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Overview of Norway
Places to Visit & Things to Do in Norway
The capital of the country.
Among attractions: Stortinget (the Norwegian Parliament), Akershus Fortress, the Slottet (the Royal Palace), art galleries and museums…
The city is located deep inside a fjord. It has a port, but one has to sail deep up between the mountains.
This is Norway’s most attractive city. It has intense night life and many tourists arrive here. If you walk up to a high point on a nearby mountain, you can admire the picturesque views over Bergen.
The city has over 250.000 inhabitants. Of course, it has an airport. It is also a major port in the country.
Small city of over 41.000 inhabitants.
You must visit Ålesund if you travel to Norway…
Climb the small mountain behind it (a popular place frequented by travelers), a great spot for taking photos. Ålesund is beautiful at night and during the day as well.
The city’s buildings, the port are very beautiful indeed.
Spectacular views, friendly small fisher towns and villages. Stockfish is a popular food here…
Not quite easy getting there… you might need to search for boats, ferries, but until you get there use train, bus or drive a car…
One of the northernmost towns of Norway. Buses and airplanes can take you to it.
Only a little more than 9.000 people live in Hammerfest.
Hotels are very few and very expensive.
Archipelago belonging to Norway, but located far north.
This is a place where polar bears, reindeers and a number of other polar animals live. It is dangerous to hike alone. Never travel alone.
The cold can be unbearable for someone who is not used to it.
The landscapes are fantastic. Flights can take you there, but don’t expect real hotels… Event though the Svalbard archipelago is is almost the size of Ireland and bigger than Costa Rica, it is inhabited by very few people.
Only Spitsbergen, Hopen and Bear Island are populated. Only a little above 2.000 people live here. Interestingly almost half of them are Russians.
By looking at the map, you might have the impression that Svalbard is a huge territory due to the large number of scattered islands that create the illusion of a wide land mass.
Many cities, even numerous small ones with well under 50.000 inhabitants have their own airport. Prices might be higher than for the same distances in Central or southwestern Europe.
Bus services are abundant, but there will pass some time to reach from one place to another. Trains are faster, but only connect a few cities, generally the big ones.
There are numerous boat trips to-, from- and within Norway.
The landscapes, especially the fjords are fantastic and worth seeing. From a boat you can reach the best places easier than by car or any other means of transportation.
Best Time for Visiting Norway
Depends on what you would like to do, of course. But, if you would like to get to Norway in the sunny period, then you should try in the May – August period. Even so, some travelers complain of cold. If you travel to the north, then expect very cold winds.
Risks & Precautions in Norway
Accidents in the mountains and cold-related heath issues are the most frequent problems occurring.
Theft almost doesn’t exist, at least not among locals.
Interesting Things About Norway
Strangely, Norway is one of the very few Western European countries that is not member of the European Union.
It was Norwegian Roald Amundsen who discovered Antarctica in 1910. Norway therefore is one of the countries with territorial claims on Antarctica.
is considered to be the most expensive country for travelers.