What to see in Norway: cities, places and fjords to visit

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If you take a trip to Norway to admire the wonders of Mother Nature you will certainly not be disappointed. This country offers a wide range of places and landscapes among the most beautiful in the world. Here the nature she acts as queen and people live in harmony with her, having learned to know and respect her. Discover the best places to see in Norway.

You pass abruptly from landscape composed of forests, rolling hills and green grasslands, to high rocky mountains, erected on the emerald waters of the fjords. Domesticated and wild at the same time, Norway offers lovers of great outdoors an inexhaustible variety of places and places to visit.



Norway offers visitors an incredible mix of cultural and natural wonders. From the cosmopolitan Oslo, the nation's capital, with its endless snow-capped peaks and deep fjords. There is no end to the choices for travelers in the land of the midnight sun and the Northern Lights.

Getting around the country is easy and easy high-level transport systems of the country offer comfortable and fast movements. Among the best choices to reach the various destinations and destinations, we certainly recommend the train, the ferries and the fantastic coastal steamers.

What to see in Norway

Here are some tips on places, cities and fjords to see on a holiday to Norway, based on the length of the trip.

2-3 day trip

For trips of 2 days in Norway it is advisable to visit only Oslo, the Norwegian capital. In our opinion, three days is the shortest period to devote to a trip of several stages. With a trip of 3 days, if organized well, you can see in addition to the Norwegian capital, also the fjords and if you are lucky even the Northern Lights.



4-5 day trip

A 4 or 5 day trip to Norway allows you to visit various places and destinations, in addition to the capital Oslo. The important thing is to plan your trips in advance.

Oslo

Oslo, Norway - Photo from Istock

Oslo it is not a capital like any other. The city and its inhabitants can be said to be unaware of the stress, pollution or dirt on the streets. The city has many green spaces where locals and tourists picnic during the summer, like Vigeland Park, a flowery park where more than 200 works by the Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland are exhibited.

Another very interesting park is the one that surrounds the Royal Palace, meeting place for sportsmen and athletes of the city.

But Oslo is also culture, art and history. Taking the ferry to the Bygdoy peninsula it is nice and interesting to visit the Norwegian folk art museum and the Viking ship museum.

Navigating towards Bygdoy, on the left you will see the splendid Akershus fortress overlooking the harbor, but also a decent view of the Oslo fjord. Finally, don't miss a visit to the Opera House of Oslo, a beautiful building of architectural interest, where important musical performances take place.

One of the most interesting attractions and activities to do is one 2 or 3 hour cruise in the fjords near Oslo. Without traveling much, you can have one of the most beautiful experiences in Norway. The cost is variable and depends on the duration and the services included.



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Lillehammer

Located above the lago Mjøsa, at the southern end of the Gudbrandsdal valley, Lillehammer is one of the best known tourist destinations in Norway, at any time of the year. In the summer the interest is concentrated on attractions such as Malhaugen Park, an open-air “museum” made up of more than 100 historic buildings.

But it's when autumn comes and the snow begins to fall that Lillehammer reaches its peak of beauty. Home of the 1994 Winter Olympics, the list of the winter activities that you can do in the city is truly endless: skating, curling, sleigh rides, 300 miles of Nordic ski slopes, as well as various alpine skiing centers.

This tourist destination is a good destination to see the magical ones in winter aurora borealis, being located at more than 400 meters of altitude and 61 ° of latitude. It is advisable to have suitably warm clothing, temperatures can be several degrees below 0.

Bergen

 

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The city of Bergen, located on the west coast, is one of the most interesting places to see in the whole of Norway. The historic Bryggen district, located on the city's waterfront, has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Very pleasant it is enjoy the atmosphere of the city with traditional wooden architecture and relax in one of the many cafes in the area near the fish market. One of the main attractions is to take the funicolare to take a ride on one of the peaks of the seven mountains that surround the former port of Bergen.


Not to be missed, near the city, also the panoramic view of the fjord of Sognefjord, the longest in the country, and in the beautiful and spectacular region of Hardangerfjord, which offers the best of Norwegian nature.

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Pulpit

 

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A Pulpit is the Pulpit rock, a 600 meter high cliff that ends sheer in the blue waters of the fjord of Lysefjord. It is one of the most popular and interesting excursions to take in Norway.

Getting to Pulpit Rock isn't easy, the landscape changes as you climb, but when you get to the top the view is breathtaking. It is not recommended to make the excursion in winter, when the path is steep and icy.

You can reach this wonderful place even with one of the mini-cruises departing from the port Stavanger and cross the entire Lysefjord fjord. THE Ferries they stop below the Preikestolen and go all the way into the fjord, reaching the village of Lysebotn.

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Geiranger

Geiranger in Norway -

If there is a must-see fjord in Norway, it is the one with the intense blue of Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The small tourist village of Geiranger it is located at the bottom of the fjord.

To make the visit to the fjord, you can take one of the boats that carried out of the minicruises among the various inlets of the coast that follow one another among gorges, majestic snow-capped peaks, forests, waterfalls and lush vegetation.

Le beautiful waterfalls, such as "The bride's veil", "The seven sisters", "The suitors" are the best known and most visited. This place suspended in time remains one of nature's most exciting spectacles.

Discover the tours to reach and visit Geiranger

Northern Lights

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The Aurora Borealis definitely is one of the things that most desire and hope to see tourists visiting Norway. Much of the Northern Norway is located inside the Arctic Circle. This allows the country to offer two of nature's most spectacular attractions: the midnight sun and the Northern Lights.

Il midnight Sun it is a show and an experience that leaves you amazed and even a little confused, but that excites everyone a little. During the summer months, these latitudes see endless days when the sun never sets.

However, it is the spectacular northern Lights, or Northern Lights, the main attraction during the winter. The sky comes alive with spectacular bluish arcs of light and glowing crowns, constantly moving above the sky. The lucky ones who have seen it say that it is a beautiful and emotional experience, which is never forgotten.

Book an excursion and go hunting for the Northern Lights

Tromsø

Tromsø is located in Northern Norway and is a locality easily accessible to carry out the numerous excursions that the whole area offers. The city of Tromsø enjoys it a milder climate of places located at the same latitude or even further south, thanks to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream.

The city offers its visitors modern art, history, refinement, good food it's a lively nightlife. Tromsø is in a very favorable position to see thenorthern Lights. The best time to see this suggestive phenomenon is from mid-December to the end of March.

Discover all the activities this area has to offer

Jotunheimen National Park

It is one of the main parks in Norway. Located in the upper part of central Norway, it is one of the top summer tourist destinations in Europe.

Although there are numerous national parks crisscrossed by trails and well-maintained, Jotunheimen National Park, whose name means 'House of the Giants', is the nicest and most beautiful park of all Norwegian parks.

With 60 glaciers and 275 peaks that exceed 2000 meters, Jotunheimen is exceptionally beautiful and home to wonderful paths and trails, such as those of Bessegge, Hurrungane or those in the shadow of the Galdhøpiggen, the highest peak in Norway. Jotunheimen's proximity to the fjords further enhances its charm.

Ålesund

 

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Often overlooked in favor of the larger and more renowned urban centers, Ålesund is one of the most beautiful cities to see in Norway. The historic center boasts a vast and unparalleled collection of Belle Epoque buildings built a century ago, after the old wooden buildings of the city were razed to the ground by a fire.

Ålesund is the gateway to the iconic northwestern fjords of the country (including Geirangerfjord is particularly famous) and alle alpine mountain surrounding.

The city is becoming more accessible thanks to BMI, one of the airlines that serve it directly and regularly with daily flights with flights from the Norwegian capital and other cities.

Book a tour to discover the city of Ålesund

Svalbard islands

While it may seem like a remote corner of the Earth at first glance, the area is surprisingly accessible. The Svalbard Islands are an archipelago located in the Arctic Ocean and are among the most suggestive corners of Europe to visit, as well as being one of the last great wilderness areas on the continent.

Beautiful peaks, huge icy fields (60% of Svalbard is covered by glaciers) and fjords of haunting beauty, provide more than a good reason to visit them. The territory also boasts a rich variety of wild animals typical of the Arctic area, and the ability to play numerous activities summer and winter.

Discover the tours available to visit Svalbard

 

What to see in Norway: cities, places and fjords to visit



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