Norway is one of the most affluent countries in the world, so you can expect high-quality facilities and a good range of public transport options. Prices are generally high, though it is possible to do Norway on a budget. Norway is also known for being incredibly safe.
Norway in a nutshell
In Norway you’ll find a unique variety of offers, such as contemporary art museums and historical sites, stunning nature and highly advanced technology. You can learn all about the Viking culture here, while also checking out the modern sides of Norway.
The Norwegian people are friendly and pretty much everyone is fluent in English. When the sun pops out, don’t be surprised to see every Norwegian running outside to grab a beer and a snus in the sun. Norway is known for the long and cold winters, and Norwegians are experts on making the most out of a sunny day. And why shouldn’t they? The Norwegian nature is simply stunning, and Norwegians loves life outdoors.
Here are some of the top thing to do in Norway.
Take a train journey
Norway has some great rail routes, and one of the best ways to enjoy the country is by train. Some of the highlights include the Bergen Railway which runs across the Hardangervidda plateau, and the Dovre Railway that runs from Oslo to Trondheim.
The Flåm Railway is the most spectacular and scenic tour, from the high mountain station of Myrdal down to Flåm station innermost in the Aurlandsfjord.
Explore the Geirangerfjord
The UNESCO-protected fjord of Geiranger is a symbol of the beauty of traditional Norway. The Geirangerfjord area is considered to be among the most scenically outstanding fjord areas on the planet, with a spectacular view stretching over many miles. Visit the fjord by boat or car or even by bike.
Tour Akershus Castle
Akershus Castle is located in Oslo, the capital of Norway. Entering the grounds is free of charge, but if you want to check out the exhibitions inside there is an entrance fee. This Castle was built in the medieval period in 1299 and has had many uses, including operating as a fortress for the city, a renaissance castle and a prison.
Mingle with the hipsters at Grunerløkka
While you are in Oslo, don’t miss out on the lively neighborhood Grunerløkka. Here you’ll discover numerous little cafés, restaurants and bars. Grunerløkka is also a popular shopping district, with original design shops and many vintage and second-hand stores.
Grunerløkka lies east of the river that runs through the entire city, behind the old industrial buildings. Along the river there are parklands and walking trails, but also remains of Oslo’s industrial history.
Discover the Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten Islands are draped across the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. Here you’ll discover rare wilderness, majestic mountains, deep fjords, squawking seabird colonies and long, surf-swept beaches. Lofoten has a strong connection to the Viking Age, and at Lofotr Viking Museum you can experience the Viking Age as it really was.
If you are seeking unforgettable nature experiences, Lofoten will not let you down. Due to the warm Gulf Stream, Lofoten has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude. During summer you can experience the midnight sun, and from September til April the northern lights can be viewed.
Trolltunga means tongue of troll in Norwegian, and it is one of the most spectacular rock formations in Norway 700 meter above Lake Ringedalsvatnet. The hike is long and demanding and passes through high mountains, so make sure you check the weather forecast and bring your best hiking shoes, plenty of food and water and extra clothing. The total return hike is estimated at 10-12 hours.
Once you reach Trolltunga, you will not be sorry. Expect lofty and spectacular views and an experience you will never forget. Just check out the reviews on TripAdvisor.