A kingdom in Scandinavia stretching up into the Arctic circle, Norway is a truly magical country to visit. Known for its stunningly scenic fjords, other famous landmarks in Norway include the Nobel Peace Centre, the most remote island in the world and a curiously-named village called Hell. And thanks to Norway, Japan has a fresh salmon supply introduced to Japanese cooking for sushi and sashimi in the 1980s.
Europe’s largest herd of wild reindeer roams Norway’s Hardangervidda, a gigantic mountain plateau. Known to rest of the world as Norway, the land is called Norge or Noreg by natives. Norway has a rich history dotted with myths and legends, present in historical and natural landmarks in Norway. Here are the 20 most famous landmarks of Norway you need to put on your travel wish list.
The North Cape is the northernmost point of Europe. Known as Nordkapp, the North Cape is in Western Finnmark, where the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans meet.
Tourists have been visiting North Cape since 1664 when Francesco Negri, an Italian priest, visited. During the summer North Cape sees a midnight sun, as the sun does not set between May and July. North Cape is a popular place for winter sports, including ice fishing, snowshoeing and skiing. Head to the 307m (1007ft) above sea level cliff plateau for incredible views over the cape, and of course photographic opportunities. North Cape is at 9764 Nordkapp.
Preikestolen is one of the most scenic locations in Norway. Translated as Pulpit Rock, Preikestolen sits high above the fjord below. The cliff was formed over 10,000 years ago and is 604m (1982ft) above the water’s surface. Preikestolen is one of the most famous and most photographed locations in Norway, as tourists embark on the four to five-hour hike to reach the top of the cliff, before some brave a seat on the edge for an exhilarating selfie. Preikestolen is at 4129 Songesand.
Another spectacular rock formation high above a fjord is Trolltunga, which reaches across Ringedalsvatnet Lake. Trolltunga is on the western edge of the Hardangervidda plateau. The rock formation was carved from the ice cap that covered most of Scandinavia thousands of years ago. Jutting out 700m(2300ft) above the water, Trolltunga resembles a tongue, and a legend gives the rock its name. Norse legend tells of a troll who had a taste for dangerous adventures such as diving into deep waters and jumping over canyons. One day he decided to see if the stories that the sun turned trolls to rock were true. Sitting in a cave, he stuck out his tongue and waited for the sun to rise and unfortunately, the troll turned into stone.