Norway

Best Places to Visit in Norway

The country shares a long eastern border with Sweden (1,619 km or 1,006 mi long). Norway is bordered by Finland and Russia to the north-east, and the Skagerrak strait to the south, with Denmark on the other side. Norwaycountry of northern Europe that occupies the western half of the Scandinavian peninsula. Nearly half of the inhabitants of the country live in the far south, in the region around Oslo, the capital.  The country is situated in Northern Europe, the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, with coastlines at the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. There are 5.2 million people living in Norway. About 32 per cent of the population have higher education. Like Sweden and Denmark, Norway has grown to become a multicultural country. these days Norway is one of the richest countries in the world, due to the oil industry, which nowadays is the most important part of Norway’s economy.

1) Stave Churches

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A stave church is a medieval wooden Christian church building once common in north-western Europe.   It is usually characterized by post and lintel construction, which uses timber framing.  The stave churches are therefore an especially valuable part of our architectural heritage, and have become our most important contribution to world architecture. The Flesberg Stave Church is located in Buskerud County, and it was constructed toward the end of the 12th century. Urnes stave church was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, as the only stave church, already in 1979. Borgund stave church in Lærdal (around 1180), also in the Sognefjord area, is the most visited and most photographed church. the Gol Stave Church was originally located in Gol. Today, however, this stave church is found at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History in Oslo. In the middle ages there were similar types of churches all over North-Western Europe.

2) Trolltunga

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At the western edge of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau and near the town of Odda, Trolltunga (the troll’s tongue) and the valley below were carved out by an icecap that covered most of Scandinavia during a series of ice ages. Trolltunga is one of the most scenic and spectacular cliffs in Norway, hovering 700 metres above Ringedalsvatnet lake. Situated at the western edge of the Hardangervidda plateau, near the town of Odda, Trolltunga was carved by the icecap that once covered most of Scandinavia. This unique cliff is extending out horizontally out from the mountain, into free air about 700 meters (2,300 feet) above the north side of the lake Ringedalsvatnet. The cliff overlooks the valleys of the Hardanger region. The mountains surrounding the cliff reach heights of up to 1,500 meters (4,920 feet). The hiking season lasts from 1 June to 31 August. Guided hiking is recommended, but experienced hikers can go on their own. Start your hike before 8 am to make sure you’ll get back before it gets dark. There is an additional trailhead at P3 Mågelitopp. The round-trip hike from P3 Mågelitopp is 20 km with an ascent of about 320 metres. The estimated hiking time is 7–10 hours.

3) Fish Market in Bergen

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Bergen’s fish market is one of the town’s most famous spot. Here you can take a walk along the bustling market and check out the fresh culinary treasures from the sea. This fish market is a famous and historic market place where fishermen sold their seafood to the locals in Bergen. Farmers from the areas around Bergen also sold their produce here. You can also stop by for a bite to eat. Try the freshly made shrimp and eat them at the market or at Bryggen next to the fish market. The market is mostly active during the summer, in the winter you can visit the indoor market. The Bergen fish market is a picturesque and lively spot in the heart of Bergen. As the name would suggest the stalls in the market mainly sells fish, but you can also buy fruit, vegetables, handcrafted objects and souvenirs. There is a indoor seafood restaurants at the market with an open outdoor area in the summer season. The indoor area is open all year and it is very popular among tourists.

4) Alta

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Alta Norway is situated well above the Arctic Circle. Housing only 20,000 inhabitants, this small and off the beaten track destination is perfect for an adventurous trip to Norway in winter. AltaNorway is a small town in the vast Scandinavian arctic plateau, full of surprises and magical discoveries both for those who live here . The importance of these rock carvings were acknowledged in 1985 when they were inscribed into UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Alta has a rich history and culture, in 1960 rock carvings and paintings thought to be several thousand years old left by hunters and fishermen were discovered by a local farmer. Alta has it’s own airport, Alta Airport (ALF) and SAS and Norwegian Airlines operate several daily direct flights from Oslo Airport, Gardermoen. The flight time is approximately 1 hr 45 min. Tromso is also only a 30 minute direct flight away from Alta. 

5) Jazz and Sunday Market at Oslo’s .

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Although not that many in number, in Oslo’s markets you’ll be able to shop at affordable prices, get fresh produce and find unique, vintage treasures – from clothing to bric-a-brac. Spring and autumn are the seasons for flea markets and yard sales in Oslo. Many school bands and other organisations organise flea markets twice a year, typically in April/May and September/October. Open every single day from 7am to 7pm, the Oslo Fish Market on City Hall Pier is a really immersive experience: you can buy fresh fish and shellfish at the seafood counter, you can get ready-made meals from the chefs there, or you can sit at one of the tables by the water (even after the market closes) and enjoy Nordic seafood dishes, oysters and sushi. Oslo’s markets also provide an excellent opportunity for people-watching, so even if you’re on a tight budget, they give you a good chance to experience the ‘real’ Oslo. As with all markets, early birds catch the best deals. Go before the crowds arrive!

6) Tromso

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Tromsø is a municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Tromsø.  In Northern Norway, Tromsø is a city that can’t be compared to anywhere else in Europe. High in the Arctic Circle, the city is on the island of Tromsøya, ringed by forbidding mountain peaks like the famous Tromsdalstinden to the east. During the Polar Night, which lasts from November to January, the sun doesn’t rise at all. Then the days get progressively longer until the Midnight Sun period, from May to July, when it never sets.The streets in downtown Tromsø are full of restaurants and bars that combine local produce with international flavours. You will find the world’s northernmost brewery, Mack Ølbryggeri, in Tromsø. Several popular microbreweries have popped up in the latest years, including Bryggeri 13 and Graff. Tromsø is a tiny island, roughly the same size as Manhattan, and is home to approximately 70,000 inhabitants, making it the second-most populated city north of the Arctic Circle. 

 

7) Geirangerfjord

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The fjord is one of Norway’s most visited tourist sites. In 2005, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, jointly with the Nærøyfjorden. The Geirangerfjord is one of Norway’s most popular natural attractions. The fjord is 260 metres deep while the surrounding mountains are 1600-1700 metres high. For nature lovers, the Geirangerfjord has plenty to offer. Experience the fjords and the waterfalls from one of the many available sightseeing trips, go hiking in stunning surroundings or experience the fjords from a new perspective in a kayak. Other popular activities in the area include fishing, rafting and cycling. The now deserted fjord farms tell the tales of a different time and way of life. You can visit some of the farms, such as Skageflå, Knivsflå, Blomberg, Matvik, Syltevik and Westerås. This fjord is surrounded by some of the steepest mountains on the entire west coast. It is very narrow and has no habitable shore area, for the precipitous heights rise in sheer and rugged strata almost straight out of the water.

8) Flåm

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The Flåm Railway, or Flåmsbana, may be one of the most scenic and beautiful train rides in the world, and has become more and more popular over the years. . Norway’s most popular fjord tour is Norway in a Nutshell! Experience the world famous Flåm Railway and a fjord cruise on the Nærøyfjord. A fjord cruise through this narrow and beautiful fjord will give you the memory of a lifetime! the amazing train journey from the high mountain station of Myrdal on the Bergen Line down to Flåm station, innermost in the Aurlandsfjord.  Flåm is a village in Sogn og Fjordane county, at the innermost point of the Aurlandsfjord arm of the Sognefjord. Flåm is among the busiest cruiseports in Norway. The Flåm Railway Museum offers insights to the construction of one of Europe’s steepest railway journeys, the technical development and the people responsible. 

9) Vardo

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Vardø gets its name from the words wolf and island. On “wolf island” people have lived for over a thousand years. Vardø has the best viewpoint towards the Norwegian-Russian Arctic and the Northeast Passage. It will thrill you with its location on a windy island, connected to the mainland with Norway’s oldest underwater tunnel.The worlds most northern fortress village. One of Norways oldest townstatus from 1789. Vardø is Norway´s north-easternmost town. Vardø is famous for its festivals, street art and snowball fights, winter storms and midnight sun, birdlife and fishing. Vardø is a place of contrast.It will freshen you up with its climate (this is the last stop before the North Pole). And it will amuse you with its good-humoured and friendly people. VardøNorway’s most northeasterly town, was once on the verge of dying out. But a passionate local is hoping to turn its fortunes around.

10) Pulpit Rock

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Pulpit Rock, known locally as Preikestolen, and located in Rogaland, Norway is one of the most beautiful spots in the country, offering the opportunity for incredible photographs. Preikestolen is a square rock formation resembling a pulpit standing 604 meters above the majestic Lysefjord in Norway. The hike to the plateau takes about two hours.  Pulpit Rock is a flat plateau of rock that measures approximately 25m x 25m, offering wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. Jutting 604 meters in the air above Lysefjord, it’s possible to see all the way to Lysebotn which lies at the end of Lysefjord. Pulpit Rock is the most popular Nelson hike. Locals treat the trail like an outdoor gym and sometimes it feels like half the town is out hiking!  The Pulpit Rock Bus offers several daily departures between Stavanger and the trailhead. Your return journey is open. The bus stops at Stavanger hotels and major transport hubs in Stavanger, like Byterminalen, the main bus station as well as the train station.

11) Reine (Lofoten Islands)

 

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Lofoten is an archipelago and a traditional district in the county of Nordland, Norway. Located far north of the Arctic Circle, Lofoten is a place where mother nature reminds you who’s in charge. The granite mountains hide many surprises. This tiny and picturesque fishing village is one of best places to stay as you explore the Lofoten Islands. Adventures in Reine are in abundance and whatever you do, you will have the unique nature around you. From idyllic fishing villages to remarkable beaches that seem so out of place in Arctic Norway, Lofoten has it all. The good news is, if the weather looks bad you can probably just wait 10 minutes and it will change.  if you’re planning on doing lots of walking or hiking, definitely bring some really good waterproof pants with you.

12) Oslo

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As one of Europe’s fastest growing cities this decade, Oslo is buzzing with energy from new neighbourhoods and cutting-edge food, to fashion and art scenes. Oslo is positioned at the northernmost end of the Oslofjord, and occupies around 40 big and small islands within its limits. The city was renamed Oslo in 1925 and developed rapidly after World War II. In 1948 Oslo incorporated the nearby township of Aker, and in the following decades a number of satellite towns and residential areas grew up to the east and west of the city. The climate of the region is temperate, humid. Since weather in Oslo is pleasant, tourists visit Oslo throughout the year. Nestled between the Oslofjord and forested hills, Oslo was named European Green Capital 2019 for its dedication to conserving natural areas and reducing pollution. Oslo, the capital of Norway is a city bursting with cultural attractions as well as being surrounded by beautiful nature.

 

13) The Svalbard Islands

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Svalbard has fascinated travellers for a long time. Rich wildlife, arctic nature, and old mining towns are all found on the islands, which have a stark and eerie beauty that’s all their own.  One of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, Svalbard is true wilderness. The functional town Longyearbyen surrounded by freezing fjords, glaciers and frozen tundra attracts people with a true sense of adventure. These arctic islands are the northernmost permanently inhabited places in the planet and some of the most spectacular places to visit in Norway. Polar bears thrive here. Roughly half the estimated 3,000 bears in the Barents Sea population raise their young on the archipelago’s isolated islands, and humans are warned not to venture beyond town without a rifle as protection against Ursus maritimus. Svalbard is the northernmost place in the world with a permanent population. The islands were first used as a whaling base in the 17th and 18th centuries, after which they were abandoned. While summers can be mild and snow-free, they come with permanent sunlight for months. In contrast, winters are permanently dark with snowstorms and avalanches common problems.

 

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