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Oslo

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East Norway

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Fjord Norway

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South Norway

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Trøndelag

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North Norway

Oslo

Probably no other capital in Scandinavia is as rich in diversity as the Norwegian one. Oslo has become a veritable mecca for architecture lovers in recent years, attracting interested parties from around the world by building the barcode. If you are interested in other fields you will also get your money’s worth in Oslo. For cultural lovers the Norwegian capital offers one of the most beautiful and modern opera houses in whole Europe. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy a visit to the famous Holmenkollen ski jump hill whereas nature lovers can relax and unwind on a hike through the Marka or on a boat trip on the Oslo Fjord. With its new city beaches, renowned restaurants, exciting street food scene and its vibrant arts and music scene, the “little” Oslo has long since made the connection to the big capitals of Europe.

East Norway

The northern and western parts of the eastern Norway region are characterized by mountains and glaciers and offer the perfect contrast to the lively Norwegian capital. When visiting the region of East Norway, of course a stop in the famous Olympic city Lillehammer can not be missed. It was here that the Winter Olympics took place in 1994 and much still reminds of the big event. Winter sports enthusiast will get their money’s worth on a visit to the Olympic Park and the Olympic Museum and if you are lucky you will be able to spot some famous ski jumpers at the Lysgårdsbakken ski jump. Those who are interested in history of Norway should not miss a visit to the open-air museum Maihaugen, here you can immerse yourself in the early years of the country and admire the architecture of the houses from the past to the present day – the #East-side story” offers something for every taste!

Fjord Norway

When thinking of Norway, almost everyone thinks about the breathtaking fjord landscape with steep rocks, crystal clear water, snow-covered mountain peaks and rushing waterfalls. This is precisely what the “Vestlandet”, the so-called Fjord Norway, fulfills. The mountains that run along the Norwegian west coast were formed during the Ice Age and have not changed much since then. So how about a boat trip on the famous Geirangerfjord, a walk through one of the many apple orchards on the Hardangerfjord or a ride with the famous Flåm railway. Besides its incomparable nature, fjord Norway has more to offer. With Bergen and Ålesund you can find here some of the most charming towns in the country. Bergen was once the largest city in Norway and the commercial center of Norway. Discover a piece of Hanseatic history while strolling through the harbor area “Bryggen” or try a delicious fish sandwich on the famous fish market. Due to its unique location, Bergen has a lot to offer for nature lovers. Surrounded by seven mountains and with direct access to the sea, the city is the perfect starting point for extensive hiking tours or relaxing paddle trips. A little further north from Bergen is Ålesund with its imposing houses from the Art Nouveau period. These extend over several Islands into the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the unique view over the city and the bordering ocean from Mount Aksla. For real sea dogs it is advisable to go on board a post ship of the well-known Hurtigruten fleet to sail comfortably along the Norwegian coast.

South Norway

Southern Norway is home to the Norwegian summer and known for its rocky coastline with islands and small cozy coastal towns. Visit Kristiansand and stroll through the charming old town or experience some of the best music festivals in the country. Just north of Kristiansand is Grimstad, a popular summer destination for Norwegians. You will discover especially white painted wooden houses and narrow streets and alleys. Let the summer mood be with you and take a bike ride along the coast. Though not only water lovers and sun worshipers get their money’s worth in Grimstad. Grimstad is the place where the poet Henrik Ibsen lived in his teens and wrote his first play. The Ibsen Museum is the oldest in Norway, showing the pharmacy where Ibsen lived and worked. In addition to Ibsen you can also find the traces of Knut Hamsuns, who spent the last years of his life here. Gourmets will also get their money’s worth there, as Grimstad offers besides little cafés, many nice restaurants offering many dishes made from local ingredients.

Trøndelag

In the heart of the country you will get to know Norway above all from its culinary side. Due to the many historical events in this region, a visit comes close to a journey through time. Many historically relevant places and cultural events invite to a visit. The focus of the region is the city of Trondheim, once the capital of Norway. Today the tranquil town is the third largest city in the country and a popular student city. Stroll through the tranquil city center and stop in one of the many cafés. Trondheim is one of the places in Norway with the strongest focus on local products and many pubs, restaurants and cafés offer a vide selection of locally brewed beers. In Trondheim you must not miss to visit the impressive Nidaros Cathedral. It dates from the 12th century and is the coronation place of the Norwegian kings. Another highlight of the region is the “Golden detour”, Norway’s Tuscany. This culinary street takes you through Inderøy in the northern Trøndelag and is a must for gourmets. Therefore, you have the opportunity at local farms and farm shops to taste and buy local products such as cheese, meat, beer, aquavit and vegetables.

North Norway

Vast expanses, steep mountains, reindeers, midnight sun and northern lights. Those who travel the far north will quickly realize that there is something different here and that the contrast again plays a major role. On the island group Lofoten you will find the most beautiful beaches in the country, which can easily compete with the Caribbean beach, while the regions towards the North Cape rather stand out for their barrenness and sparse settlements. Although the Northern Norway region is the largest part of Norway and covers about one third of the country as a whole, it has the lowest population density. Those who travel the far north must not miss a visit to the Lofoten. Norway’s wild islands, which are scattered in the rough North Sea, are characterized by majestic mountains, deep fjords, sail bird colonies and wide, white sandy beaches. Thanks to the warm Gulf Stream, the climate here is much milder than in other parts of the world at the same latitude and fishing still plays a major role today. How about an overnight stay in a typical Rorbu, an old fisherman’s hut, or a taste of the world-famous stockfish? Due to their unique nature and their distinctive lighting conditions, the Lofoten archipelago has always attracted artists from all over the world. Do not miss one of the many art galleries and admire the works of the painters. Another highlight of Northern Norway is undoubtedly Europe’s northernmost point, the North Cape, where the Atlantic and Arctic Sea meet and invite to a natural spectacle. Did you know that there is no mainland between the North Cape and the North Pole, apart from Spitsbergen? Enjoy the magic of this place and marvel at the never setting sun in the summer. If you prefer it urban, do not miss out on a visit to pretty Tromsö. The city in the midst of the Arctic offers in winter the best view points for the magic of Northern Lights and numerous attractions such as museums, restaurants and Norway’s northernmost brewery. Be enchanted by the northern charm of this city. For adventurers, the dogs and reindeer sledges are ready to take you into the Arctic wilderness in winter, bringing you closer to the way of life of the native Sami nomads.

Spitsbergen

The archipelago Spitsbergen (in Norwegian Svalbard) is located in the Arctic Ocean between Norway and the North Pole. Spitsbergen is characterized by a unique wildlife, arctic ice landscapes and old mining towns. Did you know that in addition to the 3000 inhabitants, thousands of polar bears colonize the island? Longyearbyen is the capital and the administrative center. Although whaling and hunting were among the archipelago’s most important activities, sustainability is now promoted and nearly two-thirds of the island’s surface is protected and consists of nature reserves, national parks, bird sanctuaries and a plant protection area.