Norway, having existed continuously for over 1,100 years, is one of the oldest ,still existing kingdoms in the world. The list of Norwegian monarchs includes over sixty Kings and Earls. Quiet for a thousand years since the marauding days of the Vikings, Norway often seems remote to outsiders, even mysterious. Apart from Norway’s history and culture, what’s striking to the first time visitor is Norway’s natural beauty. The country seems like one large natural museum with eclectic slices of nature’s delights.
The culture of Norway evolved as a result of its sparse population, harsh climate, and relative isolation from the rest of Europe. It is therefore distinct from other countries in Europe is that it has fewer opulent palaces and castles, smaller agricultural areas, and longer travel distances. The main tourist cities in Norway are Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Tromsø.
The main attractions of Norway, however, are beyond the cities – in the varied landscapes that extent across the Artic Circle. It is famous for its fjord-indented coastline and its mountains, ski resorts, lakes and woods. Much of the nature of Norway remains unspoiled, and thus attracts numerous hikers and skiers. Norway is a once-in-a-lifetime destination and the essence of its appeal is remarkably simple: this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth.
For the foodies, Fish is plentiful and Non-vegetarians can have a field day trying meats like reindeer and elk or even, seal and whale. Vegetarians, however, will have slim pickings.
Attractions: Avaldsnes (Norway’s birthplace), Midnight Sun, Northern lights (aurora borealis), island hopping to Utsira and Rovaer, Akrafjor & Langfoss waterfalls, Viking ship, wildlife safaris, Fjords, glacier walking, fishing and more
Accessibility: There is a wide selection of international flight, rail, ferry and roadway connections to Norway, and there are several ways of getting around when you arrive. Oslo Gardermoen airport is the main point of arrival for flights into Norway.
Best time to visit: Definitely the Summer during the time of the midnight Sun – from late May to end of August. If you are equipped and hardy, there are also advantages to travelling during the long, dark winters to make your way north and witness the phenomenal northern lights (aurora borealis). Once the days begin to lighten, the skiing and for that matter the dog-sledging, ice fishing and snowmobiling are excellent possibilities.