From the urban city of Oslo to the Svalbard islands up north and many places in between, the ten most popular destinations on represent Norway’s diverse culture and nature – where the low season can also have its highs.

1. The Lofoten Islands

While the fjords cut into the land, Lofoten is shaped like a big arm that stretches out in the sea. The many mountain peaks point towards the Arctic sky like church spires, and in between them you’ll find traditional villages full of fishermen and artists.
Try everything from local food made of seafood and lamb to beaches of white sand and the Lofotr Viking Museum. It is also easy to travel to the mainland, or to Helgeland and the UNESCO-listed Vega archipelago further south.

2. Bergen

The hometown of one of the world’s most popular music creators, Kygo, sounds, feels, and tastes like nothing else. Fresh seafood and other local delicacies match a bustling art scene of museums and galleries. The streets of this capital of the fjords is full of wooden, fairy tale houses with the seven mountains as a backdrop.

The medieval Hanseatic wharf of Bryggen, with its around 60 historic buildings in succession, is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and several foundations date back to the 12th century.

3. Tromsø

A few main streets manage to create an urban, international vibe – polar style. The city on the peninsula of Tromshalvøya justifies the nickname “capital of the Arctics” and has a multitude of things to do and see, ranging from the Polaria Centre, The Polar Museum, and the local Mack brewery established I 1877, to whale spotting, midnight sun, and northern lights.