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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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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