Norway is absolutely beautiful and every traveler should include this country on their bucket list. With its scenic mountain views, interesting history, vibrant architecture, and wonderful people, the sheer beauty of this Nordic country is just too compelling to be ignored. And if that’s not enough to convince you, here’s my list of 16 Amazing Things To Do In Norway During a Norway Winter!
Learn about the ancient history of the Vikings at the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo
Viking Ship Museum: The Vikings have traveled through the rivers of Norway in their longships during the ancient times. At the Viking Ship Museum, you will learn more about the history of these ships and other fascinating stories about the Vikings. But the most interesting thing about this is the thought that you will be stepping on the same footprint that the Vikings once stepped over thousands of years ago!
Be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring sculptures at Vigeland Park
Considered as the world’s largest sculpture park, the Vigeland Park is one of the most popular Norway attractions that can be found in Oslo. Walking through the park, you will be mesmerized by the hundreds of awe-inspiring sculptures made by the country’s most celebrated sculptor, Gustav Vigeland. I have seen this in both the Norway winter and in the spring and both are spectacular.
Explore Oslo’s best-kept secret, the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum
Gustav Vigeland’s brother, Emanuel Vigeland, is a popular painter whose works can be found at the Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum. Set in a cylindrical vault, the mausoleum is said to be Oslo’s best-kept secret. Unlike the other museums in the country, there are fewer people visiting this place, which makes it an even more interesting site to visit.
Be sure and read: What to do in Oslo
View the largest collection of paintings at the National Gallery
Norway is a trove of museums, which makes it a top destination for artists and art lovers. Home to the largest collection of sculptures and paintings, the National Gallery also display some of the most popular works of Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and Pablo Picasso.
Climb the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen)
If you are afraid of a mountain’s edge, climbing Preikestolen is one way to test your fear! Towering at 604 meters at the Lysefjord, this enormous cliff is mind-blowing and something that adventure seekers should not miss during their visit to Norway. I climbed it during the shoulder season of a Norway winter.
Norway winter: 16 Amazing Things To Do
Experience the majestic snowy landscapes in Alta and Tromsø
If you want to experience Norway winter like no other, visit the charming cities of Alta and Tromso, in the northern part of the country. During winter, both cities are beautifully blanketed with snow, which makes for a perfect backdrop for your winter photo!
Visit Bryggen, the charming old wharf of Bergen, Norway
Included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list, Bryggen is a historic wharf established in the 14th century and has been an important part of the trade industry in Norway. Exploring the wharf, you will find rows of colorful shops, restaurants, and cafes. The narrow alleyways in between the colorful buildings are also worth exploring during a Norway winter.
Where to stay in Bryggen (Bergen), Norway: The Clarion Collection
Hop on a ferry at Geiranger and be in awe at the gorgeous views of nature
The ferry ride at Geiranger is no doubt one of the most scenic ferry journeys you’ll ever get to experience in your entire life. You’ll be passing at a gorgeous S-shaped fjord where you can marvel at the scenic mountain overlooking the fjord. For a magical Norway winter, the charming port town of Geiranger itself is also worth exploring.
- Visit the Stavanger Cathedral
This medieval-era cathedral is a “do not miss” during your Norway winter visit to Stavanger, located in the core of downtown Stavanger. Specifically located between the gorgeous harbor and the city park. In 1272, a large fire ravaged Stavanger and the cathedral suffered quite a bit of damage. Can you believe it is still standing today? It was rebuilt and enlarged to the Gothic style you see today.
Travel to the North Cape and witness the most amazing scenes of nature during your Norway winter trip
The North Cape is a popular Norway landmark that attracts many visitors all year round because of its amazing scenery and diverse landscapes. In fact, it’s a great place for Norway winter activities, where its snow-capped mountains are a popular spot for dog sledding and skiing. During summer, you can enjoy the Midnight Sun or view the Northern Lights during the rest of the year.
Take a scenic train journey during your Norway winter trip
Norway is known for having some of the best rail routes in Europe. The country has more than 2,000 miles of train tracks. Some journeys allow you to enjoy the most scenic views of the country, such as the Bergen Railway. It passes through the Hardangervidda plateau and the Dovre Railway whisks you through the beautiful Gudbrandsdalen Valley.
Drop By at the Oslo Cathedral
When in Oslo, take time to drop by at the Oslo Cathedral, one of the main attractions in the city and a popular Norway landmark. Built in the 11th century, the church features a baroque facade. It is the first ever church to have been built in the country.
Marvel at the Arctic Cathedral during a Norway winter in the city of Tromsø
Another interesting structure that’s worth a visit in Norway is the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso. The cathedral was built in 1965 by architect Jan Inge Hovig. It is meant to look like huge blocks of ice. You will find interesting mosaics sparkling inside and its facade is made entirely of glass that has a huge crucifix. Truly, this cathedral is a wondrous sight to behold. Tromso is the perfect Norway winter destination.
Tour the charming Akershus Castle
The Akershus castle was built to protect Oslo from invasions during the medieval period. Today, the building is being used by Norway’s Ministry of Defence. It is also opened for tours, where visitors can explore the ancient old chapel and the banquet rooms inside.
Norway winter activity: Watch the Northern Lights at Svalbard
There are various places in Norway where you can witness the spectacular Northern Lights, but Svalbard is the best of them all. Since its location is so hideously north, the island registers aurora activity with only a slight whiff of geomagnetic activities. Thus, you can attest to the unbelievable colors in all their glory, as they move across the Arctic sky in the Norway winter.
16. Discover the untamed islands of Lofoten
Lofoten is one of the most visited Norway attractions. This is not only because it is one of those places where you can catch the Northern Lights, but also because of its majestic mountains, narrow fjords, and seabird colonies. Adventure seekers will love Lofoten’s diverse landscape. Here, one can go ocean rafting, scuba diving, fishing or skiing during the winter.
You certainly will not run out of things to do in Norway. It’s a place where the old seamlessly blends with the new and where you will find the world’s most gorgeous natural attractions. So whether you’re heading to the country in the summer or in winter, the list above should serve as your guide.