So, I am home from wonderful Norway and still reeling from the excitement of that country. I can’t believe how much I did in just three weeks and I can’t believe how much of Norway still remains to be explored.

Such is the nature of travel–it only makes you hungry to come back for more! Thus I compiled this little list of things I’ve done and things I still want to do some day whenever I make it back to Norway (you may notice a lot of them include climbing, water, and eating, ahem). Feel free to grow the list by adding your own suggestions of all the amazing things you can do in Norway!

  1. Hike Preikestolen.
  2. Eat a pølse with everything on it!
  3. Taste licorice ice cream at Gangstad Gårdsysteri.
  4. Sleep in a lighthouse.
  5. Walk in the woods and hear the gransanger sing.
  6. Sail the entire coast of Norway on the Hurtigruten.
  7. Watch a play at Den Nationale Scene.
  8. Roam through the Vigeland sculpture park in Oslo.
  9. Fish for your own dinner at Havfruen in Trondheim.
  10. Join Trondheim students & indulge in the Sunday cake buffet at Mormors Stue.
  11. Compare versions of The Scream (By Edvard Munch) at the Munch Museum and Norway’s National Gallery.

    The Scream (AE, National Geographic Traveler)

  12. Climb the longest wooden staircase in the world.
  13. Watch the midnight sun.
  14. Visit the world’s largest halibut farm.
  15. Drive through the world’s longest road tunnel at Laerdal.
  16. Hunt for trolls along the jaw-dropping Trollstigen mountain road.
  17. Snowshoe in June.
  18. Wave a Norwegian flag on the 17th of May!
  19. Sample aquavit that’s crossed the equator twice!
  20. Kayak the islands of Ålesund.
  21. Fish for ling in a fjord.
  22. Learn a Norwegian folk song.
  23. Explore the Jugendstil architecture of artsy Ålesund.
  24. Be a pilgrim! Walk St. Olaf’s Way from Stiklestad to Trondheim Cathedral (90 km on a well-marked path, allow 4 days).
  25. Ride the famous Flåm Railway.
  26. Take a spa day at Hotel Union in Geiranger.
  27. Conquer Mt. Hoven by scaling the brand new Via Feratta.
  28. Sunbathe at Bergen’s best beach at Helleneset!
  29. Go to Hell! (Hell, Norway)
  30. Hike up to the ultra-isolated Skalefllå farm in Geirangerfjord.
  31. Drive the Golden Road of Inderøy.
  32. See any member of Norway’s royal family (they get around!)
  33. Run the famous Skåla Opp (1,848 m uphill race!)

    Milking a goat in Undredal (Photo by Juso, Undredral Dairy)

  34. Milk a goat!
  35. Drive through the incredibly scenic Gudbrandsdalen.
  36. Try 6 different kinds of salmon at the Hotel Alexandra Norwegian buffet.
  37. Taste some fjord-brewed beer.
  38. Practice your allemannsretten.
  39. Take the kids to Stavanger!
  40. Stay in Juvet, one of Norway’s ultimate experiential design “hotels”.
  41. Try Norwegian sushi made by Lithuanians.
  42. Find the perfect bouquet in Oslo’s flower market.

    Spectacular silvery Lysefjord (Photo by Andrew Evans, National Geographic Traveler)

  43. Ride the ferry through spectacular Lysefjord.
  44. Look for moose in the forest.
  45. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about leprosy at Bergen’s very cool Leprosy Museum.
  46. Lick a glacier.
  47. Explore Trondheim’s canals and cobblestone alleys by citybike!
  48. Visit a century-old farm (and taste the bread!) at Gulburet.
  49. Go clubbing in Oslo and see how hard Norway parties at night.
  50. Learn to say the same word in  Norway’s dozens of different dialects.
  51. Catch the dive show at the Atlantic Ocean Park in Ålesund.
  52. Go to composer Edvard Grieg’s home in Bergen.
  53. Check out the street art in Stavanger & the art scene at Tau Scene.
  54. Eat Norway’s “Best Breakfast” (and biggest) at Rica Nidelvan Hotelin Trondheim.

    Norway's best breakfast at Hotel Nidelvan (AE/NGT)

  55. Ride a helicopter through the fjords (worth it!)
  56. Stay in Husfrua, a whitewashed B&B from 1867 (serving all local food).
  57. Drink from St. Olaf’s blessed spring (and be healed!) in Valldal.
  58. Drink the water (‘cuz it’s the best).
  59. Take a wild ride in a rib boat.
  60. Eat brunost.
  61. Dine with an unforgettable view of Oslo at Ekebergrestauranten.
  62. See fur seals.
  63. Ride Bergen’s funicular all the way to the top.
  64. Retreat into the sagas by walking along the roaring ravine of Gudbrandsjuvet.
  65. Admire the dandelions.
  66. Visit Holmenkollen, Norway’s iconic ski jump, and the fascinating ski museum.
  67. Try the klappkak at Baklandet Skydsstation.
  68. Grab a backpack and jump headfirst into Frilufstliv.
  69. Ride a bike all the way down the Flåm valley.

    Coffee = life in Norway (Andrew Evans/NGT)

  70. Drink 8 cups of coffee a day.
  71. Get addicted to boller.
  72. Visit Undredal stave church, one of the oldest in the country.
  73. Buy a sheepskin rug (I did!)
  74. Try the goat cheese chocolates at Fjordnær Geiranger Sjokalade.
  75. Go white-water rafting in Voss.
  76. Count all the blonde people.
  77. Spend a day at the Vitenfabrikken (Science Factory) in Sandnes. So much fun.

    Kissed by a friendly Norwegian goat (Andrew Evans, National Geographic Traveler)

  78. Be kissed by a goat.
  79. Sleep in a Viking longhouse at Stikelstad.
  80. Climb up to Kjerag and conquer your fear of heights!
  81. Jog along the Oslo waterfront.

    Delightful & delicious, Eplemost (AE, NGT)

  82. Drink eplemost.
  83. Go canyoning
  84. Drive from Oslo to Bergen and count the tunnels you go through (dozens!)
  85. Put flowers on Ibsen’s grave.
  86. Find your relatives.
  87. Eat reindeer.
  88. Nap all day, stay up all night–and not know the difference.
  89. Get a room with a balcony at Hotel Continental.
  90. Enjoy the one-of-a-kind, otherworldly view at Flydalsjuvet.
  91. Tease the Swedes. Smiley a wink.gif
  92. Attend the ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.
  93. Swim in the fjords (not as cold as you think!)
  94. Climb up the tower and onto the roof of Trondheim Cathedral.
  95. Discover the awesomeness that is Norwegian Country Music!
  96. Stay at my favorite hostel in Norway: Eplet Bed & Apple.
  97. Ski all year round in the country that invented skiing.
  98. Take the train and gawk at the landscapes that pass you by.
  99. Be happy. You’re in Norway.

One last glimpse at Geirgangerfjord, Norway (Photo by Andrew Evans, National Geographic Traveler)

Comments

  1. Ken
    Toronto
    June 11, 2012, 3:19 pm

    If you’re lucky, watch the giant ocean liners and cruise ships make port…. if you’re luckier, be on on of them for a cruise in the fjords.

  2. Wenche
    Hønefoss
    June 11, 2012, 3:43 pm

    Tips for next visit:
    Drive through the incredibly scenic Valdres (the valley west of Gudbrandsdalen and much more scenic :-) ) http://www.valdres.com/en/

    Visit Fagernes (in Valdres) during the fermented fish festival in November (http://www.rakfisk.no/)

  3. Janne
    Oslo
    June 11, 2012, 3:45 pm

    If there is only one place you should visit in Norway i can recommend Svalbard and Longyearbyen. When you´re there you should go snowmobiling to Barentsburg (March/April.) A truly amazing experience!

  4. Hilde
    Tromsø
    June 11, 2012, 5:45 pm

    99 things to do in the southern part of Norway, rather…? (Ok, you can lick glaciers in the north too, but still…)
    Many would claim the best gems in Norway are (far) north of Trondheim…

  5. Inger Bjercke
    Norway
    June 12, 2012, 12:19 am

    You got the best left, everything north of Trondheim, Helgeland, Lofoten, Tromsø, Finmark. You just have to the next half of Norway.

  6. Eric
    Norway
    June 12, 2012, 12:56 am

    http://www.torungen-fyr.no/ – I mean, since you are into lighouses…..

  7. Goslin
    Norway
    June 12, 2012, 2:56 am

    To bad you didn’t climb up to “Trolltunga” :|

    http://www.visitnorway.com/ProductImages/TellUs/TellUs_2381_72_large.jpg

  8. Spetella
    Norway
    June 12, 2012, 4:12 am

    Sail the færderseilas, the worlds largest overnight regatta and see the entire Oslofjord. 800-1000 participating sailboats.

  9. Jarnfrid
    Norway
    June 12, 2012, 5:35 am

    Visit Jotunheimen!
    Stay at a hytte without electricity.
    Walk a mountain, take a break and eat “kvikk lunsj”.
    Try a bunad when it’s 20 (or hotter) degrees!
    Sunbathe 4am in Finnmark (midnight sun).

  10. Druzilla
    Norway
    June 12, 2012, 5:39 am
  11. Kenneth
    Steinkjer, Norway
    June 12, 2012, 6:16 am

    Well, glad you enjoyed the half of Norway you did visit. But you’ve only sampled a part of both the landscapes and the cultures then. Hopefully, you’ll be back some time to see the rest too. ;)

  12. Katti
    June 12, 2012, 9:24 am

    - Visit the Svartisen.
    - Take a train through Nordland to see the awesome areal.
    - Take a hike to Marmorslottet to see the magic of glacier water slowoly grinding the marble.

  13. Guttorm Andreasen
    Oslo
    June 12, 2012, 10:11 am

    And since you borrowed the title, why not check out 99 Minutes, a webcast filled with all the greatest norwegian music you can find in all genres, from follk to jazz to metal and beyond, all made in english! Do enjoy at http://www.listento.no/mic.nsf/doc/art2010053115075113276722

  14. Gunn Elin Pedersen
    Bodø
    June 12, 2012, 3:46 pm

    Visit Saltstraumen (Bodø),Værøy(Lofoten),Kjerringøy (Bodø),Bodø.

  15. Bodil Tveitan - visittelemark
    Skien, Telemark
    June 13, 2012, 9:16 am

    Great list with great things to do! However, I see that you still have a LOT to discover in Norway – for example Telemark County with e.g the Telemark Canal, Gaustadtoppen and Gaustadbanen (funicular railway inside the mountain) and lots more. We will be happy to welcome you next time you are in Norway :-) http://www.visittelemark.com

  16. Lene Fernstrom
    Naples, Florida
    June 13, 2012, 9:52 am

    Thank you for bringing me closer to my homeland through your articles! I live in Florida, but was born and raised in Oslo. I spend a month in Norway every year and always take a road trip somewhere new. Your list shows me there is still much to do….! I can’t wait to read your next blog!

  17. Marit Lien
    Lillehammer
    June 13, 2012, 11:33 am

    I wish to invite you ti the Peer Gynt festival in August. You will be amazed. All the best, Marit.
    http://www.peergynt.no/stemnet/video/

  18. Amanda Mac
    Australia
    June 14, 2012, 11:42 pm

    Only if a hurricane does not stop you….

  19. PB
    Trondheim, Norway
    June 15, 2012, 8:57 am

    Well, since I live here now:

    1) Climbing in Lofoten.
    2) Stay at Reine in Lofoten.
    3) Visit Øynaparken in Inderøy. Play football-golf. Have a beer tasting/beer brewing lesson. Gape at the fjord.
    4) Hiking in Jotunheimen!
    5) Skiing in Trollheimen. Do a topptur and eat kvikk lunsj with oranges at the summit.
    6) Via Ferrata at Munken.
    7) Pick and snack on cloud berries in an undisclosed location ;)
    There are more. So.Much.More.

  20. Thomas
    Ålesund
    June 19, 2012, 8:06 am

    Skiing at Strandafjellet, best off-pist i north europe (http://www.strandafjellet.no/?lang=7)

    Walk to Slogen, stay at patchell. Next day, walk down to Hotel Union

    Drive the atlantic coast road, breath taking!!

    Tromsø, amazing city. You will fall in love with that city.

  21. evelyn macute
    AFGHANISTAN
    June 25, 2012, 5:48 am

    yes , I think norway is a beautiful place to visit someday . I hope someday I could go there with my love tron from alvdal.

  22. Kim
    Norway (Fosen)
    June 26, 2012, 1:08 pm

    I agree with Goslyn, you should definitivly climb up to Trolltunga next time you visit. And visit Målselvfossen (Norways national waterfall), Gryllefjord (prepare to be wowed!), Nordkapp, Henningsvær, the Arctic sircle, Austråttborgen and the Austrått Fort (you get to climb through a hudge cannon from WWII), climb up to the Munken… and so on and so on… hope you come back some day and write more about our beautiful country :)

  23. Thea Karoline
    Skien, Norway
    July 16, 2012, 3:57 am

    This is a great list, there are things on here that I would love to do. As a norwegian I don’t feel like I’ve seen nearly enough of my own country so now I have my own little list.

    But there are still a couple of things I think you should do the next time you get here :)
    Go whalewatching in Andenes – http://www.whalesafari.no/
    Drive the Suleskar road. – http://suleskarvegen.no/
    Rent a boat and sleep under the stars or in the boat it self out in one of the fjords.

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  35. Emma
    England
    September 26, 2013, 10:24 am

    Yay, I was there on 17th May and got to wave a flag :) Tried out quite a few things in the list, but I’m planning on going back soon and doing even more including eating all these Norwegian foods.

  36. Alexander
    Kristiansand
    October 28, 2013, 6:12 pm

    What about Kristiansand Dyrepark (Kristiansand ZOO). You forgot all about the amazing south of Norway!

  37. Tine
    October 29, 2013, 6:56 pm

    Great article!
    Even though I’m from near by Oslo, I really think you’ve missed a lot from the north! Lofoten is a must(seriously! ) whale-safari, eat”Tørrfisk”, hike, sun 24h in the summer. Dark in the winter. visit Lyngør in the south. Downhill-skiing or downhill-cycling in geilo. Walk “mørkgonga” in Hole. Enjoy!