30 Photos That Prove Norway is Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

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The country of Norway appears on a LOT of bucket lists. And for good reason: it's got Viking history, Northern Lights, beautiful fjords, and great cities. And that's not even taking into account the excellent food and tourism infrastructure.

Norway isn't known for being a cheap destination, though, and that scares away many people who might otherwise want to check it off their list.

But here's the thing: Norway is SO WORTH IT.

I've visited Norway twice in the past two years: once in the early summer, and once in mid-winter. And let me tell you that this place is well worth spending your money on.

To convince you that it's time to book that trip to Norway, here are 30 photos to prove just how magical this Nordic country really is.

Alesund, Norway
The city of Ålesund is best viewed from above at the Mount Aksla lookout. From there, it looks like a town made of Legos!
Holmen Husky Lodge in Alta, Norway
Nothing quite like a cozy lavvo tent covered in snow with the Northern Lights dancing overhead. This is at the Holmen Husky Lodge in Alta.
Geirangerfjord in Norway
Norway's fjords are magical. This one is Geirangerfjord, one of the most famous in the country.
Frozen waterfall in Northern Norway
In the winter, snow and ice cover Arctic Norway, making for roadside attractions like this frozen waterfall near Kåfjord.
Trondheim, Norway
Trondheim doesn't appear on every Norway itinerary, but I think it should! These old wooden buildings are so photogenic.
Trollstigen in Norway
Did you know that Norway is full of trolls? This is Trollstigen, or Troll's Road, which winds down the mountain in 11 hairpin turns.
Tromsø, Norway
Tromsø is the Gateway to the Arctic and is beautiful under a layer of snow in the winter.
Gripholmen, Norway
The old fishing cottages on Gripholmen island are now picture-perfect summer homes.
Landscape in Northern Norway
Are you even real, Norway?
Northern Lights Church in Alta, Norway
The Northern Lights Cathedral in Alta is especially impressive at dusk. It's meant to resemble the “curtains” of light you can often see in the aurora borealis.
Camp Tamok in Northern Norway
Is there anything more magical than a snowy forest? This is Camp Tamok in the Lyngen Alps.
Geirangerfjord, Norway, from the Eagle's Bend
Looking down on Geirangerfjord from Eagle's Bend gives you a whole new appreciation for how big this fjord is.
Stave church at the Oslo folk museum
Even the old churches in Norway look like something straight out of a storybook. This is a stave church at the folk museum in Oslo.
Northern Lights in Tromsø, Norway
The mighty Northern Lights!
Alnes, Norway
The small village of Alnes is beautiful on a sunny day.
Sunset in Kristiansund, Norway
The Northern Lights are great, but sunsets in Norway can be beautiful, too. This one was captured in Kristiansund.
Boat in a snowstorm in Alta, Norway.
Storseisundet Bridge on the Atlantic Ocean Road
Driving over the Storseisundet Bridge on the Atlantic Ocean Road must go on your Norway bucket list.
Oslo, Norway
Even Oslo is colorful, especially along Karl Johans Gate.
Alnes Lighthouse
These clouds add a bit of magic to this photo of the Alnes lighthouse.
Tromsø, Norway
During the winter, the light during golden hour makes everything look special.
Geirangerfjord in Norway
Queen of the Fjord high above Geirangerfjord – would you dare?
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta, Norway
In the winter, head to Alta for an overnight stay at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel – and keep an eye out for Elsa!
Tromsø, Norway
Tromsø at sunset under a blanket of snow is the stuff postcards are made of.
Norway fjord
The fjords in Norway will take your breath away.
Alnes, Norway
The coastline, too, is something to write home about.
Northern Lights in Tromsø, Norway
The Northern Lights are extra magical because no two “shows” are ever the same.
Alta, Northern Norway
Winter in northern Norway is stark, yet still beautiful.
Sailing Geirangerfjord in Norway
Sailing on a fjord is also a must.
Reindeer at Lyngsfjord Adventures in Northern Norway
And no good fairy tale would be complete without some furry friends. In Norway, you'll find plenty of reindeer!

For more on Norway, check out one of these great posts:

Highlights from 10 Days in Norway
Oslo is Totally Cool
Why You Should Add Trondheim to Your Norway Itinerary
Going Back in Time in Grip
Driving the Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway
All You Need to Know About Alesund
Visiting Geirangerfjord: The Most Famous Fjord in Norway
10 Reasons Why Northern Norway in Winter is Awesome
Chasing the Northern Lights in Arctic Norway
Sled Dogs, Lavvos, and Northern Lights: Glamping at the Holmen Husky Lodge
Packing for a Trip to Northern Norway in Winter

Which photo makes you want to visit Norway the most?

 

Photos of Norway

 

"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and, if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might get swept off to." - JRR Tolkien

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  1. Wow!
    I’ve always wanted to go to Norway and after seeing those pictures I’m ready to book my ticket!
    Everything looks stunning! ?

      Awesome to hear! It’s definitely a great country.

    I couldn’t agree more. Norway is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been to. Although ridiculously expensive, you’re rewarded with quality in every way.

      Agreed! I wouldn’t tell anyone to skip it just because of the expense – it really is worth every penny!

    Amazing post, all of the photos are beautiful! Norway is SO high on my travel wishlist right now. I think I’m only going to get to visit for 3 days maximum this year. I’m thinking about flying into Bergen and spending 2 days there and one on the “Norway in a Nutshell” route – I NEED to see those fjords! Have you ever done the tour route, would you recommend it? I would absolutely love to spend longer (I love your “highlights from 10 days in Norway post” but it’s just not feasible any time soon :-(.

      I actually haven’t been to Bergen yet, but everyone I know who has done the Norway in a Nutshell tour has loved it! So if you only have a couple days, that seems like it would be a great introduction to Norway.

    The “Norway In A Nutshell” route is an absolute must, riding the Bergen, and then, the Flam railroads. So cool was Kjossfossen (sp?), an immense waterfall, (a stop on the Flam RR,) where a Hulda suddenly appears and sings. The entire trip is fantastic, including a boat ride on the fjords. Did that several years ago when we were there on a trip through Scandinavia.

      I’ve heard great things about it, but haven’t actually visited Bergen yet!

    I love the Trondheim buildings! I thought the snowy forests and northern lights would pull me over the line with fave pics, but I love this image and the story behind it. I love the fact it is off the tourist track. I want to see inside these buildings. I want to know more about how they live. It’s intriguing.

      I love those buildings, too! Trondheim only has a very small section of its old town left (wooden buildings unfortunately catch fire very easily), but the whole city has a very cool vibe, even in the newer parts.

    All the pics are so beautiful! For us the fjords would be the first thing on the list to see in Norway and hopefully we could make it happen soon!

      The fjords are definitely incredible! As so very iconic in Norway.

    These. Photos. Are. Stunning!! It really feels like I’m looking at art, when I look at these photos. It must be incredible to see these sights in real life 🙂

      Aww thanks for the kind words, Ella! It is indeed very special to see all of this with your own eyes!

    For those of you who only have a few days in Oslo, I suggest taking the train two hours north to the little town of Lillehammer. It’s a lively student town, with lovely, narrow streets and cozy pubs/cafe’s. It’s set by the lake Mjøsa, which is beautiful, especially during summer 🙂 (It’s also known as the place who hosted the Olympics in 1994, which can still be seen as pictured on their postcards;). I lived there for three years. I recommend the tiny cafe set in one of the old, original buildings with lowered walls & lots of timber: One Hand Clapping. You find pretty much everything on the town’s only main street.

    The hiking trails and waterfalls surrounding Lillehammer are in short distance from the city centre, and stunning all year around. If you’ve got a car, driving onwards to Kvitefjell is recommended. It’s like driving up a beautiful spiral of gravel road, surrounded by trees and hill views. Mountain goats and lone cabins stand firm on the very steep hills. But drive carefully because deers are known to frequently cross the roads.

      You’ve definitely sold me! It sounds lovely.

      Check out the show lillyhammer. An american mobster mobing to the town of lillehammer

    Wow the photo look amazing. Its a absolute dream of mine to see the Northern Lights in Noway. Hoping I get the change to later this year.

    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

      It’s an amazing experience, to be sure. And no matter how many times I see the Lights, it’s always still like the very first time!

    Amanda: These pictures are so beautiful! I wanna add Trondheim to my (never ending) travel wish list now! And the Igloo hotel looks like such a fun/quirky place to stay!

      I seem to be selling Trondheim quite well! 🙂

    Northern Lights! I’ve seen them from my parents’ house in northern Michigan, but nothing like your trips! Having been to Finland, I think Norway is a definite must!

      Yes, the Northern Lights way up north are WAY different than anything we can sometimes see in the upper U.S.

    Norway is definitely a dream location of mine! It is definitely a huge goal of mine to see the northern lights & Norway certainly seems like a fairytale location to do so.

      Norway is a great place to see the Northern Lights! It doesn’t get as cold as some of the other northern countries where you can see them, so it would probably be my first choice!

    You have seen a lot of Norway. Myself, I live in Bergen on the west coast. Would recommend a trip to the Hardangerfjord. It’s quite stunning in the spring when all the fruit trees are blooming. The Trolltunga, Troll tongue, is a must as well.
    Providing a link to a video:
    http://www.visitnorway.com/places-to-go/fjord-norway/the-hardangerfjord-region/?lang=primary

      I definitely need to visit Bergen and Trolltunga! Maybe on the next trip. 🙂

    Seriously, stop it with the pretty, Norway 🙂 I’m postponing visiting Norway simply because I don’t feel a short city trip would be worth it (like Stockholm & Gothenburg & Helsinki) when it comes to Norway I would like to dive all in. Your pictures provide the perfect business case!

      Norway is definitely worth a longer trip! I’d say a week at least, and even then you can only cover a portion of the country. It’s certainly a must-see, though!

    I think I might be visiting later this year, I can’t wait! I definitely want to visit in the warmer months too though!

      How exciting! Thankfully Norway is great year-round! (Though I definitely wouldn’t mind going again in the summer months; it was still quite chilly last year when I went in May!

    You are correct, these photos are absolutely stunning! Norway is on my bucketlist!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

      It’s definitely on a lot of bucket lists!

    Marvellous, marvellous photographs Amanda, so I really can’t choose! What a country.
    I’m so pleased that the Nordic Region is finally getting the recognition that t deserves. 🙂
    Norway, I’m cooooooooooming!

      Scandinavia is amazing – I really want to explore more of it!

    Simply amazing photos – beautiful country. So here’s my shameful confession… I live in Denmark and have never been to Norway. Seeing these pictures really makes me think that I should. Forget about showing them to my wife hehe and she will tell me to start planning a trip there.

      Haha, shame on you indeed! Get yourself to Norway, Bo!

    Great post. Norway is definitely on my list. Especially after we just came back from Iceland.

      Ah yes, Iceland is another one of my favorites!

    Fabulous photography Amanda!! I would like to enjoy the winter in Norway. For the couple, it would be a best destination. Will definitely plan a trip to Norway. Thanks again Amanda, for sharing this great experience.

      Winter in Norway is great, especially since it doesn’t get as cold as it does in some other winter destinations!

    Wow! Gorgeous photos! That church is so picturesque. I’ll have to add Norway to my bucket list!

      It deserves bucket list status, for sure!

    My country sure is beautiful, but i suspect you mostly visited the northern parts based on your pictures.
    I would recommend you to visit the southwest coastline next time. The old city of Stavanger, and further south towards Kristiansand.
    I still think you got the most important sights though, the fjords. I grew up in a fjord, Stryn, and im still in awe of them.

      Actually the sunset photo in this post is from Kristiansund! I’ve been up north, but also visited places further south last year (including the fjords and some smaller cities).

    Wow, these photos are incredible! Want to get to Norway right away- Love all pictures but the reindeer and snowy mountain in the backdrop is my favorite 🙂

      Those reindeer sure are photogenic!

    Great pictures. Norway is really an amazing country and impressive landscapes that would seduce any nature lovers. If only it was more affordable for tourism=)

      Norway is probably the cheapest it’s been in a long while, especially if you’re from the US – the American dollar is so strong right now!

    GAH! I want to go play viking in Norway. Right now. Hm. Maybe this winter since I’ll be around! Awesome photos Amanda!

      If you want to play Viking, Norway is definitely the place to go!! And it’s awesome in the winter time!

    Amazing shots of such a beautiful country. It truly did make me fall in love with Norway and its magical spirit that seems to just shine through with every picture. Beautiful 🙂

      Great to hear! It’s a very easy place to fall in love with.

    I just had a brief stopover in Oslo with just enough time to explore the city and realize how much I want a full scale visit to Norway! It’s definitely a beautiful country with really cool people!

      Yes you’ll definitely have to go back! I’ve been there twice and am still itching to see more!

    WOOOOW!!! I want to go there so bad… how beautiful is Norway.. and the photos! God job 🙂

      Norway is indeed very beautiful!

    Love, love, love, amazing post, stunning and wonderful pictures, thanks for your sharing.

    This Pictures are really fascinating me .I think Norway is Calling Me now 😀

    Awesome photos!! I love this place, tourist attractions of Norwayare the bird-indented coastlines and its mountain.

    These photo’s are absolutely breathtaking !! I want to visit Norway so bad. Is it expensive ?

      Norway is one of the more expensive countries in Europe, yes. Things like food and fuel especially are pricey. BUT I think it’s worth every penny. 😉

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