One of the most beautiful countries on earth, the essence of Norway is astonishingly simple. It is the westernmost, northernmost and also the easternmost of the three Scandinavian countries. With its tranquil almost calming beauty, there’s a huge list of places to visit in Norway. Best known for the narrow inlets of the sea along the west coast, Norway is a perfect holiday destination. Also, did you know what Norway is famously known for? The land of the midnight sun and Northern Lights. The narrow inlets or fjords are dangerously steep-sided. So, driving around the country might give you a sense of mysterious adventure for sure. Grand and glorious glaciers slide down from the ice fields. And they are Europe’s largest.
You would be spoilt for choice as to which one to visit first. Other than the icy glaciers, Norway’s terrain is mountainous with rocky coastal islands. What would mesmerize you would be the primaeval appeal of the Arctic. Make sure that you aren’t too blown away by the sudden shock of changing beauty. The landscapes in Norway serve as some of the best backdrops for Europe’s prettiest villages. Most of the activities offered there are for the young and energetic such as cycling, rafting, dog-sledging, skiing and snowmobiling. Visit any time of the year, and you would not regret it. It would always be like seeing the various facets of nature. Bright summers, exhilarating winters or the mesmerizing Northern Lights. It’s for you to choose.
Places to visit in Norway
- Atlanterhavsveien (The Atlantic Road)
- Jotunheimen National Park
1. Drive through the Atlanterhavsveien (The Atlantic Road)
Also known as the “Road in the Ocean” it has seven bridges. These bridges allow the road to follow the sea islands, almost like a snake. If you have ever dreamt of seeing the powerful Atlantic in person, then here is your golden chance. This Atlantic Road takes you on an exclusive journey where you would get to see the ocean up close and personal. Opened in 1989, the Norwegian Scenic Route is one of the best road trips in the world. Of course, there is a lot of modern engineering combined with spectacular scenery which makes the route so beautiful. Drive through vast moorlands, cultural landscapes islands and bays. That too weather-beaten bays. When it came to transport and industry, the ocean has been a crucial part of Norway. Also, the fishing industry has been of great importance as well.
The road mainly connects the mainland of Norway with the pretty island of Averoya. Its breathtaking beauty makes it one of the most beautiful places to visit in Norway. You can either take a car or a bike if you are looking for some adventure. If you are a fishing enthusiast, then you are in for a spin. Plenty of good spots are there where you can carry on with your favourite activity.
Attractions on the Atlantic Road:
2. Explore the beautiful Hamnoy
The oldest fishing village in beautiful Lofoten archipelago is one of the best places to visit in Norway. Due to it’s scenic and unspoiled nature, it’s one of the main tourist attractions in Norway. The municipality there is Moskenes which is home to this picturesque village of Hamnoy. With every step you take, the beauty would take your breath away. Accommodation there is quite unique as tourists and visitors are made to stay in original fisherman cabins. And the oldest cabin is from the 1890s. Hard to imagine? Visiting Hamnoy would surely be one of your treasured travel memories. The best part about these ancient cabins? Most of the modern-day facilities can be found there, such as the internet, tv, and a cosy stay. You can either rent a boat or a bike or go hiking and fishing. The annual Feelgood Jazzfest is also held here. So if you are lucky, you might even stumble upon it.
The village offers plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for tourists. If you wish to go cod fishing, then you should be there in winter. Hamnoy is basically nestled on the edge of Reinefjord, and you can’t afford to miss it. Except for the polar night which takes place in winter, you can visit Hamnoy year-round.
Attractions in Hamnoy:
3. Explore the tiny little village of Rheine
Located in Northwestern Germany, Rheine is a beautiful town. Needless to say, it’s one of the best places to visit in Norway. To be precise, it’s located on the Ems River which is situated North of Munster. The town/village of Rheine had been badly damaged during World War II. But it was due to the several efforts of people and the locals that it had been rebuilt. A lovely picturesque hilly setting is where Rheine is housed. As charming as it sounds, you need to explore the village on foot to experience its beauty. It’s easily one of the most amazing Norway points of interests. The best way to capture the essence of Rheine is to take a walk around during the golden hour. Either before sunrise or after sunset. Orangish hue soaks in and envelopes the pristine village like a pretty blanket.
Rheine is actually a part of the Lofoten set of islands and is on the island of Moskenesøya. At night if you are in Rheine, make sure to visit Bunes Beach. You would be amazed to see the Northern dancing Lights above you as you lay on the sandy beach. Love to have this mesmerizing experience? Head over to Norway now!
Attractions in Rheine:
- Ems River
- Sankt Antonius Basilica
- NaturZoo Rheine
- Castle Bentheim
- Blaue Lagune
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4. Visit the lovely Bergen
Located on the west coast of Norway, Bergen is a city in Hordaland. One of the best cities in Norway, it is surrounded by seven hills and seven fjords. Did you know that during the middle ages, it had been an important seaport? Bergen had also been Norway’s capital city and a member of the Hanseatic League. The buildings there are still beautifully preserved and oozes out that heritage feel. All thanks to its wooden structures and the old-world charm. Bergen as a city is now protected as the UNESCO World Heritage site. You would be able to see a collection of lovely art museums when there. Apart from them, there are chocolate coloured clapper board houses. Innumerable ferries sail away on the fjords. But this place is known for its notorious weather which keeps on fluctuating with every minute.
Steeped in history, it’s one of the best places to visit in Norway and explore. Love to get a glimpse of the golden hour in this city? Best way is to take a ride of the Fløibanen. That way, you would get to see the best ever sunset you have ever encountered. Also, make sure that you wander around the city to know it better. It’s criss-cross alleyways are worth getting lost in.
Attractions in Bergen:
- Floibanen and Floyen
- Bergen Fish Market
- Bergen Aquarium
- Fantoft Stave Church
Part of the traditional district of Sunnmore, it’s one of the best places to visit in Norway. Even though it’s in the far north and a bit away from the metropolitan lights of Norway – but, it’s well worth a visit. Here you would find some of the finest examples of Jugendstil architecture. This is one kind of art nouveau which is a huge rebuilding project. It was after a damaging fire breakout in 1904 that the reconstruction took place. Similar to a hook-shaped peninsula, Alesund is now the home base for Norway’s largest cod-fishing fleet. You would get to have some of the best local seafood here. Which means, when you are in Alesund, take a peek at the beautiful cafes dotted on the roadsides. The food there is superb and missing out on anything like that is almost a criminal offence.
The town is lovely and attractive with a typical Norway feel. The iconic northwestern fjords and alpine mountains are easily accessible from the town. There’s also a hike of about 400 steps to the viewpoint Fjellstua. Adventure enthusiasts would love this for sure.
Attractions in Alesund:
- Atlantic Sea Park
- Art Nouveau Ålesund
- Ålesund Harbor
- Ålesund’s Town Park
- Fjord Cruise in Hjørundfjord
- Runde, the Bird Island
The small city of Tromso is located exactly 400 km north of the Arctic Circle at 69˚N. Considered as one of the top places to visit in Norway, it acts like a gateway to the Arctic. And don’t be surprised to find a bit more than a hint of the polar atmosphere there. It’s super cold and beautiful, all surrounded by icy fjords and craggy peaks. Most of the peaks stay snowcapped throughout the year. There’s no season called as ‘summer’ there, but only levels and degrees of cold climate. Sitting on the eastern edge of Tromsoya, an elegantly curved bridge links it to the mainland. During the medieval age and previous centuries, Tromso was a hunting ground for seals and fishing. Later it became a launchpad for several recognized Arctic expeditions.
If you want to spot the Norway’s Northern Lights, then Tromso is the perfect place to do so. Apart from all the above the town has a happening university and a cultural life. Hard to imagine? But yes, it’s a snowy yet vibrant town. You would also love to hang around in the pubs if you are into clubbing.
Attractions in Tromso:
- Cable Car To The Mountain Floya
- Fjord Cruise & Fishing
- Arctic Cathedral
- Polaria Arctic Experience Centre
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7. Jotunheimen National Park
A national park and one of the main places to visit in Norway. It is recognized as one of the country’s premier fishing and hiking locations. An amazing place for travel and adventure lovers, the park covers 1,151 km². It is also part of the larger Jotunheimen area. Did you know that the high peaks and glaciers of the place is Norway’s arguably most stunning wilderness destination? Approximately, there are an above hundred hiking routes that lead up to the ravine-like valleys. And the trails pass through deep lakes, gushing waterfalls and 60 glaciers. The spectacular view it offers is of course hard to explain and best to see it in person. The whole route/s would lead you to the top of all the peaks in Norway. Namely Galdhøpiggen (the highest peak in northern Europe at 2469m), Glittertind (2452m) and Store Skagastølstind (2403m).
There are various tour companies and travel agents who offer trekking and hiking options. You can get in touch with them for a seamless experience. They even offer many outdoor adventures other than the usual and they are for every age and skill level.
Attractions in Jotunheimen National Park:
- Galdhøpiggen Summer Ski Centre
- Utladalen Landscape Protection Area
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A dream destination for many yet remarkably simple, Norway makes for one of the astounding countries on planet Earth. With majestic mountains and fjords, you wouldn’t fall short of options as to what to see in Norway. Just plan and you are all done.