Serving as Norway’s capital, Oslo is the largest city in the country and one of the largest capitals in Europe in terms of area. It is recognizably cosmopolitan but keeps its cultural sensibilities intact with all of its museums, parks, and art galleries.
The Viking Ship Museum, which houses Viking ships and other Viking artifacts, and the Munch Museum, which contains the largest painting collection of the renowned Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch, are only two of the prime attractions in Norway.
Add to these the inspiring Opera House, a mighty stunner with its topnotch modern architecture and where different cultural and opera performances are held since its opening in 2008. Also modern in all respects is the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, a structure of steel and concrete and the newest of its kind in the world.
The Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park, which houses over a hundred granite and bronze sculptures, has its own beauty to boast of. A popular meeting place and picnic area, the park brings to view the Norwegians’ natural love for the outdoors.
But despite all this modernity, the 1,000-year history of Oslo is very much apparent, especially in the Akershus Fortress. This structure used to be the seat of kings and still is the venue of important state events. Now a national landmark, the fortress is a favorite attraction.
Geirangerfjord is otherworldly at its best. This S-shape fjord, whose beauty is accentuated by the surrounding mountainous range, spectacular waterfalls, abandoned farmsteads, and verdant vegetation, highlights a Norwegian vacation.
T he fact that Geirangerfjord is enlisted in the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Sites is enough of an affirmation of the fjord’s beauty. So when you visit, expect to be surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery of raw and unspoiled natural environment.
This environment is a fitting background to the many adventures that Geirangerfjord offers. You can join sightseeing trips, kayak or raft along the fjord, go fishing, and hike the peaks. If you happen to visit during winter, try skiing on the icy summits.
The little town of Røros is Norway’s cultural and historical gem. It shows off wooden colorful houses and 17th and 18th century buildings, all of which still serve their original functions all while showing off the area’s history as a mining town. Providing a beautiful background are peaks, lakes, plateaus, and valleys.
Today, Røros’ story is still unfolding, but its traditions and culture are lovingly preserved, which add to the uncomplicated charm of the town. And although the mining activities have long been stopped, the arts and crafts industry is still lingering and continues to bring Røros to the spotlight. In fact, the town is famous for its talented craftsmen and artists.
Together with its cultural and historical value, the old-town appeal of Røros put the town in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list; and this same appeal can be witnessed as you walk the streets that lead to different attractions such as the Bergstadens Ziir, the church built in 1784, and Frøyas Hus, an old farm.
But aside from offering scenic views, Røros’ invites you to have a dog sledging tour, go boating, catch some fish, and shop for local arts and crafts.
An archipelago to the north of the Arctic Circle, Lofoten is as interesting as it is majestic. It is made of beautiful islands, which are connected by bridges and whose small villages thrive by fishing.
The panoramic charm of Lofoten is hard to resist. Its peaks stand tall amid the bountiful, dark blue waters. The air is cold, but the greenery that characterizes the surroundings provides warmth to the eyes.
The islands can all be reached by ferry, car, or bike, and wherever you decide to go, you will certainly be treated to a signature Norwegian view. In the island of Henningsvær, for instance, you will see a fishing village set against a beautiful mountainous background. And on Eggum, you can witness the midnight sun at a beach.
The main islands, namely, Austvågøy, Flakstadøy, Gimsøy, Moskenesøy, Røst, Værøy, and Vestvågøy, have their own beauty to show off.
It’s easy to see why Bergen is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Framed by mountains and fjords and teeming with colorful wooden structures, this city carries a notable and historical charm.
Much of its charm is owed to Bryggen, the old wharf that, with its medieval wooden buildings and history as a trading port in the 14th century, made it to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Its natural beauty and old appeal backing it up, Bryggen is now one of the important tourist destinations not only in Bergen but in all of Norway.
To fully enjoy your stay in Bergen, take a ride on the Fløibanen Funicular, a cable car that will give you a top view of the city as it brings you to the summit of Fløien Mountain. On the mountaintop, enjoy the breathtaking view of the fjords, mountains, and cityscape.
Then visit Old Bergen Museum, an open air museum of old wooden houses, and Bergen Fish Market, where you can buy the freshest seafood.
And make sure to never leave Bergen without going to Edvard Grieg Museum, Bergen Aquarium, Bergen Science Centre, and art galleries such as Bergen Contemporary Art Centre and Bergen Art Museum.