The Best of Norway
The following is a tentative list of the best of Norway (compiled through personal research done on the internet). Here are the results. If you live in Norway, or consider yourself an expert on the country please add, or edit items to the list. Once complete, it should help visitors know exactly where to find what they need, and want. PLEASE only respond to this thread if you're interested in helping to edit or contribute items to the list. Thank you.
CRITERIA for LIST:
-memorable/dramatic scenery & landscape photography. Where to find the best (viewpoints, city views, panoramas, skylines, sunsets, etc..)?
-the unique outdoors, hikes/hilltops/lookouts, and amazing views.
-lovely/charming streets, cute villages, and magnificent/attractive architecture
-authentic/unforgettable "local" travel experiences (i.e. non-typical, interesting/special experiences (full of original character), and unique only to the local area)).
-the best freebies (meuseums excluded)
-specialty/unique regional cuisine/gastronomy (or the BEST places to eat (w/ local's prices, food made with love/regional favourites, and not too many tourists eating there)),
-anything else off-the beaten path.
- from South to North*
view from atop floibanen
Naeroyfjord (can take Flam rail), Stalheim, then Ulvik, (Vøringsfossen)- back to Bergen
HOPEN, near Sogndal/Luster
ORSTA/ALESUND (Aksala view), also nearby town of SøVIK
Geirangerfjorden, Dalsnibba, Geirangervegen, Golden route
Bakklandet, Old town bridge view (if with bicycle, travel up the hill with the special bike lift)
Vega world heritage site, Torghatten, Kystriksveien route
Saltstraumen, Lofoten islands
Ølhallen beer hall, western coast of Senja
mageroya, kirkeporten, mid June festival
reindeer w/ cranberry, lingonberry jam
geitost "goat cheese"
fiskeboller (fish balls, and some)
Rumgraut is a sour-cream porridge covered with melted butter, brown
sugar, and cinnamon. If they're in season, try the good-tasting,
amber-colored muiter (cloudberries). An additional treat, well made in
Norway, is a pancake accompanied by lingonberries
koldtbord (a kind of breakfast)
Thanks again for any advice.