Norway travel will show you how beautiful country it is, with its mountains, fjords and glaciers. It has delightfully long summer days, pleasantly low-key cities, unspoiled fishing villages and rich historic sites that include Viking ships and medieval stave churches.
Norway prizes its stunning natural wonders and retains a robust frontier character unusual in Europe. It's not all frozen tundra, either. The temperate south includes rolling farmlands, enchanted forests and sunny beaches as well as the dramatic Western Fjords.
Norway is a country of impressive landscape, and extends far north across the Arctic Circle. It is famous for its fjord-indented coastline and its mountains, ski resorts around Lillehammer, lakes and woods. Famous cities in Norway include the capital Oslo with its castle, its cathedral, its picturesque landscape and interesting architecture. On the west coast there are the cities of Bergen and Stavanger, each of them set alongside a fjord.
Between Oslo and Bergen there is a famous railway line, the Bergensbanen. It offers an ideal opportunity to discover the countryside. Near Bergen, the Flam Railway branch line run from Myrdal down to Flam by the Sognefjorden, a distance of 20 kilometres. It is one of the steepest railway lines on normal gauge in the world. A speciality of Norway is the Hurtigruta, a mail ferry line along the coast from Bergen up to Kirkenes. It offers the chance to see all of Norway's famous coastline. Its most famous area is perhaps the fjords of Western-Norway home to such places as Sognefjorden and Stryn. Near Stryn lies the Briksdalsbreen glacier, the most photographed natural feature in Norway, if not overall. It is part of the Jostedalsbreen glacier, which is the largest glacier in mainland Europe.
Norway tourist is attracted to the far north of Norway and cities like Narvik and Tromso. The tourists go on Norway travel to far off places like these because of the special features of the region - especially the Midnight Sun, sport fishing possibilities, the aurora borealis (which especially attracts Japanese tourists as they have a special tradition concerning the phenomenon), and the rugged ocean to mountain landscape.
If you go on Norway travel in May you have a chance to sea Constitution Day (17 May), when many Norwegians take to the streets attired in traditional folk costumes. Another popular holiday is Midsummer's Eve (usually held on 23 June), which is celebrated with bonfires on the beach. The Sami people (Lapps) also hold colourful celebrations at Easter in Karasjok and Kautokeino. Festivities include reindeer races, joik (traditional chanting) and concerts.
There are many places in Norway that with a little imagination can provide an historical mood and setting with insight into a culture and lifestyle of another era. Norway travel will give you an opportunity to see wonderful churches, a great number of them built in stone.
The most famous churches of course are the stave churches. There are also a number of fortresses, especially in the bigger cities. Norway has few castles in the traditional sense, though there are many fine manor houses.
Historic buildings are usually open to the public, though opening hours may vary greatly. Perhaps you would like to visit the place where the Norwegian constitution was signed, or maybe the home of a famous author. Perhaps you would like to relive the Viking's old long houses or places associated with World War II. Look around wherever you happen to be and seek out local information. An exciting place may be right around the corner!