What to See in Norway


Without a doubt, Norway is a breathtaking country boasting some of the most amazing views in the world. It is home to a plethora of places to see for anyone, searching for beautiful locations of our planet to visit! The Troll's Tongue, Pulpit Rock, the Lofoten Islands are just the tip of the iceberg of the most famous Norwegian landmarks, every year attracting thousands of people from all over the world. And although Norway is famous for its incredible nature, its breathtaking landscapes are far from being the only thing worth admiring (as such, the scenic city of Alesund is living proof of that). And speaking of natural wonders, there are many great areas to hunt one of the most spectacular natural phenomena, the Northern Lights, in the region of Northern Norway. On this page, we have put together the most amazing destinations in Norway worth adding to your travel plans.


Norway's Famous Destinations

1. Frogner Park, Oslo
Frogner Park, Oslo

Also referred to as the Vigeland Park, this large public area in central Oslo displays the marvelous sculptures and installations by Gustav Vigeland. The beautiful green park area is perfect for leisurely strolls whereas the "Circle of Life" themed pieces by the sculptor make for an unusual sightseeing experience. Without a doubt, this place is a highlight of all walking tours of Oslo.

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2. Puilpit Rock near Stavanger
Puilpit Rock near Stavanger

There are several very special corners of Norway that can literally take your breath away! One of them is the Pulpit Rock (a.k.a. the Preikestolen), a steep cliff that rises for 604 m (1982 ft) over the Lysefjorden. Being one of the top guided hiking tours to Norway's popular route, it's also very scenic and suitable for people of all ages. The trail is relatively flat although involves some stair climbing. It takes approximately 2 hours to reach the peak of the cliff but the stunning sceneries you'll find there are the best reward for the long journey.

3. Floibanen Funicular, Bergen
Floibanen Funicular in Bergen

One of the most popular activities among those visiting Bergen is a ride up on the famous Floibanen Funicular. Beginning its way from the heart of town it takes you up in just a couple of minutes to the observation deck on Mount Floyen, opening magnificent views of the city and the surrounding fjords. Undoubtedly, make sure to add this activity to your Bergen itinerary.

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4. Troll's Tongue near Ulvik
Troll's Tongue near Ulvik

Perhaps one of the most recognizable images of Norway and its fjords seen on the background of the rock formation hanging high up above the water is the Trolltunga. Located not far from the petite Norwegian town of Ulvik, the Troll's Tongue cliff is a great destination for a day-trip and a place to hike to if you're into such climbs. As an option, you can plan a Trolltunga tour from Oslo too.

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5. Flamsbana Railway & Flam
Flamsbana Railway & Flam

You haven't explored the best of Norway if you haven't enjoyed a Flamsbana Railway train ride. Connecting Myrdal and Flam, this unique railway route is considered to be one of the most scenic railways on the planet. During the 20-kilometer (12.6-mile) journey onboard a comfortable train, you pass majestic mountains, covered in snow, wild rivers, deep canyons, and scenic waterfalls. The final stop on the line, the charming town of Flam, is nestled on the biggest fjord of the country, the magnificent Sognefjord, and is a "must-visit".

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6. Briksdal Glacier near Balestrand
Briksdal Glacier, Norway

If you're seeking a Norway adventure holiday, consider seeing the most famous glacier in Norway, Briksdal. It is a place to be visited if you're planning to add the towns of Balestrand or Geiranger to your itinerary. Being an arm of the Jostedal Glacier, Briksdal's unparalleled location near waterfalls and other natural wonders make it worth the time! As a rule, it is visited as part of a hiking trail which generally takes about 3 hours to pass.

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7. The Seven Sisters Waterfall near Geiranger
Seven Sisters Waterfall, Norway

One more place you don't want to miss during your Norway trip is the picturesque Seven Sisters Waterfall, located on the stunning Geirangerfjorden. And this natural wonder is a 7-in-1 deal! Just imagine 7 separate streams, running down the dominating sheer cliff and descending into the waters of the scenic fjord. The best way to admire this beauty is via a memorable boat cruise, preferably with a knowledgeable tour guide who can share the interesting local legend, behind the waterfall's name.

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8. Alesund's Art Nouveau Architecture
Alesund, Norway

Boasting a superb geographical location surrounded by magnificent fjords, Alesund is a work of art. At the beginning of the 20th century, the wooden city was destroyed in a terrible fire. So over 30 brilliant architects collaborated to restore it. They've searched for inspiration all around Europe and decided to use the Art Nouveau style. It took a bit over 3 years to restore, and because almost all the buildings were built during a very short time period, the city boasts unusually consistent architecture, adored by the photographers.

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9. Lofoten Islands
Lofoten Islands, Norway

Searching for some place to set off on a Norway outdoor adventure? The beautiful Lofoten Islands are perfect! This area offers some of the most stunning views in the country as well as boasts endless opportunities for hiking, skiing, kayaking, and even Arctic surfing. If you want to experience something truly special, you can even go horse riding under the spectacular Northern Lights. But keep in mind that this archipelago is located within the Arctic Circle, so plenty of warm clothes is a "must" for anyone who wants to explore this magnificent place.

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10. Tromso & Northern Norway
Tromso, Norway

Known as the Norwegian gateway to the Arctic, Tromso is considered to be one of the best places to try your luck in chasing the Northern Lights. But don't think that all you can do there is sit down and wait for the miracle to happen, far from it. For example, you can go and feed Arctic reindeer, learn more about the bravery of the Arctic explorers in the Polar Museum or, if you are looking for the best views over the scenic city and the gorgeous landscapes surrounding it, you can take a cable car up to the majestic mountain of Storsteinen.

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