Norway is home to some of the best scenery in Europe. From the isolated Arctic tundra up north to the peaceful meadows in the shadows of fjords down south, the entire country is visually stunning. Whether you’re looking for a breath of fresh air or planning a trip to Norway after the Coronavirus is over, here are some places to add to the list. These are the seven most epic national parks in Norway.
Most Epic National Parks In Norway
1. Jostedalsbreen National Park
Josedalsbreen National Park is a must for ice lovers. Home to the largest glacier in mainland Europe, the Josedalsbreen glacier, this park is perfect for adventure junkies. Whether you are looking to scale the ancient ice slabs, go hiking in arctic blue ice tunnels or kayak across the crystal clear glacial lakes, Jostedalsbreen has it all.
2. Sor-Spitsbergen National Park
Tucked away far up north in the Svalbard archipelago you’ll find one of Norway’s most stunning national parks – Sor-Spitsbergen. Over 65% of this region is ice cap with the remaining consisting of an unforgiving tundra. Because of this, Sor-Spitsbergen is about as North Pole as it gets with polar bears and endless snowy hills dotted with sleighs.
3. Hardangervidda National Park
Hardangervidda is Norway’s largest national park sprawling across Vestland, Vestfold of Telemark and Viken. It’s not hard to see why such a large area is protected, either. The entire region is stunning sitting atop a massive plateau full of wildlife, peaceful lakes and stunning skies. Additionally, you’ll see herds of migrating reindeer, remote mountain cabins, summer kayakers and lone trekkers all looking for a taste of the areas natural beauty.
4. Rondane National Park
Mountain lovers need look no further than Rondane National Park. The park is home to ten peaks soaring at over 2,000 meters making for some unforgettable day hikes. Because of this, Rondane is perfect for day walkers, mountaineers and everything in between with a huge variety of trails and activities. Whether you’re after a peaceful forest walk, intense mountain climb or a cool dip in the river, it all goes down at Rondane.
5. Forlandet National Park
Situated off the west coast of the Svalbard archipelago where the ancient glaciers meet the rough seas, Forlandet truly is a sight to behold. It’s the perfect balance of alpine, forest, glacial and coastal scenery. The breathtaking scenery isn’t the best part though, the park is overflowing with wildlife. Peek beneath the sea cliffs to catch stone seals sunbathing and walruses conversing on the rugged beaches.
6. Folgefonna National Park
Folgefonna is one of Norway’s most popular national parks and known for its enormous glaciers. Three of them dominate the area, and that’s not all. Folgefonna also has a sleepy mountain village charm that just ties the whole place together. In summer, there’s simply no better place to be in Norway than Folgefonna.
7. Jotunheimen National Park
Few places perfectly describe rugged wilderness like Jotunheimen. Home to over 250 peaks at more than 2000 meters and endless winding rivers, the scenery is unforgettable. Turquoise pools set against emerald mountains sparkling glaciers and jagged fjords make this place quintessentially Norwegian.