Norway is an fascinating tourist destination. Norway’s extensive coastline is home to its famous fjords, long narrow inlets with steep sides created in a valley by glacial activity. The Geirangerfjord, and the Naeroyfjord are on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list. The coastline of Norway faces the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea. Other fun attractions in Norway include the Opera in Oslo, the fish market in Bergen, and the North Cape. Norway also offers great water activities such as sailing, swimming and Wild River kayaking.
Tall mountains and glaciers are a few of the natural attractions in Norway. What tourist will mostly enjoy are the winter sports. Here are top tourist attractions in Norway:
1. Geirangerfjord, The Norwegian Fjords
There are many fjords in Norway, as there are so many truly spectacular, one of them is Geirangerfjord. The fjord is one of Norway’s most visited tourist sites and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, jointly with Naeroyfjord, since 2005. The beauty of the Geirangerfjord with its waterfalls and cliffs is hard to surpass. It is a 15-kilometre (9.3 mi) long branch of the Storfjord (Great Fjord). The small village of Geiranger is located at the end of the fjord where the Geirangelva river empties into it. Popular activities at the Geirangerfjord include guided tours, hiking, fishing, and boating.
2. North Cape
The North Cape is northern Scandinavia’s most popular tourist attractions. The North Cape is a 1,000 ft (307 meters) high cliff which is generally referred to as the northernmost point of Europe. A quarter of a million tourists visit the North Cape each summer. It is located in the region of Finnmark, also called the Norwegian Lapland. North Cape is a wonderful experience, travelers can also enjoy bird safaris to a nature reservation with over 2 million seabirds, or exciting Deep Sea Rafting at night. In the summer there is no sunset, there’s the Midnight Sun (Scandinavia’s Natural Phenomena). During the rest of the year, in North Cape you can view the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).
3. Bryggen village in Bergen
Bryggen has since 1979 been on the UNESCO list for World Cultural Heritage sites. Bryggen, where a parallel row of gabled-roof, multi-colored wooden buildings stands out facing the harbor front of the city of Bergen in Norway. The structures were of Hanseatic origin. They were built at the height of the influence of an alliance of trading cities called the Hanseatic League which monopolized trade along the Northern European coast. The structures are in fact former commercial buildings and warehouses at the time when the Bergen harbor was a flourishing trading center.
4. The Vigeland Sculpture Park
Vigeland Park contains the life’s work of Gustav Vigeland, a famous Norwegian sculptor. More than 200 Vigeland masterpieces are on display here. The Vigeland Sculpture Park is one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions. The park is open to visitors all year round. See 212 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron and learn about Gustav Vigeland’s lifework.
5. Nidaros Cathedral
The Nidaros cathedral in the Viking capital of Trondheim, is the largest medieval building in Scandinavia and is not to be missed if you are visiting Trondheim. The church is regarded as Norway’s national shrine and during the summer the crown jewels are on display here. The church was built in 1070, and features intricate stone carvings of royal statues as well as colorful strained glass windows. Nidaros Cathedral is the most important Gothic monument in Norway.
6. Akershus Fortress
Akershus Fortress is one of Norwegian national symbols. It was built more than 700 years ago, a span of time that made the place a rich reservoir of Norwegian history. Its construction started in the late 13th century to protect Oslo, the capital, from outside invaders. In the early 17th century, the fortress was remodeled into a renaissance castle. Throughout most of its history, the fortress (or at least a section of it) was also used as a prison particularly during the time when it was occupied by the Germany army in World War II. Here you can See the fantastic medieval castle, get insight of the Norwegian military in the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum, learn about the war at the Norwegian Resistance Museum, relax in beautiful surroundings. A visit in Norway will not be complete without a tour of the Akershus Fortress.
7. Flaam Railway
The Flaam Railway is one of the world’s steepest railway lines on normal gauge. The gradient is 55/1000 on almost 80% of the line. The twisting tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountain are manifestations of the most daring and skilful engineering in Norwegian railway history. It is 20-km-long train ride. The journey has won many awards for its beauty and scenery. You will experience wild nature, ravines, waterfalls, farms nestled on the mountainsides and towering, snow-capped mountains. The railway is part of many package holidays on offer, including the Norway Complete holiday, but can also be taken as a day trip from Bergen, or as a detour from the train journey from Oslo to Bergen.
8. Kirkenes Snow Hotel
The Kirkenes Snow Hotel is one of Norway’s top sights in the winter. It’s a truly lovely place. The Snow Hotel offers rooms called “Snow Suites”. These 20+ guest rooms come with sleeping bags, mattresses, and naturally lots of art made of snow and ice. There is a Snow Bar where guests mingle, and if you’re hungry, visit the (snow-free) restaurant. You’ll also find a small sleeping area here in case you can’t sleep in the Snow Suites.
9. Holmenkollen Ski Jump
Norway is the birthplace for cross-country skiing and ski jumping, and Oslo has one of the most impressive ski jump arenas in the world. Holmenkollen hosts FIS World Cup ski competitions each year. Holmenkollen is not merely a sports venue; it is also a tourist magnet of note. Visitors can enjoy lots of interesting ski history and a beautiful view of Oslo and the surrounding fjord. And if you get bored, you can even experience flying 100 meters in the world famous ski jumping hill inside the ski-simulator.
10. Pulpit Rock
Pulpit Rock is is one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Norway. Pulpit Rock is a massive cliff 604 metres (1982 feet) above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, in Forsand, Ryfylke, Norway. The top of the cliff is approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 by 82 feet), almost flat, and is a famous tourist attraction in Norway. The walk to Pulpit Rock is very steep in places. The walk is not recommended in winter and spring when there is snow and ice, and the track may be slippery. The best season to hike the trail is from April to October. Sturdy shoes and rain gear are recommended for the hike.
Best time to visit Norway is early summer, especially the months of June and July. That’s the time of the Midnight Sun, so you’ll get very long days in southern Norway or even sunshine around the clock in northern Norway. And with the warm weather, there are many things to do and places to go in Norway. Happy vacation.