Norway is the most visited Scandinavian state. Some people think that since Norway is located on the very north of Europe it is cold and snowy here most of the time. This is not true, in fact, Norwegian winter is rather mild. During the winter months the temperature seldom drops below zero Celsius and in summer it usually stays around 25 degrees above.
So what is so attractive about spending holidays in Norway? Among the most popular tourist attractions is North Cap, the northernmost point of the continental Europe. If you are on holidays in Norway you should visit the unique underground tourist center Northcaphall with the territory of five thousand square meters. You will be astonished by the view of the Arctic Ocean and polar sun that can be seen through the special glass wall opened at midnight.
The history of Norway has always been closely connected with sea and seafaring. The stories of Vikings who inhabited Norway in the past and ravaged Europe in the tenth century are well known to everyone, and archeologists still find treasures brought by ancient warriors into the country on their huge ships. This is probably one of the reasons what Norway cruises are extremely popular among those who decided to spend holidays in Norway. Traditional cruising routes go along the Norwegian seashore and last up to two weeks. You can go on a cruise on one of the oldest and best preserved ships in the world, the largest ship in Norway called Statsrod Lemkul. The ship was built in 1914 in Germany, and then bought by the Norwegian Association of ship owners; now it is a symbol of Bergen, which is the starting point of most cruises.
One of the main attractions that Norway is famous for and proud of, and for the sake of which many people from all over the world come here, is its magnificent and primeval nature. Norwegian fiords are so beautiful there are no words to describe them. Fiords are deep sea inlets carved out by a glacier and surrounded by steep walls of rock. They were created millions of years when glaciers melted. Each fiord differs from another with its landscape and color of water. People observing fiords of decks of cruise ships endlessly admire this wonder of nature and always wish to get closer to explore it.
Thousands of lakes and rivers, rocks and mountains, waterfalls, fiords and hidden bays create provide excellent opportunities for active rest and sports including fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, trips to the mountains and glaciers and so on.
Winter sports and especially skiing in Norway are another source of pride of this country. People say that children in Norway are born with skis already put on their feet. And this sounds like truth, for Norway is home to a lot of Olympic Games winners who brought numerous Olympic medals in many kinds of winter sports into the country. This success is partly explained with the constant access to excellent skiing and skating tracks. Well preserved traditions that survive through the years also play very important role. Skiing facilities are organized all over the country, and there are 600 of ski jumps and slops provided with ski lifts. The national monument of the country is the ski jump called Holmenkollen which is 100 years old. So when you are on the holidays in Norway skiing is another activity you might find worth your attention.