Norway – A Land of Wonder

Have a sense of adventure? Not a problem, Norway is full of natural wonders that you really need to experience to believe!

Food lover? Great, Nordic cuisine is on the rise on the global stage and makes the best of the fresh ingredients readily available.

In order to give you a glimpse of what this fantastic country has to offer, we have compiled a list of must-experiences whilst visiting the famous land of the Midnight Sun on tour.

1. Nærøyfjord

A branch off Sognefjord, ‘the King of the Fjords’, the beauty of Nærøyfjord is celebrated around the world.

Over 10 miles long, the fjord, one of Norway’s seven UNESCO-listed sites, shrinks down to span only 250 metres at its narrowest points.

2. Bryggen

A hugely important UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site in Bergen, ‘the Gateway to the Fjords’, is set on the historic waterfront of Bryggen and has been designated an UNESCO-listed site for close to 40 years.

This is where the first buildings were constructed in the city, however, Bergen has been damaged over the years by a number of fires.

Rebuilt on foundations dating back to the 12th century, the last great fire to destroy nearly the whole city occurred in the 17th century.

Today, the waterfront is home to a lively fish market. Visitors will also find a number of restaurants and cafes in the area where you can unwind and give your feet a well-earned rest.

3. Mount Floien

Mount Floien

Readers opting to take the leisurely funicular ascending up to the top of Mount Fløien will be rewarded with magical views looking out across the historic Norwegian port city.

Rising high above Bergen, readers will be perfectly placed to admire the famed ‘Gateway to the fjords’.

4. Voringfossen

Voringfossen

In a country full of wonder, Vøringfossen is a simply stunning sight attracting visitors from all over the world.

Whilst, not Norway’s highest waterfall, Vøringfossen still drops down over an impressive 180 metres.

5. The Flåm Railway

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One of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world, the journey along the Flåmsbana Railway is a memorable adventure.

The journey takes you through a series of tunnels, past waterfalls cascading down the valley, and lets you encounter some wildlife along the way.

Set in a canyon-like landscape, the surrounding hills are often full of greenery stretching off for miles.

6. Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress

This interesting medieval castle is one of the capital’s crowning glories.

During a visit, you will be able to learn about both the castle and Oslo’s long history with guided tours available giving you plenty of expert insight into this key Norwegian landmark.

Wandering the castle, you will be able to admire great banquet halls, reception rooms and a beautiful old church.

7. Gol Stave Church

Gol Stave Church

Located in the medival park Gol Stavkirke, Gol Stave Church is a faithfully recreated copy of a 13th century church.

Built in the 1980s, the church stands within the medieval park Gordarike.

8. Oslo Opera House

Oslo Opera House

Found on Oslo waterfront, the magnificent modern marvel Oslo Opera House is undoubtedly one of Norway’s best-known landmarks.

Designed by a Norwegian architectural firm, the building, home to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, is a star attraction all in its own right.

A key place to tick off during time spent in the city, visitors can actually climb the roof of the Opera House.

Following the sloped roof, you will eventually reach a lovely flat-roofed surface acting as the perfect vantage point to gaze out across the waterfront.

9. Radhuset

Radhuset

Radhuset or Olso City Hall hosts the city’s council and a number of other important organisations.

Pre-booked tours are available giving travellers a glimpse inside the famous hall.

Famously, the hall, decorated with a wide variety of different works of art, is the venue where the Nobel Peace Prize, one of the most celebrated awards in the world, is awarded every December.

10. The Royal Palace

The Royal Palace

Constructed in the 19th century, The Royal Palace was once home to royalty that ruled both Norway and neighbouring Sweden.

Renovated in recent years, the palace, still the official royal residence, can be toured by the public, bringing the wonderfully renovated to their full glory.

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