Breathtaking, rugged, beautiful, photogenic and extraordinary…these are all words that can be used to describe Norway. It’s hard to look at photos of Norway without saying “Wow!” over and over again. Norway is the land of fjords, quaint coastal towns, Vikings, stunning photo spots, the beautiful Northern Lights, amazing scenic drives, and some of the best hiking in the world. Whether you are coming here for a relaxing cruise through the fjords or an epic hiking adventure, Norway will not disappoint!
The Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis. This phenomenon has captivated the human imagination for thousands of years. These stunning magnetic fields feature on many people’s bucket lists, and Northern Norway is one of the best places in the world to view this. The time between late September and late March, provide the best time of year to view this.
Trollstigen. Also called the Troll’s Footpath, this dramatic road is one of Norway’s most visited sites. This winding road provides more dramatic views and a chance to drive on one of Europe’s “most dangerous roads,” although it is quite safe. 2,000 cars pass the Trollstigen plateau, but you won’t only encounter motorised vehicles on your journey. More and more people are choosing to see the view from their bike. Climb the 10% incline effortlessly with an electronic bike from Hotel Aak in Åndalsnes, or rent an ordinary bike in the city centre.
Ålesund. This coastal town is one of the prettiest in Norway, it’s known for it’s architecture in Art Nouveau style, since it was rebuilt in 1904 after a devastating fire. The rugged mountains give you a perfect opportunity for an active holiday, as they rise nearly 2,000 metres right up from the sapphire blue fjords. It’s quick to visit and don’t miss the short uphill climb to a viewpoint over the city.
Hike to Trolltunga. Popularity of the hike to Trolltunga and the rock formation itself has exploded in recent years. The increased popularity has turned it into a national icon and a major tourist attraction for the region. Prior to 2010, less than 800 people hiked into Trolltunga each year. In 2016, more than 80,000 people hiked in, making it one of Norways most popular hikes.
Oslo. Oslo is Norway’s capital and most populous city. It’s known for its green spaces and museums. Things to do include seeing the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, the Viking Ship Museum, the Norwegian National Opera, and Akershus Castle.
Pulpit Rock. This is the most popular hike in Norway. Easily accessible from Stavanger, expect large crowds of people during the summer months. The six kilometre hike starts at the mountain lodge Preikestolen Fjellstue. Allow a total of four hours for this moderately demanding roundtrip that ascends 350 metres.
Bergen. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway. Around 10 percent of the population in Bergen are students, which adds a fresh and youthful mood to the city’s vibe. Alongside its offerings of museums, art galleries, cultural events and dining opportunities, as well as the possibilities offered by its accessible sea and mountains, this contributes to making it a lively and vibrant city. Eat fish caught fresh from the ocean, visit Bryggen, the Hanseatic houses that dominate the harbor, and get a bird’s eye view of the city from the funicular.
Geirangerfjord. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Geirangerfjord is labeled is one of the most beautiful fjords in Norway. For nature lovers, there in plenty on offer. Experience the fjords and the waterfalls from one of the many available sightseeing trips, go hiking in stunning surroundings or experience the fjords from a new perspective in a kayak. Other popular activities in the area include fishing, rafting and cycling.
The area’s unique natural surroundings were created during a succession of ice ages, when glaciers carved out deep fjords and shaped the high mountains – and it is not a coincidence that the Geirangerfjord today often appears on lists of the most spectacular places in the world.
Kjeragbolten. Quickly becoming another Norwegian icon, 1084 metres above Lysefjorden, large boulder wedged in a mountain crevasse. Do you dare step out onto this rock? Even if you don’t, the hike to get there is packed with breathtaking scenery.