Norway is a piece of heaven on earth which is favorite tourist country in the lovely planet for it exotic sceneries, phenomenal fjords, dazzling natural wonders and glorious cities. It is a very peaceful country and the Norwegian people are particularly famous for their pleasant and joyous attitude. They enjoy splendid freedom and best environment; resultantly they are one of the best social communities around the world. The crime rate in Norway is awesomely at very low level. Nature has gifted Norway with jaw-dropping geography and its people have delivered with the best so the country sparkles with the features that a wanderer could dream for. The capital Oslo is adorned with lush green vegetation and surrounded by breathtaking hills. Country is officially known as the ‘Kingdom of Norway’ which has an extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea. It is located on the western part of Scandinavia and the landscape is just incredible throughout the country. The country’s numerous wonderful fjords are listed as the world’s top tourist attractions. The government of Norway is strictly following the environment saving parameters which is equally adding the beauty of their country. With all of these the county is also particularly known for its ancient and unique wooden architectural style. Even this tradition is continued in the modern building designs. Norway is the country of Midnight sun as this natural charisma occurs during summer in the northern parts of the country where the sun shines for 24 hours. It is due to its extreme location above the Arctic circle.
Apart from countless fjords and islands, Norway also has hundreds of thousands of natural lakes and other smaller water bodies. The biodiversity also includes number of rare flora and fauna species. Although whole country is tremendous in beauty’s aspect, however in this article, we’ve made a collection of 30 best and mind blowing tourist destinations of Norway for your interest and all of these are listed below in alphabetical order.
Alta, rock carvings
The rock carvings of Alta are located in the northernmost part of Norway, far north of the Arctic Circle at the head of the Alta Fjord. It contains thousands of rock carvings and paintings located at 45 sites in five different areas at the head of the Alta Fjord (Kåfjord, Hjemmeluft, Storsteinen, Amtmannsnes and Transfarelvdalen). More rock art made by hunter-gatherers is found in Alta than anywhere else in northern Europe. This seems to indicate that for thousands of years, from approximately 5000 B.C. to about the year 0, Alta was an important meeting place far north of the Arctic Circle.
Atlantic ocean road
Driving on the world’s most appealing road which is known as ‘Atlantic Ocean Road’ is a worthy experience. It is located in the midwest part of the Norwegian coastline and with a length of 8274 meters (5,1 miles), it is part of Norwegian national road 64 (Rv 64). It’s a very popular tourist attraction in the country. The road includes 8 bridges with a total length of 891 metres. The construction of the road started on August 1983 and it took six years to be finished.
The awe-inspiring Aurlandsfjord is a fjord in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. It is 29-kilometre (18 mi) long fjord which is deep and narrow, reaching a depth of about 962 metres (3,156 ft) below sea level, and its width is generally less than 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) wide. Most of the fjord is surrounded by up to 1,800-metre (5,900 ft) tall, steep mountains with little habitation along the fjord except for in a few small valleys.
The wondrous Briksdalsbreen is located in the municipality of Stryn in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. The Briksdalsbreen glacier lies on the north side of the Jostedalsbreen, in Briksdalen (the Briks valley) which is located at the end of the Oldedalen valley, about 25 kilometres (16 mi) south of the village of Olden.
The ancient city of Bergen in Norway is well known for its classic architecture of wharf commonly known as Bryggen which has been center of commercial activities for centuries. This old city was founded in 1070 and it is no doubt a marvelous emblem of a medieval district. All the buildings on Bryggen were constructed in long rows having a common passageway. Actually they were warehouses and big dwelling places and they were used to store the goods especially fish from north Norway and edible grains imported from Europe.
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The luminous Bystranda (The Town Beach) is a Blue Flag beach in the southeastern part of the town center of Kristiansand, Norway. The shallow sandy beach by the Kristiansand Boardwalk consists of fine filled sand. By Bystranda there are seating areas, bathrobes stairs, sand volleyball court, skate ramp, playground and restrooms.
The sensational Flåm Line is a 20.2-kilometer (12.6 mi) long railway line between Myrdal and Flåm in Aurland, Norway. A branch line of the Bergen Line, it runs through the valley of Flåmsdalen and connects the mainline with Sognefjord. Travel time varies between 50 and 59 minutes between the end stations. The line is one of the most visited tourist attraction in Norway.
The attracting Fløibanen is a funicular in Bergen, Norway which runs up the mountain of Fløyen. It is one of Bergen’s major tourist attractions and one of Norway’s most visited attractions. Over 1 million passengers a year have used it over the past few years. Two cars, each with room for approximately 80 passengers, operate between the centre of Bergen and Fløyen throughout the year. The length is 850 m (2,789 ft) and the height difference is 300 m (984 ft).
The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. The Geirangerfjord is located in the southwestern part of the county of Møre og Romsdal, north in Fjord Norway, approximately 100 kilometres from the town of Ålesund. Mountain trekking, sightseeing cruise trips and notable view points are the prominent features of fjord.
The astounding Hadeland Glassverk is situated in Jevnaker, Oppland 40 km north of Oslo, at the southern tip of lake Randsfjorden. The glass works was founded in 1762 on land belonging to the Mo estate. There is still a development section at the site and this, together with the option for visiting artists to make their own glasswork makes a thriving environment for innovative ideas.
The spell-binding Hemsedal is a municipality in Buskerud county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Hallingdal. Hemsedal is the second largest ski resort in Norway. About 70% of all visitors come in the winter season (December–May) and most of the remaining 30% in the summer months.
The historic Holmenkollen embodies more than a century of skiing competitions. Inside the ski jump is the Holmenkollen Ski Museum, the oldest of its kind in the world. The museum presents over 4,000 years of skiing history, Norwegian polar exploration artifacts and an exhibition on snowboarding and modern skiing. It is located in Oslo.
The hypnotic Hunderfossen Familiepark is an amusement park north of Lillehammer in the province of Oppland in Norway. The park is one of Norway’s biggest tourist attractions, with over 250,000 visitors each summer. The park was founded in 1984. The park currently has more than 50 attractions. The park also has a Winter Park which opens from late December to mid-March.
The magnetic Jotunheimen is a national park in Norway, recognized as one of the country’s premier hiking and fishing regions. The national park covers 1,151 km² and is part of the larger area Jotunheimen. The National Park covers most of the mountainous region of Jotunheimen, including Hurrungane, but Utladalen and its surroundings are within Utladalen Landscape Protection Area.
The tantalizing Kristiansand Zoo is the most visited attraction for families with children in Norway. Kristiansand Zoo is situated only 11 km (6 miles) east of Kristiansand. It actually consists of several parks combined; a zoo and an amusement park with different theme areas.
The mind-boggling Låtefossen or Låtefoss is a waterfall located in the municipality of Odda in Hordaland County, Norway. The 165-metre (541 ft) tall waterfall is unique and thus it is a well-known tourist attraction in the area. It is special in that it consists of two separate streams flowing down from the lake Lotevatnet, and as they fall, the join together in the middle of the waterfall.
The ravishing Lofoten is an archipelago and a traditional district in the county of Nordland, Norway. The sea is rich with life and the world’s largest deep water coral reef, called the Røst Reef, is located west of Røst. Lofoten has a very high density of sea eagles and cormorants and millions of other sea birds. There is a well marked cycling route that goes from Å in the south and continues past Fiskebøl in the north. Lofoten offers many rock climbing and mountaineering opportunities.
The magnificent Nærøyfjord is a fjord in the municipality of Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. The narrow fjord is a branch of the large Sognefjord and it is featured on the “Norway in a Nutshell” daytrips for tourists. Since 2005, the Nærøyfjord has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The marvelous Oslofjord is an inlet in the south-east of Norway, stretching from an imaginary line between the Torbjørnskjær and Færder lighthouses and down to Langesund in the south to Oslo in the north. In the summer there are boats of all sizes on the fjord, and it is possible to go kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and sailing. There are many activities for both adults and children.
Røros mining town
The phenomenal mining town of Røros is sometimes called Bergstaden which means “the mining town” due to its historical notoriety for copper mining. The site comprises the Town and its industrial-rural cultural landscapes; Femundshytta, a smelter with its associated area; and the Winter Transport Route. The property illustrates the establishment and flourishing of a lasting culture based on copper mining in a remote region with a harsh climate.
The scintillating Sjøsanden is a beach in Mandal, Norway. It is around 800 meters long, and has several times been voted for the best beach in Norway. On it, there is a sector light, called “Bestemor”.
Sognefjellsvegen or Sognefjellsveien
The interesting Sognefjellsvegen or Sognefjellsveien is the highest mountain pass road in Northern Europe. Part of County Road 55, it is located in Oppland and Sogn og Fjordane counties in Norway. It is a national tourist road and starts in the village of Lom in the municipality of Lom, it then travels over the Sognefjell mountain area, and it ends in the village of Gaupne in the municipality of Luster. The road was opened on 16 July 1938.
Sognefjord or Sognefjorden
The distinguished Sognefjord or Sognefjorden is the largest and most well known fjord in Norway and the third longest in the world. Because the other two fjords are often ice-covered, the Sognefjorden is the longest open (ice-free) fjord in the world. The fjord has become a tourist attraction with summer tourists being an important part of the local economy.
The gorgeous Steinsdalsfossen is a waterfall in the village of Steine in the municipality of Kvam in Hordaland county, Norway. The waterfall is located about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of the large village of Norheimsund which sits along the Hardangerfjorden. Steinsdalsfossen is 46 metres (151 ft) high with a main drop of 20 metres (66 ft) and has the greatest volume when the snow melts in May and June.
The outlandish Trollstigen is a serpentine mountain road in Rauma Municipality, Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The road is narrow with many sharp bends, and although several bends were widened during 2005 to 2012, vehicles over 12.4 metres (41 ft) long are prohibited from driving the road. The pass has an elevation of approximately 850 metres (2,790 ft). Trollstigen is closed during late autumn and winter. A normal operating season stretches from mid-May to October, but may sometimes be shorter or longer due to weather conditions.
The fabulous Trolltunga is a piece of rock jutting horizontally out of a mountain about 700 metres (2,300 ft) above the north side of the lake Ringedalsvatnet in the municipality of Odda in Hordaland county, Norway. The cliff is part of the precambrian bedrock and was formed during the ice age, approximately 10,000 years ago. The Troll Tongue is available for hikers from approximately mid-June to mid-September.
Trysil skiing resort
The eye-popping Trysil is a municipality in Hedmark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Østerdalen. It is Norway’s largest ski resort with 66 slopes and 31 lifts. Trysil is family friendly, and in summer offers more than 30 activities.
Tusenfryd amusement park
The miraculous Tusenfryd is an amusement park at Vinterbro, Norway. The park is located 20 kilometers south of Oslo. The park has 31 attractions and has 500,000 visitors per year. This beautiful park has plenty of flower beds and it is located on a hilly forested area requiring a lot of uphill walking. The actual park occupies 55 acres.
Urnes Stave Church
The majestic Urnes Stave Church is situated on a promontory in the remarkable Sognefjord on the west coast of Norway. The stave churches constitute one of the most elaborate and technologically advanced types of wooden construction that existed in North-Western Europe during the Middle Ages. The churches were built on the classic basilica plan, but entirely of wood. The roof frames were lined with boards and the roof itself covered with shingles in accordance with construction techniques which were widespread in Scandinavian countries.
The mesmerizing Vøringsfossen in Måbødalen is Norway’s most famous waterfall, and has a fall of 182 metres, of which 145 metres is a direct drop. Vøringsfossen dazzles tourists with its multiple waterfalls all converging at the head of Måbødalen in Hardanger. There are several possibilities for photo stops, picnics and activities in the near surroundings.
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