One of the most beautiful countries in Scandinavia, listing only twelve must-see places in Norway is a difficult mission, as the place is full of attractions.
According to the World Happiness Report, Norway is the second happiest country in the world, behind only Finland. Criteria such as freedom, honesty, well-being, health and generosity were analyzed. But in addition, the beautiful landscapes also make Norwegians happier.
In Norway, outdoor activities are part of the routine throughout the year. Even in the harsh winter there are worthwhile attractions, such as the aurora borealis. Whoever decides to visit the country does not regret it, since there are programs for different tastes and ages.
To inspire you to visit the country, we have listed below twelve unmissable places in Norway!
Oslo is Norway’s capital and largest city. With just over 630,000 inhabitants, the city is charming. The best way to get around there is by public transportation, which works with excellence.
A curious fact is that nature is so important in Oslo that it is estimated that of the 400 km² of the city, only 40% is built-up area. For this reason, the city won the title of Green Capital of Europe for 2019. The award is given to cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants that demonstrate an effort in adopting policies and strategies to improve environmental standards and that promote sustainable development for the future.
Anyone who goes to Norway looking to see the aurora borealis should go to Tromsø. From September to March, the city in the north of the country becomes the ideal place to admire the lights that color the sky at night. From May 20 to July 20, the midnight sun is present, making the days clear for 24 hours.
Surrounded by nature, Tromsø is a good destination for those who want to do outdoor activities, such as riding in a dog sled or hiking in the mountains, fishing, kayaking and whale watching safaris.
Hammerfest is a port city located in the far north of Norway. Surrounded by mountains, sandy beaches, and stunning coastal scenery, the city attracts tourists looking for an exotic place to visit.
Around here you can find some of the best places in Norway to fish. While cod, halibut, crab, and wolf fish are the most common species for anglers in this area, the nearby lakes and rivers are abundant with trout of superior quality and flavor.
Flam is the gateway to the Sognefjord fjord. But to get there you have to sail for five hours through crystal clear waters, which are surrounded by mountains. Just the way to the small village is worth the trip.
Once there, be sure to take the Flåmsbana ride, considered one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. Another suggestion is to go to the Aegir craft micro brewery, with a cozy atmosphere to spend the evening.
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway. Located between the sea and the mountains, the city impresses with its beauty. There, the visitor can get a close look at the history of the place while exploring the wild and enchanting beauty of the nearby fjords.
By Norwegian standards, Bergen is a large commercial center, although it preserves all the charm and atmosphere typical of small towns. The inhabitants, on the other hand, are friendly and always willing to help, making it a great destination for those who want to get to know more of Norway.
Trolltunga is a rock also known as “Troll Tongue”, which stands 1100 meters high, located in the city of Odda. The rock formation is so distinctive that it has become one of the most visited symbols of the country.
To get to the point where thousands of tourists take pictures, you have to walk for 10 to 12 hours and climb to a height of more than 1000 meters. For this, do not forget to wear the correct clothing and use appropriate shoes. In the end, all the effort is worth it.
In Bleik you can venture out on safari to observe puffins or whales in their natural habitat. So much so that the town is known as the largest colony of puffins in Norway.
The Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten Islands are one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. Located in the Arctic Circle, they are surrounded by blue waters and abundant marine life. In summer, this region does not get dark, which makes it easier for visitors to explore the islands without the interruption of night.
Located in the Commune of Stranda, in a village of just over 200 inhabitants, Geiranger attracts people from all over the world because of the beautiful fjords in the area. In 2005 Unesco declared the Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord and its surrounding areas World Heritage Sites. Since then the fame of the small village has grown.
Today, Geiranger lives primarily from tourism. More than a million people pass through the village annually, mainly during the high season, from May to September. In the warmer months of the year the village is more crowded and the atmosphere of the place comes alive.
Gamle Fredrikstad is an old fortified city. With an unparalleled charm, the city still preserves its essence in old buildings. A good suggestion for a stroll is to admire the Fredrikstad Bridge, which cuts across the Glomma River and connects the east and west of the city. This bridge is 824 meters long and 196 meters long.
Located on the west coast of Norway, Stavanger is a very charming small town. With many charming restaurants and cafes, the town is an ideal base for those who wish to hike the Preikestolen. One suggestion there is to photograph Stavanger Cathedral, built in the 10th century. In the center of town there are houses that were made of wood and are dated from the 18th century, the place is also worth a visit.
Undredal is a small village, located at the end of a huge fjord. Until a few years ago it was only accessible by boat, but nowadays the village can also be reached by road. However, what draws attention there is the small wooden church, the Undredal Church, which has a guided tour. Another suggestion is to try the famous goat cheese prepared by the local inhabitants.
Selecting twelve places to visit in Norway is very little, considering that the country presents beautiful natural scenery that is enough to leave anyone breathless.
Whoever travels there does not regret it. But do you know Norway? What do you think of the country? Tell us about it in the comments.