The Prettiest Coastal Cities & Towns in Norway you Have to Visit!

Guide to Alesund Norway | World of Wanderlust
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My recent visit to Norway confirmed what I already knew to be true: this is one of the most picturesque countries in the world, full of jaw-dropping scenery and postcard-perfect towns. Whilst travelling along the Norwegian coasts, I came to realise that there was much to be discovered by way of charming little towns and sizeable cities, so here are the prettiest coastal cities and towns in Norway you have to visit!

One Day in Bergen Norway | World of Wanderlust


Lets start with an obvious choice and a much-loved city by all who travel to Norway: Bergen. Despite being full of small town charm, Bergen is in fact the second largest city in Norway. The beauty of this city centres around Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site that focuses on an historic harbour lined with quintessential seaside buildings in quirky colours. Be sure to wander behind the buildings for a free history lesson, great art studios and galleries, and charming little souvenir stores.

Guide to Alesund Norway | World of Wanderlust


As my all time favourite town in Norway, I fell completely and utterly in love with Ålesund. This seaside town was all but completely destroyed in a fire at the beginning of the 20th Century, being completely rebuilt in Art Nouveau style. Be sure to climb the 418 steps to the public viewing platform for the most incredible view over the city!

One day in Stavanger Norway | World of Wanderlust


As the fourth largest city in Norway, Stavanger brings a whole lot of small town charm together with the benefits of a bustling city. The “old town” is an absolute must visit, complete with traditional wooden houses and their charming miniature gardens on display. Over in the city centre itself you will still find oodles of charm in the many winding streets and alleyways that make up the shopping district. A half day visit is plenty of time to soak up all the charm in this town, combined with a hike in the nearby fjords to complete your stay!

Geiranger Norway | World of Wanderlust


Commonly regarded as Norway’s most scenic fjord and one of the most incredible landscapes in the world, a visit to Geiranger (village) and Geirangerfjord should be on any and all traveller’s visit list whilst in Norway. The landscapes are best viewed as you wind your way up the narrow road that connects Geiranger with the rest of the region, open only a few months of the year during summer. Come late September, the road closes to make way for the heavy snowfall seen in this area, which makes this remote little village even more charming!

Flam Norway | World of Wanderlust


This list would not be complete without mention of the small fishing village known as Flåm (pronounced: Flaum). This is of course where you can take the hour long Flåm Railway, commonly regarded as one of the most scenic railways in Europe. Be sure to take the time to wander around the water’s edge and see the village from afar – a photograph just waiting to happen!

Oslo Norway via Flickr

Image via Flickr / Mashhour Halawani


Over on Norway’s southern coast lies Oslo, the capital of Norway and largest city with more than 600,000 Norwegians calling this city home! If you’re after more of a city escape or are arriving in Norway by plane, you absolutely must stop by Oslo to see the hustle and bustle. No other city in Norway feels as busy or happening as Oslo, with a wide range of concerts and events year-round to make your visit extra special!


Image via Wikicommons


Back on the west coast of Norway is a small and unassuming little town known as Haugesund. This is a great base for more adventurous travellers planning to hike the Lysefjorden region, which is regarded as one of the best regions to explore many of Norway’s most spectacular mountains.


Over to you! Do you have any favourite Norwegian coastal towns to add to the list!?

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    September 24, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Very beautiful places its like a heaven i would really want to go their specially the house in Norway and different from our those are wood houses really love it and nothing say more about it.

    September 21, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Next time you go to Norway, you should travel to Northern Norway. It is do much nicer than down south. If you come to Norway during Easter, you should go to Kautokeino, a small town to hours from Alta.
    Northern Norway is magical all year, with the Northern Lights during winter and midnight sun during summer.

    The Untourists
    September 14, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    How beautiful are these towns! We are planning a trip to the Scandinavia and this will surely help!

    September 13, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    I live 1 hour outside Bergen ( between Hardanger and Bergen). I recommend visiting Hardanger, such a beautiful place. And if your flight lands in Oslo, i would recommend taking the train from Oslo to Bergen (during the day), you can see so much beautiful (mountain) nature on that trip!

    September 13, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I’ve only ever been to Oslo and I can’t wait to return to visit more places! Your photos are super gorgeous and I really want to go to Bergen!

    September 13, 2016 at 6:54 am

    I would add Trondheim and Tromse. Also, I would not go to geiranger, there are so many pretty fjords in Norway without any tourists (geiranger has far to many).

    September 12, 2016 at 4:28 am

    I have heard a lot of good things lately about Bergen and Ålesund, would love to visit those cities (and the beautiful scenery in between) sometime!

    September 11, 2016 at 5:02 am

    nice place i like all these little towns

    September 10, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    We are looking at our options for travel next September and have talked about Norway as an option. I loved the article and pictures. But we will be traveling Sept 15-24 and now I wonder if that would be to late to visit there.

      September 13, 2016 at 6:57 am

      From Norway here. Definitely not to late. Massively depends on where you go thought. In Oslo there will often be almost summer weather, but in Tromse (far north), it will be autumnal. But Norway is pretty all year round, you just got to bring the right clothes!

    September 10, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    I can’t even express how excited I am for your posts about Norway! I’ve always wanted to visit it ( and hopefully I can do an exchange program there) so it will be really cool to see these new places I can add to my list!

    September 10, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Next time you go to Norway again, (which i imagine will happen) you should visit the lofoten islands! During the summer of course so its daylight, they are the prettiest of towns!

    September 10, 2016 at 7:13 am

    These pictures are beautiful! I wish I was in Norway right now!

    September 10, 2016 at 5:13 am

    I think Alta should be on this list! Breathtaking fjords everywhere! 😀

    J. Christina
    September 10, 2016 at 3:44 am

    Lovely photos. Brings back so many nice memories of my visit there.

    Magic autofill
    September 9, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Norway was beautiful, but it’s so so expensive !
    Food, drink, clothing. If you’re going to go, don’t go for long !!

    Yun Zhang
    September 9, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I had my trip to Norway 2 years ago, and it was my best experience ever!! When we arrived Oslo, it was their National Day, there was a parade in the morning with people in their traditional clothes 🙂 We also visited Bergen and Stavanger. I love Bergen! And I will never forget the view I saw at fjords in Stavanger, the Pulpit Rock is breathtaking!!

    Sheetal Sharma
    September 9, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Wow! What Great sights are! Photogenic places. You have explained very nicely with the help of pictures. I love to visit these sites and draw some acrylic paintings out of it.

    Jessie @ Chasing Belle
    September 9, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I would love to say I have some of my own! In the meantime, I have been drooling over all of your pretty Norway picture on Insta 🙂

    September 9, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Thank you for this. Your site is so useful. Norway has been on my list and it helps to have a bit of deeper look into it via someone’s experience. I hope to be able to make it one day!

    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    September 8, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    I’ve only been to Oslo:) need to return to Norway:)

    September 8, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    I live in Bergen and I can 100% agree with you that you have to visit Flåm! It is such a calming and beautiful place (also not far away from Bergen)! Also I hope you enjoyed your time in Bergen!

    • Brooke Saward
      September 9, 2016 at 10:41 am

      LOVED every place we visited in Norway Lisa – you’re so lucky to live there!!! <3

    September 8, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Absolutely stunning! I really look forward to visiting Norway one day!

    Kate |

    the travelogue (by Anna & Vanessa)
    September 8, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks for the great list Brooke! Norway is still on our list until we find the right time to travel there. It looks so incredible gorgeous and we can’t even decide where to go but your list gives a good impression!
    xx Anna & Vanessa

    September 8, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Norway is the ultimate GOAL! I’d love to see it !! 🙂

    Kenza from

    Punita Malhotra
    September 8, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Can’t decide which to leave out! Norway deserves a week or even more…

    September 8, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I recently visited Norway for the first time and I completely fell in love. We stayed on a small island in Oslo Fjord and it was incredibly beautiful. I’m dying to go back to explore more.

    It’s funny because I’m a web developer and the company I work for has built most of the websites for these places. I built the new sites for Stavanger and Alesund. 😛

    September 8, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    To be honest I never thought too much about Norway but after seeing the pictures, it’s definitely on my list. Especially Bergen, I’d really love to see Bergen up close.

    Tessa Browne
    September 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    This is making me want to travel back to Norway ASAP! The train journey from Oslo to Bergen was absolutely incredible, I really want to do it again sometime soon. Glad you enjoyed Norway!

    Tessa at

    September 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Brooke, you have made me 100% need to get my butt to Norway! I’ve wanted to for quite some time, but your last trip put me over the top!! Gorgeous!

    • Brooke Saward
      September 9, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Haha I know the feeling – have wanted to go for SO long but kept putting it off… it was incredible though – put it at the top of your list! 😀

    September 8, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    If only you had gone a tiny bit further north of Geiranger and visited Trondheim! Such a magical city too!

    • Brooke Saward
      September 9, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Oh WOW it looks magical!!! I wanna go back already – so much to see!

    September 8, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Love all these little towns! You don’t often hear about the smaller ones outside of Oslo. Thanks for sharing these! Definitely putting some on my list when I visit. 🙂

    September 8, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Oh my goodness, this has to be my next trip!

    xx Kelly

    September 8, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Norway looks so precious. I love the look of the houses and can’t wait to visit Oslo! that’s always been on my list.

    September 8, 2016 at 8:04 am

    All these places seem amazing

    September 8, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Great article! You mention some great places that don’t always get the attention it deserves (including my hometown Stavanger!) And I’m glad you had a good time in Norway!
    I just have to point out, though, that Stavanger is the 4th largest city, and that Trondheim is the 3rd largest.. But 3rd largest sounds better;)

    I hope you’ll come back to see more some time!