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Unique things to do

in Norway

Camel safari in Hammerfest .
Photo: Visit Hammerfest
Camel safari in Hammerfest .
Photo: Visit Hammerfest

The main attractions in Norway are beautiful and well worth a visit.

But do you want some tips on less well-known places and activities that you didn't even know existed?

Here you go!

Camel safari in Hammerfest .
Photo: Visit Hammerfest
Camel safari in Hammerfest .
Photo: Visit Hammerfest
  • 1. Camel safari in Hammerfest

    This is what it looks like when the Sahara meets the Arctic. The camel safari in Hammerfest, Northern Norway features an extra-scenic view, and maybe the midnight sun as well! 

    Camel safari in Hammerfest .
    Photo: Visit Hammerfest
    Camel safari in Hammerfest .
    Photo: Visit Hammerfest

    2. Spot a UFO?

    In 1981, people first spotted mysterious lights in the valley of Hessdalen in Trøndelag. Today, researchers and enthusiasts from all over the world come to observe the phenomena.

    Stay at this UFO cabin or at Hessdalen UFO camp – maybe you will get to see some strange things too!

    The UFO-cabin in Hessdalen .
    Photo: Jonas Olsen / Statskog SF
    The UFO-cabin in Hessdalen .
    Photo: Jonas Olsen / Statskog SF

    Oh, and if you are looking for other unique places to stay, there are plenty of options around the country!

    The UFO-cabin in Hessdalen .
    Photo: Jonas Olsen / Statskog SF
    The UFO-cabin in Hessdalen .
    Photo: Jonas Olsen / Statskog SF

    3. Ride the World's longest toboggan run

    Although Norway is very much a ski nation, you can have a lot of fun without skis too.

    In Loen, in Fjord Norway, you can take the Skylift up, and ride sledges from the top of the mountain and down to the fjord. It's 7 kilometres of fun – last one down is a rotten egg!

    Loen skylift and toboggan run .
    Photo: Loen Active
    Loen Skylift and toboggan run .
    Photo: Loen Active

    4. Meet and greet – a moose

    One of the most common animals in Norway is the moose. Sometimes you can spot them in the distance, grazing on a field early in the morning. But it's not that often you get to see them up close.

    At some places, like Elgtun in Southern Norway for example (temporarily closed in 2022), you can get really close – and maybe even feed them!

    Moose .
    Photo: Torbjørn Martinsen / Visitnorway.com
    Moose .
    Photo: Torbjørn Martinsen / Visitnorway.com

    5. Visit modern-day Vikings

    Did you think the Viking Age was consigned to the history books? Well, not in the Viking town of Njardarheimr, in Fjord Norway. These are not actors in costume, but real Vikings of all ages who have implemented authentic details from the period into their lifestyle.

    There are lots of places in Norway where you can explore some fascinating Viking history.

    Njardarheimr, Flåm .
    Photo: Visitflam.com
    Njardarheimr, Flåm .
    Photo: Visitflam.com

    6. Spooky adventures

    Are you into mysteries? Join a ghost tour of one of the most haunted places in Norway – the more than 700-year-old fortress, Akershus Festning in Oslo!

    Akershus fortress .
    Photo: Per Mork / CC BY 2.0
    Akershus fortress .
    Photo: Per Mork / CC BY 2.0

    7. Sleep like an ice queen

    You will never forget the night you spend at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Northern Norway, the northernmost of Norway's cool ice hotels.

    With a bit of luck, you’ll get to see the northern lights dancing across the sky before you fall asleep between reindeer skins.

    Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta .
    Photo: Frikant
    Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta .
    Photo: Frikant

    8. Sea eagle safari

    They are big and fly very fast, and can almost only be seen at a great distance. However, if you go on an eagle safari in the Northwest, you might be lucky enough to get a really close look as they approach the boat to catch food! 

    But stay focused, they will be there – and gone again – in a glimpse of an eye!

    Bodø .
    Photo: Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus / www.nordnorge.com/Bodø
    Bodø .
    Photo: Ole Jørgen Liodden / Naturfokus / www.nordnorge.com/Bodø

    9. Extreme tenting

    Fancy an intense and unforgettable sleeping experience dangling tens of metres above the ground on a mountain ledge?

    At Rypetoppen Adventurepark in Trøndelag you can try portaledge tenting. The view is so beautiful, you don't necessarily need to sleep!

    PS: If you prefer to keep your feet on firm ground, there are many other excellent camping options to check out, like glamping!

    Portaledge tenting in Meråker .
    Photo: Eirik Lerberg
    Portaledge tenting in Meråker .
    Photo: Eirik Lerberg

    10. Weird and 
    wonderful food

    Are you ready to taste the weirdest food traditions in Norway?

    You might be surprised – both by its quirky appearance and delicious taste!

    Smalahovetunet in Voss .
    Photo: Thomas Rasmus Skaug / Visitnorway.com
    Smalahovetunet in Voss .
    Photo: Thomas Rasmus Skaug / Visitnorway.com

    11. Join a reindeer herder

    If you are looking for a rare cultural experience, this is it! Here, you will have the opportunity to get close to the Sami people's traditional way of life by spending a day with a Sami reindeer herder

    Sami catching reindeer with lasso .
    Photo: C. H. / Visit Norway
    Sami catching reindeer with lasso .
    Photo: C. H. / Visit Norway

    12. Go to Hell...

    Okay, we didn't mean that literally – but it's actually a real place to visit! Go grab a fun Insta photo at the old Hell train station.

    Hell is also super close to Trondheim Airport Værnes, in case you are planning to visit Trøndelag. If you visit in winter, remember to bring a warm jacket, as it could be a cold day in Hell. 

    Hell Station in Stjørdal .
    Photo: Marit Dale Aal / Visit Norway
    Hell Station in Stjørdal .
    Photo: Marit Dale Aal / Visit Norway
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