50+ 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.

Ever since my first visit to Norway in 2015, there's been something about the country that continues to draw me back. It's not just one thing, but rather a combination, I think, of amazing scenery, good quality of life, delicious seafood, and ease of travel.

It's a country that I definitely see myself returning to again and again.

To convince you that it's time to book that trip to Norway, here are more than 50 photos of Norway to prove just how magical this Nordic country really is.

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Beautiful photos of Norway

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.
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.
Cabins in Gryllefjord, Norway
These little red houses in the port town of Gryllefjord look like they belong in the pages of a storybook.
Frozen waterfall in Northern Norway
In the winter, snow and ice cover Arctic Norway, making for roadside attractions like this frozen waterfall near Kåfjord.
Tungeneset viewpoint on Senja
These craggy mountains from the Tungeneset viewpoint on Senja look like the perfect place for trolls to live.
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.
Landscape in Northern Norway
Are you even real, Norway?
Norway fjord
The fjords in Norway will take your breath away.
Bryggen in Bergen, Norway
Yes, Bryggen in Bergen really is this colorful!
Hadsel Bridge to Stokmarknes
I pulled a U-turn after crossing the Hadsel Bridge on the way to Stokmarknes because the color of that water just begged to be photographed.
Boat in a snowstorm in Alta, Norway.
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.
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.
Gripholmen, Norway
The old fishing cottages on Gripholmen island are now picture-perfect summer homes.
Sunset in Kristiansund, Norway
The Northern Lights are great, but sunsets in Norway can be beautiful, too. This one was captured in Kristiansund.
Tromsø, Norway
Tromsø is the Gateway to the Arctic and is beautiful under a layer of snow in the winter.
Andøya coast, Northern Norway
The Andøya coast took my breath away! It reminds me a bit of Scotland, another of my favorite places in the world.
Northern Lights in Tromsø, Norway
The mighty Northern Lights!
Geirangerfjord in Norway
Queen of the Fjord high above Geirangerfjord – would you dare?
Alnes, Norway
The small village of Alnes is beautiful on a sunny day.
Storseisundet Bridge on the Atlantic Ocean Road
Driving over the Storseisundet Bridge on the Atlantic Ocean Road must go on your Norway bucket list.
Picnic spot near Senjahopen, Norway
Even though it wasn't close to a meal time, I pulled over along the National Tourist Route on Senja just for this picnic spot.
View of Tromsø from Fjellheisen tramway
The view of Tromsø from Fjellheisen tramway looks like something straight out of “Frozen.”
Midnight Sun at Vesterålen Kysthotell in Stokmarknes
The Midnight Sun is magical, too – seen here at the Vesterålen Kysthotell in Stokmarknes.
Northern Norway beach
This beach in Northern Norway sure looks magical to me.
Oslo, Norway
Even Oslo is colorful, especially along Karl Johans Gate.
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!
Driving the National Tourist Route on Senja
Again… perfect troll mountains!
Alnes Lighthouse
These clouds add a bit of magic to this photo of the Alnes lighthouse.
At the top of Ørnfløya
I hiked to the top of Ørnfløya for this amazing view out over the island of Sommarøy.
Tromsø, Norway
Tromsø at sunset under a blanket of snow is the stuff postcards are made of.
Village of Undredal on the Aurlandsfjord
Sailing along Norway's fjords, you see all sorts of picture-perfect villages, like Undredal on the Aurlandsfjord.
Happy Norwegian goat
This happy goat could come straight off the pages of a fairy tale, don't you think?
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.
Ocean in Sommarøy, Norway
Fun fact: Norway has beaches that look like this!
Sailing Geirangerfjord in Norway
Sailing on a fjord is also a must.
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!
Fishing town of Husøy in Norway
The Lofoten Islands get a lot of love on social media, but I think the fishing town of Husøy is just as pretty!
Bryggen in Bergen, Norway
These buildings in Bergen are hundreds of years old – think of the stories they could tell!
Andøya coast, Northern Norway
Another magical beach in Norway, this time along the Andøya coast.
Hamn i Senja in Norway
Nope, the color of that water isn't Photoshopped!
Stokmarknes sunset
And Midnight Sun “sunsets” can be pretty epic, too.
Sea views in Andenes, Norway
The sea views in Andenes are pretty epic.
Road to Tromsø
I may or may not have stopped to make a wish on one of these giant dandelions along the road to Tromsø.
Midnight Sun at Vesterålen Kysthotell in Stokmarknes
Sorry, I really couldn't get enough of these red cabins, OR that magical reflection.
Sailing on the Nærøyfjord in Norway
Misty fjords always make me think about myths and legends – of which there are plenty in Norway!
Flying above Bergen, Norway
Lastly, there are few views more magical than Norway from above on a sunny afternoon!

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  1. 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!

    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. 🙂

    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!

    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.

    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! 🙂

    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.

      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!

    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

    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!

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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.

    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!

    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.

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