Norway Travel Guide

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If you are looking to get away from crowded tourist spots and try something different Norway may just be the place for you.


Norway is located in Europe, on the western side of the Scandinavian Peninsula.  Mainland Norway borders Russia, Finland and the Barents Sea to the northeast, Sweden to the east, the Skagerrak Strait and North Sea to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean and Norwegian Sea to the west. 


The Kingdom of Norway also includes the Svalbard archipelago in the northernmost part of Norway, Jan Mayen Island – a volcanic island in the Arctic Ocean, and Bouvet Island – a volcanic island in the South Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South Africa.


Norway’s mainland has an extensive coastline to the west with thousands of islands and islets and this is where most of the country’s spectacular fjords can be found. Approximately half of the country of Norway lies within the Arctic Circle.


Norway is a beautiful year-round holiday destination.  In summer visitors can take in the spectacular scenery of the fjords, visit beaches, or go hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, canoeing or fishing, to name just a few. Avid golfers can enjoy 24-hour golfing during summer.

The capital and largest city, Oslo, was renamed Christiania following a serious fire in the 16th century, but the name reverted back to Oslo in the early 1900s.  The city has many medieval buildings, including a 13th century fortress and the remains of Oslo’s first cathedral. Today Oslo is a modern and sophisticated city with lovely parks, museums, the National Gallery and Royal Palace.  The Viking Ship Museum has interesting exhibits, including Viking long boats.

Other major cities in Norway include Bergen, Stavanger, and Trondheim.  Currency is the Norwegian Krone. 


Svalbard is popular with hardy adventure tourists wishing to experience Arctic tundra conditions and glaciers, and to see wildlife such as polar bears, reindeer and Arctic foxes. It is also popular with birdwatchers for the dozens of species that migrate and breed there including the Snow Bunting and Arctic Tern.  The capital city of Longyearbyen is on Spitzbergen, which is the largest island of the archipelago. Tourism here is strictly regulated to enable disturbance of the environment to be controlled and one can normally only visit as part of organised groups.


Svalbard and other parts of northern Norway are popular for those wishing to see the Northern Lights (aurora borealis).


In the heart of mainland Norway Jotunheimen National Park is a very popular destination for hiking, fishing, climbing, cross-country skiing and many other outdoor adventure activities. There are many high mountain peaks (including the Galdhoppigen at 2,469 m), as well as, lakes, glaciers and waterfalls.


Norway is a popular destination for skiing, with the many popular resorts in the south, including Lillehammer/Hafjell, Hemsedal, Trysil and Geilo. Why not plan a holiday with a difference and try dogsledding or take a snowmobile safari. 




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