Norway is a very large country, a veritable mine of activities and sites to visit. Well, where to begin ? To make the most of your vacation, we recommend that you choose one or two regions to visit.
Lofoten and Nordland
Vertiginous peaks, sparkling fjords, authentic fishing villages and photogenic beaches. Not to mention the Northern Lights and the midnight sun! You’ve probably seen these (many!) Haunting shots of Lofoten and Vesterålen on Instagram. We strongly recommend that you visit these destinations out of season, when the crowds have retired. For those who want to get your fill of the great outdoors, the Narvik region, and the lesser known Helgeland region further south, are ski touring and walking havens. You can take the Coastal Route between Trøndelag and Bodø, voted one of the most beautiful roads in the world. The vibrant town of Bodø, the largest city in Nordland County, offers a variety of outdoor activities, as well as a vibrant cultural scene. Moreover, Bodø will be the European Capital of Culture 2024.
Bergen and the western fjords
The country’s second largest city, Bergen, is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, top-rated restaurants, a vibrant fashion industry and music scene. Visit some of Norway’s most famous museums, such as the art museums in the KODE, houses of composers. Stroll through the narrow cobbled streets and contemplate the city from above, from the top of one of the seven surrounding hills. Bergen is the gateway to some of Norway’s best-known fjords, including Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, to the north, and Hardangerfjord, home to the famous Trolltunga rock, to the south. Many fjords have offshoots that are at least as beautiful, though much less crowded, than the main fjord. Reach the village of Flåm, on the edge of the fjord, by the Flåm line, voted one of the most beautiful train routes in the world. To let off steam in the heart of nature in an environment that does not lack spice, visit the kommuner de Voss and the Nordfjord.
The Geirangerfjord and the North West
The Seven Sisters Waterfall and countless other waterfalls tumble down the mountain slopes into the clear waters of a UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjord, Geirangerfjord, the most famous of Norwegian fjords. The picturesque town of Ålesund, characterized by its Art Nouveau buildings, provides an ideal base for exploring the fjords. The North West occupies the northern portion of Norway’s Fjords and attracts outdoor sports enthusiasts throughout the year. Mountaineering capital Åndalsnes makes an ideal base at the foot of dizzying peaks, not far from famous sites like the Trollstigen mountain route and the Atlantic route. Åndalsnes is the terminus of the Rauma line, which is said to be one of the most beautiful train routes in the world. The Northwest is also home to a jazz hotspot, Molde, and the clipfisch capital, Kristiansund.