The Geiranger fjord and mountains.

Norway travel guide – 11 beautiful experiences

PHOTO Tina Stafrèn/Visitnorway.com

Norway has it all. Stunning nature, curious wildlife, exciting cities and a strong sense of culture. So how do you choose what to see? Our handpicked travel tips will help you decide.

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1. Experience the majestic fjords

The Trolltunga cliff in Hardangerfjorden.

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Scott Sporleder/Matador Network/Fjord Norway

TROLLTUNGA: Situated about 1100 meters above sea level, Trolltunga is one of the most spectacular scenic cliffs in Norway.

Norway has the world’s 8th longest coastline stretching a massive 25,000km, from south to north, making for some incredible geographical formations. The fjords are a dramatic feature in the western parts of the country, and when you see how the deep blue sea has carved its way through steep mountains, you should prepare yourself to sigh in awe. The fjords are more accessible than you might think, and below are some of the most popular fjord trips which are easily accessible when you fly with Widerøe:

Preikestolen in Lysefjord – 1 hour 30 minutes from Stavanger.
Geirangerfjord – 2 hours and 15 minutes from Ålesund
Sognefjord – close to Sogndal
Trolltunga in Hardangerfjord – 2 hours and 20 minutes from Haugesund
 

2. Experience Northern Norway

Midnight sun from the North Cape of Europe, located on the island Magerøya, Finnmark.

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Bjarne Riesto - Riesto.no/Nordnorge.com

NORTH CAPE: Midnight sun from the north cape on the northern coast of the island of Magerøya in Finnmark, Northern Norway.

Northern Norway is unique in so many ways. Come in winter, and experience how the sun has gone to sleep. Immerse yourself in the winter darkness when crisp, cold clarity offers fantastic opportunities to see the Northern Lights. Come in summer, and experience how nature embraces the return of the sun. Visit Tromsø in the midst of summer, and allow yourself to lose track of time as the sun never dips below the horizon. Imagine how much you can see and do in 24 hours of continuous daylight! Don't miss a stopover at Norway’s amazing North Cape plateau at 71 °N, approximately 40 minutes drive from Honningsvåg. Prepare yourself for breathtaking views of the arctic north!
 

3. Experience Lofoten

Docks at Reine on the Lofoten island region.

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Manfred Stromberg.com/Visitnorway.com

THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS: Docks and boat life at the fishing village of Reine in the Lofoten island region.

This incredible archipelago in the north is by far one of Norway's most beautiful areas. Its tiny fishing ports are known for deep sea fishing, a rich bird life and picturesque hiking amidst jagged mountains emerging straight from the sea. Try some unique accommodation and stay in a traditional ‘rorbu’, a fishing hut unique to the region. Or you could pitch up your tent under the open sky with and fall asleep in the mesmerizing glow of the midnight sun. Regardless of where you rest your head, you'll have fresh air and amazing nature right on your door step. Allow yourself to really get under the skin of Lofoten by visiting several of the islands. Widerøe flies to SvolværLeknes and Røst.
 

4. Experience the cities

View over Bergen and the mountains behind, all lit up in the evening.

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Christer Rønnestad/Bergen Reiselivslag/Visitbergen.com

BERGEN AT NIGHT: The docks of Bergen with the silhouette of the city hill Fløyen.

Just when you thought Norway was all about mind blowing landscapes and stunning nature, you'll find yourself swept away by the country’s three largest cities, each with their own special charm. In Oslo, visit the Akershus fortress, the award winning opera house, the redeveloped harbor area, the city’s famous sculpture park, the Vigeland Park or simply indulge in a shopping spree. Central Bergen is built around Bryggen, a colorful and well preserved Hanseatic Wharf with a unique charm. This is also home to the city's renowned fish market where you can taste the catch of the day. Bergen is surrounded by mountains and the best way to see the city is from the top of a funicular railway called Fløibanen. Move further north to Trondheim for a delightful combination of culture, history and pilgrimage. Enjoy the viewpoint from the Fortress which watches over the city, take a tour of the Nidaros cathedral, or sip a coffee in the old town as you watch the river flow below the iconic city bridge.
 

5. Experience Norway’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The “down village” of Lånan, Vega from the air.

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Inge Ove Tysnes

VEGA: In 2004, the archipelago's cultural landscape of Vega was inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage Site list.

Norway has a total of seven World Heritage Sites, and Widerøe will fly you to all of them. From incredibly well preserved wooden Stave Churches dating back to between 1130 to 1350 AD, to ancient 14th century wharfs and even a 17th century mining town of Røros. The natural landscape is also awarded this status including breath-taking fjord landscapes and stunning archipelagos. In Alta you can try to solve the mystery of the magnificent rock art drawings which whispers gentle stories from the people who settled here some six thousand years ago. Or you could fly to Brønnøysund where you are sure to fall in love with the beautiful Vega archipelago, which is named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems.
 

6. Experience The Atlantic Road

Bikers on their way down a bridge on the Atlantic road.

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Mattias Fredriksson/Visitnorway.com

TOP ROAD TRIPS: The Atlantic Road has National Tourist Route status.

The Atlantic Road made the top of the list in the British Guardian Newspaper’s Top Road Trips  with good reason. From Kristiansund or Molde you can rent a car and enjoy the incredible coastline and stunning nature. The road crosses 12 bridges spanning from island to island, giving you the impression that you are driving on the ocean’s edge. There are some great vantage points along the way. Many people visit when it is stormy in order to watch the impact of the sea crashing against the rocks. If you're visiting for the first time, be sure to extend your trip to include Trollstigen, Norway’s most famous and breath taking road with 11 hairpin bends, steep inclines, waterfalls and steep craggy mountains. Just remember to breathe!
 

7. Experience Sami culture first hand

Sami woman and child on a reindeer sled.

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Ørjan Bertelsen/Nordnorge.com

TRY REINDEER SLEDDING: Explore traditional Sami culture.

The Sami are Norway’s indigenous people and their culture is the oldest in Northern Norway. At one with the land and nature, traditions extend to having their own language, music, crafts, national dress and Parliament. All of this is combined with modern day living. You can learn about the Sami culture in many places across the country, including how to cook traditional cuisine, try reindeer sledding, and testing your lasso skills. To experience this for yourself, we suggest you fly to Alta or Lakselv.
 

8. Experience the pilgrim's trail

The Nidarosdomen Cathedral in Trondheim at summer.

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CH/Visitnorway.com

TRONDHEIM CATHEDRAL: Walk the final historic stretch of the Pilgrim's Road to Trondheim.

Although Norway has amazing nature, you should make sure you set aside some time for culture as well. St. Olavs Ways make up part of the Pilgrim's Road to Trondheim, trails which are believed to have been walked since 1032 AD. Walk the final historic stretch of the route concluding at the cathedral of Trondheim or customize your own route.
 

9. Experience Norway for families

Children exploring Hakkebakkeskogen in Dyreparken

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Adam Read/VisitSørlandet

ZOO AND AMUSEMENT PARK: Kristiansand offers family activities. 11 km east of Kristiansand you will find the most beautiful and natural zoo and amusement park in Norway.

No other place in Norway has as many activities devoted to families as Kristiansand on the south coast. A visit to the Zoo and Amusement Park is compulsory. Children and adults alike will be amazed by the close encounters with animals from all over the world, and the enchanting Cardamom Town is an idyllic setting which kids adore. Set aside time to play in the leisure pool or watch pirates battle it out on their ships. Summer in the south is also an ideal family destination with its pristine sandy beaches and laid back atmosphere; in fact, this is where Norwegians themselves flock to in summer.
 

10. Experience the wildlife

Sea eagle catching fish.

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Asgeir Helgestad/Artic Light AS/Visitnorway.com

THE SEA EAGLE: Take a boat tour to see the majestic sea eagles!

Dramatic landscapes offer spectacular wildlife, often in abundance. When you go for a walk in the forest, by the sea or in the mountains, chances are that you will see some native species like moose, reindeer, red squirrels and birdlife. Norway is also home to wolves, bears, lynx, but they are harder to come by. For the ultimate experience, try a musk ox tour in Rorøs, get up close to the King of the forest, the weird looking moose, near Kristiansund or join a whale-watching trip in Andenes. For bird enthusiasts get your binoculars ready to spot many species on a tour in Røst, or take a boat tour to see the majestic Sea Eagles near Stavanger or Bodø. Ironically, you’ll find the most easterly point of Norway all the way north. Hornøya is the home to an enormous variety of bird species, perfect for bird spotters. These are just some of the beautiful locations for wildlife spotting, but there are vast opportunities across the country.
 

11. Eat and drink

Local food in Skottgården near Røros.

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Marius Rua/Trondelag.com

TRADITIONAL FOOD: Røros offers plenty of opportunities for both local and traditional food experiences.

Locally and ecologically produced food and drink is popular like never before, and you should definitely try local and exciting products all over Norway. You'll find Kinn Bryggeri in Florø, a brewery which is named after one of the islands in Florø, and has won several awards for their delightful flavours. Kinn has specialized in crafting beer done in an English and Belgian style. If you are travelling to Trondheim in August, you should check out Trøndersk Matfestival. This is Norway’s leading festival for locally produced food. New exciting products as well as traditional dishes, are presented every year. Everything is based on local ingredients, products and food specialties in the region. Not too far from Trondheim, you’ll find Røros which also offers plenty of opportunities for local food experiences.

Norway is bursting with great holiday opportunities whatever your interests are. No matter which destination you choose, Widerøe will take you there, and make sure you have the ultimate experience.