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Norway sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

It's simply impossible to mention all landmarks and places of interest in Norway as absolutely every part of this country is rich in natural and historic places of interest. The capital of the country, Oslo, is a must visit destination and a great place to start exploration of the country. There are several historic buildings in the central part of Oslo. The capital has a great mix of new and old, and so old houses here border with modern skyscrapers. The majority of historic buildings have been transformed into museums and exhibition halls. The capital is a perfect destination for unhurried walks; travelers will find here several theatres, large trading centres and restaurants.
A very unusual hotel can be found in the coastal town of Alesund in the west of Norway. It is located on the La Molja Lighthouse which has stood at …
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The city of Bergen will be even more interesting in terms of the number of excursions. The famous Hanseatic waterfront is considered the heart of the city. Bergenhus Fortress, the building of which took place in the middle of the 13th century, is a no less interesting destination. There is one more interesting landmark near the fortress - Rosenkrantz Tower - that was built three centuries later. The fish market is also a prominent place in the city. It has worked on one of the city's squares for more than 700 years. Art connoisseurs are recommended to visit the Museum of Art, where they will be able to see works of Picasso, Munk and Miro. On the shore of a lake one can see a beautiful building - a mansion of Edvard Grieg, better known under the name Troldhaugen.
The region of Finnmark is a true paradise for fishermen and hunters. Its fjords are full of different species of fish, and its dense forests have become home for numerous animals and birds. There are several nature reserves here, with Øvre Anárjohka National Park being the most famous one. Tourists are welcome to participate in boat and ship rides, during which they will be able to see the beauty of the coast. Foodies are recommended to visit city of Tromso, where they will find numerous restaurants, taverns and bars. The majority of them specialize in making traditional Norwegian food, so they're the best place to eat delicious fish and drink some of the best wine in the country. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Norway is one of the most amazing and beautiful Scandinavian countries. It is interesting not only for its stunning landscapes, but also for its deep …
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Nordland is a small town that is mostly famous for its magnificent waterfalls and mysterious caves. Travelers come to the town to see ancient drawings on the rock that belong to the prehistoric times. Trøndelag is a beautiful town that is famous for its medieval buildings - the Palace of Archbishop, St. Clement's Cathedral, Rein Abbey and Helge Farm. These are just a few famous landmarks that should be included in the excursion program of every traveler.

History and Entertainment

At one time, the whole territory of modern Norway was covered with glaciers. When they melted, nomadic tribes of hunters and gatherers started gradually populating this land. The lands were quite poor, so the first settlers were constantly searching for new favorable places for temporary berths. The first written references to Norwegians date back to the 8th century. They were known as belligerent and cruel people famous for serious and devastating conquests.
Norway is a world of pristine Rocky Mountains, coniferous forests and transparent ponds. The cold northern climate does not treat the residents well: …
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The official date of the formation of the Norwegian Kingdom is 872. One of the main crucial points in the history of the kingdom is a formation of the Kalmar Union – the united kingdom of Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Norway became completely independent much later, in 1905, when it dissolved the union with Sweden.
Norway is notable for its unique nature attractions. Those who want to admire true northern nature should certainly come here. The country has preserved impenetrable forests and picturesque fjords. At present, there are famous winter resorts in the submontane area. The first ski resorts were open in Norway in the end of the 19th century. The most famous resort is Lillehammer. In 1994, the Olympic Games were held at the resort, so now there is the first-class sports infrastructure preserved.
Norway is located in the North but thanks to the Gulf Stream, its climate cannot be described as too harsh. This climatic zone here is called …
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Not so many people known that there are excellent beach resorts in Norway. The warm Gulf Stream makes the coast comfortable for swimming already in late May. The beach season here ends in the middle of August. Some of the most popular beaches are located in the surroundings of Stavanger and are distinguished by the wonderful infrastructure. Those tourists who prefer relaxing recreation should pay their attention to the resort of Selja that is notable for a desert atmosphere and magnificent landscapes.
During the warm season, one of the main entertainments in Norway is hiking. During such tours, you can see symbolic nature attractions. For instance, the Trolls' Path is famous all over the world. This is a steep mountain spiral consisting of 11 curves. The road looks very spectacular against mountain landscapes. It is one of the most photographed sites in the country. The road is closed for winter already in the middle of September, so it is better to visit it in the warm season.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Norway

Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Norway
♥   National Park 'Breheimen' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Dovre' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Femundsmarka' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Folgefonna' . On the map   Photos
Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Norway
♥   Restaurant 'Fjord' Oslo. Type - Seafood. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Fru K' Oslo. Type - Modern cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Gamle Raadhus' Oslo. Type - Traditional cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Grefsenkollen' Oslo. Type - Norwegian|modern. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'Happolati' Oslo. Type - Asian. On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of Norway
♥   Castle 'Båhus Fortress' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Christiansholm Fortress' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Damsgård Manor' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Erkebispegården' . On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Fritzøehus Castle' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Norway from our review series

Battleship Murmansk Wrecks

From the series “The Surviving Remains of Shipwrecks You Can Observe Yourself”
Not far from the Norway village Sørvær you can see Russian abandoned Battleship Murmansk. It went ashore there in 1994. The battleship adores with its size, its length is about 200 meters. After the wreckage, some parts of the vessel went under the water. That's why now this ship reminds something between a submarine and a battleship. It was used since 1955. Murmansk had 12 fighting items, some of them you can see even now.

About 1 250 people worked on the ship. The huge battleship was a real dignity of Russian military equipment. In 1994 it was disposed of and sold to India for scrap. Its last duty area was near Norway. New owners have to transport vessel using their own resources. When the naval vessel was towed the cordages didn’t give under the weight and broke, then the ship was … Read all

Aker Brygge Waterfront

From the series “The Most Beautiful Waterfronts and Embankments”
An awesome Aker Brygge Waterfront has placed in Oslo. All fans of walks have to visit it. Earlier there was a large busy seaport where locals didn't have an access. The embankment was built at the end of the 20th century. Nowadays it is a chain of the wonderful squares and promenades. A lot of shops and cafes, the marvelous city beach and popular museum of modern art have also placed there.

In 2014 the embankment was opened officially. The promenade has spread for 12 meters forward. The best designers’ offices worked up the plan of this place. The main peculiarity of this embankment is the usage of wonderful street furniture. Also, the Aker Brygge Waterfront has a lot of marvelous wooden constructions. There you will see spacious wooden grounds with comfortable stairs where you can … Read all

Reine Village

From the series “The Most Cozy Towns Full of Zen”
Norway is famous for its fabulously picturesque and peaceful scenery. Many fans of walking along the nice quiet places go to the village of Reine. This small fishing settlement is situated on the peninsula of Moskenes. The population is about 330 people. The countryside of Reine is considered the most beautiful in the country. Its landscapes seem fantastic.

The village is characterized by the remote location. It’s far from major populated centers. However, in the middle of the 18th century, it was an important center of trade. Today, it’s an important settlement on the route of commercial vessels. Besides trade, the main mean of livelihood for local people is sea fishing, but it is seasonal. In recent years, the village of the Reine attracts tourists who want to admire the marvelous … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Norway

Oslo
Vigeland Park. This park is one of the most popular attractions in Oslo. Vigeland Park attracts more than a million visitors a year. The unique garden exhibits more than 200 sculptures of a human height and higher made of bronze, granite and wrought iron. All the sculptures were made by sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943), who spent a large part of his life in Oslo. The figures represent the entire world of human feelings: sadness, joy, love... The 17-meter tall stone Monolith composed of … Read more
Trondheim
Here is the ancient Bishop's Palace - an amazing medieval monument, which is unchanged from the time of construction. Nowadays, it houses a thematic museum dedicated to the most important historical events for the city and the country. Houses on stilts are considered the most unusual architectural monuments. They were built in the 18th - 19th centuries and served as storage space. Almost all the buildings were completely destroyed during a major fire. Thanks to the old schemes, they were … Read more
Bergen
One of the historical symbols of Bergen is Fløibanen funicular, it opened in 1918. A trip there will a memorable event; during the ascent you can admire the panorama of the city and famous tourist attractions. At the top station of the cable car is a beautiful park equipped with viewing platforms, special areas for barbecues, as well as playgrounds for children.  Gamlehaugen Palace is considered to be an outstanding architectural monument, not so far ago, at the end of the 19th century in … Read more
Tromso
The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a no less interesting sight. It is the northernmost Catholic cathedral in the world. Originally, a spectacular neo-gothic building was created as a private residence of the bishop. Only later it was converted into a cathedral and consecrated in 1861. Over the years of its existence, the cathedral has experienced many important historical events. During the Second World War, it housed a refugee camp. In 1969, a strong fire broke out in the church. With … Read more
Lillehammer
In a miniature building with a tiled roof, whose facade is painted in bright red color, there is a very interesting Postal Museum. At its entrance, you can see several miniature red cars. It was on such cars that the city delivered mail several decades ago. The opening of this original museum took place in 1947. Its collection is very diverse and includes a variety of subjects, related to the development of postal business one way or another. The pride of the museum is a rich collection of … Read more
Molde
In the immediate vicinity of the city, there is an interesting natural attraction - a marble cave, which is often called the Troll Church. This cave, thanks to properly equipped illumination, looks like an illustration of a fairy tale. For the convenience of visitors, special pedestrian bridges and observation platforms were built in it. Not far from the cave is the beautiful Mardalsfossen Waterfall. The height of the cascade is 297 meters. The path to the waterfall lies in very beautiful … Read more

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