Things not to Miss

updated 9/19/2019
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Shadowed by rearing mountains, the S-shaped Geirangerfjord is one of Norway’s most stunningly beautiful fjords.

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#02 Wildlife Safaris in Svalbard

From polar-bear spotting to birdwatching to husky drives, the vast, glaciated landscapes of this gorgeous Arctic archipelago offer a spectacular range of wildlife safaris.

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#03 Vigelandsparken

Before his death in 1943, Gustav Vigeland populated Oslo’s favourite park with his fantastical, phantasmagorical sculptures.

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#04 The Flåmsbana

A ride on the Flåm railway from high up in the mountains to the fjords way down below is one of the most dramatic train journeys in the world.

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#05 Bergen

Norway’s second city is an eminently appealing place with a clutch of fine old buildings, great restaurants and top-notch art galleries.

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#06 Ålesund

Nudging out into the ocean, beguiling Ålesund boasts a wonderful coastal setting and a platoon of handsome Art Nouveau buildings.

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#07 Whale-watching, Andenes

Pilots, minkes, humpbacks and sperm whales show themselves in all their glory during summertime excursions off the Vesterålen coast.

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#08 Nidaros Domkirke , Trondheim

Trondheim’s vaunted Gothic and neo-Gothic domkirke (cathedral) is the largest medieval building in Scandinavia – and one of northern Europe’s finest religious structures.

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#09 The Jostedalsbreen glacier

Take a guided hike out on to this mighty ice plateau as it grinds and groans, slips and slithers its way across the mountains behind the Nordfjord.

Nigardsbreen is a glacier arm of the large Jostedalsbreen glacier © Nicram Sabod/Shutterstock

#10 Urnes stave church

Perhaps the finest of Norway’s stave churches, Urnes is distinguished by the frenzied intricacy of its woodcarving.

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#11 The Oseberg Longship

Of the handful of Viking longships that have survived, the Oseberg is the best preserved – and was unearthed complete with a rich treasure-trove of burial goods.

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#12 The Northern Lights

At once eerily disconcerting and bewitchingly beautiful, the aurora borealis flicker across northern Norway’s winter firmament at irregular and unpredictable intervals.

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#13 Edvard Munch

Munch’s unsettling, highly charged paintings appear in several of the country’s museums, most memorably at the Nasjonalgalleriet

in Oslo .

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#14 Alta Rock Carvings

Simple in design but complex in their symbolism, Alta’s striking prehistoric rock carvings offer insight into the beliefs of the region’s earliest inhabitants.

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#15 Henningsvær

The Lofoten islands

are peppered with with scores of picture-postcard fishing villages, of which Henningsvær is among the most arresting.

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#16 Cross-country skiing

Norway’s meadows, moors and mountains boast thousands of kilometres of powdered runs just waiting for adventuresome skiers.You might choose to start at Lillehammer.

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#17 The Norsk Fiskevaersmuseum, Å

Hanging on for dear life between the mountains and the sea, the tiny village of Å has preserved many of its nineteenth-century buildings within the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum.

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#18 The Oslofjord

The islands of the Oslofjord are great for swimming, sunbathing and walking – and they are just a short ferry ride from the city centre.

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#19 Værøy's sea-bird colonies

This remote Lofoten island is renowned for its profuse birdlife, which includes puffins, cormorants, kittiwakes, guillemots and even rare sea eagles.

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#20 Hjørundfjord

Wild and windswept, the deep, dark waters and icy peaks of this distant fjord make it one of Norway’s most elegiac.

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#21 The Hurtigruten

See Norway in all its scenic splendour on the Hurtigruten coastal boat, which sails north all the way from Bergen to Kirkenes.

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#22 Stay in a lighthouse

Glued to a storm-battered islet, Ryvingen Fyr, near Mandal, is one of several lighthouses that make for fabulous places to stay.

Aerial view of Feistein fyr outside of coast of Rogaland, Norway © PatrickL/Shutterstock

#23 Juvet Landscape Hotel

One of Norway’s most delightful hotels, with freestanding rooms carved out of spruce, is set smack in a verdant river canyon – staying here is like watching an IMAX documentary from your bedroom.

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#24 Walking in the Jotunheimen mountains

One of Norway’s most celebrated hiking areas, the Jotunheimen National Park is crisscrossed with trails and includes northern Europe’s two highest peaks.

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