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Visit Norway’s lesser-known Instagram-friendly spots
Visit Norway’s lesser-known Instagram-friendly spots
Hiking to Mount Hornelen.
Photo: Andreas Orset
Hiking to Mount Hornelen.
Photo: Andreas Orset

10 lesser-known Instagram-worthy spots

Let professional hiker Andreas Orset introduce you to some of Norway’s most photogenic spots.

    A few years back, then 24-year-old Andreas Orset outmanoeuvred more than 1,000 other applicants to land a somewhat unique job. The job description was to hike through Norway for at least a full year – while blogging about it, and sharing the experience on Facebook and Instagram.

    For 12 months, Orset crisscrossed the country. He visited both well-known and less famous parts of Norway, including mountain peaks in the north, national parks in the east and scenic fjordscapes in the west.

    Read on to find Orset’s top 10 recommendations for lesser-known Instagram-friendly spots in Norway!

    Portrait of professional Norwegian hiker Andreas Orset
    Andreas Orset.
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  • Hornelen sea cliff

    The Fjord Coast, Fjord Norway
    Access: full-day hike
    Effort level: demanding

    Mount Hornelen is Europe’s highest sea cliff, rising 800 metres above the fjord. The hike up is quite demanding, but when you make it to the top, you are rewarded with incredible views of the fjord and the surrounding mountains.

    Since you’re already here: The Fjord Coast lies just north of Bergen, as far west as you can get in Norway. Take your bike island hopping on low traffic roads, and combine cycling with cultural experiences such as the Millstone park in Hyllestad and the poet Jacob Sande’s house in Dale. If you’re visiting in July, you can join Scandinavia’s largest festival for traditional and world music in the village Førde.

  • Innerdalen valley

    Northwest, Fjord Norway
    Access: 8-kilometre round trip on gravel road
    Effort level: easy

    Perhaps Norway’s most beautiful valley is Innerdalen. Photogenic settlements are situated like beads on a string at the foot of the spectacular Innerdalstårnet mountain. Well worth a visit, both in summer and winter.

    Since you’re already here: At Tingvoll, you can buy the world’s best cheese Kraftkar. If you want to keep hiking – or skiing – both the popular trail to Mount Skåla and the beautiful Trollheimen mountains are nearby. Besides, Northwest offers both the legendary Atlantic Road and Trollstigen (both Norwegian Scenic Routes), as well as the cities Kristiansund, Molde, and Åndalsnes.

  • Lovatnet lake

    Loen in Nordfjord, Fjord Norway
    Access: travel to the lake by car
    Effort level: easy

    The green-coloured Lovatnet lies idyllically between steep mountains, waterfalls, and glaciers. The picture-perfect landscape of Nordfjord is Norwegian nature at its best. Rent a kayak or rowboat, and some fishing equipment, or just jump aboard MS Kjenndal.

    Since you’re already here: Lovatnet lies close to Loen, where you can go on all kinds of cool nature adventures. The Loen Skylift will take you from the fjord to the top of Mount Hoven in just five minutes. Go for a hike, or just enjoy the view from the restaurant at the top. If you want a more strenuous route up the mountain, you can climb the via ferrata that starts just behind fancy hotel Alexandra (afterwards, you can relax in their spa and outdoor pool). And don’t miss a guided glacier hike at Jostedalsbreen!

     

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  • Kirkeporten rock formation

    Nordkapp in Finnmark, Northern Norway
    Access: short hike from Skarsvåg
    Effort level: easy

    With a view of the North Cape plateau, Kirkeporten has an ideal location in the rough coastal environment found in the northernmost areas of Norway. The rock formation resembles a large gate, hence the name “the church gate”. Here, you can either take a picture through the gate or stand on the roof and be photographed in front of the mighty sea.

    Since you’re already here: You’ll obviously want to visit the actual North Cape plateau as well. Or maybe embark on the quite long hike to cape Knivskjellodden, the actual northernmost point on Magerøya? Bird lovers will appreciate Gjesværstappan, home to hundreds of thousands of puffins, gannets, and cormorants. In winter, you can go skiing, ice fishing, and snowshoeing – and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the northern lights!

  • Halddetoppen viewpoint

    Alta in Finnmark, Northern Norway
    Access: full-day hike
    Effort level: demanding

    Who wouldn’t like to capture an image of the northern lights? Mount Halddetoppen is undoubtedly one of the best places in Norway to observe this natural phenomenon. At the top, you’ll find the Northern Light Observatory, which was established by Kristian Birkeland in the early 1900s. The old observatory is transformed into a no-service DNT cabin, where you can spend the night.

    Since you’re already here: In Alta, you can experience the Sami culture up close and stay in one of Norway’s cool ice hotels. A visit to the Northern Lights Cathedral is a must, and you should also check out the UNESCO listed rock carvings in Hjemmeluft. And just so you know: Alta is often surprisingly hot, sunny and dry in the summertime!

  • Mount Segla

    Senja in Troms, Northern Norway
    Access: half-day hike
    Effort level: medium demanding

    Segla’s fascinating mountain formation is a delight to the eyes. If you want to see the mountain from its most spectacular angle, climb the neighbouring Mount Hesten.

    Since you’re already here: Norway’s second-largest island Senja lies close to Lofoten and Vesterålen, but you’ll meet way fewer people here. This fairy tale island is a paradise for mountain hiking and cycling but is also a place to relax and admire the midnight sun – or the aurora borealis if you visit in winter.

  • Djevelporten boulder

    Svolvær in Lofoten, Northern Norway
    Access: half-day hike
    Effort level: medium demanding

    The Kjeragbolten in Ryfylke is probably one of Norway’s most photographed nature attractions. What many people don’t know, is that Djevelporten in Svolvær is just as beautiful – and a far less dangerous photo location.

    Since you’re already here: Svolvær is perfectly placed if you want to explore the Lofoten Islands. Go hiking, cycling or kayaking, catch the fish of your life, and look for the sea eagles that soar the sky. The trip to villages off the beaten track, like Henningsvær, Nusfjord, and Sund, is short. And you should definitely jump on the ferry to the charming island Skrova!

  • Lake Blåisvatnet

    The Lyngenfjord region in Troms, Northern Norway
    Access: half-day trip
    Effort level: easy

    Perhaps Norway’s most picturesque lake. The bright blue colour is a wonderful sight, both in reality and on Instagram. Do you dare to jump into the ice-cold water?

    Since you’re already here: The Lyngenfjord region with the Lyngsalpene mountain range and the islands around Skjervøy is known for sustainable outdoor activities based on pure fun. Go mountain biking, hiking, skiing or bungee jumping, or join a riverboat tour into the Reisa national park. Once a year, you can experience the unique Sami music and cultural festival Riddu Riđđu, and Lyngen also sports the world’s northernmost whisky distillery!

  • Rabothytta cabin

    Helgeland, Northern Norway
    Access: 5-kilometre hike one way
    Effort level: medium demanding

    The stylish design of the Rabothytta cabin in the Okstindan mountain range blends in with the surroundings. With large glass windows and unusual angles, Rabothytta is very Instagram-friendly. In addition, the cabin is an ideal spot for either a lunch or a layover. And why not join a guided hike and go on a glacier tour on Okstindbreen?

    Since you’re already here: On Helgeland in the southernmost part of Northern Norway, great experiences await on four, two or no wheels. Travel along beautiful Kystriksveien, try island hopping on the Helgeland coast or go kayaking between the beautiful islands.

  • The hole through Torghatten

    Brønnøy in Helgeland, Northern Norway
    Access: short hike
    Effort level: easy

    Just outside of the city Brønnøysund you can witness a natural phenomenon that has attracted geologists from all over the world for centuries. The hole straight through the mountain Torghatten is not just a geological gem, it is also a beautiful photo motive that performs well on Instagram. And if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the sun through the hole.

    Since you’re already here: Torghatten is located in the scenic coastal landscape of Trollfjell Geopark. It is also close to the city Brønnøysund, a great starting point for trips to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Vega. And don’t miss the great food, good company, and beautiful herb gardens at Hildurs Urterarium!

  • Explore places with fewer people all over the country, get the pulse going on your own with our 10 tips for adrenaline seekers, or book a tailored journey with Up Norway!

    Portrait of professional Norwegian hiker Andreas Orset
    Andreas Orset.
    Photo: Private
    Andreas Orset
    Facts about use of drones

    Illustration of drone use in Norway

    1. The drone should always be kept within your sight and operated in a mindful and considerate manner. Never fly near accident sites.

    2. Never fly closer than 5 kilometres from airports unless you have explicit clearance to do so.

    3. Never fly higher than 120 metres off the ground.

    4. Never fly over festivals, military facilities or sporting events. Keep a distance of 150 metres.

    5. Be considerate of others privacy. Take note of the rules concerning photos and films of other people.

    Read more about use of drones on Civil Aviation Authority Norway’s website.

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10 Instagram-worthy places
Hornelen - The highest sea cliff in Europe. Don’t be surprised if you encounter a witch or a troll at the top. There’s a staggering 860-metre drop… Read more
Mt. Hornelen
The Innerdalen valley has been called the most beautiful mountain valley in Norway. No vehicular traffic, the sound of waterfalls and lakes surrounded… Read more
Hike to Innerdalen, the most beautiful valley in Norway
Lovatnet is a lake in Stryn municipality in Westland county. What makes Lovatnet so beautiful is the green color that comes from the melt water from… Read more
Lovatnet
This rock formation is a geological wonder; a fissure several metres wide in a cliff overhang shaped like a big gate. Read more
Kirkeporten in Skarsvåg
At Haldetoppen, also called "Sukkertoppen", there are two historical buildings, observatory building, led by Kristian Birkeland in 1899 and used for… Read more
Halddetoppen
The DNT cabin Rabothytta is dramatically situated at 1200 metres altitude, on the very edge of the Okstindbreen glacier. The cabin enjoys a stunning… Read more
Raboyhytta - the most impressive DNT cabin in Norway
It's only a 20 minute walk up to coastal Norway's most famous landmark. The 160 m long, 35 m high and 15 m wide hole through the Torghatten mountain… Read more
Torghatten mountain walk
Perhaps Norway’s most picturesque lake. The bright blue colour is a wonderful sight, both in reality and on Instagram. Do you dare to jump into the… Read more about the Lyngenfjord region
Lake Blåisvatnet
The Kjeragbolten in Ryfylke is probably one of Norway’s most photographed nature attractions. What many people don’t know, is that Djevelporten in… Read more about the Lofoten Islands
Djevelporten boulder
Segla’s fascinating mountain formation is a delight to the eyes. If you want to see the mountain from its most spectacular angle, climb the… Read more about Senja
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    Facts about use of drones

    Illustration of drone use in Norway

    1. The drone should always be kept within your sight and operated in a mindful and considerate manner. Never fly near accident sites.

    2. Never fly closer than 5 kilometres from airports unless you have explicit clearance to do so.

    3. Never fly higher than 120 metres off the ground.

    4. Never fly over festivals, military facilities or sporting events. Keep a distance of 150 metres.

    5. Be considerate of others privacy. Take note of the rules concerning photos and films of other people.

    Read more about use of drones on Civil Aviation Authority Norway’s website.

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