We’re all obsessed with Scandinavian TV shows right now, and if the glam shots of Norway’s cities excite you, why not explore the country of glaciers, snowmobiling and museums.
The land of soaring fjords, rocky coastlines and ancient wooden villages completes the Scandinavian trio. Norwegians are hot on adventure activities – all year round. Winter brings skiing and dog sledding, whilst the warmer months bring white-water rafting, cycling and hiking. If you can bear to tear yourself away from the natural landscapes, the big cities also present a raft of interesting things to see and do.
Oslo – Laidback Oslo serves as Norway’s capital city and has, probably, the very best array of museums and art galleries in Scandinavia. The National Gallery attracts the hoards, keen to witness Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ up close, the Viking ship on display at the Fram Polar Ship Museum is awesome and the open air Norwegian Folk Museum is infectiously quirky. Also notable are the myriad of architectural gems; everything from the contemporary Tjuvholmen neighbourhood to surprisingly likeable 1960s creations. Yes this may be the most expensive city in the world – but there are tons of free things to do!
Bergen – Prepare to fall in love with this colourful city; step back in time in the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf district, tackle mighty Mount Ulriken which peeks down on Bergen and learn more about the great classical composer at the Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum. Take the funicular tram up Mount Floyen and while away a few hours at the superb Rasmus Meyer Collection art gallery.
Tromso – This northern town sure knows how to party – there’s no such thing as cold weather here! Don’t miss the Polar Museum, take part in the annual midnight-sun marathon and head into the Tromso Lapland; home to the Sami people, huskies and reindeer.
See Norway on screen; Our fascination with all things Scandi continues with the Lilyhammer, Dag, and Hellfjord TV series.