Top Attractions in Norway
Collected by David Nikel , AFAR Local Expert
Norway is a celebration of contrasts. Think dramatic fjords and plains flatter than Kansas, ancient Viking cathedrals and modern museums dedicated to ... petroleum? This Scandinavian country can deliver an experience you can't get anywhere else.
Sollivegen 12, 9020 Tromsdalen, Norway
It’s difficult to appreciate the stunning natural setting of Tromsø, the island-based city surrounded by snowcapped mountains. For the best view, take the recently renovated cable car up to the Storsteinen mountain ledge, 1,381 feet...
Nedre Bakklandet 9A, 7014 Trondheim, Norway
The cobbled streets of Trondheim’s Bakklandet neighborhood are a throwback to a city long forgotten. Originally built in the 17th century to house traders and fishermen, the wooden buildings today play host to commerce of a different kind:...
Kongens gate 1, 7011 Trondheim, Norway
The grand former home of Norway’s Central Bank is now a modern science center with a focus on education. Don’t expect a dull museum, though—this is an interactive experience with plenty for kids and the young at heart to keep...
Nordkapp Municipality, Norway
One of Norway’s most iconic sights, the North Cape is a 1,007-foot-high cliff overlooking the Barents Sea. Follow in the footsteps of arctic explorers for a glimpse of the midnight sun in the summer or the northern lights in the winter. From...
Fv64 10, 6530 Averøy, Norway
This five-mile stretch of County Road 64—near Kristiansund—hops and weaves its way across islands and skerries to link the idyllic island of Averøy with the mainland. Pull over in one of the rest stops and take a walk around the...
Forsand Municipality, 4110 Songesand, Norway
One of Norway’s most iconic images is of a traveler dangling his legs over a cliff, a glistening fjord below his boots. Preikestolen, known in English as Pulpit Rock, is that cliff, and it can be reached only by a two-hour hike from the...
Museumsveien 10, 0287 Oslo, Norway
The best of the museums on the upscale Bygdøy peninsula, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (also known as the Folk Museum) is a must if you don’t have the chance to explore the Norwegian countryside. During the summer season, the estate...
Bispegata 11, 7012 Trondheim, Norway
Known for its eye-catching Romanesque and Gothic architecture, the Nidaros Cathedral is one of the most important religious monuments in northern Europe. The end point of pilgrims' trails from all across Scandinavia, the cathedral is built over...
Maihaugvegen 1, 2609 Lillehammer, Norway
Zip back in time at Lillehammer’s open-air museum. Set on the hillside overlooking Mjøsa lake, the museum is split into three distinct sections. Follow the paved trail around the log cabins to discover three 18th- and 19th-century...
Apotekergata 16, 6004 Ålesund, Norway
No other Norwegian city looks like Ålesund. A walk around its compact streets will give you a profound appreciation of Art Nouveau architecture, but the Jugendstilsenteret (or Jugendstil Art Nouveau Centre in English) satisfies curious minds and...
Rasmus Meyers allé 9, 5015 Bergen, Norway
Allow at least half a day to explore the diverse collections of Bergen’s vast art museum, spread over four buildings next to the city lake. If time is tight, note that Building 4 hosts the collection’s core, including works from Diego Rivera, Joan...
Fantoftvegen 38, 5072 Bergen, Norway
Many of Norway’s stunning stave churches are difficult to visit without a car because they were built outside of villages, deep in the fjords. Fantoft Stave Church is in a Bergen suburb andtherefore is one of the most accessible in Norway....
Europe’s largest mountain plateau—and the largest national park in mainland Scandinavia—Hardangervidda is wild Norway at its very best. The 1,321-square-mile park is the southernmost limit for arctic plants and animals, including the arctic fox...
Hans Nilsens vei 41, 9020 Tromsdalen, Norway
Many visitors are surprised to learn this cathedral's striking modern design dates to the 1960s. The soaring triangular structure is visible from downtown Tromsø, although taking a bus or cab is recommended as the walk across...
Å vegen 5, 8392 Sørvågen, Norway
Å is the last letter of the Norwegian alphabet and quite literally the end of the road in Lofoten. The E16 highway that snakes around the archipelago ends abruptly in a car park for Å, a village that leads a double life as the...
Hen, 6320 Isfjorden, Norway
The Åndalsnes region of fjord Norway is a magnet for hikers. While amateurs stroll the course of the Rauma river, the more experienced enjoy the challenge of the dramatic Romsdalseggen ridge. The 360-degree views from the tops are the reward for...
Storgata 71, 9008 Tromsø, Norway
Treat yourself in the Paris of the North with a visit to Sweet Heart, located inside a lovely red wooden house in the heart of Tromsø’s main shopping district. For a true taste of Scandinavia, choose salty over sweet and try some black licorice,...
Brattørkaia 14, 7010 Trondheim, Norway
A world away from a traditional museum, Rockheim tells the story of contemporary Norwegian music from the 1950s to today through a series of interactive exhibits in themed rooms, from an intimate black metal bar to a simulation of a music festival...
Fossekrovegen 22, 2625 Fåberg, Norway
Delve into Norwegian fairy tales at one of Norway's best summer family destinations. The park entrance is guarded by a 46-foot troll, and if you make it past him your family will meet princes and princesses from much-loved Norwegian folktales....
Kjeringholmen 1a, 4006 Stavanger, Norway
Agreed—a visit to a petroleum museum doesn't sound like a party, but this 3-D explanation of the industry that built modern Norway is packed with riveting facts, intricate models, and compelling human stories of life on an oil rig. The museum even...
Verksgata 15, 1353 Bærums Verk, Norway
Bærums Verk is a collection of 40 shops, galleries, and eateries in a relaxing riverside setting, just a 40-minute bus ride from downtown Oslo. The former ironworks turned shopping village comes alive on Saturdays with a variety of activities...
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