Norway

Travel Guide
Leknes featuring a small town or village and a hotel
With rugged landscapes and stunning fjords, this northern Scandinavian country is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, with active pursuits from fishing to skiing.

Norway offers fascinating Viking history, dramatic scenery and northern lights viewing. Trek across mountainous terrain and cruise through sheer-sided fjords. Re-energize with fresh seafood and locally brewed beers.

Home to orcas, reindeer, walruses and polar bears, Norway is popular with animal lovers. Spot brown bears, moose and arctic foxes in the north and look for the Eurasian lynx in ReisaNational Park.

Norway has an interesting cultural heritage, as displayed in Oslo’s museums, the art nouveau architecture of the port town of Ålesund and art collections of Stavanger. Tour the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo to see two well-preserved 9th-century Viking ships and tour the Historical Museum, located in the same building.

Visit Bergen on Norway’s southwestern coast to see the colorful wooden houses of the UNESCO-listed harbor district of Bryggen. Stroll around the shops lining the waterfront, explore the local fish market and learn more about this area’s heritage at Bryggens Museum. Mount Floyen, a mountain in the heart of Bergen, offers the perfect vantage point from which to admire the cityscape. Ride the funicular to the top to reach the restaurant and children’s play area.

Norway’s fjords are rightly famous. Among the most well known is the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord, which encompasses deep blue water, cascading waterfalls and steep mountains. Enjoy a range of outdoor activities including rafting, canyoneering and hiking.

For yet more dramatic scenery, head to Lofoten, a cluster of islands famous for fishing, skiing and windswept beaches. Come from late September through April for the chance to glimpse the northern lights.

Most flights to Norway arrive via Oslo Airport, which features an express train to the city and its suburbs. Trains and buses are a fast, efficient method of travel around the country. Ride a ferry around the fjords for an unforgettable experience. From fjords and fresh fish to colorful harbors and museums, Norway is a country of fascinating contrasts.

Popular cities in Norway

Oslo Opera House showing theatre scenes, a city and modern architecture
Oslo
Known for Shopping, Business and Museums
It may not be the cheapest city in Europe, but this Scandinavian metropolis pulls its weight when it comes to culture, natural beauty and quality of life.

Reasons to visit

  • Aker Brygge
  • Oslo Opera House
  • Karl Johan Gate
Bergen showing boating, a coastal town and a marina
Bergen
Known for Shopping, Walking and Seafood

Reasons to visit

  • Bryggen
  • Torgalmenningen Square
  • Bryggen Waterfront
Trondheim featuring general coastal views, landscape views and mountains
Trondheim
Known for Dining, Shopping and Cathedrals
This university city with historic wooden houses, museums, islets and snow-capped mountains still attracts pilgrims to its medieval cathedral.

Reasons to visit

  • Nidaros Cathedral
  • Old Town Bridge
  • Monk's Island
Tromso featuring a lake or waterhole, a small town or village and a sunset
Tromso
Known for Tours, Northern lights and Cathedrals
Visit this northern Norwegian city for outdoor adventures and breathtaking mountain scenery, art galleries and spectacular sightings of the northern lights.

Reasons to visit

  • Tromso Cathedral
  • Polaria
  • Polar Museum
Stavanger featuring shopping, a small town or village and street scenes
Stavanger
Known for Ports, Business and Excursions
This historic, oil-rich city in southwestern Norway is renowned for its culture and sardines, and for being a gateway to the spectacular Norwegian fjord

Reasons to visit

  • Norwegian Petroleum Museum
  • Stavanger Cathedral

Norway