10Best Visits Norway

  • View Over the Lofoten Islands

    Norway is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, combining mountains, water, and an abundance of vistas from which to look over things. This view of the Lofoten Islands in the Arctic north is obtained after a leg-busting 500 meter climb of Reinebringen Mountain.

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

  • Pristine Arctic Beaches

    Most folks imagine Norway to be cold and icy (which it is for much of the year!), but it's also home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, with super clean water and emerald bays resembling something more out of the Maldives than northern Europe.

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

  • Empty Horseid Beach

    Beaches like Horseid Beach in the Lofoten Islands are often completely devoid of tourists, even in the middle of the summer holiday season.  They're reached only via an hour-long foot trail over the mountains, and are a perfect spot for those seeking solitude.

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

  • The Land of the Midnight Sun

    Norway is the land of the midnight sun, and north of the Arctic in midsummer.  The sun never actually sets, but instead just reaches a point low on the horizon and then makes an arc to the north as it begins to rise again. 

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

  • Sublime Camp Spot on Uttakleiv Beach, Lofoten Islands

    Norway's stunning beaches and long coastline provide ample room for camping and midnight sun sojourns, and this is one spot where you'll never need a flashlight in your luggage.

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

  • Besseggen Ridge, Jotunheimen National Park

    Norway is also one of the best outdoor adventure destinations in the world. It's most famous trek is the classic Besseggen Ridge hike in Jotunheimen National Park in central Norway. The route follows the rocky ridge along its spine, affording incredible views of the lakes and fjords below.

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  • Climbing in the Jotunheimen National Park

    There is some climbing to be done on this trek, but the route is well marked, and the stunning views of the turquoise water below help soften the strains of the vertical path.

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  • Kayakers' Paradise

    Adventure in Norway doesn't only have to happen on the ground. There are ample opportunities to explore by boat, kayaking the various fjords, lakes, and open sea.

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  • Stand Up Paddling in Romsdal

    Another water sport popular in Norway is stand-up paddling, where enthusiasts can explore quiet rivers, practice their balance, and get to see a part of Norway that most tourists never do.

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  • Trekking the Romsdalseggen Ridge

    Some of the best stand-up paddling, climbing, and hiking is to be found in Romsdal, which features plenty of adventure thrills like the full-day trek across the Romsdalseggen High Route, one of Norway's most classic hikes. The views of the surrounding mountains are unbeatable. The atmospheric Aak Hotel is Norway's oldest tourist hotel and has been a base for climbers and paddlers for over 100 years.  

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  • By Electric Bicycle Up the Trollstigen

    Another specialty of the Aak is taking tourists bicycling up the mighty Trollstigen National Tourist Route. The Trollstigen climbs up to 850 meters and the most enjoyable way to take it all in is via an electric bicycle, which makes the normal brutal climb up the winding curves a mere piece of cake, with more time spent enjoying the waterfalls and spectacular scenery than huffing and puffing away!

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

  • Looking Down from the Trollstigen Pass

    The Trollstigen winds up 11 hairpin bends at a 10% grade offering one of the most dramatic panoramas in all of Norway. The road up is only open from around mid-May until November and has been designated a National Tourist Route which should be on everyone's Norway bucket list.

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  • The Stave Church at Borgund

    Of course not all of Norway has to be about outdoor adventuring. There are fabulous old stave churches, such as the one in Borgund in Sognefjord. This church is one of the best-preserved and dates back to the early 1200's.

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  • The Stave Church in Lom

    The stave church in Lom, near Jotunheimen National Park, is another beauty, with its triple nave, and also extremely well preserved and maintained.

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  • The Arctic Cathedral in Tromso, Gateway to the North

    The Ishavskatedralen, more well known as the Arctic Cathedral, is the landmark of Tromso, Norway's northern capital. Its glass windows reflect the summer midnight sun, and in winter is a great spot from which to see the northern lights.

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  • Beautiful Bergen and its UNESCO Old Town

    Also high on any visitor's list is Bergen, one of Norway's most beautiful city's, surrounded by seven mountains and a charming and bustling port.

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  • Old Houses in the Bryggen Harbour in Bergen

    The old port area, known as Bryggen, site of the former quays, is a UNESCO World Heritage site containing old wooden building styles from the Hanseatic period. The area is now a popular tourist stopover, with plenty of charming cafes and shops.

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

  • The Preserved Fishing Hamlet of Nusfjord

    There are also many preserved fishing hamlets in coastal Norway, like the one in Nusfjord, in the Lofoten Islands. Nusfjord is full of old timber houses and was a major site for the cod liver oil processing industry. 

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

  • Cod Heads Drying in the Sun

    These days, throughout the north, one sees cod fish heads hanging to dry on racks. Known as stockfish, it is Norway's longest going export product, and is sent all over the world, with large amounts being used for bacalao dishes in Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

  • The Skagefla Farm and Beautiful Geirangerfjord

    But sooner or later, most folks get back to seeing the real highlights of Norway, its amazing outdoor wonders. The Geirangerfjord is considered to be one of the most beautiful fjords to visit, and those who want to get off the beaten path can  climb up above the old Skagefla farm, now abandoned, but once a profitable goat farm dating back to the Middle Ages.

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

  • Cruising under the Seven Sisters Waterfall in Geirangerfjord

    The most luxurious way to see Geirangerfjord is by cruise ship, where you get to sail under dramatic waterfalls like the Seven Sisters, and take in all of the fjord highlights in style.

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

  • The world's cleanest water on the Aurlandsfjord

    Another gorgeous fjord is Aurlandsfjord, best viewed from the Stegastein viewpoint which is located on the dramatic Aurlandsvegen Mountain Road, which travels through a beautiful highland plateau before dropping to the fjords below.

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

  • Fjord Reflections

    There is so much water, clouds, and sky in Norway, that around almost every bend is a reflection photo op just waiting to happen. 

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

  • The Yosemite-like UNESCO Heritage Naeroy Valley near Voss

    And if there isn't a fjord to gape at, there is an awesome mountain valley like the Naeroy Valley, which lies along the old post route to Bergen, viewed here from the majestic Stalheim Hotel, perched high above the dramatic valley that looks a lot like Yosemite with its soaring granite walls.

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

  • Midnight Sun in the Arctic, Lofoten Islands, Norway

    Norway truly is one of the world's most lovely spots, From mountain to fjord, to the lingering midnight sun of midsummer. From green to emerald to orange, a natural artist's palette, and one worth putting on your upcoming travel bucket list.

    Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

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