When you hear the name “Europe”, the first thing that comes to your mind is probably medieval architecture, Renaissance era paintings, statues, and artworks. Although, that’s not entirely Europe. Well, at least not the most northern part of it. Northern Europe is home to the Scandinavian countries. The countries with rich cultural and social history. The infamous Viking age marked the debut of these countries as prominent players in Europe. Though the culture changed significantly after the region’s conversion to Christianity. You are missing out greatly if you haven’t enjoyed the Nordic culture.
Kingdom of Norway
The way leading to the north is a scenic country. You may know Norway popularly by the Viking culture and the Northern lights. There is much more to the kingdom than just that. The vast lands encompass grand mountains, stark glaciers, and cavernous coastal fjords. The capital is Oslo, with luscious green spaces and old museums; the city is a delight to spend time in.
Here are the 5 Most Scenic Places in Norway you need to visit:
Situated on the southwestern coast, Bergen is a beautiful city with magnificent views of the country and nature. You must visit Bergen for two major reasons; the Sognefjord, and the colorful wooden houses of Bryggen. The Sognefjord (meaning King of the Fjords) is the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. The multihued houses on the wharf of Bryggen chronicle the Hanseatic trading empire. There also are many hiking trails, museums, lake, and lively markets to keep you busy on your holiday.
Your next stop should be the ski resort town: Lillehammer. The panoramic views, skiing, chairlifts, parks, and museums are enough for a full family vacation. There’s much to do in this tiny town. Moreover, if you are traveling with family, be sure to keep a monitoring app like the mSpy UK on your child’s cellphone in case he gets lost.
Tromso is the most happening place in all of the north of the arctic circle. It is a top tourist spot and a cultural hub. It is famous for serving as a viewing point of the Aurora Borealis a.k.a the Northern lights. Also, the stained-glassed Arctic Cathedral is a sight of its own. The city is famous among tourists and has many museums, gardens, aquariums, hiking tracks, kayaking spots, and mountain views.
The Lofoten archipelago is famous for the picturesque backdrop it provides. The islands are a great place to spend the summer. You can go biking around the islands passing through fishing villages and colorful homes on the waterfronts. The mountainous peaks encompass the islands and are a sight to behold. There are also many Viking and Fishing Museums. You can also find many wildlife and sea life around the islands.
Sitting on the Trondheim Fjord, Trondheim in central Norway is a dream destination for people in love with skylines. Probably the most famed attraction of the city is the 11th century Gothic Nidaros Cathedral. Which is built over the burial site of King Olav II. The cathedral has a beautiful rose window and an ornate façade that once had the sculptures of gargoyles (now in the nearby museum). The city also features beautifully colored homes, a botanical garden, a music museum, and much more.