city breaks

Get insider tips from locals on exciting long weekend in Norway’s main cities, where urban vibes meet small-town charm.

Kick off the weekend with a cultural Friday. Visit the best museums, galleries, and attractions …

… then spend Saturday exploring the locals’ favourite places: Charming cafés, speciality shops, saunas – and, of course, top-notch restaurants with local treats.

Save the last day for a Sunday walk. Whether you opt for a long urban stroll or set off to hike a nearby mountain, be prepared to cover ground on foot.

One of the best things about Norway’s largest cities is that they are actually fairly compact. Which means that you can experience many of the highlights during a long weekend. Explore top attractions like the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, the UNESCO-listed Bryggen wharf in Bergen, the Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø, and Oslo’s newest landmarks – and still have plenty of time for secluded lanes, exciting eateries, art, cafés, and concerts.

Since all Norwegian cities are close to magnificent nature, you can easily combine urban life with outdoor experiences. Forest or mountains? Adrenaline or relaxation? Whatever takes your fancy, you will find it within easy reach – from paddling, rafting, and fishing to hiking and climbing.

We asked locals in Oslo, Bergen, TromsøTrondheim, Stavanger, Ålesund, Bodø, Fredrikstad and Kristiansand for their best tips for a long weekend. Check out their recommendations below and let the hunt for your new favourite city begin!

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