|Airport City||Bodø Airport, Hammerfest Airport, Stavanger Airport, Oslo Airport, Haugesund Airport, Karmøy|
|Offical Languages||Norwegian, Riksmål, Landsmål, Bokmål ,|
|National Animal||The moose|
|Food||Lefse, Whale Steak, Pickled Herring|
Autumn : Sep - Nov
Summer : Jun - Aug
Winter : Dec - Feb
Sprint : Mar - May
The capital of the country is full of amazing architectural designs that highlight the contemporary feel about the place, as do the educational museums, interesting galleries and evocative art pieces. Lying next to the sea, with mountains surrounding it, Oslo is one of the greenest cities in the world, thanks to its forward-thinking eco-friendly policies – this makes it lovely to walk around. In actual fact, residents can find themselves skiing, trekking the forests, or sailing along the Oslo fjord’s waterways in no time at all. A lively place, Oslo has a fantastic gastronomic scene as well as a raucous nightlife with lots of trendy bars and nightclubs.
Oslo is famous for its cutting edge architecture, diverse variety of apartment types. It is a fusion of contemporary and medieval styles. Norway has witnessed an architectural boom in recent years, which has seen a range of innovative and exciting projects pop up throughout the country.
Formerly a part of the Haneseatic league and once the capital of Norway, Bergen sits in a spectacular location and visitors will love the plethora of sights on offer. With seven hills surrounding it, as well as seven fjords, the city´s brightly-colored buildings tumble down the slopes until they reach Bryggen – the fantastic wooden houses at the city center which were once used for trading and commerce. With some great art museums, a lively music scene and upbeat nightlife, Bergen has a nice atmosphere to it – although it unfortunately rains nearly every day of the year. Hiking in the surrounding mountains is glorious, and taking a boat ride amidst the nearby fjords offers up some stunning panoramas.
Bergen is famous for the seven mountains surrounding the city centre, the Hanseatic Wharf, the fish market, and one of Norway's biggest cultural events, the Bergen International Festival, which is held there each year.
One of the most picturesque cities in the whole country, Trondheim is a pleasure to walk around, as forest-clad hills and glistening waterways surround its colorful buildings and sweet, old harbor. The historic capital of Norway has an amazing medieval cathedral. There is a sense of timelessness about its laid-back streets, as people leisurely go about their lives. There´s more than enough to keep you entertained for a few days, and you´ll soon discover its fine museums, great restaurants and atmospheric cafes. Alongside its rich cultural heritage, there is a contemporary arts and music scene, due to the large university campus. After Trondheim, head north to explore all the wild landscapes that northern Norway has to offer.
Geilo is a town in southern Norway known for ski resorts and mountain trails. It’s a gateway to 2 national parks. The nearest, Hallingskarvet National Park, is characterized by steep cliffs and shelters arctic foxes. A trail climbs to a cabin built by Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss. Southwest of town, the vast Hardangervidda National Park, with its massive plateau, has wild reindeer herds and many lakes and rivers.
Ålesund is a port town on the west coast of Norway, at the entrance to the Geirangerfjord. It’s known for the art nouveau architectural style in which most of the town was rebuilt after a fire in 1904, as documented at the Jugendstilsenteret museum. There are panoramic views of Ålesund’s architecture, the surrounding archipelago and fjords from the Mount Aksla lookout.
Stavanger is a remarkable city in southwestern Norway. It is the third largest city in Norway and is popular as a hub to tourist attraction and especially famously known for the Norway most iconic images. The city has a landmark that is unique at the center known as the Stavanger Cathedral and the museum the show preserved wildlife. Visitors experience a great moment when shopping on the colorful city with many opportunities for sightseeing visits.
A dynamic place, Stavanger´s economy is booming due to the nearby oil fields. As such, the dreaded urban sprawl has taken over much of the outskirts of the city. Accompanying this has been an upsurge in prices, and it is now one of the most expensive places in the country. The center of Stavanger has managed to avoid being engulfed by modern developments and is full of old wooden buildings which are very pretty to walk around. The nearby waterfront is very lively during the summer and there are lots of great restaurants to choose from, as well as some lively nightlife. Many people stop by Stavanger on their way to the fantastic sights at Lysefjorden and Preikestolen.
Tromsø, a city in northern Norway, is a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle. It’s famed as a viewing point for colorful Northern Lights that sometime light up the nighttime sky. The city’s historic center, on the island of Tromsø, is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses. The 1965 Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stained-glass windows, dominates the skyline.
Bodø is home to the world's strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen and the Børvasstindan mountain range. The largest city in the county of Nordland is also just a boat ride away from both Moskenes in Lofoten and the old trading post at Kjerringøy.
As the largest city in the Nordic region, Bodo is an important commercial center and transport hub to the area around it. Although the city itself is uninspiring, architecturally speaking -it was almost completely destroyed in the Second World War – Bodo´s beautiful location, with snow-capped peaks off in the distance, makes up for its drab buildings. Situated at the end of the incredible Kystriksveien Coastal Route, many people visit Bodo to get to the mesmerizing Lofoten Islands nearby. From here you can explore the wild and rugged north of the country – that in itself makes Bodo worth visiting.
Lying on the banks of the Glomma river, Fredrikstad is a lovely, old fortified city that has been very well-preserved. A picturesque place to wander around – when the sun is shining, the modern waterfront is particularly delightful; there are a number of coffee shops, restaurants and bars for visitors to enjoy. On the opposite bank, the old town, with its impressive Kongsten fort and distinctive moat, is the undoubted highlight, and is what makes Fredrikstad a popular haunt for tourists.
Speaking of warmth, the Hvaler islands, located just outside of Fredrikstad, is the most sunny area in Norway. The islands are an incredibly popular holiday destination and is highly recommended for those interested in a relaxing vacation with fishing, bathing, paddling, and sailing, sunbathing on polished granite rocks, dining in scenic surroundings, and exploring the beautiful Ytre Hvaler National Park.
The Old town in Fredrikstad is a much-visited sight, as it is one of the best preserved fortified towns in the Nordic region.
The fortified town was founded in 1567 by King Frederik II and was constructed according to Dutch architectural models, with wide water-filled moats and high earth ramparts. Here you can visit the largest model railroad exhibition in Scandinavia, and don’t miss the city’s very own scale model of “Gamlebyen” – the fortified town.
Kristiansand is on Norway's southern Skagerrak coast and has long been a favourite summer holidays spot amongst Norwegians. The sea and surrounding fjords are great for recreational activities like fishing and sailing. Kristiansand is the business city and the cultural capital of Southern Norway.
Fredrikstad was built at the mouth of Glomma as a replacement after Sarpsborg (15 kilometres (9 miles) upstream) was burnt down by the Swedish Army in the 1500s. Some of the citizens stayed behind and rebuilt their old town at its original site and got their city status back in 1839.
The city centre is on the west bank of the Glomma, while the old town on the east bank is Northern Europe's best preserved fortified town.
Fredrikstad used to have a large sawmill industry and was an important harbour for timber export, then later on shipbuilding, until the main yard was closed in 1988. The main industries are currently various chemical plants and other light industry.
The fifth largest city in Norway, Kristiansand is a charming place with a lovely marina and lively ambiance. With lots of shopping options and some great restaurants and bars along the waterfront, the city has some pretty sandy beaches and claims to be Norway´s most popular holiday resort. While Norwegians do indeed head here in large numbers, it is often to stop by on the way to other destinations in the south. The nearby archipelago is lovely to explore and the southern coast is not too far away either.
Hamar is a town in Hamar Municipality in Hedmark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Hedmarken. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Hamar. The municipality of Hamar was separated from Vang as a town and municipality of its own in 1849.The town is located on the shores of Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake, and is the principal city of Hedmark county. It is bordered to the northwest by the municipality of Ringsaker, to the north by Åmot, to the east by Løten, and to the south by Stange
Set on the banks of the largest lake in Norway, Hamar has a surprising amount to do given its size. It’s not a bad option if you are looking to stop off somewhere when traveling to the north from Oslo. It has the largest glass building in Europe, which remarkably has the ruins of a cathedral inside. The accompanying museum about the vikings is captivating. Apart from this, Hamar is a charming, laid-back place where you can also head out for some fishing and kayaking on the lake
The Lillehammer region has a special place in the hearts of many sports fans, thanks to the Winter Olympics in 1994 – one of the largest and most successful sporting events in modern Norwegian history. Today, Lillehammer is a certified Sustainable Destination, a seal of approval given to destinations that work systematically to reduce the negative impact of tourism.
Many of the Olympic arenas are still in use and open to visitors, making the region a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. In the winter season between November and April, there are plenty of opportunities for both cross-country and alpine skiing.
The charming and historically important buildings in the city of Lillehammer serve as the backdrop for a modern and vibrant shopping environment. The town also has a rich offering of museums and cultural centres, such as Maihaugen, Lillehammer Art Museum, and the Norwegian Olympic Museum. 13 kilometres outside of the city centre lies Hunderfossen Family Park, with more than 50 activities and attractions for all ages.
The region, which consists of eight municipalities, offers lots of things to do outside of Lillehammer as well. Learn more about Norwegian culture, history and food traditions, stay at historic farms dating back to the middle ages, and enjoy local food prepared with fresh ingredients. There are many ways to get to and around the region with public transport.
Larvik is a town and municipality in Vestfold county, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Larvik. The municipality of Larvik has about 46,364 inhabitants. Larvik covers 530 km², which makes it the largest municipality in Vestfold County by size. The city achieved market town status in 1671.Larvik was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The city of Stavern, and the rural municipalities of Brunlanes, Hedrum, and Tjølling were forcefully merged into the municipality of Larvik on 1 January 1988. On 1 January 2018, neighboring Lardal was merged into Larvik as part of a nationwide municipal reform. After the merge, Larvik is the largest municipality in Vestfold County by area, and the second-most populous municipality in the county.
Lying on the southern coast of Norway, Larvik has a busy port and, although it is not a very popular tourist destination, there is more than enough to warrant a visit. There are a couple of fantastic historical museums in town and a new cultural center has recently opened up, while the old baroque lighthouse looks impressively out over the sea. From here you can visit the country´s largest beech forest at Bokeskogen, and the surrounding area has some great viking excavations for visitors to enjoy.
Drammen is a city in Buskerud, Norway. The port and river city of Drammen is centrally located in the eastern and most populated part of Norway. Drammen is the capital of the county of Buskerud.Drammen is located west of the Oslofjord and is situated approximately 44 km South-west of Oslo. There are more than 68 000 inhabitants in the municipality, but the city is the regional capital of an area with more than 150,000 inhabitants. Drammen and the surrounding communities are growing more than ever before. The city makes good use of the river and inland waterway called Drammensfjord, both for recreation, activities and housing. No city in the country has received as many awards for environmental and urban development as Drammen: 6 national and 2 international prizes since 2003.
Traditionally an industrial center with a bustling port and a reputation as a grimy, grey and grim city, Drammen has cleaned up a lot in recent years, and as a result, is a lot more tourist friendly. Lying not too far from Oslo, the city has some lovely walks and trails on both sides of the river that splits Drammen in two, and the center of town is easily traversed on foot. Visitors nearly always use this city as a stepping stone to the interior of the country, or as a stop-off on the way to the nearby mines at Blafarvevaerket.
Tønsberg, historically Tunsberg, is a city and municipality in Vestfold county, southern Norway, located around 102 kilometres south-southwest of Oslo on the western coast of the Oslofjord near its mouth onto the Skagerrak. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Tønsberg.
Although relatively few remnants of the past remain, Tonsberg is actually the oldest town in the whole of Norway. As such, history lovers will enjoy stopping by when traveling from Oslo along the coast, to see all that it has to offer. There is a crumbling old castle, some Viking ruins and graves, as well as a cool museum with the skeleton of a blue whale in it. A lively town, the landscapes surrounding Tonsberg are also nice, if people fancy taking a trip into the nearby countryside.
Haugesund is a city and municipality in Rogaland county, Norway. The town is the main population centre of the Haugaland region in northern Rogaland. The majority of the population of Haugesund lives in the main urban area surrounding the city centre, with the northwestern part of the municipality being fairly rural.
Once an important fishing port, it is now the oil industry that fuels Haugesund and keeps it moving. A lively place, the waterfront area around the port has some interesting bars and restaurants which are worth checking out. As the area has been inhabited for thousands of years, there are loads of interesting historical sights to visit, with the ancient church and viking farm being particularly noteworthy. When visiting Haugesund, a great thing to do is take a boat trip to the nearby Karmoy island – a picturesque place to explore.
The Oslo City Hall is the city’s administrative body and the seat of the City Council. It is situated in Pipervika in central downtown Oslo. The area was completely renovated and rebuilt to make room for the new city hall back in the late 1920s. From the drawing board, it took thirty years for the plan to be realised, with a brief pause in construction on the outbreak of World War II. In 1950, the Oslo City Hall, designed in the Functionalism architectural style, was completed and officially inaugurated on 15 May 1950. At first glance, the city hall might disappoint. The building stands out from the rest of Oslo’s sleek, modern Scandinavian architecture, with its solid brown brick construction, heavy textiles, and blunt corners. Nevertheless, in 2005, “Rådhuset” was dubbed Oslo’s “Structure of the Century”.
In the 17th century Christian IV renovated Akershus Castle into a Renaissance palace, although the front remains decidedly medieval. In its dungeons you'll find dark cubbyholes where outcast nobles were kept under lock and key, while the upper floors contained sharply contrasting lavish banquet halls and staterooms. The castle chapel is still used for army events, and the crypts of King Håkon VII and Olav V lie beneath it. The castle is currently closed to the public for renovations.
The fortress area is a popular venue for major events, including concerts, public holiday celebrations and ceremonies.
Sculpture museum located in the studio and home of sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). The building is regarded as one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in Norway.
The museum's collection comprises Vigeland's early works, his portraits and monuments, as well as plaster models for the sculptures in Vigeland Park. The artist's working process is well-documented in the museum, which also shows changing contemporary art exhibitions.
For a more in-depth look at Gustav Vigeland's work, this museum is just opposite the southern entrance to Frognerparken. It was built by the city in the 1920s as a home and studio for the sculptor in exchange for the donation of a significant proportion of his life's work. It contains his early collection of statuary and monuments to public figures, as well as plaster moulds, woodblock prints and sketches.
The Oslo Cathedral is the official church of Norway. Its bronze spire is a landmark in the Oslo skyline. The huge paintings on the ceiling of the church are a sight to marvel at, and the stained glass in the windows was done by the brother of famous Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland, Emanuel. In recent years the Cathedral has made the news for enduring years of renovation.
The church was built in the late 17th century, though it was preceded by two others dating back to the early 12th century. When the Oslo Cathedral was built, it went by the name of “Church of Our Saviour” (and retained that name until the 1950s). At that time the boundaries of the city then known as Christiania fell along the street now known as Karl Johans Gate; with the church’s location on the north side of the street, it was actually built outside the city walls
Thor Heyerdahl (1914–2002) gained worldwide fame when he crossed the Pacific Ocean on the balsawood raft Kon-Tiki in 1947. He followed this up with spectacular expeditions on the reed boats Ra and Tigris.
At the Kon-Tiki Museum, guests can experience original vessels and up-to-date exhibits on Heyerdahl’s expeditions, including Kon-Tiki, Ra, Tigris, Easter Island, Fatu-Hiva, Tùcume, Galapagos, a 30-metre cave tour, an underwater exhibit with a 10-metre model of a whale shark, Thor Heyerdahl’s library, Thor Heyerdahl the person, and Tiki pop culture.
The National Gallery closed temporarily in January of 2019, to facilitate the move to the new National Museum opening in 2021.
The Scream, Madonna, The Sick Child, and The Dance of Life are but some of the highlights of the museum’s ample collection of works by Edvard Munch. Important works by other leading Norwegian artists, such as J.C. Dahl and Thomas Fearnley, are also represented. Other highlights include Tidemand and Gude’s national-romantic masterpiece Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord as well as the perhaps most important work of Norwegian neo-romanticism, Harald Sohlberg’s Winter Night in the Mountains. Christian Krohg is well represented in the collection as well, with key works such as the poignant Albertine to See the Police Surgeon.
Foreign works of art include Greco-Roman sculptures and several paintings by the German artist Lucas Cranach. The Penitent Mary Magdalene by the female Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi is one of the collections highlights from the Baroque era.
The Munch Museum has the world's largest collection of Edvard Munch's works, and provides insight into the artist as a pioneer of expressionism.
Edvard Munch has a unique position among Nordic painters and is considered a pioneer in expressionism. The Munch Museum's collection, left to the city of Oslo by the artist, consists of paintings, graphical prints and drawings. By constantly changing the exhibitions, the museum presents the variety in his production.
Audio tours available in Norwegian and in English, and a film on Edvard Munch's life is shown throughout the day. A brief introduction to the exhibition is given every Sunday at 1 pm. During the period 17 June to 9 September, this introduction is given in English.
The Hardangerfjord region has been an important European tourist destination since the 19th century. The area offers spectaclar nature and living culture, and is a perfect choice for active or more relaxing holidays. The Hardangerfjord is 179 km long, and is one of the longest fjords in the world. Greatest depth is 900 meters. The definition of a fjord is a long, narrow inlet from the sea with steep sides or cliffs, created by glacial erosion during the ice ages. The National Tourist Routes are carefully selected touring routes through the most scenic parts of Norway. In the Hardangerfjord region there are two routes - Hardangervidda and Hardanger. Some of the most amazing hikes in Norway are in the Hardangerfjord region- Trolltunga, the four waterfalls trail in Husedalen valley, HM Queen Sonja's panoramic hiking trail and the Hardangervidda National Park.
Hardanger is a region with a living cultural heritage. The Hardanger fiddle, the traditional Hardanger folk costume and Hardanger embroidery are all well known in Norway and regarded as national symbols.
Mount Fløyen has many nice hiking opportunities and is a perfect starting point for a wonderful walk in the city mountains. Many of our hiking trails are easily accessible by pram. The trip around lake Skomakerdiket is also suitable for wheelchairs.
Mount Fløyen is one of the crown jewels of Bergen, Norway. Soaring nearly 400 metres above sea level, the mountain—one of the seven peaks surrounding the city—rewards those who make the trip all the way to the top with memorable views of Bergen sprawled out below. From the boat-filled harbour and historic Bryggen through the busy city centre and out to the North Sea which winds through the fjords, there’s no better place to soak in the scenery.
Some of the most rugged alpine heights in all Norway unfold along the spine of the heavily glaciated Lyngen Peninsula, east of Tromsø; you'll get the best views of them from the eastern shore of 150km-long Lyngenfjord. The peaks, the highest of which is Jiekkevarre (1837m), offer plenty of opportunities for climbers, but this challenging glacial terrain is strictly for the experienced.
The Lyngsdalen valley, above the industrial village of Furuflaten, is an altogether more accessible and popular hiking area. The usual route begins at the football pitch south of the bridge over the Lyngdalselva and climbs up the valley to the tip of the glacier Sydbreen, 500m above sea level.
This cathedral is a striking modernist landmark visible from the Tromsø Sound and when flying into Tromsø. Because of its brilliant acoustics, many musical events are held at the church, including its New Year’s Eve performance and Midnight Sun concerts.
Tromsdalen Church, also known as Ishavskatedralen (The Arctic Cathedral) was built in 1965 and designed by the late Norwegian architect Jan Inge Hovig. Eleven aluminum-coated concrete panels on either side of the roof provide the cathedral’s bold form, often compared to the style of the Sydney Opera House.
The main entrance is surrounded by a large glass façade with a pronounced cross from floor to roof. A beautiful full height stained glass window was added to the east side of the building in 1972, made by prominent Norwegian artist Victor Sparre. Its was built in 2005 by Grönlunds Orgelbyggeri, in the style of the cathedral’s bold architecture. The organ is made up of 2940 pipes, measuring from 5 milimeters to 32 feet. Most of the woodwork is solid local pine and the bellows are made of reindeer hide.
With beaches reminiscent of the Riviera, fantastic views and vibrant fishing villages, Sommarøy is a fine getaway destination from Tromsø, and makes for a great stop-off point along the coast.The views from Sommarøy Island are impressive to say the least. To the north visitor can see all the small islands of the Tromsø County. Håja is the highest of these islands and rises 486 meters straight out of the water. It has the same shape as the Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø.
One of the nicest things about Sommarøy is meeting the people. visitor will find them in the shop, where there is a café area set aside for the men. It is known as the 'Kaillkråa'. As it is mostly the women who do all the shopping, the men are left in the Kaillkråa, where they each have a hook with their name on where their coffee cups hang
Exploring the Arctic fjords is an amazing experience that one should undergo whilst traveling in the far north. On this tour visitors can engage in a fun and adrenaline filled boat ride, whilst learning about Tromsø’s history and sightseeing along the way.
Kvaløya is Norway’s 5th largest island, covering 740 square km, and its name translates from Sami to "Whale Island" thanks to its cluster of central mountains.Kvaløya’s tall mountains and extreme peaks protects Tromsø from the Atlantic Ocean. A drive, or even a bike ride around the island, will take you to everything from old rock carvings to white sand beaches and tall peaks. A small, but vibrant coastal community has grown in the ocean gap, and in Sommarøy traditions are still being kept alive. The people of the island are always up for fun activities, both during summer and winter.
Kayak along the coast or go on adventurous RiB-tours either during summer in the Midnight Sun or during winter, experiencing the Northern Lights from the water. Both Sommarøy Arctic Hotel and Yggdrasiltunet farmhotel offers, for example, diving opportunities and boatrides in summer and whale- and sea safaris during winter.
Discover Polaria, the world’s northernmost aquarium and educational center.
Housed in a very distinctive building meant to mimic ice floes pressed up against land by rough Arctic seas, this unique attraction lies just five-minutes’ walk from the city center of Tromsø. Polaria boasts an Arctic aquarium, interesting knowledge-based exhibits, a panoramic cinema, and a gift and souvenir shop. In the panoramic cinema, visitors can watch two films: Ivo Caprino’s "Svalbard - Arctic Wilderness"and the Ole C. Salomonsen production "Northern Lights in Arctic Norway."
The main attractions in the aquarium are the bearded seals. An Arctic species, bearded seals are very popular among children and adults alike, due to their quiet disposition and intelligent nature. The aquarium also offers interesting exhibits of the most common species of fish in the Barents Sea.
This museum is all about Norwegian catches, Arctic Science and Polar exhibitions. This museum is known mainly for the fantastic Roald Amundsen collection. It was built on 18th June, 1978 just 50 years after the famous explorer visited the city.
The museum is still housed in one of the oldest buildings of the city that formerly housed customs warehouses and sheds.The Polar Museum tells the exciting story of risky Arctic trapping and courageous polar expeditions. Located in former Customs House on the quayside dating from 1830.
1 ) Narvik Vinterfestuka
Festival Month - March
Dating back to 1956, this week-long festival is held every year in far northern Norway, centered on the municipality of Narvik. It is a cultural affair celebrating the rich history of the people that live in the barren Arctic Circle and the advancements they have made to join modern society. The festivities include concerts, exhibitions, art performances and parades, with locals turning out in historic Norwegian dress. It is held in March as winter winds down, which is where its name is derived, literally translating to "winter festival."
2 ) Viking Festival
Festival Month - June
When people think of modern day Norway most direct their thoughts towards its Viking heritage. This June event celebrates that history at Karmoy, the traditional seat of Viking kings for 500 years. The event lasts for four days and comprises of battle reenactments, saga storytelling, Viking dress, weaponry demonstrations, and a literal taste of Viking life with traditional foods sold in the market area.
3 ) Norwegian Wood Festival
Festival Month - June
Norway is proud of its artistic heritage, producing painters such as Edvard Munch, most famous for the Scream. This festival has been running since 1965 and is the Nordic country’s most important cultural event, presenting a mix of contemporary music, dance and visual art. It is held on the last weekend of June in Harstad.
4 ) Gladmat Festival
Festival Month - July
This is a food festival held over a long weekend in July that celebrates Scandinavian flavors. It attracts around 250,000 visitors every year to sample the best culinary delights of Norway’s contemporary cuisine. Held in Stavanger, leading international chefs serve as the guests of honor.