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Norway Cruise Destination Guide

Norway (Norge) is the westernmost, northernmost—and in fact the easternmost—of the three Scandinavian countries. Best known for the complex and deep fjords along its west coast which stretches from the North Sea near Denmark and Scotland into the Arctic Ocean and has borders with Finland, Sweden and the northwestern tip of Russia.

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Norway regions

East Norway
actually southeast, the region surrounding the capital Oslo, where the largest number of people live, also a agricultural region with many people living of farming.
Middle Norway
with the ancient city of Trondheim
Northern Norway
also with great fjords, the midnight sun, the ancient Sami culture and the city of Tromsø
South Norway
the gentle coastline with Kristiansand
West Norway
with the famous fjords and the cities of Bergen and Stavanger
Arctic islands near the polar ice.
Jan Mayen
A desolate, mountainous and volcanic island in the Arctic Ocean, partially covered in glaciers with some moss and grass.
Bear Island
A purely isolated island surrounded by the silent ocean, ready for adventurers and people out of comfort zone, partially covered in ice and grass with polar bears.

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  • Oslo – the capital and largest city of Norway, with museums of national importance, a beautiful setting and lively nightlife and cultural scene
  • Ålesund – a splendid Art Nouveau centre in the very western outskirts of Norway
  • Bergen – Once the capital of Norway, old Hanseatic trading centre with a rich culture and dramatic scenery, Norway’s second largest city. Wonderfully cute wooden buildings, a magnificent mountain setting and tons of nightlife and atmosphere. This is your gateway to the western fjords. The city has been dubbed “the rainiest city in Europe” with an average of 250 days of rainfall a year. Bring an umbrella.
  • Bodø – The gateway to the magnificent Lofoten islands and Saltstraumen, the worlds strongest maelstrom
  • Kristiansand – The jolly capital of the South
  • Stavanger – The fourth largest city, and the third largest urban area. Commercially important due to the oil business. The wooden, cobbled central area is one of the most charming places in Norway. Home to one of Norway’s medieval churches, you can also visit Iron Age homes, stone age caves, and sites where the Viking kings used to meet at Ullandhaugtårnet. Stavanger is where Erik the Red was born.
  • Tromsø – A magnificent, modern cathedral and absolutely no polar bears roaming the streets
  • Trondheim – Famous for its stunning cathedral (Nidarosdomen).Wonderful riverside wharfs, wooden buildings and the best student nightlife in Norway give beautiful, leafy Trondheim its charm.

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Other destinations

  • Atlanterhavsveien – “The most beautiful road in the world”. A unique road connected with spectacular bridges surrounded by the wilderness of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Jostedalsbreen – The largest glacier on the European mainland.
  • Jotunheimen – A majestic landscape and home of Norway’s highest mountains.
  • Lofoten – Experience the midnight sun in this traditional fishing district in the northern province with islands and mountains.
  • Nordkapp – This cliff is the northernmost point of continental Europe. Excellent place to experience the midnight sun.
  • Sognefjorden – Glaciers, mountains and picturesque towns are but a few of the sights on the Sognefjord. Flåm and Nærøyfjorden (also a UNESCO World Heritage site) are parts of the mighty Sognefjorden system.
  • Trollheimen – A unique mountain area north west of Norway. East of the Atlanterhavsveien. Tourist cabins Trollheimshytta, Gjevilvasshytta and Jøldalshytta can provide a wonderful experience of Norway’s mountains.

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