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Ramberg beach, Lofoten Ramberg beach, Lofoten Ramberg beach, Lofoten
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Ramberg beach, Lofoten.
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Top 10 places in Norway

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All year round, most of Norway is packed and ready for things to do, and the ten most popular destinations on visitnorway.com include everything from the urban vibe of Oslo to the Arctic life in Svalbard. Pick your favourites, and consider that going in the low season can also have its highs.

  1. 1. The Lofoten Islands

  2. While the fjords cut into the land, Lofoten is shaped like a big arm that stretches out in the sea. The many mountain peaks point towards the Arctic sky like church spires, and in between them you’ll find traditional villages full of fishermen and artists.

    Try everything from local food made of seafood and lamb to beaches of white sand and the Lofotr Viking Museum. It is also easy to travel to the mainland, or to Helgeland and the UNESCO-listed Vega archipelago further south.

  3. 2. Bergen

  4. The hometown of one of the world's most popular music creators, Kygo, sounds, feels, and tastes like nothing else. Fresh seafood and other local delicacies match a bustling art scene of museums and galleries. The streets of this capital of the fjords is full of wooden, fairy tale houses with the seven mountains as a backdrop.

    The medieval Hanseatic wharf of Bryggen, with its around 60 historic buildings in succession, is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and several foundations date back to the 12th century.

  5. 3. Tromsø

  6. A few main streets manage to create an urban, international vibe – polar style. The city on the peninsula of Tromshalvøya justifies the nickname “capital of the Arctics” and has a multitude of things to do and see, ranging from the Polaria Centre, The Polar Museum, and the local Mack brewery established I 1877, to whale spotting, midnight sun, and northern lights.

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  7. 4. The Svalbard Islands

  8. This huge island group in the northernmost part of Europe takes wildlife to next level, and at the same time the society is very well organised. Here you can participate in exotic, nature based activities, all year round.

    You will experience Svalbard as locals do, and guides are often living the adventure. The main city of Longyearbyen is a mini metropole because it offers services and very good places to eat that you usually would expect to find in big cities.

  9. 5. The Geirangerfjord

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    Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is even more present off season.The immediate surrounding regions also have a lot to offer the whole year round.

  11. 6. Oslo

  12. A capital in the middle of nature, Oslo is selected for the European Green Capital of 2019 and listed by Lonely Planet as Best in Travel for 2018. A lot of things are cooking in the city, like a restaurant scene that includes the world’s northernmost three-star Michelin restaurant. Oslo is also home to some of the most awarded baristas and coffee brewers on the planet.

    This one of a kind capital, both kid-friendly and with a growing music scene, appreciates nature, new architecture, arts, biking lanes, and pedestrians. At the Opera House you can even walk on the roof.

  13. 7. Flåm

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  15. 8. The Stavanger region

  16. 50 years as Norway’s oil capital hasn’t spoiled the charm of this seaside city, nor has it changed the fact that the region has some of Norway’s main hiking attractions. 

    Here, you can explore the Lysefjord area and famous mountains plateaus like Preikestolen (“The Pulpit Rock”). Local food is served at both Michelin-starred restaurants and likewise ambitious, but more low-key eateries.

  17. 9. Trondheim

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    Food markets and festivals adds to the good mood, and music stands strong in this city with the Rockheim and Ringve musical museums.

  19. 10. The Ålesund and Sunnmøre area

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    The surrounding Sunnmøre region continue the landscape theme of fjords, islands, and steep mountains. The Geirangerfjord, the Hjørundfjord, the island of Runde, Sunnmørsalpene mountain range, and many other places are easy to visit from Ålesund.

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