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Things to do in  Norway

Welcome to Norway

Norway: land of breathtaking fjords, cosmopolitan cities, and Scandinavian design. In the capital city of Oslo, visit top attractions such as the Viking Ship Museum and Vigeland Sculpture Park, and get a taste of Norwegian culture on a food tour. On the west coast, UNESCO-protected fjords, craggy coastlines, and Bergen—the so-called City of Seven Mountains—beckon outdoor enthusiasts. Those in search of the northern lights and winter activities—from dogsledding to snowmobile safaris—should head for Tromso, while train buffs won't want to miss a trip on the Bergen and Flam railways, considered among the world's most scenic train journeys.

Top 10 attractions in Norway

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Tromso Fjords

Tromso Fjords

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Thanks to its spectacular setting among a series of islands and skerries laced with waterways and scalloped inlets, Tromso is the epicenter of day trips out into the fjords bordering the Norwegian Sea. These long, narrow sea inlets are characterized by steep, mountainous slopes carved out by glaciation during the last Ice Age.More
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Oslofjord

Oslofjord

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Norway’s cosmopolitan capital lies at the head of Oslofjord, a narrow body of water 68 miles (107 kilometers) in length that leads out to the strait of Skagerrak and eventually to the Baltic and North Seas. The fjord’s islets are its main attraction, home to sandy beaches, cycling and hiking routes, and historic lighthouses.More
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Flam Railway (Flamsbana)

Flam Railway (Flamsbana)

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Winding its way through lush river gorges, climbing steep peaks, and passing dramatic waterfalls, the FlåmRailway (Flamsbana) is one of Europe’s most spectacular train journeys. Running 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) between the Norwegian towns of Flåm and Myrdal, the train is among Norway’s most popular tourist attractions, offering incredible views over the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjords.More
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Geiranger

Geiranger

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Tucked in the folds of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geirangerfjord, the small coastal town of Geiranger is the gateway to Norway’s mighty fjords and a popular stop for cruise ships. Disney fans will recognize the town’s dramatic backdrop: Its jagged sea cliffs, pine-covered valleys, and iridescent waters served as inspiration forFrozen.More
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Fjellheisen Cable Car

Fjellheisen Cable Car

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Easily accessible across the Tromsø Bridge to Fløya on the mainland by bus No. 26, the Fjellheisen cable car shoots 420 meters (1,378 feet) up Mt Storsteinen in less than four minutes and provides far-reaching panoramas over the city and its spectacular archipelago location. Fjellheisen opened in 1961 and has two cabins, each accommodating 28 people; it has the capacity to move 360 people per hour and is a leaping-off point for walkers, cyclists, para-gliders and – in winter – skiers and boarders on the rolling alpine slopes. The jagged peaks on the island of Kvaløya to the north form a dramatic backdrop to the slopes of Tromsdalstinden, the region’s highest mountain at 1,238 meters (4,061 feet), whose snowy winter cap is a popular climb for competent mountaineers.New Year’s Eve is heralded with a firework extravaganza at Fjellheisen, and the Fjellstua Café is open all year round, with drop-dead gorgeous views from its terrace. In summer the viewing deck is the perfect spot to wallow in the eerie light of the midnight sun as it sparkles off finger-thin fjords and mountain tarns, with Tromsø’s islands and skerries spread out map-like far below.More
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Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset)

Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset)

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Set on Oslo’s Bygdoy Peninsula, the Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset) houses an extensive collection of Viking-era artifacts discovered around Oslo Fjord. The museum is best known for its Viking ships, which have been painstakingly reconstructed and elegantly displayed in pristine white galleries.More
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Sognefjord

Sognefjord

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The Sognefjord in western Norway is the largest in the country and the second deepest in the world, with depths reaching more than 1,000 meters at some points and cliffs rising more than 1,000 meters above the water. Stretching more than 200 kilometers from the coast to the village of Skjolden, the fjord is also the second longest in the world. There are several interesting stops for tourists along the fjord, including Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier in mainland Europe and the Naeroyfjord, a branch of the Sognefjord that shrinks to only 300 meters across at its narrowest point. The latter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its incredibly dramatic scenery. Notable villages include Gudvangen, which sits on the Naeroyfjord, and Flam, which is an endpoint of the Flam Railway, which climbs more than 800 meters up to Myrdal in just 20 kilometers, making it the steepest unassisted railway climb in the world. Near the innermost point of the Sognefjord are three of Norway’s famous wooden stave churches, found in the villages of Kaupanger, Urnes and Borgund.More
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Oslo Opera House (Operahuset)

Oslo Opera House (Operahuset)

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Impressively designed by architectural firm Snøhetta, and made from white granite and marble and evocative of a floating glacier, the Oslo Opera House is a widely recognized landmark in Oslofjord. Home to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, it boasts a magnificent auditorium and complementary performance spaces for a variety of musical and dance performances.More
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Hardangerfjord

Hardangerfjord

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Norway’s second-longest fjord, Hardangerfjord stretches nearly 124 miles (200 kilometers) inland from the Atlantic. Highlights include a massive glacier covering more than 77 square miles (200 square kilometers) and Troll’s Tongue (Trolltunga) rock, hanging 2,300 feet (701 meters) above Ringedalsvatnet Lake in Odda.More
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Lyngen Alps (Lyngsalpene)

Lyngen Alps (Lyngsalpene)

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High above the Arctic Circle and northeast of the Norwegian city of Tromso, the Lyngen Alps (Lyngsalpene) stretch from Lyngenfjord in the south up to Ullsfjord, close to the Swedish border. The 56-mile-long (90-kilometer-long) mountain range forms a spectacular landscape of deep gorges, gleaming icy glaciers, and wild, boulder-filled rivers.More

Top activities in Norway

Recent reviews from experiences in Norway

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Beautiful Scenery & Excellent Guide
Graham_G, Oct 2021
Full Day Guided Roundtrip From Bergen To Sognefjord With Flam Railway
This was such a brilliant way to see Norway and every part of the trip was amazing.
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Beautiful sightseeing tour
kris10stefanelli, Oct 2019
SMALL-GROUP ARCTIC NATURE FROM TROMSØ - Photography; Sightseeing Tour
This tour of Kvaløya was a wonderful way to see the fjords and learn about Norway.
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Scenic Fjords and Stunning Trollstigen
Pamela_P, Jun 2019
Alesund Shore Excursion: From Fjords to Trolls
Our guide Monica was outstanding, the sights were amazing and the time nicely broken up with photo stops and walks to scenic waterfalls, and dramatic escarpments.
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This is a MUST if you are in Bergen...
Mohamed A, Apr 2018
Full Day Guided Roundtrip From Bergen To Sognefjord With Flam Railway
This is a MUST if you are in Bergen, a fanstastic tour to see the fjords and the wonderful landscapes of Norway.
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We were very pleased with the tour...
norske2004, Jun 2015
City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
What a beautiful city to see with the Baltic Sea cruise that we did.
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Excellent guide and well planned...
Timo H, Oct 2015
Oslo Highlights Bike Tour
The experienced guide gave us good tips what else to see in Oslo.
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Just an amazing evening
Ren_Z, Feb 2020
Northern Lights Tour from Tromsø
Long story short: 5 stars for Rohith and Martin, they took really good care of us, got us to see some northern lights and took amazing pictures.
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Amazing experience!
Alyssa_N, Jan 2020
Small-Group Aurora Hunt Northern Lights Tour from Tromso
I came to Norway primarily to see the lights and within 2.
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Very exciting and a fun time to see the fjord and Pulpit Rock upclose and personal
LvilleNole, Sep 2019
Lysefjord RIB Safari from Stavenger
From my perspective it was a blast - fast, a thrill, and a great way to see the sights.
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Incredible Scenery and Seeing Norway From the Inside
Doug_A, Jun 2019
The Scenic Roadtrip - Oslo to Bergen via the fjords, 24 hr Refundable
I can't imagine a better way to see the real Norway in such a short time.
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Highly Recommend! (Ask for Karolis!)
Emily K, Apr 2019
Small-Group Aurora Hunt Northern Lights Tour from Tromso
We chose to visit Tromsø during our vacation because we heard (from reviews and friends) that it was the best place to try and see the Northern Lights.
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Wonderful shore excursion in Ålesund!
Donna_T, Jun 2018
Alesund Shore Excursion: From Fjords to Trolls
The day was longish but went by quickly with so much to see along the way.
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Fantastic!
Chrisine_D, Nov 2018
Small Group Northern Lights Chase from Tromso
We were lucky that we got to see the lights and had some pictures taken.
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Nice time with reindeers and Sami people
Fearless33311188870, Mar 2019
Reindeer Experience, Sami Culture, and Short Reindeer Sledding Tour from Tromso
This Samipeople are really brave, not because they are living in such difficult situation but because they save those reindeers in winter.
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Simply awesome!
Krystal S, Jan 2019
The Scenic Roadtrip - Oslo to Bergen via the fjords by private van
Would highly suggest the fjord cruise ship ride in winter, simply beautiful.
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Oslo Norway is a wonderful place...
Dawn Stark, Mar 2017
2-Hour Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise
Ill be back to visit Oslo Norway Gorgeous!
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Went on safari on February 20th and...
James_R, Mar 2018
Tromso Beer Safari
He is a charming guide and really knows his stuff about brewing but we chatted about lots of other things to do with Norway which was great.
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We booked this trip as a means of...
Nigel_B, Feb 2018
The Scenic Roadtrip - Oslo to Bergen via the fjords by private van
We booked this trip as a means of seeing the more memorable scenery country sights en route to Bergen and did not know what to see in particular.
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Alesund was our first stop in Norway...
Sarah B, Jun 2017
Alesund Shore Excursion: The Ultimate Sightseeing Tour
Despite the drizzle falling we had a great time, and at the end of our cruise we all voted this tour the best of our four Norwegian ports of call.
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Good bike tour. Guide was from...
Keith L, Oct 2017
Oslo Highlights Bike Tour
Guide also had some nice local tips/insights on the landmarks we were able to visit.
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