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

    Zoo/Aquarium

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Viewpoint

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Beach

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Museum/Gallery

    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

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    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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