It took me TOO LONG to finally get to explore Norway. I have always believed that the true beauty of Europe lays in the Mediterranean countries such as Italy and Greece. However, how wrong I was! Norway is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited, and I wish I had stayed for longer. I want to show you 5 of the most amazing places in Norway, that most travellers probably don’t know about.
Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim is Norway’s national sanctuary, and was built over the grave of St. Olav, Norway’s patron saint. Ravaged by fire on several occasions, it lay largely in ruins at the time of the Reformation in 1537. The cathedral was rebuilt each time, mainly in the Gothic style, but the oldest parts around the transept reflect the Roman style. Today the Cathedral continues to attract a great number of visitors. Each year it receive approximately 400,000 tourists from around the globe.
The City of Tromso is located 350km north(!) of the Arctic Circle. The city is a popular destination for people wanting to catch a glimpse of the northern lights, with a season that last from September throughout March. From 20 May to 20 July the midnight sun shines, which makes it possible to participate in various activities around the clock. In day or night, though, this beautiful city shines brightly!
The Three Viking Swords Monument is located near the city of Stavenger. It was here Harald Hårfagre fought a battle that united Norway into one kingdom in 872AD. The striking monument represents peace, unity, and freedom. The Viking swords’ hilts are modelled on swords found in various parts of the country. This is such a unique monument, and I love Viking history!
Geirangerfjord is the UNESCO-listed national park in which you can find impressive waterfalls, lush forest, and beautiful wildlife. The area’s unique natural surroundings were created during a succession of ice ages, when glaciers carved out deep fjords and shaped the high mountains – and it is not a coincidence why Geirangerfjorden today often appears on lists of the most spectacular places in the world. Experience the fjords and the waterfalls from one of the many available sightseeing trips, go hiking in stunning surroundings or experience the fjords from a new perspective in a kayak!
Heddal Stave Church is Norway’s largest stave church built in the 1200s and still in use. It is a masterwork of wood, and the largest of the 28 stave churches in Norway today. Despite Norway’s immense natural beauty, this church must still rank as the finest gem in the country for tourism. It looks like something from a fairytale! Another good thing is that the church is situated a mere 2 hour drive from Oslo.