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Welcome to Norway

Norway: land of breathtaking fjords, cosmopolitan cities, and Scandinavian design. In the capital city of Oslo, visit top attractions such as the Viking Ship Museum and Vigeland Sculpture Park, and get a taste of Norwegian culture on a food tour. On the west coast, UNESCO-protected fjords, craggy coastlines, and Bergen—the so-called City of Seven Mountains—beckon outdoor enthusiasts. Those in search of the northern lights and winter activities—from dogsledding to snowmobile safaris—should head for Tromso, while train buffs won't want to miss a trip on the Bergen and Flam railways, considered among the world's most scenic train journeys.

Top 10 attractions in Norway

Mt. Floyen (Floyfjellet)

Mt. Floyen (Floyfjellet)

Mount Fløyen (Fløyfjellet**)**towers 1,310 feet (399 meters) over Bergen and offers panoramic views of the city and surrounding landscape from its summit. A popular hiking destination, the mountain features a funicular railway and a network of scenic walking and biking trails that run throughout the area.More
Oslo Opera House (Operahuset)

Oslo Opera House (Operahuset)

Norway’s stylish, innovative new arts center opened in 2008 at Bjørvika, with views stretching out over Oslo Fjord. It is home to the national ballet, opera and orchestral companies but audiences probably come as much for the sublime waterside setting of this gleaming white auditorium as they do for the performances. Designed by Norwegian architect Tarald Lundevall, who also built the National September 11 Memorial Museum & Pavilion in New York, the opera house is constructed of marble, granite and glass and won the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award for Contemporary Architecture in 2009. Inside there are three main stages, combined able to seat audiences of up to 2,000; all this is supported by a staff of 620 led by artistic director Tom Remlov in a labyrinth of more than 1,000 studios and workshops.Acoustics are second to none and the repertoire includes modern dance and classical ballet, jazz, chamber and Baroque concerts, plus light-hearted operettas and serious opera. Open-air concerts are held on the opera house’s sloping roof in summer and there are sometimes small recitals in the foyer. The Argent restaurant is currently the place to lunch in Oslo.More
Tromso Fjords

Tromso Fjords

Thanks to its spectacular setting among a series of islands and skerries laced with waterways and scalloped inlets, Tromso is the epicenter of day trips out into the fjords bordering the Norwegian Sea. These long, narrow sea inlets are characterized by steep, mountainous slopes carved out by glaciation during the last Ice Age.More
Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset)

Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset)

Set on Oslo’s Bygdoy Peninsula, the Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset) houses an extensive collection of Viking-era artifacts discovered around Oslo Fjord. The museum is best known for its Viking ships, which have been painstakingly reconstructed and elegantly displayed in pristine white galleries.More


Norway’s cosmopolitan capital lies at the head of Oslofjord, a narrow body of water 68 miles (107 kilometers) in length that leads out to the strait of Skagerrak and eventually to the Baltic and North Seas. The fjord’s islets are its main attraction, home to sandy beaches, cycling and hiking routes, and historic lighthouses.More


Tucked in the folds of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geirangerfjord, the small coastal town of Geiranger is the gateway to Norway’s mighty fjords and a popular stop for cruise ships. Disney fans will recognize the town’s dramatic backdrop: Its jagged sea cliffs, pine-covered valleys, and iridescent waters served as inspiration forFrozen.More
Akershus Castle (Akershus Slott)

Akershus Castle (Akershus Slott)

Set on the banks of Oslo Fjord, Akershus Castle (Akershus Slott)—also known as Akershus Fortress (Akershus Festning)—was built in 1299 as a residence for Norway’s royal family. Over the years it has served as a fortress to protect Oslo against sieges from rival Swedish forces, as a Renaissance castle, and as a full-fledged 19th-century prison.More
Oslo Royal Palace (Kongelige Slott)

Oslo Royal Palace (Kongelige Slott)

Oslo’s Royal Palace was designed by architect Hans Linstow and built in the early 19th century for King Charles III, who reigned over a united Norway and Sweden. He died before work was completed on the vast Neo-classical edifice and it was his son Oscar I who finally moved into the palace in 1849. Today it is the official city residence of King Harald V and his wife Queen Sonja, and is open during the summer for guided tours of parts of its 173 palatial rooms.A dozen of the palace’s ornate staterooms are included on the tour, including the Council Chamber, King Haakon VII Suite, Bird Room — delicately decorated with 40 species of bird — the Mirror Hall, Great Hall — where lavish balls still take place under dripping crystal chandeliers — and the Banqueting Hall.The colorful Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place outside the palace daily at 1.30pm; it’s short in winter but in summer takes a full 40 minutes of pageantry, with the King’s Guards on horseback, bands, square bashing and parades along Karl Johans Gate.The Royal Palace is surrounded by the manicured gardens of Slottsparken, also laid out by Hans Linstow. As well as lakes, leafy promenades and picnic spots, the park is dotted with statues of Norway’s great and good, including King Carl Johan and Queen Maud, mathematician Nils Henrik Abel and women’s rights defender Camilla Collett — the latter two both by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, whose lifework can also be seen in Oslo’s Vigeland Park.More


Norway’s second-longest fjord, Hardangerfjord stretches nearly 124 miles (200 kilometers) inland from the Atlantic. Highlights include a massive glacier covering more than 77 square miles (200 square kilometers) and Troll’s Tongue (Trolltunga) rock, hanging 2,300 feet (701 meters) above Ringedalsvatnet Lake in Odda.More
Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)

Polar Museum (Polarmuseet)

Found in a dockside wooden warehouse dating from 1837, which served as Tromsø’s Customs House until the early 1970s, the Polar Museum celebrates the city’s history as the epicenter of Arctic exploration and of Norway’s controversial sealing industry. The museum opened in 1978, on the 50-year anniversary of polar explorer Roald Amundsen setting sail from Tromsø on his ill-fated last expedition. The permanent displays showcase the harsh lives of the indigenous Sami peoples in the Arctic during the 16th and 17th centuries and highlights the desperate need to survive that fueled the hunting and trapping of seals, polar bears, reindeer, whales and walruses almost to the point of extinction for their meat and skins. A number of gruesome hunting tools and traps are on display among the stuffed polar bears and animal furs.The museum also pays homage to Norway’s great explorers: Fridtjof Nansen—who opened up the Arctic Circle in the 19th century—and Amundsen, who beat British explorer Robert Scott in the epic race to the South Pole in December 1911. A vast collection of memorabilia relating to his voyages includes a model of the airship Norge, in which he flew over the North Pole in 1926.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Norway

Beautiful sightseeing tour
kris10stefanelli, Oct 2019
This tour of Kvaløya was a wonderful way to see the fjords and learn about Norway.
Scenic Fjords and Stunning Trollstigen
346bpp, Jun 2019
Alesund Shore Excursion: From Fjords to Trolls
Our guide Monica was outstanding, the sights were amazing and the time nicely broken up with photo stops and walks to scenic waterfalls, and dramatic escarpments.
This is a MUST if you are in Bergen...
Mohamed A, Apr 2018
Full Day Guided Roundtrip From Bergen To Sognefjord With Flam Railway
This is a MUST if you are in Bergen, a fanstastic tour to see the fjords and the wonderful landscapes of Norway.
Great scenery, especially the Flam...
Mary M, Mar 2017
Self-Guided Full-Day Round Trip From Oslo To Sognefjord With Flåm Railway
A lot of activities and travel packed into one day.
We were very pleased with the tour...
norske2004, Jun 2015
City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
What a beautiful city to see with the Baltic Sea cruise that we did.
Excellent guide and well planned...
Timo H, Oct 2015
Small-Group Oslo Bike Tour: City Highlights
The experienced guide gave us good tips what else to see in Oslo.
Just an amazing evening
myzehnder, Feb 2020
Northern Lights Tour from Tromsø
Long story short: 5 stars for Rohith and Martin, they took really good care of us, got us to see some northern lights and took amazing pictures.
Lights like Disney
iconetta, Feb 2020
Small Group up to 8 people Aurora Borealis - Northern lights - Night Tour.
He was really supportive of our eagerness to see the lights and clearly wanted this to be a successful trip, he genuinely cared.
Amazing experience!
alyssanelson44, Jan 2020
Small-Group Aurora Hunt Northern Lights Tour from Tromso
I came to Norway primarily to see the lights and within 2.
Very exciting and a fun time to see the fjord and Pulpit Rock upclose and personal
LvilleNole, Sep 2019
Lysefjord RIB Safari from Stavenger
From my perspective it was a blast - fast, a thrill, and a great way to see the sights.
Incredible Scenery and Seeing Norway From the Inside
Douglas A, Jun 2019
The Scenic Roadtrip - Oslo to Bergen via the fjords, 24 hr Refundable
I can't imagine a better way to see the real Norway in such a short time.
Highly Recommend! (Ask for Karolis!)
Emily K, Apr 2019
Small-Group Aurora Hunt Northern Lights Tour from Tromso
We chose to visit Tromsø during our vacation because we heard (from reviews and friends) that it was the best place to try and see the Northern Lights.
Sarah388, Nov 2018
Small Group Northern Lights Chase from Tromso
We were lucky that we got to see the lights and had some pictures taken.
Nice time with reindeers and Sami people
Fearless33311188870, Mar 2019
Reindeer Experience, Sami Culture, and Short Reindeer Sledding Tour from Tromso
This Samipeople are really brave, not because they are living in such difficult situation but because they save those reindeers in winter.
Simply awesome!
Krystal S, Jan 2019
The Scenic Roadtrip - Oslo to Bergen via the fjords by private van
Would highly suggest the fjord cruise ship ride in winter, simply beautiful.
Wonderful shore excursion in Ålesund!
DJfromDC, Jun 2018
Alesund Shore Excursion: From Fjords to Trolls
The day was longish but went by quickly with so much to see along the way.
Oslo Norway is a wonderful place...
Dawn Stark, Mar 2017
2-Hour Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise
Ill be back to visit Oslo Norway Gorgeous!
We took this tour as an alternative...
Meredith M, Aug 2017
Private Tour to Sognefjord, Gudvangen, and Flåm from Bergen
We enjoyed the more private and individualized experience, as well as the added stops along the way Tvindefossen waterfall and UNESCO site at the Stalheim hotel.
Went on safari on February 20th and...
Pip, Mar 2018
Tromso Beer Safari
He is a charming guide and really knows his stuff about brewing but we chatted about lots of other things to do with Norway which was great.
Alesund was our first stop in Norway...
Sarah B, Jun 2017
Alesund Shore Excursion: The Ultimate Sightseeing Tour
Despite the drizzle falling we had a great time, and at the end of our cruise we all voted this tour the best of our four Norwegian ports of call.

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