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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.