– NORWAY TRAVEL GUIDE –
National capital: Oslo
Population: 4,769,000 people
Area: 324,220 square kilometers
Currency: Norwegian krone
Norway is a remarkable country with a rich history and tradition. Although it is located in Northern Europe and you can’t complain about high temperatures, it attracts millions of tourists every year, whom it delights with its beauty and unique character. In addition, it is home to the Scandinavian Peninsula and several islands such as Svaldbard and Jan Mayen, making a trip to Norway a wonderful adventure that you will remember forever.
-Norway travel guide –
Oslo is the capital of Norway and one of the most expensive cities in the world. This modern and architecturally remarkably cohesive metropolis is comfortable and pleasant to visit. Wide avenues, sprawling parks and thoughtful buildings are conducive to strolling and discovering the city’s rugged Scandinavian charm. The city is recommended for exploring as part of a weekend city-break. Oslo’s top attractions include: Akershus Fortress – a former fortress converted into a museum, Karl Johans gate promenade and Lutheran Cathedral, Oslo City Hall, the Royal Palace (Slottet) and the Viking Boat Museum.
Bergen, located in the southern part of the country, is also worth seeing. Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, has a beautiful old town, as well as unique museums such as the Hanseatic Museum and the Maritime Museum. The city, known as the Gateway to the Fjords, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts a landscape where the mountains meet the sea. Besides, an interesting attraction will be a trip on the Fløibanen funicular, which connects Bergen to the top of Mount Fløyen.
Preikestolen – Norway’s biggest attraction
Preikestolen is perhaps Norway’s biggest attraction. Located above the Lysefjord, this most famous Norwegian cliff is not the tallest at all. It is „only” 604 meters high. However, its shape and clear overhang into the abyss have made it the most visited place in the country.
Røros is a historic town, rising on a mountainous terrain, and its history is connected with the exploitation of copper deposits – from 1644 to 1972 it was a center for mining the metal. Røros was completely rebuilt after it was destroyed by Swedish troops in 1679, and today there are about 80 wooden houses. Many of them have retained their blackened wooden facades, which give the town its unique medieval look.
Trondheim (formerly called Kaupangen, Nidaros and Trondhjem) is also worth a visit. It is Norway’s third-largest city and was the country’s first capital some 1,000 years ago, so it is the best place to explore medieval Norway. Although Trondheim is an ancient city, it has a modern soul, as well as modern architecture. We especially recommend visiting the Gothic Nidaros Cathedral, which dates back to 1152, and the Ringve Music Museum. While in Trondheim, it’s also worth a visit to Monk’s Island, where there is a Benedictine monastery dating back to the 11th century.
For those who like adventure, an interesting option is a trip to the North Cape – Nordkapp – a rocky cape located in the municipality of Nordkapp on the island of Magerøya, with an undersea tunnel connecting it to the mainland. Nordkapp, however, is not the northernmost point in Europe – Cape Knivskjellodden. The extreme adventure also includes a trip to Spitsbergen, Norway’s largest island located in the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Sea.
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