A trip to this stunning Scandinavian country is something that should be on everyone’s to-do list. Norway is full of things to see and do, the list is endless. With so many attractions in Norway for you to visit, you won’t have enough time or interest to visit them all and choosing what ones you should visit can be a little bit of a challenge. To help you out a little, we’ve eliminated all of the mediocre offers and left you with the nothing but the best attractions in Norway, so go on and have a look!
Preikestolen, also known as ‘Pulpit Rock’, is one of Norway’s most talked about attractions. This cliff is located in Ryfylke and is immensely popular with those who want their trip to Norway to be an active one. You will be climbing an impressive 350 metres on this hike in order to reach the peak, so yes, it is rather demanding. The more demanding a hike is, the more you should prepare for it. Do remember to wear sensible walking shoes or boots, correct clothing and even bring a walking stick to help you out when you become tired. The average time for completing this hike is four hours, it sounds like a terribly long time, but it’s completely worth it. There’s picnic areas on the trail for you to stop and you should take full advantage of them.
When I hiked Preikestolen, I started later in the evening and this meant I was able to watch the sunrise from the peak of the cliff. An unforgettable experience. There’s also guided tours available for those that don’t want to hike by themselves and as for the others that don’t want to hilke at all, you can simply get a boat and admire the cliff from sea.
Viking Ships Museum
Regardless of how little you know about Viking history, we all know that the vikings were seafaring Scandinavians and so if you’re in Norway, why wouldn’t you want to see the actual ships that these vikings sailed and made history in? It’s a total hit with all sorts of visitors in Norway. The museum is located in Oslo, the capital of Norway and it’s super easy to get to by train and bus.The ships you will see in this museum are over 1000 years old and each ship has its own story.
You don’t have to be a history buff in order to visit this museum, many people who visit the Viking Ships Museum have little, if any knowledge on viking history and see their visit as the perfect opportunity to learn about it. It’s not an extremely expensive trip, you should expect to pay around NOK 100 for an adult ticket and NOK 80 for students and senior citizens. There’s also good news if you plan on heading with the kids, if they are under 18, they go free! The ticket that you buy gives you admission to the historical museum too, do check opening hours of this museum though as the hours of operation are not the same as the Viking Ship Museum and it can often cause confusion!
As we all know, Norway is extremely picturesque and to see some of the best views, you can either hike to the top of a cliff, hop on a boat, or walk for miles. This attraction requires none of that though, all you have to do is get on a train, sit comfortably and take in the views. That’s right, Flåm Line is indeed a railway line and one that is adored by tourists, simply because of the breathtaking views that the journey provides passengers with.
Flåm Line is around 20 kilometres long, the trail goes from Flåm which is a small village located in the southwest of Norway, most known for its stunning fjords. It then continues onto the village of Myrdal, which is only accessible by this rail line. It’s a quiet village, with very little in it which is probably what makes it so awe-inspiring. It isn’t exactly these two villages that attracts tourists though, of course the villages are beautiful, but it’s actually the views from the train that encourages people to make this trip. They’re honestly some of of the best views I have ever seen and present Norway perfectly, it really is no surprise they’re one of the countries top attractions.
Another fantastic attraction that you should make time for during your trip to Norway is the Voringfossen. It’s perfect for those on a budget because it’s a free attraction and as they all say, sometimes the best things in life are free! This waterfall has a total fall of 182 metres, so you can imagine how truly amazing this is to witness.The best way to get a good, up close view of this spectacular waterfall is by hiking through Måbødalen valley.This requires dedication though, so do bring your hiking boots and your water to stay hydrated too! Another way of seeing the waterfall is from the Fossli Hotel, located the top of the mountain, so if you’re staying there, save yourself the hike and look out the window! Although, I must say, I’ve experienced it from Måbødalen valley and from the hotel and to be honest, the valley was a much more heartwarming and spectacular experience.
Written By Rebecca Martin, Digital Marketing Executive and lover of all things Nordic at Uni Baggage.
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