The Scandinavian country of Norway has been famous among travellers for its glorious mountains, gorgeous fjords and beautiful yet modern cities. Considered one of the most beautiful countries in the whole world, it is no wonder Norway sees the footfalls of thousands of tourists every year. The rich history and culture of this country also make it a great destination for cultural expeditions. From experiencing the surreal Northern Lights to watching the sunshine reflecting off some glacier, from taking a hike through the mountains to cruising through the picturesque fjords, Norway Tours are always full of great things to do and wonderful places to see. And if you are planning to visit Norway during your next vacation, here are the top three cities which you must explore when you travel to this beautiful Scandinavian country.
Selected by Lonely Planet as one of the best places to travel to in 2018, Oslo, the capital of Norway is a place which you cannot afford to miss when you take a trip to this country. Oslo has recently come into the news as it was officially selected as the European Green Capital of 2019. This charmingly metropolitan city is located between the beautiful Oslofjord and hills covered with forests. You can experience a truly beautiful mix of modern civilization and nature while you are here.
The metropolitan vibe of Oslo is truly magical. It is actually one of the fastest growing cities in all of Europe during this decade. Especially the restaurant scene of Oslo has been growing like crazy with new and innovating restaurants opening up every other day, serving lip-smacking food. Many of the new restaurants also try to highlight Norwegian ingredients, cooking techniques and food traditions, which adds to the cultural experience as well.
Speaking of culture, Oslo is one of the most culturally and historically important cities in all of Norway. As the city has been the capital of Norway since 814, many of the important cultural buildings are situated here. You can explore some of the beautiful landmarks while you are here. Watch a world-class performance at the Opera House, enjoy a historic tour of the Astrup Fearnley Museum or The National Museum, or spend your time art-gazing at the innumerable galleries you can find throughout the city.
After enjoying the metropolitan nature of Oslo, you must visit Flam to get an unadulterated taste of the Scandinavian countryside. Located on the bank of Aurlandsfjord, this small village named Flam is surrounded by some of the most majestic landscapes that Norway has in store for you. The landscape around Flam is dotted with steep mountains, magnificent waterfalls and beautiful narrow valleys. A trip to Norway will never be complete if you don’t visit this tiny yet majestically gorgeous village.
One of the major attractions Flam is famous for is the Flam Railway or Flamsbana. Lonely Planet declared it to be the most incredible train journey in the year of 2014. You will get to travel from Flam all the way up to the top of the mountains. As you continue your journey through the rail tracks by the fjord, you will get to see some of the most incredible vistas that you can view in Norway.
Another place which you must visit while you are in Flam is the Naeroyfjord. This UNESCO World Heritage Site holds the record of being the narrowest fjord in the whole world. In fact, Naeroyfjord is only 250 metres wide at one point. You can also go for a bike ride through the Rallarvegen, which is considered to be one of the most scenic bike rides in the whole world.
Another city which you must visit when you take a trip to Norway is Bergen. Known as the ‘gateway to the fjords’, Bergen is the second largest city in this beautiful country. Due to its close proximity to some of the most beautiful and wild fjords of Norway, thousands of tourists visit this beautiful city every year. The city centre of Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains. It is the perfect location for anyone who wants a getaway to a modern city set among untouched nature.
The city of Bergen was built over 900 years ago. Thus this small and modern city has a lot of historic and cultural value too. With its roots grounded in the Viking Age, the city offers a glimpse into the history of Norway. You must also explore the brilliant local cafes and restaurants which you can find here.