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Planning a very Norwegian vacay and want to visit 20 of the most beautiful places in Norway?

If so then THIS is the perfect guide for you! It’s filled with expert tips and tricks that will help you experience the incredible natural beauty and rich cultural diversity of this amazing country. 

So, whether you’re looking for stunning natural landscapes, incredible hikes, or charming seaside villages, this post has got you covered.

Because I mean, come on now people. There’s a reason why Norway is one of the premier tourist destinations in the entire world. 

And this article will introduce you to 20 of the most beautiful places in Norway. Idyllic locations that should 110% be a part of any and every Norway itinerary that you plan.

So, pack your bags, supercharge your camera, and get ready to explore one of my favorite countries in the whole wide world…NORWAY!

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Best Time to Visit Norway

Some of the beautiful fjords in Norway.

Some of the beautiful fjords in Norway.

Real talk?

Yeah, there’s really no BAD time to visit Norway. 

However, if I had to choose the absolute best time to visit Norway, I would say in the spring, between May and June – especially if you want to embark on some of the best hikes in Norway.

Because at this time of year, the weather isn’t too cold and it’s still shoulder season.

Therefore, you won’t have to deal with the exceptionally high prices of high season or the intense crowds that usually inundate the country between mid-June and August.

Additionally, spring is the season when the waterfalls are at their most intense, vibrant farmer’s markets tend to spring up (lame pun intended) all over the country, and the fjords are in full bloom – making Norway look next-level beautiful at this time of year.  

And if you don’t mind a bit of chilly weather, then September and October are great times to visit Norway as well. 

What to Pack for Your Norway Trip

What to pack for your Norway trip really depends on the season during which you travel and the part of the country that you plan to visit.

I mean, summer temperatures here can range between 42 and 53 degrees Fahrenheit in more northern regions and can get as high as 75 degrees Fahrenheit in more southern areas.

The weather can also change REALLY quickly, so avoid these Norway travel mistakes and make sure you pack things like:

The Most Beautiful Places in Norway – The South

1. Sognefjord

An aerial view of Sognefjord , one of the most beautiful places in Norway

An aerial view of Sognefjord, one of the most beautiful places in Norway

Sognefjord starts in Skjolden (duh, hence the name) and goes about 205 km inland – easily making it the longest fjord in the entire country.

As you travel further into the area, you will see a number of inlets and smaller fjords that easily make this one of the most beautiful places in Norway. The natural cliffs here are also breathtaking since they can be up to 1307 meters tall.

If you can, try and spend a full day here since there is a lot to do, including a visit to Jostedalsbreen, one of the biggest glaciers in Europe, and a stop at the fascinating Norwegian Glacier Museum.

What to do in Sognefjord – There is a lot to see in Sognefjord. And one of the area’s many must-see attractions is Naeroyfjord, The spectacular cliffs here are only 250 meters apart and cover an area of 17 km. 

Where to eat in Sognefjord – There are a ton of restaurants here where you can enjoy a bit of local cuisine, including goat cheese, wild game, mountain trout, berries, and lamb. Local chefs will be only too happy to show off their culinary as they use some of the area’s finest ingredients. So, check out Ciderhuset, Restaurant Arven (probably the best eatery in the area), Duehuset, Lustrabui (great little bakery), and more. 

How to get to Sognefjord – You can access Sognerjord via a boat and or a local cruise. There are daily departures from Bergen.

Where to stay in Sognefjord – There is a wide selection of hotels here, including Lavik Fjord Hotell, Walaker Hotel, Fretheim Hotel, and Best Western Laegreid Hotel.

2. Trolltunga

A hiker in a red jacket standing on top of a rock at Trolltunga.

A hiker in a red jacket standing on top of a rock at Trolltunga.

If you are looking for one of the most beautiful places in Norway, then look no further than Trolltunga (aka the troll’s tongue) – a stunning rock formation on the edge of the Hardangervidda plateau that sits 700 meters above Ringedalsvatnet lake below!

To enjoy Trolltunga’s impressive views, you’ll first need to do a strenuous, eight to twelve-hour, 28 km hike from the main trailhead at P2 in Skjeggedal (PSST…you can also depart from a secondary trailhead at P3 in P3 Mågelitopp. It’s a 20 km hike that will take between seven and ten hours to complete).

What to do in Trolltunga – For some amazing panoramas, visit the viewing platform along the western edge of Hardangervidda National Park. You’ll get fantastic panoramic views from here of the surrounding mountains and Ringedalsvatnet Lake. Also, remember to bring good hiking boots since there are plenty of trails in the area that will test your physical endurance. 

What to Eat in Trolltunga – Most hotels and restaurants here serve fantastic meals. Some places you can check out are TrollTunga Hotel for traditional cuisine, as well as Fjell and Fjord, Brodskreppa, and Merieriet.

How to get to Trolltunga – If you want to do the hike to Trolltunga, you’ll first need to get to Skejeggedal. You can get here via bus or by driving a car along route RV 13. You’ll pass Tyssedal and then just follow the signs to your final destination.

Where to stay in Trolltunga – There are no big cities in the area. Therefore, you’ll find a bunch of different hotels in some of the small towns here, including Trolltunga guest house, Tyssedal Hotel, Odda, Hardanger hotel, and VikingHaug.

Best time to visit Trolltunga -Because the weather is very unpredictable, the best time to visit Trolltunga is any time between mid-June and mid-September. DO NOT attempt this hike from mid-October through mid-March since that weather can change VERY quickly. The winter season also means that you only have between four and five hours of daylight and can expect a lot of snow.

3. Norway’s Fjords

Geirangerfjord, one of the most beautiful fjords in Norway.

Okay, first thing’s first. What’s a fjord anyway? Well, I checked with my nifty friend Google and it’s a narrow inlet that features steep cliffs on either side. Steep natural walls that were actually carved out by a glacier that moved through the area many moons ago.

So, these are basically some of the most impressive natural landscape features in ALL of Norway. Therefore, I forbid you to visit Norway without seeing at least one amazing fjord. 

However, one major mistake most travelers make is that they think they can head to Oslo and see some famous Norwegian fjords.

Yeah, to see fjords and some of the most beautiful places in Norway, you’ll have to base yourself somewhere like Bergen and then travel around the country from there. 

And trust me, you will 100% want to do this. Because, no lie, this geologic formation is so dang impressive, it’s actually a UNESCO listed site. 

That’s why, if you’re planning your very own Norway travel itinerary, then definitely check out the aforementioned Sognefjord (the longest and deepest fjord in the country), as well as Hardangerfjord, Jostedalsbreen Glacier (largest glacier in Europe), Geirangerfjord (so ridiculously beautiful), and Nordfjord.

Where to eat Around the Fjords – High-quality seafood is usually served throughout this part of the country. And the best places to try this include Fisketorget fish market, Orangery, and Haugesund for the best scallops ever. 

How to get to the Fjords – It’s pretty easy to get to see Norwegian fjords. You could do a Norway in a Nutshell Tour from Bergen, take a local ferry, or rent a private car and drive through the many rural parts of the country. 

4. Alesund

Panoramic, aerial views of Alesund fishing village which sits along the coast of Western Norway.

Panoramic, aerial views of Alesund fishing village which sits along the coast of Western Norway.

Alesund makes it on this list of the most beautiful places in Norway because of its next level charm. It’s basically a small, picturesque fishing village on the Western coast of Norway. An amazing place that was initially rebuilt in 1904 as the result of a local fire.

As a result, many of the structures here were rebuilt using stunning, art nouveau architecture that you can still see today – adding a whole lot of character to this amazing place. 

What to do in Alesund – Alesund is an amazing place to discover local Norwegian culture. Shopping opportunities are also plentiful, so come prepared with a wallet of full cash. During your stay,  you can also enjoy lovely panoramas from the top of Mount Aksla or visit some of the many Fjords in the area as part of a guided tour. Whatever you do though, be sure to ring your camera so that you can get some fantastic photos at Geirangerfjord.

Where to eat in Alesund – Some of the best eateries in the city include Brokiosken Jafs, Emils Burgers, Vest restaurant, and Bulduks restaurant. ,

How to get to Alesund – You can easily get here via ferry, local bus, train, or by airplane.

Where to stay in Alesund – You have a wide range of options ranging from luxury to standard accommodation. Some of the best places to stay include Quality Hotel Waterfront Alesund, Thon Hotel Alesund, and First Hotel Atlantica.

5. Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, Bergen

The vibrant buildings that line the Hanseatic Wharf in Bergen.

An explosion of color and vibrancy is what awaits you at the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf in Bergen. It’s easily one of the most beautiful places in Norway and also happens to be one of the country’s main attractions. 

That’s because Bryggen was initially constructed after a great fire in 1702 (the wharf actually dates all the way back to the 12th century though) and is currently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is brimming over with narrow alleyways and overhanging galleries that are just waiting to be explored. 

Therefore, be sure to add it to any 3 days in Bergen itinerary, which also happens to be one of the rainiest cities in Europe too!

What to do in Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, Bergen – You will probably want to spend a lot of time outside, exploring this historic area which dates all the way back to the 12th century. That’s because this unique place was actually founded by Hanseatic merchants who created a thriving trade business here.

So, be sure to make time to explore the numerous boutiques and restaurants that proliferate throughout the area. You can also learn about the region’s history at the Bryggen Museum and the Hanseatic Museum, visit the open-air market, and see where composer Edvard Grieg’s Troldhaughen lived.

Where to eat in Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, Bergen – Some of Bergen’s most popular restaurants include Stefano, Kaf Kafe Bryggen, and To Kokker. 

How to get to Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, Bergen – Bryggen is right in the center of Bergen so you’ll easily be able to walk there. You can also book day tours to visit other major attractions in the area.  

Where to stay in Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, Bergen – Some of Bergen’s best hotels include Hotel Norge, the Radisson Blu, and Bergen Bors Hotel. Trust me, there are a ton of excellent accommodations here, including several bed and breakfasts and various Airbnb apartments.

6. Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

Pulpit Rock, one of the most beautiful places in Norway,

If you like hiking then Preikestolen (aka Pulpit Rock) is easily one of the most beautiful places in Norway.

However, just in case you have no idea what I’m talking about, Preikestolen is a popular geologic rock formation in Rogaland county. It’s basically a super steep cliff that sits 604 meters above Lysefjorden and that offers visitors a 25-meter flat area from which they can enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding area. 

What to do in Pulpit rock – To get to one of the most beautiful places in Norway, you will have to do a moderately difficult, 6-kilometer hike from the trailhead (near Preikestolen mountain lodge). The trip takes about two hours each way, or four hours total, including a stop at the top to enjoy the fabulous scenery.

And while you’re here, you’ll also want to make time to visit the Norwegian Corning Museum and see the Baroque, Romanesque, and Gothic style architecture of the Stavanger Cathedral in nearby Stavanger.

Where to eat in Pulpit Rock – Enjoy some amazing meals at places like the Preikestolen Mountain Lodge restaurant, Villa Rosehagen, and Tako Sushi.

How to get to Pulpit Rock – You can drive or take public transportation from Oslo, which will take about 7.5 hours. Otherwise, you could do an easy day trip here from Stavanger, which is just 45 minutes away,

Where to stay in Pulpit Rock – You have so many accommodation options near Pulpit Rock, like Thon Hotel Stavanger, Byrkjedalstunet Hotel, and Scandic Stavanger Park.

7. Bygdoy Peninsula

The cozy, seaside charm of the Bygdoy Penninsula just outside of Oslo.

The cozy, seaside charm of the Bygdoy Penninsula just outside of Oslo.

Located on the west side of Oslo is the stunning, Bygdoy Peninsula. It’s a heavily forested, residential area that is filled with amazing hiking trails, as well as a series of lovely little beaches that are nestled along the coast. 

What to do in the Bygdoy Penninsula – Because of its rich nautical history, this one of the most beautiful places in Norway that is home to a ton of fascinating museums. That’s why, you can visit a 19th-century polar at The Fram Museum, learn about the life of explorer Thor Heyerdahl at the Kon-Tiki Museum, or see what traditional Norwegian life was really like at the open-air National Folk Museum. 

Where to eat in Bygdoy Peninsula – You will enjoy a wealth of seaside dining facilities including Lannternen restaurant, Arkadaia Café, and Kafe Ville Grande.

How to get to Bygdoy Peninsula – Bygdoy Peninsula is not far from the Oslo city center. Therefore, you can take a ferry here or use other forms of public transportation, which includes train, tram or bus.

Where to stay in Bygdoy Peninsula – Some of the best hotels here include The Radisson Blu, The Thief Hotel, and Thon Hotel. Renting an Airbnb is also another slightly cheaper option and there are plenty available in the surrounding area.

8. Geirangerfjord

An aerial view of cruise ships inside Geirangerfjord in Norway.

An aerial view of cruise ships inside Geirangerfjord in Norway.

No trip to Norway would be complete without a stop at Geirangerfjord. It’s not only a UNESCO protected heritage site but it’s also one of the most famous fjords in the entire country.

That’s because this stunning natural landmark is an insane 260 meters deep and surrounding by beyond gorgeous mountains that are almost 1700 meters tall. 

So, if you want to see all that one of the most beautiful places in Norway has to offer, go on a 40-minute hike to the Dalsnibba viewpoint or take a scenic boat trip to see the Seven Sisters Waterfalls, along with the Friaren Waterfall too. 

Trust me, they are even more gorgeous in person than they are in photographs. 

What to do in Geirangerfjord – After admiring the sweeping views from the Geiranger skywalk and taking in the beauty of the Seven Sisters Waterfalls, you could go on a guided kayak tour, enjoy a local hike, eat at some enchanting waterside eateries, visit Bridal Veil Waterfall, or just enjoy your amazing surroundings.

Where to eat in Geirangerfjord – You’ll have your fill of fantastic cuisine in Geirangerfjord. The area also produces all its own ingredients, so you know that everything here is made fresh daily.  So, make time to visit the Chocolate Factory, Brewery, and various specialty bakeries.

How to get to Geirangerfjord – Multiple cruise lines offer scenic tours of the area. Otherwise, you could rent a car and drive here yourself, or take a direct bus from Oslo to Geiranger.

Where to stay in Geirangerfjord – There are several accommodation options in Geirangerfjord, like Hotel Union Geiranger, Hotell Utsikten, Grande Fjord Hotel and Lunheim in Gerianger

9. Lillehammer

An aerial view of Lillehammer, Norway in the summer.

An aerial view of Lillehammer, Norway in the summer.

Lillehammer quietly sits above Lake Mjøsa, towards the southern end of Gudbrandsdal valley, and routinely receives visitors from all across the globe. 

That’s because this ski resort town in southern Norway is a fun mix of modern buildings and historic architecture that dates all the way back to the 1200s.

Sprinkle in some lovely little churches and a few beyond gorgeous churches and you easily have one of the most beautiful places in Norway. 

What to do in Lillehammer – If you visit during the winter, you can enjoy fun outdoor activities like ice skating, sleigh riding, and skiing. Also, because Lillehammer was the site of the 1994 winter Olympics, you could explore The Norwegian Olympic Museum or enjoy amazing views from the chairlift at the Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena. 

However, throughout the summer months, Malhaugen Open Air Museum routinely attracts visitors who want to explore the many historic churches, workshops, and farmhouses that can be found here.

Where to eat in Lillehammer -Some of the maazing places to eat in Lillehammer include Lillehammer Bryggen, Nikkers, Hvelvert restaurant, and Ming Restaurant.

How to get to Lillehammer – Lillehammer is easily accessible via train, bus, or car since it’s centrally located within Norway. You can also get to the area’s many ski resorts using ski bus services.

Where to stay in Lillehammer – Some of the best places to stay include the Scandic Lillehammer Hotel and Resort, The Clarion Collection Hotel, Molla Hotel, and First Hotel Breiseth.

10. Jotunheimen National Park

The turquoise waters and natural landscape of Jotunheimen National Park easily make it one of the most beautiful places in Norway.

The turquoise waters and natural landscape of Jotunheimen National Park easily make it one of the most beautiful places in Norway.

Jotunheimen is another example of one of the most beautiful places in Norway. It is also a fantastic destination at any time of year since there are plenty of summer and winter activities for you to enjoy.

Because this stunning alpine region covers an area of 3,499 square kilometers and is home to some of the highest peaks, wildest rivers,  most fascinating wildlife (think reindeer, elk, mink, and wolverines), and most exquisite waterfalls that I’ve ever seen. 

What to do in Jotunheimen – Jotunheimen is a perfect destination if you want to enjoy the great outdoors. Highlights include hiking Glittertind and Galdhøpiggen (if you plan to do this hike, it will take at least four hours and you must go with a guide) in the north and Store Skagastølstind, in the west. You could also visit the Skagastølsbre and Skagastølsbotn glaciers or admire views of Gjendevatnet and Bessvatnet lakes from the Besseggen Ridge. Other fun activities include hiking, biking, and skiing throughout the winter.

Where to eat in Jotunheimen – Jotunheimen offers a wide variety of Norwegian cuisines. The area also produces all of its own ingredients and uses traditional cooking methods when preparing reindeer, moose, and lamb. Amazing eateries include a bakery in Lom, Norfre Ekre, and Filefjellstuene restaurant.

How to get to Jotunheimen – Jotunheimen is in the center of Norway. Therefore, you can access it via bus, car, or train from most major cities.

Where to stay in Jotunheimen – Fantastic hotels right near the park include Vaga Hotel, Bergo Hotel, Elveseter Hotel, and Jotunheimen Exclusive. There are also a ton of AirBnbs in the area too. 

11. Oslo

A waterside view of Oslo, Norway.

A waterside view of Oslo, Norway.

No list of the most beautiful places in Norway could be complete without mentioning Oslo, the incredibly cosmopolitan nation’s capital. It’s also a wonderfully clean city that is surrounding by beautiful woodlands and charming natural waterways. 

Being the most populous city in the country, you will find an eclectic mix of modern and historic structures that are remnants of Norway’s Viking past. 

As a result, Oslo is famous for its Viking and nautical history museums, as well as its delicious seafood, making it a beautiful, eco-minded harbor city that is the home of the Nobel Peace Prize and that is known for being the most expensive city in the world. 

What to do in Oslo – In addition to shopping and eating at local restaurants, you could visit the National Gallery and admire “The Scream” by Edvard Munch. Otherwise, you could take a seaside stroll along the Harbor Promenade, visit the Norwegian Maritime Museum, check out the Viking Ship Museum (with Viking ships from the 9th century), admire the views from the Holmenkollbakken ski jump. visit the Nobel Peace Center or relax in one of the city’s many recreational areas. And if you visit during winter, you can go snowboarding, or skiing at either Holmenkollen or Oslo Vinterpark

Where to eat in Oslo – Oslo is a vibrant place full of restaurants and dynamic eateries. So, if you want to experience the best Nordic cuisine in the city, then try out Sentralen, Brutus, and Brugata Landhanderi. The docks are also a fantastic place to go to taste foods from all across the globe.

How to get to Oslo – You can travel to Oslo by bus, ferry, car, or plane since it’s the nation’s capital and well connected both domestically and internationally.

Where to stay in Oslo – Oslo is quite expensive so you may want to consider an Airbnb or shared accommodations. Otherwise, some affordable hotels include Saga hotel and Thon Hotel Munch. And if you want to pamper yourself a bit, then Hotel Cristiana Teater is a great boutique hotel. 

12. Flam

Houses siting along the water at the base of a fjord in Flam, Norway.

Houses siting along the water at the base of a fjord in Flam, Norway.

This fairytale village in the southwestern part of the country is easily one of the most beautiful places in Norway. It sits at the end of Aurlandsfjord and is made up of a series of vibrant villages that are hidden away within these deep valleys. Several historic buildings can also be found here, including the 17th-century Flam Church. 

If you want, you can also visit the Stegastein viewing platform for impressive views of the Aurlandsfjord or ride the Flåm Railway and take in the amazing waterfalls and panoramas that envelope you as your train climbs up to the Hardangervidda plateau.

What to do in Flam – Visit some of the area’s many museums and learn how the town came into being. You could also visit the local Railway Museum, check out the historic Flåm Church, enjoy the views from the impressive Stegastein viewing platform, and take a scenic train ride aboard the Flam Railway – easily one of the most scenic train trips in the world.

Where to eat in Flam – You will come across multiple eateries and restaurants during your tour of Flam, including a variety of different bakeries, cafes, restaurants, and hotels.

How to get to Flam – Getting to Flam from Oslo or Bergen, is not difficult since you could take the train or ferry. You also have the option of hiring a car.

Where to stay in Flam – One of the best hotels with amazing views of the Fjord is the Flamsbrygga Hotel. You could also book an apartment at Brekke Apartments or try various Airbnbs, and hostels.

13. Runde Island

Houses along the mountainous shores of Runde Island in Norway.

Houses along the mountainous shores of Runde Island in Norway.

Famous for its enormous population of birds, Runde is a small island off the coast of southern Norway that is home to 150 people. It is less than 80 km away from Alesund and is connected to nearby Remøya island via the Runde Bridge.

It’s an esepcially fantastic place to visit if you love the great outdoors. However, do try to time your visit for nesting season (February through August) when more than 150,000 sea birds take up residence on the island.

This way, you can easily admire the local wildlife while exploring the many cliffs and hiking trails that cover this 6.2 square kilometer island. 

What to do in Runde – Watching Atlantic Puffins and hiking along scenic trails are some of the top things to do on this tiny island. Therefore, be sure to pack a good pair of hiking boots so that you can easily explore the island on foot.  You can also visit the Runde Miljøsenter research station and learn more about the various bird species that are studied here. 

Where to eat in Runde – Some of the best places to eat on the island are Madelynne Coffee, Kami Skotholmen, and Restaurant Fosnavaag.

How to get to Runde – If you drive from Alesund (this is fastest) it will take you about two hours. Otherwise, you could take a combination of ferries and local buses. 

Where to stay in Runde – Check out hotels like Runde Miljosenter and Christineborg Gjesthus

14. Skudeneshavn

Some of the beautiful white homes you'll find in Skudeneshavn, Norway,

Some of the beautiful white homes you’ll find in Skudeneshavn, Norway,

Located on the island of Karmay in southern Norway, this tiny, picture-perfect town is brimming over with more than 200 gorgeous white, wooden houses that are remnants from Skudeneshavn’s past as a vibrant, 19th-century port.

Today though, it is a well-preserved part of the country’s nautical past and is easily one of the most beautiful places in Norway.

So, walk along the town’s quiet, winding streets and admire the various cafes, shops, and galleries that you’ll see along the way.

What to do in Skudeneshavn – After walking through the old town and admiring the many picturesque boat moorings and fully restored white homes here, take some time to enjoy a free rowboat tour, visit the Maelandsgarden Museum, explore several local art galleries, see the famous moonstone at Skudeneshavn Park, stop by the Vikholmen Lighthouse, walk the Heritage Trail, and more. 

Where to eat in Skudeneshavn – Skudeneshavn Is a popular destination so there are plenty of places to eat and drink. Some of the best eateries in town are Majorstuen Kafe (for waffles), Kormt (for local beer), Smia bistro and Piano Bar, Majorstuen Antikviteter, Takelurfabrikken and Takelurfabriken Cafe for coffee.

How to get to Skudeneshavn – You can reach this amazing town via a combination of buses, flights, trains, and car rides from major cities like Oslo. The simplest way though would be to take a 10+ hour bus ride from Oslo. 

Where to stay in Skudeneshavn – There are a variety of different places for you to stay in Skudeneshavn, including farmhouses, camping facilities, holiday homes, and hotels.

15. Fredrikstad

Some of the historic, colorful homes you'll find lining the streets of Fredrikstad in Norway.

Some of the historic, colorful homes you’ll find lining the streets of Fredrikstad in Norway.

One of just three fortress towns in Norway,  Frederikstad is a true delight to visit since it is easily the most well-preserved, historic towns throughout the entire region – a real hidden gem of Scandinavia if you will. 

It is also one of the most beautiful places in Norway since The Old Town is overflowing with a mixture of traditional stores, vintage boutiques, and charming eateries that are all surrounded by the village’s ancient fortress walls. 

Go a little further afield and you’ll discover cobblestone streets and cathedrals packed with exquisite stained glass windows that are sure to impress any visitor. 

What to do in Fredrikstad – After exploring the Old Town, learn about the city’s local history at the Frederikstad Museum. Next, take a ride on the local ferry to Byfergene and learn about the area’s historic whaling industry at the Hvalfanger Museum. Finally, explore the many walls at Kongsten Fort (buuilt in 1680) and admire the amazing architecture of Fredrikstad Cathedral, which used to double as a lighthouse. 

Where to eat in Fredrikstad – Try to find some amazing local restaurants with outdoor dining. This way, you can enjoy the amazing scenery all around at restaurants like Divan, Slippen, and the Thai market.

How to get to Fredrikstad – You can travel here by bus, ferry, taxi, or plane. Although, If you are coming in from Oslo, the fastest way to get here is by train.

Where to stay in Fredrikstad – The charming little town has so many places you can stay, including Scandic City, Quality Hotel, Wex hotels, and Magasinet.

The Most Beautiful Places in Norway – The North

16. Mjelle Beach

The rocky shores of Mjelle Beach in northern Norway.

The rocky shores of Mjelle Beach in northern Norway.

Although the nearby military town of Bodo is not exactly next level gorgeous, the stunning red beach at Mjelle absolutely is since many believe it gets its vibrant red color from jewel dust, 

And while you can absolutely swim here throughout the summer, people are really drawn here for the amazing mixture of red and white sand that you’ll find all along these shores. 

That’s why, Mjelle Beach is easily one of the most beautiful places in Norway and a real photographer’s paradise. Not only is the beach pristine, but few places can compare to this incredibly unique destination. 

What to do in Mjelle Beach – You can simply relax at the beach and enjoy the beautiful scenery all around you. Otherwise, you can head into Bodo and explore the town. 

Where to eat in Mjelle Beach – You will find various restaurants and eateries near the beach. You can also go into Bodo and grab food from the Orion Pizza restaurant and Lovolds Kafeteria.

How to get to Mjelle Beach – Mjelle Beach is a 15-minute drive from Bodo. Otherwise, if you are coming from Oslo, it will take 80 minutes by plane and 17 hours by train.

Where to stay in Mjelle Beach – Some of the best accommodations will be in nearby Bodo and include the Scandic Havet, the Radisson Blu, and Thon Hotel Nordlys.

17. Tromsø

The vibrant northern lights above Tromso, Norway

The vibrant northern lights above Tromso, Norway

Located in the Northern part of the country, Tromsø is a historic fishing village that is easily one of the most beautiful places in Norway if you want to see the Northern Lights. 

It’s also a major cultural and transportation hub for anyone planning to go above the Arctic Circle.

Plus, in the city’s historic center, you’ll find charming, historic wooden homes that are hundreds of years old, as well as The Arctic Cathedral, which dates back to 1965. It’s known for a distinct peaked roof and enormous stained-glass windows.

What to do in Tromso – Aside from marveling at the famed Aurora Borealis. you can visit enjoy the views from the Fjellheisen Cable Car, stop by the Polar Museum, visit the Tromso Ice Domes in the winter, take a cruise through a local Fjord, visit Polaria arctic experience center, explore MS Polstjerna (a historic fishing vessel), marvel at the Tromso alpine botanic garden, and more. 

Where to eat in Tromso – Enjoy the northern lights while eating at places like Emmas Drommekjokken, Fiskekompaniet Tromso AS, and De 4 Roser.

How to get to Tromso – Tromso is located above the Arctic Circle, so you can get there via plane, cruise, or rental car. You also have the option of traveling by either bus or train.

Where to stay in Tromsø – Some of the hotels you can check out include Radisson Blu, Clarion Hotel the Edge, and Scandic Grand Tromso.

18. Lofoten Islands

An aerial view of the Lofoten Islands at sunrise.

Foreigners and locals alike flock to the Lofoten Islands in droves since they are easily one of the most beautiful places in Norway.

That’s because this impressive archipelago sits above the Arctic Circle, off the coast of northern Norway, and has surprisingly mild weather given how far north it is. Yeah, the temperatures can get quite high in July. Although, the weather is quite unpredictable, making rain gear a total must. 

Add in a wonderfully impressive landscape that is dotted with quaint fishing villages, charming museums, and picturesque bicycle routes and you have one of the best places to visit in Norway. 

What to do in Lofoten Islands – Bring along a swimsuit and create a beach vacation packing list if you plan to visit during the summer and want to spend your time at the beach.  Otherwise, you could take walks through the area’s many fishing villages, marvel at amazing local wildlife during a hike, or take a beautiful kayaking trip. Also make time to visit nearby Svolvaer, a lovely little town where you’ll find the Lofoten War Memorial Museum, Magic Ice Lofoten, and the Norwegian fishing village Museum.

Where to eat in Lofoten Islands – Some restaurants to visit include Fiskekrogen, Anitas Sjomat, and Borsen. 

How to get to Lofoten Islands – You can visit the Lofoten Islands by plane or ferry. And if you’re flying in from either Oslo or Bergen, the trip will take about 2 and 1/2 hours. From Stavanger, it will take between 3 to 5 hours since you’ll probably have a layover in either Oslo, Bergin, or Trondheim.

Where to stay in Lofoten Islands – Channel your inner adventurer with a stay at the Fisherman’s cabins. However, you could also stay at various campsites, hotels, or hostels in the area. 

19. Stetind Mountain

Stetind Mountain in northern Norway at sunrise.

Stetind Mountain in northern Norway at sunrise.

Stetind Mountain is a 1,392-meter tall mountain that sits just outside of Kjøpsvik in northern Norway and is about 90 kilometers away from Narvik.

It features steep, vertical slopes and has a unique, obelisk-shaped summit that makes it a truly unique mountain to behold. It has also been the national mountain of Norway since 2002 and is a hiking challenge unlike any other.

What to do in Stetind – Many visitors flock to Stetiind to embrace the challenge of climbing this intense mountain. Therefore, if you want to do the same, you can meet your guide in nearby Narvik and then drive about an hour to the Stetind Parking lot. Once here, you can take either the Normal Route (six hours of hiking, four hours of climbing) or the Southern Pillar (a few hours hiking and between ten and twelve hours climbing) to the top. Trust me, this hike/climb is not for the faint of heart and should be undertaken with a guide by experienced climbers. 

Where to eat in Stetind – There are several eateries and restaurants near Stetind Mountain, including the Mountain Lodge, Roast Restaurant and Bar Bodo.

How to get to Stetind – If you are coming in from Oslo, you can take a flight to Narvik. You can then use a bus or rental car to get to the mountain, which is about an hour away. 

Where to stay in Stetind – You may need to book your accommodation in Narvik, with some hotels less than 60 km away from the mountain. Some fantastic options include Stetind Hotel, Sure Hotel by Best Western, Scandic Narvik, and Sørkil Fjord Camping. The latter is an awesome campsite that is about 20 kilometers away from the mountain.

20. Svalbard

Some of the amazing ice formations you'll find in Svalbard, one of the most beautiful places in Norway.

Some of the amazing ice formations you’ll find in Svalbard, one of the most beautiful places in Norway.

Looking for an untouched, arctic paradise where polar bears roam free while the majestic northern lights quietly dance in the background?

If so then Svalbard is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Norway for you.

See, it’s a rugged archipelago of islands that sit high above the Arctic Circle amidst the Norwegian Sea, the Arctic Ocean, the Barents Sea, and the Greenland Sea. I

It’s a truly wild place, filled with pristine glaciers and craggy mountains, that is home to one of the northernmost permanent settlements in the entire world.

However, because the weather is so harsh and everything remains permanently frozen, less than 3,000 people actually live here. So, spend your time checking out the nun-human locals, which include polar bears, reindeer, walruses, and polar foxes. 

What to do in Svalbard – Svalbard is a fantastic place to watch Norwegian wildlife. You could also go dog sledding. snowmobiling, do a fishing trip, go kayaking, sample some beer at a local brewery, and check out the Northern Lights. Other area highlights include the Svalbard Church, the Svalbard Museum, and the Svalbard Gallery. 

Where to eat in Svalbard – Sample a traditional local stew, known as Lapskaus, that is made of potatoes, vegetables, and meat. You can find it at local places like Huset, Gruvelageret, and Kroa.

Where to stay in Svalbard – Svalbard has several charming hotels you can choose to stay in, like The Vault, Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, and Funken Lodge.

A Map of the 20 Most Beautiful Places in Norway

 

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