Doesn’t it look lovely? Norway is high up on my Places I’d Love to Visit list and I have discovered that the summertime is the perfect time to take a look at all the wonderful places there are to discover. Fjords, waterfalls, fresh air and breathtaking landscapes await. I spoke to the experts themselves on what not to miss and these are the top places to see in Norway.
Oslo is the capital of Norway, a bustling modern city that is full of culture, excellent shopping especially if you like the Nordic style and amazing cuisine too. Oslo is also only minutes away from the countryside.
A visit to the city must include the Italian marble Opera House, the new Ekebergpark Sculpture Park and Ekberg restaurant. I am told there are plenty of cafe’s and restaurants dotted around the city too.
The county of Akershus is renowned for it’s beautiful countryside and magnificent parks. Well worth a visit is the Oscarsborg fortress and the Hennie-Onstad art museum.
Just two hours to the north and you’ll be in the Hamar region which boasts a rich cultural life and historic landmarks.
To maximise the experience of the Nordic fjords it’s best to fly into Bergen and fly out of Stavanger. The fjords are best explored by car or by public transport. The public transport is first class and includes bus, train and expressboat. Or you could hop on and off the Fjord Tours system, it sounds perfect doesn’t it?
Visiting Alesund is like stepping into a fairy tale book, it has been voted Norway’s most beautiful city.
It was burnt to the ground in 1904 and rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style with turrets, gargoyles and medieval romantic touches. Alesund is the adventure capital of the Fjords and the natural starting point for an active holiday in Fjord Norway. It is the perfect place to explore Geirangerfjord and Hjorundfjord as well as Trollstigen and Atlantic Road.
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Bryggen dates back to the late middle ages and is home of the historic and atmospheric Hanseatic wharf. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can feel the sense of history and tradition as you walk the streets.
Again minutes from the centre there is beautiful countryside to explore with the Sognefjord to the north and the Hardengerfjord to the south, you could also take a cruise to the Naeroyfjorden, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Old Stavanger is populated with white wooden houses, quaint quayside, narrow cobbled streets and mountain views in every direction.for breathtaking views you can climb to the top of Pulpit Rock which rises 604 metres over Lysefjord, if you’re less energetic the sights can be seen from the comfort of a boat trip.
Stavanger is also home to three of the quirkiest museums anywhere, The Maritime Museum which celebrates 900 years of maritime tradition, the Canning Museum with it’s history of the sardine industry and the ultra modern Petroleum Museum.
And do you know what the best thing is? Norway is only a 2 hour flight away from the UK!
Disclosure: this is a partnered post with Visit Norway