MM Rahmatullah: Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. Oslo is the capital city of green spaces and museums. Preserved 9th-century Viking ships are displayed at Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum. Bergen, with colorful wooden houses, is the starting point for cruises to the dramatic Sognefjord. Norway is also known for fishing, hiking and skiing, notably at Lillehammer’s Olympic resort. Norway offers visitors an incredible mix of cultural and natural wonders. From cosmopolitan Oslo to its endless snow-capped mountain peaks and deep fjords, there’s no end of choices for travelers in the land of the midnight sun and stunning northern lights. Getting around the country is easy, and the country’s top-notch transit systems offer some of the best sightseeing opportunities, too, whether by rail or the fantastic coastal steamers. One of the world’s most prosperous nations, Norway seems to have a fascinating museum for just about every important aspect of its rich cultural and social history, covering everything from the Vikings to seafaring and fishing, as well as art and entertainment. Norway is also rich in spectacular scenery, from its stunning fjords to its spectacular mountains and glaciers, many of which are easily accessible to tourists. Plan your sightseeing excursions with our list of the top-rated tourist attractions in Norway. I mentioned a top list of tourist attractions about Norway in my last article. And this is a list with some popular places to visit in Norway. I think this list is a great start when planning your trip. The places aren’t ranked in any particular order. But you can find a concept to Visit in Norway.
Akershus Fortress: Akershus Fortress is a great place to discover Oslo’s history and enjoy a summer day. The building of Akershus Castle and Fortress was commenced in 1299 under king Hakon V. The medieval castle, which was completed in the 1300s, had a strategical location at the very end of the headland, and withstood a number of sieges throughout the ages. King Christian IV had the castle modernised and converted into a Renaisssance castle and royal residence. Guided tours of the fortress are available to the public in summer, and start at the Fortress Visitor Centre. Guided tours for groups are also available. The fortress area is a popular venue for major events, including concerts, public holiday celebrations and ceremonies. The fortress grounds also provide a lovely backdrop for events including public ceremonies, concerts, and shows. History buffs may also want to check out the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum, which displays weapons and exhibits illustrating Norway’s military history.
Lillehammer: Located above Lake Mjosa at the south end of the Gudbrandsdal valley, Lillehammer is one of Norway’s best-known year-round tourist destinations. In summer, it’s all about attractions such as Malhaugen Park, an open-air museum consisting of more than 100 historic buildings, including 18th-century farmhouses, workshops, and a stave church. Another notable landmark is Peer Gynt’s Cottage. Dating from the early 1700s, it’s said to have been the home of the prototype of Ibsen’s famed hero. But it’s when the snow flies that Lillehammer really shines. Host to the 1994 Winter Olympics, the city’s list of winter activities is endless: skating, curling, sleigh rides, more than 480 kilometers of Nordic ski trails, as well as alpine ski centers.
Tromsos Arctic Museums: Tromos is the home to several fantastic museums. Two of which are dedicated to studying life in the far north. Polaria is the newest of these, home to exhibits about the aurora borealis (northern lights); the effects of climate change on Arctic ecosystems; and Arctic wildlife, including an Arctic aquarium. The Polar Museum focuses on the area’s long history as a fishing community and its more recent status as a primary research base for polar studies. Exhibits include the findings of more recent expeditions and scientific studies, which delve into the world of the dark and cold deep sea of the Arctic.
Atlantic Ocean Road: The Atlantic Ocean Road is one of 18 National Tourist Routes in Norway. It is not only a vital connection for the maze of tiny islands it serves, it’s also a lure for anglers, diving enthusiasts, and visitors wanting to get as close as possible to the sea. Although just over eight kilometers long, it has gained a reputation as one of the most spectacular stretches of coastal highway in the world, weaving through an archipelago in Eide and Averoy in Morag Romsdal. In addition to the excellent views – always spectacular, whatever the weather – you’ll get a chance to visit lovely little fishing villages, quaint wooden churches, and the famous Trolls’ Church Cave. Several sites specifically geared to tourists have also popped up, including restaurants and resorts, as well as fishing excursion operators.
Vigeland Sculpture Park: The Vigeland Sculpture Park is one of Oslo’s top tourist attractions, home to 650 sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland. These sculptures, which are formed out of wrought iron, bronze, and granite, are arranged in five themed groups. The most famous of these are in the fountain group, which depicts the cycle of human life, culminating in a 16-meter monolith. This collection is found within the large Frowner Park, which also houses the Vigeland Museum and the Oslo City Museum, as well as numerous recreational facilities, including Norway’s largest playground and an expansive rose garden.