Norway is known for its scenic fjords, marauding Vikings, hiking trails and wooden churches. It is an eclectic mix of modern amenities and medieval towns. Each of these tourist sites gives you a piece of Norway, the past and the present. Here is a list of the top 7 tourist attractions in Norway if you are planning a vacation soon.
- The Viking Museum –
The Viking Warriors have an important place in the history of Norway; they were the rulers of the country during the Middle Ages. Vikings were derived as a seafaring community based on the advanced and large ships they built. The museum displays its ships and other artifacts, including textiles and household items excavated from their graves.
- Geirangerfjord –
Norway is known for its many fjords and the Geirangerfjord is the most beautiful among them. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The deep blue water is surrounded by towering cliffs with abandoned farmhouses that totter over the edges. The greenery and waterfalls add to the beauty. Your holiday in Norway is not complete without a ferry here and some hiking and fishing.
- Holmenkollen ski jump –
Norwegians and skiing are inseparable; it is their favorite pastime. The Holmenkollen ski jump is the largest steel ski jump in the world. The best time to visit is winter; however, it offers no less fun all year round. This sports venue is a great tourist spot for adrenaline junkies. You can participate in the annual ski jumping competitions or take the lift up 100 meters to get a bird’s eye view of Oslo. There is also a museum on site.
- Akershus Fortress and Castle –
Built-in the 13th century, Akershus Fortress borders the Oslo Fjord. It was built to protect Oslo (then Christiania) from invaders. The government uses the building for state functions. It also houses the Royal Mausoleum.
- Stave churches –
You will find many stave churches spread over the south and middle of Norway. Most were built in the Middle Ages. However, they are still in good condition. These fairytale churches shrouded in myths about trolls and other mythical creatures vary in size. There is the Urnes Stave Church and the Heddal Stave Church that you can visit.
- Bryggen, Bergen –
Bryggen is another tourist magnet in Norway. Nestled between high mountains and scenic fjords, this open-air museum tells the history of the city in a unique way. There is a range of colorful, wooden buildings overlooking the waterfront. Once residences, they have been converted into restaurants and boutiques. Here you can also take a look at the fresh seafood that is sold, as this city was known for its seafaring trade.
- Sculpture Park Vigeland –
Gustav Vigeland was one of the most skilled sculptors Norway has made. Hence almost every travel blog about the must-visit places in Norway mentions him. His life works can be seen in the Vigeland Sculpture Park; there are more than 200 masterpieces. The dark-colored statues contrast well with the lush greenery. There is a giant fountain surrounded by several impressive figures, each representing a different aspect of life, namely death, rebirth, aging and the like.