Things to do in Norway
This country is jam-packed with natural attractions and adventure. You can board a fjord cruise or wildlife safari, and hike, bike, fish or ski at some of Norway’s epic resorts. There are loads of UNESCO protected sites too, like Geirangerfjord, Flam Railway and the North Cape. If you love the beach, head to Trodelag – the shores here stretch right along the northern and southern coasts. There’s loads of untouched nature too in Norway’s 21 national parks.
As well as natural beauty, there’s prettiness indoors too. Particularly at the many galleries and museums. Norway is the home of quite a few famous painters, playwrights and other artistic types. A few cultural must-sees on your holiday include Munch Museum, Holmenkollen Ski Museum, Ibsen Museum, Viking Ship Museum, Fram Museum, Folk Museum and the Nobel Peace Centre for an insight into the history and background of this Scandinavian country.
Of course, you can’t go to Norway without seeing the soul-awakening spectacle of the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. A natural light phenomenon that occurs when charged solar and gaseous particles collide in Earth’s high altitude atmosphere around the magnetic poles, the mesmerising display of glowing colours is nothing short of spectacular, and Norway is one of the best places to see this display in the world.
Just one of the amazing things about the Northern Lights is no show is ever the same. Mainly, you’ll see 3 luminous green bands with a hint of pink at the edge and violet in the centre. If there is a lot of solar activity, the Northern Lights will even explode for a minute. The best time to see the Aurora Borealis is around the equinoxes, which occurs twice a year near March 20 and September 22 when the day and night is of equal length.
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It’s not just the largest sculpture park in the world; it’s arguably the most magnificent. Designed by artist Gustav Vigeland, the park looks at the life cycle of humans through the eyes of this great Norwegian artist. You’ll see sculptures of children throwing tantrums and peaceful kids too.
One of the world’s most famous paintings, ‘The Scream’, is just the start of the magnificent works by Edvard Munch that you’ll find here. This Oslo gallery displays the work of Norway’s most famous artist. It’s not to be missed.
The archipelago of Lofoten is a traditional district of Norway. Lying within the Arctic Circle, Lofoten is well known for its natural attractions, fishing, whale safaris and tiny villages that lie off the beaten track.
Located in the southwest part of the Møre og Romsdal county, this deep-blue fjord, protected by UNESCO, is bound by majestic snow-capped mountains, lush vegetation and rugged waterfalls. It’s so naturally beautiful, it could be a backup location for ‘Lord of the Rings’.
According to legend, trolls hide in caves and under bridges. So you won’t find any of these dirty, scary little creatures at Troll Wall – a huge cliff that rises up 1,750 metres. Part of Troll Peaks mountain, Troll Wall can be found in Reinheimen National Park.