This highly unofficial list features Europe-tour-travel.com’s favourite tourist sights in Norway. There is no way you can travel to Norway without reviewing this list first, it is just too important to ignore. So here we go:
1. The Norwegian Fjords
This is Norway’s most amazing asset. The magnificent fjords that makes Norway’s coastline the most impressive and majestic experience. One of the best ways to take in this view is probably by climbing one of the many mountains that overlooks the fjords. While standing on the top and looking down, you will feel like your life is part of a bigger adventure.
2. Vigelandsparken, Oslo.
This park full of impressive, fun and beautiful statues is situated central in Norway’s capital and is a must see for everybody having their vacation in Oslo, Norway. Bring a picnic basket with your favourite wine and crackers, stroll around watching the statues, and then lay down on the grass and enjoy the rest of the day with your friends and family. There is no way this day can go wrong.
3. The midnight sun
Yes, you’re right, it is the same sun as you would see anywhere else on the earth, but in northern Norway it shines 24 hours a day during the summer months. And that is different from most other places you have been. Just remember to cross the Arctic circle before you start looking for it. And in Norway as in other parts of the world, it is probably not a good idea to stare at the sun over a long time.
4. Aurora Borealis
The northern lights is Northern Norway’s source of light during the winter months, while the sun is busy keeping the southern hemisphere warm and nice. But it is a great option to the sun, and it is by far more entertaining. And once you see it you are most likely to postpone all other plans you might have had for that day, at least until the Aurora Borealis show is over. But be aware, you are never guaranteed to see it, and if it actually is happening, you will want to view from a dark place.
5. Oslo Culture.
This is another good reason to visit Oslo; the many galleries, museums and music venues. On top of your list you should put the Viking ship museum, the National Gallery, the Munch Museum and the new Opera (even if you’re not going to watch a show, just walk around on the Opera; you can walk on it’s roof!).
6. Climb Prekestolen
This point is much the same as point 1, but deserves it’s own ranking on this list. Prekestolen is probably the perfect mountain to climb if you want an exciting adventure and an opportunity to get the best seat for viewing Norway’s fjords. You can see a picture of the mountain Prekestolen, on the main page of our Norway Travel Guide. The best thing is that it is not too hard to climg it, and you can easily bring you kids if they are able to walk for a couple of hours (or if you are able to carry them).
7. Bryggen in Bergen.
Bryggen is Bergen’s harbor, and the home of Bergen’s history, fish market, museums, hotels, and most cafes, restaurants, bars, etc. You will probably love this part of Bergen, even though there is a fair chance you will have to dress up in full rain gear to see it. But it is all worth it to be able to see the old fashioned architecture, the cute and narrow cobble stone streets, and the little and cozy cafes, pubs and bars.
8. The train between Bergen and Oslo
If you are planning to visit both Bergen and Oslo, please consider to take the train rather than drive or fly. Even though it is about six hours, it is very much worth it! You will be able to relax, lean back and just gaze out the window taking in the beautiful scenery passing by outside. And if you wallet is a bit too heavy you can buy an extraordinary expensive beer to enjoy on the way.
9. The Northern Cape.
Or Nordkapp as it’s called in Norwegian. This is Norway’s northern most point, and standing here you will find most of the world below you (at lest on the map). A part from a little museum and some tourist information, it is not much to do here, but if you like the idea of standing in a spectacular scenery on top of the world, this is the perfect destination.
This is another spectacular piece of Northern Norway. Going here is pretty much like going into another world, where urbanization and time doesn’t exist. The landscape is wild, and the only signs of human beings are the little huts and houses scattered around between the steep mountains. You can stay over night at small fishing huts by the ocean, and learn about how life in Norway was before computers and cell phones. Lofoten is also home to some of Norway’s best mountains for off piste skiing and even beaches for surfing!