It’s widely acknowledged that Norway is among the most egalitarian societies on earth. But few realize that the Scandinavian country is also among the most beautiful spots globally. Imagine towns that gaze out over majestic fjords and coastal settlements spread across Arctic archipelagos, not forgetting to forget the vibrant cities. This is why Culture Trip has selected some of the most stunning towns in Norway.
There is a myriad of great locations in Norway to explore. It’s true; there’s the Troms region to the nordic north. Alesund in the west of the coast, and charming little towns such as Flam, tucked away into the mountain ranges.
And don’t begin to think about the many amazing fjords you must go to. The entire nation is a treasure trove of spots that any traveler should visit.
Norway is a variety that extends beyond its stunning landscape with its diverse culture just as captivating and beautiful to explore.
From the Sami people of northern Norway with their ancient tradition of culture to the modern tradition of Oslo, There’s a small piece of Norwegian culture that everybody will appreciate.
1.) Drive the Atlanterhavsveien (The Atlantic Road)
The Atlanterhavsveien is also known in the popular sense as the Atlantic Road in English, is an amazing and stunning drive through one of Norway’s most stunning areas of Norway.
Connecting the continent of Norway with the gorgeous island of Averoya, It’s an ideal area to drive around during the day. It’s a must to see Kvernes Stave Church, too. It’s a little over 600 years old and is among the oldest in the area.
Be sure to keep your eyes on Storseisundet Bridge, too
2.) Check out the gorgeous Hamnoy
Hamnoy in Lofoten has gained a reputation around the world for its breathtaking scenery and unspoiled beauty… And it’s clear the reason. Perhaps one of the top spots in Norway is a place that you must visit without hesitation.
3.) Visit the tiny town of Reine
It’s a must and one of Norway’s most beautiful destinations to visit. It’s not hard to see why Reine is a picture-perfect location. It is located on the island of Moskenesoya. It’s, in fact, part of the Lofoten collection of islands and archipelagos that have why this area is so stunning.
For an unforgettable experience, make sure you are warm (with lots of layers) and make your way to Bunes Beach, particularly in the evening. Choose a suitable spot to relax on the beach and enjoy the dance of the Northern Lights above you. It truly is an unforgettable experience.
4.) Explore Bergen
Bergen is an excellent city to explore and steeped in history. Be sure to explore the wooden structures and crooked pier, Bryggen (a UNESCO-protected site).
5.) Find the top coffee in Oslo
Oslo is a city that is quite surprising for me at the very least. The city’s center can be quite tiny (if you’re coming from cities similar to London); however, it’s packed with an array of unique shops, beautiful artwork, and iconic structures that you should not miss.
6.) Explore the Arctic Circle on a Spa Boat
Yes, you read that right! There’s a special spa boat within the Arctic Circle that you can ride on and explore more of the top destinations in Norway. The boat is moored in Tromso. It’s recommended to reserve your tickets on the internet and be there in plenty of enough time to be on the boat before it leaves.
The most appealing thing about the boat, dubbed Vulcana, is that Vulcana is the fact that it’s completely luxurious and is one of the most luxurious Spa getaways I wish for. You know, where else can you soak in a steaming hot tub, relax in a steam bath or enjoy a sauna and gaze out at whales right from your deck while cruising around an Arctic Circle.
7.) Hike Pulpit Rock
There’s a good chance you’ll get to get one of the best panoramas in Norway from the summit of Pulpit Rock. This is one of the top spots in Norway, particularly with the views you’ll get across the Fjord. The hike (return) was indeed about 4 hours, but it all is dependent on how quick and fit you are.
8.) Puffins are spotted on Runde Island
Runde Island is one of Norway’s most beautiful and desirable spots to see – especially for a tiny island. It is possible to cruise directly by RIB ship from Alesund. This is a great option when you’re in a hurry.
If you’d prefer to remain on the ground, You can also traverse across some bridges. It is best to make sure you visit when the puffins are in residence. If you’re lucky, you’ll see hundreds of them in this beautiful nature reserve.
9.) Visit the Briksdalsbreen Glacier
One of the easiest glaciers in Stryn, The Briksdalsbreen Glacier, is truly one of the top spots in Norway that you must visit. The Glacier itself is an offshoot, an arm from the bigger, Jostedalsbreen glacier, which is equally stunning to view (but it is more difficult to reach). If you’re looking for an adventure, consider a different route or Glacier.
As I’ve mentioned, it’s a simple glacier to check out even if you’re struggling with one of Norway’s tougher hiking trails, particularly because of the troll car that will transport you to the summit. If you choose to trek, it’s a very short 45-60 minutes hike to reach the Glacier.
10.) Polar bears can be found in Svalbard
The place is perched high in Spitsbergen Island in Svalbard; Longyearbyen is a cozy little area that’s quite remote (even in Norwegian standard). High above the Arctic circle, It’s a beautiful breathtaking, and wild place to visit.
From here, you’ll have the opportunity to join one or two scheduled and safe tours that go deeper into the islands on the lookout for polar bears. Be sure to take a trip to the North Pole Expedition Museum and visit this intimate Gallery Svalbard museum that showcases local artwork.
11.) Explore Alesund
Alesund can be described as one of the west coast’s largest cities (though still, it’s quite small compared to the standards of international travel). Stay in town and climb to the highest point, the Fjellstua Viewpoint, visit Aksla Mountain and stop at Sjobua for delicious local cuisine. Make sure you check out the beautiful accommodation in Molja Lighthouse, too.
If you are looking for a delicious breakfast or light lunch, stop by The Invit Espresso Bar. They create an incredible Chocolate Cake that I want to have until this day!
12.) See the Geirangerfjord
There is a myriad of gorgeous fjords that are located in Norway. They’re everywhere, but some make a statement, don’t they? For me, it’s Geirangerfjord.
It’s important to get to the top of the mountain at Dalsnibba, and it will take about 40 minutes to drive, but it’s is well worth it. Be sure to bring layers of clothing… it can get cold when you’re that high up.
13.) Drive the Trollstigen
Between the towns between Andalsnes between Andalsnes and Valldal is the beautiful Trollstigen drive. Perhaps, it is the most famous road in Norway, and it is a beautiful road to drive.
14.) See Norway’s National Mountain, Stetind
Around 15 miles away from Kjopsvik, About 15 miles from Kjopsvik Stetind Mountain is Norway’s national mountain. Its style is distinctive from other mountains that are located in the region. It’s a must-see if you want to see it.
If you’re feeling fit or want an adventure, consider getting to the top of the mountain with an experienced guide. Narvik Guides are likely to be one of the top local guides, and all of their guides are IFMGA Mountain Guide certified.
15.) Hike to Trolltunga
Trolltunga is among the most beautiful places in Norway for scenic views. The views of the entire region are breathtaking from the summit.
The trail itself is difficult and not suitable for the faint of heart, and you must consider whether your fitness level is sufficient before you begin the trail. The entire hike can last all day (if you’re not fit enough, it could take 12plus hours if you’re slow), So make sure to pack plenty of things and dress appropriately. Nobody would want to be an uninformed hiker.
Important: From mid-October until mid-March, do not take a hike. It’s extremely dangerous this time of year and is not recommended even for experienced hikers. Always follow local and official guidance.