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Hidden gems in Norway

Tuesday 14 June 2022

River in Norway surrounded by mountains

Norway is an increasingly popular destination for travellers of all stripes, thanks to its stunning natural scenery replete with mountains, glaciers, and deep coastal fjords. As such, snagging an unforgettable Fjords cruise is a real treat and a fantastic way to explore all of what the nation has to offer. There is so much to look forward to for those planning a visit and this includes a whole host of hidden gems that much of the outside world would never know about. From incredibly unique cafes to staggering mountain walks, visitors are rather spoiled for choice. Read on for a taste of what to expect as we highlight some of the unique attractions and hidden gems of Norway. 

Flåm Railway

For those visiting Flåm, there is no better way to experience the true beauty and magnificence of the countryside than on the Flåm Railway.

Norway’s Best describe the railway on their website: “The Flåm Railway has been described as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway. The train runs from the end of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, up to the high mountains at Myrdal station. The journey features the finest aspects of the stunning scenery of Western Norway.

The railway runs from the end of Aurlandsfjord up to Myrdal station high up in the mountains, offering panoramic views along its journey that really can’t be witnessed anywhere else in the world.

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Mount Floyen and the Funicular

If you’ve previously visited Bergen or you’re planning a Norway cruise, then chances are you have heard of the Fløibanen that takes you up to the top of Mount Fløyen. The Funicular railway takes you to the top of the mountain in less than 5 minutes and offers panoramic views across the port and city of Bergen. Although the station is currently closed for refurbishment, it will re-open in April 2022 ready to greet visitors once again.

“Since it opened in 1918, Fløibanen has carried more than 50 million people to and from Mount Fløyen,” comments the website Life In Norway. On the journey to the top there are 3 stations that you can depart at, allowing you to explore the whole of the mountainside and its communities. The viewpoint at the top of Mount Fløyen is home to a shop, café and restaurant and is the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy the view.

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Nordnes Peninsula, Bergen

Nordnes Peninsula, Bergen

Bergen is a city of two halves and the Nordnes Peninsula is an area not to be missed. The traditional neighbourhood is full of history and is a nice getaway from the busy city centre with its brightly coloured houses and traditional building styles that are to be expected in Norway.

Study Bergen recommends an activity, reporting: “If the weather is good, you can bring a packed lunch with you and relax at Nordnesparken. The park is located at the tip of the peninsula, and here you can take a dive into the fjord or in the Nordnes sjøbad, an outdoor swimming facility with a heated pool.”

It is said that Nordnes locals have now even started creating their own products and are extremely proud of their location, which is something that Fjord Norway reports on their website: “The locals in Bergen are famous in Norway for being very patriotic about their city. But also, within the city, some neighbourhoods are taking it a step further. The locals living in Nordnes are calling the area “Republikken Nordnes” (the republic of Nordnes) and have even started producing their own products such as the Nordnes Cola.”

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As you can see, Norway is a land of huge imagination and myriad unique attractions to visit. If you haven’t heard of some of these Nordic gems, make sure you note them down ahead of your trip. No matter what you decide, Norway is certainly a holiday destination not to miss out on.

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