In Northern Europe you’ll find Norway to be the most restrained and quiet of the clutch of Scandinavian countries. But in terms of awe-inspiring scenery and pristine beauty, it packs an incredible punch.
Oslo, the capital, is the oldest of all the Scandinavian capital cities and the most easy-going. It’s a city that’s spread out, making room for wide avenues, Neoclassical buildings and a bevy of parks. One popular park, Vigelandsparken, which sits inside the larger park of Frognerparken, is named for the extraordinary sculptures of Gustav Vigeland it contains, including the famous obelisk depicting the cycle of life. Don’t miss Thor Heyerdahl’s incredible vessel, Ra II, at the Kon-Tiki Museum, and the 9th-century Viking longships at the Vikingskipshuset, among other sites, but don’t stop there.
To get a real taste of Norway you need to get out of the capital and see its wild and rugged coast. Visit beautiful Bergen and Trondheim and the many rugged fjords that link them. And if you have the time, especially during the 24-hours days in early summer, Tromsø and the Lofoten Islands up in the Arctic Circle are a treat.
Good to Know
A Take-Your-Breath Away Train Trip
For a take-your-breath away trip through some of Norway’s wildest and most magnificent scenery, hop aboard the Flåm Railway.
The Viking Ship Museum
One of Oslo’s most interesting museums is the Vikingskipshuset, the Viking Ship Museum at Bygdøy, part of the Museum of Cultural History.
Oslo to Bergen on the Bergen Railway
There are several rail trips in Europe that offer spectacular scenery. Norway’s Bergen Railway is one of them.