With spectacular mountain landscapes, deep fjords, forested hills and an extensive coastline, Norway excites those in search of extraordinary natural scenery. The country also has a lot to offer culture lovers. There are ancient churches, museums, galleries and magnificent Viking ships.
Surrounded by forests and situated close to the Oslofjord, the capital city Oslo is an ideal place to pursue outdoor activities. Try sledding on the runs near the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and go cross-country skiing through Nordmarka Forest.
Connect with Oslo’s many cultural attractions. Watch opera and ballet performances at the Oslo Opera House, a marble and glass building with a roof you can walk across. See Viking vessels at the Viking Ship Museum and find out more about Norwegian art at the National Gallery.
Norway is also known as the land of the midnight sun. A popular place to experience the phenomenon is at the North Cape, one of the northernmost points of mainland Norway.
This is also a good spot to witness the aurora borealis or Northern Lights, between late autumn and early spring. Other good locations to see the natural light show are Tromsø and the Svalbard Islands.
Many of Norway's most spectacular fjords are in the west of the country. Hike nature trails that pass by waterfalls, rivers and lakes. Walk up to Pulpit Rock for an excellent view of Lysefjord. You can also enjoy the scenery by taking the Bergen Railway through the mountainous terrain. Cruise the fjords on a boat while looking for humpback whales, pilot whales, porpoises and minke whales.
The city of Bergen is the gateway to the fjords. Stroll along the narrow lanes of its old merchant quarter and see wooden houses that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Take the cable car ride from the center of town to the mountains. When the warmer weather comes, sunbathe on the city’s beaches.
Norway is a wonderful country to visit for its natural attractions, outdoor pursuits and cultural treasures.