Norway’s natural beauty is simply otherworldly. It is so overwhelmingly breathtaking and awe-inspiring that it may at times feel like a dream – picture glorious fjords, spectacular mountains, and lush green forests. There are some exciting and cosmopolitan big cities in Norway, as well as a fair share of charming, quaint small towns filled with character and tradition, surrounded by magical nature. So, let’s explore Norway’s 10 most magical small towns!
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This town may be small in size, but it is the place to go if you’re looking for adventure! Though not among the large Norwegian cities, Lillehammer hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics and offers lots of fun activities like skiing, hiking, and horseback riding.
After being destroyed by fire in the 19th century, this quaint town was rebuilt and became one of Norway’s most charming and beautiful towns. Known for its art nouveau architecture, Alesund boasts colorful houses and is stretched over 7 little islands, all surrounded by clear waters.
This tiny village is set atop the breathtaking and legendary Geiranger fjord. Stunning crystal blue waters, majestic and steep mountains, and gushing waterfalls create the quintessential Norwegian experience.
This tranquil and picturesque little village is tucked between enormous and majestic mountains, along the Aurlandsfjord. It is known for its traditional brown goat cheese, and it is said that its landscape inspired Arendelle in Disney’s Frozen.
The fjord village of Flam is a remarkable destination. Take the Flam railway for what is known as the best train journey in the world – the magnificent scenery is mind-blowingly beautiful! You can also take a boat ride from Flam and sail through the spectacular fjords, surrounded by waterfalls.
Bergen is one of the most spectacular Norwegian cities! Though not a small town, this UNESCO World Heritage site holds both the charm and magic of one with its pastel colored wooden houses and winding cobbled streets – all set against the stunning backdrop of fjords, mountains, and waterfalls.
This is one of the most beautiful preserved old towns in Europe. This little town boasts about 130 white wooden houses dating back to the 19th century. The striking white color sparkles in the winter’s sun and gives the town an idyllic and serene atmosphere.
This small town holds the title for the world’s northernmost setting. Its small and colorful houses shine in green, red, and orange against the dramatic backdrop of snowy mountains and a flat valley.
Despite its tiny size, Reine is a huge tourist attraction – almost like one of the cities in Norway! The reason? It is simply awe-inspiring. Reine is surrounded by deep blue waters, lush green hills, and imposing, snowy mountains that tower over the colorful houses. Its beauty is postcard- perfect!
Are you ready for a life changing experience? Located inside the Arctic Circle, Tromso is considered one of the best places to view the Northern Lights. Here you can watch the sky light up with vibrant shades of green, purple, and blue and also enjoy the amazing scenery of the fjords and forests that surround the town.
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