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Find Norway Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Norway.

About Norway

Norway is officially called the Kingdom of the Norway; Kongeriket Norge in Norwegian.

Driving From Bergen, Driving From Hammerfest, Driving From Oslo, Driving From Stavanger, Driving From Trondheim.

Kingdom of the Norway

Countries neighbouring Norway are: Sweden and Finland and, to some extent, Denmark.

Map of Norway

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Norway Fjords

Think of Norway, and one pictures fjords, the Arctic Circle, and whales.

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Fjord Travel Norway - Click on Photo to Visit The Fjords.

The coastline of Norway is almost 22,000 km long; with all its fjords, inlets and offshore islands.

The longest fjord in Norway is Sognafjorden, which extends inland 204 km. The mouth is north of Bergen.

Seems a little claustrophobic at first, but this Norwegian domain is a must see for admirers of the whale.

Norway Travel Tips

If you're looking for low prices in Norway, you have to get out of the cities and try the countryside. By the way, that's also where it's interesting to be. Cities can be found everywhere, the Norwegian fjords cannot.

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Bergen is in south-west Norway, 482km from Oslo.

Situated in a scenic valley below seven mountains, Bergen is a vivid city with numerous historic buildings.

The city was founded as Bjorgvin in around 1070, by Olaf III.

The city developed quickly, and was the capital of Norway during the 12th and 13th centuries.

Bergen has suffered from a few fires during its history, and was badly damaged when it was occupied by the Germans during World War II.

The city's oldest building is the 12th-century St Mary's Church, and there are some interesting steep-roofed, wooden houses on the quayside that date from the early 1700s.

The composer Edvard Grieg and dramatist Ludvig Holberg were both from Bergen.

Bergen Guide:
Comprehensive guide for travellers intending a visit to Bergen, or you can read the brief travelogues to get other people's perspectives.

Visiting the Fjords of Norway

Fjord Line:
Sailings from Hirtshals (Denmark) to Langesund, Kristiansand, Stavanger and Bergen; and Strömstad (Sweden) to Sandefjord.

Fjord Norway:
Fjord Norway would like to welcome you to fjords and mountains, waterfalls and glaciers, rivers, streams and the sea. Explore the mysteries of the fjords.

Fjord Travel:
Fjord Travel Norway is a small, family owned company located in the coastal city of Bergen; known as the Gateway to the exotic Fjords of Western Norway. Choose between a wide range of escorted and unescorted tours.

Norwegian Coastal Voyage

Along the Norwegian coast, Hurtigruten ships have been part of the lifeline of the local communities for over a century; sailing in the wake of Captain Richard.

Cruise along Norway's western coast from Bergen up to Kirkenes and back.

Outer Sognefjord and Dalsfjord:
Most of the holiday accommodation is right by the sea. Very good sea-fishing and organised fishing trips available. The local residents consider late-winter and autumn the best times of year for sea-fishing.

Norway's National Parks

Jostedalsbreen Glacier

Jostedalen lies to the North of Sognefjord, with Jostedalsbreen glacier as its nearest neighbour. Between the two National Parks Breheimen and Jostedalsbreen you find the beautiful Jostedalen valley, with active agriculture and glaciers.

The national park surrounds Jostedalsbreen - the largest glacier on the continent of Europe and an attractive area for walkers and hikers. Without specialist knowledge and proper equipment, however, walking or skiing on the glacier is highly dangerous.

Norwegian National Parks:
Brief details about Norway's 20 National Parks, with a map showing their location.


Founded in the 8th century, Stavanger has a well-preserved 12th-century stone church.

Everybody knows about the Norwegian fjords and mountains but in the south-west, especially around Stavanger, is the longest stretch of sandy beaches in northern Europe; with the mountains and fjords a few miles inland.

Very popular with surfers and kite boarders from all over Scandinavia, on good summer days all these beaches are packed - mainly with locals, as no-one else knows about them.

Stavanger Guide:
Free maps of Stavanger to help you plan your sightseeing.

Stavanger Travel:
A tourist and visitor information service for south west Norway, including Stavanger, Bergen, Kristiansand, Haugesund, the mountains and coastal areas. Includes a guide to accommodation, sightseeing, shopping, places to eat and drink and other essential information for visitors.


The capital of Norway is on the Aker River, at the head of Oslo Fjord; in the south- east corner of the country.

Oslo was founded by Harold III of Norway, around 1050, and became the site of the royal residence circa 1300.

Oslo was destroyed by fire in 1624 and then rebuilt under Christian IV of Denmark and Norway and renamed Kristiania in his honour.

The capital reassumed its historical name of Oslo in 1925, and hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1952.

Oslo appears modern in its design and architecture, and has many museums, parks, and public statues. Frogner Park contains around 150 Norwegian sculptures by Gustav Vigeland.

The Norwegian Nobel Institute, in Oslo, helps to select the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Oslo Tips

Bogstadveien is one of the most popular streets/areas in Oslo, with a great selection of good shopping, cafes, and bars and easy to get around on foot.

An association of first-class campsites in central locations throughout Norway. Reasonable prices makes your money go further.


Most of Lapland is north of the Arctic Circle, and extends across the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.

The highest point is Mount Kebnekaise (2,111 m), in Swedish Lapland.

Most inhabitants of Lapland are Sami (Lapps or Laplanders), who speak a Finno-Ugric language also known as Sami.

The Sami live mostly in Norway, where they are called Finns and herd reindeer for food and clothing.


Visit the former Winter Olympic city of Norway and find plenty of interest, even in summer.

There are a number of golf courses in the Lillehammer region, ranging from 18-hole championship golf courses to challenging 9-hole forest or mountain golf courses. There's also a 9-hole Pitch and Putt facility.

Lillehammer Turist:
Lillehammer resort guide with maps of the area, accommodation listings, transportation summary and a hyperlinked article detailing local attractions.

Maihaugen Outdoor Museum:
Maihaugen, centrally located in Lillehammer, is the largest open-air museum in Norway, with 185 buildings – mostly from Lillehammer town and the Gudbrandsdalen valley.

Skibladner Paddle Steamer:
Launched in 1856, the S.S. Skibladner is the world's oldest paddle steamer in scheduled service. Summer sailings around Lake Mjosa: Lillehammer, Moelv, Gjovik, Hamar and Eidsvoll.

Only 20km from the centre of Lillehammer, Sjusjoen's forest and mountain terrain has become one of Northern Europe's best skiing destinations.


The northernmost town of Europe is on the island of Kvaloya, northern Norway.

From mid-May to July 29 the sun doesn't drop below the horizon, but you won't see daylight at all from November 18 to January 23.


Founded as Nidaros on the central western coast in AD 997, the city served as the capital of Norway until 1380.

The tomb of King Olaf II, patron saint of Norway, is under the 11th-century Nidaros Cathedral.

Getting to and Around Norway

Color Line:
Color Line is Norway’s largest cruise ferry line, operating ferries between Norway, Denmark, Germany and Sweden with a total of eight cruise ferries and one express boat.

Rail Travel in Norway

Norway by Train: (NSB)
NSB offers a number of spectacular rail journeys around Norway.

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