Top 10 Instagramable Spots In Norway
Norway (Norge in Norwegian) is a once-in-a-lifetime destination. You have probably heard that is also one of the most expensive countries in the world; however, if you have the chance to visit the country, it will pay you back with never-to-be-forgotten experiences. Norway is a perfect destination all year around: the fjords, the northern lights in winter and the midnight sun in summer make Norway a must-visit destination. It is a whole year destination: you can either hike through its scenic fjords in summer or travel above the Arctic Circle to witness the Northern Lights.
After a few months living in Oslo and travelling around the country, I can tell that if you have the chance to travel to Norway it will be a huge life experience. In this post, I want to share with you my top 10 Instagram-worthy spots in Norway.
The meaning of Trolltunga is “the Troll’s tongue”. This is one of the most breathtaking spots in Norway. It is a rock situated 1100 meters above the sea level, hovering 700 metres above the lake Ringedalsvatnet. You can hike to Trolltunga in the summer months, from mid-June to mid-September. The hike is about 22 km and it takes between 8 and 12 hours; however, the views are totally worth it and you can even find some snow during the hike.
Preikestolen or the Pulpit Rock is another astonishing cliff in Norway. It rises 604 meters (1982 ft) above the Lysefjorden. The top of the cliff is almost flat and it is as big as 25 by 25 meters. On summer days it can get really crowded with people sitting all over the rock.
Kjeragbolten is a 5 cubic meter stone stuck in between two rocks which rises 735 meters above the Lysefjorden. In my opinion, this one can be really shocking because there is a direct drop just below and as the area is not that big it can be quite a fright. However, you can see couples standing on the stone and the bravest can even jump on it, but if you’re a chicken (like me), you can just stand or sit on the stone and you’ll get a cool photo that will be the envy of your friends.
The Lofoten archipelago is found in the Norwegian Arctic Circle. Its dramatic mountains, peaks, beaches and wonderful Northern lights are the reasons why it has become a must visit destination among photographers. Two natural phenomenon’s occur in the Arctic Circle:
- The midnight sun during the summer months, when the sun remains visible even at midnight; and,
- The polar night when the night lasts for more than 24 hours. In summer, you can enjoy its out-of-this-world landscapes, whereas in winter you can witness the hypnotizing dance of the Northern Lights.
Senja is also an island in the north of Norway and lately it has become a must-visit-and-take-awesome-photos destination in Norway. As with most of the places in Norway, there is only a small population living in the island. However, if you have the opportunity to travel there in summer or winter you can experience the midnight sun or the northern lights and polar night respectively.
Nærøyfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005. It is an arm of the Sognefjord, which is 204km long. There are some fjord cruises (that aren’t so cheap) which will take you along the fjord to enjoy the impressive waterfalls, mountains and remote villages that cannot be accessed by car. If you’re a fan of Frozen then you should know that Arendelle was inspired by this fjord.
Geiranger is a small village in the west of Norway considered as the best Scandinavian touristic destination by Lonely Planet. Its fjord, the Geirangerfjord, is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and some centuries ago used to be the capital of the country. Its center is the UNESCO World Heritage site, Bryggen. Bergen is surrounded by seven hills and it known as the gateway to the fjords, so it’s a perfect starting point if you want to enjoy Norwegian fjords.
Tromso is by far the largest city in northern Norway. Some people call it the “Paris of the north”. In winter is a perfect destination for experiencing the aurora borealis but, if you’re not lucky enough to have the chance to witness the northern lights, there are plenty of activities available.
The Atlantic Ocean Road.
Atlantic Ocean Road (Atlanterhavsveien) is a section of CR64 that connects several islands. Norwegians are really good with tunnels and bridges. Indeed, the world’s longest tunnel (24.5 km) is found in Norway: the Laerdal Tunnel. However, the Atlantic Ocean Road is more impressive… but I will let the images speak for themselves.