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Known for its Viking heritage, winter sports, extraordinary natural beauty, awe-inspiring glaciers, and breathtaking fjords (narrow rivers dramatically flanked on both banks by enormous mountains), Norway may have a reputation as a destination for adventurous travelers and lovers of icy climates, but it's equally appealing to the "softer" traveler and sun-lover. Laidback Oslo has a lovely waterfront, lively nightlife, and sprawling parks that fill with locals working on their tans in the summer months. Beautiful Bergen and the university towns Trondheim and Tromsø are home to an array of excellent museums, stimulating festivals, ...

Known for its Viking heritage, winter sports, extraordinary natural beauty, awe-inspiring glaciers, and breathtaking fjords (narrow rivers dramatically flanked on both banks by enormous mountains), Norway may have a reputation as a destination for adventurous travelers and lovers of icy climates, but it's equally appealing to the "softer" traveler and sun-lover. Laidback Oslo has a lovely waterfront, lively nightlife, and sprawling parks that fill with locals working on their tans in the summer months. Beautiful Bergen and the university towns Trondheim and Tromsø are home to an array of excellent museums, stimulating festivals, provocative performance arts, and a vibrant program of summer music concerts. One of the country's must-do experiences is the Flåm Railway, which can be done independently from Oslo or Bergen on the all-inclusive "Norway in a Nutshell" itinerary, taking in travel by train, boat and bus through spectacular scenery that allows travelers to get a great taste of Norway in one day or break up the journey over a few days. Those craving more stunning scenery can venture further afield by boat or car and experience more of Norway's spectacular lakes, waterfalls, fjords, and glaciers, or take to the slopes for some alpine skiing or snowboarding. Or, simply do as the locals do in summer and enjoy the midnight sun.

Lara Dunston
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Lara Dunston and Terry Carter have traveled to over 60 countries and written more than 40 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, DK, Rough Guides, Footprint, and others on destinations in the Middle East, Europe, and South America.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Northern Europe, bordering the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean
  • Language: Bokmal Norwegian , Nynorsk Norwegian
  • Currency: Norwegian krone
  • Research: Norway
  • Weather: Rainfall