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Where the locals go: 10 charming summer spots

Feel the Norwegian summer vibe
White houses, photogenic harbours, and fresh seaside smell – let us introduce you to some of our most scenic wooden towns and cities.
White, wooden houses in Old Stavanger. Photo: Arnold Lan
Wooden houses in Stavanger.
Photo: Arnold Lan

Find your summer town

Check out and read more about the wooden towns of Norway.

Popular wooden towns
Even though Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, it has the vibe of a small town, packed with charm and urban character. Read more
Bergen
A charming city, lush nature, old Viking thrones, and festivals await in Haugesund and Haugalandet. Read more
Haugesund and Haugalandet
Henningsvær is beautifully placed by the sea. The town features a peaceful harbour, wooden houses, charming cafes and attractive galleries. Read more
Henningsvær
Sandefjord boasts miles of coastline, as well as a rich historical heritage. Vikings have left their mark here, as has the whaling industry. Read more
Sandefjord
130 white wooden houses, sailboats, and the smell of seawater – Skudeneshavn has all the classic ingredients of a typical Norwegian summer city. Read more
Skudeneshavn
Stunning coastal town with typical wooden houses, restaurants and art galleries. Read more
Son
Breathtaking surroundings with fjords, mountains and long, white beaches. Stavanger and Sandnes also boasts an impressive assortment of museums and… Read more
The Stavanger region
Three boats standing up near the water at night in Stavern, Eastern Norway
Stavern
Stavern has been rewarded “Norway’s best summer city” several times, and is located close to the city of Larvik.
Stavern
From the Vikings to the tourists of today, people have always flocked to Tønsberg, Norway's oldest city. Located about an hour's… Read more
Tønsberg and Færder
In picturesque Åsgårdstrand you will find the Åsgårdstrand women's bathing club, which is committed to carrying on the long-held bathing traditions of… Read more
Åsgårdstrand
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    Summer in the south

    In addition to the hot spots above, there are also several towns in Southern Norway worth visiting. The region has been a popular summer holiday destination for Norwegians for decades, while remaining a hidden gem for many international visitors.

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