15 x Best Places to Visit in Norway

Last Updated On November 17, 2022

From different landscapes that reflect breathtaking scenery to natural wonders such as the arctic sun and northern lights, places to visit in Norway are remarkable and worthwhile. Norway, a Scandinavian country, has vast beaches, breathtaking mountains, deep blue fjords, and green valleys, making it one of the most beautiful countries in the world to live or visit.

Lofoten Islands, Svolvær, Norway

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While Kirkenes and Lofoten Islands are ideal for viewing the Midnight Sun or the Northern Lights, Sognefjord, Hardangerfjord, and Geirangerfjord are among Norway's most tranquil tourist destinations due to their otherworldly beauty. Lesund is well-known for its vibrant Art Nouveau architecture, Troms for whale viewing, and Svalbard for its snowy nature and polar bears. Trondheim has a rich tradition; Bergen has beautiful wooden buildings, and Oslo has a dynamic modern vibe.

But Norway isn't just about natural beauty and wonders; it also has a plethora of venues to rest or go on adrenaline-pumping excursions. Plan a trip to one of the happiest countries and immerse yourself in breathtakingly beautiful natural or man-made wonders.

1. Jostedalsbreen National Park

The National Park, located in Jostedalsbreen, Europe's largest glacier, contains three grand museums and a tourist center that educate visitors about this beautiful environment. This national park is one of the most breathtaking places to visit in Norway, with several big and small glaciers, verdant valleys, and snow-covered mountains.

Its most appealing feature is its diverse terrain, which ranges from green valleys to snow-covered slopes. The region has an Arctic climate, and the best way to explore it is on foot, which gives the impression that you are hiking from one season to the next.

2. Lofoten Islands

This gorgeous, unspoiled archipelago is one of Europe's best-kept secrets and one of Norway's most essential natural gems to discover. Despite being within the Arctic Circle, the islands benefit from warmer temperatures due to the Gulf Stream.

It's a charmingly traditional place where simple living and tourism are limited. This is where you can go whale watching and enjoy beautiful walks and views.

3. Geiranger Fjord

Norway may conjure thoughts of extensive fjords, towering mountains, and cascading waterfalls. If you want to explore the western fjords, go there. Geirangerfjord, considered one of the most magnificent fjords in the world, should be on your plan. 

It has a picturesque landscape, including quiet lakes, towering hills, and various vegetation. The Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil waterfalls can be found here. The waterfall is named by its seven distinct streams, the highest of which stands at 250 meters.

4. Svalbard

Svalbard, located in the Arctic Circle, is home to unusual wildlife and has miles and miles of untouched nature to explore. Despite its distant appearance, it is accessible because Longyearbyen, the main community, is home to the world's most northerly commercial airport.

You can experience the scenery from massive, commanding glaciers and mountains to snow-covered lowlands and sheltered coastal bays. The most pleasing way to explore the Norwegian archipelago is on a small exploration vessel that allows you to get up and private with nature and wildlife.

5. Oslo

Oslo is Norway's immensely multicultural capital. As the country's most populous city, you'll find an eclectic mix of modern and old architecture relics of Norway's Viking history. It is also a clean city with lovely trees and stunning natural streams.

As a result, Oslo is recognized for its Viking and maritime history museums and its superb seafood, making it a beautiful, eco-conscious harbor city that is the home of the Nobel Peace Prize and the most expensive city in the world.

6. Loen

Loen is a little town deep within Nordfjord, beneath the massive Jostedalsbreen Glacier. This is the location of the Loen Skylift, and it is ideal for exploring the mountains during the day and treating oneself in the evening.

7. Stavanger

Mountains and beaches border the port city of Stavanger on Norway's southwest coast. The port is lovely and comes into its own during the summer months. There is also plenty of street art to enjoy, and it even has its own specialized street art festival, Nuart, which takes place in the late summer.

8. Alesund

Alesund in Sunnmre has a population of around 50,000 and, located on Norway's west coast, was founded in the early nineteenth century. It is known as the "Art Nouveau" district. It is an excellent example of Jugendstil design, Northern Europe's version of Art Nouveau, and serves as the gateway to the famed northwestern fjords and surrounding alpine ranges.

9. Fjaerland

Fjaerland is a municipality in Sogndal, Sogn og Fjordane. The enormous Sognefjord meets the Jostedalsbreen Glacier here, and many people regard Fjrland as the most picturesque glacier village in the world.

10. Geiranger

Geiranger has a lovely village with traditional houses and a white timber church, but its natural splendor makes it unique. At the foot of Geirangerfjord's stunning sceneries, you can marvel at vistas of sloping, jagged hills, steep mountains, and tumbling waterfalls.

11. Jotunheimen National Park

Jotunheimen National Park, home to some of Northern Europe's tallest mountains, captivates visitors with its unparalleled sceneries of waterfalls, lakes, rivers, glaciers, and valleys. 

With over 120 recognized routes, the region provides hiking and trekking options for families, novice to experienced hikers, and multi-day trips. These marked trails include cabins, hotels, and farms that provide pleasant overnight lodging and warm cuisine.

12. Trolltunga

Trolltunga is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Norway. From the top, the views of the surrounding area are breathtaking. The hike itself is strenuous and not for the faint of heart, and you should seriously evaluate your fitness level before embarking on it. The hike will take all day, so pack plenty of supplies and dress appropriately. Nobody appreciates a rash hiker.

13. The Atlantic Road

Without question, one of the most beautiful drives on the planet. A five-mile-long ribbon of land that snakes and weaves its way across the Atlantic Ocean to connect the island of Avery to the mainland at Eide. The Atlantic Road was intended to be a railway route but was constructed as a road and opened in 1989.

14. Tromso

Troms is a medieval fishing community in northern Norway that is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sites in Norway if you want to see the Northern Lights. It is also an important cultural and transportation hub for anyone traveling above the Arctic Circle.

In addition, the city's historic core contains charming, historic wooden homes dating back hundreds of years, as well as The Arctic Cathedral, which was built in 1965. It is notable for its distinctive peaked roof and massive stained-glass windows.

15. Bergen

Visit Bergen to taste Norwegian culture, history, and landscape while on the west coast. Bergen, Norway's second-largest city, is often known as the "Gateway to the Fjords." You may come here for a city vacation and then go on day tours to the fjords.

Bryggen, another of Norway's world heritage sites, is also located in Bergen. Wander through the small cobblestone pathways to learn more about Bergen's place as the heart of the Hanseatic League.