Norway is such a beautiful country, with hundreds of small towns (and small cities) that are just begging to be explored. Take a look at some favourites that should be on your travel-list.

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1.) Flåm

Flåm is a great village to explore the Fjords of Norway. Getting to this quaint Norwegian town is also part of the fun. Take a trip on the famous Flåmsbana that is regularly voted as one of the prettiest train rides in all the world! Breathtaking!

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2). Bergen

Although technically not a village, Bergen has as much charm and the laidback vibe as you could hope for. It’s Norway’s second largest town and is called the Gateway to the Fjords. Plan in some time to explore the beautiful old town – it has been declared UNESCO World Heritage for a good reason.

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3.) Trondheim

Trondheim is a spectacular city that offers some of the best architecture and history to explore. Don’t forget to take a look around at: the Nidarosdomen, Kristiansten Fortress and Ringve Museum.

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4.) Tromsø

If you have a taste for extreme places, Tromsø should be on top of your itinerary. Located deep within the Arctic Circle, this is the place to watch the famous Northern Lights. The surroundings of Tromsø are equally stunning with beautifully strange forests, fjords and mountains.

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5.) Geiranger

Geiranger is set right at the end of the Geiranger fjord and the base for exploring the overwhelming surroundings. Whether you’re taking on one of the many hikes or just go for a cruise through the fjord is up to you – just make sure you don’t forget your camera.

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6). Longyearbyen

If you’ve made it to Tromsø, why not also take in the Svalbard Islands, and with them the world’s northernmost settling Longyearbyen? Brightly coloured houses provide a nice contrast to the more muted colours of the scenery.

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7.) Reine

The picture tells it all – Reine and its extraordinary surroundings look like an carefully planned painting. Despite its size it draws several thousand tourists per year who all awe at the snow-capped mountain tops and the mystical blue water.

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8.) Undredal

Like many other villages in Norway, Undredal lies at the end of a majestic fjord. Here, the main attraction is the small stave church and the famous brown goat cheese that is still crafted the traditional way here. Undredal used to be only accessible by boat, but today the village has been disclosed by the Norwegian highway network.

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9.) Fredrikstad

Fredrikstad is an old European star fort, which provides a very unusual but amazing layout for this pretty little town. It is home to a beautiful old town full of vibrant small alleys and shops, ideal to get lost in for a day or two.

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10.) Stavanger

Technically a city, Stavanger lies on the south west coast of Norway. Not only does the city centre provide amazing eateries and excellent coffee, Stavanger is the perfect place to start your hike up to the awesome, Preikestolen.

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  • So pretty it almost doesn’t seem real! Would love to visit Norway one of these days!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      I dare say you’ll love it when you do. It’s been my biggest discover this year!
      Yaya

  • Valerie

    wow the scenery is incredible!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It sure is! Norway is an amazing place!

  • Lydia Ward

    Awesome write up and loved the photos!!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Lydia! Love Norway so much. It’s absolutely fantastic.

  • Looks so beautiful! Must put Norway on the ever growing wishlist 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Definitely. I’m more than certain that you’ll be glad you did.

  • Girl Gone London

    Was thrilled to see this list as I explored Norway for the first time last year and went to Bergen. Beautiful city, especially in the winter when everything is decked out for Christmas.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Bergen is amazing isn’t it? I’ve not been at Christmas so hearing that makes me wanna go back in time for Christmas

  • Stine Friis Hals

    I really dream of taking the car and driving all over Norway. I’m from a town called Namsos (three hours north of Trondheim), but I’ve never visited the more northern regions. Would be a perfect thing to do during summer, but as a student: It’s really an expencive country to travel in! Haha!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Oh my gosh that sounds amazing! I would love to do that too! Sounds absolutely perfect!!!
      Also, I’ve never heard of Namsos before. What’s it like?

      • Stine Friis Hals

        Namsos is.. well.. small! But it has a lot of great nature, and a beautiful coast-line. The river “Namsen” runs through it, and it’s one of the best salmon-rivers in the country 🙂
        The town has a lot of war-history, and was bombed to the ground as a birthday gift to Hitles (sick). Churchill even made the expression “to be namsosed” which means to be totally destroyed. So there’s a lot of cool stuff to see. But that’s also why the town today ain’t that pretty, since it had to be re-buit quite fast after the war.

        If you drive you can take the “kystriksvei” (like the “coastal road”) through the town and go on all the ferries that take you north! Much prettier than the main road “E6” through the forests. So if you ever drive thorugh Norway (which I would recommend over flying, since you can stop everywhere and watch the mountains and all the cool nature) you should totally choose the road along the coast! 😀

        • HandLuggageOnly

          This sounds fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing these awesome tips! We’re definitely using your tips on our next trip across the North Sea!

          We can’t wait!

          Lloyd & Yaya

          xx