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Norwegian Viking experiences

See longboats in a museum in Oslo, shop at a traditional market, take part in a Viking feast in Lofoten or listen to a classic Viking saga.

Explore Norway

Experience northern lights or midnight sun above the Arctic Circle, or visit the world famous Norwegian fjords with tall mountains and glaciers.

Download free screensaver

Enjoy the beauty of fjords, northern lights and spectacular nature landscape with these free screensavers from Norway.

About Norway

Norway has a population of about 5 million and covers an area of 385,155 square kilometres. The official Head of State is King Harald V.

Norway's national day

17 May is Norway's Constitution Day and is celebrated with children's parades and festivities.

Religion in Norway

Norse mythology held sway until Norway became Christian around the year 1000. Today there is religious freedom.

Seasons, Weather and Climate in Norway

Due to the Gulf Stream and warm air currents, Norway has a friendlier climate than the latitude indicates. Check our weather report before you travel.

Facts about Norway

Norway is known for nature attractions like fjords, mountains and midnight sun, and is easily accessible by plane from most European countries.

Viking Culture, People and History

The Vikings have earned their place in history as a seafaring warrior culture with a fine eye for design and a good ear for storytelling.

Come Celebrate the Norwegian Constitution

17 May 2014 marks the bicentenary of the Norwegian constitution, and the occasion is celebrated all over the country.

Historical milestones

The earliest signs of human settlement in Norway date back to 9000 BC. Norway was united to one kingdom 900 AD and got its own constitution in 1814.

Christmas in Norway

Experience Norwegian Christmas traditions by visiting a Christmas market, enjoying a holiday concert, or catching a glimpse of the northern lights.

Popular Christmas food in Norway

Norway's vast array of traditional dishes and local specialities really comes into its own at Christmas time. Here are a few of the highlights.

Key Ingredients in the Norwegian Cuisine

Try freshly caught cod from the Lofoten Islands, tender reindeer meat from Finnmark or succulent sweet cherries from Hardanger.

Typical Norwegian museums

Visit a museum you are unlikely to find anywhere else in the world. Learn more about Norway, its culture and its people.

Top 5 Viking Experiences in Norway

Marion Fjelde Larsen, curator of the Lofotr Viking Museum, picks five places in Norway well worth a visit.

First-class seafood in Norway

Cod, salmon, trout, crab and shrimp are just some of the varieties of seafood available in Norwegian waters, restaurants and markets.

Stockfish

Stockfish is unsalted fish dried by the sun and wind on wooden racks in Northern Norway or in special drying houses.

Food and drink you should try while in Norway

Ask for tasty Norwegian salmon for dinner. For breakfast you should try the sweet brown cheese.

Languages in Norway

There are two forms of the Norwegian language, and the Sami language is of a totally different origin.

City life and countryside

It's a long way from Karasjok in Finnmark to Grønland in Oslo.

Stave churches

Stave churches are an important part of Norway's architectural heritage. Urnes Stave Church in the Sognefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Historical architecture

The Norwegian rose painting tradition developed from around 1750 and was both an imitation and in parts liberation from «guild art».
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