With vast fjords, dense woodlands, and snow-covered slopes complemented by a rich arts and culture scene, Norway is an adventure-lover’s dream destination. Here are a few ways to see the sights beyond Oslo and experience sides of Norway many visitors miss.
Bergen — 296 miles (477 kilometers) from Oslo
Located on the coast just a 50-minute flight from Oslo, Bergen makes a great day trip from the Norwegian capital. Norway’s second-largest city boasts world-class galleries and museums, a vibrant bar and restaurant scene, and plenty to do for visitors of all ages. Highlights include UNESCO-listed Bryggen (the wharf district), the 13th-century Bergenhus fortress, and the historic fish markets. And don’t miss the chance to ride the Floibanen funicular to the Floyen plateau for beautiful views over the forests, fjords, and rooftops.
Widely considered to be the jewel in Norway’s crown, the fjords are a marvel of nature with steep mountains rising on either side of clear blue water. Sparsely inhabited islands and rugged coastline stretch along the western flank of the country, offering limitless opportunities for outdoor adventure. In and around the capital, travelers can take a sightseeing cruise on the Oslo Fjord for uninterrupted views over the city and surrounding forests, or island hike on a tour. Heading inland, the peaceful waters of Mjosa lake are the perfect place for a ride on the world’s oldest paddle steamer. The lakeside towns of Gjovik and Lillehammer are also nearby.