From: Innovation Norway [webmaster@visitnorway.com]
Sent: 25. mars 2009 20:08
To: Innovation Norway E-list
Subject: Travel News From Norway!
 

Dear Traveler,

Spring has finally sprung, and with it comes new travel opportunities and great offers! Take advantage of the special offers from US Airways, starting their new Oslo route on May 21, directly from Philadelphia. Norway's stunningly beautiful nature-our spectacular fjords & mountains, mixed with culturally enriching and exciting cities with a cosmopolitan flair, is truly a match made in heaven for your next vacation. Culture and history blend seamlessly together with a youthful atmosphere in Norway. Get connected-with Norway now.

We encourage you to visit our website www.visitnorway.com/us, for travel offers and detailed information about where to go, where to stay and what to do in Norway. Also, please make sure to join us on these social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for exclusive daily updates about the very latest news.

Innovation Norway, New York, March 2009

 
 

US Airways to Oslo; New Philadelphia–Oslo route starting May 21
The Oslo Region is an almost perfect balance of city and country. You'll enjoy the culture and history characterized by Oslo's 50 museums, many art galleries, opera house, Nobel Peace Centre and world-class dining and shopping. Visit nearby Lillehammer, scene of 1994's Winter Olympics, the resort of Trysil or immerse yourself in the nature and scenic wilderness of Hedmark. In celebration of this new service to Oslo, the airline is giving you 5,000 bonus miles when you book your trip in Envoy, their transatlantic business class, or 2,500 bonus miles if your trip is booked in Economy: www.usairways.com/oslo

 
 

New sightseeing trips on the beautiful Rauma Line
Discover one of Europe’s most spectacular train journeys this summer. The Rauma Line gives you beautiful highlights of the Norwegian nature, from the fjords to the majestic mountains, in only one hour. During the summer months, all trains at the Rauma Line will run as sightseeing trips with onboard audio-guiding and printed information in English. At the most spectacular sights, trains will run at reduced speed and there will be photostops. To book your trip go to www.nsb.com

 
 

Oslo by Helicopter—Not only for Millionaires!
Talk to any commercial airline pilot—the Oslo approach is among the world’s most beautiful, often described as the blue, the green, and the city in between. Nestled at the end of the 62-mile-long Oslofjord, in a natural crib between the mountainous north and the eastern and western green hills, this small yet great city is a spectacular view from any point—and according to CEO and helicopter pilot John-Erik Sogn of HeliWing the very best is from above. www.visitoslo.com

 
 

Fjord Tours gives you: Geiranger & Norway in a nutshell®
This tour enables you to experience three of Norway's most famous World Heritage areas in one trip: the Geirangerfjord, the Nærøyfjord, and the Bryggen area in Bergen. Additional sights are the Rauma Railway with Kylling Bridge and the Trollveggen cliff face, the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund, a journey with Hurtigruten and the popular Norway in a nutshell® trip from Oslo to Bergen. From Apr 15–Sep 14, duration 3–4 days. For booking and more information, please visit www.fjord-tours.com

 
 

Free Air & Shore Excursions with Hurtigruten
There’s no time like now to step aboard Hurtigruten—and into adventure! Our unique upscale cruises along Norway’s majestic, rugged coast and through its magnificent fjords, known as the "World’s Most Beautiful Voyage," are legendary. Book select 12- and 7-day Norwegian Coastal Voyages departing May 1–Aug 31, 2009 and receive free air from New York plus 3 free excursions when booking a 12-day and 2 free excursions when booking a 7-day. For more information www.hurtigruten.us

 
 

Explore the Top of Fjord Norway - Enjoy a genuine Fjord Magic round trip
An incredible journey offering highlights as the Raumabanen Railway, Trollstigen Road, Geirangerfjord, and the lovely Art Nouveau town of Ålesund. We recommend a return trip with the Hurtigruten ship to Bergen or bus Ålesund–Åndalsnes and railway to Oslo. Season: Daily Jun 15–Aug 31, 2009. Price: NOK 1,750 and children 4–16 years 50% off. Duration: 1–3 days or more. For more information and booking see www.62.no

 
 

Travel Offer at Fretheim Hotel
Fretheim Hotel, located in Flåm, with the impressing Sognefjord and the famous Flåm Railway as its closest neighbours, offers two nights' stay with dinner and breakfast from The Conscious Kitchen® including exciting activity packages. Cycle the poular Old Native Road through amazing mountain landscape, hike down the dramatic Flåm Valley or kayak on the longest fjord in the world, now on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Rates starting from NOK 3,095. Book your hotel package at www.fretheim-hotel.no

 
 

Magical Sognefjord Cruise
This relaxing 2-day cruise will take you deep into the Sognefjord, with its steep mountains, waterfalls, picturesque farms and villages. Cruise during the day with shore visits for sightseeing and opportunity to meet locals and learn about life in Norway! Taste traditional Norwegian food and participate in outdoor activities such as a short mountain hike and fishing in the fjord. Your overnight is in a fjord hotel. The tour begins in Bergen, and ends in either Bergen or Oslo. For more information www.bortonoverseas.com

 
 

The Nobel Peace Center presents "The Broker"—a portrait exhibit
Peace Center presents Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Peace Prize laureates and their work. Permanent and varying exhibitions provide insight into topics such as war, peace and conflict resolution. Guided tours and films together with a varied program of events, invite reflection, debate and involvement, for both young and old. In 2009 we present "The Broker"—an exhibit on Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari by Jonas Bendiksen/Magnum Photos, and "The Dream of Europe," by photographer Rune Eraker. www.nobelpeacecenter.org

 
 

Affordable accommodation in Central Oslo
In the heart of Oslo, Anker has specialized in affordable accommodation for tourists. Anker has a Best Western 3-star hotel with newly renovated rooms, as well as a hostel for backpackers. Both the hotel and the hostel are situated in the city center, close to the Central Station. Walking distance to all major attractions. www.anker.oslo.no

 
 

Sognefjord in a Nutshell
An express boat takes you along the west coast from Bergen to the Sognefjord, where you are transferred to a boat that sails up the narrow Dalsfjord. This fjord has a history dating back to the Viking Age. The tour continues from Bygstad to Balestrand via Førde and the National Scenic Route across the Gaularfjell mountains, which are also known as "Waterfall Country." Continue down breathtaking hairpin bends to the Sværefjord and Balestrand. After a good night's sleep, you continue on the Sognefjord in a Nutshell tour to Flåm, and along the famous Flåm-line by train to Bergen or Oslo. Season: May 15–Aug 31. For more information www.sunnfjord.no

 
 

De Historiske Hotels
De Historiske is a unique membership organization containing many of Norway’s most charming hotels and restaurants. The group consists of 37 hotels and 18 restaurants which are members of the group. One of the best ways to discover Norway is to travel across the country, between fjords, mountains, towns and the countryside. If you combine this with the possibility to stay and/or have your meals at De Historiske, we can promise you a wealth of experiences. For travel suggestions and reservations www.dehistoriske.com

 
 


Photo credits: Courtesy of Erik Jørgensen; Courtesy of F.W./VisitOslo.com; Courtesy of Trollveggen, NSB; Courtesy of Helliwing; Courtesy of Geiranger, Per Eide/Fjord Norway; Courtesy of Hurtigruten; Courtesy of Fjord Norway; Courtesy of Fretheim Hotel; Courtesy of Fjord Safari, Borton Overseas; Courtesy of Jonas Bendiksen/Magnum Photos; Courtesy of Anker Hotel; Courtesy of Huldefossen, Terje Rakke; Courtesy of De Historiske

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