5 REASONS TO VISIT EASTERN NORWAY

Want to experience all of Norway´s natural beauty and vivid history while avoiding hoards of tourists clamoring for the perfect fjord picture to instagram? Then skip the West Coast and head on over to the Norwegian East Coast instead.

This underrated section of the country is full of spectacular things to see and do. The following are only 5 of the many reasons you should be considering Eastern Norway for your next trip:

1) To Climb Gaustatoppen

Gaustatoppen is the Telemark district´s tallest peak and an experience that should be illegal to miss, should you be in the East. On a clear day you can see one sixth of Norway from the top. Not only that but the mountain sits next to a beautiful velvety lake reflecting colours beyond the imagination.

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Lake view from the top of Gaustatoppen

This hike is a meer two hours to the top and well worth the effort. However, be warned as boulder-covered paths and slippery snow may make for treacherous climbing conditions for the less experienced hiker.

2) Heddal Stave Church

When heading towards Gaustatoppen from the east, it is impossible to miss the Heddal Stave Church. Being Norway´s largest stave church, Heddal is sure to impress, regardless of religious belief or lack there of.

 

Heddal Stave Church

Built in the 13th century, this church stands tall in the Heddal valley. This view is as peaceful as it is intriguing. Make sure to take a closer look to see the perplexing thick black lacquering covering Heddal Stave Church´s wooden panels.

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Heddal Stave Church up close

3) Fredrikstad

Fredrikstad´s Old Town is the epitome of a quintessential European fairytale village. A walk through the small cobble-stoned streets will take you back to early Nordic life. On a sunny day this city glistens with antique lustre, housing many boutique stores and some of the most magical cafés you could dream of.

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A candle-lit lunch consisting of: karbonade, parsnip soup & chocolate caramel slice

4) See Munch´s House in Åsgårdstrand

You´ve heard of the painting The Scream, but did you know the artist who painted this masterpiece, Edvard Munch, was Norwegian?

The Scream
Source: wikimedia

In the beautiful little white-washed town of Åsgårdstrand you can visit the famous Munch house in all it´s orangey glory.

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The beautiful town of Åsgårdstrand – known for it´s white houses

Here you can also stop into the Munch Cafe for a bite to eat. Don´t forget to order on one of the famous ´krabbelurers´ if you´re a fan of doughnuty-goodness (who isn´t?)

5) Visit Ancient Viking Burial Grounds

Take a trip to the Vestfold district and you will discover the Borre Mounds. This impressive landmark is host to one of the largest viking burial grounds in all of Scandinavia. Not only are the mounds beautiful to look at, but you can actually climb on top of them. Because who doesn´t want to stand on top of viking souls?

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A cheeky snap buy a viking burial mound

 

So why not skip the tourist traps this summer and check out Norway´s Eastern treasures?

 

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25 thoughts on “5 REASONS TO VISIT EASTERN NORWAY

  1. Lovely photos and a great post!
    I’ve been so wanting to visit Norway for a while.. I know it has breathtaking nature, but also it’s really, really expensive so I always end up going somewhere else :/ I especially want to see Bergen and the fjords, of course. But one day, for sure 🙂

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    1. Oh yes I totally understand. Norway is incredibly expensive, but there are some ways around it if you stay at an airbnb and make your own food instead of eating out 🙂

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  2. Hi!

    I have nominated you for Liebster award. If you choose to accept it, check out the post about it on my blog for the details.
    Your blog is really fun and you have some fantastic photos and travel tips/stories! Happy blogging 🙂

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  3. Lovely pics Lara! Thank you for sharing!
    Actually I have been to the museum of Munch in Oslo and was quite dissappointed… but I’m sure that visiting his house is definitely another experience! Thanks for the suggestions 🙂

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    1. Thanks Lisa 🙂 always happy to see you stopping by! Oh really? I haven´t been to the Museum of Munch…will be sure to avoid it. I´d suggest simply going to the National Gallery if you´re interested in seeing Munch pieces as they have quite a large collection.

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