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Norway
Travel Guide

Leknes which includes a small town or village and a hotel

With rugged landscapes and stunning fjords, this northern Scandinavian country is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, with active pursuits from fishing to skiing.

With spectacular mountain landscapes, deep fjords, forested hills and an extensive coastline, Norway excites those in search of extraordinary natural scenery. The country also has a lot to offer culture lovers. There are ancient churches, museums, galleries and magnificent Viking ships.

Surrounded by forests and situated close to the Oslofjord, the capital city Oslo is an ideal place to pursue outdoor activities. Try sledding on the runs near the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and go cross-country skiing through Nordmarka Forest.

Connect with Oslo’s many cultural attractions. Watch opera and ballet performances at the Oslo Opera House, a marble and glass building with a roof you can walk across. See Viking vessels at the Viking Ship Museum and find out more about Norwegian art at the National Gallery.

Norway is also known as the land of the midnight sun. A popular place to experience the phenomenon is at the North Cape, one of the northernmost points of mainland Norway.

This is also a good spot to witness the aurora borealis or Northern Lights, between late autumn and early spring. Other good locations to see the natural light show are Tromsø and the Svalbard Islands.

Many of Norway's most spectacular fjords are in the west of the country. Hike nature trails that pass by waterfalls, rivers and lakes. Walk up to Pulpit Rock for an excellent view of Lysefjord. You can also enjoy the scenery by taking the Bergen Railway through the mountainous terrain. Cruise the fjords on a boat while looking for humpback whales, pilot whales, porpoises and minke whales.

The city of Bergen is the gateway to the fjords. Stroll along the narrow lanes of its old merchant quarter and see wooden houses that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Take the cable car ride from the center of town to the mountains. When the warmer weather comes, sunbathe on the city’s beaches.

Norway is a wonderful country to visit for its natural attractions, outdoor pursuits and cultural treasures.

Popular cities in Norway

Oslo Opera House featuring modern architecture, theatre scenes and a city
Oslo
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Tours
It may not be the cheapest city in Europe, but this Scandinavian metropolis pulls its weight when it comes to culture, natural beauty and quality of life.

Reasons to visit

  • Aker Brygge
  • Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
  • Nobel Peace Center
Oslo featuring outdoor art
Oslo
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Tours

Reasons to visit

  • Aker Brygge
  • Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
  • Nobel Peace Center
Stavanger which includes a small town or village, street scenes and shopping
Stavanger
Known for Ports, Walking and Trendy
This historic, oil-rich city in southwestern Norway is renowned for its culture and sardines, and for being a gateway to the spectacular Norwegian fjord

Reasons to visit

  • Kongeparken
  • Norwegian Petroleum Museum
  • Stavanger Cathedral
Trondheim showing mountains, landscape views and general coastal views
Trondheim
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Family-Friendly
This university city with historic wooden houses, museums, islets and snow-capped mountains still attracts pilgrims to its medieval cathedral.

Reasons to visit

  • Nidaros Cathedral
  • Old Town Bridge
  • Archbishop's Palace
Bergen featuring boating, a marina and a coastal town
Bergen
Known for Shopping, Walking and Seafood

Reasons to visit

  • Torgalmenningen Square
  • Bryggen
Fredrikstad
Fredrikstad
Known for Walking, Cultural Activities and Sunny
Fredrikstad is the biggest and possibly the nicest city in the county of Østfold, and is often called “Plankebyen” (the Plank Town). Fredrikstad is, among other things, known for its lovely Old Town.

Norway