Guide to Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Norway
1. Geirangerfjord (photo on main picture)
The beauty of the Geirangerfjord including waterfalls and cliffs is hard to surpass. And if you haven’t seen the Geirangerfjord, then you really haven’t seen all of Norway. The fjord is one of Norway’s most visited tourist sites. In 2005, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, jointly with the Nærøyfjorden.
You can do a sightseeing tour (RED Bus) which is like the hop on hop off bus, this leaves from the port, but beware as it only has two stops one at Flydalsjuvet viewpoint and Eagle Road Viewpoint and this bus stops for only 15minutes at each stop and if you are not back in time it will go without you and not wait for any longer. The two viewing points are worth visiting as you can get great photo’s and amazing scenery.
2. North Cape – 71 Degrees North
The North Cape is a 307 meters (1,000 ft) high cliff which is generally called as the northernmost point of Europe. The North Cape is most popular tourist attractions in Norway. Being here in North cape you can enjoy bird safaris to a nature reservation with over 2 million seabirds, or exciting Deep Sea Rafting at night. In the summer there is no sunset – there’s the Midnight Sun.
3. Scenic Rail Routes
The best way to see Norway’s stunning countryside can be by train. Perhaps surprisingly for such a mountainous country, Norway’s rail lines stretch more than 2,000 miles, encountering along the way some 775 tunnels and over 3,000 bridges.You can start in Oslo and the move to the Bergen Railway, which runs over the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. Other routes of note are the Dovre Railway from Oslo to Trondheim with its sideline the Rauma Railway between Dombås and Åndalsnes, and the famous Flåm Railway, the world’s steepest.
4. Bryggen Wharf in Bergen
Bryggen is one of Bergen’s and Norway’s main attractions. Bryggen was built after the great fire in 1702 and is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The very first buildings in Bergen were alongside the harbour called Bryggen. Bryggen has been the nerve centre of the city for hundreds of years and the silhouette of its ancient gables is perhaps the most familiar image in all of Norway. Bryggen has been devastated by fire many times, and the Great Fire of 1702 reduced the whole city to ashes. Whatever Bryggen was quickly re-built on top of foundations that had been here since the 11th century.
Lillehammer the heart of Norway is perfect holiday destination for anyone in search of amazing adventures in the great outdoors. The town has some of the country’s most spectacular scenery right on its doorstep, and Rondane, Jotunheimen and Langsua national parks are all within easy reach. Here you can explore the very best of Norwegian countryside – from high mountains to forest-clad hills and cultural landscapes – in one single dayWhy not to so some sports hiking, cycling, skiing or horseback riding are boundless.Museums and cultural centres, such as the spectacular Maihaugen, will leave you enriched and inspired.
6. Nidaros Cathedral
Nidaros Cathedral is a Church of Norway cathedral located in the city of Trondheim. Built over the burial site of Saint Olav, the king of Norway in the 11th century, who became the patron saint of the nation. It is the traditional location for the consecration of the King of Norway. It was built from 1070 to 1300, and designated as the cathedral in 1152. After the Protestant Reformation, it was taken from the Roman Catholics by the Lutheran Church in 1537. It is the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world.
7. Vigeland Park in Oslo
The Vigeland Park is the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist, and is one of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions. The park is open to visitors all year round. The unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland’s lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was also in charge of the design and architectural layout of the park. The Vigeland Park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949.
8. The Holmenkollen Ski Jump
Officially opened on in March 2010, Holmenkollen Ski Jump is the world’s most modern ski jump, and one of the first designer ski jumps ever to be built. The start house soars some 60 metres above the ground and the structure is made of 100 tons of steel – indeed Holmenkollen is the only steel ski jump in the world. Night time it is lit up and easy to spot from afar. It is also possible to visit the platform at the top of the ski jump tower, where you can enjoy a spectacular view of Oslo and the Oslofjord.
9. Viking Ship Museum
The main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Oseberg ship, Gokstad ship and Tune ship. Additionally, the Viking Age display includes sledges, beds, a horse cart, wood carving, tent components, buckets and other grave goods. Many fully or nearly fully intact Viking ships are on display. The museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.
10. Atlantic Ocean Road
That’s the only connection for the maze of tiny islands it serves, it’s also a lure for anglers, diving enthusiasts and visitors wanting to get as close as possible to the sea. Although just over five miles long, it’s gained a reputation as one of the most spectacular stretches of coastal highway in the world. Just have a look on that: