Norway not only has its magnificent fjord but northern lights, midnight sun, legacy from the Viking Age, Sami people and Scandinavian sophistication.
Norway is a Scandinavian country known for its mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. It is also famous for fishing, hiking and skiing, notably at Lillehammer’s Olympic resort. Oslo, the capital, is a city of green spaces and museums. Bergen, with colorful wooden houses, is the starting point for cruises to the dramatic Sognefjord.
Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast and is a cosmopolitan hub with world-class architecture, museums, restaurants and shopping.
It’s known for its green spaces and museums, including the waterside Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, with Viking ships from the 9th century. The city is blessed with a large number of parks and boasts with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world. The Oslofjord’s waterways and islands are just minutes away from the centre, as are the ski slopes and forests of Nordmarka.
Situated north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is best known for its important role as the base for many major Arctic expeditions.
Tromsø started as a fishing village in the 13th century and became the largest fishing port and the eighth-largest municipality in Norway.
It is also a top destination for those hoping to see the spectacular aurora borealis, or northern lights. Multiple attractions and fun things to do related to the phenomenon, including Polaria and the Polar Museum await in this charming city.
Sognefjord and Geirangenfjord
The largest of Norway’s fjords, Sognefjord reaches 204 kilometers inland from the coastal village of Skjolden and branches off into countless smaller inlets and fjords along the way.
The King of the Fjords (as it’s known by Norwegians) is almost five kilometers across, and the cliff walls reach as high as 1,307 meters, making it a great photo opportunity and breathtaking experience.
Part of the spectacular Fjord Norway network and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, is the Geirangerfjord region north of Ålesund. The eastward continuation of the Sunnylvsfjord, the Geirangerfjord offer some of the most spectacular views.
The Lofoten Islands form an archipelago off the coast of northwestern Norway and are an attractive tourist destination. The weather here is mild despite its location, thanks to the Gulf Stream.
Main attractions that make these islands so popular are the beaches, traditional fishing villages and of course the wildlife. They are also one of the best places to see the northern lights. There are plenty of attractions and activities to do on the islands like kayak and hiking activities. Lofoten War Memorial Museum, the unique Magic Ice Lofoten (displays ice sculptures depicting local life), the Lofoten Museum (history of the island’s fishing industry) and the Lofoten Aquarium are definitely worthy to put on your Norway bucket list.