Top 5 Places to Visit in Norway

Norway is a once in a life time destination with stunning landscapes, and beautiful fjords as well as cosmopolitan cities to visit. Having never been, I chose five places that looked most interesting to me.

Geiranger Ffiord Norway ~dailyshoot


Oslo

The capital is one of the biggest in Europe, but with a small population in comparison. The residents will tell you it's super easy to leave city life behind. It's located right by Oslofjord- not a fjord, but apparently pretty and worth visiting. It means that you can go hiking, cycling, ice- skating and kayaking all within the city limits. Staying in the city, you can visit museums for almost all tastes. At the National Gallery you can visit Edvard Munch's The Scream in the flesh. Or you can visit a real life viking ship at the viking ship museum.

Viking Ship #3

Bergen

Surrounded by all of the seven's, hills and fjords, Bergen is a city in yet another beautiful setting. The city has a beautiful cathedral worth checking out. Not to forget the UNESCO heritage site of Bryggen, the oldest most charming area of Bergen. It runs along the eastern shore of Vågen Harbour, it has rows of leaning gabled buildings with stacked stone or wood foundations. Bryggen means "The Wharf" and excavations of the area suggest the Quay's original location was 140m further inland than it is today. It covers 13,000 sq metres and dates from 1702- there had been a fire before and the patterns dates back to 12th Century.

Day 133/366: Bryggen

The Northern Fjords


Geirangerfjord is yet another Unesco World Heritage Site. The further north you go it's more crinkly coastline and deeply cut fjords as you go into the region of Møre og Romsdal. Beautiful picture postcards, which whenever I see makes me think of Slartibartfast from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (if you don't get the reference, please go read the book, it's by Douglas Adams).

Entrance to Geirangerfjord

Lofoten Islands

Beautiful from the approach, the Lofoten Islands the islands spread out across the landscape with their tall craggy physique. The islands are separated from the main land by the vestfjorden and on each island you can find sheltered bays and sheep pastures, in the winter the islands are still popular with farmer- fisherman because spawning cod head up from the Barents Sea, though the numbers have dwindled in recent years.

View from A, Lofotens

Svalbard

Three words: His. Dark. Materials. Yeah, yeah, another literature reference, from some of my favourite books that I've read. Parts of the books are based in Svalvard, it's bad barren place, where the kids are taken to get their daemons detached from themselves- and not for good reasons. Not a cheap place to visit, 1000km flight from the mainland. It's a spectacular place to go with vast icebergs, icefields and glaciers. The polar bears there outnumber people by a mile, though the environment supports loads of other wildlife including artic fox's, seals, whales and walruses.

Svalbard Kirke


Have you been to Norway? Where was your favourite place?




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  1. I have visited Oslo once before and really enjoyed it but would love to return and visit the northern Fjords. The The Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park really stood out for me in Oslo, well worth a visit: http://www.visitnorway.com/uk/where-to-go-uk/east/oslo/what-to-do-in-oslo/attractions-in-oslo/vigelandsparken-sculpture-park/. I am visiting from the A-Z Challenge and have really enjoyed reading your blog.

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    1. Great! Thanks for sharing your link, it's one of my favourite things about this challenge, people sharing their links in my comments :)

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  2. The Lofoten Islands look lovely I would definitely want to spend time there.

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  3. Norway is amazing. I have friends living in Kristiansand (in the South, not Kristiansund in the far North) and I love visiting there. Of course it helps that I am Dutch, and Dutch and Norwegian people get along very well.
    Thank you for this nice stroll down Norway's wonders...

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    1. Ahh, and some of my best friends are Dutch so maybe I, too, will get on with the Norwegian's? Thanks for reading :)

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  4. Never been but would love to go! Just found out there's cheap airfare between NYC and Bergen, so hoping that dream can become a reality sooner rather than later.

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    1. Oh, really? I think Bergen sounds the coolest of all those places, aside from Svalbard!

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  5. Hi! Visitor from the A to Z Challenge. I lived in Norway for 9 months back in 2006/07. I loved it! I lived in Selbu, a small town an hour away from Trondheim and 30 minutes away from Hell (a town actually called Hel). But I did manage to visit Oslo. Beautiful country and nice people.

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    1. Hey, thanks so much for dropping by. Yes, I have indeed heard of Hel :) but none of the other places you mentioned, yarg!

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