Norway – The Land of Picturesque Fjords
Sprawling hills, stunning valleys, historical sites, bursting towns make Norway one of the popular destinations. Visitors can see nature in its absolute form here.
One of the Scandinavian countries, Norway has extensive history dating back to the 10,000 BC. Viking age in the 8-11 centuries spurred progress while post world war II, it grew to be one of the richest countries of the world. By virtue of its efficient health care, educational and social security, Norway ranks highest in human development. It is also the founding member of UN, NATO.
Bergen city in the south western part of Norway is the most visited destination. It is a perfect base to explore the spectacular fjords. Mount Fløien and the views of sea and mountains from the top are simply incredible. The ride on funicular railway to top is an absolute must to have some long cherished moments. Facing the seaside, the row of hanseatic wooden houses, known as Bryggen is one of the UNESCO’s world heritage sites.
Many art museums, science centre also draw tourists by virtue of their extensive collection of fine art. A visit to Bergen is not complete without a trip to the famous fish market along the harbor offering wide variety of fish including the Salmon. From Bergen one can take ferry or bus to explore the famous fjords including the 15 km long UNESCO’s world heritage site, the Geirangerfjord. The beautiful mountains, waterfalls, blue water makes it one of the world’s most beautiful fjords. Sognefjord is Norway’s longest fjord and is the most popular bicycle route in the country.
The capital city Oslo, boasts of the famous Vigelandsparken, a sculpture park. It has 212 amazing sculptures and the monolith, which is 17 meter high having 121 figures, is truly astonishing. The medieval Akershus fortress besides retracing to the age, offers some splendid views of the city. Holmenkollen ski jump tower is another must visit site. One can reach the top to view spectacular views of fjords or simply experience the ski feeling. Norsk Folkemuseum, Viking Ship Museum, Norwegian Maritime Museum and Kon-Tiki Museum give insight into Norway’s maritime history.
Mountains, fjords, waterfalls, rocks, beaches make Stavanger in the south of Norway the cultural capital of Europe. Preikestolen and Pulpit rock, which is about 600 meters above sea level is a must visit place. A walk along the old town, Gamle Stavanger retraces visitors to historical times. One can head towards north to the one of the liveliest towns, Trondheim, which has a rich history. Nidaros Cathedral, Ringve Museum are the major attractions. To the far north is the historical and scenic Tromsø famous for its distinctive Arctic cathedral and the cable car ride to the mount Storsteinen rendering splendid views.
Norway is well connected by air and rail. Ferries, cruises are other popular way to explore the scenic beauty. Hired cars, cycles also aid in getting around the place, don’t forget to get a map to guide you round.
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The landscape of Norway is conducive to hiking, biking and skiing, sledging are very famous during the snowy winters. One can enjoy fishing in the many lakes and the unique experience of fishing on the coast and deep seas can be refreshing. Visitors can reap the benefit of ‘midnight sun’ in summers and go cruising or kayaking while scuba diving, river rafting are other commonly seen activities. One must taste the indigenous cheese slicer and the handmade dolls – trolls, knitted sweaters, cardigans, hand-painted wooden articles, goat and reindeer skins are must souvenirs from Norway.
Norway is full of natural beauty and to ensure that visitors don’t miss any of the amazing sites, luxury hotels, many budget hotels, Inns, camp sites, bed & breakfast, guesthouse, motels, resorts are available. Farm accommodations and fishermen cabins render unique experience and add to pleasure. Norwegian is the official language, yet English, German and French are also widely understood.
Norwegian Kroner is the currency used and one can contact banks, authorized travel agencies and hotels for exchanging foreign currency and traveller’s checks, look at the news and internet for the best exchange rates before you change your money.
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