Explore Norway - A Guide For Adventurers

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Eileen Hornell Ystheim

Explore Norway - A Guide For Adventurers

Read on for my ultimate guide for adventurous souls, ready to explore Norway. Amidst bustling cities, you can conquer steep mountains or relax at sandy beaches, with northern lights wrapped around the horizon - Norway is the perfect blend of culture and adventure.

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Eastern Norway

Eastern Norway is a must if you want to visit the largest city in the country, bustling with culture and attractions. You can also hike some of the country's highest mountains while you are here, making this the ultimate combination of nature and city life.

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Eileen Hornell:Welcome to Oslo, the largest city in Norway. Explore its many attractions, go shopping, and enjoy a good meal at its many restaurants.
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Eileen Hornell:Fancy exploring Oslo from the water? Then you should book a tour of Oslofjorden. If the weather allows, you can finish the day with a refreshing swim at one of the beaches.
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Eileen Hornell:Jotunheimen is a breathtaking national park, perfect for hikers and nature lovers alike. You can choose between shorter day trips or head out into the wild for days on end.
Image - Besseggen
Eileen Hornell:Ready for an outdoor adventure? Besseggen is one of the most popular hikes in Norway, and just a glance at the photos reveal why.
Image - Galdhøpiggen
Eileen Hornell:We can't promise you the top of the world, but you can, however, get to the top of Norway. Galdhøpiggen is the highest mountain in the country, and it is accessible by foot in summer and ski during winter.
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Eileen Hornell:If you need a refreshing break while you are exploring Oslo, I recommend a stroll along Akerselva. It is a peaceful walk with many good restaurants along the way.
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The Royal Palace
Eileen Hornell:You´ll find the Royal Palace at the end of the famous shopping street, Karl Johans Gate. A peaceful, green park surrounds the Palace, ideal when you want to have a break from sightseeing and shopping.
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The Vigeland Park
Eileen Hornell:Vigelandsparken is one of the most popular attractions in the whole of Norway. Explore the over 200 sculptures made by Gustav Vigeland, and enjoy a picnic in the lush, green areas.
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Western Norway

Western Norway is renowned for its steep mountains, throwing themselves into the narrow fjords. Here are some of the sights, cities, and attractions you should experience during your stay.

Image - Bergen
Eileen Hornell:Bergen is a charming World Heritage City, also knows as the Gateway To The Fjords. Here you can enjoy culture, excellent food, and breathtaking nature.
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Eileen Hornell:Flåmsbana is a fun way to explore the impressive nature, and it takes you through majestic landscapes with steep mountains and green valleys.
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Eileen Hornell:Get ready to be impressed by the majestic mountain, enticing its visitors with its lakes and waterfalls.
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Eileen Hornell:If you enjoy hiking and you are ready for an adventure, Trolltunga should be on your to-do list. It is one of the most unusual mountain formations in the country, accompanied by a fantastic view.
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Pulpit Rock
Eileen Hornell:Pulpit Rock, also known as Preikestolen in Norway, is one of the most famous hikes. Every year thousands of visitors from all over the world hike up the mountain sides to marvel at the amazing view over Lysefjorden.
Image - Geirangerfjord
Eileen Hornell:The UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is a must-see for nature lovers, with its wild waterfalls, deep blue water, and majestic mountains.
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Eileen Hornell:Stavanger is a charming city with lovely, white beaches nearby. It is also a nice place to stay while you explore the surrounding areas, such as Lysefjorden or Pulpit Rock.
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Hardangervidda National Park
Eileen Hornell:Hardangervidda National Park is the right place for adventurers who fancy a bit of wilderness. It is the largest national park in mainland Norway, and you'll find plenty of cottages where you can stay overnight as you hike through the landscape for days on end.

Southern Norway

Known for its beautiful beaches and pleasant climate, Southern Norway is the right place to enjoy the long, Norwegian summer nights.

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Eileen Hornell:Kristiansand is a popular city during summer, with a gorgeous beach pretty much right in the city center. You can enjoy plenty of attractions, excellent restaurants, and many places for shopping.
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Lindesnes Lighthouse
Eileen Hornell:Head out the southernmost point in Norway, and visit the old lighthouse from 1656. The view is spectacular, but bring a coat as it can get quite windy here.
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Heddal Stave Church
Eileen Hornell:Explore Scandinavian history by visiting this impressive old stave church, described by many as a true masterpiece. It is still in use, despite being built early as in the 1200s.
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Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park
Eileen Hornell:Kristiansand Zoo is a great place to spend the day if you fancy a little adventure. Not only will you find many animals and fun shows, but you can also enjoy thrilling amusement park rides and go for a swim in their water park.
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Høyt & Lavt Kristiansand
Eileen Hornell:Why not shake things up a bit by testing your strength in this fun climbing park? Høyt & Lavt is a famous chain with climbing parks all over the country. You´ll soon discover why they are a favorite amongst the Norwegians.
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Eileen Hornell:Odderøya is one of the favorite places for hikes in the area, and you'll find it just outside Kristiansand. Odderøya has many peaceful paths, exciting galleries, and cozy cafes.

Northern Norway

Northern Norway invites to you explore both the wilderness and its charming cities. From surfing to whale safaris, exquisite cuisine to fine art - you'll find plenty to keep you busy.

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Eileen Hornell:Lofoten is a stunningly beautiful city that is surrounded by an even more impressive nature. Here you will find many attractions and unforgettable experiences, such as hunting down the northern lights or climbing steep mountains.
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Eileen Hornell:You shouldn't miss Tromsø if you are after a gorgeous city, draped in Northern lights during the winter. Tromsø is also full of life and culture, so if you want to dance under the midnight sun during long, summer nights, this is the place for you.
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$ 695
The Ultimate Tromso Overnight Tour Package
Eileen Hornell:If you want an experience that covers it all, this is the tour for you. Join it to sail down beautiful fjords, marvel at the northern lights and enjoy a good meal along the way.
Image - Andøya
Eileen Hornell:From whale watching to relaxing at sandy beaches, Andøya is indeed a magnificent place to visit during your trip to Northern Norway.
Image - Blåvatnet
Eileen Hornell:The immense blue lake creates a stunning contrast to the stark, steep mountains that throw themselves into the water. The actual hike there is easy, and even the young and the old should be able to get there without a problem.
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Tromso Wilderness Center - Dog sledding
Eileen Hornell:If you genuinely want a fun way to explore Northern nature, I would recommend dog sledding. Maybe you will even catch the northern lights as your furry friends carry you out into the wilderness?
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$ 705
Ultimate Sail To Whale Overnight Package
Eileen Hornell:Come along on a floating hotel as to sail to the whales, enjoying the arctic wilderness along the way.
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$ 185
Caving Adventure In Northern Norway
Eileen Hornell:This is the ultimate adventure for curious souls - join a guided tour of the mysterious caves in Northern Norway.

Wonderguide map

  1. Oslo
  2. Oslofjord
  3. Jotunheimen
  4. Besseggen
  5. Galdhøpiggen
  6. Akerselva
  7. The Royal Palace
  8. The Vigeland Park
  9. Bergen
  10. Flåmsbana
  11. Aurlandsfjellet
  12. Trolltunga
  13. Pulpit Rock
  14. Geirangerfjord
  15. Stavanger
  16. Hardangervidda National Park
  17. Kristiansand
  18. Lindesnes Lighthouse
  19. Heddal Stave Church
  20. Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park
  21. Høyt & Lavt Kristiansand
  22. Odderøya
  23. Lofoten
  24. Tromsø
  25. The Ultimate Tromso Overnight Tour Package
  26. Andøya
  27. Blåvatnet
  28. Tromso Wilderness Center - Dog sledding
  29. Ultimate Sail To Whale Overnight Package
  30. Caving Adventure In Northern Norway

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