Southern Norway

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Southern Norway - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Dyreparken i Kristiansand


    One of Norway's most popular attractions, Dyreparken Kristiansand is actually five separate parks, including a water park (bring bathing suits...Read More

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  • 2. Gamle Stavanger

    Historic District/Site

    The charm of the city's past is on view in Old Stavanger, northern Europe's largest and best-preserved wooden house settlement. The 150 houses...Read More

  • 3. Nordvegen Historiesenter

    Museum Village

    Outside of Haugesund, Avaldnes is the seat of Norway's first kings and thus considered the "birthplace of Norway," an important status for the...Read More

  • 4. Norsk Oljemuseum


    Resembling a shiny offshore oil platform, the dynamic Norsk Oljemuseum is an absolute must-see. In 1969 oil was discovered off the coast of...Read More

  • 5. Preikestolen


    A huge cube with a vertical drop of 2,000 feet, Pulpit Rock is not a good destination if you suffer from vertigo—it has a heart-stopping view...Read More

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  • 6. Agder Naturmuseum og Botanisk Hage


    The area's natural history from the Ice Age to the present is on display at this museum, starting with the coast and moving on to the mountains...Read More

  • 7. Christiansholm Festning

    Historic District/Site

    This circular fortress with 16-foot-thick walls, on a promontory opposite Festningsgata, was completed in 1672. Its role has been much more...Read More

  • 8. Kristiansand Kanonmuseum


    At the Kristiansand Cannon Museum you can see the cannon that the occupying Germans rigged up during World War II. With a caliber of 15 inches...Read More

  • 9. Kristiansand Museum

    Museum Village

    The region's largest cultural museum has more than 40 old buildings on display. The structures, transported from other locations in the area...Read More

  • 10. Oddernes Kirke

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The striking rune stone in the cemetery of Oddernes kirke says that Øyvind, godson of Saint Olav, built this church in 1040 on property he inherited...Read More

  • 11. Ravnedalen

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    A favorite with hikers and strolling nannies, Ravnedalen is a lush park that's filled with flowers in springtime. Wear comfortable shoes to...Read More

  • 12. Solastranden


    Sola's beach has 2⅓ km (1½ mile) of sandy beach ideal for windsurfing and beach volleyball. Other prime beach spots are Vaulen badeplass, Godalen...Read More

  • 13. Stavanger Kunstmuseum


    This art museum sits by the lovely Lake Mosvannet, about 3 km (2 miles) from the city center. Its holdings, which cover the early 19th century...Read More

  • 14. Stavanger Maritime Museum


    Housed in the only two shipping merchants' houses that remain completely intact is Stavanger Maritime Museum. Built between 1770 and 1840, the...Read More

  • 15. Sverd i Fjell


    The site where Norway was founded has been memorialized by these three huge bronze swords, designed by artist Fritz Røed and unveiled by King...Read More

  • 16. Utstein Kloster

    Historic District/Site

    Founded in the late 1200s, Utstein is the best preserved medieval monastery in Norway. Public transport to the abbey isn't that good, so it...Read More

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