Norway’s Favorite Sites
It is no mystery why Norway is home to the some of the world’s happiest people.
With hundreds of thousands of lakes, a countless number of islands, northern lights, and so many more natural wonders, Norway is a mecca for nature lovers.
Allemannsrett, or “All Men’s Rights,” means that you are free to roam any uncultivated land.
With the sky as the limit, Norway is bound to have an adventure waiting for you.
Here are 10 of our favorite sites to see on your next trip there:
10. Rondane National Park
Rondane Natinoal Park is last but certainly not the least, as it would have been a crime to leave out this national park.
With summits that tower 6,500 feet, this place is perfect for anyone who wants an escape from the grind of life to enjoy nature. Voted as one of Norway’s most beautiful areas, you cannot go wrong here.
With tourist cabins, footpaths, scenic roads, off-road cycling, and even horseback riding, Rondane continues to be a top destination for travelers everywhere.
Don’t forget your camera as this place is home to the ever-so-famous wild reindeer.
Who ever said Santa wasn’t from Norway?
What are the odds that you have visited a waterfall as breathtaking as the Vøringfossen?
Even though it’s not even close to being one of Norway’s tallest, it’s still considered one of its most beautiful.
Plunging 534 feet, this waterfall is located in Måbødalen, closer to the southern side of the nation.
It’s so accessible that you can drive right by it on your road trip!
For the ultimate selfie, consider buying one of those nifty little drones to get a full-photo perspective of this bucket-list worthy destination.
8. Trollheimen Mountain Area
With its dramatic scenery and snow-capped mountains, the Trollheimen mountain area looks like the backdrop of a Hollywood movie.
Inspired by folkloric beliefs, the locals used to believe that the mountains were originally trolls that transformed into rocks at sunrise. Considering the size of some of these mountains, they had to have been some pretty giant trolls.
Depending on the time of year that you visit, there are various activities to keep you busy such as fishing, skiing, and biking. Be careful where you wander, though, as some specific areas are considered to be part of the national park.
You can get to this wonderland by train or car, and both offer nothing less than spectacular views.
Consider staying at this one location longer as the local mountain lodges all have some unique character to offer.
7) Saltstraumen Maelstrom
Make sure you add this one to the list as this phenomenon will add a bit of adrenaline to your already excitement-filled trip.
Saltstraumen Maelstrom has claimed to be the world’s strongest whirlpool.
Located in a channel in Nordland, this whirlpool has existed for a very long time due contrasting tide levels. At its strongest, it can vortex up to 32 feet in diameter and 16 feet in depth.
Make sure you view it from either the bridge or a local boat tour, and not from the water itself!
Even if you can’t get to the channel on your trip, do make a visit to Saltstraumen as the constant mist adds another level of mysteriousness to this magical place.
6. Jostedalsbreen National Park
If it isn’t known for its fjords or even its classy small towns, Norway’s glaciers certainly add another level of uniqueness to the table.
With approximately 600,000 visitors a year from all over the world, Jostedalsbreen National Park is home to the largest glacier in all of mainland Europe.
Spanning a whopping 188 square miles, the glacier sits 6,421 feet above sea level. Local tours offer treks throughout the glacier where you can even hear the ice melting while you walk.
Step your game up a notch and take a kayak into the remote glacier lakes. Don’t forget your camera!
For the whale-watching enthusiasts, check out Vesterålen, a mountainous island region in northern Norway.
Although most choose the Lofoten islands over Vesterålen, this place has made a name for itself for its own quiet, unique beauty.
As an excellent choice for your next road trip, visit Bleik beach. It’ll route you through what seems like sheer emptiness, but it’s totally worth witnessing the coast which spans for miles in every direction.
Make sure you stay the night as well to view the northern lights hovering over the Atlantic waters.
Let’s be real: Just about everyone goes out of their way to get that perfect photo for Instagram. But how far would you go?
If you’re feeling adventurous, look no further than Kjeragbolten, a massive boulder literally wedged into the crevasse of a mountain.
Sitting at a staggering 1084 meters above the famous Lysefjorden, it has proved itself to be among one of the more challenging treks of its kind.
Make sure you are fit for the six-hour climb. For the perfect lighting, you’ll want to start your trek early morning at the marked trail right outside the Øygardstøle restaurant.
3. North Cape
For those nature junkies looking for an especially cold adventure, look no further than North Cape, the northern-most tip of Europe.
With endless things to do such as dog sledding in the winter or visiting the puffin bird cliff in Gjesværstappan, there’s no way you’ll run out of excitement.
You can go ice fishing for giant crabs in the 24-hour light of the midnight sun over the Barents Sea where the sun literally does not disappear between April and late August.
But don’t take my word for it; go check it out for yourself and see why this place is among one of Norway’s most breathtaking sites.
For the expert hiker, Trolltunga is one of the most breathtaking scenic cliffs in the nation.
Sitting a whopping 1,100 meters above sea level, the hike is not for the faint of heart. Seriously, with an average of ten to twelve hours of hiking, it is recommended only for those who have previous experience with long treks.
The best times of the year to visit this picture-perfect location are between mid-June and mid-September when all the snow has (hopefully) melted.
Situated 700 meters above Ringedalsvatnet lake, you can expect to see views here that no picture does justice. Just make sure to bring the proper gear!
To start off your travels through Norway, it would absurd to skip arguably one of the world’s greatest natural features.
Make sure you bring your camera along so you’ll have proof to tick this one off your bucket list. Once surrounded by mountainsides, rampant waterfalls cascade mist into deep blue waters from almost every direction.
Not interested in viewing them from a kayak or cruise?
There are many sightseeing trips and tours to choose from.
Take in the view from a hike, or experience it from a cycle on the must-see Trollstigen mountain road. Finish your day off with fishing from a raft in the crystal-clear waters.
Norway: ‘Powered by Nature’
“Powered by nature,” as its national tourism agency says, is nothing but the truth when it comes to Norway.
There is certainly something special about this country and what it has to offer.
So pack your bags and head off to Norway, and keep these ten breathtaking sites in mind, for they’ll definitely remind you of yet how beautiful our world is.
Rail service is also available from NSB, Norwegian State Railways. Regional trains are known as Lokal; longer-distance trains serve the major cities from Kristiansand in the southern part of the country to Bodø, above the Arctic Circle. Learn more about railways in Norway and popular routes.
Cruise ships dock in Oslo, Bergen, The North Cape, Geirangerfjord, and Flåm.
For more in-depth advice on visiting the country, check out LONELY PLANET’S NORWAY guide from Amazon.com. Thank you for using our referral (“affiliate”) links to support our journalism.
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