From the highest mountains to the deepest fjords, in the cities and beyond, major sporting events and recreational activities – visit Norway and you will not want to leave. Explore the Visit Norway website, rich in information and photography describing the fairytale of Norway.
We Built these Cities
Let´s begin in the cities. The “Blue and the Green and the city in between” – Oslo - is home to culture, sport, tourist attractions – and 5,000 music events each year. Down south, long summer days make the city of Kristiansand a favorite destination, to the west Norwegian history began in Stavanger with explorers arriving as the glaciers of the last Ice Age receded.
Bergen is the Gateway to the Fjords with roots going back a millennium – four years after the end of the Viking era. Further north, visit one of Europe´s architectural marvels - Ålesund – burned to the ground a century ago only to be rebuilt in unique Art Nouveau style. Trondheim is the thriving center of mid-Norway – home to Rosenborg football, rich cultural life and outdoor recreational activities.
Further north is Bodø, the Gateway to Lofoten, with rich city life above the Arctic Circle and finally, The Capital of the Arctic – Tromsø - just 1,000 miles from the North Pole calling you north. Beyond the major cities will find regional gems such as Lillehammer, home of the 1994 Winter Olympics, Rorøs, a unique cultural and natural experience; historic Kongsberg, and a wealth of other regional towns and villages. Explore and Enjoy!
Climb any Mountain
Perhaps begin in Jotunheimen National Park, the largest concentration of 2,000 meter mountains in Northern Europe and home to Galdhøpiggen, Norway´s highest. The alpine plateau region of Hardangervidda to the south offers vast herds of reindeer, abrupt kilometer dropoffs into narrow valleys, and one of Norway's largest glaciers.
Fishermen, hikers, bikers, climbers, campers, and those just passing through enjoy Norway´s oldest national park at Rondane. Experience the fjords and the peaks on the same day in the Sunnmøre Alps, rising 2,000 meters straight up from the fjords. Challenge the unique terrain and climate at Dovre, the natural mountainous border between central and south Norway, home to two national parks.
Far above the Arctic Circle, you will find the Finnmarksvidda, one of the largest mountain plateaus in the country, an “El Dorado” for all nature lovers. Even farther north – well into the land of Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights – you will find the Lyngen Alps, an untouched natural wonderland.
The Incomparable Fjords
Anywhere on the planet, “Fjords of Norway” brings to mind nature at its most spectacular. According to National Geographic Traveller, Fjord Norway is the world’s top rated destination in the “Destination Stewardship” awards – for the second time in just six years. The Fjord Norway region embraces the country’s west coast from Egersund to Kristiansund and includes the four counties Rogaland, Hordaland, Sogn og fjordane and Møre og Romsdal.
The road network here is excellent, and the boat and ferry services make for a pleasant adventure where many of the world’s highest waterfalls, most spectacular glaciers and deepest valleys will literally take your breath away.
On the Road
Norway has perhaps the most majestic scenery in the world. From the highest mountains to the deepest fjords, the landscape must be seen to be believed – attracting tourists from all over the world.
In order to make the traveller’s experience even more esthetic, the Norwegian Public Road created the “National Tourist Routes”, stretching from north to south with mountains, fjords and the magnificent coastline as the backdrop for bold architectural experience. This project consists of 18 designated major tourist routes decorated with innovative and stimulating architecture with pull-off picnic areas, scenic points, hotels, restaurants and other attractions. Find out more about the National Tourist Routes.