Norway is arguably one of the most breathtaking countries on earth. Consistently, a great many travelers visit Norway to enjoy its stunning natural beauty. Some love to explore its cities including Oslo, while others love to witness the picturesque scenery this country has to offer. From the bustling city of Oslo to the magnificent snow-capped mountains to the spectacular fjords to lush valleys, Norway offers a plenty of choices to the travelers. Norway is also home to a number of historic churches and museums. You’d need to visit this country multiple times in order to fully explore it. But if you have only got a few days to visit this beautiful country, below are the top 10 things to do in Norway which you must do here:
Visit Lofoten Islands
Norway is full of well-known breathtaking locations and one of them is Lofoten Islands. The exquisite Lofoten Islands archipelago affords breathtaking, unforgettable scenery, amazing alpine mountain peaks, Arctic fjords and tiny fishing settlements. Besides that Lofoten has a very excessive density of sea eagles and tens of millions of different sea birds, among them the colourful puffin. Whether you prefer to witness northern lights or desire to kayak between islands or hike up to snowy mountains, Lofoten has it all. The fascinating elegance of this region will leave you awestruck and it ought to be first on your listing of top most stunning locations in the world to spend your vacation.
Visit the Arctic Capital Tromsø
The Arctic Capital Tromsø is located by the breathtaking Arctic Ocean. The Tromsø is home to some of the most beautiful mountain peaks, fjords and island. This incredible region is also very popular for its fascinating history. It is home to a number of churches, museums and cathedrals. You can not only explore its spectacular landmarks but also witness the famous northern lights in some of its parts. Though there is a lot to see and do in this city, some of the major attractions include Tromsø University Museum, Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden, Arctic Cathedral, Polaria and the village of Hella.
The Svalbard Islands
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Svalbard Island is an exciting vacation spot located between Norway and the North Pole. The temperature usually remains colder here all year round. The island is one of the most remote destinations in Norway but it still attracts thousands of tourists every year. Tourists come here to witness the breathtaking glaciers, mountains, fjords, and wildlife. The main highlight of Svalbard is the polar bears which can be seen be seen from May to September. Another fundamental fascination of the island which you ought not to miss is its Aurora Borealis.
Oslo, Visit the Capital of Norway
You cannot leave Norway without visiting this vibrant city. Oslo is a blend of history, culture and nature. Around 20% of Oslo’s area is developed and the rest is covered by a number of forests, parks, mountains and lakes. There are a plenty of places to see in Oslo. No matter which part of Oslo you are in, you’re going to get a surprise in every corner. You need more than a week to completely explore this city but if you have got short time, you should visit its popular attractions. Some of the must-see places in Oslo include the Royal Palace, Akershus Castle, Frogner Park, Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Oslo Opera House, Oslo City Hall, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Nobel Peace Center, Vigeland museum and the Viking Ship Museum.
Ride the Flåm Railway
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The Flåm Railway is the most beautiful and scenic train ride of Norway and undoubtedly one of the most picturesque rides in the world. Every year, millions of tourists visit Norway to experience this train ride which takes you to an amazing scenic journey. The train takes you from the magnificent mountains in Myrdal Station and then pass through the breathtaking Flåm valley to Aurlandsfjord and end up at Flåm station. Ride this incredible train and get ready to witness beautiful waterfalls, mountains and lush valleys along the way.
Explore the Geirangerfjord region
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Geirangerfjord region is one of the most beautiful destinations in Norway which is also a part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This nature’s gem is surrounded by spectacular snow-capped mountains, lush valleys, lakes and a number of stunning waterfalls. Whether you want to go for hiking in the spectacular mountains or simply want to witness the picturesque scenery, Geirangerfjord has it all. Other popular activities to do in this region include rafting, fishing, kayaking and cycling. When in Geirangerfjord, you are surely going to be awe-struck by its breathtaking beauty.
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Bergen is the second largest city of Norway and its also one of the most visited tourist destination. This city is surrounded by the stunning seven mountains which makes it an ideal tourist spot for nature lovers. But there is much more in Bergen other than its natural beauty. The city is home to some of the most beautiful historical landmarks including museums, galleries and fortress. The most ideal approach to explore this city is walking. You can stroll around its colorful streets and explore the old wooden houses. Some of the must-see attractions in Bergen include Bergenhus Fortress, The Fløibanen (funicular train) and Mount Floyen.
Hiking to Trolltunga
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Trolltunga is arguably one of the most photographed cliffs of Norway. It is also the most popular hiking spot for tourists. The climbing season is for the most part from May to September. The cliff is standing at about 1100 meters above the sea level. You can start your adventurous hiking from Skjeggedal which goes through the mountains to the Trolltunga. The hiking usually takes from 10 to 12 hours but believe me, the breathtaking view from Trolltunga is worth the effort. If you are confident enough, you can hike on your own or even take guided hiking tour. Make sure to take comfortable hiking shoes, map, food, torch and basic first aid kit with you to avoid any unforeseen incidents. You can also keep a tent with you if you plan to stay around Trolltunga overnight.
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Holmenkollbakken is the largest ski jumping hill located at Holmenkollen in Oslo, Norway. This adventurous hill attracts hundreds of people every day who come here to not only enjoy the ski jumping but also to explore the ski museum located underneath the hill. The ski museum was founded in 1923 and it is considered as the oldest ski museum in the world. The ski presents around 4,000 years of skiing history and collection of rock carvings. Its definitely a must-see attraction in Norway.
Skiing in the Lyngen Alps
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Located on the east of Tromsø city, Lyngen Alps are the most popular alps for skiing. This incredible skiing tour lets you enjoy the breathtaking view of mountains surrounded by stunning blue ocean, a number of slopes and a ski lodge. As there are no lifts in the area, you can reach the Lyngen Alps through car, bus or ferry. Be prepared for an “out of the world” experience in the Lyngen Alps.
Last but not the least………….
Atlantic Ocean Road
The Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway is one of the most famous panoramic detours on the planet. The road connects the island of Averøy with the mainland through a number of small islets and islands. Driving on this road will bring you to the edge of the sea. The curvy road which consists of 8 bridges, is often crashed over by the brutal waves during storms. On the way, you can witness the spectacular scenery and you can even stop at designated viewpoints to take pictures.
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