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If you secretly wonder why you would send your clients to a remote corner of northern Europe, read on. Here is what travel consultants need to know about Norway, from natural wonders and Arctic adventures to city breaks and cultural curiosities.

Natural wonders

One of Norway’s most obvious attractions is the spectacular nature. The fjord landscape is unique, and places like Tromsø and Svalbard have made Arctic adventure holidays accessible. In the summer, people come to take part in outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, cycling activities in pristine surroundings, whilst enjoying the midnight sun in the northern parts of the country. 

The winters attract those who are into winter sports like skiing, skating and dog sledding. There is also a high chance of catching more than a glimpse of the northern lights. The coastal steamer Hurtigruten is also a popular choice, taking passengers along the coast from Bergen in Fjord Norway all the way up to Kirkenes near the Russian border in the north.

 

Cultural delights

There is more to Norway than nature, however. Main cities like Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Tromsø all have a lively cultural scene with plenty of festivals, art exhibitions and museums

The capital Oslo is currently one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, and visitors can enjoy a great amount of new architecture, a buzzing live music scene and an interesting food culture with everything from cosy cafes to fine dining restaurants. Food is a hot topic not just in the cities – throughout the country you will notice a strong focus on reinventing Norway’s culinary traditions by combining local ingredients in new ways. Look out for fresh seafood in particular. History buffs, meanwhile, can indulge in a large dose of colourful Viking heritage.

 

Explore Norway

Norway is probably bigger than you think. Even though there are only just over 5 million inhabitants in the country, it takes 30 hours to drive from Kristiansand in the south to Hammerfest in the north. The map will help you to get to know the biggest cities, fjords and attractions.

Regions
Western Norway is a region of narrow fjords cutting into tall mountains, of waterfalls cascading down mountainsides, and of glaciers that never melt.… Read more
Fjord Norway
Ambitious architects and young chefs are taking Oslo to new heights. If that doesn’t make you dizzy enough, try hiking to Galdhøpiggen,… Read more
Eastern Norway
Visit Southern Norway and experience Norwegian culture with snow skiing, hiking and an amazing coastline with boating and bathing opportunities. Read more
Southern Norway
Northern Norway is by far the largest and most sparsely populated part of mainland Norway, and covers more than a third of the country.  Read more
Northern Norway
Rooted in Norwegian traditions in the middle of Norway, Trøndelag is a perfect base for experiencing nature, culture and Norway’s… Read more
Trøndelag
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
Main cities
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
Bergen is Norway's second largest city, and lies clambering up the mountain sides, overlooking the sea, embracing you. You can roam through living… Read more
Bergen
Breathtaking surroundings with fjords, mountains and long, white beaches. Stavanger also boasts an impressive assortment of museums and… Read more
The Stavanger region
Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city. Getting here is easy and it’s a perfect base for exploring the region. Read more
Trondheim
Tromsø is ideal for seeing the northern lights and has a modern mix of outdoor activities, a vibrant nightlife, and places to eat… Read more
Tromsø
Famous fjords
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
In Nordfjord you are greeted by a beautiful stretch of coastline, towering mountains and the biggest glacier on mainland Europe, Jostedalsbreen. Read more
Nordfjord
From the fjord itself to Folgefonna glacier and the iconic Trolltunga, the Hardangerfjord region offers Norwegian nature at its most scenic. The area… Read more
The Hardangerfjord region
The wildest and most beautiful branch of the Sognefjord. The Naeroyfjord the most beautiful and wildest arm of the Sognefjord is on the UNESCO World… Read more
The UNESCO Nærøyfjord
Top attractions
Like a prolonged sunset and sunrise all at once, the midnight sun colours heaven and earth in a reddish yellow light. Read more
Midnight sun
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
The Flam railway has been named one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway. In the… Read more
The Flåm Railway
The very first buildings in Bergen were situated at Bryggen, which has been a vibrant and important area of the city for many centuries. Bryggen has… Read more
Bryggen in Bergen
Trollstigen – The Troll’s road – is an impressive piece of road building where the road snakes and climbs its way up and up along steep… Read more
Trollstigen- The Troll`s Road
Vigelandsparken is one of Norway's most visited attractions with more than one million visitors every year. The unique sculpture park is the life work… Read more
Vigeland Sculpture Park
Oslo's Opera House is located right at the harbour, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the water. It invites its visitors to… Read more
The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
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    Key facts about Norway

    • System of government: Constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy
    • Head of government: Prime Minister Erna Solberg
    • Size: 385,155 square kilometres
    • Population: Over 5 million inhabitants
    • Capital: Oslo
    • Languages: Norwegian bokmål, Norwegian nynorsk and Sami
    • Religion: Church of Norway (Protestant Christianity)
    • Currency: Norwegian kroner (NOK) 1 krone = 100 øre
    • Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +1 hour
    • National day: 17 May

    Bonus features

    Included in the price on every trip to Norway

    • Easy communication – practically everyone speaks English
    • A strong focus on sustainability and green travel
    • Family friendly – great for travelling with kids
    • Safe travel – low crime rate
    • A reliable infrastructure with excellent transport links
    • Accessible nature and natural attractions within easy reach

     

     


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