Norway is a beautiful Scandinavian country, the birthplace of the Vikings, traveling through which you can enjoy the harsh northern romance: admire the mountains, forests, glaciers, waterfalls, the northern lights, as well as stunning landscapes of coastal fjords.
Tourists are especially attracted by the untouched nature, amazing fishing, interesting cultural events such as ski jumping competitions in Holmenkollen, well-developed ski centers, architectural gems, museums, UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The culture of Norway has developed in a harsh climate and relative isolation from the rest of Europe. Therefore, it differs from other countries in its originality. Norway has few luxurious palaces and castles, little agricultural land and long distances between settlements. Regional architecture, handicrafts and art are presented in various folk museums, usually from an ethnological perspective.
Popular tourist destinations in Norway include Oslo, Alesund, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Tromsø.
The capital of Norway, Oslo, combines the best features of a metropolis and a province. Here you will find modern shopping centers, restaurants with simple but delicious cuisine, and most importantly, a variety of cultural attractions: unusual architecture, museums and galleries. The province is reminded of the widest opportunities for recreation, traditionally considered a suburban one: local beaches and ski slopes are no worse than in specialized European resorts.
Bergen is also one of the most recognizable cities with the famous embankment of the medieval Bryggen quarter, art galleries and other attractions. All kinds of festivals are held here every year, and most of the fjord excursions start from here.
Trondheim is a city of universities and technology. The most interesting – in the Sulciden and Bakkland districts with rows of cozy cafes, antique shops and boutiques of Norwegian designers. The main excursion gem is the Baroque Stifsgården, the largest wooden palace in Scandinavia, as well as the 13th century Gothic Nidaross Cathedral.
Another educational center is Stavanger, where there are not only institutes and laboratories, but also the country’s longest beaches, picturesque fjords and historical monuments of the Viking age.
Incredibly beautiful nature surrounds the town of Flåm in the valley of the same name. On the site of the majestic glaciers, there is an open-air museum and unforgettable walking and train routes along the arms of the Sognefjord – the second largest in the world.
Narvik beyond the Arctic Circle attracts extreme sportsmen, Ålesund is the embodiment of the elegant Art Deco style, the “gateway to the Arctic” Tromsø is known for its breathtaking landscapes, illuminated by the midnight sun and the northern lights. For fans of alpine skiing, the resorts of Hemsedal, Hafjell, Kvitfjell, Trysil, Holmenkollen and Geilo are open.
The Norwegian road system covers more than 90,000 kilometers, includes ferry crossings, numerous bridges and tunnels, and several mountain passes. Some of these mountain passes are closed during the winter months, and some may close during winter storms. With the opening of the Øresund Bridge and the fixed line of the Greater Belt, Norway is connected to the European continent by continuous road connections via Sweden and Denmark.
A 4058 km rail network connects most of the major cities south of Bodø.
Oslo Airport, Gardermoen, is the most important airport in Norway, with 24 million passengers in 2014.
The cruise ferry Hurtigruten connects the coastal towns between Bergen and Kirkenes.
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