The West Coast

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

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  • 1. Ålesunds Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This gem of a museum highlights the city's past, including the great fire of 1904 and the escape route that the Norwegian Resistance established...Read More

  • 2. Atlanterhavsparken

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Teeming with aquatic life, this is one of Scandinavia's largest aquariums. Right on the ocean, 3 km (2 mi) west of town, the park emphasizes...Read More

  • 3. Flåmsbana

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    This trip is only 20 km (12 mi) long, but it takes 40 to 55 minutes (one-way) to travel the 2,850 feet up the steep mountain gorge. The line...Read More

  • 4. Flåmsbana Museet

    Museum/Gallery

    If you have time to kill before the train departs, make sure you visit the Flåm Railway Museum. Building the Flåm Railway was a remarkable feat...Read More

  • 5. Grip Stave Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    When Princess Elizabeth of the Netherlands was rescued from a violent storm by Norwegian sailors, she showed her gratitude by donating a tryptic...Read More

  • 6. Kniven

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    You can drive or take a bus up the nearby mountain Aksla to this vantage point, "the knife," for a splendid view of the city, which absolutely...Read More

  • 7. Kvalvik Fort

    Kvalvika | Historic District/Site

    One of Kristiansund's most beaten hiking paths is to this well-preserved World War II submarine base and fortress built by German forces 13...Read More

  • 8. Runde

    Island

    Norway's southernmost major "bird rock"—one of the largest in Europe—is the breeding ground for some 200 species, including puffins, gannets...Read More

  • 9. Stalheim Hotel

    Hotel–Sight

    In the spectacular Nærøyfjorden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of steep mountains and waterfalls that forms a beautiful valley, drivers must...Read More

  • 10. Stiftinga Geirangerfjorden Verdsarv

    Educational Institution

    An invaluable introduction to the Geirangerfjorden UNESCO World Heritage Site, this excellent contemporary museum expounds on the area's natural...Read More

  • 11. Sundbåten

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The ferry service to connect Kristiansund's four main islands was established in 1876 and has not stopped since, making it the world's oldest...Read More

  • 12. Tvindefossen

    From Stalheim it's not a long drive to Tvinde, a name derived from the Norwegian word for two. En route, you'll pass the villages of Oppheim...Read More

  • 13. Undredal stavkirke

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The village of Undredal, home to 80 humans and 500 goats, also has Norway's smallest stave church, which has probably built in 1147. ...Read More

  • 14. White Caves

    Cave

    These impressive caves are composed of anorthosite, a type of marble that contains both gold and aluminum. A stone bar and restaurant serve...Read More

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