8 Best Places to Visit in Norway

8 Best Places to Visit in Norway. A Mind Map by Arpit Banjara.

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8 Best Places to Visit in Norway by Mind Map: 8 Best Places to Visit in Norway

1. 2. Alesund

1.1. It is Located on Norway’s west coast,

1.2. Ålesund is the gateway to the iconic

1.2.1. northwestern fjords

1.2.2. and surrounding alpine mountains

1.3. The city of Alesund owes its present-day picturesque appearance

1.3.1. to a city-wide reconstruction after a fire in 1904 destroyed most of the town

1.4. The city was rebuilt with stone and brick

1.4.1. in the architectural style of the time and stands today as a perfect example of Jugendstil design

1.5. Visitors can learn more about the style

1.5.1. at the Jugendstilsenteret

1.5.2. or Art Nouveau Center

1.6. A hike up the 400 steps to the viewpoint Fjellstua

1.6.1. is worthwhile as well

2. 3. Tromso

2.1. Tromso is renowned both for

2.1.1. its large number of 18th-century wooden houses

2.1.2. and for the beauty of its natural surroundings

2.2. Most of the city is situated on the island of Tromsoya

2.2.1. where visitors can explore several fine museums and stroll through stunning birch tree forests

2.3. Trips up Storsteinen Mountain in the Fjellheisen Cable Car

2.3.1. offer visitors amazing views of the surrounding fjords and mountains

2.4. The arctic aquarium Polaria and the Polar Museum

2.4.1. are popular attractions in this city located 350 km (217 miles) north of the Arctic Circle

2.5. Tromso is one of the best places in the world

2.5.1. to view the Northern Lights.

3. 4. Trondheim

3.1. There’s something for everyone

3.1.1. in the northern city of Trondheim.

3.2. Norway’s third largest city

3.2.1. was the country’s capital during the Viking Age

3.2.2. and the nation’s religious center during the Middle Ages,

3.3. Top attractions of the city include

3.3.1. Sverresborg a restored 12th century castle

3.3.2. the Nidaros Cathedral the northernmost Medieval cathedral in the world

4. 5. Jotunheimen National Park

4.1. Jotunheimen, or Home of the Giants

4.1.1. is Norway’s premier national park.

4.2. It is located in the nation’s south central region

4.3. the park encompasses several mountain ranges

4.3.1. including Norway’s 29 highest peaks

4.4. The park is also home to Vettisfossen

4.4.1. which at 275 meters (900 feet) is the highest waterfall in Norway

4.5. Mountain lodges and well-marked trails in the area

4.5.1. offer visitors easy access to glacier hikes summit tours mountain climbing and skiing

4.6. Tour companies and trekking associations

4.6.1. offer outdoor adventures for visitors of every age and skill level.

5. 6. Svalbard

5.1. Svalbard is a group of islands

5.1.1. located between the Arctic Ocean, Barents Sea, Greenland Sea, and the Norwegian Sea

5.2. The islands are under Norwegian rule since 1920

5.3. Its settlements are the northernmost permanently inhabited spots on the planet

5.3.1. far more northerly than any part of Alaska and all but a few of Canada’s Arctic islands

5.4. The combined permanent population is less than 3000

5.4.1. nearly all of which is concentrated in the main settlements of Longyearbyen and Barentsburg on Spitsbergen

5.5. Svalbard’s visitors come mostly to experience Arctic nature

5.5.1. at its rawest and most powerful

5.6. The islands feature untouched glaciers and craggy mountains

5.7. The islands also feature amazing wildlife such as

5.7.1. polar bears

5.7.2. caribou

5.7.3. reindeer

5.7.4. polar foxes

5.7.5. whales

5.7.6. seals

5.7.7. and walruses.

6. 7. Stavanger

6.1. Stavanger is one of the few places in the country

6.1.1. with long sandy beaches, making it the ideal summer destination for those who want to mix sunbathing with their Scandinavian explorations

6.2. The city’s harbor is a popular stopping point

6.2.1. for cruise ships touring the fjords, and many of Stavanger’s attractions are just a short stroll from the shore

6.3. Top attractions include

6.3.1. Rogaland Kunstmuseum boasts an excellent exhibition of Norwegian art

6.3.2. the Stavanger Cathedral is the country’s best Medieval church

6.3.3. the Gamle Stavanger District transports visitors back in time to 18th-century Scandinavia

7. 8. Lofoten Islands

7.1. Lofoten is a group of islands

7.1.1. in the northern part of the country

7.2. With its postcard looking small fishing villages nestled in fjords

7.2.1. dotting a very rugged coast with abrupt peaks rising directly from the ocean the archipelago is often described as one of the most scenic parts of Norway

7.3. the archipelago is located well above the Arctic Circle

7.3.1. at about the same latitude as Greenland it enjoys a relatively mild climate

7.4. Temperatures up to 23°C in the summer are not uncommon

7.4.1. although it remains a subarctic destination and the weather changes fast.

8. 1. Oslo

8.1. Norway’s capital and most populated city

8.1.1. Oslo is a vibrant modern city with a confident attitude and laid-back atmosphere

8.1.2. Hugging the horseshoe-shaped shores of the Oslofjord

8.2. Oslo is one-third city and two-thirds forests

8.2.1. parks and green spaces

8.2.2. making outdoor activities like hiking and biking popular pastimes

8.3. From its 19th-century city center with its museums

8.3.1. lively bars and restaurants to the Nobel Peace Center located in the city’s former railway station

8.3.2. Oslo is culturally rich as well

8.4. The city’s 50 museums range from

8.4.1. the Munch Museum which features “The Scream” and other works by Edvard Munch

8.4.2. the Folkemuseet an outdoor museum that includes more than 150 historic buildings from all over Norway, including a Stave Church

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