Top Places to Visit in Norway

This weekend I’m off to a land where most people don’t want to be this time of year–the land of the cold. Packing layers and donning sweaters is me in my element, though, so I couldn’t be more stoked. Plus, apparently there’s a whole town full of my relatives, so my mom and I are taking a soul-searching, life-affirming vacation to explore the depths of our familial history. Quite the emotions. So, in honor of our Norway trek, I decided to ask some awesome bloggers what their favorite spots are in Norway. I’ll learn something and you’ll learn something. Maybe you’ll find these places on your next trip:


Old Lærdalsøyri Village


Tracy says: “Visiting Laerdal with its Old Lærdalsøyri Village which has 161 protected buildings. Some of them date back to the mid-18th century. It’s a beautiful place.”



David says, “Hidden away in the fragmented coastline of central Norway lies the picturesque gem of Alesund. This city surrounded by islands and fjords boasts not only beautiful landscapes, but some of the country’s most exquisite architecture. Here, wonderful art nouveau buildings line the waterfront really just putting Alesund over the top as one of Norway’s most scenic spots.”


“The village of Olden is a beautiful and stunning place to wander,” Paul and Carole say. “Olden is located at the inner end of the Nordfjord, and is characterized by varied and dramatic scenery. Peaceful valleys lie in contrast to gleaming glaciers, foaming waterfalls and towering mountains. Olden is the gateway to the Jostedal Glacier, the largest glacier on the European mainland…23 miles away, and old Viking burial mounds can also be found in the surrounding areas.”



The Village of Tranøy

Mari Longva Hanssen, a local says, “[The outdoor art exhibit seen above] changes every year, and they also have several other pieces of art scattered around this lovely community, as well as a lovely bakery, chapel and light house that are well worth a visit. You also have a view of the Lofoten Wall mountain range from Tranøy.” The first picture is of “The Royal Family’s sailboat outside Tranøy, as the queen visited the area. Tilthornet mountain in the background.”

Mari raves about Norway in general, in case you were iffy on whether or not you want to visit. “I think what I love the most about Norway is the fjords and the mountains and how spectacular they are! To hike and get these magnificent views over endless peaks and fjords or oceans is so satisfying. And also challenging, as many hikes are rather steep. You feel so alive and get away from the everyday hustle and bustle. It is pure therapy for the soul.”

She had numerous amazing pictures and places to share, but with a goal to narrow it down to one place per person, I have to leave it to your imagination.

*The pictures are from Mari’s husband, Frode Longva Hanssen.

22 thoughts on “Top Places to Visit in Norway

  1. Sarah November 4, 2017 / 8:17 am

    The Village of Tranøy looks amazing. Will have to visit one day.

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  2. Ruth November 4, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    These places (and villages) look straight out of a book. So much beauty in Norway! I hope to visi tone day.

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  3. paulandcarolelovetotravel November 4, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Thanks for including ours, so many beautiful places in Norway we need to go back! #feetdotravel

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  4. sue November 5, 2017 / 7:58 am

    NICE! Go Kat go! My family is from the town of Åndalsnes. I have life long ‘lusted’ to travel there. Love the blog, I will follow.

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    • catdismukes November 9, 2017 / 6:52 pm

      Thanks! I hope you get to make it there 🙂


  5. bigdogtravelblog November 6, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I want to visit all of these, they all look so magical. Thanks for the list 🙂 can’t wait to follow your trip!

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  6. shrutisutwala November 7, 2017 / 2:42 am

    Norway has been on my list for so long ! All places look so amazing 🙂 Will go soon!

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  7. PackYourBaguios November 8, 2017 / 9:30 am

    How exciting to visit the place of your ancestors! I’ve yet to be to Norway, but the pictures are so breathtakingly beautiful. I hope you get to meet lots of family!

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  8. Shona November 9, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    So far I’ve only been to Oslo so to get to see all of these picturesque locations would be wonderful. What a journey you’ll have with your mum. I hope you will share some of your adventures with us. Have fun looking up your old address. 😉

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    • catdismukes November 9, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      Thanks! Having fun already and will definitely post some trip details once I’m back 🙂 Hopefully you get to make it back to see the other places the bloggers have suggested!


  9. Travel Lexx November 9, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    Norway is beautiful and while I have only been to Oslo as a kid, I definitely want to return and explore more of the country. Alesund looks great!

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  10. Agness of a Tuk Tuk November 10, 2017 / 7:17 am

    Norway is a truly picturesque and astonishing country which definitely has lots to offer. This is a very exceptional list of places which seem worth visiting, Cat! Is a day trip enough to explore the Village of Tranøy?


  11. RobRob @TravelLatte(.net) November 12, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    Love this list! First off, great team of travel bloggers you recruited. We trust their judgement, and the places they chose for this post shows why! We have yet to make it to Norway (despite having friends who keep inviting us!) but would love to spend some time exploring. And now we have some ideas on where to go! #FeetDoTravel

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  12. Jane Gealy November 30, 2017 / 7:16 am

    I love Norway! I went on a cruise a couple of years ago, not really a fan of cruises (who needs all that food?) but it was the best way to see the fjords. Good luck with your adventures.

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    • catdismukes November 30, 2017 / 7:28 am

      Must’ve been beautiful!!! Thank you—you too!


  13. delphinethebabbler January 13, 2018 / 8:29 am

    Oh my goodness, this looks like an absolute dream! Your pictures are beautiful, I’m so jealous!
    I’ve been meaning to go on a winter trip through Finland, Norway and Sweden but I have a fear of the cold, having spent most of my life in sunny Los Angeles.
    Anyway, thanks for the awesome tips and I look forward to more of your posts in the future.
    If you would also like to follow my travel adventures stop by my blog as well which is a combo of book reviews and my wanderings. 🙂

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    • catdismukes January 13, 2018 / 1:10 pm

      Thanks! You should definitely try a cold place. It’s worth it!! Although, you can’t beat the sun in LA 🙂 I’ll check out your blog. Excited to hear about your adventures, too!


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