Spell-binding pictures of Norway’s epic landscapes

If there was a competition for the most beautiful country on earth, Norway would surely be a podium contender.

A notion underscored by these jaw-dropping pictures.

They capture epic fjords, grand mountains, gravity-defying rock formations and impossibly picturesque island villages.

The great news for travellers is that the country’s breathtaking natural wonders – even those in remote corners – can be explored with ease by train, cruise ship or by foot via hiking trails.

The hard bit? Deciding which slice of stirring landscape you want to visit.

Scroll down for our pick of Norway’s most captivating locations.

Preikestolen, aka the Pulpit Rock, stands 1,981ft (604 metres) above Lysefjorden near Stavanger. Its almost flat surface at the top makes for an ideal viewing point 

You want to see nature at hits most dramatic? Pick a Norwegian fjord - any of them. Pictured is Naeroyfjord

 You want to see nature at hits most dramatic? Pick a Norwegian fjord – any of them. Pictured is Naeroyfjord

Voss, located in-between the famous fjords of Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord, looks enchanting in this beautiful nighttime photograph. It's billed as the adrenaline capital of Norway by the country's tourist board

Voss, located in-between the famous fjords of Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord, looks enchanting in this beautiful nighttime photograph. It’s billed as the adrenaline capital of Norway by the country’s tourist board

Hikers advance towards the colossal Jostedalsbreen glacier, which is the largest glacier in mainland Europe, according to Visitnorway.com. The glacier covers almost half of Jostedalsbreen National Park, the site says

Hikers advance towards the colossal Jostedalsbreen glacier, which is the largest glacier in mainland Europe, according to Visitnorway.com. The glacier covers almost half of Jostedalsbreen National Park, the site says

The best way of seeing Nordfjord (pictured) is from 1,011 metres (3316ft) up, courtesy of the Loen Skylift cable car

The best way of seeing Nordfjord (pictured) is from 1,011 metres (3316ft) up, courtesy of the Loen Skylift cable car

Hikers pause to take in the jaw-dropping view from Besseggen ridge in Jotunheimen National Park

Hikers pause to take in the jaw-dropping view from Besseggen ridge in Jotunheimen National Park

Trolltunga rock juts out 3,600ft (1,100metres) above lake Ringedalsvatnet  in the Odda municipality. It's one of the most popular, and nerve-shredding, tourist attractions in Norway

Trolltunga rock juts out 3,600ft (1,100metres) above lake Ringedalsvatnet  in the Odda municipality. It’s one of the most popular, and nerve-shredding, tourist attractions in Norway

Another epic picture of lake Ringedalsvatnet, which has an almost other-worldly quality

Another epic picture of lake Ringedalsvatnet, which has an almost other-worldly quality

A road weaves across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau - the largest plateau of its kind in Europe

A road weaves across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau – the largest plateau of its kind in Europe

Flåm village, in southwestern Norway, is hailed by many as the most beautiful village in Norway. It attracts 450,000 visitors a year – and most reach it by train. The 12-mile-long Flåm line between Flåm and Myrdal is one of the steepest in the world and offers stunning valley and waterfall views. In 2014 Lonely Planet declared riding this line the most incredible train journey in the world

Flåm village, in southwestern Norway, is hailed by many as the most beautiful village in Norway. It attracts 450,000 visitors a year – and most reach it by train. The 12-mile-long Flåm line between Flåm and Myrdal is one of the steepest in the world and offers stunning valley and waterfall views. In 2014 Lonely Planet declared riding this line the most incredible train journey in the world

Postcard-pretty Flåm (its marina is pictured here) is found along Aurlandsfjorden – a branch of Sognefjorden. It harbours traditional red-and-white wooden houses and a 17th-century wooden church

Postcard-pretty Flåm (its marina is pictured here) is found along Aurlandsfjorden – a branch of Sognefjorden. It harbours traditional red-and-white wooden houses and a 17th-century wooden church  

The stunning landscape near the village of Flåm, which has just 350 residents. It is a popular stop for cruise ships

The stunning landscape near the village of Flåm, which has just 350 residents. It is a popular stop for cruise ships 

The thunderous Kjosfossen waterfall, which is located next to the Flåm-Myrdal railway line. It is 738ft (225 metres) tall and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Norway

The thunderous Kjosfossen waterfall, which is located next to the Flåm-Myrdal railway line. It is 738ft (225 metres) tall and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Norway

The Stegastein Viewpoint gives visitors panoramic views of Aurlandsfjord, from 2,130ft (650 metres) above ground. The platform opened in 2006 and juts out 98ft (30 metres) from the mountainside

The Stegastein Viewpoint gives visitors panoramic views of Aurlandsfjord, from 2,130ft (650 metres) above ground. The platform opened in 2006 and juts out 98ft (30 metres) from the mountainside  

The Kjeragbolten boulder – made famous by countless Instagram posers – is wedged in a mountain crevasse in Mount Kjerag above the Lysefjord

The 26-mile-long Lysefjord in the Ryfylke area in Rogaland county, pictured, in southwestern Norway. Its name means 'light fjord', and alludes to the lightly coloured granite rocks along its sides. The added the bonus? A mesmerising winding road - Lysevegen Road - said by some to be one of the most spectacular in the world. It features 27 hairpins

The 26-mile-long Lysefjord in the Ryfylke area in Rogaland county, pictured, in southwestern Norway. Its name means ‘light fjord’, and alludes to the lightly coloured granite rocks along its sides. The added the bonus? A mesmerising winding road – Lysevegen Road – said by some to be one of the most spectacular in the world. It features 27 hairpins

Pictured here is the majestic Trollstigen road, which has 11 hairpins and threads its way through a dramatic valley formed by mighty mountains over 5,000 feet tall. The road opened in 1939

Pictured here is the majestic Trollstigen road, which has 11 hairpins and threads its way through a dramatic valley formed by mighty mountains over 5,000 feet tall. The road opened in 1939

A breathtaking view of the valley from the Romsdalseggen ridge. Hiking along the ridge can take up to 10 hours

A breathtaking view of the valley from the Romsdalseggen ridge. Hiking along the ridge can take up to 10 hours

The Via Ferrata Loen (via ferrata is Italian for 'iron path), 2,395 feet above Nordfjord. The suspension bridge is the longest via ferrata in Europe

The Via Ferrata Loen (via ferrata is Italian for ‘iron path), 2,395 feet above Nordfjord. The suspension bridge is the longest via ferrata in Europe

The Jostedalsbreen National Park, pictured, boasts both lush vegetation and glaciers. The park covers 510 square miles and was established in 1991

The Jostedalsbreen National Park, pictured, boasts both lush vegetation and glaciers. The park covers 510 square miles and was established in 1991 

Hardangerfjord, which is bordered by the Folgefonna glacier, is peppered with tiny islands (pictured)

Hardangerfjord, which is bordered by the Folgefonna glacier, is peppered with tiny islands (pictured)

The Magdalenefjorden on the Svalbard archipelago, which is five miles long and up to three miles wide. It is one of the most famous fjords on the island of Spitsbergen

The Magdalenefjorden on the Svalbard archipelago, which is five miles long and up to three miles wide. It is one of the most famous fjords on the island of Spitsbergen 

The wooden huts in the centuries-old fishing villages on the Lofoten Islands are a charming sight on the Arctic archipelago. Pictured is the village of Henningsvær

The wooden huts in the centuries-old fishing villages on the Lofoten Islands are a charming sight on the Arctic archipelago. Pictured is the village of Henningsvær



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