Tourist in your own country
Summer in Norway

Tourist in your own country

If you are spending your holiday in Norway we made you a list of places you perhaps didn't know existed.
01.July 2024 Elianne Strøm Topstad

Norway is a beautiful country full of great places to visit. It is a country of colorful towns with wooden houses and majestic natural landmarks like fjords, waterfalls and mountains. Norway is home to more natural wonders than we can count. We would like to share attractive activities and places to visit. 

Experience Norway by sea. Hurtigruten is perhaps most known for its operation along Norway's western and northern coast between Bergen and Kirkenes. Hurtigruten offers daily departures from Bergen to Kirkenes stopping off at 34 ports. Hurtigruten sails past 100 fjords and 1000 mountains.

The spectacular viewing point Stagastein offers splendid panoramic views of the fjord and a unique closeness to nature. Arriving from Flåm, where you find the famous Flåm Railway, this is a great sightseeing trip and should definitely be on your "bucket list". The Stegastein viewing platform is hanging at 30 metres out from the mountain walls and 650 metres up from the fjord, and gives you the feeling that you are floating above the fjord and villages below. The platform, which is part of the Aurlandsfjellet Norwegian Scenic Route, is open all year round and is placed along the mountain road between Aurland and Lærdal.

Hardangerfjord is close to Bergen and is considered one of the most beautiful areas in Norway. Two national parks, two Norwegian Scenic Routes, fjords, waterfalls and glaciers await you.

Trolltunga is one of the most spectacular scenic cliffs in Norway, hovering 700 metres above Lake Ringedalsvatnet in Odda. The hike to Trolltunga is a daunting adventure, and not for the faint hearted. Ascending to the top, you will experience that you are floating, especially if you dare to walk out to the tip of the “Tongue” (please be careful and watch your steps!).

Dronningstien, “the Queen’s route”, runs between the two villages of Kinsarvik and Lofthus in Hardanger. The trail climbs up to 1,100 meters, with the Sørfjord (an inner branch of the Hardangerfjord) on one side, and Hardangervidda National Park on the other. The Folgefonna Glacier glimmers in the distance. The hike is varied, leading through forest, high mountain terrain, and fruit orchards. There are fantastic panoramas along the trail and a number of spectacular viewpoints. The trail is known as the Queen’s route because it is one of the Norwegian Queen Sonja’s favorite hikes in Hardanger.

From fjord to mountain in five minutes – Loen Skylift in Loen is a gondola that goes from the fjord to Mt. Hoven (1011 masl) in Nordfjord.

Briksdalsbreen is a glacier arm of Jostedalsbreen, and is set in Briksdal Valley, at the end of Oldedalen Valley, in Stryn in Sogn og Fjordane County. This famous glacier arm lies in beautiful surroundings between high peaks and roaring waterfalls, dropping 1200 meters into the narrow Briksdal valley below. It is a spectacular sight attracting visitors from all over the world.

Jotunheimen National Park is the most mountainous landscape in Norway! Here you find Northern Europe’s highest mountain – Galdhøpiggen. Reaching 2469 meters above sea level the mountain is a national symbol of Norway situated in the heart of Norway. Hiking to Galdhøpiggen is one of the country's most popular mountain hikes and can be done both in the summer and in the winter with skis.

Geirangerfjord features on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List. You will not find more beautiful fjord in the World! Be amazed by Geirangerfjord, a place you simply cannot miss.

Trollstigen is part of the National Tourist Route Trollstigen – Geiranger, a two-hour drive with spectacular views and sights that runs all the way from Trollstigen to the bottom of the famous Geirangerfjorden. Trollstigen is Norway’s most visited tourist road, and this masterpiece in engineering in the midst of majestic natural landscape will make your drive a true joy ride.

Rallarvegen, the service road built for the construction of the Bergenline, has won a special status as a cycle track and is becoming more and more popular every year. Rallarvegen, following the outskirts of the Hardangervidda Plateau, leads you along the Bergen Railway Line from Haugastøl via Finse, Hallingskeid, Myrdal and down to Flåm. It is also possible to follow the road down to Voss. The road by itself is an attraction, but it also brings you through a fantastic highland area starting at 1000 meters above sea level, peaking at 1350 meters for then to lead you back down to the fjords at sea level. Rallarvegen was opened for cycling in the summer of 1974. Through the last few years we estimate that about 25 000 bikers from both Norway and abroad has found their way along the Rallarvegen each year.

Preikestolen BaseCamp
Preikestolen BaseCamp has an idyllic location overlooking Refsvatnet lake at the start of the main trail to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock). It’s the perfect starting point for hikes to Pulpit Rock and other wonderful hiking trails offering spectacular views of the Lysefjord. Enjoy a good night’s sleep and our delicious breakfast buffet. Rent a canoe, kayak, SUP board or go sleeping under the stars at Preikestolen LakeCamp.

Lysefjorden is one of Norway’s most beautiful fjords, with steep mountains on both sides. One of the highlights is to see the Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) from the fjord. Get close to nature, waterfalls, idyllic small islands and old farms by taking a cruise at the fjord. There are several alternatives and companies to choose from. Check out the new fully electric passenger boat, Rygerelektra. As the world’s fastest vessel of its kind, she is more than ready to take you on an environmentally friendly tour from Stavanger to Lysefjorden any day!

Sogndalstrand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rogaland. The village has pedestrian streets and small shops and galleries, and a salmon river is floating through the village. Sogndalstrand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Rogaland, and the only village in Norway where both the wooden buildings from the 1700's and 1800's and the surrounding cultural landscape are listed.

Tunnelstuo is a spectacular place to sleep in a former operative tunnel built in 1921. You sleep in hammocks inside the tunnel. There are two large openings to the tunnel, and it is around 250 meter long. From the opening next to a stone picnic table, you have a stunning view of the fjord and the valley, surrounded by steep mountain sides. Jøssingfjord is a paradise for mountain climbers. The most popular climbing areas are Hedlersfjellet and Profilveggen.

Bore beach
Our region boasts the longest sandy beaches in Norway, 70 km in all, and long stretches of sand dunes with their own special flora and fauna. The entire beach areas of Jæren are classified as a conservation area, and segments are also plant and wildlife conservation reserves. Bore beach is 3 kilometers long and possibly one of the nicest beaches in Norway. Please exercise extreme care while swimming at Bore beach, the undercurrents are very strong, and it can be dangerous for inexperienced swimmers. The beach is popular among surfers. Stay at Bore beach house or go camping.

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