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Top 13 best books about Norway (or set in Norway)

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Think of Norway and immediately snow-covered peaks, glaciers, stunning fjords, the northern lights and of course fearsome Vikings spring to mind. And possibly the term Nordic Noir!

Norway with its population of just over 5 million receives 9 million-plus visitors a year with the majority of those arriving over the summer months. Popular destinations include Oslo, Bergen, Flam and surrounding fjords (the Naeroyfjord) and Tromso in northern Norway.

In this post, I have gathered together some of the best books about Norway (or set in Norway). If you are one of the many millions of people planning to include some Norway travel into your itinerary this year and want to learn more about Norway before you go why not read some of these great books to prepare for your trip?

This list includes both fiction and non-fiction titles for adults as well as some Nordic Noir but I have generally chosen popular fiction which will appeal to everyone. There are also a couple of books for children about Norway too.

Best Books about Norway


A selection of the best fiction books about Norway (or set in Norway)


For those who enjoy a little drama in their lives.


A selection of non-fiction books about Norway.


If you are looking for a guide book for your visit to Norway these are my top choices. I always recommend buying up-to-date guide books before you travel – don’t rely on a book that is a few years old. 

Children's books about Norway

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Happy reading!

I hope you enjoy my selection of books about Norway – do bookmark the page as I will be adding to this list on an ongoing basis.

If you enjoy reading about destinations before you visit do check out my other selection of best travel books for various countries around the world including Denmark, Iceland, Australia, South Africa, Italy, and Canada.

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