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Wonders of Norway

Borgund stave church, Norway
Borgund stave church / orse, / CC BY-SA 2.0

WorldBlue  Highlights

The most interesting wonders of Norway are the beautiful fiords with extremely tall waterfalls and cliffs as well as the unique medieval architecture.

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WorldViolet Top 25 wonders of Norway

Geological wonders

Hessdalen lights

Sør-Trøndelag

In the valley of Hessdalen frequently are seen unexplained light phenomena. More than 20 years long scientific research on this phenomenon has not provided a convincing explanation of this phenomenon.

Hessdalen lights in February 2015. Two moving lights seen - one in the sky (this is not Moon) and one over the forest.
Trolltunga

Hordaland

Unusual formation – tongue of rock hanging some 350 m above the ground with Skjeggedal in the background.

Preikestolen

Rogaland

Impressive cliff rising 604 m above Lysefjorden. Top of the cliff contains flat surface, adding unusual accent to the beautiful scenery.

Preikestolen - 604 m tall cliff, Norway
Nærøyfjord

Sogn og Fjordane

One of the most dramatic and impressive fjords in Norway, arm of Sognefjord. 18 km long, very narrow (at places only 250 m), with up to 1400 m tall cliffs.

Torghatten

Nordland

Enormous cliff monolith – mountain with well visible hole through it. This natural tunnel is 160 m long, 35 m wide and 20 m tall.

Torghatten - mountain with a hole through it, Norway
Jutulhogget

Hedmark

Unusual formation – 2.4 km long, 100 – 240 m deep canyon formed by a stream that formed when a large proglacial lake ruptured.

Mardalsfossen

Møre og Romsdal

657 – 705 m tall falls with two large drops, the highest is 358 m tall.

Vettisfossen

Sogn og Fjordane

Powerful falls with 275 m tall single drop.

Kjosfossen

Sogn og Fjordane

One of the most impressive falls in Norway, 225 m tall. Tradition of the dance of huldra – seductive forest creature – performed by students of ballet school.

Kjosfossen in Norway
Saltstraumen

Nordland

Sound with the most powerful tidal currents in the world, where 400 million m³ of water are forced through 150 m wide strait every six hours, speed of water reaches 40 km/h. In process are formed up to 5 m deep funnels of whirlpools.

Vinnufossen

Møre og Romsdal

860 m tall waterfall with multiple drops. The highest drop is 420 m tall.

Sautso

Finnmark

10 km long and 300 – 420 m deep canyon, largest in Northern Europe. River Altaelva flows through it.

Biological wonders

Værøy bird cliffs

Nordland

In the high cliff facing to the ocean there are nesting numerous birds, including puffins.

Architecture wonders

Borgund stave church

Sogn og Fjordane

The best preserved Norse stave church, built in between 1180 – 1250 AD, contains runic inscriptions. Representative of the unique Norse wooden architecture that unites Viking, Celtic and Roman elements.

Borgund stave church, Norway
Nidaros Cathedral

Sør-Trøndelag

Outstanding monument of Romanic and Gothic architecture, built in 1070 – 1300. Important medieval center of pilgrimage in Northern Europe. Especially impressive is the Gothic West Front, built in 1248 – 1328 and after the fire rebuilt again, last time in 1901 – 1983.

Nidaros Cathdral (Norway), west facade
Hopperstad stave church

Sogn og Fjordane

One of the oldest and best preserved stave churches with beautiful ornamentation. Could be built in 1130 and still located in its original location.

Heddal stave church

Telemark

The largest stave church in Norway, built in the early 13th century.

Vigeland Sculpture Park

Oslo

Impressive park with 212 sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland in 1924 – 1943. Includes the famous Monolitten – 14.12 m tall sculpture formed of 121 human figures rising towards the sky.

Røros

Sør-Trøndelag

Copper mining town, developed since the 17th century. Town contains some 2000 authentic wooden buildings.

Bryggen and Old Bergen

Hordaland

The old wharf of Bergen – Bryggen – consists of unique ensemble of wooden buildings (some 62 structures), always renovated following old patterns and methods since the 14th – 16th century. The beautiful old city of Bergen has several parts, developed since the 12th century.

Kaupanger stave church

Sogn og Fjordane

Large church with 22 staves, built sometimes around 1150 and in continuous use since then.

Urnes Stave Church

Sogn og Fjordane

This staave church was built around 1130, still in original location and possibly the oldest of its kind. Contains beautiful, unique woodcarvings.

Nore stave church

Buskerud

This church was built after 1167 AD and has a unique planning for its time, adorned with paintings.

Lom stave church

Oppland

Beautiful stave church with original dragon head on the crest. Built in the end of the 12th century, relocated in medieval times.

Ålesund

Møre og Romsdal

Town is located in beautiful setting – on islands, surrounded by the sea and mountains. The town burned down entirely in 1904 and was rebuilt entirely in Jugendstil. Now it together with the surrounding landscape forms highly unusual and magnificent cityscape.

WorldYellow Recommended books

The Making of a Land – The Geology of Norway


‘The Making of a Land – Geology of Norway’ takes the reader on a journey in geological time, from primordial times to the present day. A fantastic journey from the summits of Norway’s spectacular rugged and weather-beaten mountains to the riches concealed in the sedimentary rocks on the continental shelf. This book displays the treasures of Norwegian geology for everyone to see.

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Norway


Explore Norway region by region, from the enchanting Northern Lights and beautiful fjords to the vibrant Oslo nightlife. Experience the culture, history, wildlife, and architecture of Norway with walks and hikes through dramatic landscapes and scenic routes, and guidance on Norwegian cuisine. Whether you are whale watching, exploring museums, or hiking across spectacular mountains, this in-depth guidebook provides all the insider tips you need.


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