Norway’s appeal is astonishingly simple: it is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet. Norwegian fjords with unimaginably steep sides and breathtaking beauty cut gashes deep into the interior from a mountainous coastline.
The interior of Norway’s hilly landscape resembles the ramparts of a natural fortress in other places.
These landscapes serve as a framework for some of Europe’s most beautiful towns, no matter where you are in Norway. On your trip to Norway, here are the places you must see.
The 12-mile (20-kilometer) journey around Geirangerfjord, a Unesco World Heritage site, has to be the most magnificent boat ride on the planet. Long-abandoned farmsteads cling to the fjord’s near-vertical cliffs while icy cascades tumble, twist, and surge down to aqua-green seas. Take it from Geiranger and relax as you leave the bustling port or board at the more tranquil Hellesylt. Prepare your camera, take a top-deck open-air seat, and take in what is, quite literally, the only way to see Geirangerfjord’s farthest reaches.
The legendary Hurtigruten coastal ferry is so much more than just a mode of transportation; it takes you on one of the numerous dazzling coastlines rides anywhere on the planet. It dips into coastal fjords, docks in remote towns barely reachable by road, approaches close magnificent headlands, and transits through the Arctic Circle only to come back a few days later on its daily route between Bergen and Kirkenes. It does it by showcasing the entire length of Norway’s most beautiful coastline.
Troms, located 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of the Arctic Circle, is northern Norway’s most important city, boasting the world’s northernmost church, brewery, and botanical garden, among other accolades. Its thriving nightlife greatly owes the university (another of Norway’s northernmost) and its students, with more clubs and pubs per capita than any other Norwegian city.
Tromso is a base for round-the-clock, 24-hour daylight activity in the summer. The residents put on their skis or snowshoes, head out of town, and stare skywards for a sight of the Northern Lights as the first snowflakes fall.