Discover pristine natural beauty, from the deep blue fjords and vast wilderness of the Jostedalsbreen glacier to the sparsely-populated Arctic islands. Cosmopolitan Oslo is packed with museums and eclectic bars, but escape the capital to find remote villages of wooden houses nestled deep in the mountains. Visit in summer to make the most of never-ending days under the midnight sun.
Norway’s progressive attitude shines through in its clean, well-organised cities and open-minded people. If you love nature, Norway's dramatic mountains and crystal clear waters are hard to resist. Oslo is miles away - both in distance and character - from Bergen with its brightly-coloured waterfront houses, or the Arctic cities of Bod and Troms. Stavanger presides over fjords, mountains and sandy beaches.
Walk along the lively harbourside in Oslo to medieval Akershus Fortress. Cross the water to the Viking Ship Museum to see beautifully preserved Viking boats. Bergen's UNESCO-listed harbour is the starting point for fjord cruises, while the historic pilgrimage centre, Trondheim, boasts one of Northern Europe's finest cathedrals. Troms enjoys a spectacular waterside setting, along with 24-hour daylight in the summer months.
Rural Norway is a land of mountains, lakes, deep valleys and isolated farmsteads, ideal in summer for getting away from it all. In winter, skiing is a great way to enjoy the countryside, when the rugged peaks and waters of the world-famous fjords are the biggest draw. Head for the North Cape to see the midnight sun and meet the reindeer-herding Sami people.
Welcome to the birthplace of skiing, and a brilliant alternative to the Alps of central and southern Europe. Norway’s relatively small population of only five million ensures fewer crowds on the slopes and a natural untouched feeling to the landscape.
Some get their kicks from Champagne, while others seek an adrenaline rush. And where better for thrill-seekers to indulge than Norway, with its craggy cliffs, snow-capped mountains and crystal-clear fjords?Read article
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