Norway Tourist Guide
Norway is best known for its rugged coastline punctuated by
fjords, the sea inlets lined by breath-taking cliffs where the
mountains meet the sea. Cruising Norway?s coastal waterways is a
visual feast taking in spectacular landscape and colorful coastal
towns such as Bergen and Trondheim.
A summertime cruise in Norway can travel north beyond the Arctic
Circle where the Sun doesn't set below the horizon - hence the
nickname 'The Land of the Midnight Sun'. In Fall and Winter you can
witness the Northern Lights, a natural phenomenon that produces a
spectacular light-show in the night sky.
Ships are a way of life in Norway. The city of Bergen is a
modern port with a traditional fish market and houses painted in
bright colors lining the coast. The capital city, Oslo, lies at the
head of Oslofjord and has museums devoted to the Vikings, the
Kon-Tiki expedition and Norway's most famous artist, Edvard Munch.
The port of Narvik was the site of a Second World War naval battle
where German warships were ambushed and sunk in the narrow fjord.
The city of Tromso has the world's most northerly located
cathedral, designed with multiple spires to reflect the beauty of
the glacier landscape. On a coastal cruise you will see clusters of
houses in fishing villages that are only accessible from the sea
and cruise ships are a life-line for the local communities'
everyday services and supplies.
Norway's snow-capped mountains provide some of the world's best
ski runs and have long been the inspiration for artists and
musicians. The dense pine forests that are a big feature of the
landscape are home to the mythical Trolls, ugly, devilish folk
represented in dolls with big noses and long hair that are a
favorite souvenir of a visit to Norway.
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