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Sunnylvsfjord in Norwegen, Bild: Andrew Mayovskyy / shutterstock

The most beautiful destinations in Norway

Norway is a beautiful country with a fascinating landscape, wild fjords and rugged rocks. Norway is always a worthwhile destination for nature lovers, active holidaymakers but also for those interested in culture and art.

Oslo – the capital of Norway

Martin Schmidt, author of the ITB Award-winning travel guide “Southern Norway” (publisher: Reise Know-How, ISBN 978-3-8317-3314-9) and operator of the website Norwegenservice.net writes about Oslo: “Oslo is located between the idyllic Oslo Fjord and the rustling forests of Nordmarka, as well as museums worth seeing, modern architecture and buildings steeped in history, such as the Royal Castle or Akershus Fortress.”.
Oslo, the capital of Norway, is home to about a third of the Norwegian population. The city is particularly interesting for art and culture lovers. For example, there is the Viking Ship Museum, which was founded in 1913 by the Swede Gabriel Gustafson. The museum houses various Viking ships and important archaeological finds. But also various everyday objects from the Viking Age can be viewed here in the museum. Oslo is also home to Frognerpark, which is well worth seeing, with historic buildings and the Vigeland Sculpture Park, where more than 200 bronze and stone sculptures by sculptor Gustav Vigeland can be admired. The National Gallery, Akershus Fortress and the Natural History Museum are also worth seeing in Oslo.

Bergen – a city with old-world charm

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Historical places in Bergen, Image: Grisha Bruev / shutterstock

Bergen is located on the west coast and is the second largest city in Norway. It is also the starting point of the famous Hurtigruten. During a stroll through the small streets of Bergen, also called “Smau”, the beautiful wooden houses can be admired. In the Gamle Bergen open-air museum, many houses were built in the old architectural style. In the museum, you will learn, among other things, that Bergen was once a city with the most wooden houses in Europe. Crocodiles, snakes, penguins and many other animals can be seen in the city’s aquarium. A visit to the aquarium is particularly popular with families with children.

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The Preikestolen at the Lysefjord – a view only for visitors with a head for heights

In the south of Norway is Preikestolen, one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the world. The approximately 600-metre-high rocky plateau is therefore also one of the most visited sights. Preikestolen is only accessible on foot, and a hike to the viewpoint takes about two hours. But the way is really worth it, because you are rewarded with a unique view.

The famous Northern Lights in Norway

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The Northern Lights in Lofoten, Image: Mumemories / shutterstock

Most people will have heard or read a lot about them – the famous Northern Lights at the Arctic Circle. They are certainly among the most fascinating natural phenomena on earth! In the starry night sky, the Northern Lights shimmer in the colors green, violet and pink and captivate every viewer. The chance of seeing the famous Northern Lights is greatest during the months of September, October and March. The Northern Lights can often be observed at the North Cape or the Lofoten Islands . Anyone who has seen the colorful light phenomena in the sky will certainly never forget them.

Trolltunga – pure adrenaline

A very special thrill is offered by the “Troll’s Tongue” Trolltunga, a rocky outcrop that rises 700 meters above Lake Ringedalsvatnet and there about 10 meters out of the mountain. The view from there is of course more than magnificent and should therefore not be missed on any Norwegian holiday. However, only visitors who are really free from giddiness should dare to climb the ledge, because the ledge is not secured.

The impressive Geirangerfjord

Geirangerfjord, Image: saiko3p / shutterstock

The Geirangerfjord is also referred to by many Norwegians as “The Pearl of the Norwegian Fjords”, is one of the most famous fjords in Norway and has been declared a World Heritage Site “West Norwegian Fjords” with the Nærøyfjord. Untouched nature, imposing peaks and rushing waterfalls make the Geirangerfjord one of the most beautiful Norwegian fjords and one of the most visited sights in Norway, visited by many tourists from all over the world every year.

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Trondheim – colourful houses by the river

Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway with about 195,000 inhabitants and offers a whole range of impressive sights. Nidaros Cathedral is the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world and the second largest in Scandinavia. It was built from 1070 and was Northern Europe’s most important pilgrimage destination in the Middle Ages. You should also not miss a visit to the Gamle Bybro city bridge. It is one of Trondheim’s landmarks and a special photo opportunity. From the bridge, you can take particularly beautiful photos of the colorful houses that stand on the banks of the Nidelva River.

A ride on the Oslo-Bergen Railway

A comfortable way to travel around Norway is to take a ride on the Oslo-Bergen railway line, which is also called one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world. The journey leads through the endless forests of southern Norway, then goes up to the largest plateau in Europe, the Hardangervidda and on to Bergen. A truly impressive trip with magnificent views of the fjords.

Tromsø – Venice of the North

Tromsø, Image: ZinaidaSopina / shutterstock

The town of Tromsø is located about 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. It is the largest city in the north of Norway and the eighth largest city in the country. Tromsø is also home to the world’s northernmost botanical garden, the northernmost cathedral and the northernmost brewery. Tromsø is also the ideal place to watch the legendary Northern Lights. The interesting Polar Museum is housed in an old customs station. Changing exhibitions on the animal world of the Arctic are just as impressive as interesting facts about polar expeditions and life in the polar regions. A visit to the famous “Arctic Cathedral”, which was built in 1965, is also a must. It is one of the city’s landmarks and is famous for its midnight concerts.