Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Norway

Norway is located near the ice territory of the Arctic Circle. It is indeed one of the most popular tourist destinations of Europe, situated towards the northern part of the European continent, on the western side of the Scandinavian Peninsula. Tourist can enjoy the spectacular adventures of popular Norway. Norway has been an active nation when it deals with its economic sector and public relations with other foreign nations. Norway has lots to offer in its tourism sector. You will find many natural attraction sites, fun activities and historic sites that wait to be seen by the tourists. Visit Norway to have memorable experiences. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Norway along with your family are listed below:

1. Oslo

One of the beautiful countries of Norway, Oslo, is its capital also. It is located towards the northern part of the Oslofjord, which cuts deep inland and is joined by the Akerselv. The city is surrounded by forest-covered hills from which there are far-ranging views. This city offers some of the most beautiful attractions for tourist to enjoy. Oslo, known from 1624 to 1877 as Christiania and from 1877 to 1924 as Kristiania, is the capital of Norway and, in terms of area, one of the largest capitals in the world.

2. Norwegian National Gallery

The National Gallery of Norway was constructed during the year 1879-81, exhibits mainly works by Norwegian painters from the 19th century to the present day. This gallery display some of the finest work by renowned artist from around the Europe, among the artists represented are J. C. Dahl (1788-1857), T. Fearnley (1802-42), H. F. Gude (1825-1903), H. O. Heyerdahl (1857-1913), C. Krohg (1852-1925), G. P. Munthe (1849-1929), E. Peterssen (1852- 1928) and A. Tidemand (1814-76). It is considered as an absolute must for art lovers.

3. Royal Palace

Royal Palace Norway is one of its major attractions, to be found located towards the northwest end of Oslo’s Karl Johansgate, built between 1825 and 1848. The construction of this palace is its major source of attraction and definitely worth seeing. In front of the palace is an equestrian statue (by B. Bergslien, 1875) of King Carl XIV Johan. In the park surroundinrg the palace, near Karl Johansgate, can be seen a monument (by G. Vigeland) to the mathematician N. H. Abel (1802-29).

4. Museum of Applied Art

Norway is a beautiful country loaded with natural attractions and also plenty of interesting museums. The museum of Applied art is one among them and definitely the country’s major attraction. This museum offers you an excellent survey of the development of the applied and decorative arts in Norway (tapestries, including the fine Baldishol Tapestry of about 1180 from Baldishol church in Hedmark county; metalwork, glass, furniture, etc.). Associated with the Museum is a School of Arts and Crafts.

5. Nobel Institute

The Nobel Institute of Norway is one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. The Nobel Peace Prize is presented every year on December 10 in the Great Hall of the University to a person selected by the Norwegian Nobel Committee from among names put forward by parliamentarians from all over the world.

6. National Museum of Contemporary Art

National Museum of Contemporary Art is undoubtedly one of the most popular museums of Norway. This spectacular museum was opened during the year 1990. The museum displays works by some of the most renowned modern Norwegian and international artists from the end of the Second World War to the present day (periodic special exhibitions, covering particular fields or particular periods; traveling exhibitions).

7. Akershus Castle

The Akershus Castle is one of remarkable tourist attractions of Norway that also holds a great amount of historical significance. During the reign of Christian IV the medieval stronghold was converted into a Renaissance castle and the fortifications were extended. The entrance, in Festningsplass, leads up to the Castle proper, now used for government receptions and other functions. Visitors are shown various rooms, including Christian IV’s Hall and the chapel, with the tomb of Håkon VII (1872-1957) in the crypt.

8. Museum of the Norwegian Resistance

The museum of Norwegian Resistance is located inside the magnificent Akershus Castle and certainly among the most interesting museum of Norway. This museum is all about illustrating the activities of the Norwegian resistance during the Second World War. There is a monument commemorating the resistance fighters who were executed in Akershus.

9. Bergen

Bergen is perhaps the most admired city of Norway and at the same time one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country. It is indeed the country’s second largest city with plenty of spots to explore. It is located in the inner reaches of the Byfjord. Surrounded by a ring of hills, known as the Seven Mountains, which are partly forest-covered, with its houses reaching up the lower slopes, Bergen is one of the most attractive towns in Norway.

10. Hanseatic Museum

Hanseatic Museum is a famous museum where you can find the 18th century Finnegård, has been preserved in its original condition. Since 1872 it has housed the Hanseatic Museum, which gives an excellent impression of the interior of a hanseatic merchant’s establishment, with displays of weapons, domestic furnishings and equipment. It is an interesting museum to visit in Norway.

11. Bergenhus

The old fortress of Bergenhus is among the most famous tourist attractions of the country, it was previously commanding the entrance to the harbor. At the south end of the fortress, on the quay you find the Rosenkrantz Tower that was constructed during the year 1562 by Erik Rosenkrantz around an earlier 13th century structure; it was severely damaged by the explosion of a German munitions ship in 1944 but later rebuilt.

12. Bergen International Festival

A lot of wonderful festival and carnivals are celebrated in Norway with lots of enthusiasm, Bergen International Festival is the most renowned one. Music, drama, folk events are held in Bergen through May and June. This festival will take place for two weeks every year and includes a vast array of events under the motto “Quality for the Majority.” There are usually over a dozen daily events, including operas, orchestral, choral and chamber performances, dance recitals, ballets, jazz and folk concerts and theatrical plays. The repertoire of the festival is equally rich, ranging from baroque to gospel to modern. Visitors from all over the country participate in this festival.

13. Trondheim Cathedral

Trondheim Cathedral is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Norway largely visited by tourists. This magnificent Cathedral was constructed during the years 1066-93 by King Olav Kyrre over the tomb of St Olav and considerably enlarged after the establishment in 1151 of the archbishopric of Nidaros, with authority over the whole of Norway. The interior of this Cathedral is worth appreciating.

14. Market Square

The Market Square (Torget) is to be found right in the centre of the city, at the intersection of its two main traffic arteries, Kongensgata and Munkegata. It is considered to be a major landmark of the city. In the center of the square rises a tall octagonal column bearing a statue of Olav Tryggvason (1923). At the foot of the monument, set into the paving, are letters marking the four cardinal points (N-V-S-Ø).

15. Stavanger Cathedral

Stavanger Cathedral is considered to be the most important Cathedral in Norway after Trondheim Cathedral. It is one of the major tourist attractions of the country that was constructed during the eleventh century. The choir was rebuilt in Gothic style after a fire in 1272, and the whole church was renovated in the 19th century. Notable features of the interior are the richly carved Baroque pulpit (1658), a stone font of the Gothic period and the stained glass in the east window (by Victor Sparre, 1957) depicting New Testament scenes.

16. Old Town

Old Town of Norway is one of the most historical and significant towns of Norway, definitely worth visiting. You will find it located towards the Northwest of the Market Square, on the far side of Vågen, liesGamle Stavanger (Old Stavanger), with many old houses. In NedreStrandgate, occupying an old merchant’s house, is the Maritime Museum.

17. Kongsgård

Kongsgard is located towards the southern part of the Stavanger Cathedral, on the northern shore of the Breiavatn, originally the Bishop’s Palace. Later a grammar school, the KongsgårdSkole, was constructed on the foundations of the palace. The bishop’s private chapel (Bispekapellet) has been restored. Today it is one of the famous tourist attractions of Norway.

18. Municipal Museum

The Municipal Museum attracts mainly those visitors who are interested in antiquities, natural history, ethnography, ships and the sea. Worth noticing in the museum is the earliest skeleton found in Norway (at Viste, 10km/6mi northwest of Stavanger, where there are caves which were inhabited in Stone Age times).

19. Tromsø Museum

Tromso Museum is one of the famous tourist spots of Norway. The museum offers some of the finest artifacts, worth a visit. it is a museum of with natural history and ethnographic collections (including a section on the culture of the Sami) and a number of old 18th and 19th century buildings. Quite close to the museum you will also find an amazing aquarium.

20. Tromso

Tromso is one of the largest towns located towards the southern part of the country and an important fishing port, with a university, an observatory for the study of the aurora borealis and the meteorological station for northern Norway. It offers some of the prettiest tourist attractions. Tromsø has a high number of old wooden houses, the oldest dates back to 1789. The most notable attraction is the Arctic Cathedral, called “the opera house of Norway”, because of its distinct appearance.

21. Hella

Hella is one of the charming little towns of Norway and a famous tourist destination of the country. Hella is located around 30km south of Tromsø. It is considered to be a wonderful open-air museum containing a number of houses from old Tromsø. During the spring thaw, visitors that park on the road will feel the spray from the waterfall.

22. Skansen Museum

Skansen Museum is one of the interesting museums to visit in Norway. Located towards the western part of the Tromsø bridge, on the site of an old fort. This museum is renowned for housing the local history and culture. On the fjord, in a separate building, is the Polar section of the museum, which displays, among much else, fishing and other equipment from Amundsen’s expedition to the South Pole.

23. Tromsdal Church

Tromsdal Church is located right on the mainland and is a popular church to visit in Norway. This beautiful church is considered a wonderful example of modern architecture. It was constructed during the year 1965, known as the “Cathedral of the Arctic”. The whole of the east end is occupied by a stained glass window (140sq.m/1500sq.ft), “The Return of Christ”.

24. Tromsø Cathedral

Tromso Cathedral is situated towards the southwest of the landing quay, in the center of Tromsø, is one of the famous churches of this region. This chathedral is made up wooden and well regarded as a masterpiece, constructed during the year 1861. The altarpiece, a copy of one in the Bragernes Church in Drammen, depicts the Resurrection. The church has stained glass by Per Vigeland.

25. Toindheim – Royal Society of Sciences

The Royal Society of Sciences is situated towards the southwest of the Trondheim Market Square, in ErlingSkakkesgata, is one of the famous tourist attractions of the city. It was established during the year 1760, with a fine library (old manuscripts) and large collections of material in a variety of fields (bird diorama; botany, mineralogy, zoology; church art; antiquities).

26. Aker Brygge

Aker Brygge is to found towards the southwest side of the landing-stage in the country’s capital. It is one of the most popular tourist spots of Norway. It is well a famous shopping and cultural center in the former Aker shipyard (restored), with numerous restaurants. Near here is the old West Station, in which the Norwegian Information Center was founded 1991. You can also find famous art exhibitions here.

27. Old University

Old University of Norway is one of the most famous and renowned universities of Europe. This magnificent University is located in the country’s capital. It was established by Frederick VI of Denmark during the year 1811 and constructed between 1839 and 1854. The new University buildings are in the northwestern district of Blindern, and the old building is now occupied mainly by the Faculty of Law.

28. City Hall

The famous city hall of Norway is located in its capital city Oslo. A little way south of the National Theater in Oslo, on FridtjofNansensplass, stands the monumental Town Hall. This amazing town hall is considered to be the major landmark of Oslo. This massive four-square building, built of concrete faced with brick, was designed by ArnsteinArneberg and Magnus Poulson. It has two towers; in the one to the east is a carillon of 38 bells. The facade is decorated with sculpture and reliefs.

29. National Theater

The National theater of Norway is one of the most famous landmarks of the city. This wonderful theater is present inside a neo-Classical building designed by H. Bull (1895-99). The interior is partly in art nouveau style, with fine ceiling paintings in the auditorium. In front of the building are bronze statues (by S. Sinding) of Ibsen and Bjørnson; to the rear is a statue of the actor J. Brun. It is among the most visited spots of the country.

30. Studenterlund

Studenterlund is one of the most famous tourist spots of the city. It is that region of the city which is completely occupied by tourist and locals for different purposes. It was originally a park with a bandstand, now the haunt of street musicians, with stalls selling a variety of wares.

31. Oslo Cathedral

Oslo Cathedral is one of the most famous landmarks of the city of Oslo. The tower was reconstructed during the year 1849-50 and the interior was renovated in 1948-50 under the direction of ArnsteinArneberg. The main doorway has bronze doors decorated with reliefs (1938). Worth noticing are the interior of the ceiling paintings (by H. L. Mohr, 1936-50; “God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost”), the Baroque pulpit and altar (ca. 1699), the organ-case (1727) and the stained glass by Emanuel Vigeland (1910-16).

32. Floybanen Funicular and Mount Floyen

The Floybanen Funicular is considered to be a major source of attraction of its city. It takes visitors to the top of Mount Floyen, which is as high as 320 meters above sea level. The attractive part of this spot remains the magnificent views of Bergen, visitors can also take one of the main paths to walk or hike in the mountains.

33. Church of Our Lady

The Church of Our Lady is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Norway. It was constructed during the thirteenth century. In the adjoining gardens is a small bronze statue of the Norwegian naval hero Peter Tordenskjold, born in Trondheim in 1691; it is a replica of the original statue by H. W. Bissen in Copenhagen.

34. Art Union

The Art Union is one of the famous art galleries of norwayh to be found towards the northwestern part of the Cathedral, in Bispegata. This gallery is helds periodic special exhibitions. From the Bybru (Town Bridge), which crosses the Nidelv to the northeast of the Cathedral, there is a fine view of the old warehouses along the river.

35. Emigration Festival

The Emigration Festival of Norway is an annual festival which is celebrated in order to pays tribute to Norwegian emigrants to the United States. Events include folk concerts, theatrical performances and visual arts exhibitions. An emigration center is also opened at Bergjelandsgt. This festival is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm.

36. Vålandshaugen andBjergsted Park

The beautiful country of Norway offers various beautiful parks that are starched across the country and the Valandshaugen and Bjergsted park is not an excetption. The best views of Stavanger, the fjord and the surrounding hills are to be had from the Vålandshaug (85m/280ft), in a park to the south of the town. It is reached by way of Hornklovesgate.

37. Klosterøy – Utstein Abbey

In the fjord to the north of Stavanger are abundant islands and islets, one of the major tourist attractions of the country. On the little Klosterøy, which is linked with the larger island of Mosterøy by a bridge, is the Augustinian abbey of Utstein, the best preserved monastic house in Norway.

38. Prekestolen

The most attractive feature of the Stavanger fjord is the Prekestol. It is a flat-topped crag 597m/1,960ft high. It is considered to be one of the striking tourist attractions of the region.

39. Vigeland Sculpture Park

The Vigeland Sculpture Park is considered to be the most striking attraction of the country. It is an extraordinary collection of sculpture by Gustav Vigeland. Extending for some 600m/660yd are a total of no fewer than 650 individual sculptures, on which Vigeland worked for 40 years. The Vigeland Bridge alone is flanked by 58 bronze groups, and under the bridge are sculptures of children. The oldest item is the fountain group, depicting the cycle of human life. Beyond this can be seen the 17m/55ft high Monolith, with 121 intertwined human bodies. At the far end is the Wheel of Life (1933-34; erected after Vigeland’s death), consisting of seven linked human bodies. To the north stands a monument erected in 1987,

40. Viking Ships Museum

The Viking Ships Museum is one of the impressive museums of Norway located in the country’s capital. This museum is a huge hall specially constructed to house three Viking ships, seaworthy vessels of the ninth century. Boats of this kind were used by the Vikings on their long sea voyages as well as for the burial of their chieftains.

41. Oseberg Ship

The Oseberg Ship which is 21.50m/70ft long is one of the famous attractions of the city. Discovered north of Tønsberg in the year 1904, is the largest and finest pre-Christian object that is to be found in the northern countries. It was constructed around 800, was the state barge of the chieftain’s wife, Åsa, and was used for her burial about 850. Of particular interest are the rich grave goods found in the ship.

42. Tønsberg Castle

The Tønsberg Castle is one of the most significant historical sites of the country. Its remains are spread across the 63m-high hill behind the town. The Tonsberg Castle is believed to be the largest fortress in Norway in the 13th century. In 1503, the Swedes destroyed the fortress and little remains of the castle itself. Today you can witness the ruins of this castle which is wonderful in itself.

43. Gokstad Ship

The Gokstad Ship which is 23.30m/76ft long having the width of 5.24m/17ft is located in Gokstad and found in the year 1880. It was also used for a burial; unlike the Oseberg Ship, it was a seagoing vessel. It was designed for use either under sail or with oars; the warriors’ shields would be hung along the thwarts. It is believed that a replica of this ship sailed to America in six weeks in 1893.

44. Bergen Aquarium

One of the most attractive tourist spots of the city, Bergen Aquarium is located towards the northwestern part of Bergen, at the tip of the peninsula between Vågen and the Puddefjord, is Nordnespark (view), with the fine Bergen Aquarium, one of the largest in northern Europe.

45. Stifts garden

The most renowned Stifts Garden is located towards the North of the Market Square in Trondheim, in Munkegata, can be seen the Stiftsgård, a substantial yellow wooden mansion in which the Norwegian king used to live with his famous. This is the largest wooden building in Northern Europe.

46. Tune Ship

The Tune Ship that was discovered during the year 1867 is considered to be one of the most famous tourist attractions of this region. It is located around 10km/6mi above Fredrikstad, is one of the well preserved ships in the Viking Ships Museum, only part of the ship’s bottom having survived.

47. Atlantic Ocean Park

The Atlantic Ocean Park is considered to be an absolute must destination for family picnicking. One of its biggest attraction remains its North Atlantic’s undersea world with glimpses of the astonishing richness of coastal and fjord submarine life. It is a favorite park of children as well as adults.

48. Kon-Tiki Museum

One of the famous landmarks of Oslo is the Kon Tiki Museum which is very famous among children is one of the interesting museums of Norway dedicated to the balsa raft Kon-Tiki. The museum also displays the totora reed boat Ra II, built by Aymara people on the Bolivian island of Suriqui in Lake Titicaca. It offers some of the finest artifacts of interest.

49. Polar Museum

A popular landmark of Andenes is the Polar Museum that exhibits major the prominent local hunting and fishing traditions. You will find an extensive coverage of the 38 winter hunting expeditions in Svalbard undertaken by local explorer Hilmar Nøis, who also collected most of the exhibits.

50. Bergen Art Museum

Bergen Art Museum is also an interesting museum to visit in Norway. It is one of the most renowned art museums of the city, to be found located besides a beautiful lake. It displays a superb collection of 18th- and 19th-century pieces by international and Norwegian artists, including Munch, Miró, Picasso, Kandinsky and Paul Klee.

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