100 Best Things To Do In Norway

Away from the Copacabana beaches and scorching sun, way up in the cold north lies a brilliant gem called Norway. Its basic appeal is simple: it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Norway has been called The Land of the Midnight Sun, The Land of Fjords and the Land of Northern Lights. However, those are but the few things it is most known for: there are so much more.


Norway is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. With some of the most stunning nature sites in the world, you surely won’t be disappointed. It also has a rich cultural history and a lively contemporary art scene, primarily in Oslo. However, when visiting a country as large it can be hard to decide where you should go. That is why we have prepared a list of the 100 best things to do in Norway.

Let’s dive in.

1. Geiranger Fjord (Geiranger)

In the land of fjords, there is one that stands head and shoulders above the rest. Geiranger Fjord is part of UNESCO world heritage for many reasons: stunning scenery, amazing views and a sense of calm that one just can’t get in city life.

2. Mount Floyen And The Funicular (Bergen)

Norway is home to amazing views. Mount Floyen is no exception – whether you enjoy hiking or just the view. You can get to the top by foot or cable car. In either case, remember: don’t feed the trolls.

3. Vigeland Museum And The Angry Baby (Oslo)

Art and sculpture lovers (and others), listen up! Vigeland Museum is the world’s largest sculpture park: and all of it was made by just one person – Gustav Vigeland. A must see for his unique style and the Angry Baby.

4. Pulpit Rock Hike From Stavanger (Forsand Municipality)

Pulpit Rock is a highlight of anyone’s trip to Norway. The hike takes 2-4 hours, depending on how many stops you take for photos (and there will be many if this is your first time). This is a proper hike – wear some boots.

5. The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet (Oslo)

How many opera houses exist where you can just walk to the top? The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet is one of them and an absolute marvel of modern architecture. It is worth seeing for that alone, but going inside and seeing a performance is also highly recommended.

6. Fram Polar Ship Museum (Oslo)

Fram is a polar expedition ship that is no longer in use: but you can get on board in this one-of-a-kind museum. Everything there is right before your eyes for you to touch. Take at least an hour and a half to explore the museum in its whole.

7. Trolltunga (Odda)

There is no shortage of spectacular hikes in Norway. The Trolltunga, or Troll’s Tongue, is not an easy one either (but if you can make it through the first mile, you’re golden). It’s hard work, it’s long, it’s wet. But in the end, you are rewarded for your efforts with epic sights.

8. Kjerag (Forsand Municipality)

The hike to Kjerag is the one that ends in one of the most iconic pictures you can take in Norway. Of course, I mean the rock nested between two walls. Perfect if you are looking for some adventurous or couple pictures. One of the things you have to do before you die.

9. Hurtigruten Day Trips (Tromso)

What is the best way to see the fjords? Well, from the waterside. Now if you could combine that with watching of the Northern lights, good food and amazing sights all around, day and night? That is what you get when you go on a Hurtigruten day trip. The trip has been described as the “World’s Most Beautiful Sea Voyage”. The classic trip takes 12 days, but shorter cruises are available as well.w

10. Trollstigen – Troll’s Footpath (Western Norway)

Looking for a great view – or some adrenaline? You can combine both on a day trip to one of the most stunning roads in the world: Trollstigen. As with most other hikes, it is better the earlier you go. Still, respect the traffic laws, or you will get banned like Top Gear did.

11. Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf (Bergen)

Idyllic houses on the waterfront of Bergen are one of the most well known sights in Norway. The city center is a tourist’s paradise: museums, shops, restaurants abound. But be careful: if you go there, you may be consumed with overwhelming desire to live there for the rest of your life.

12. Tromso Fjords (Tromso)

Sea, snow, rugged mountains, arctic wildlife, remote houses dotted along the shoreline…so distant and harsh, yet uniquely beautiful and peaceful. The Tromso Fjords are something you simply have to see live. Hire a car and drive or take a boat trip. In either case, you’re sure to enjoy it.

13. Geiranger Skywalk – Dalsnibba (Geiranger)

Stunning glory in all directions is the best way to describe theGeiranger Skywalk. Do take this hike on a sunny day (or enjoy being above the clouds – it will actually feel like you are walking into heaven).

14. Fjellstua Viewpoint (Alesund)

Fjellstua Viewpoint is where you can see Alesund in all its glory. A relaxed walk to the top takes less than an hour If you want some harder exercise, see how fast you can make it up the 450 plus stairs. And bring a jacket for the wind!

15. The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Oslo)

If you want to learn more about the Norwegian folk and their history, The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History in Oslo is the first place you should look. It “houses” cottages, farmhouses and log cabins that have been transported there from all over the country. How? No one knows…probably trolls.

16. Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Ski Jump Tower (Oslo)

Are you into ski jumping? Have you seen it on TV? Whether you have or haven’t, the magnificence of the Holmenkollen ski jump tower will take your by surprise. Even better is to go there during a tournament, with thousands of roaring fans that let you know exactly when the home favorite is going next.

17. Bygdoy Peninsula (Oslo)

Don’t miss this! A stroll from museum to museum (and then to a restaurant) is the main purpose of going here; besides, of course, the beautiful scenery. Culture or nature: on Bygdoy Peninsula, you don’t have to choose, as you can have both in the same day.

18. National Museum – National Gallery (Oslo)

Are you an art fanatic? Book a day just for this. Not into art? Well, still at least see the famous “Scream” painting. Besides paintings, the museum also has a Viking ship and an arctic display. The two-in-one National Museum – National Gallery combo is indeed worth a few hours of your time – at least.

19. Nidarosdomen (Trondheim)

Nidarosdomen is a cathedral in Trondheim, but it is far from being just a regular church. The sheer scope of it amazes, as does the interior with stained glass windows. Even if you aren’t religious, make sure to check it out.

20. Lofoten Islands (Nordland)

Far above the arctic circles like the Lofoten Islands. They are known for their incredible Viking history, frequent northern lights and the midnight sun. If you like fishing, you will bond with the locals easily.

21. Flor og Fjaere (Stavanger)

When you go to Norway, you expect to find cold, fjords and maybe trolls…but certainly not a tropical garden. Yet that is exactly what Flor og Fjaere is. From May to September, you can enjoy the tropical spirit in the heart of the land of fjords.

22. Oslo Fjord (Oslo)

When you are in Oslo, take some time to look at the famous Oslo Fjord. The best way to access it is to go by boat, which offers a great cruise. You can also decide to be adventurous and hike there. In both cases, reserve the whole day, bring snacks and plenty of batteries for you camera to make sure you don’t miss any photo opportunities.

23. Viking Ship Museum (Oslo)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sail with the Vikings? While you most likely won’t get the chance to do that, you can sate your curiosity in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. In a few hours, you can learn all about Vikings, their ships and the raider way of life.

24. Bergen Fish Market (Bergen)

Do you like fish? If so, you will enjoy a walk through the Bergen Fish Market. The smell of fresh fish may even tempt you to try some – and you well should. While the market has gotten a bit touristy for the taste of some, it is still a worthwhile place to visit.

25. Akershus Castle and Fortress (Oslo)

A charming fort on the sea is what Akershus is. This old castle from the 13th century used to be a prison and a fort to protect Oslo from the seaside. See the fortress that resisted all attempts at siege with your own eyes on your Norway trip.

26. Oslo City Hall (Oslo)

During your walking tour of Oslo you can’t go past the Oslo City Hall. While it may not look that impressive from the outside, the inner portions are more likely to charm you. Combine that with the fact that entrance is free and you get a must see if you plan to see Oslo.

27. Chasing Lights (Tromso)

Aurora borealis, also called the “northern lights”, is a true marvel of nature. Often seen only above the arctic circle, it is a must see on your trip to Norway. Chasing Lights offers a unique tour of chasing the best pictures (with a personal professional photographer) of the dance of light. An unforgettable experience.

28. Karl Johans Gate (Oslo)

Karl Johans Gate is a main street in Oslo. It is part of the historical center and is filled with shops, making it a tourist haven compared to the rest of the usually quiet city. Take a long walk and sit down in one of the many restaurants to taste some of the local delicacies.

29. The Polar Museum (Tromso)

Ever wondered what drives certain people to the coldest, loneliest edges of the world? Their fascinating stories are captured in the Polar Museum in Tromso. Through the many artifacts you can get a closer look at the life and death of polar explorers.

30. Lysefjord (Stavanger)

A natural marvel in the heart of Norway, Lysefjord is like a place out of J. R. R. Tolkien. The mists in the far distance, the snow-capped peaks on both sides as you pass between all contribute to this fantasy-come-true. Take a day to take the trip, you won’t be sorry.

31. Arctic Cathedral (Tromso)

Modern architecture is something that never ceases to amaze. If you are a fan, the Arctic Cathedral will give you goosebumps. The design really captures the wild nature of Norway with its cold exterior, but warm interior. A must see if you are in Tromso.

32. Polaria (Tromso)

This half museum, half zoo has a lot to offer in the hours you will spend there. A mix of static and live displays show the variety of Arctic life. In their educational films, you can learn how northern lights work and why they show. All in all, Polaria is one of the best places to take your children to. And did I mention the seals yet?

33. Old Town (Stavanger)

What is more romantic than a slow walk through and old city center with wooden houses, cobbled streets and narrow passages? The Old Town of Stavanger is typically Norwegian in style and offers a sardine canning museum, art galleries and a multitude of shops, where you can search for trinkets to bring home to your loved ones.

34. Hardanger Fjord (Bergen)

When you think of the most beautiful landscapes of the world, the mind remembers the fjords of Norway. One such is the Hardanger Fjord. It will charm you with its lovely scenery. Visit with a car to take in the sights on the way there as well.

35. Puppy Training Experience At Husky Farm (Tromso)

Do you and your kids think huskies are cute? Well, on this special experience, you can meet them up close. Visit a husky training farm where young huskers are trained to work as a team and join them on a hike around the beautiful Norwegian wilderness. A sure hit with kids!

36. Stegastein Lookout (Aurland Municipality)

Stegastein Lookout deserves its name. What a lookout it is! Norway has no shortage of amazing sights, but this one ranks among the very best. Bring your camera and get to take some pictures all your friends will envy.

37. Briksdal Glacier (Stryn)

A walk to one of the remaining glaciers in the world is indeed a special experience. Not only does if offer time to think about man’s effect on the environment, it also shows you what exactly we will lose. And it is spectacular. Briksdal Glacier is a must see.

38. Mount Ulriken (Bergen)

Bergen is known as the City between the Seven Mountains. Mount Ulriken is the tallest of them and offers the best views. There is a cable car ride if you only want to see the top, but if you have time, go by foot and enjoy the short and not too difficult hike.

39. Svalbard Museum (Spitsbergen)

The Svalbard Museum is a great way to get an insight into the way of life in the harsh lands north of the polar line. The arctic life and wildlife are well represented in the many exhibits. Although the museum is on the smaller side, you will still spend an hour or two to learn everything.

40. Seven Sisters (Geiranger)

A waterfall called the Seven Sisters? Man, that sound like something interesting to see. And it is. Learn about the story behind the name while you count the streams. Best to visit in spring, when the flow is at its peak.

41. The Flam Railway (Flam)

This scenic 2-hour trip on the The Flam Railway will take you back in time to great views. In the heritage carriages you will see a video of the history of the railway. But don’t forget to look out the window or you’ll miss the views. If you can, get a window seat.

42. Fjord Safari (Flam)

What do you get when you combine fjords and safari? You get an unforgettable experience. The beautiful scenery of the Norwegian fjords will take your breath away and leave you speechless. The guides will give you a background of history as you take in the magnificence around you.

43. Flaamsbana Museum(Flam)

Flaamsbana Museet is a lovely little museum explaining the history of the Flam railway. Despite being small, it is packed with exhibits that show the blood, sweat and tears of workers who toiled on it for 20 long years. Best combined with a ride on the railway.

44. Olden (Stryn)

Is heaven a place on Earth? Well, maybe not, but some places come close. Oldenis one of them. The town is small, but charming and offers a gateway to the glaciers, which is where you’ll want to go. Still, take a look around town and take some of their peace home with you.

45. Lom Stave Church (Lom)

Stave churches are common in Norway, but not all are as well preserved or as large as the stave church in Lom. With wooden exterior and interior, it is a piece of cultural architecture that you have to see.

46. Hemsedal Ski Centre (Hemsedal)

Hemsedal Ski Centre is a ski resort with slopes for all levels, restaurants for all tastes and activities for all ages. Apre-ski is easily accessible and in the evening when you put the kids to bed, you can go out to the local bars and have fun.

47. Baroniet Rosendal (Rosendal)

If you want to see some beautiful roses and have a tasty lunch, you have to go toBaroniet Rosendal. It is Norway’s pride and precious, and well worth a visit. Don’t forget the view to the waterfall and the lovely rhubarb cake!

48. Njord – Seakayak and Wilderness Adventure Day Tours (Flam)

If you’re not satisfied just by looking and need some adrenaline and activity, join theNjord day tours. You might have kayaked on a river, or in the warm sea, but have you ever done it among towering fjords? If not, I bet you’re getting the itch just reading about it.

49. Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall (Norheimsund)

The Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall is an amazing experience. The sheer size of it is stunning and to walk under it is a unique memory you will be able to take home. One of your trip to Norway highlights.

50. The Polar Bear Society (Hammerfest)

Polar bears are among the most endangered species in the world. Due to global warming, their natural habitat is shrinking day by day. The Polar Bear Society is an effort to stop that. In this museum dedicated to the animals and their environment, you too can become a member.

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