Between sea and mountains, Norway offers a wide range of landscapes among the most beautiful in the world: forests, gentle hills and green meadows, but also high rocky mountains bordering fjords with turquoise water.
Go on a self-drive tour in Norway, and discover at your own pace a country where populations refuse the frantic race for growth to preserve their natural heritage, their traditions and their way of life. To travel differently in Norway is to embark on a unique adventure immersed in the heart of the wilderness, respecting the inhabitants and their traditions.
Places to visit in Norway
One of the most expensive cities in the world will not surprise you only with its prices. Oslo is a capital that looks like a provincial town that can be explored on foot by strolling through its streets. Its architectural style is quite special and the new constructions harmonize perfectly with the decor. On site, visit the many museums, including the Nasjonalgalleriet art museum, enjoy the green parks, take a tour of the Citadel of Akershus or the alternative district of Grunerokka. In winter you can go skiing nearby or take a cruise in the fjords (in summer too). The museum dedicated to the Vikings on the Bygdøy peninsula is a must. The city can largely be discovered in a weekend.
The fourth largest city in Norway exists mainly thanks to oil and fishing. Stavanger is full of charm and comes alive every evening. This is where the fjord region begins, and the opportunity to stay in Stavanger is great since you have direct access to the Lysefjord fjord and the incredible Preikestolen (604m!) also known as Pulpit Rock offers you an impressive panorama.
The city of Bergen is famous for its old town, harbor, fish market, and Bryggen Pier . Its multicolored facades are also the charm of this city. But Bergen stands out above all for its geographical position which makes it possible to reach many sites in the surrounding area. First of all the practice of canoeing in the fjords in summer, or simply a cruise to go further north. In winter, you will find something to have fun skiing, snowmobiling or others… You will not miss the Geiranger fjord classified by Unesco.
Most beautiful town in Norway according to the locals, Ålesund is a town built on 3 islands that lives from fishing. A good stopover town before going further north. In the middle of the fjords, you will certainly observe it from a more beautiful angle from Mount Aksla. The Viking Day , which takes place on August 1 here, sets the mood. Between Bergen and Ålesund lies the Briksdalsbreen Glacier and the Jotunheimen National Park.
The last big city before Lapland and the far north, Trondheim is very pleasant. Located in a fjord, the ancient capital can be discovered by strolling through its old center, and its warehouses along the Bakklandet. Its monuments and museums are interesting. To the south-east at 150km you will find the town of Røros.
Lovers of nature and the great outdoors, discover the Norway of the fjords and the Lofoten Islands, which are among the most beautiful in the world, at your own pace, in complete freedom. Snow-capped peaks, huts by the water, unforgettable hikes, beaches. The Lofoten Islands seem inaccessible but when you are there, you don’t want to leave. Nearby, you will go by boat to observe the strange Maelstrom of Saltstraumen, an impressive whirlpool in the water.
There is sure to be plenty for sports travelers looking for thrills to enjoy: glacier hiking, cross-country skiing, fishing, rafting, canoeing and more. No matter what time of year you travel to Norway, there is always an activity to practice!