Thursday, 12 January 2017

Places to Visit in Norway

Norway is a magnificent place with rich history and numerous natural miracles and cozy towns. We prepared for you a list of the most popular destinations in Norway from Oslo to Nordkapp. 

Places to Visit in Norway

OSLO

Oslo is the capital and the largest Norwegian city with a thousand-year's history. It never fails to surprise you with diversity: Michelin-starred restaurants, urban art, theaters, and opera combined with skiing, hiking and cycling just within the city! Just remember that it is one of the most expensive cities in the world!

Places to Visit in Norway

Oslo is located at the northernmost end of picturesque Oslofjord. Forty islands of the 100 km fjord are a wonderful place for leisure and travel, and are easily reachable by ferry.

The city offers many things to do and to see, starting from the amazing Vigeland sculpture park, the Viking Ship Museum, Munch Museum, the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, and finishing with the Nobel Peace Center and the Holocaust Center.

BERGEN

Bergen is the second largest city of Norway where history rubs its shoulders with the modern life.

Places to Visit in Norway
 
This scenic Norwegian city is known as the gateway to the fjords of Norway. Go to visit Bryggen, listed in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites, and take photos of Hanseatic commercial buildings, resembling the setting of a costume picture. Do not forget to attend the lively Fish Market, one of Norway's most visited outdoors markets!

THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS 

Places to Visit in Norway

The Lofoten Islands offer amazing natural sights, unforgettable fishing, villages hidden from popular tourist routes and stunning whale safari. Everyone will find something to do there – go kayaking among islands, catch a fish of your dreams or watch eagles hovering high in the skies!

TROMSØ

Tromsø, Paris of the North, is the city of contrasts. On the one hand, you will be enchanted by lovely fishing villages, fragrant botanic gardens, and crystal-clear waterfalls, and on the other – enthralled by outstanding music festivals. If you are a fan of techno or electronic music, the Insomnia festival in Tromsø is a must!

Places to Visit in Norway

Tromsø is located north of the Arctic Circle. In summer, you will be able to observe midnight sun, in winter – Northern lights.

STAVANGER

Stavanger is the fourth-largest city in Norway. It combines old and modern in paradoxical harmony. The city history is routed back to the Middle Ages. Once Stavanger was a quiet market town on the seacoast, in time it turned into an important fishing port. Its destiny, landscape and pace radically changed when in 1969 oil reserve was discovered off the Norwegian coast.

Places to Visit in Norway

When in the city, visit Old Stavanger (the historical part), the unique Norwegian Canning Museum, and Stavanger Cathedral built in the XII century.

NORDKAPP

The North Cape (Nordkapp) is a rock 307 meters high above the sea level. For a long time the North Cape was an important navigation landmark for seafarers in the North.

Places to Visit in Norway

In summer, from the middle of May to the end of July, you can enjoy midnight sun. The average temperature oscillates from +7 °C to +10 °C. Be ready for considerable temperature drops in the daytime and at night.

Average temperature in winter is – 3–11 °C. Local companies offer various tours, including dog sledding and snowmobile safaris.

ÅLESUND

A city of fantastic beauty, Ålesund is situated in the domain of fjords, and is settled upon several islands extending towards the Atlantic Ocean. From here, you can admire a stunning view to majestic mountains of Sunnmøre.

Places to Visit in Norway

Natural beauty of Ålesund is amplified with the exquisite architecture: after the fire that destroyed the majority of the town in the beginning of the XX century, Ålesund was rebuilt in the brilliance of the art nouveau style.

Give yourself a treat and attend one of the world's largest oceanaria – Atlanterhavsparken. 

LILLEHAMMER

Places to Visit in Norway

Lillehammer became world famous after it hosted Winter Olympic Games in 1994. It is undoubtedly a great place for skiing and other winter sports. If you are a sport fan, try Lysgårdsbakken ski jumping hill. If you prefer less adrenalin-producing pastime, attend Maihaugen, the open-air ethnographic museum, or go on an excursion to the Fåberg village to see ancient rock paintings.

NORWAY FJORDS 

Fjords are a true miracle of Norway. During the Ice Age, the mountain inlets appeared in the western part of the country, and as the glacier moved away, they created curved sea creeks. Fjords are cozily located in the northern part of the western coast. Because of warm Gulf Stream, the climate in the region is soft and mild. Even in winter, water in the fjords practically never freezes.

Places to Visit in Norway

The best way to enjoy the fjords is from the coast and from the water – i.e. from a car window and from a ferry. Multiple tours include waterfalls, small fishing villages and mysterious grottos.

Fjords can be found in many countries, the Norwegian ones are the most picturesque. Although it is impossible to visit every fjord in Norway, you may see the most beautiful ones! 


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