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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 15 attractions in Norway

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

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


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

Oslo Opera House (Operahuset)

Impressively designed by architectural firm Snøhetta, and made from white granite and marble and evocative of a floating glacier, the Oslo Opera House is a widely recognized landmark in Oslofjord. Home to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, it boasts a magnificent auditorium and complementary performance spaces for a variety of musical and dance performances.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

Oslo Royal Palace (Kongelige Slott)

Oslo’s neoclassical 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. 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 some of its 173 palatial rooms.More

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 City Hall (Radhuset)

Clad in heavy red bricks, the Oslo City Hall is impossible to miss in central downtown Oslo. The administrative seat of the City Council, the building may look simply functional, however, it houses important murals and artworks from celebrated Norwegian painters and sculptors. Here, within its stately walls, the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held.More

Fram Museum (Frammuseet)

This highly recognizable pyramidal structure on the Bygdøy Peninsula is dedicated to Norwegian polar exploration and houses the most famous Norwegian polar-exploration boat of all time, the icebreaker Fram, which explore polar regions from 1893 to 1912, and extraordinary features images from the daring explorations of the great Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup and Roald Amundsen.More

Bygdøy Peninsula

Jutting out from the westxa0 side of Oslo into the Oslo Fjord, the Bygdøy Peninsula is known for its clutch of museums highlighting Norwegian culture and history of exploration. A one-stop cultural and leisure destination, the stunning area has sand beaches and hiking and cycling trails, and an organic farm at Royal Manor, the King of Norway's summer residence.More

Vigeland Sculpture Park (Vigelandsanlegget)

Comprising of more than 200 bronze, granite, and cast iron sculptures by the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, Oslo’s Vigeland Sculpture Park is the world’s largest such complex made by a single artist. Located within Frogner Park, it is also one of Oslo’s top attractions, drawing more than a million visitors a year.More


The tiny Arctic Norwegian island of Sommaroy lures travelers with its white-sand beaches and rugged scenery. Traditionally a fishing community, red wooden buildings raised on stilts surround the harbor and small fishing boats bob in the water. It’s an easy day-trip from Tromso, but it's never crowded and so retains a laid-back atmosphere.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

Norwegian Mountaineering Centre (Norsk Tindesenter)

Climbing and outdoor sports enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Norwegian Mountaineering Centre (Norsk Tindesenter), housed in a striking building designed by Reiulf Ramstad Architects. Explore exhibitions on the history and development of mountaineering, then tackle Norway’s highest indoor climbing wall.More

Kvaloya (Sállir)

The fifth-largest island in Norway, Kvaloya connects to mainland Tromso via the winding, floating Sandnessund Bridge—just soaking in the views from here is an experience in itself. The island is intimately connected with its smaller sister, Sommaroy, and between the two of them, they offer some of Northern Norway’s wildest adventures: think winter surfing on white-sand beaches, chasing the northern lights, and beyond.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Norway

Beautiful Bike Ride in Oslo
Donald_B, Mar 2023
Oslo Highlights Bike Tour
Terrific way to see this beautiful city and some of the amazing attractions it has to offer.
A great trip out of Tromso
Richard_O, Feb 2023
Tour of the authentic fjords of Kvaløya to Sommarøy
This was a great way to see the fjords and scenic landscapes around Tromso.
Amazing Scenery, a full and interesting excursion
Jillian_W, Jan 2023
Arctic Fjord Sightseeing by Minibus
A great way to see more of Norway.
Getting to see Norways beauty
Elkay_J, Nov 2022
Oslo To Bergen Self-Guided Full Day Trip with Flåm Railway And Fjord Cruise
This made me fall in love wit Norway!
Great expiereince cruising the Fjords
Lauryn_H, Feb 2023
Silent Oslo Fjord Cruise
Highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to see the beautiful Norway Fjords.
Kate_R, Jan 2023
Northern Lights Hunt with The Green Adventure- max 8 people, photos included
She told us what we needed to see the lights and the plan for the night, and when she spotted Aurora activity we stopped a few times and she made sure she showed us where to look to get the most out of the experience.
Great time!!!
James_M, Jan 2023
Full-Day Northern Lights Trip from Tromsø
We really appreciated Julika's work to find us a hole in the cloud cover – while all of the weather services were predicting full cover, Julika found one prediction with a 99% chance of clouds over a particular site on the ocean… well, that 1% ended up working out, and we were able to see the lights on New Years Eve right before the year turned over!
Norway 🇳🇴 2022
Gar208, Sep 2022
Haugesund Shore Excursion: Åkrafjorden & Langfoss waterfall
Very beautiful waterfall and drive into mountain tunnel region some of the best sights in southern Norway 🇳🇴
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What is Norway known for?

Norway is known for its soaring snow-capped mountains, glittering fjords, colorful northern lights, cutting-edge architecture, Vikings, polar explorers, Nobel Peace Prize, rich culture, and high-ranking quality of life.

What should you not miss in Norway?

The outdoors. Getting out into nature is so ingrained in Norwegian culture that there’s a word for it: friluftsliv. And it’s easy to do so thanks to the law of allemannsretten (“the right to roam”), which allows for almost unhindered access to the countryside. You can hike and camp wherever you want as long as you do so responsibly.

How many days do you need to see Norway?

It depends on where you want to go, but travelers generally find that five days offers a good taste of what the country has to offer. You could spend two days in Oslo, then head west to Bergen for a day. From there you can explore the Sognefjord area.

What is the prettiest place in Norway?

From its Arctic north to the southern fjords, Norway is an incredibly beautiful country. Many travelers pinpoint the Lofoten Islands as the most beautiful place of all. The archipelago boasts craggy mountains, dramatic fjords, charming fishing villages, and some surprisingly pretty beaches. It’s also a good spot for watching the northern lights in winter.

What is there to do in Norway in the summer?

Norwegians embrace the outdoors no matter the weather, but summer is the ideal time for hiking and getting out onto the water—cruising Oslofjord is a popular summer activity, and some intrepid travelers even swim in it. And then there’s the midnight sun, which means you can stay outdoors until the wee hours.

Is Norway cheap for tourists?

No, Norway is certainly not a cheap place to visit. That said, its reputation as almost unaffordable is not entirely earned. You can keep costs down by eating in casual restaurants or shopping for your own meals at the supermarket and avoiding alcohol, which is heavily taxed. Of course, Norway’s biggest draw is nature, which is always free.


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