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Norway awaits!

Northern Lights
Northern Lights

Norway is truly one of the natural wonders of the world from the Fjords to the Midnight Sun. One of the richest countries covered mainly by forests, many rivers and lakes. It's a place of old fashioned fishing villages, medieval stave churches, its breathtaking majestic fjords and more.

 

 

What you need to know about Norway 

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Aurlandsfjord

There's one word that best describes the Kingdom of Norway, nature.

The entire western coast is given over to the breathtaking fjords that distinguish Norway from the rest of Scandinavia and indeed the world. While the Sognefjord is the deepest, dropping 1308m, it's the Nærøyfjord and the 15km long Geirangerfjord that are given UNESCO World Heritage protection. 

In a veritable Valhalla of beauty it's a wonder anybody ventured offshore. Yet Norway lays claim to the Baltic's most fearless and well-travelled Vikings and also to the prodigal explorers Amundsen, Nansen and Heyerdahl, who is famed for sailing the Pacific in a thatched Kontiki to prove Polynesian migration may have come west from Peru.

Three of Oslo's must see museums (among many) include, Thor Heyerdahl Kon-tiki Museum, the Viking Ship Museum and the Museum of the expressionist painter Edvard Munch.

Trolls are still part of the Norwegian vernacular.

Composer Edvard Greig wrote March Of The Trolls and lived in Troldhaugen (Troll hill) now a museum in the composer's home town of Bergen.

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Lofoten Cottages

Another attraction with a mythical connection is Trolltoget (the Troll Train) through Måbødalen between Måbø and Fossatromma.

The old road, constructed between 1887 and 1924, takes 125 hairpin bends to wind up the mountainside.

Norway's 28 surviving medieval wooden stave churches dot the southern half of the country. The oldest is Urnes Stave Church, by Sognefjord, dating from 1130, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The wooden warehouses at Bryggen, Bergen's historic Hanseatic trading port are also an UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A funicular railway ride travels to the summit of the seven surrounding mountains offering spectacular panorama to this the gateway of fjordland.

 

 

 

Train Network in Norway 

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Trains in Norway

The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) operates the major railroad lines. The northern most point on the network is Bødo, 100 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Norway is renowned for its scenic rail routes. Traversing mountainous terrain and windswept plateaus, the seven hour passage between Oslo and Bergen is one of the most scenic rail journeys in Europe

Trains marked 'Signatur-tog' (Express trains) service the precipitous territory between Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim, providing a faster service than 'Expresstog' trains .

 

 

 

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