It can be hard to pick the best sights and attractions in Norway, but, if you're planning a trip there, start with this list of 10 must-see sights and attractions.
For us, the top attraction in Norway is the North Cape. A quarter of a million tourists visit the North Cape each summer, making it one of Norway's most popular sights. The North Cape is a monumental, natural experience offering breathtaking views, unusual climatic conditions, the dramatic cliff itself...and one is standing at Europe's northern end. You'll find the North Cape in the region of Finnmark.
The beauty of the Geirangerfjord, with its waterfalls and cliffs, is hard to surpass. If you haven't seen the Geirangerfjord, then you really haven't seen all of Norway, which is the reason many Scandinavian cruises include the town of Geiranger in their cruise itinerary. On a map, you'll find the Geirangerfjord about halfway between Trondheim and Bergen. Popular activities at the Geirangerfjord include guided tours, hiking, fishing, and boating.
This top attraction in Norway takes place no matter the weather. It also made the list of the top 10 free things in Oslo. Walk toward the Royal Palace in Oslo and witness the "royal" event from 1:30 to 2:10 pm daily. In the summer, mounted police officers and a Norwegian military band lead the guards through Norway's capital.
Most Norway visitors remember Lillehammer from the 1994 Winter Olympics, but Lillehammer is a true gem for visitors even in the summer. Lillehammer attracts nature lovers year-round for outdoor activities and relaxation at Lake Mjøsa. If you'd like to drive to Lillehammer, just follow the E6 in Norway. From Oslo, it's only a 2-hour drive, and it's well worth it.
One of Oslo's most beautiful public parks is Vigeland Park, and it's also one of the top sights in Norway's capital. Vigeland Park contains the life's work of Gustav Vigeland, a famous Norwegian sculptor. More than 200 Vigeland masterpieces are on display here. There is a visitor center in the park, as well as a souvenir shop and a cafe. Use T-Bane Majorstuen / tram 12 when you're in Oslo to get to Vigelandsparken.
Founded in 997 A.D., Trondheim has lots of historic buildings. We recommend taking a 2-hour self-guided walking tour through the town starting at Trondheim's most prominent traffic circle. This circle is next to the Tourist Office and also home to the Trondheim Torg, a soaring granite column that is the world's largest sundial.
Our favorite attraction in the Norwegian town of Bergen is the old Bryggen wharf. Bryggen (wharf in Norwegian) consists of 14th-century Hanseatic buildings, which are free to visit and a great photo opportunity. Today, more than 60 buildings of the original wharf are still standing, and Bryggen is both a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the top sights in Norway.
The Holmenkollen Ski Jump is Norway's most popular attraction for travelers. Holmenkollen hosts FIS World Cup ski competitions each year, but it is not just a sports venue; it is also a tourist magnet. There's lots of Norwegian ski history and a beautiful view of Oslo and the surrounding fjord.
The Kirkenes Snow Hotel is one of Norway's top sights in the winter. It's a truly beautiful place. Starting in mid-December, the Snow Hotel offers rooms called "Snow Suites." These 20+ guest rooms come with sleeping bags, mattresses, and lots of art made of snow and ice. There is a Snow Bar where guests mingle, and, if you're hungry, visit the (snow-free) restaurant. You'll also find a small sleeping area here in case you can't sleep in the Snow Suites.
Did you know you can get away with getting numerous things for free in the Norwegian capital and still have a great time? With free events, maps, beaches, ice skating, parks, and much more, there are dozens of options to choose from.