The cities in Fjord Norway reflect the personality of the people who live there. They are shaped by the landscape, surrounded by the ocean, cultural landscape and mountains. As a visitor, you will see that the past and modern city life go hand in hand. A long seafaring, fishing and trading history has made its mark on the cities, but they are also characterised by modern technology and forward-looking industries. Their rich cultural life is inspired by local traditions and impulses from the outside world.
Bergen is the gateway to the fjords. Its location between the Hardangerfjord and the Sognefjord makes this long-established cultural and trading city the perfect starting point for day trips to some of the biggest scenic attractions in the region. There is plenty to do in Bergen. The old Hanseatic wharf at Bryggen, situated beside the city’s lively Fish Market, is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The city has a rich cultural scene and there are lots of exciting activities for children in the compact, pedestrian-friendly city centre. You can easily get to the top of two of the seven mountains that surround the city centre by cable car or funicular. You can enjoy the fantastic views, or go for a walk in the mountains and end the day by enjoying a meal made from local produce at one of the city’s excellent restaurants.
More info on visitbergen.com
Stavanger is situated in the south-western corner of Norway by the Boknafjorden fjord. Words cut in stone. Stubborn, weather-beaten lighthouses gazing out over the North Sea. Art galleries where the human spirit glows. Museums that spellbind you with stories, reminding you that life is far more than this moment. The city centre of Stavanger has short distances, which makes it easy to reach most attractions on foot. Why not stop by some of the town's many museums, such as the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, The Norwegian Canning Museum, Rogaland Museum of Fine Arts and the Norwegian Children's Museum on your walk?
More info on regionstavanger.com
Fly Icelandair to Fjord Norway
Only Icelandair allows a stopover in Iceland on your way to Norway at no additional airfare! Take advantage of these special offers:
Bergen from $912*
Stavanger from $912*
New York JFK to:
Bergen from $912*
Stavanger from $912*
*TERMS & CONDITIONS: Departing JFK or BOS. Prices are in U.S. dollars. AIRFARES: Valid for outbound travel Oct. 1, 2013. Valid for new purchases only, are determined by departure date, and are based on round-trip purchase per person. No advance purchase; must be booked by May 31, 2013; ticketed within 72 hours; when reservations are made less than 72 hours before departure tickets must be issued at time of booking. Saturday night min. stay; travel from turnaround must commence no later than 12 months after arrival at turnaround. Tickets are non-refundable; change fee of $200 pp within validity of fare. Other restrictions apply. Seats are limited. *Prices quoted include applicable taxes and official charges by destination including service fees and fuel surcharges.
History and nature
Zoom out and see how the landscape has formed Norwegian society. The towns and cities along the coast have always faced the world, surrounded by small communities that have harvested nature’s bounty. The roads cut through mountains and along deep fjords, and pass buildings and cultural landscapes that bear witness to different periods in the region’s history. We have a big heritage to look after.
Cities of culture
Fjord Norway is best known for its unique landscape, but it is culture that fills it with life. Bergen has been a European City of Culture and Stavanger a European Capital of Culture. You will find well-known music festivals, art galleries and a big creative undergrowth with everything from black metal to colourful poetry. But culture also plays a big role in small communities, with an international music festival in Førde, an opera in Nordfjord and a film festival at Sognefjellet. Fjord Norway is teeming with life, if you look for what you don’t expect to find.
Architecture, art and music
Use your senses, and soak up the full range of experiences on offer. Make the leap from the UNESCO-listed historical buildings at Bryggen to the innovative architecture along the National Tourist Routes, and from Edvard Grieg’s national romantic music to electronica that features on hit lists around the world, from 19th century landscape paintings to street art on a house wall.This is what awaits you. Transitions, from what has been to what is coming, from the historical to the innovative, between depth and surface – a culture that has roots, but that is nonetheless in constant flux.
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