We've traveled the world in and out and can firmly state, Norway is a place which we could come back to again and again. Of course, not everyone loves pickled herring and meatballs, but who could possibly say "no" to a vacation to the breathtaking fjords and charming cities?
If you too have this Scandinavian treasure on your radar, then keep reading, as our destination specialist Kate is about to showcase the places and experiences you really shouldn’t miss while there! When ready, browse our collection of private & small group tours to Norway.
1. Flamsbana railway, Sognefjord:
We won’t be lying when we say that this is one of the most scenic and astonishing train rides in the world, and if you are a fan of eye-popping nature panoramas, you simply can’t miss it!
In 2014 it was named by Lonely Planet Traveller as "The world’s best train ride" in their list of "The World’s most incredible train journeys 2014". Sounds convincing, right?
It's the steepest standard gauge railway in Europe, winding its way from Sognefjord in Flam and climbing up to Myrdal, which is 867 meters above sea level. Along the way, you admire stunning flowing waterfalls, valleys, mountain peaks, small villages, and the mighty fjords! You can experience it on this small group tour to Norway.
2. Northern Lights, Tromso:
Every person deserves to witness the Northern Lights at least once in their life, and Norway is a perfect place for that. Of course, you can also try your luck in Iceland, Canada, Greenland, New Zealand, or Russia, but if you happen to be in Norway, definitely go to Tromso!
This charming city has one of the highest probabilities of catching the Northern Lights as it's located in the so-called Northern Lights Oval area.
Plus, it has everything a traveler might need: outstanding architecture, the world’s Northernmost botanical garden, and plenty of activities like whale spotting, dog sledding, fishing and even golfing! Here is a great Norway Northern Lights tour you might like.
3. Lofoten Islands, Svolvaer:
If you are looking for a truly unique Norwegian experience and nature attractions, then you couldn’t go wrong when including Svolvaer, the capital of the Lofoten Islands, to your itinerary.
Don’t be tricked, even though it is just a tiny city of fewer than 5,000 inhabitants, it is a real gem with many natural wonders, rich culture, and vibrant life.
Lofoten’s exceptional nature, surrounding islands, mountain peaks, and white sandy beaches all create perfect opportunities to enjoy various activities such as fishing, kayaking, Northern Lights hunting, mountain climbing, watching orcas and whales. And let’s not forget, it’s among the top places in the world to enjoy the Polar sun.
4. Hurtigruten coastal ferry, Crossing the Arctic Circle:
The Hurtigruten cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes is a truly remarkable, and even though it usually takes around 6 days, many travelers agree, it’s a trip of a lifetime.
The ship takes you to coastal cities and tiny villages which are barely accessible by road, passing through high cliffs and impressive waterfalls. You get to discover the most famous fjords (Geirangerfjord, Trollfjord), cross the Arctic Circle, and visit the Lofoten Islands. The comfortable vessel offers excellent food and service, well-equipped cabins and the perfect chance to admire the magnificent midnight sun.
If tempted to go, don't forget to take a look at some useful travel tips for Norwegian fjords cruise we've prepared for our travelers.
5. Snow Hotel, Kirkenes:
In case you like collecting unique memories, then staying in a snow hotel is another must-do.
And there’s probably a no better place to cross this point out than in Kirkenes, a little Norwegian town, located just a few short miles from the Russian border.
The exclusive hotel in Kirkenes is rebuilt differently every winter by snow and ice sculptors. The rooms are made entirely from ice and snow, which gives you the most unique accommodation imaginable.
Of course, you will find real beds, mattresses, and warm sleeping bags there to keep you comfortable during the night!
6. Geirangerfjord & Naeroyfjord, south-western Norway:
There are more than 1000 breathtaking fjords in Norway, but if you only had to choose few, Geirangerfjord and Naeroyfjord should make it to the top. They are two of the longest and deepest fjords in the world, listed by Unesco in 2005.
These fjords are beautiful in any weather conditions, let it be a sunny, cloudy, windy, rainy or snowy day.
It's no surprise that Arendelle, the magic kingdom in the film Frozen, was inspired by Naeroyfjord!
Mesmerizing, overwhelming, only one in the world - these are the words people whisper when they see it.
7. Bryggen Area, Bergen:
Bryggen, the old wharf area of Bergen, had gained a place on Unesco’s World Heritage Sights in 1979, and till this day is one of Norway’s main attractions.
We will let ourselves go as far as saying that this is the most beautiful part of Bergen.
Its history dates back to the 11th century, and though fires have ravaged it over the years, the area was rebuilt so we could see its original structure and architecture.
Strolling through the alleyways and colorful historic buildings, one can’t stop wondering, how magnificent, fascinating, and untouched by shifting time this place is.
8. Oslo, Norway:
Once you decide to go to Norway, circle Oslo in red on your map! Don’t make it just a mere "stopover" city, take at least 2-3 days to enjoy its vibrant streets and rich culture.
Any visit to Oslo must include a trip to the Opera house, Frogner Park, and we highly recommend to visit the Viking Ship Museum too.
Why are we so confident to say so? Because our travelers enjoyed it, we enjoyed it, and thousands of people from all over the world did as well.
And if you are a real fan of art and history, find must-see museums in Oslo we highly recommend.
9. Hiking, Preikestolen & Trolltunga:
Hiking is one of the best ways to discover the dramatic landscapes of western Norway. And you really don’t need to be a sportsman to go on one!
Here you can find it all: family friendly, easy-pace, more demanding, and extremely challenging hike paths. The Sognefjord area is an excellent base if you are a beginner in hiking or are traveling with family.
Preikestolen is a spectacular place with unique rocky cliffs facing the Lysefjord, it will take you around 4-5 hours to reach it. And, it's impossible not to mention Trolltunga, a scenic cliff, set about 700 m. above lake Ringedalsvatnet, this 10-12 hour hike is physically demanding but a surely worthy adventure.
Given that you are a real fan of adventures, consider floating the fjords on kayaks!
Norway is said to be a top destination for this activity.
Just picture yourself gazing at the sky and “out of this world” sceneries, it is definitely a not-to-be-missed activity.
So, if kayaking is an activity you enjoy, feel free to find the most attractive destination route for your kayaking trip on this list of top 10 Norway kayaking trip routes.
If you consider Norway, but still have doubts when to go, what to wear, or which sights to include to make it a trip of a lifetime, read this Trip Planner for Scandinavia and don't hesitate to contact our travel specialist. We can't wait to see you on one of our tours!