Five Must See Cities in Norway

Whether you have ancestral ties to the Nordic country, you love active vacations, or you crave breathtaking scenery, Norway is an excellent destination. From the larger cities to more remote villages and destinations, you will fall in love with this Land of the Midnight Sun.

Norway is a beautiful Scandinavian country known for its historical landmarks, Viking heritage, and abundance of natural beauty. There is so much to discover in Norway, from large metropolitan cities to charming fishing villages and picturesque fjords.

Whether you are coming for the culture or to spend time outdoors, here are the five must-see cities in the country. 


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The wooden village of Rodelokka in Oslo.

As the capital city of Norway, Oslo is the most visited city in the country. However, unlike most capital cities, Oslo has a unique balance of natural beauty and modern innovations so you can easily combine both city life and nature experiences. The city itself overlooks the Oslo Fjords to one side with panoramic mountain views on the other. While you're in Oslo, be sure to check out the Norwegian Folk Museum and Museum of the Viking Age (formally the Viking Ship museum - opening in 2026) for a glimpse into the country's past. The capital is also great for its food scene, funky neighborhoods, and tons of events throughout the year. 


coastal view of houses

As the second-largest city in Norway, Bergen has a lot to offer. Bergen is a quintessential Norwegian town with old wooden boat houses that date back to the 12th century. The old wharf is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and delights visitors with its old cobblestone streets and colorful buildings. The trendy city has great restaurants, a progressive music scene and innovated fashion. No visit to Bergen is complete without sampling the local seafood!

Bergren is the perfect base to explore some of the most famous Norwegian fjords, including the famous Sognefjord.



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Nidaros Cathedral, Norway

Perfectly positioned in the middle of Norway's coastline is the town of Trondheim. As the country's third-largest city and former capital, Trondheim features a vibrant cafe culture in the colorful old quarter. As you walk the city's streets, you'll be surrounded by plenty of Norwegian history and culture. Be sure to visit the Nidaros Cathedral while in Trondheim, the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world! 


Henningsvaer, Norwegian charming fishing village in Lofoten Islands

Located on the Lofoten Islands is the charming fishing village of Henningsvaer. Located just inside the Arctic Circle, the town is known for its brightly painted houses that rise out of the sea and stand out against the harsh elements. Throughout the year, the town can experience beautifully clear days with 24-hours of sunlight or be completely blanketed in fresh snow. One of the best ways to experience Henningsvaer is to charter a boat and take a cruise around the islands. 


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Despite its remote location deep within the Arctic Circle, Tromso is one of Norway's most beautiful cities. Not only is it known for being a fantastic place to see the Northern Lights, but visitors can also enjoy dog sledding, spot reindeer, and tour centuries-old houses in this arctic winter wonderland. If you are looking for epic nature adventures, whale watching, or the midnight sun, Tromso is definitely the place to go! 

No matter where you choose to travel in Norway, you’ll be treated to breathtaking natural beauty and stunning architecture that will leave you in awe. 

When you are ready to plan your vacation to Norway, let’s incorporate the experiences to keep you talking about your trip for years to come.