Like much of Norway, the eastern part of the country is a region of contrasts. On the one hand you have Oslo, the fastest-growing capital in Europe. Known for its vibrant culture, its many new and presitigious buildings, exciting foods, and a living arts and music scene.
The northern and western parts of the region, however, are dominated by mountains and glaciers. To the east, you have a cluster of picturesque small towns near the Swedish border.
More than half of Norway’s population lives in Eastern Norway, and Oslo is Norway’s main hub for travel both internationally and domestically. The network of roads, railway lines and domestic flights all extend fan-like from here, making the region the natural starting point for your Norwegian holiday.
In Eastern Norway, coastal towns offer idyllic seaside peace or urban city vibes, while the inland mountains and valleys offer world-class skiing, hiking and biking. It just depends on when and where you prefer to visit.
These are some of the top ranked things to do in Eastern Norway according to TripAdvisor:
Belgian small school teachers Delfien Cocquyt and Fien Sinove from Gent are best friends. The devote travellers finance frequent exotic vacations with weekend babysitting.
To a lot of people Scandinavia is somewhere on the opposite side of the earth. This year exchange student Liu Ai Yin from Taipei in Taiwan is reading economics at The University of Helsinki in Finland. She had the idea to bring over some of her Taiwanese family members for a fun holiday in Norway.
Best friends Mora and González have been to the Olympic city of Lillehammer for work. During their four day visit, they also seized the opportunity to discover Norwegian nature and the nearby capital, Oslo.
Norway is large. Far larger than most people realise. We recommend focusing on one region at a time, and coming back to see the rest later. If you only plan one trip to Norway, take your time as you travel; make the journey itself your destination.
The soul singer Marvin Gaye sang that there “ain’t no mountain high enough” – but then again he never came to Norway. With almost 300 mountain peaks above 2,000 metres he would probably have found himself a suitable challenge.