Norway is a Scandinavian nation famous for its unparalleled natural beauty, intriguing Celtic history, mysterious northern lights, amongst others. Coming up with a limited ’10’ must-see places in Norway has been a very tough job as how can you choose between one wonder over the other?! So, I listed the Top-10 things I can’t dream of missing in Norway! Do remember that I am a absolute northern light fan, and as usual, watching the northern lights falls within this list too! Do remember that the numbering is simply for the sake of putting a chronology & as far as I am concerned each of this places are #1!
1. Stroll through Bryggen
Bryggen is a old wharf of Bergen & is famous in photographs for its characteristic wooden houses which reminds us of the ancient wooden structures. Bryggen is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It is a tall mountain in Norway with one side being a straight vertical fall into the Lysefjorden! Another attraction here is the Kjeragbolten, a 5-cubic-metre stone wedged between two rocks is located on the mountain.
Kjeragfossen waterfall is another attraction here, which happens to be one of the tallest waterfalls in the world!
3. Lofoten Island
A visit to to fluffy clouds & pictures-postcard Lofoten island of Norway is a must! You can drive through Road E10 which connects the Lofoten Islands to mainland Norway with an impressive series of bridges and tunnels. You may also take water services from Bodo or planes from Oslo.
4.Heddal Stave Church & Other traditional Churches of Norway
Norway is famous for its intriguing churches, not for its fate or preaching but for their unique structure, architectures & beauty. Some are painted black, some are colourful, etc. Very intriguing…
5. Viking Ship Museum
If you have come to the land of the vikings and haven’t visited the Viking Museum then you have not seen Norway at its core! The museum has added ‘The Vikings Alive’, which is a unique visual journey into the Viking Age. The museum is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Adults pay NOK 100 & children under 18 goes free. There are group ticket options too. Museum timing is as follows –
- 1 May – 30 September 09:00 – 18:00
- 1 October – 30 April 10:00 – 16:00
Click the link for further details.
6. Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
Norsk Folkemuseum is located at Oslo and has an Open-Air Museum with 160 historic buildings. It has several in-door exhibits featuring Norwegian costumes, folk art, church art and Sami culture. There are several audience programs and activities for children, including meeting Norwegian animals, baking traditional food, etc. Its open throughout the year except on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and its open between Christmas and New Year from 11:00 am – 3:00pm. The normal timings is as follows –
- May 15 – September 14: Every day 10:00 – 18:00
- September 15 – May 14: Weekdays 11:00 – 15:00, Sat and Sun 11:00 – 16:00
Tromsø is called “Gateway to the Arctic” and ideal for seeing the northern lights. It is located 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and from September to March many people come to Tromsø to see the northern lights. From 20 May to 20 July the midnight sun is as its full glory here. Tromsø has a relatively mild climate considering its arctic location because its seaside. Other then northern light sighting, you can also go for hiking, fishing, kayaking, dog sledding and whale safaris.
8. Train Journey Between Oslo & Bergen
Ok… this is not really a ‘must-see’ places but is a ‘must-feel’ experience when in Norway. This is one of the most scenic journey in the whole of Europe & will definitely fall within the Top-3 best train journeys in the world! (Hmmm….. thats sounds like a nice blog topic!)
9. A Journey With Flåm Railway
Another must-do train journey is between Flåm and Myrdal. It is approximately 2 hours train journey through some of Norway’s best landscape. You will cross lush fjord landscapes, mightly snow-covered mountains & spectacular waterfalls and mountains. Check the link for further details.