Norway, the mountainous Scandinavian country known as the Land of the Midnight Sun – a breathtakingly beautiful country legendary for its glorious and striking fjords and glaciers, magical skies, charming villages, and thriving Viking folklore– is an exciting and diverse destination. While Norway’s natural wonders make it a paradise for nature-lovers and adventure-seekers, its trendy, cosmopolitan cities are popular destinations, as well, with their impressive array of art, culture, history, and outstanding cuisine.
Oslo, the vibrant capital city, is a great starting point for a trip to Norway – or a fun destination of its own with its variety of unique museums, historic attractions, lively nightlife, charming districts – and its proximity to striking natural beauty. Oslo’s top attractions include the Akershus Fortress, a 14th century medieval castle; the Fram Museum, containing the Fram Polar Ship as well as a polar simulator; Munch, showcasing the works of the famous expressionist painter, Edvard Munch; the Viking Museum, displaying some of the great 9th century ships; and Vigeland Sculpture Park with its beautiful gardens and over 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. The impressive Nobel Peace Center is another Oslo highlight which features stories about Alfred Nobel, the Peace Prize, and the Peace Prize winners through engaging state-of-the-art exhibits.
Bergen is a port town on Norway’s southwestern coast and the medieval capital of Norway. It is known for its iconic, colorful wooden houses, bustling fish market, and historic Hanseatic League quarter featuring the lively Bryggen wharf. The Fløibanen Funicular railway leads up to the top of Mount Floyen offering spectacular panoramic views and nature trails. Surrounded by fjords, pristine waterfalls, and mountains, Bergen is often the starting point for cruises to Sognefjord, Norway’s largest and deepest fjord, dubbed “The King of the Fjords.”
Flam is another picturesque village in southwestern Norway located at the end of the Aurlandsfjord, an arm of the Sognefjord. It is the end station of the Flam Railway whose route is considered to be among the most beautiful in the world. Flam offers the opportunity for exciting outdoor adventure – fjord “safaris” by high speed boat, mountain biking along stunning trails, and sliding down the Flåmsdalen Zipline, the longest Zipline in Northern Europe. Or, enjoy a less extreme – but equally as beautiful – guided kayak tour of the fjords or a trip to Undredal, a small village renowned for its goat cheese production.
In the Geirangerfjord area in Western Norway, fairytale scenery is the reality. Surrounded by spectacular waterfalls – with the Seven Sisters and the Suitor the most renowned, steep cliffs, jagged peaks, and abandoned mountain top farms, Geirangerfjord is one of Norway’s most popular tourist destinations. Tromso, the capital of the Arctic, is located in the center of Northern Norway. Situated above the Arctic Circle, Tromso is one of the optimal locations for experiencing the Northern Lights– the starry, boundless sky which glows with unbelievable colors soaring across it from late September to late March. During the summer months, Tromso is literally alight 24/7 with the Midnight Sun –the sun doesn’t set, yet the prolonged sunset and sunrise, which occur simultaneously, bathe heaven and earth in a unique reddish yellow light. Tromso also offers other epic Arctic adventures – whale watching, wildlife safaris, dogsledding, winter fishing, and hiking.
Not sure when to travel to Norway? It depends on what you want to do and see. To maximize sightseeing time during daylight hours, May to September is the perfect window, with late June through early July the ideal time to enjoy the Midnight Sun, especially if you head north. For winter activities and scenery, including the Northern Lights, plan to travel between November and March.
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