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Norway Tourist Attractions

A small country tucked away in the Arctic Circle, Norway is a travelers’ delight. The majestic fjords and the midnight sun make Norway a truly distinct destination. Norway is the destination of choice for all nature lovers and all others who want to marvel at the whimsically beautiful creations of nature.

Some Popular Norway Tourist Attractions:

  • Oslo: In the year 2000, Oslo celebrated its 1000th birthday. Oslo has a host of places to visit including the Munch Museum, the National Gallery; the Norwegian Museum of Applied Arts; the Thor Heyerdahl Kon-Tiki Museum and the Norwegian Folk Museum, the Viking Ships Museum; Oslo City Museum; and the Norwegian Home Front Museum. The Holmenkollen ski jumping complex with its Museum of Skiing is also a popular tourist destination in Oslo. The Oslo Fjord is another place worth a visit.

  • Fjordland and the Southwest: Fjordland and the Southwest of Norway is the country’s most important tourist area. The scenic beauty of this area is unparalleled. Sognefjorden. Førdefjorden, Hardanger Fjord and Nordfjord are among the notable scenic attractions of this region.

  • Bergen: Bergen is a former Hanseatic port and a medieval Norwegian capital. There is a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Hanseatic Bryggen harbor-side district of Bergen. There are cable cars which take visitors to the summit of Mount Ulriken, and a funicular railway climbs Mount Fløyen to give breathtaking views of the city and the coastline.

  • Stavanger: Old Stavanger houses the largest collection of wooden buildings in Europe. Other attractions in Stavanger include the Norwegian Oil Museum, the unique Fish Cannery Museum (complete with sprat-smokehouse), and the Rogaland Art Gallery.

  • Oppland and Hedmark: Oppland and Hedmark, in central southern Norway, is the land of mountains, spectacular glacial valleys and high plateaus. This is the ideal destination for those seeking solitude and wilderness or those willing to enjoy various types of winter sports facilities.

  • Lillehammer: It is the country’s biggest skiing and winter sports center. Among non-winter-specific attractions in the town are the Norwegian Olympic Museum, the Maihaugen Open Air Museum (which features a collection of over 170 historic buildings from the Gudbrandsdal area), and the Art Museum, with its extensive Norwegian collections.

  • Hamar: Hamar, located to the north of the Mjøsa Lake, contains the Hedmark Museum. This museum is dedicated to the medieval period. It also houses the Museum of Holography and the Olympic Hall, which staged skating events during the 1994 Winter Olympics.

  • Trondheim: Founded in 997 AD it has a number of major attractions. The Nidarosdomen Cathedral, which dates from the late 11th century and built over St Olav’s grave, has been a center of pilgrimage since medieval times. The Ringve Museum is famous for its collection of rare historic musical instruments, while the Trøndelag Folk Museum incorporates the ruins of a 12th-century castle. Stiftsgården, the Trondheim palace of the Norwegian Royal Family, is an exquisite 18th-century wooden building in the city center of Trondheim.

  • Røros: Røros is one of four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Norway, It is a small but picturesque mountain town near the Swedish border. The main attractions here are the Old Town, the wooden church and the Mining Museum.

  • The North Cape: this is a major attraction and people come here in hordes to observe the stunning natural phenomenon of the summer Midnight Sun.

  • Mo-i-rana: This is northern Norway’s third largest, and most southerly town. Visitors willing to explore the coastline, the mountains and nearby glaciers use this town as a stopping point. It also offers the Nordland Museum of Nature.