Hurtigruten or Hurtigruta (literally "Express Route", but sometimes referred to as Norwegian Coastal Express in English) is a Norwegian passenger and freight line with daily sailings along Norway's spectacular western and northern coast. Ships sail almost the entire length of the country, completing the roundtrip journey in 11 days. The trip has been described as the "World's Most Beautiful Sea Voyage." Highlights include the Hanseatic League city of Bergen, the Geiranger fjord (summer only), and the Lofoten Islands.
|Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim |
considered the most significant church in Norway, is located in Trondheim. The Cathedral is the largest medieval building in Scandinavia and is regarded as Norway’s national shrine. Construction commenced in 1070, but the oldest remains date from the 12th century. Parts of the cathedral are adorned with rows of ornate biblical, religious and royal stone statues as well as magnificent stained glass windows.
Tromsø city is the ninth largest urban area in Norway by population, and the seventh largest city in Norway by population. It is the largest city and the largest urban area in North Norway, and regarded as the 'Gateway to the Artic', a lively and cheery town with street music, cultural activities, lots of bars and restaurants and the country’s best brewery. The scenery is wonderful with snow-capped mountains interspersed with fjords and beautiful period buildings. Make sure to visit The Northern Lights Planetarium
The Lofoten Islands are a cluster of mountainous islands situated 60 miles above the Arctic Circle on the northern Norwegian coastline. They are beautiful islands and have been inhabited for more than 6,000 years. The islands are also home to the world’s oldest mountain, an extinct volcano situated on the island of Bo. Stay in one of the traditional fisherman’s huts, which can be rented easily. Because of the Gulf Stream, the islands never get too cold. In the western and northern islands the midnight sun is visible from 27 May till 17 July - something not to be missed.
|Jostedal Glacier National Park|
The Park is a stunningly beautiful national park situated between a fjord and a glacier known as Jostedalsbreen. At over 432 sq kilometers, Jostedalsbreen is the largest glacier in Europe although there are many smaller separate glaciers throughout the park. Reaching 1,000 meters in height, the frozen waterfalls are an impressive site as are the glacier movements of up to 1.5 meters per day. Take an exciting guided tour of the Glacier; walk, hike and ski in the national park or simply visit the Jostedal Glacier Centre and Museum.
Nordkapp, a peninsula often referred to as the most northerly point of Europe, is actually not part of mainland Norway but part of an Island called Magerøya. The world-famous cliff formation located at the northern point of Magerøya is known as the “North Cape” and is a popular tourist attraction in summer. From an underground exhibit center, you can view the midnight sun from inside the cliff or walk along the cliffs which plunge more than 1,000 feet into the Arctic Ocean.
|The Geiranger Fjord|
Geiranger is Norway’s most famous and most dramatic Fjord. It is stunningly beautiful with 6000 ft mountains towering above it. The Waterfalls of Geiranger are also astonishing. The fjord has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, jointly with Nærøyfjord, since 2005.
|The Saltstraumen Experience, near Bodø |
The Saltstraumen Experience is located at the foot of Saltstraumen Bridge, 33 km from Bodø. The centre overlooks the strongest maelstrom in the world, Saltstraumen. Exhibitions, models and a modern multimedia show illustrate life in and around the maelstrom as well as tracing its history and culture. There are pools where you can see fish, seals and penguins and you can see seals being fed at 5pm each evening!!
Bergen is known as the city between seven mountains as well as the gateway to the fjords. The old parts of town are steeped in history with museums and galleries keeping the ancestral art and heritage of Bergen alive. Along the eastern side of the harbour lie the fascinating buildings of Bryggen (The Warf). These have been recognised on UNESCO's list of the world's most valuable historical and cultural places. Visit the Fish Market,Fløien composer Edvard Grieg’s home at Troldhaugen, Rasmus Meyer’s art collection, the Aquarium and Old Bergen.If you are feeling really energetic you can climb Bergen’s highest mountain - Mount Ulriken. If you fancy some relaxation, just take the panoramic cable car ride to the top and enjoy a hot drink at the Ulriken Mountain Café.
Probably the tidiest and most user-friendly of all of Norway’s cities, Stavanger is an interesting mix of old and new, with its historic harbour being home to some modern and eclectic architecture and its many museums offering an insight into history both local and national. Immerse yourself in the history of Stavanger by taking a casual stroll around the old town whose cobblestone walkways wind around row upon row of early 18th-century whitewashed wooden houses, probably the best preserved timber buildings to be found anywhere in Northern Europe. Here you will find an impressive array of artists’ studios and craft and antique shops.
Oslo is the capital of norway, and has a lot of good attraction like the kings castle and Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park, famous for its 212 sculptures. The Opera House opened in April 2008. is one of the city's most popular attractions.
The Holmenkollen Ski Jump, was torn down in October 2008 and is being rebuilt for the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.The Holmenkollen Ski Jump is Norway's most visited tourist attraction in 2007
Historical museums like Akershus Fortress, the Historical Museum, and Norsk Folkemuseum. The Fram Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum, the Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Maritime Museum.
Gamlebyen (the old town) to see the remains of medieval Oslo.
Nobel Peace Center and Holocaust Center.