Places to Visit in Norway

Among the three Scandinavian countries Norway is the westernmost and northernmost country located in Northern Europe, west of Sweden. Well-known for its complex and deep fjords along its west coast, it extends from the North Sea near Denmark and Scotland into the Arctic Ocean. With its main attraction being the scenic beauty of its coastline, places to visit in Norway are quite impressive and spectacular for travelers visiting this country of innumerable breathtaking fjords.

Oslo

•  Akershus Castle

•  Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

•  National Gallery

•  The Viking Ship Museum

•  The Vigeland sculpture park

Trondheim

•  Nidaros Cathedral

Bergen

Hanseatic Museum

Bergen Aquarium

Troldhaugen

• Bergen Fish Market

 

Oslo

The capital and largest city of Norway, it provides many museums of national importance and parks in a beautiful lively setting.


The Akershus Castle of medieval times dating back to1299 and also the Royal Residence was in 1592 developed into a fortress and latter rebuilt into a renaissance castle. The magnificent halls, the Castle church, the Royal Mausoleum, Government's Reception Rooms and Banqueting Halls should not be missed while in a trip to Norway.

The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is Europe's one of the largest open-air museums. Various activities like folk dancing, arts and crafts, baking, domestic animals, shows, horse riding for children etc. take place in its season.

The National Gallery, a part of the National Museum of art, architecture and design holds large collection of Norwegian, Nordic and international art from the beginning of the 19th century up until now. Even sculptures many of Edvard Munch's major works are also found here.

Part of the University Museum of Cultural Heritage the Viking Ship Museum contains, besides other Viking-ship discoveries, the world's two best-preserved wooden Viking ships built in the 9th century.

The Vigeland sculpture park is one of Norway's most visited attractions with more than one million visitors every year. The life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron, the monumental artistic creation with a human message is worth seeing.

Other attraction in Oslo includes:

•  Nobel Peace Centre

•  Akershus Fortress

•  Natural History Museum

•  Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower

•  The Polar Ship Fram

•  TusenFryd Amusement Park

Trondheim

The Nidaros Cathedral is regarded as Norway's national shrine and is also the largest medieval building in Scandinavia. The oldest remains date back to the 12th century. In the summer month one gets to see the Norwegian Crown Jewels on display.

Bergen

The second largest city in Norway, this old city with a young outlook is the trading center with a rich culture and dramatic scenery.

The Hanseatic Museum reveals how the Hanseatic merchants lived in the German Office in Bergen. Situated in one of the old trade houses at Bryggen, the museum has old interiors from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Bergen Aquarium one of the oldest aquariums in Europe and the largest in northern Europe was founded as early as 1960s. It has one of Europe's largest collections of fish from the North Sea, including seals, penguins and carps which swim around in three outdoors ponds.

Troldhaugen is the house of the famous composer Edvard Grieg. After he died in the late 19 th century his country house has been preserved in the state it was then. Tourists come here to see how he lived.

With a long history Bergen's Fish Market is also the historical centre for fish trade. The market does not only sell fresh and prepackaged fish but also other foods, and souvenirs for the tourists.

Some other places of interests are:

•  Bryggen

•  Lyse Abbey

•  Bergenshus fort

 

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