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A Norwegian Study Guide

Chapter 4: The Norwegian Outdoors

The Norwegian outdoors has a lot to offer in a wide range of different activities and natural phenomenons. 

Many Norwegians will say that there is a crazy number of places you just can't miss before you leave the country.

To make it somehow manageable, we have selected a few places and things we think you should consider visiting.

  • Frognerseteren

    If you want to explore the grand forest surrounding the whole city of Oslo, we recommend you set your eyes on the traditional-style café Frognerseteren, where you can get an amazing view of the city.

    You can get there by metro, or, if you're feeling sporty, you can follow the beautiful hiking trail from Sognsvann through the woods. If you get there during their opening hours you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee or chocolate, and a freshly baked cinnamon bun while you take in the stunning view.


    Photo credit: Sean Hayford O'Leary

  • Lofoten

    A group of islands located in the north of Norway. Lofoten is known for its distinct scenery, with mountain peaks, open ocean and sheltered bays, beaches and vast unspoiled lands. We recommend that you go during summer, rent a bike and a charming fisherman’s lodge by the sea. Lofoten is a popular destination during the summer so we recommend that you book your trip early.

  • Trollstigen

    Want to challenge yourself with a hike in the Norwegian mountains? Trollstigen is one of Norway's most popular attractions. It's a steep cliff that rises 604 meters above Lysefjorden. Pack your hiking gear and set your eyes on the prize – an amazing view that meets you on top!


    Photo credit: Thomas Hartmann

  • Hardangerfjorden

    A beautiful district in the western part of Norway. The fjord is one of the longest in the world, starting at the Atlantic Ocean. It's surrounded by green nature and steep cliffs down into the fjord. You can access Hardanger by driving five hours from Oslo, flying to Bergen airport or taking a ferry. We recommend coming into Hardanger by ferry, visit the charming town, go for a hike and then keep travelling up Trollstigen by bus or car.


    Photocredit: SinWin

  • Northern lights

    The Northern light is a beautiful natural phenomenon you can be lucky to see in the northern part of Norway. You are most likely to be able to experience the Northern lights if you go during late autumn, winter or early spring. Unfortunately, you are never guaranteed to see the northern lights, but there are some places where it occurs more frequently, like Tromsø, Lofoten and Svalbard.


    Photo credit: Gaute Bruvik

  • Glaciers

    Norway has a total of 1627 glaciers. You can climb them, walk on them and even go skiing on them. But be aware, because of deep cracks in the glacier and unpredictable movement in the ice, you should never embark a glacier alone.


    With professional guides and proper equipment, however, you can get ready for an adventure for life!
    Ready to explore? The Norwegian Trekking Association is Norway´s biggest outdoor association. If you want to explore the Norwegian nature, we recommend you look up DNT's trekking routes and tips for enjoying nature in Norway.


    Photo credit: Karen Blaha

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