Norway is a long land, full of things that can be seen and done, from trendy urban cities to sparkling fjords, northern lights, far-off villages above the Arctic Circle. So, where are you beginning? We recommend that you pick one or two regions to visit in order to optimize your vacations. Some of the highlights are here!
- The Oslo region
In the Norwegian capital, which was called European Green Capital 2019, several items are cooking. Fresh, funky communities, a packed event schedule, and several brand new museums and attractions are a few of the teasers to expect. Surrounded by the Oslofjord and the thick forests, city life and nature fun, walking, skiing, and hopping, can easily be mixed. Charming towns such as Fredrikstad and Tønsberg are situated along the coast in the neighboring Østfold and Vestfold regions.
- Tromsø and the land of the northern lights
In the middle of Northern Norway is the capital of the Arctic, Tromsø. You want to go here if you include northern lights, watching whales, the sun at midnight, and epic nature activities. Experiencing the Sami culture in cities like Karasjok and Alta and entering Northernmost Europe at the North Cape, Lyngenfjord area has excellent skiing and trekking conditions. The Varanger Peninsula, a bird-watching paradise, is situated in the eastern part of this vast area.
- Lofoten and Nordland
Staggering peaks, sparkling fjords, real fishing villages, and beaches. Not to mention the midnight sun and northern lights! Possibly you’ve seen Lofoten and vesterålen jaw-dropping pictures on Instagram (they’re so many!). A warm tip is to tour these locations while the crowds are away during the summer season. In the Narvik ski and walking paradises, more outdoor activities are also to be found, and Helgeland a little further south is a lesser-famous gem. Here you can drive the Route of the coast, which has one of the most scenic drives in the country, between Trøndelag and Bodø.
- Bergen and the western fjords
In Norway’s second-largest city, Bergen, historic World Heritage sites blend creative fashion, chic restaurants, and experimental music. Visit some of the most important museums in the world, such as KODE museums and composer homes, get lost along squiggly paved streets, and explore the city at one of its seven mountain peaks in the country from above. In the North, Bergen is the port for some of Norway’s most renowned fiords, including Sognefjord, the longest and deepest of the fjords in Norway, and in the South, the Hardangerfjord where you can find the famous Trolltunga Mountain Plateau. Most fjords are similarly stunning, but much less busy with their sidearms.
- The Geirangerfjord and the Northwest
In the cristal-blue waters of UNESCO settlement, Geirangerfjord, Norway’s most prominent fjord are the Seven Sisters, along with numerous other waterfalls. Ålesund, a picturesque modern art town, is an ideal place for an adventure in the fjord. The northwest of Fjord Fjord Norway attracts well-known outdoor buffs during the year. Åndalsnes’ mountain capital is perfect as it is located within walking distance from world-renowned attractions such as the Trollstigen Mountain Road and the Atlantic Road.
- The Stavanger region
What if you mix restaurants from Michelin with old wooded homes, world-class art, and a multicultural atmosphere? What do you do? To get a reply, fly to Stavanger. Stavanger is the largest city in the southwest and an excellent starting point for discovering popular natural attractions like the Lysefjord and Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock). The Jæren coastline is a paradise for the beach bum, home to a huge white sand beach in Norway. Enthusiasts of surfing and kiting will also be here to have a treat.
- Trondheim and Trøndelag
Located in the center of Norway, the trøndelag area attracts both hardcore history enthusiasts and devoted foodies. Go fishing, biking, or skiing, or go one of the nine St. Olav Way pilgrimage routes leading to the amazing cathedral of Nidaros in Trondheim. Trondheim’s vibrant student city is the capital of the country, known as “Home of Nordic aromas.” Enjoy the fancy Michelin restaurants, the cool food bars, and the cozy coffee shops in the gastronomic experience.
- Kristiansand and Southern Norway
Southern Norway is a summer paradise for Norwegians, with gorgeous beaches, thousands of islands, and a year with more sunshine hours. Stroll along narrow streets between the white wooded houses, or get to know the Cuna of the Norwegian traditions in the Setesdal valley, in charming coastal towns like Risør, Arendal, Grimstad, Mandal, and Flekkefjord. The largest city in southern Norway is Kristiansand, with a range of enjoyable festivals and fresh seafood, enjoying lazy days on the city beach.
- The mountains and valleys of Eastern Norway
Eastern Norway’s thick forests, deep valleys, and large mountain plateaux are all excellent starting points for various nature activities. There are some of the largest ski resorts in Norway, such as Geilo, Trysil, and Hemsedal. And they all ensure that they enjoy the whole year as soon as snow melts, they become world-class cycling destinations. The Gudbrandsdalen valley, Valdres, Hallingdal, Lillehammer and are popular family destinations offering everything from theme parks to charming farms and great walks.
- The Svalbard Islands
Ready for the next level of wildlife? The Svalbard Islands are located between Norway and the North Pole, in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. You will take part in exotic nature events throughout the year in a robust and delicate landscape. Try your hand on dog tracking, go ice cream, join a safari motorcycle or chase the north. The islands have nearly 3,000 humans in addition to several thousand polar bears. The main town of Longyearbyen is a vibrant mini-metropolis, offering a wide range of cultural activities and good food and beverage spots which you normally only expect to find in big towns.