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Top 10 free things to do in Norway

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Norway may not be known for being budget-friendly, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money to experience its stunning natural beauty.

With towering peaks, deep fjords and a sprawling Arctic tundra teeming with wildlife, Norway offers countless attractions and activities that come for free.

We’ve rounded up our top 10 things to do in Stavanger and Bergen that won’t break the bank.

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STROLL THROUGH BRYGGEN, BERGEN

Take a walk through the historical Bryggen and immerse yourself in the past. This UNESCO World Heritage site features narrow alleys and crooked buildings that transport you back to the Hanseatic times.

You can explore 61 preserved and reconstructed buildings, all without spending a dime. Plus, you’ll get to meet passionate artists and designers who work in these historic surroundings.

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VISIT THE FISH MARKET, BERGEN

Even if you’re not buying fresh ingredients for dinner, the Fish Market in Bergen is worth a visit.

The lively atmosphere, the smell of freshly made seafood, and the opportunity to learn about local culinary traditions are all free. The market has been a bustling hub since the 1200s, offering a fascinating glimpse into Bergen’s history.

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HIKE ONE OF BERGEN’S SEVEN MOUNTAINS

Mt. Fløyen is a must-see in Bergen. Standing at the viewpoint on top of the mountain, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city, fjords and surrounding sea.

While you can take the Fløibanen funicular, hiking up is free and rewarding. Once at the top, explore various trails, including a 10-minute walk to the tranquil Skomakerdiket lake. In summer, you can even go canoeing for free.

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EXPLORE PULPIT ROCK (PREIKESTOLEN)

Pulpit Rock is one of Norway’s most iconic and photographed spots. This dramatic cliff rises 604 meters above Lysefjord, offering sensational views.

Visiting is free but plan your trip between April and September for the best conditions. Always check the weather and bring appropriate gear for a safe hike.

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ENJOY THE BEACHES NEAR STAVANGER

On a sunny day, head to one of Stavanger’s beautiful beaches, like Solastranda. It’s hard to believe you’re in Norway when you see the pristine sand and clear water.

While the water might be cold, the scenery is perfect for a relaxing day. Nearby, Sola Beach Hotel offers a cosy spot for a coffee.

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HIKE MOUNT KJERAG

For adventure seekers, Mount Kjerag offers an exhilarating hike. The recommended season is June to September. The mountain rises 1,000 meters above Lysefjord, providing stunning views and the chance to see the famous Kjeragbolten boulder. The hike is free, but always check the weather and trail conditions before setting out.

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DRIVE ON THE LYSEVEGEN ROAD

One of Norway’s most scenic roads, Lysevegen, offers a spectacular drive.

Open from late May to early November, this road features 28 hairpin bends and stunning views. The drive is free but requires careful navigation due to its challenging turns.

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WANDER ØVRE HOLMEGATE, STAVANGER

This vibrant street in Stavanger is a feast for the eyes. Known as Stavanger’s Notting Hill, Øvre Holmegate features buildings painted in bright, cheerful colours.

The area underwent a renaissance in 2005 and now houses various boutique shops, cafés and pubs, making it a great place to stroll.

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VISIT SVERD I FJELL

Sverd i Fjell, or “Swords in Rock,” is a striking monument commemorating the historic battle that unified Norway under one king.

Located by a picturesque beach, these three massive swords symbolise peace, unity, and freedom. The site is free to visit and offers a scenic spot for reflection.

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TAKE A SCENIC WALK IN GAMLE STAVANGER

Gamle Stavanger, the old town, is a charming area with well-preserved wooden houses dating back to the 18th century.

Wandering through its cobblestone streets, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The area is filled with galleries, craft shops and cosy cafés, making it a perfect spot for a leisurely, cost-free afternoon.

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