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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

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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)

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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)

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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

Hardangerfjord

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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)

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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

Oslofjord

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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

Fram Museum (Frammuseet)

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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

Oslo City Hall (Radhuset)

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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

Akershus Castle (Akershus Slott)

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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

Vigeland Sculpture Park (Vigelandsanlegget)

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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

Bygdøy Peninsula

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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

Karl Johans Gate

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Stretching from Oslo Central Station to the Royal Palace, Karl Johans Gate is Oslo’s main thoroughfare. Named after King Charles III John, the street is home to many of thexa0city’s top attractions, including the Royal Palace, Stortinget, National Theatre, Central Station alongside pubs, restaurants, and a variety of shops.More

Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum)

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Jutting out into Oslo Fjord, the Bygdøy Peninsula is a one-stop leisure destination just west side of the city center. It is Oslo’s ‘Museum Island’ and hosts several maritime museums as well as the open-air Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum).Highlighting Norway’s colorful cultural history from 1500 to present day, this wonderfully family-friendly museum presents an array of more than 150 buildings brought together from all over the country, each representing different regions and eras and including a reconstructed traditional Samigoahti (tent) and the exquisite, 13th-century wooden stave church from Gol, north of Oslo.There are several streets of wooden houses from Oslo and its suburbs, as well as a three-story, 19th-century apartment block, rebuilt here to showcase life in the Norway of the last two centuries, from an elegant Art Nouveau interior to a suitably scruffy 1980s student bedsit. Permanent exhibitions include a collection of Sami national costumes from the northern reaches of Lapland, toys and folk art. There’s a full schedule of temporary exhibits and photographic displays, plus folk dancing and horse-and-carriage rides; the museum’s staff are all kitted out in traditional costume and run a farm and saw mill.More

Kvaloya (Sállir)

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Kvaløya is Norway’s fifth-largest island, covering 740 square km (285 square miles), and its name translates from Sami to "Whale Island" thanks to its cluster of central mountains. Lying west of Tromsø and connected by the elegant spans of the Sandnessund Bridge, the eastern shores of Kvaløya now form a suburb of the city, known as Kvaløysletta and home to a population of about 10,000.Of its snow-capped peaks, Store Blåmann is the highest at 1,044 meters (3,425 feet) and can be scaled by intermediate climbers. Kvaløya is also indented by fjords and wild coastal scenery, with its western fringes hitting the untamed Atlantic, while the island of Sommarøy – famous for its glorious white sandy beaches – hangs off its southwestern coast. Humpback whales can be spotted offshore from late November until January, and the little settlement of Ersfjordbotn, dominated by the sheer cliffs of its fjord, is one of Norway’s top destinations for spotting the Northern Lights during the winter months.As well as Kvaløya’s untamed alpine beauty, there are prehistoric rock carvings to discover at Skavberg and a clutch of traditional wooden houses at Hella, which were moved there from Tromsø city center for conservation. The farm of Straumen Gård near Straumsbukta was abandoned in the 1960s and now serves as a museum, complete with tools and machinery dating from that period.More

Norwegian Mountaineering Centre (Norsk Tindesenter)

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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

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Top activities in Norway

Silent Whale Watching

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Reindeer Sledding and Feeding with Chance of Northern Lights Tromso
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Husky Sledding Self-Drive Adventure in Tromso
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Full-Day Northern Lights Trip from Tromsø
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Northern Lights Minibus Chase

Northern Lights Minibus Chase

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Aurora Cuisine Cruise

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Northern Lights Big Bus Chase

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Arctic Roadtrip: Sommarøy with scenic picnic Ⓥ | Small group 8 max | Sightseeing
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"a journey in search of the Northern Lights" Ⓥ | Small group 8 max | Photography
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Recent reviews from experiences in Norway

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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!
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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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Definitely not a hike for...
Brooke_P, Aug 2022
Guided hike to Kjerag and Kjeragbolten
Helga was a wonderful guide and I highly recommend this tour if you came to Norway to see the fjords like myself!
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Valley of the Waterfalls!
Linda_G, Jul 2022
Self-guided day tour to Flåm - incl Premium Nærøyfjord Cruise and Flåm Railway
Most Spectacular up-close Waterfall Viewing platform experience on the Flam railway section of Fjord trip.
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Norway in a nutshell
m5rqr6kz4y, Jul 2022
Self-Guided Full Day Trip From Bergen to Oslo with Flam Railway and Sognefjord
When you are short of time, this is the best way to see the highlights of Norway.
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Troll wall
Carissa, Jul 2022
Andalsnes Shore Excursion: the Troll Road and Troll Wall
There were so many waterfalls.
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Best Day in Norway
Deborah_Y, Jun 2022
Fjordcruise Ålesund Geirangerfjord Ålesund
Although the temperature was cold and it was cloudy/gray… The fjord, the waterfalls, and the village/community was picturesque.
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Incredible Beauty!
Cheryl_C, Jun 2022
Self-Guided Full Day Round-trip From Bergen
Great way to see Norway beauty (fjords, waterfalls, lakes) when time is limited.
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Excellent
Holly_B, Sep 2022
Oslo Discovery Tour
I would recommend for the ease of transportation, professionalism of the company and to see the major sites.
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Bergen railway and fjord tour
Suzanne_H, Aug 2022
Private guided Flåm day tour - incl Premium Nærøyfjord Cruise and Flåm Railway
But we also enjoyed the fjord cruise with magnificent waterfalls.
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Just ok, but questionable value for the price.
Elizabeth_H, Aug 2022
Guided Tour To Nærøyfjorden, Flåm And Stegastein - Viewpoint Cruise
The waterfall and lake stops weren't anything special and you only have around 15 minutes to explore.
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Outstanding Oslo Guide
Ozzie_I, Jul 2022
Oslo Easy Walk 2 hours
I feel that I have a new friend in Oslo and hope to visit with her again.
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Excellent Experience
Mark_J, Jul 2022
Private Full-Day Round Trip from Oslo to Sognefjord via Flåm Railway
This tour is a great way to see a lot of Norway in a short amount of time.
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A beautiful tour
Fahad_A, Jul 2022
Private day tour - Hardangerfjord, Voss Gondol And 4 Great Waterfalls
It’s a great tour for nature lovers, it includes the most beautiful waterfalls of Norway, which is basic part of this charming country, our guide Paul did great job , providing us with information regarding each level of the tour ,he is such a nice and professional person originally from Bergen , he was a big plus for the trip.
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Wonderful Guide and Driver, Beautiful Country
Joy_M, Jul 2022
Alesund Shore Excursion: From Fjords to Trolls
Our guide would’ve taken us to see more of the city but some people on our bus were getting antsy to get back on the ship.
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Viator is a great Company. I have used them in many places including the Caribbean and Dubai. Viator = excursions
Vipin_A, Jul 2022
Hop-on Hop-off Experience in Stavanger
I want to see something different and this is what I saw.
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Great tour
Eukanubauser, Jun 2022
7 hours Private Limousine tour combined Oslo & Tyrifjord including "The Twist"
The kicker is that we are heading to the Arctic the next day so he knew we needed to visit.
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Excellent Guide and wonderful trip
Gordon_A, Jun 2022
Sognefjord, Gudvangen, and Flåm Private Roundtrip Tour from Bergen
Voss to Flam railway trip was stunning and the fjord boat trip packed in a wonderful day trip to see the best parts of Norway.
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Great bus tour along with...
Casey_M, Jun 2022
Guided Tour To Nærøyfjorden, Flåm And Stegastein - Viewpoint Cruise
You get to see a lot of Western Norway.
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Fjord Trip
Brent_M, May 2022
Self-Guided Full Day Trip From Bergen To Oslo Incl. Flåm Railway And Sognefjord
Best way to see Norway.
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All about Norway

Currency
Norwegian Krone (NOK)
Time Zone
CET (UTC +1)
Country Code
+47
Language(s)
Norwegian Bokmål
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