norway – the country
Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. Oslo, the capital, is a city of green spaces and museums. Preserved 9th-century Viking ships are displayed at Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum. Bergen, with colorful wooden houses, is the starting point for cruises to the dramatic Sognefjord. Norway is also known for fishing, hiking and skiing.
oslo – the capital
As one of Europe’s fastest growing cities this decade, Oslo is buzzing with energy from new neighbourhoods and cutting-edge food, to fashion and art scenes. Captivating landmarks like the Opera House, the Astrup Fearnley Museum and Barcode are changing the face of the city, and Oslo maintains its refreshing closeness to nature that few other capitals can match.
TIPS OF WHAT YOU CAN DO IN OSLO
A 50-minute guided tour to gain an insight into some of the many facilities the Opera House. What goes on behind the scenes before the curtain rises. Walk out onto the Main Stage, or visit the costume workshop or scene painting room, and possibly even meet a singer or dancer during the tour. Learn about the architecture, stagecraft, opera and ballet from the knowledgeable tour guides.
Holmenkollen is the hill you see on the north western side of Oslo. It takes 20-30 minutes to get here from the city centre – the view from the subway on the way up the hill is worth the trip alone! The Holmenkollen area is a gateway to Nordmarka, one of the most popular recreational areas in the city. Tryvann and Frognerseteren are great starting points for hikes and trips summer and winter alike.
The 100-km-long Oslo Fjord is the scenic gem of the Oslo area. In the summer the fjord buzzes with life.
Each of the islands in the inner part of the fjord has its own characteristics and history. At Hovedøya you can glance at the busy city while relaxing on the beach. The fjord also offers possibilities for kayaking, canoeing, diving, fishing and sailing if you prefer a more active experience.
Bergen is a city on Norway’s southwestern coast. It’s surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. Bryggen features colorful wooden houses on the old wharf, once a center of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire. The Fløibanen Funicular goes up Fløyen Mountain for panoramic views and hiking trails. The Edvard Grieg House is where the renowned composer once lived.
TIPS OF WHAT YOU CAN DO IN BERGEN
The Flöibanen funicular in Bergen is one of Norway’s best-known attractions. It can be found in the heart of Bergen, 150 m from Fisketorget. It’s only a 10-minute walk to the lower station from where the cruise ships dock. The journey up to Flöyen (320 m above sea level) takes about 5–8 minutes. The journey is an experience in itself, and at the top you can enjoy fantastic views of Bergen.
Norway in a nutshell
Experience the essence of Norwegian fjords, mountains and valleys, all summed up in a round trip that can be enjoyed in peace and comfort. It takes you on a journey through some of the most beautiful scenery in Fjord Norway, and includes breathtaking experiences on the Bergen Railway, the Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the Nærøyfjord and the steep Stalheimskleiva road.
DINNER AT AN ART GALLERY
The famous gallery in the center of Bergen. where a renovated a former merchant house became the most unusual gallery and banqueting location. Here you dine between expensive art pieces. Have sparkling wine on the 1st floor before you move up to the 2nd floor where you will be served a 3 course dinner. Many famous people have had parties and dinners in this very special gallery.
Tromsö, a city in northern Norway, is a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle. It’s famed as a viewing point for colorful Northern Lights that sometime light up the nighttime sky. The city’s historic center, on the island of Tromsø, is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses. The 1965 Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stained-glass windows, dominates the skyline.
TIPS OF WHAT YOU CAN DO IN TROMSÖ
As the candle lights sparkle, this elegant church is filled with the sounds of the most beautiful Norwegian folk songs, as well as some wonderful and powerful classical and sacred selections. This incredible musical experience is enhanced by the fantastic acoustics of the Arctic Cathedral. In the winter months, musical concerts are offered almost every night. A moving and perfect way to end the day.
Based just outside Tromsö city and within the Arctic Circle, you can experience the North Norwegian nature as its best! Vildmark Center offers a wide range of activities throughout the year: self-drive dog sledding, the aurora camp and hiking with snowshoes. In the summer months, it’s time for the magnificent midnight sun with kayaking tours, and mountain hikes with the huskies.
Mack’s Ølbryggeri is the northernmost brewey in the world. The brewey was founded in 1877. Mack is the fourth largest brewey in Norway, and is probably one of the strongest brands from Northern Norway. Their main production is located in Nordkjosbotn, approximately 70 km from Tromsø. Mack’s historical sites in Tromsø houses the beer shop Kjeller 5, the legendary pub Ølhallen and Mack Microbrewery.
King crab safari – Kirkenes
The red King Crab is not only the biggest, but also the most delicious shellfish you will ever have the chance of tasting. Now it’s time for you to make your own deadliest catch!
Only this time guaranteed that you are absolutely safe, in the hands of experienced fishermen and guides. The winter in Kirkenes is cold, but you need not worry about freezing – you will warmly dressed up.