Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Attractions of Southern Norway

SØRLANDET 

Sørlandet is known as Norwegian Riviera and is the number one summer holiday destination. Rent a boat to drift lazily along the Norwegian Riviera, mooring on a hidden island for a picnic, sunbathing, swimming, or visiting historic locations like Lyngør or Merdø. Fishing is great along the entire coast. 

Southern Norway

Visit the towns of Risør, Tvedestrand, Arendal, Grimstad, Lillesand and Mandal – former timber ports that grew when shipbuilding became an industry. Other southern towns like Flekkefjord, Farsund, Lyngdal and Kristiansand offer you scenic narrow streets, wooden houses, busy market squares and picturesque harbors. 

THE ARENDAL REGION 

Take a local ferry from Arendal out to the island Merdø. On the island, there are many beautiful old wooden houses, typical for the region. Narrow paths bring you from Merdøgaard Museum to the sandy beach, or to the pebbled beach on the south side of the island. 

Visit Pollen – the Arendal's bustling quayside, the very heart of Arendal. Here you will find fishermen selling crabs, the fish market, pubs and restaurants. 

Arendal Norway

Do not miss Torungene lighthouses. These two lighthouses outside Arendal were constructed in 1843. Both are accessible by a taxi boat. 

Nes Verk in Tvedestrand represents part of the region's cultural heritage, and includes Næs Ironworks Museum, the romantic park Lunden, many marked walking paths and a vibrant local community. 


THE FARSUND AND LISTA REGION 

The nature of Farsund and Lista varies greatly from the open landscape to mountains and valleys with abundant greenery. Farsund has ten km of long sandy beaches perfect for a walk, wind surfing, kite surfing and surfboard riding. The landscape also contains ancient tracks dating back to the Neolithic period. There are fishing opportunities in many areas, both inland and at sea. 

In the center of Farsund there is a large harbor with new and old boats docked alongside the old traditional houses, narrow alleys and winding streets. 

FLEKKEFJORD 

Flekkefjord is located midway between Kristiansand and Stavanger, with only 1.5 hours’ drive to each of the cities. Like most southern cities, Flekkefjord is full of white wooden houses. Especially interesting is the Hollenderbyen (Holland City) district where these houses jostle one another in the narrow cobbled streets. Hollenderbyen gets its name because of the widespread trade with Holland in the 1500 and 1600s. 

Flekkefjord

The West Agder Museum in Flekkefjordprovides tells about the region’s rich history. The main building displays textiles, tableware, furniture and other interior from 1700 to 1900. 

Not far from Flekkefjord you can find Brufjellene – potholes formed during the Ice Age, when sea level was much higher than today. The walk to the caves takes approximately twenty minutes. Mind that this tour is not suitable for people with a fear of heights. 

KRISTIANSAND 

Take a boat trip from Kristiansand to Lillesand where you can walk along narrow streets, giving you a feeling of ancient times. Sneak a peak at the former naval base at Odderøya, now a recreation area. Visit Christiansholm Fortress (built in 1672) and Kilden Performing Arts Center. 

Posebyen, Kristiansand's old town, is one of Northern Europe's largest collections of low-rise, wall-to-wall white painted wooden houses. 

Kristiansand Norway

You may be also interested in visiting numerous attractions of Kristiansand, including Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park, Sørlandet Art Museum, Agder Natural History Museum and Botanical Gardens, Galleri Bi-Z or Kristiansand Cannon Museum with a large exhibition of military material. 

KVINESDAL 

Kvinesdal is located within a two-hour drive from Kristiansand. The town center is in a valley surrounded by mountains and a river leading to a fjord. The town is small; however, it offers many hiking possibilities. The local tourist office came up with the top five hiking trails in Kvinesdal. They are Sandheia (6-14 km); Falk Fjellstøl (14 km return trip); Barnevandrer path Årli (13 km return); Varden on Hamreheia (4 km) and Turer i Rørvikheia (2 km return). 

THE LINDESNES REGION 

This is the southernmost region in Norway. The region reaches from the sea and up to the mountains, and contains the Mandalselva River, one of the best salmon rivers in Norway. By the way, the fishing season runs from 1 June to 15 September. 

Do not miss Norway’s oldest lighthouse – Lindesnes Lighthouse was built in 1655. It lies on the southernmost tip of the Norwegian mainland – 2,518 km from the North Cape. The lighthouse has been turned into a museum, and hosts various exhibitions relating to the history of lighthouses and maritime culture.

Lindesnes Lighthouse

Go sunbathing on one of Norway’s most famous beaches – Sjøsanden. It is located in the Furulunden Nature Park, which offers several great beaches, like Kanelstranda, Lordens, Lillebanken, Banken and Spidsbo. 

Visit the Risøbank Mansion. Lord Edward T. Salvesen from Scotland built this fine holiday home in Furulunden, near Lordens Beach. The building, designed by the Scottish architect Sir Lorimer, was completed in 1901.

LYNGDAL 

Lyngdal extends literally from the sea to the hills, the mountains and fjords. It is named after the river Lygna, famous for salmon and trout fishing. Lyngdal is a perfect place if you love swimming. It offers several sandy beaches as well as the Sørlandsbadet waterpark that is open all year round. 

Hægebostad sword

Just outside of Lyngdal lays Hægebostad where a large sword was found dated back even before the Viking times. Mysterious stones, fishing and hiking opportunities are just some of the attractions available in the area. 

LYNGØR 

Lyngør is located in Tvedestrand in southern Norway. It consists of four islands with around 100 residents. This wooden village has no roads or cars. It offers charming old, white-painted southern houses, luring narrow streets and paths. As there are no roads on Lyngør, visitors arrive by boat. There is a shuttle boat to Lyngør from Gjeving on the mainland and the trip takes only five minutes. 

SETESDAL 

The valley of Setesdal in southern Norway stretches from Evje in the south to Hovden in the north, a total of 147 km. The landscape varies from rich, green valleys to wild and breathtaking mountains. The road passes through picturesque villages. Setesdal is famous for its silver handicraft and musical traditions. Iron production from the Viking Age, local building styles, art and handicraft are on display in the local museums. 

Setesdal Norway

Hovden is located in the upper Setesdal region and is the largest ski destination in the southern part of Norway. Hovden dates its origins back to the Iron Age – visit the Hovden Museum of Iron Production to learn more about this period. In recent times, the development of hydroelectric power has been important for the municipality of Bykle. Enjoy the impressive Vatnedalen Dam. 

In the Mineral Park in Evje you find a spectacular stones and minerals collection: in the mines, the world's most beautiful minerals shine, and the entire adventure park is based on this exhibition. 

SIRDAL 

The Southern gateway to Fjord Norway, Sirdal is a popular ski destination 1.5 hours’ drive east of Stavanger. Sirdal boasts five skiing areas and 200 km of cross-country tracks, all equipped with modern snow-making systems. The season normally starts in late November and lasts until late April. The most popular ski resorts in Sirdal are Ålsheia, the largest one, and Tjørhomfjellet. 

Sirdal Norway

Admire Dorgefoss waterfall located between Tjørhom and Omlid and visit SVR Conservation Area – this is where the southernmost wild reindeer breed in Europe has its home. The purpose is to maintain a large area where the reindeer can graze, and to minimize the impact of humans. 

Do not miss the annual sheep fair (Sirdalsdagane), when 5,000 sheep stroll down the main road through the valley. At the market, you can buy local food and handicrafts and enjoy live music.


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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Norway in Winter: Festivals, Events, Markets

In winter, life in Norway can be very busy with numerous events and thousands of people actively involved and having the time of their lives! 

Norway in winter

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE CEREMONY IN OSLO 

The Royal Family and the elite of the Norwegian society gather annually on December 10 in Oslo Town Hall for the Nobel Peace Prize Award ceremony. The Nobel Peace Prize Laureates receive their Nobel Peace Prize from the Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in the presence of King Harald V of Norway. An important part is the presentation of the Nobel Lectures by the Nobel Laureates. The lectures are delivered during the Ceremony. The event is broadcast live on TV. Next day there is a concert open for all at the Oslo Spektrum concert hall. 

CHRISTMAS FAIRS 

From the end of November and until the Christmas Eve, fairs are held in many towns and villages of Norway. Christmas markets in Norway are not as grand as elsewhere in Europe, but they seem to have a nicer feel to them. Perhaps it’s the cold but they are almost always less crowded, more family-friendly and offer a nice selection of products from local artisans. One of the most famous is the open-air market at the Folk Museum on Bygdøy, Oslo, with approximately 120 fair tents selling virtually everything from handicrafts and holiday decorations to traditional Christmas food. 

Røros Market, Norway

RØROSMARTNAN  

For five days in February, Røros Fair transforms the city of Røros into a lively marketplace bubbling with foods, dance halls, rest farms, and raffles. Røros, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has played host to its fair since 1854, allowing visitors to step back in time with traditional draws. Attracting 75,000 visitors annually, this fest is one of the largest in the region. Here you can sample some local fare, see how old-fashioned crafts were performed or go on a sleigh ride. 

GINGERBREAD TOWN (PEPPERKAKEBYEN) 

Bergen has the world’s largest and finest gingerbread town. Every year since kindergartens, schools, businesses and thousands of individuals of Bergen bring their homemade ginger cookies to the city’s main square Sentralbadet as a building material. 

Gingerbread town, Bergen

DREKKEDAGSNATTA TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION 

The name Drekkedagsnatta means “Drunk Night”. The history of Drekkedagsnatta traces back to the 1600s, when the miners spent long days deep in the mines for nearly the entire year. On December 22, they emerged from the mines for Christmas holidays and marched to the town center, torches in hand. From far away the procession resembled a giant snake slithering down the mountain. In the city center, the miners communed with family and friends, enjoyed wine and partied – and to this day, a national celebration takes place as the people of Kongsberg march down from the mine hills to commemorate their ancestors. 

ICE CLIMBING FESTIVAL IN RJUKAN 

Ice climbing refers to roped and protected climbing of features such as icefalls, frozen waterfalls, and rock slabs covered with ice refrozen from flows of water. Rjukan boasts the world's tightest concentration of frozen waterfalls (more than 170 within a radius of 20 km), making it the perfect place for such a festival. Top athletes from all over the world come to Rjukan to climb on the waterfalls, showing the locals and visiting ice climbers the newest techniques and equipment used in the ice climbing game. Participants, from beginners to professional climbers, have a unique chance to climb up the frozen waterfall with a guide. 

Ice climbing festival in Rjukan

TROMSØ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 

The event established in 1991 is the largest film festival in Norway. Its program includes more than 300 films from all over the world: documentaries and short films from the region are shown together with feature-length movies by big international names, as well as up-and-coming talent. Some of them can be seen outside, on a big screen set up on Tromsø's main square. 

Tromsø International Film Festival

POLAR JAZZ IN LONGYEARBYEN 

This is the world’s most northern music festival with a promising slogan “Cool place, hot music”. It attracts Norway’s best jazz performers and well-known musicians. The music during Polarjazz is eclectic mix of musical experiences during the polar night. 

ICE MUSIC FESTIVAL IN GEILO 

It is a festival of alternative music, but everything is made of ice and snow: the scene and even musical instruments. The program is based on the nature itself starting from the date (the festival takes place at the first full moon of the year) and finishing with the music (the quality of the ice depends on the weather conditions, so the sound varies with the temperature). 

Ice Music Festival In Geilo

NORTHERN LIGHTS FESTIVAL IN TROMSØ 

Another music festival, first established in 1988. It offers world-class opera, jazz, chamber music, symphonic concerts, choir, dance and much more. Over the past two decades, the festival has had an interesting mixture of top quality performances, including many by artists from the North. 


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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Severe Beauty of Northern Norway

ALTA 

Alta is the largest town of Finnmark County. Its climate is favorable, with mild temperature drops, nice winters and warm summer months. During the polar night that lasts from November to January, you can often observe northern lights. From May to August, there is a period of midnight sun. 

Alta, Norway

Alta consists of three parts: commercial Bossekop, Elvebakken in the east, with airport and harbor, and the town of Alta itself, as the newest of the three, with pedestrian zones and shops. Alta is one of Northern Norway’s largest educational and research centers and is home to Finnmark Municipal University with approximately 2000 students. 

BODØ 

Ninety-minutes flight from Oslo, and you are in Bodø, a picturesque town situated in a peninsula in the beautiful coast of Northern Norway. 


KARASJOK 

Karasjok is the Samy capital of Norway and the connecting link between cultures of Finnmark. It is situated in the heart of Norwegian Lapland, 18 km from Finland’s border.

Karasjok, Norway

Reindeer herding plays an important role in Sami’s communities, it involves around 18 per cent of the population. 

Many of the most important Sami institutions are situated here, such as Sametinget (Sami Parliament), De Samiske Samlinger (The Sami Collections) and Sami Kunstnersenter (Sami Artists’ Centre). 

KAUTOKEINO 

There are 10 000 reindeer per 3000 people in Kautikeino. Eighty five per cent of population have Sami as their first language. Kautokeino is a center for research and education with the Sami College, the Nordic Sami Institute, the Food Control Authority and the center for indigenous populations.

Kautikeino, Sami, Norway

Polar nights colored with northern lights, midnight sun in summer – you can experience all this sitting in a lavvu, a Sami tent. You can also enjoy fishing on one of the numerous lakes or watching reindeer race. 

THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS 

Lofotens are famous for their fishing and stunning natural sights, small villages and whale safari.

NORDLAND 

The Arctic Circle crosses Norland at the Saltfjellet Mountain. At the Arctic Circle Centre, you can get the Arctic Circle certificate.

Nordland, Norway

In Nordland you can see birds and animals in their natural habitat. Take part in a photo-safari, and you will see ernes, seals, sperm-whales and killer-whales. Moreover, there might be an elk or a reindeer around the next turn! 

THE NORTH CAPE 

The North Cape (Nordkapp) is a rock 307 meters high above the sea level. For a long time the North Cape was an important navigation landmark for seafarers in the North.

The North Cape

In summer, from the middle of May to the end of July, you can enjoy midnight sun. The average temperature oscillates from +7 °C to +10 °C. Be ready for considerable temperature drops in the daytime and at night. 

Average temperature in winter is – 3–11 °C. Local companies offer various tours, including dog sledding and snowmobile safaris. 

SVALBARD 

The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Here you will find untouched arctic wilderness.

During summer and autumn, hiking can be combined with boat trips and cruises. If you are lucky you can spot a seal warming itself on a nearby sheet of ice. In winter, you may ski up Svalbard’s highest peaks or explore the winter wonderland by dog teams or snowmobiles. 

Visit the gallery in Longyearbyen where you can see the Svalbard collection of old maps and books. The Svalbard Museum in Longyearbyen offers various exhibitions of flora, fauna, coal mining and hunting history on Svalbard. 

TROMSØ 

Tromsø is a lively town situated above the Arctic Circle, among fjords and mountains.

Tromsø, Norway

THE VEGA ISLANDS 

The Vega Archipelago in the Nordland County consists of more than 6,000 islands, reefs and skerries. The Archipelago is included into UNESCO World Heritage list. 

Vega is an ornithologist's dream. Chief among the bird population are eider ducks, raised for their feathers. Visit the local museum in Gladstad and see the eiderdown production for yourself. Go hiking or cycling and enjoy the islands’ special atmosphere.

eider ducks, Vega

Discover the unique flora, or follow the historical trail in Middagskarheia. You can also hire a boat and explore the coastline, or try fishing in the sea or local rivers and lakes. The best weather is usually from June to August. This is also when the islands are most accessible for visitors. 


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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Bodø's Attractions

The town of Bodø is situated on a peninsula on a picturesque coast in Northern Norway. 

The town of Bodø, Norway

MUSEUMS 

Visit museums of Bodø and get to know better the exciting history of the city. Norwegian Aviation Museum displays famous Spitfire, the Twin Otter and the U-2 spy plane. The Nordland Museum is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Bodø (built in 1903). The museum covers the history of Bodø from 1816 and up until the present day. 

BODØ CATHEDRAL 

Bodø Cathedral, also called Nordland Cathedral, is famous for a 12-meter high window of stained glass, 10 renowned tapestries from Nordland and rose window that decorates the beautiful interior. The cathedral is built as a basilica in the Gothic style. 

Bodø Cathedral

KJERRINGØY 

Kjerringøy is a village situated in a scenic coastal-alpine area protected from the ocean winds by a ridge of rocks and small islands. This compact landscape varies from sheer cliffs to sunlit beaches, from the historical Kjerringøy Trading Post to busy modern farming communities.

SALTSTRAUMEN 

Saltstraumen, the world's strongest maelstrom, is located just 33 km from Bodø. Every six hours 400 million cubic meters of water reach the speed of 20 knots (37 km) and rush through the 150-meter wide and 3-km long sound connecting the Saltfjord and the Skjerstadfjord. The streams form whirlpools up to 10 meters in diameter and 4-5 meters in depth. 

Bodø's Attractions

Saltstraumen is abundant of fish, including cod, pollack, lancet fish and halibut. If you want to go fishing, you may rent equipment for fishing from the shore, or you can fish from a boat. 

MISVÆR AND SKJERSTAD 

Misvær and Skjerstad are two village in Nordland County, Norway. Here, surrounded by the unspoiled nature, you will find exciting culture adventures. Enjoy the silence while sitting on the frozen lake fishing for trout or go dog sledging in the wilderness. You can also visit the herb garden at Misvær and drink locally produced herbal tea. 

Misvær, Northern Norway

VÆRAN 

Take part in a round trip onboard of a fast passenger boat and you will be able to see the life of small fishing villages of Sørlandego, Bliksvær, Helligvær, Givær, Fleinvær and the Arnøyene islands whose life fully depends on the sea. Væran offers fantastic fishing, and if you are lucky you can see a sea eagle. There are daily express boats to many of the islands and fishing villages. 

SEA EAGLES 

Bodø has the biggest population of white-tailed eagles (sea eagles) in the world. You are almost guaranteed to see them there all year round. Every day these huge birds hover high in the skies above the town or perch on rocks on the islands near Bodø. 

Sea eagles, Bodø

MIDNIGHT SUN 

The sun never sets in summer, and you have a wonderful chance to walk barefoot along the white beaches and warm rocks just outside Bodø. You can admire the midnight sun from Mount Rønvikfjellet, or observe its golden disk just above the horizon from the legendary beach at Mjelle. The island of Landegode is another good spot to admire this outstanding natural phenomenon. 


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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Lofoten Islands: Northern Fairy-Tale

The Lofoten Islands offer amazing natural sights, unforgettable fishing, villages hidden from popular tourist routes and stunning whale safari

The Lofoten islands, Norway

WHAT TO SEE 

The Island of Moskenes 

Do you want to find yourself surrounded by wild nature? Then get onboard, pass Moskstrømmen, one of the most dangerous maelstroms in the world, and go to the "outside" of Lofoten. There you will find the remains of settlements dating thousands of years back in time. The gigantic Kollhellaren Cave in Refsvika is a coastal cavern with approximately 3000-year-old cave paintings. 

Moskenes, Lofoten, Norway

The Village of Nusfjord 

Nusfjord managed to keep untouched the whole complex of buildings dating back to the end of the 19th – beginning of the 20th centuries. Nusfjord's architecture is unique. Here archaeologists discovered evidence of the earliest "industrial fishing" in the region. Excavations uncovered settlements from the fifth century. 

Lofotr Viking Museum 

At Borg, archaeologists discovered the largest Viking longhouse ever found from this era. The house belonged to a powerful chieftain. The building is 83 meters long and was reconstructed as a living museum with exhibitions and domestic animals.

Lofotr Viking Museum

Eggum and Unstad 

Buildings of Eggum and Unstad stand close together, as in the Middle Ages. The settlements are attractively situated at the foot of tall mountains. At Eggum, you will find a beautiful pebbled beach, which is a nice spot to experience the midnight sun. Unstad is famous for its excellent conditions for surfing. 

Henningsvær 

Henningsvær, surrounded by mountains and washed by the ocean, used to be a Lofoten center of winter fishing. In the 19th century, the island community prospered, and Henningsvær became one of the most prominent fishing villages in Lofoten. Unlike many other fishing villages, the population of Henningsvær has remained stable in recent years, and there are still over 500 people living there. 

Bird Rocks 

On the very edge of Lofoten Archipelago, you can find the island of Røst and many other islets and reefs. They host the largest colonies of nesting birds in Norway making up approximately a quarter of all birds in the country. 

Skomvær Lighthouse

Do not forget to visit the Skomvær Lighthouse – the final outpost overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. 

WHAT TO DO 

Nature Safari 

Nature Safari in the Lofotens takes place from mid-October until mid-January. Participants go out in large boats and rubber dinghies to look for sea eagles, seals and other local wildlife. If you are lucky, you might even see a killer whale! 

Nothern Lights 

The Lofoten islands are the best place to observe this majestic phenomenon. Warm winters and the auroral oval crossing the Lofotens make the show especially beautiful. 

Norway Lofoten Northern Lights

Climbing 

The Lofotens is a preferred place for many mountain-climbers. The most used areas for climbing are located between Svolvær and Henningsvær. You can go in the mountains with your own equipment or turn to a company that offers guided climbing tours in Lofoten, such as Nordnorsk Klatreskole or Northern Alpine Guides

Fishing 

Try your luck fishing in the open sea. Relax and admire the outstanding scenery around you while waiting for the fish to bite. Every winter, hundreds of people travel to the World Championship in cod fishing in the Lofoten Islands. 

Legendary Lofoten fishing

Stockfisch 

Famous stockfish is one of the most important cultural traditions of Lofoten. Stockfish is made of spawning cod, and is an important ingredient for many dishes served in local restaurants. 

Surfing 

For many surfers Lofoten is one of the best destinations in Norway. Surfing above the Arctic circle is truly unique experience. Due to the cold water, do not forget a wetsuit! 

Lofoten Surfing

Cycling 

The Lofoten islands offer a lot for cyclists. Put on the clothing suited to the conditions and enjoy the area not just in the busiest weeks of summer. The roads are easy, however in summer they can be crowded with cars, caravans and motorhomes

Horseback Riding 

Do not miss a chance to go riding on Icelandic horses. Despite relatively small size these friendly animals are sturdy and can easily clear any hurdle. 

Icelandic horses, Lofoten

Skiing 

Go skiing along the slopes and admiring the picturesque panorama of fjords. The Lofoten islands host two skiing centers. In Lofoten you can ski from summit to sea. The mountains here are easy accessible from the roads. However, hiring a guide is highly recommended to get the best and safest skiing experience in Lofoten. 


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Saturday, 12 September 2015

Bergen Travel Guide

Bergen is a world-famous town with rich history and peculiar charm. A simple walk along its ancient streets is an unforgettable experience. Here people lived and worked for centuries. Here small houses cuddle up to each other, cobbled streets go sharply up, and every alley is covered with flowers. 

Bergen, Norway

ATTRACTIONS OF BERGEN 

Bryggen, included into UNESCO’s World Heritage List, is one of the most famous medieval settlements in Norway. The Hanseatic merchants dominated Bryggen for four centuries. Visit the Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene, the assembly rooms, and get acquainted with life of a Hanseatic merchant. 

Bergen has several valuable art collections, housed in a string of galleries facing the Lake Lille Lungegårdsvann. The galleries display international paintings and art objects ranging from the classical to the contemporary. In this gallery street, you will find Bergen Art Museum, which displays a unique collection of Edvard Munch’s paintings. Do not forget to sneak a peek at Bergen Contemporary Art Centre and West Norway Museum of Decorative Art. 

The Bergen Art Museum

Visit Troldhaugen, the former home of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and his wife Nina Grieg. Troldhaugen consists of the Edvard Grieg Museum, Grieg’s villa, the hut where he composed music, and his and his wife's gravesite. 

Old Bergen Museum is an open air museum with more than 40 wooden houses representing Bergen architecture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Old Bergen Museum

Bergen has two delightful eighteenth century manors now turned into museums: Damsgård Manor, a unique example of wooden rococo architecture, and Alvøen Country Mansion – the center of the old industrial village of Alvøen. 

Bergen hosts plenty of buildings and places of historical and cultural significance: the Royal Residence, Fantoft Stave Church, the Theta Museum of the Resistance Movement during the Occupation of Norway during World War II. 

Fantoft Stave Church, Bergen, Norway

In Bergen, you can also go to the Aquarium and observe seals and penguins, and get a close view of all the creatures that live below the surface of the sea. In the tropical section, you can meet crocodiles, snakes and tortoises. 

Do not forget to ride the Fløibanen Funicular, and buy freshly caught fish at the Fish Market! 

THE BERGEN CARD 

In order to see more and pay less in Bergen you may buy the Bergen Card. It offers you free bus travel within the city, free admittance to most museums and sights as well as discounts on a variety of cultural attractions and tours. You will get discounts on parking as well. 

SPORT AND LEISURE 

Wild untouched nature is in a stone’s throw: seven minutes by the Fløibanen Funicular, and you are in the mountains. 

In Bergen, The 7-mountains walk has become a popular attraction. It allows you to experience the mountains around Bergen, admiring beautiful panorama of the city. The route takes all day long, covers approximately 35 km and goes up to 2400 meters. 

Fløibanen Funicular, Bergen

The 4-mountains walk is a shorter version of the previous route. 

If fishing is your true passion, you have an opportunity to try your luck in the open sea or in calmer waters of a nearby skerry. Surely, you will not go without a catch! 

Fishing, Norway

Voss, 115 km from Bergen, offers a vast menu of sport entertainments, like rafting, kayaking, even abseiling. The season starts in the end of April and finishes in the end of October. It is also a beloved winter sports' arena. Voss Resort has 10 lifts to take you up to the slopes, 40 km of pistes, and a snowboard park. 


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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Restaurants in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim

Fishing is an inseparable part of Norwegian culture. That is why Norwegian cuisine is famous for its fish specials. But do not forget about delicious dishes made of the highest quality meat. 

Seafood Norway

Each city has its unique features revealing in their cuisine and inimitable atmosphere of restaurants. 

RESTAURANTS AND CAFES OF OSLO 

Oslo is a true heaven for gourmets. There, new restaurants open constantly, and you will be offered delicious meals from all corners of the world. 

Norwegian Cuisine 

In Oslo, many of top restaurants offer traditional Norwegian dishes – seasonal elk meat and venison, as well as a local fish delicacy called lutefisk. The latter is made of dried/salted whitefish and lye. Numerous cafes and restaurants offer traditional dishes for reasonable prices. 

Seafood 

Norway is famous for its seafood. Best restaurants where you can taste dishes of Norwegian seafood are situated in Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen. Do not miss the opportunity to taste traditionally cooked salmon, trout, cod, shrimp, mussel and scallops.

Salmon Norway

For Gourmets 

All Norway Michelin-starred restaurants are located in Oslo. Their chefs a real world stars that willingly offer you the finest examples of French, Norwegian and Asian food. 

Budget Meals 

Many restaurants with tasty and affordable meals can be found in Grønland, Grünerløkka and the area around Youngstorget.

Dessert Norway

International Cuisine 

Sushi, burgers and pizza are everywhere in Oslo. Moreover, the capital offers plenty of great Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian restaurants. 

Cafes and Bakeries 

Oslo cafeteria usually serves open sandwiches for breakfast and lunch; however, you can get a healthy salad or a tasty hotdog practically everywhere. Sweet pastry called "boller" is a perfect snack!

A Cup of Coffee 

Locals adore coffee. Coffee bars can be found in almost every street corner. Oslo's baristas legitimately boast their coffee of extraordinarily high quality. By the way, Norway is second after Finland in coffee consumption per capita. 

Coffee Oslo Norway

RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTLIFE IN BERGEN 

In Bergen, you may find everything: from tea rooms to elegant fish restaurants, from small bistros to discos, bars and night clubs. If you ask a local where to go, they would probably recommend you one of traditional beerhouses, or a bistro, hidden among streets and lanes, which you would not be able to find without help. 

Bergen Cuisine 

Traditional Bergen dishes include fish soup, smoked and canned salmon, fresh fish (like lancet fish or allmouth), herring, as well as fowl and venison. Try sweet brown roll skillingsbolle, a fish cake (fiskekake) or freshly cooked shrimps just from the famous Fish Market. 

Fish Market Bergen

DINING IN TRONDHEIM 

Trondheim hosts many restaurants, pubs and bars. Most of them are located in the city center, in Bakklandet and Solsiden. 

There is a hotel that was awarded first place in an annual competition of best breakfasts in Norway six times in a row. You will also find several first-class restaurants, like Credo, Brasseri Bakklandet, Havfruen and To Rom & Kjøkken

Restaurant Trondheim

Taking into account the size of Trondheim, you may find virtually every type of cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs: expensive and budget, solid family dinners and fast-food, everyone will find food and drink to suit their budget, appetite or style. 

Some restaurants serve exclusively traditional Norwegian dishes cooked of local seafood, while others offer tasty dainties from all over the world. Most of the restaurants are located in the city Centre or in Solsiden, east of the Nidelva River. 


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