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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.

Norway offers fascinating Viking history, dramatic scenery and northern lights viewing. Trek across mountainous terrain and cruise through sheer-sided fjords. Re-energize with fresh seafood and locally brewed beers.

Home to orcas, reindeer, walruses and polar bears, Norway is popular with animal lovers. Spot brown bears, moose and arctic foxes in the north and look for the Eurasian lynx in Reisa National Park.

Norway has an interesting cultural heritage, as displayed in Oslo’s museums, the art nouveau architecture of the port town of Ålesund and art collections of Stavanger. Tour the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo to see two well-preserved 9th-century Viking ships and tour the Historical Museum, located in the same building.

Visit Bergen on Norway’s southwestern coast to see the colorful wooden houses of the UNESCO-listed harbor district of Bryggen. Stroll around the shops lining the waterfront, explore the local fish market and learn more about this area’s heritage at Bryggens Museum. Mount Floyen, a mountain in the heart of Bergen, offers the perfect vantage point from which to admire the cityscape. Ride the funicular to the top to reach the restaurant and children’s play area.

Norway’s fjords are rightly famous. Among the most well known is the UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord, which encompasses deep blue water, cascading waterfalls and steep mountains. Enjoy a range of outdoor activities including rafting, canyoneering and hiking.

For yet more dramatic scenery, head to Lofoten, a cluster of islands famous for fishing, skiing and windswept beaches. Come from late September through April for the chance to glimpse the northern lights.

Most flights to Norway arrive via Oslo Airport, which features an express train to the city and its suburbs. Trains and buses are a fast, efficient method of travel around the country. Ride a ferry around the fjords for an unforgettable experience. From fjords and fresh fish to colorful harbors and museums, Norway is a country of fascinating contrasts.

Popular cities in Norway

Oslo Opera House showing modern architecture, a city and theater scenes
Oslo
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Tours
The Norwegian capital is a beautiful European city known for its museums, seafaring past and miles of pristine natural landscapes.

Reasons to visit

  • Aker Brygge
  • Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
  • Nobel Peace Center
Oslo which includes outdoor art
Oslo
Known for Shopping, Museum and Business
Come to Oslo and enjoy its museums, castle, and theater.

Reasons to visit

  • Aker Brygge
  • Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
  • Nobel Peace Center
Stavanger which includes street scenes, a small town or village 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 which includes general coastal views, landscape views and mountains
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 a coastal town, boating and a marina
Bergen
Known for Shopping, Walking and Seafood
Bergen awaits: its museums, history, live music, and more!

Reasons to visit

  • Torgalmenningen Square
  • Bryggen
Fredrikstad
Fredrikstad
Known for Walking, Cultural Activities and Sunny
Fredrikstad is calling! Discover its adventures, culture, golf, and more.

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