Top 10 sights in Norway, or the best Norway natural attractions
- Trollstigen Road
- Norway roads
- North Cape
- Lofoten Islands
- Norway waterfalls
- Flam railway
Norwegians especially care about the environment investing much in the nature conservation. Coming here from the noisy, bustling cities, you will find yourself in a world of tranquility, peace and pristine, although sometimes very harsh, nature. That is why there are so many natural attractions here. In the cities, there are museums are old castles (but they can hardly be compared with European mediaeval buildings), but Norway nature deserves special attention.
So let's talk about the most amazing and interesting places in the Norwegian nature. It is difficult to say that any place is more attractive because everyone has its own preferences, so we offer no rating but just the best Norway attractions.
Many people associate Norway with the majestic fjords, so we start our list of the top 10 sights in Norway with one of them. The Geirangerfjord, a small fjord (total length is 20 km) but one of the most visited in the country, astonishes with its amazing landscapes. The Geirangerfjord is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List being one of the best-preserved of its items. Traveling to the Geirangerfjord, you will see picturesque alpine farms, serpentines (Ornevegen), rushing waterfalls (for instance, the sprays of Seven Sisters falling from the height of 250 m, can be felt even from the deck of a cruise ship), and the Cape Flydalsjuvet – one of the main attractions in the region.
You can reach it by cruise liner Hurtigruten or independently, by plane, bus or train from Oslo, Bergen, or Trondheim. Going by car, you can get to Geiranger through Otto, Valdersflya and by the Troll Road. The best season to visit the fjord is summer as some of the Norway roads in the winter are closed, and only a limited number of vehicles are allowed to go by the others.
The fjord located in the south region of Hordaland surprises with the stunning views of mountains, glaciers, gently sloping beaches and mild climate. The main attraction of the region is the mountain plateau Hardangervidda with its numerous lakes, rivers, and one of the largest glaciers in Norway – Folgefonna. Going to the fjord you will not only enjoy the stunning beauty of the picturesque nature but also have a perfect chance for outdoor activities: trekking and horse riding, kayaking and rafting, fishing in mountain lakes. In the summer, the fjord is amazingly beautiful with the abundance of fruit trees and the most delicious cherries in Norway.
The nearest airport to the fjord is located in Bergen and it takes up to fifty international flights. From here, you can get the fjord in different ways: by bus, which also goes from Oslo and Kristiansand, by ferry and your own car. The best time to visit the Hardangerfjord is summer and spring.
One of the most popular tourist routes is the Trollstigen Road. Its name is associated with a fabulous character and recognized as one of the most world dangerous roads – the drivers have to cope with 11 steep turns. Along the way you will see the waterfall Stigfossen, an observation deck and the Troll’s Wall, conquering which is not for everyone.
Going by plane or train from Oslo and Bergen, as well as by car from Oslo and Trondheim, you will get to the starting point. The road is open only in the summer (approximately from May 20-22), and you’d better go in the daytime.
The roads in Norway, in general, are the places of interest themselves: while you drive from one attraction to another, you can admire the beauty of the surrounding roads. Between Kristiansund and Molde, there is a beautiful Atlantic Road, passing through which, you will cross 12 bridges. The road is breathtaking thanks to its unexpected twists. Particularly impressive is the ‘bridge to nowhere’ or, as it is called ‘a drunken bridge’. If you go from Molde be ready to the toll tunnel: about EUR 9 for a car less than 6 m and EUR 3 for each passenger.
As Norway is a mountainous country, there are many tunnels, and most of them have their own specifics. There is the longest tunnel in the world which stretches for 24.5 km. This is Laerdal Tunnel located between Laerdal and Aurland, the part of the road between Bergen and Oslo.
The deepest tunnel in the world is also located in Norway. Moreover, the Eiksund Tunnel is located about 300 meters below sea level. It is situated in the area of the Sturfjord, and the nearest major town is Alesund (1.5 hours away). For passage through the tunnel, you will have to pay about 8 Euros.
The Troll’s Tongue is a stone ledge on the Mount Skjeggedal towering over the lake Ringedalsvannet and located near Odda in Norway. The Trolltunga is a stone looking like, as the name suggests, the protruding tongue of the Troll that has broken away from the main cliff and hovered over the lake at an altitude of almost 800 meters. The boldest travelers like to stand on the very edge of the Trolltunga. It’s a deadly trick because no one can promise that this plate would collapse one day. However, there is a fantastic view opening from the edge.
The best time for climbing the Trolltunga is from mid-May to late August, when there is an off-chance of unpleasant surprises in the form of snow or rain. Remember that the round trip will take at least 8-10 hours. The nearest town, 2-3 hours away by car, is Bergen. You can also get to Odda by bus from Oslo or by ferry from Bergen. There are trains and airplanes to Bergen, and then you can take a bus to Odda.
To test your strength and courage, as well as get adrenaline rush, you should visit one of the best sights of Norway – the Pulpit Rock. The almost square rock ends with a steep cliff above the Lysefjord at an altitude of about 600 m. Climbing it is attended with difficulties of the steep trail, which is sometimes full of stones.
The way itself takes much less time than the hike to the Trolltunga, though due to the specifics of the terrain you’d better go there in the summer months when the risk of rain is minimal. The nearest city is Stavanger, which can be reached by bus or plane from Oslo and Bergen, with ferry for the following way to the starting point of the rock climbing.
In the northern Norway, you can see many amazing phenomena. There is the midnight sun and stunning landscapes. Thanks to the climate, flora and fauna of this region is truly unique. In Finnmark, you will find a stunning attraction – the North Cape, the largest of the three granite cliff ledges on the flat top of the rocky tundra with small lakes. The Cape is the most important natural landmark for the ships. Hence, from the observation deck, you can enjoy a magnificent overview of the vast Arctic Ocean in the background of the celestial flashes of the Northern Lights.
If you are planning a trip to the North Cape by your own car, it is better to go in the summer as in the winter roads are closed for the most of personal vehicles. But keep in mind that even in summer the temperature here can be just 5 degrees above zero. It is better to get to the Cape from the Finnish Lapland; the road from Oslo is tedious and long. For entrance to the tourist center, with a restaurant, shop, monument and observation deck, you will have to pay EUR 30 per person.
Lofoten Islands and the archipelago Vesteralen are one of the most mysterious parts of the world with unique untouched nature, wild, beautiful and dramatic. These are high mountains with peaks that grow directly out of the ocean, sandy beaches, stormy sea, splashed out on the land, secluded coves with emerald clear water and white sand, thousands of islands and islets.
You can go to the Lofoten Islands all year round thanks to the mild winter with above-zero temperatures and cool summers with about +16 degrees Celsius. You can reach the islands in different ways: by plane from Oslo to Narvik, and thence by cars on the road or the ferry on the water; by plane to Bodø, and then take another flight to the islands or by bus; on a cruise liner Hurtigruten.
One of the most majestic sights in Norway are the numerous waterfalls. Almost nowhere else, you will see such a huge number of waterfalls, from small streams of water flowing over rocks to huge ones roaring and rushing down with intricate cascades. You can actually see how this wonder of the world is born (the locals call them ‘Fossen’, which means ‘falls’) and take photos on the background of a strong flow.
All waterfalls in Norway are beutiful, but there are those you should see above all others: Kjosfossen with amazing cascades and many legends, Briksdalsfossen falling down from an amazing height, Tvindefossen with a trail under it which is actively used by both humans and animals. Many waterfalls have very interesting names, such as ‘Seven Sisters’ and ‘Bridalveil’.
Most famous waterfalls are located along the roads or in the fjords, so the perfect time to visit them corresponds to the time when you can go to the fjords or when the roads are open.
The Flåm Railway is another picturesque sight in Norway. It connects the road between Oslo and Bergen and the Sognefjord. The trip includes 9 stops, each of which offers its own view: wild and beautiful mountain landscape with snow-capped peaks, fields and pastures, as well as the waterfall Kjosfossen. The railway road crosses the Flåm valley and the river three times without a single bridge. Norwegian engineers allowed the river through the mountain tunnels under the railway line.
Depending on the season, the train follows the route of Flam – Myrdal up to 10 times a day. In Myrdal, you can change for the train to Oslo. The ticket for the Flam train costs about 38 Euros. If you come here in the winter, remember that the days are short and try to catch the day train (from 9 am till 4 pm). Later will be dark, and you will fail to enjoy the amazing beauty of the surrounding landscape. The trip from Myrdal to Flåm lasts about an hour.
Whether you come to Norway to see the fjords, go skiing or fishing, enjoy the pristine nature you’ll find not only a great European service but also friendly and warm welcome. There is no hustle and bustle. Many tourists, having come from Norway, say that the country is not just make you relax but also gives you a different look at the world around you.