7 Photos That Will Inspire You to Travel to Norway

Few countries can boast the natural beauty of Norway. From its famous fjords to its majestic glaciers, Norway’s landscape is dramatic and unforgettable. These striking photos will make you want to travel to Norway on your next family vacation.

Trolltunga

Trolltunga is a must-see when you’re touring Norway. This piece of rock juts out horizontally from a mountain about 2,300 feet above the lake Ringedalsvatnet. The view on this spectacular scenic cliff is simply breathtaking.

Photo: Igor Plotnikov
Photo: Igor Plotnikov

Bryggen

Bryggen is the centerpiece of the beautiful city of Bergen. This old wharf was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Though many of these traditional wooden houses have been lost to fires, today 62 still remain in this ancient community.

Photo : Rolf Svedjeholm
Photo : Rolf Svedjeholm

Oslo Opera House

This striking example of modern architecture is home to the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, as well as the national opera theatre in Norway. Architect Tarald Lundevall designed the space to be a mix of cool materials like white granite and white marble, with warmer materials like the oak that covers its famous Wave Wall.

Photo: Nataliia Anisimova
Photo: Nataliia Anisimova

Norwegian Cottage

Located in the village of Ulvik, this typical Norwegian cottage is available as a vacation rental. You can find the listing here.

Source: Life of Boheme

Photo Credit: Life of Boheme
Photo Credit: Life of Boheme

Vigeland Park

This beautiful sculpture is found in the Vigeland Park in Oslo; the park is the world’s largest sculpture park by a single artist. Created by Gustav Vigeland in the 1940’s, the park contains more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. The sculpture pictured, “Man chasing four geniuses,” was created before June 1930; the sculpture is part of ‘The Bridge’ section of Vigeland Park. Visitors can enjoy the park year round at no cost.

Photo: Nataliia Anisimova
Photo: Nataliia Anisimova

Nærøyfjord

Located in Western Norway, the Nærøyfjord is a narrow branch of the 204 km long Sognefjord. The Nærøyfjord is 18 km long and only 250 meters wide in some places. The mountains surrounding the fjord rise up to 1400 meters high. The fjord has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2005; in fact, National Geographic ranks it as the world’s top heritage site. The name Nærøyfjord originates from the Norse god ‘Njord’, the god of the seafarer and the sea. The fjord is a popular tourist destination with peak visitation in the summer months (the fjord is largely covered with ice in the winter). Creators of the Disney film Frozen based Arendelle on the Nærøyfjord.

Photo: Jose Alfonso De Tomas Gargantilla
Photo: Jose Alfonso De Tomas Gargantilla

Viking Ship Museum

The beautiful Oseberg ship was built in western Norway around 820. The ornamentation and handiwork is exceptional for vessels of this era, and whomever commissioned the construction of the ship used considerable resources to do so. When at sea, the Oseberg ship could be both sailed and rowed. In 834, the Oseberg ship was brought ashore and used as a burial chamber for two wealthy women. The vessel was discovered by a farmer in 1903 and excavated by Gabriel Gustafson in 1904. Restoration of the vessel took 21 years, and more than 90% of the original timber is preserved in the reconstruction. Visitors can see the Oseberg ship at The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo.

Photo: ojimorena
Photo: ojimorena

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