When choosing what to do on your holiday in Norway, why not listen to what the Norwegians have to say? Here are the 15 most popular attractions and destinations in 2013 according to the locals! (Source: Visit Norway):
1) Vigeland Sculpture Park
This sculpture park is Oslo’s answer to Central Park in New York. It’s the place where the locals go to barbecue and relax with family and friends or enjoy a peaceful stroll among the 212 sculptures that have made Vigeland Park famous.
Foto: VISITOSLO/Tord Baklund
2) Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park
Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park is only 11 km from the centre of Kristiansand and is one of Norway’s most popular attractions. Part of the park is a safari park and zoo and the rest is a traditional amusement park with many exciting rides and activities.
Foto: Kjersti Solberg Monsen - Visitnorway.com
This is Norway’s most traditional amusement park and is a definite hit for families with young children. There’s something for the whole family at TusenFryd with roller coasters and over 30 different attractions, including a water park and a playground for the smallest visitors.
4) Nidaros Cathedral
Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim is Norway’s most important pilgrim destination, as well as being a popular tourist attraction. Construction of the cathedral began in 1070 and took 230 years to complete. It is Norway’s national cathedral and coronation church.
Foto: CH - visitnorway.com
5) Holmenkollen and Ski Museum
The Holmenkollen ski-jump is constructed of 100 tons of steel and hovers 60 metres above the slope below. It’s a tourist draw for all visitors to Oslo. At the bottom of the tower you’ll find the Ski Museum which chronicles the 4,000-year history of skiing.
Foto: VisitOSLO/Marco Boella
6) Fløibanen Funicular Railway
The Fløibanen funicular railway has transported passengers from the centre of Bergen to the top of Fløyen, one of the seven mountains surrounding the city, for almost a hundred years. While Fløyen isn’t the highest of the seven mountains, it has the best views out over the city, the fjords and the islands in the background.
Foto: Bergen Tourist Board / Nordlandblog.com - visitbergen.com
7) Hunderfossen Family Park
With its fairytale atmosphere and fun rural activities, Hunderfossen, near Lillehammer, is a definite children’s favourite. During the winter, the park becomes Hunderfossen Winter Park with a fairytale castle and Scandinavia’s southernmost ice hotel.
8) Geiranger Fjord
Magnificent Geiranger Fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the archetypal Norwegian fjord. Take a hiking trip in the surrounding mountains, see one of the many crashing waterfalls, go fishing or kayaking on the beautiful fjord or cycle the Trollstigen mountain trail.
9) Vøringsfossen Waterfall
With a direct drop of 145 metres and a total height of 182 metres, Vøringsfossen is understandably the most famous waterfall in Norway.
Vøringsfossen. Foto: Gaby Bohle - Visitnorway.co
10) Fredriksten Fort
The fort was built in the second half of the 17th century to defend against Swedish attack. It is situated close to the Norwegian/Swedish border southeast of Oslo. There’s plenty to see and do here, including exhibitions, guided tours and 17th-century culinary treats.
11) The Lofoten Islands
On Lofoten, you can completely de-stress and experience the complete silence of the magnificent natural landscape, while living and eating well. The Lofoten Islands charm all who visit, tempting them to return.
Foto: VisitNorway/Frithjof Fure
12) National Gallery
The National Gallery in Oslo holds Norway’s greatest collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures, including works by Munch, Manet and Cézanne.
13) The Flåm Line
Declared “The world’s most beautiful train ride” by the Lonely Planet Traveller, this spectacular train journey winds its way down the steep mountainsides from Myrdal, high up in the mountains, to the village of Flåm on the fjord.
14) Preikestolen - The Pulpit Rock
This rectangular rock formation protrudes from the cliff face 604 metres above Lysefjord and it’s not hard to see how it got its name. The view over Lysefjord is magnificent and the walk up to Preikestolen is surprisingly easy.
Foto: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS - Visitnorway.come
15) Nordkap—The North Cape
The North Cape plateau rises 307 metres above the sea and is a MUST see. Between 14 May and 29 July, visitors will be able to experience the midnight sun.
Nordkap. Foto: Frithjof Fure - Visitnorway.com