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10 Best Sights & Attractions in Norway

Sightseeing in Norway - What Are the Best Things to Do in Norway?


It can be hard to pick the best sights and attractions in Norway, but if you're planning a trip there and want some advice on must-see sights in Norway, start with this list of the top 10 attractions and sights in Norway:

1. The North Cape

North Cape, Norway
© HP2007
For us, the top attraction in Norway is the North Cape. A quarter of a million tourists visit the North Cape each summer, making it one of Norway's top sights. The North Cape is a monumental natural experience offering breathtaking views, unusual climatic conditions, the dramatic cliff itself...and of course the fact that one is standing at Europe's northern end. You'll find the North Cape in the region of Finnmark.

2. The Geirangerfjord in Norway

Geirangerfjord, Norway
Christian Houge/Innovation Norge
The beauty of the Geirangerfjord with its waterfalls and cliffs is hard to surpass. And if you haven't seen the Geirangerfjord, then you really haven't seen all of Norway. Many Scandinavian cruises include the town of Geiranger in their cruise itinerary. On a map, you'll find the Geirangerfjord about halfway between Trondheim and Bergen. Popular activities at the Geirangerfjord include guided tours, hiking, fishing, and boating.

3. Changing of the Royal Guard in Oslo

Changing of the Guard in Oslo, Norway
Changing of the Guard in Oslo, Norway
This is a top attraction in Norway that takes place no matter what the weather is. It also made the list of the top 10 free things in Oslo! Walk toward the Royal Palace in Oslo and witness the "royal" event at 1:30 pm - 2:10 pm daily. In the summer, mounted police officers and a Norwegian military band lead the guards through Norway's capital.

4. Bryggen Wharf in Bergen

Bryggen Wharf in Bergen
Fjord Norway/T Rakke
Our favorite attraction in the Norwegian town of Bergen is the old Bryggen wharf. Bryggen (wharf in Norwegian) consists of 14th century Hanseatic buildings in Bergen, free to visit and a great photo opportunity. More than 60 buildings of the original wharf are still standing and today this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also one of the top sights in Norway.

5. The Town of Lillehammer, Norway

Town of Lillehammer, Norway
CH/Innovation Norway
Most Norway visitors remember Lillehammer from the 1994 Winter Olympics, but Lillehammer is a true gem for visitors even in the summer. Today, Lillehammer attracts travelers year-round for outdoor activities and relaxation close to nature at Lake Mjøsa. If you'd like to drive to Lillehammer, just follow the E6 in Norway - from Oslo it's only a 2 hour drive, and well worth it.

6. Vigeland Park in Oslo

Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway
Vigeland Park
One of Oslo's most beautiful public parks is Vigeland Park, and it's also one of the top sights in Norway's capital. Vigeland Park contains the life's work of Gustav Vigeland, a famous Norwegian sculptor. More than 200 Vigeland masterpieces are on display here. There is a visitor center in the park, as well as a souvenir shop and a cafe. Use T-Bane Majorstuen / tram 12 when you're in Oslo to get to Vigelandsparken.

7. The Town of Trondheim, Norway

J. Adde, Trondheim Kommune
Founded in 997 A.D., Trondheim has lots of historic buildings. Walk through the town using our interesting 2-hour tour suggestion, which starts at Trondheim's most prominent traffic circle. It's next to the Tourist Office and also home to the Trondheim Torg...a soaring granite column which is the world's largest sundial.

8. The Holmenkollen Ski Jump

Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Norway
Nancy Bundt/Innovation Norway
The Holmenkollen Ski Jump is Norway's most popular attraction for travelers. Holmenkollen hosts FIS World Cup ski competitions each year but is not just a sports venue; it is also a tourist magnet. There's lots of Norwegian ski history and a beautiful view of Oslo and the surrounding fjord.

9. The Snow Hotel in Kirkenes, Norway

Kirkenes Snow Hotel Norway
Kirkenes Snow Hotel Norway
The Kirkenes Snow Hotel is one of Norway's top sights in the winter, I believe. It's a truly beautiful place. Starting in mid-December, the Snow Hotel offers rooms called "Snow Suites". These 20+ guest rooms come with sleeping bags, mattresses, and - naturally - lots of art made of snow and ice. There is a Snow Bar where guests mingle, and if you're hungry, visit the (snow-free) restaurant. You'll also find a small sleeping area here in case you can't sleep in the Snow Suites.

10. The Best Sights are Free

Ice Skating in Oslo, Norway
Free events, maps, beaches, ice skating, parks, and much more...did you know you can get away with getting numerous things for free in the Norwegian capital and still have a great time? Here we've put together the 10 best free things in Oslo, Norway. Enjoy!
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