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Discover the beauty of Norway, a land where majestic fjords, pristine landscapes, and vibrant cities converge to create a travel experience unlike any other.

About Norway

Norway is often considered one of the world's most prosperous and well-governed countries, known for its quality of life, natural beauty, and strong social welfare programs.

It is also a popular destination for tourists seeking outdoor adventures and cultural experiences alike.

Countries neighbouring Norway: Sweden and Finland, and Russia. While Denmark is just across the water.

Driving Distances in Europe

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

Travel Map Mapping Norway

Although the Oslo region is one of the country's top destinations, Norway is popular with visitors seeking fjords, mountains, northern lights, and midnight sun.

Map of Norway

Map of Norway

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

The capital of Norway is Oslo.

Norway Overview

Norway, a Nordic country located in Northern Europe, is known for its stunning natural landscapes, including fjords, mountains, and a rugged coastline.

Norway occupies the western part of the Scandinavian Peninsula and shares borders with Sweden to the east, Finland to the north-east, and Russia to the far north-east.

To the west, Norway is surrounded by the North Atlantic Ocean, the Norwegian Sea, and the Barents Sea.


Norway has a rich cultural heritage, with a strong focus on literature, art, and music.

Famous Norwegian playwrights such as Henrik Ibsen and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson have had a significant impact on world literature.

The country is also known for its folk music and traditional folk costumes, called 'bunads'.


Norway has a prosperous and highly developed economy, largely driven by its natural resources; particularly oil and gas.

It is one of the world's largest exporters of oil and natural gas.

The Norwegian government has established the Government Pension Fund Global (often referred to as the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund), which is one of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world.

Environmental Conservation

Norway is known for its commitment to environmental conservation.

It has set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect its natural environment, including its vast wilderness areas and national parks.


Norway is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government.

The monarch is the ceremonial head of state, while the Prime Minister is the head of government.

The country is known for its stable and well-functioning democracy.

Healthcare and Education

Norway boasts a high standard of living and offers free public education and healthcare services to its citizens.

Its education system is known for its quality, and the country consistently ranks high in international education assessments.


The official language of Norway is Norwegian.

There are two official written forms of Norwegian: Bokmål and Nynorsk.

Sami is also recognised as a minority language in some regions, particularly in the northern areas.

Major Cities

The largest city in Norway is Oslo; its capital.

Other major cities include Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger, and Tromsø.

Northern Lights

Norway is one of the best places in the world to witness the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), especially in the northern regions during the winter months.

Tourists flock to areas like Tromsø and Svalbard to experience this stunning natural phenomenon.

Outdoor Activities

Norway's breathtaking natural scenery attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.

The country offers numerous opportunities for activities such as hiking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and kayaking.

The Norwegian fjords, including the Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are popular tourist destinations.

Social Welfare

Norway has a comprehensive social welfare system that provides a high level of support to its citizens, including unemployment benefits, parental leave, and healthcare.

Visiting Norway

Visiting Norway is an exciting opportunity to explore a country known for its stunning natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant cities.

Norway Highlights


This charming coastal city is known for its colourful houses, historic Bryggen Wharf, and the Fish Market.

Take the funicular to Mount Fløyen for panoramic views of Bergen.


Norway is famous for its dramatic fjords, including the Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

You can take scenic boat tours or hike along the fjord's edges to appreciate their beauty.

High Cost of Living

Norway is known for its high cost of living, so budget accordingly when planning your visit to this beautiful Scandinavian country.

Lofoten Islands

These islands in northern Norway are famous for their rugged landscapes, fishing villages, and outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and kayaking.

Midnight Sun

In the summer months, experience the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun; where the sun never sets in northern Norway, providing extended daylight hours for exploration.

Northern Lights

If you visit during the winter months, especially in northern Norway, you might be lucky enough to witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) dancing in the night sky.

Norwegian Scenic Routes

Drive along some of Norway's designated scenic routes, like the Atlantic Ocean Road and Trollstigen, which offer breathtaking views and unique driving experiences.


Norway's capital city, Oslo, offers a mix of modern and historic attractions.

Visit the Viking Ship Museum, the Munch Museum, and the Royal Palace.

Don't forget to explore the Vigeland Park, home to over 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland.

Outdoor Activities

Norway is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

Hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and fishing are popular activities in various regions, depending on the season.

Sami Culture

Learn about the indigenous Sami culture and their way of life in Norway's northern regions.

You can visit Sami museums and participate in cultural experiences.

Stave Churches

Norway is home to several well-preserved stave churches; impressive examples of medieval wooden architecture.

The Urnes Stave Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Located in the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is a great place to experience the Arctic wilderness and go on guided tours for dog sledding, snowmobiling, and reindeer sleigh rides.

It's also a good base for Northern Lights hunting.


Explore Norway's third-largest city, which boasts a rich history, including Nidaros Cathedral, and a lively arts and culture scene.

Stroll along the picturesque Nidelva River.

Norway Fjords

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

Fjord Travel Norway - Visit The Fjords
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.

Whale Watching Off The Coast of Norway

Andenes and Hvalsafari AS (Whalesafari Andenes) is the first, largest and most experienced provider of whale watching in Norway; strategically located between the famous tourist destinations of Lofoten and North Cape.

Norway Travel Tips

If you're looking for low prices in Norway, you have to get out of the cities and try the countryside. Cities can be found everywhere, the Norwegian fjords cannot.

Bergen - Gateway to The Fjords

In south-west Norway, 482km from Oslo, Bergen is the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway.

Visit Bergen.

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.

As a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture, the Bergen region has the ideal combination of nature, culture and exciting urban life all year around.

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

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.

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

Where to Stay in Bergen

Hotels in Bergen.

Visiting the Fjords of Norway

Explore the exotic mysteries of the fjords of Western Norway.

Enjoy Norway's natural world of fjords and mountains, waterfalls and glaciers, rivers, streams and the sea.

Fjord Norway

At Fjord Norway, adventure is around every corner. Hiking or skiing with a fjord view, exciting guided glacier hikes, or relaxing fjord cruises and sightseeing trips where you get to see the best of Norwegian nature.

Fjord Travel Norway was founded in year 2000 and is today a brand within Go Fjords AS, a Norwegian company based in Bergen. Their aim is to show and share the beauty of Norway with people around the globe, based on local know-how and personal service.

Sailing to Norway

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

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 with 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 and Breheimen National Parks

Glaciers emerge where there is an abundance of snow and cold summers. The Jostedalsbreen has evolved in a mountain region along a coast that is exposed to one low-pressure weather system after the other.

The Jostedalsbreen and Breheimen National Parks include nine of the thirty largest glaciers in Norway.

The Jostedalen valley is the nexus between Jostedalsbreen, with its large areas of wilderness, and Breheimen, with its lush mountain farm valleys and dry highland regions.

Jostedalsbreen Glacier

Jostedalen lies to the north of Sognefjord, with Jostedalsbreen glacier its nearest neighbour.

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.


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.

Where to Stay in Stavanger

Hotels in Stavanger.


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

Map of Oslo

Map of Oslo

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.


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.

Lillehammer, in the heart of Norway, is the ideal holiday destination for anyone in search of amazing adventures in the great outdoors.

The town has some of the country's most spectacular scenery right on its doorstep, and Rondane, Jotunheimen and Langsua national parks are all within easy reach.

Lillehammer Attractions

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.

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

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

Rail Travel in Norway

Vy (formerly NSB) is the national Norwegian railway company, and offers train services within Norway and between Oslo and Gothenburg.

Sailing to Norway

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.

Norway Travel Guides

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Sweden (Dk Eyewitness Travel Guides. Sweden) Lonely Planet Norway (Travel Guide)

Norway Travel Guides - Norway Maps.

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