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Module 02:
What are Norway’s regions like?

Norway is a long country with five main regions, all of which have their own traditions and cultural heritage.

Two of the most popular places to visit in Norway are the fjords and the Lofoten islands. You will familarise yourself with both in this module, but we also want to tell you about the rest of the country – there is plenty more to explore!


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Stavanger.
Photo: Daniel Schua / Region Stavanger

On the map

The map below is for your reference only – the module material starts below.
Use the map to get an idea of the location of Norway's five main regions: Eastern Norway, Southern Norway, Fjord Norway, Trøndelag, and Northern Norway.

Eastern Norway
Eastern Norway is where you find the capital Oslo, some of the highest mountains in the country, and a number of well-developed ski resorts.
Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature… Read more
Oslo
Jotunheimen is a massive mountain area in Eastern Norway, home to Norway’s two highest mountains, Galdhøpiggen and Glittertind. Other… Read more
The Jotunheimen mountains
Geilo is one of the first alpine resorts in Norway and offers fantastic winter outdoor adventures, from alpine and cross-country skiing to… Read more
Geilo
Family-friendly Trysil is Norway’s largest ski destination. Surrounded by unspoilt nature, Trysil was one of the first holiday spots in Europe… Read more
Trysil
At once tranquil and sublime, Rondane national park is an ideal place to experience the mountains and highlands of Eastern Norway. Read more
The Rondane mountains
Gudbrandsdalen is known for its lush nature, local food and fun family activities. The area boasts three national parks and offers great opportunities… Read more
The Gudbrandsdalen valley
From one of Norway’s most charming coastal towns to tall mountains and highlands, the county of Telemark is as diverse as it is beautiful. Go on… Read more
Telemark
Lillehammer is located in the lush Gudbrandsdalen valley in Eastern Norway and offers a mix of culture, family fun, and outdoor activities. Read more
The Lillehammer region
Fjord Norway
The most well-known Norwegian fjords can be found in the region known as Fjord Norway, located in the western part of the country.
Even though Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway, it has the vibe of a small town, packed with charm and urban character. Read more
Bergen
Breathtaking surroundings with fjords, mountains and long, white beaches. Stavanger and Sandnes also boasts an impressive assortment of museums and… Read more
The Stavanger region
You could go hiking or skiing, admire Ålesund's unique Art Nouveau architecture, explore the fjords – or just kick back and enjoy the… Read more
The Ålesund and Sunnmøre area
A charming city, lush nature, old Viking thrones, and festivals await in Haugesund and Haugalandet. Read more
Haugesund and Haugalandet
Get to know Kristiansund, a city on four islands famous for clipfish, opera, and The Atlantic Road. Read more
Kristiansund
The deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow- covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. Read more
The Geirangerfjord area
The Sognefjord is Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, and it’s famous arm the Nærøyfjord has World Heritage status. The… Read more
The Sognefjord area
From Trolltunga and the Folgefonna glacier to the Vøringfossen waterfall – the Hardangerfjord region offers some of the best experiences… Read more
The Hardangerfjord region
Step on world famous mountain plateaus like Preikestolen and Kjerag, and then challenge yourself on the 4444 steps of the wooden staircase of… Read more
The Lysefjord area
Each year, several hundred thousand visitors arrive in Flåm to ride the Flåmsbana Railway, cycle Rallarvegen, or go hiking in the dramatic… Read more
Flåm
Northern Norway
Northern Norway is the place to go for the midnight sun and the northern lights. Tromsø is the most well-known destination, but there are many others worth a visit!
From local food and mountains soaring above deep blue fjords to the midnight sun and the northern lights – discover the Arctic capital,… Read more
Tromsø
Bodø is home to the world’s strongest maelstrom Saltstraumen. The largest city in the county of Nordland is also just a boat ride away… Read more
Bodø
In the city of Alta you can experience Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, sleep in a ice hotel or hunt for the northern light. Read more
Alta
Join a dogsled expedition, learn to throw a lasso, and experience the Sami culture first hand in Karasjok and Kautokeino. Read more
Land of the Sami
Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track.… Read more
The Lofoten Islands
The archipelago of Vesterålen is a place characterized by contrasts, from white beaches and idyllic farmlands to craggy mountain peaks rising… Read more
Vesterålen
Far above the Arctic Circle, the North Cape offers arctic adventures like dog-sledding in the winter and months of never-ending sunlight in… Read more
The North Cape
The Vega archipelago, situated off the Helgeland coast, is named one of the world’s top undiscovered island gems. You should also pay a visit to… Read more
Helgeland
The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here, you will find untouched arctic wilderness and… Read more
The Svalbard Islands
Trøndelag
Trøndelag in central Norway is perfect for history and Viking experiences, but also for everyone who is interested in Norwegian nature, local food and cultural events.
The vibrant city of Trondheims is home to some of Trøndelag’s most popular attractions, cosy shopping streets and a myriad of restaurants… Read more
Trondheim
The traditional town of Røros, which is known as one of Norway’s sustainable destinations, is a modern community in which people live and… Read more
Røros
The Golden Road is a surprise of many colours – easily accessible in the middle of Norway. This fun detour landscape gives you great… Read more
The Golden Road
Kystriksveien is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Along the road you can climb the mountains Torghatten and De syv søstre,… Read more
Kystriksveien – the coastal route
Southern Norway
Known as Norway’s Riviera, Southern Norway is the most popular summer destination for Norwegians. It is great for family holidays with water activities.
Explore urban beach life in Norway’s southernmost city! Kristiansand also has a vibrant cultural scene and exciting activity parks and museums. Read more
Kristiansand
Visit the cradle of Norwegian folk traditions! Stop in charming villages, enjoy fun activities, and travel with a steamboat on the Byglandsfjord. Read more
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    People rowing in front of the Oslo Opera House, Eastern Norway
    Oslo Opera House.
    Photo: Nancy Bundt / Visitnorway.com

    Geirangerfjord
    Geirangerfjord.
    Photo: Per Eide / Fjord Norway

    Nordlys over Reine i Lofoten
    Nordlys over Reine i Lofoten.
    Photo: Alex Conu / Visitnorway.com

    Gamle fargerike trehus langs Nidelva i Trondheim
    Nidelva i Trondheim.
    Photo: Knut Aage Dahl

    Lindesnes
    Lindesnes.
    Photo: Thomas Rasmus Skaug / Visitnorway.com

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    Which Norwegian region should you suggest if a client wants to see the capital Oslo, go hiking in the Jotunheimen mountains or go skiing in Trysil?

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    Fjord Norway has a lot of fjords, of course. But what else is there in Fjord Norway? Select all the alternatives you think are correct.

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    If a client wants to see the midnight sun and polar bears, which destination should you recommend?

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    A client wants to experience Arctic wilderness combined with a comfortable stay and a city experience. Which region would you recommend?

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    City lights in Oslo at night
    Oslo.
    Photo: VisitOSLO/Saad Butt