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Norway

Norway is a long stretched country, reaching from an idyllic rocky coast with skerries in the south, to a wild and untamed meeting between land and sea in the north. The south coast is home to the Norwegian summer, the north is home to the Sami. Travel along the Norwegian coast and experience it all.

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Norway – The Land of the Midnight Sun

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The wooden church of Urnes, Norway – Photo: Vujicic-Lugassy

The main attractions of Norway are the varied landscapes that extend across the Arctic Circle. It is famous for its fjord-indented coastline and its mountains, ski resorts, lakes and woods. The main tourist cities in Norway are Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Tromsø. Much of the nature of Norway remains unspoiled, and thus attracts numerous hikers and skiers.

The fjords, mountains and waterfalls in Western and North Norway attract several hundred thousand foreign tourists each year. In the cities, cultural idiosyncrasies such as the Holmenkollen ski jump attract many visitors, as well as historic and cultural buildings and areas such as Bryggen in Bergen and the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo.

The culture of Norway evolved as a result of its sparse population, harsh climate, and relative isolation from the rest of Europe. It is therefore distinct from other countries in Europe in that it has fewer opulent palaces and castles, smaller agricultural areas, and longer travel distances. Regionally distinct architecture, crafts, and art are presented in the various folk museums, typically based on an ethnological perspective. The Norsk Folkemuseum at Bygdøy in Oslo is the largest of these.

Life in the capital of Oslo, or the Hanseatic city of Bergen on the west coast, and life in a coastal fishing village in the Arctic seem like two different worlds. You can try both within a few days.

Fjords and mountains

On your way north you travel through untouched wilderness where the mountains dive hundreds of metres into the world famous fjords.

You see small farms spread out in the countryside, not clustered in villages like in the rest of Europe. Spend a night or two at one of them, and get to know a farmer. Farm holidays are very popular.

Midnight sun and northern lights

Further north you join wildlife safaris to see whales and eagles. During summer the sun never sets in Northern Norway, and in winter the magical northern lights light up the totally dark sky. Furthest north, you stand on the North Cape, the northernmost point on mainland Europe, and feel the breeze from the North Pole.

 

Norway is unique. That’s a fact !

 

Visit the Official Tourism Site of Norway if you plan a trip to the land of the Midnight Sun (http://www.visitnorway.com/en)

 

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  1. תאורה says:

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