazing natural spectacle – white nights. Don’t be surprised if you realise in the middle of the night that dusk hasn’t happened yet!
Norway’s most interesting cities
Tempted by flights to the Norwegian cities? Rightly so! Norway’s cities blend large-metropolis cosmopolitan vibes with a relaxed small-town atmosphere for a unique and laid-back atmosphere. Must-see Oslo is brimming with amazing architecture and lovers of Art Nouveau tenement houses, wooden Scandinavian-style villas, and brutalism will all find something here. Each of Oslo’s districts are surprising and unique so look carefully as you wander the city’s streets.
If you want to enjoy a seaside atmosphere and see the typical Norwegian colourful wooden houses cascading down a mountainside, visit Bergen, where the mountains meet the sea. This city, known as the gateway to the fjords, is a real treat for anyone hoping to experience those typically Norwegian landscapes. An artistic atmosphere prevails in Trondheim, where you can find galleries, studios, and museums at almost every turn. No wonder the city is home to one of Norway’s most important art academies.
Galleries or concerts?
Do you love to get into the culture of a destination in order to unwind? When visiting Oslo, be sure to visit the opera house, designed by the prestigious architectural firm Snøhetta. This extraordinary building inspires the same range of emotions as the performances within. Another interesting location is the Vigelandsparken, which contains 212 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, and also the Munchmuseet, also known as the Edvard Munch museum. In Bergen, take the iconic Fløibanen Railway up to Fløy Hill then walk among the wooden houses of the Bryggen district, which is famous for its wonderful small museums and shops.
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In Trondheim, head to the Gamle Bybro Bridge, from which you can admire colourful tenement houses. On weekends residents fish by dropping their fly lines and hooks straight into the river from their windows! Just beyond the charming bridge begins a maze of quaint streets in Bakkldandet, with numerous galleries featuring local artists. If you appreciate music, Trondheim will surely charm you as many festivals and concerts take place here, such as Olavsfest or the International Improv Festival.
Fine dining and luxury accommodation in Norway
Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim are multi-faceted cities where you’ll find cosy bed & breakfast accommodation, campsites, and hotels. In the capital, you will also find plenty of five-star hotels, such as Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Amerikalinjen, and the Grand Hotel. For dinner, head to one of the city’s many critically-acclaimed restaurants such as Alaise, Maaemo, and Hyde. In Bergen, relax in comfort at the Opus 16 or Bergen Børs Hotel and try delicious dishes in restaurants such as Lysverket, Bare, or Moon.
For a chic side to Trondheim head to restaurants such as Speilsalen, Credo, or FAGN. You can also count on special treatment at the five-star Britannia Hotel. Don’t forget the city’s many spas, salons, and saunas for a warming and relaxing treat – particularly welcome in the colder off-season months
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From starlit nights to five-star luxury, Norway has it all! What are you waiting for?