Destination Overview

NORWAY

Explore glittering fjords, take a deep dive into Norwegian culture and indulge in fresh, first-class seafood. Norway is a big country and has much to offer. It is famous for its fjord-indented coastline and its mountains, ski resorts, lakes and woods. Popular tourist destinations in Norway include Oslo, Ålesund, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Tromsø. Much of the nature of Norway remains unspoiled, and thus attracts numerous hikers and skiers.

Capital

Oslo

Time

GMT +1

Currency

Norwegian krone

Language

Norwegian

Religion

Christianity

Population

5.5 Million

International Airports

Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim, Ålesund, Haugesund, Sandefjord

Weather

Norway is a Nordic country, but it is affected by the Gulf Stream, so its climate is not as cold as you might think, especially along the west coast. However, the country is very extended in latitude, and it has a rugged coastline, as well as plateaus and mountain ranges, so there are different climates to be taken into account. The ocean, whose surface temperature remains a few degrees above freezing even in winter, tempers the winter weather, while it remains cool in summer, so it reduces the annual temperature range along the coast. On the contrary, in the interior, the influence of the sea is far less evident, and this happens also because in Norway there are almost no plains, so the mountain ranges hinder the penetration of mild currents coming from the sea.

Top Highlights

Fantastic Fjords

Fjord Norway is full of surreal viewpoints that could be taken straight out of a fairy tale. The region is full of wild glaciers and jaw-dropping waterfalls you can explore on a guided trip. See the fjords in all their serenity from water level in a kayak or on a boat trip or put on your hiking boots for an active day full of sweeping views.

The Northern Lights

To experience the starry, limitless sky, and the unbelievable colours that move across the Arctic sky, few places on earth are more beautiful and interesting and offer more ways to witness the northern lights than Norway. Between late September and late March, Northern Norway is dark from early afternoon until late morning, and the northern lights frequently soar across the sky.

Alpine Skiing

Norway is an alpine skiing paradise. The season is long, the resorts are nice, and the views are impeccable. And there is something for everyone! Many of the largest resorts are easily accessible, close to airports and ferry ports. From slopes between snow-capped trees in inland valleys to ski resorts above the fjords or below the northern lights – each alpine destination is unique.

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Top Places to Visit

Oslo

Go for a stroll in lively neighbourhoods and explore everything from innovative architecture and world-class museums to hip bars and heavenly eateries.

The Stavanger Region

Take in the fresh air in the harbour by the historic wharf houses of Stavanger as the seagulls’ squeak in the background. Walk among the typical, white-painted wooden houses in Gamel Stavanger, the oldest part of the city.

Bergen

The heart of the fjords. Even though Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, it offers small town charm alongside a metropolitan character.

Trondheim

Go for a wander around the colourful, cobbled pedestrian streets in the Bakklandet area. You can also rent a bike, the local’s favourite transportation mode.

Tromso

See how Aurora uses this Arctic city as a dance floor or chase the northern lights with a local guide. Just remember to pack warm clothes, because you will never stop staring and never stop being amazed.

Kristiansand

Feel the light from the sun rays reflect from the whitewashed walls of Posebyen old town, the very heart of Kristiansand, and a great place to start exploring Norway’s southernmost city.

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