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Five Must-See Cities in Norway

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

Visited by cruise ship on most Northern European cruises ( as seen above by Cunard's Queen Mary 2), 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.


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. 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 Viking Ship Museum for a glimpse into the country's past.


As the second-largest city in Norway, Bergen has a lot to offer. Bergen is a quintessential Norwegian town with old wooden boathouses 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. No visit to Bergen is complete without sampling the local seafood!


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 street, 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!


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.


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.

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

About the writer:

Nancy Holmes Ploener is a Luxury Cruise Advisor with Suite Dream Cruises, LLC, an affiliate of Gifted Travel Network- a Virtuoso member agency. She works one-on-one with clients who want to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Her specialty is helping her clients see the world from the vantage of luxury cruising.

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