Top destinations to visit in Norway
Norway is a naturally blessed country, thanks to the unique landscapes that fill the land. This country is a haven of places that every traveler should visit. Besides the modern urban cities, natural landscape show you a completely different side of Norway. It’s advisable to pick one or two regions and dedicate your time there to enjoy maximally.
If you’re not sure where to begin once you land in Norway, then you’ve come in the right place. Below, I have highlighted the top 6 must-visit places that you should add into your atinery.
- Oslo Region
Also known as European Green Capital since 2019, Oslo allows you to combine urban city life with nature-based activities since dense forests and the Oslofjord surround the city. Some of the activities you should try in Oslo include cycling, island hopping, and skiing.
Hamnoy in Lofoten should be one of your top priorities when visiting Norway. Make sure you visit Hamnoy fishing village, located on the eastern side of Moskenesoya Island.
- Svalbard Islands
The Svalbard Islands are located at the center of the Arctic Ocean, between the North pole and Norway. To refresh yourself, visit this place and engage in some nature-based activities at any time of the year. Some activities that you can try include ice-carving, hunting, dog sledging, or you can join a snowmobile safari.
- Southern Norway
Unlike the northern side, Southern Norway is rocked by many islands and gorgeous beaches since it experiences more hours of sun annually. You can tour some of the coastal towns to feel a glimpse of the Norwegian traditions. These towns include Grimstad, Madal, Risor, Flekkefjord, and Arendal. Similarly, the Setesdal valley will help you understand the cradle of Norwegian culture. Visit Kristiansand, the largest town in Southern Norway, to taste the seafood, stroll the beaches, and attend some pleasurable festivals.
- The Geirangerfjord
It is Norway’s most fabulous fjord, and thankfully, it’s a UNESCO site. The seven sisters and other waterfalls flow down the mountainsides that terminate in the Geirangerfjord. To make the best out of your fjord adventure, start in the town of Alesund. Also, ensure you climb to the highest viewpoint (Dalsnibba), which takes roughly 40-minutes in a car.
- Pulpit Rock
Pulpit Rock is one of the best places to hike in Norway. Walking around the rock takes about 4 – 5 hours. Even though hiking around guarantees a lot of fun, travelers are advised to be careful once they reach on top to prevent accidents. You don’t want to fall a 600 meters cliff in the name of adventure.
Talking of places to visit in Norway, the list is so long that it cannot be exhausted. You enjoy the serene nature on one hand while experiencing the beautiful city life on the other. Also, when planning to visit Norway, it’s recommended you plan earlier to avoid falling short of your budget. Because there are numerous places to visit, you might find yourself spending more than you had budgeted.