Norway

Travel Guide
Leknes which includes a small town or village and a hotel

With rugged landscapes and stunning fjords, this northern Scandinavian country is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, with active pursuits from fishing to skiing.

With spectacular mountain landscapes, deep fjords, forested hills and an extensive coastline, Norway excites those in search of extraordinary natural scenery. The country also has a lot to offer culture lovers. There are ancient churches, museums, galleries and magnificent Viking ships.

Surrounded by forests and situated close to the Oslofjord, the capital city Oslo is an ideal place to pursue outdoor activities. Try sledding on the runs near the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and go cross-country skiing through Nordmarka Forest.

Connect with Oslo’s many cultural attractions. Watch opera and ballet performances at the Oslo Opera House, a marble and glass building with a roof you can walk across. See Viking vessels at the Viking Ship Museum and find out more about Norwegian art at the National Gallery.

Norway is also known as the land of the midnight sun. A popular place to experience the phenomenon is at the North Cape, one of the northernmost points of mainland Norway.

This is also a good spot to witness the aurora borealis or Northern Lights, between late autumn and early spring. Other good locations to see the natural light show are Tromsø and the Svalbard Islands.

Many of Norway's most spectacular fjords are in the west of the country. Hike nature trails that pass by waterfalls, rivers and lakes. Walk up to Pulpit Rock for an excellent view of Lysefjord. You can also enjoy the scenery by taking the Bergen Railway through the mountainous terrain. Cruise the fjords on a boat while looking for humpback whales, pilot whales, porpoises and minke whales.

The city of Bergen is the gateway to the fjords. Stroll along the narrow lanes of its old merchant quarter and see wooden houses that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Take the cable car ride from the center of town to the mountains. When the warmer weather comes, sunbathe on the city’s beaches.

Norway is a wonderful country to visit for its natural attractions, outdoor pursuits and cultural treasures.

Popular cities in Norway

Oslo Opera House which includes modern architecture, a city and theatre scenes
Oslo
Known for Shopping, Business and Museums
It may not be the cheapest city in Europe, but this Scandinavian metropolis pulls its weight when it comes to culture, natural beauty and quality of life.

Reasons to visit

  • Oslo Opera House
  • Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
  • Aker Brygge
Oslo featuring outdoor art
Oslo
Known for Shopping, Museums and Business
Come to Oslo and enjoy its museums, castle and cafes.

Reasons to visit

  • Oslo Opera House
  • Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
  • Aker Brygge
Trondheim featuring general coastal views, mountains and landscape views
Trondheim
Known for Dining, Shopping and Cathedrals
This university city with historic wooden houses, museums, islets and snow-capped mountains still attracts pilgrims to its medieval cathedral.

Reasons to visit

  • Nidaros Cathedral
  • Old Town Bridge
  • Archbishop's Palace
Bergen which includes boating, a marina and a coastal town
Bergen
Known for Shopping, Walking and Seafood
Bergen awaits: its museums, history, dining and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Bryggen
  • Torgalmenningen Square
Stavanger which includes street scenes, shopping and a small town or village
Stavanger
Known for Ports, Business and Excursions
This historic, oil-rich city in southwestern Norway is renowned for its culture and sardines, and for being a gateway to the spectacular Norwegian fjord

Reasons to visit

  • Stavanger Cathedral
  • Norwegian Petroleum Museum
Fredrikstad
Fredrikstad
Known for Adventure, Cultural activities and Historical
Fredrikstad is the biggest and possibly the nicest city in the county of Østfold, and is often called “Plankebyen” (the Plank Town). Fredrikstad is, among other things, known for its lovely Old Town.

Norway