Discover Norway’s breathtaking scenery
A featured post, in association with FlyBe.
Located to the west of Scandinavia, bordering Sweden and facing outwards to the rugged North Atlantic Sea, Norway is a country with a vast, serene and captivating landscape that inspires all those who visit its shores.
Stretching for 386,000 square kilometres, half of Norway is made up of mountainous terrain, along with forests, rivers and lakes. But despite its close proximity to the heart of mainland Europe, Norway’s dramatic landscape has not been frequented by tourists until recent years.
Oslo, the capital, has long been a popular destination for visitors who are attracted by its fascinating history, culture and chilled out lifestyle. With a population of approximately half a million people, Oslo is the only major city in Norway and is a hub for business, the arts, museums and dining, although it has been said that frozen pizza is the national dish – apparently 20 million are devoured in Norway each year. The Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park is also a popular tourist attraction in Oslo and boasts 212 fantastical bronze and granite sculptures.
Oslo Airport is located 47km northeast of the city centre and off the E6 main road. There are many public transport options to travel to Oslo and destinations across Norway.
Bergen, the next largest city in Norway, is charming and its Hanseatic wharf is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Surrounded by majestic mountainous terrain, a trip to the top of Mount Ulriken or Floyen gives incredible views of the Norwegian Fjords. The beautiful, historic (and often steep) cobbled streets of Bergen are well worth discovering, as are the many galleries, restaurants and museums.
Flybe is Europe’s largest regional airline and operates daily flights to Oslo and Bergen from destinations across Europe. Direct flights to Oslo are available from Aberdeen, Belfast City, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow International Airports. Flybe also operate flights to Bergen from Inverness, Kirkwall and Sumburgh airports.
The National Geographic once named Norway’s fjords as the top tourist attraction in the world. The s-shaped Geirangerfjord was named as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005 and continues to be one of the most popular destinations in Norway. The deep blue water of the Geirangerfjord and its surrounding landscape is breathtaking – a car ferry runs along the fjord from Geiranger and Hellesylt and is perfect for sightseeing.
Norway’s Lofoten Islands are a peaceful and untamed landscape, with a stunning coastline and a relaxed pace of life that enthrals visitors.
A popular pastime for visitors to Norway is hiking the Besseggen Ridge in the Jotunheimen Nasjonalpark. It’s not for the fainthearted – it is very steep in parts – but it's well worth the effort to get to the summit. The sweeping views of glaciers and Lake Gjende are some of the finest views you will see in Norway.
Take a trip on the Flamsbana train and experience one of the steepest and most spectacular journeys in the world. Running through waterfalls and mountains, the trainline has a gradient of 5.5% and offers unforgettable views of the wild Norwegian landscape.