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Norway's coolest and prettiest attractions you won't want to miss

We take a look at the best things to see and do in Norway from city breaks to breathtaking landmarks for a European break to remember


With its vast landscapes and vibrant cities, it's no surprise that Norway has long been a favourite with all types of holidaymakers.

After all, adventurers can go exploring the spectacular scenery, while culture vultures have plenty of landmarks to choose from across the bustling cities and charming towns.

Not to mention it's home to natural phenomenons from the Northern Lights to the breathtaking Norwegian Fjords.

And with Prince William and Kate Middleton set to visit the European hotspot on a royal tour later this year, no doubt it's about to enjoy a further boost of tourism.

But what exactly are the best things to see and do in Norway if you're short on time? We take a look at the top attractions you won't want to miss off your itinerary...

1. Enjoy the views at Bryggen Wharf

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This old Hanseatic wharf has become an iconic landmark in Norway, with the colourful buildings along the waterfront proving a particular tourist hotspot.

Built in the 18th century, Bryggen is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and makes for a very picturesque stroll - not to mention there are plenty of restaurants and cafés that are ideal for dining with a view.

2. Step back in time at the Viking Ship Museum

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Located at Bygdøy in Oslo, this impressive museum is a must for history buffs and culture vultures alike.

It boasts a series of beautifully preserved Viking Ships including the jaw-dropping Oseberg Ship, as well as an exhibition offering a glimpse into the country's Viking roots.

The Viking Ship Museum is part of the Museum of Cultural History, where you can also find plenty of archaeological finds, exhibitions and artefacts.

Adult tickets start from NOK 100, which works out to approximately £9.

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3. Take a stroll in Old Stavanger

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The perfect place to while away an afternoon, Old Stavanger never fails to wow visitors thanks to its picturesque paved streets and white cottages.

Sitting on the west side of Vågen, the town has 173 wooden buildings dating back to the 18th century, not to mention it's packed with plenty of galleries and local boutiques to explore.

Caught out on a rainy day? It's also home to the Norwegian Canning Museum and Stavanger Maritime Museum.

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4. See the Northern Lights in Tromsø

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The largest city in northern Norway, Tromsø boasts a handy location between the fjords and mountains that makes it ideal for spotting the Northern Lights.

While you're never guaranteed to see the natural phenomenon, head to Tromsø from early September to early April for the best possible chance of seeing the aurora borealis.

And even if you don't catch it, you won't be sat twiddling your thumbs. There's loads to see and do in Tromsø for an Arctic adventure including dog sledding, snowmobiling and whale watching.

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5. Visit Oslo city

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The Norwegian capital makes for a unique city break thanks to the wide range of activities and attractions which it offers.

For a start, it's home to some of Norway's biggest attractions including the Viking Ship Museum, the Nobel Peace Center, Akershus Fortress and Vigeland Sculpture Park, as well as plenty of parks, forests and even fjords.

Then there's the vibrant nightlife which offers everything from cosy restaurants for a quieter evening to bustling clubs and bars for those looking to have a big night out.

And for those on a budget, you can find cheap hotel stays starting from £61 on TripAdvisor.

As for getting to Oslo, there are some ridiculously cheap flights on Skyscanner, including London to Oslo from £10 each way, or Manchester to Oslo from £27 each way.

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6. Discover the Norwegian Fjords

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If your ideal holiday involves exploring the great outdoors, then the Norwegian Fjords need to go on your travel bucket list right now.

Nestled amidst awe-inspiring mountains and valleys, these narrow fjords are home to everything from breathtaking waterfalls to jaw-dropping glaciers.

Don't fancy donning your hiking boots but still want to take in the magnificent scenery? Then a cruise holiday could be the solution.

Companies such as Fred Olsen, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises all offer itineraries that take you to the most beautiful hotspots, not to mention they also offer stops at some of Norway's most charming towns and cities.

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7. Check out the impressive Akershus Fortress

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This medieval castle was initially built as a strategically placed fortress to protect the city of Oslo, but since then it's been transformed into a royal residential palace and even a prison.

Nowadays the fortress is used as a venue for concerts, ceremonies and major national celebrations, not to mention in the summer there are guided tours available to give visitors a glimpse into the building's impressive heritage.

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8. Visit the Holemenkollen Ski Museum

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The Holmenkollen ski jump is an impressive structure that's been home to plenty of skiing competitions (it can hold up to 70,000 spectators), not to mention it was used in the winter Olympics in 1952 when the event was held in Oslo.

Inside the jump itself sits the Holmenkollen Ski Museum, founded in 1923, which offers a glimpse into the extensive history of this popular winter sport, as well as boasting plenty of artifacts and exhibitions.

And for unrivalled views of Oslo, head to the observation deck on top of the jump tower - but be warned, it's not one for those with a fear of heights!

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9. Marvel at the art in Vigeland Sculpture Park

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This impressive park is the world's largest sculpture park to have been created by a single artist. Gustav Vigeland made more than 200 sculptures to fill the green space, which is open to tourists all year round.

Art lovers will no doubt be fascinated by the different bronze, granite and wrought iron statues, not to mention it makes for a fun way to while away an afternoon.

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10. Take in the views from the Preikestolen

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Also known as the Pulpit Rock, this iconic Norwegian landmark towers over the Lysefjord by over 600m.

And because of its location, the mountain plateau offers some seriously spectacular views of the Norwegian Fjords. You can reach it by car, busy, or ferry, not to mention there are guided hikes all year.

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