Norway, a part of Scandinavia, is one of the northernmost countries in the world. It is blessed with several unique natural wonders like the Northern Lights and scenic fjords that attract tourists from far and wide. The stunning landscape of the country, interspersed with Nordic villages, creates an unparalleled charm. In this blog we have selected 10 popular landmarks of the country that will make your visit to Norway one to cherish for a lifetime.
Located in the Moskenes region of northwestern Norway, this is one of the oldest fishing villages of the country. Visitors are not only attracted to the scenic landscape of this place but also to have a feel of the authentic Nordic lifestyle. Accommodations are available in original fishing cabins — the oldest dating back to the 1890s. Of course, these are now well-equipped with all modern facilities. The dark rocky mountains standing as a backdrop to the crystal clear waters and fishing boats make for a picture perfect setting. The village also has museums and galleries where you are introduced to the culture and heritage of the place.
Tromso is considered to be the northernmost city in the world and is famous for being the best place for one of the most popular natural wonders of Norway — the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. Due to its geographical location, there are days when the Northern Lights are visible from Tromso for almost 6 hours in a day. Although set in a remote location, the vibrant cultural life will take many visitors by surprise. Tromso is home to a satellite industry, research institutes, and the northernmost university in the world. It is dotted with several museums, galleries, public parks, and shopping centers. Tromso is also famous for its nightlife, ensuring there is never a dull moment in the city.
Norway is dotted with many dramatic landscapes and Trolltunga will surely rank very high on that list. Also called the Troll’s Tongue Rock, it is a huge rock that protrudes about 700 m above the Ringedalsvatnet Lake. Due to the extreme weather in that area, the rock is accessible only between the months of June and September. To keep the original feel of the place, there are no railing or borders on the rock so it is up to the visiting individuals to ensure their safety. Take a hike to the Trolltunga and pose for one of the quintessential pictures on the rock.
- Besseggen Ridge
Besseggen ridge is a mountain ridge between the Bessvatnet and Gjende lakes. The stunning beauty of the region and easy access have made it one of the most popular day hiking sites in Norway. The total trek takes about 6 hrs and one has to climb to an elevation of 900 m. However, it is worth the exhaustion as you are blessed with spectacular panoramic views of the landscape. Take the boat ride from Gjendesheim to Memurubu and then hit the trail on foot. The best time to visit the place is during the summer months although ski enthusiasts may want to visit it in winter.
- Hoyvika Beach
Hoyvika Beach is a part of the northernmost island of the archipelago of Vesteralen on the northwestern coastline of Norway. The beach is popular with tourists for its natural beauty along with the scenic landscape of the island which is made of rocky mountains and shallow valleys. Interestingly, even though the island is located so far up north, it does not get too freezing during the winter months, making the island and the beach a year-round attraction. To best explore the area, take a coastal trek that lasts about 6 hrs. The 9 km long trail starts from Stave and ends in Bleik.
For a country that is known for its dramatic fjords, there has to be a fjord or two in the must-visit lists of the travelers. Our pick is the 15 km-long Geirangerfjorden. Situated in the southwestern part of the country, this fjord is a picturesque environment complete with rocky cliffs, lush greenery, and plunging waterfalls. You can access the place through a hike or simply take a cruise. Whichever option you go for, you will have enough chances to admire the beauty of this fjord. Geirangerfjorden also offers several outdoor activities like kayaking and fishing in the summer months and skiing in the winter months.
- Atlantic Ocean Road
This 8.3 km long road is one of the most dramatic and visually appealing roads in the world. It connects the island of Averoy with the municipality of Eide on the mainland. The road features breathtaking twists and turns which has earned it a place as one of the most scenic rides in the world. Photographs taken from certain angles make it look as if the road is ending abruptly in the ocean waters! If you drive during the stormy weather, you will actually be hit by the strong waves of the ocean making the drive almost equivalent of an extreme sport! No road trip in Norway is complete without a drive on the Atlantic Ocean Road.
- The Troll Wall
The Troll Wall is a vertical drop in the Trolltindene mountain range. With a drop of nearly 1700 m, it is the tallest vertical cliff in the whole of Europe. This has made the Troll Wall a favorite with rock climbers. There are about 10 different trails to reach the top of this cliff. With an ever-changing scenery due to the rock movements and melting ice, newer routes are being discovered by the climbers. The Troll Wall is set amidst breathtakingly scenic landscape so even if you are not into rock climbing, visit the site to admire the raw beauty of this natural wonder.
Lofoten is an archipelago along the north western coastline of Norway. Such is the beauty of this archipelago that it will make it into the list of natural wonders of not only Norway, but the whole of Scandinavia. It has been featured in numerous paintings and in popular literature, including the iconic 20000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. Crystal clear waters, comparatively mild weather, colorful reefs, and a rich marine life make this place popular with locals and visitors alike. In the summer months, Lofoten has 24 hrs of sunlight ensuring uninterrupted visibility. Other than hiking, Lofoten offers many outdoor activities including whale safaris, cycling, mountaineering, surfing, and fishing, to name a few.
Oslo, founded in the 11th century, remains the political and cultural hub of Norway. The city has often featured in the list of best cities to live in the world. This modern city has preserved its rich historic heritage which visitors can explore through the several museums and monuments scattered in the city. The city also has several shopping pockets from where you can buy souvenirs for your trip. Oslo also a very vibrant nightlife. Depending on your interest you can visit a pub or a night club in the city center or Grunerlokka area.
Originally posted 2017-03-09 06:42:32.