The Top 10 Attractions in Norway
You may associate Norway with battle scenes of fighting Warriors and fearless Vikings, but this beautiful land also offers amazing picturesque waterfronts, quaint well-preserved wooden churches and medieval towns which are just waiting to be explored! So if you are planning to visit this cultural country – take at look at the top 10 attractions to visit in Norway:
This medieval town is all about copper mining as it occurred a few centuries ago. The town has about 2,000 wooden houses that have been preserved in their blackened state, giving it a somewhat scary look. Farmlands cluster around the former mining operation, which today still has the remains of a smelter.
The Urnes Stavkyrkje, or Urnes Stave Church
This gorgeous medieval wooden church still stands after 900 years. Situated on Norway’s west coast, the church boasts Celtic, Viking and Romanesque designs and is the oldest of 28 wooden churches built in the 12 century in Norway.
This is Norway’s most famous waterfall, travelling 180 metres (600 feet) in a series of drops. It is located at Mabodelen, a narrow valley between Oslo and Bergen. Tourists have been coming here for almost 200 years. There is a hotel built in 1880 at the top which unfortunately requires guests to walk up 1,500 steps in order to reach it.
Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim
This beautiful Cathedral was built by the Vikings in 1066. Now, nearly 1,000 years later, the cathedral is Norway’s most important church and Scandinavia’s largest medieval building. The cathedral was built to honour Olav, a Viking chieftain who later became a king and a saint.
Nordkapp (North Cape)
This is a place where the sun never sets between May 14 and July 29 and is mostly a summer destination, attracting about 200,000 visitors per year. Nordkapp offers the most amazingly stunning and scenic views whereupon you can watch puffins in their native habitat.
This is the largest glacier in Europe and is surrounded by the Jostedalsbreen Glacier National Park. In past centuries the locals could cross the glacier on foot, perhaps travelling with animals to be sold at the local markets. You are able to go hiking and glacial skiing but it can be quite dangerous. Probably best to take one of the walking tours around the park.
Viking Ship Museum
The Vikings were well known for striking fear in the hearts of the region. Today, you can take a look at some of these terror-causing vessels as this historic Museum which boasts these great ninth century ships. The list includes ships from Gokstad, Oseberg and Tune. The Oseberg is probably the best preserved and was located in a burial mound on a farm near to its namesake. The museum also displays textiles, tools and household items as well as items found in Viking tombs.
The Heddal Stave Church
This is Norway’s largest stave church, with it is made entirely of wood and was built in the 13th century and local legend states it was built in three days by five farmers. After restorations in the 19th and 20th centuries, the church is still in use today for Sunday services and weddings during the summer months.
A quaint museum and traditional buildings line the waterfront with boats tied along Bergen’s seaside. It is a lovely picturesque scene with individual shops, trendy boutiques and craftsmen’s studios. There are also plenty of lovely restaurants situated along the narrow alleyways.
The most famous tourist attractions in Norway are the fjords. The most beautiful in Geirangerfjord which is located in south western Norway near the coastal town of Ålesund. They stretch for more than 15 km (9 miles) and are surrounded by towering cliffs, beautiful lush green mountains and stunning waterfalls.