Lysefjorden Fjord

Lysefjorden Fjord

Photo by Ove Hetland (WIkimedia Commons)

10 Must-Sees in Norway

In no particular order ten things and places (as well as a bonus!) that should be on your must-see list during your campervan trip through Norway:

Jostedalsbreen National Park

1. Fjords, Glaciers and Mountains -The west of Norway is fjord country, a place of extreme natural beauty where you will also find an abundance of mountains, unique rock formations and glaciers. If you choose to visit fjords like Romsdalsfjord, Sognefjord and Lysefjord you certainly won't regret it--one unique way to do so is to take a cruise around the area. You can also choose to hike on the immense Jostedalsbreen glacier, located in the national park of the same name, or trek up the mountains and green valleys in the area.

Troll's Tongue, Odda

2. Troll's Tongue - If you take the drive with your rental motorhome to Odda, near Stavanger, you can find the Troll's Tongue (also know as Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen) after a short hike. When you step out onto this ledge of rock and look over the edge to the sheer drop below you can't help but be awed by nature's majesty.

Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park in Oslo

3. Oslo - Visit the National Gallery or Viking Ship Museum and after you can enjoy a meal at a great restaurant or people watch at a quaint cafe. Located near the harbour, Aker Brygge is perfect for enjoying regional dishes or watching the ships go by while Bogstadveien is the spot if you want urban and trendy. You can also choose to stroll through the charming Oslo streets, visit a theatre, or head to the expansive Frognerparken park, a great place to start a tour of the city. If there's snow head to Holmenkellen, the perfect place to sled and enjoy the winter weather. Akershus Festring, a fortress built by King Magnusson in 1299, the Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park, and the Oslo Fjord are also don't miss sights.

Solastranda Beach outside Stavanger

4. Beaches - When most people think of Norway they imagine mountains and glaciers, snow and ice, but there is much more to this beautiful country including pristine beaches where you can relax or participate in various watersports. From the beaches around Stavanger, in south-west Norway, and the sandy shores of Selje in the west to the Huk and Paradisbukta Beaches outside Oslo and the shores of the Arctic North Cape coastline there are tons of Norwegian beaches to choose from--or jump in your motorhome rental and visit them all!


5. Bergen - This city, known as the Gateway to the Fjords, is famous in its own right and offers rich experiences for travellers. Travel up the mountain in the town's funicular, shop and haggle at the local fish market or visit Troldhaugen and Fantoft Stave Church. Bergen also offers a great selection of restaurants and cultural activities.

Nidarosdomen Cathedral, Trondheim

6. Trondheim - This vibrant university town is also a hub of culture and technology. If you see one thing while in Trondehim it should be the historic Nidarosdomen Cathedral. The city is easy to reach in your motorhome rental and features great restaurants and attractions including The Archbishop's Palace, the Ringve Museum and the Stiftsgården Royal Residence, which was constructed in the 1700s.

Island of Sørøya, Hammerfest

7. Hammerfest - Located 5,000 miles north of the Equator and 250 miles south of Stockholm this mountainous region is something you won't soon forget. Tour islands, hike or head out to Seiland National Park, which includes some impressive glaciers.

Marmorslottet in Glomdalen - The Arctic Circle

8. Arctic Circle - Want winter activities? Then this is the place for you. There is also hiking, diving,
fishing, dog sledding, rafting and island hopping. Discover caves like Setergrotta or trek out to the Myken Lighthouse. You can also take a coastal cruise or visit villages like Honningsvåg.

Nordseter, Lillehammer
9. Lillehammer - Only a few hours from the bustling city of Oslo you will find the complex used during the Lillehammer Olympics. Here you can enjoy the beautiful Norwegian winters as well as hit the slopes. The town of Lillehammer is a modern centre with much to offer including great nightlife and an open air museum.

Architecture in Ålesund

10. Ålesund - In 1904 the city of Ålesund was destroyed in a fire, but the rebuilding was certainly a first class effort as this picturesque port city is now commonly thought to be one of the most beautiful places in Europe. After the fire architects were dispatched from Germany to rebuild the area in the Art Nouveau style that was popular at the time and the result is a city full of pastels, turrets and gables. Whether you choose to shop, visit museums or trek to the summit of Mount Aksla this city offers something for everyone.

The Midnight Sun, North Cape

And as a bonus? If you visit Norway at the right time of year a trip to the Land of the Midnight Sun is a must. From the Arctic Circle to Longyearbyen (Svalbard) you can participate in midnight sun safaris and cruises and activities from golf to fishing. This is the place where, during the summer months, the sun never sets and your fun in Norway won't end.

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