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The best places to visit in Norway

The very best places to visit in Norway, from the idyllic fjords to the ethereal Northern Lights.

Bryggen Street, Bergen
Explore the famous Bryggen Street in Bergen

Norway is a showcase of Mother Nature at her best; a land of staggering beauty where rugged mountains are carved through by ribbon-like fjords and idyllic towns cling to serene shores…

See Norway anew

Think of Norway and images of dogsleds, snow-clad peaks and chilly winter nights come to mind, but this vast land offers even more throughout the year. Spring is a great time to see many of Norway's attractions against the backdrop of wildflowers and new-leafed trees with the pleasant scent of fruit blossom lingering in the air.

Beautiful Bergen

The magical quality of the spring sunshine melting the winter ice partly inspired Edvard Grieg to write one of his most lyrical pieces, Spring, at his family home in Bergen. His house still holds many of his personal possessions, including his Steinway piano, and is well worth a visit. Bergen has many other historic treasures set against displays of bright yellow laburnum and the multi-coloured hues of rhododendron during the springtime.

The odd sprinkling of rain only adds to the beauty of the red-tiled roofs and cobbled alleyways that Bergen is known for. A visit here would be incomplete without a stroll along its ancient wharf, Bryggen which is lined with colourful gabled buildings. This UNESCO-listed attraction has a fascinating history that stretches back before the time of the Hanseatic League and it still exudes plenty of medieval charm.

Head south to Stavanger

As the weather starts to warm up, call on one of Norway's southern cities such as Stavanger and enjoy walking along the harbour in bright sunshine and admiring the distinctive architecture. From Stavanger, perhaps venture to one of Norway's acclaimed fjords, Lysefjord where you’ll be rewarded with grand vistas of striking rock formations reflected in pristine waters. The sight of waterfalls cascading down hillsides cloaked in green is sure to take your breath away.

A celestial lightshow

Early spring is also a good time of year to see the enchanting northern lights, otherwise known as the aurora borealis. Increase your chances of witnessing these billowing ribbons of red or green lights dancing across the night sky by heading north to Tromsø, ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, and Alta, nicknamed the City of Northern Lights. Of course, sightings are never guaranteed, but you can always try other classic Norwegian pursuits such as dog sledding or ice fishing. You can even meet some local Sami, Scandinavia’s indigenous people, and their reindeers!

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