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NORWAY

- In Your Pocket
BE INSPIRED BY NORWAY TO HAVE
AN ACTIVE HOLIDAY
Walking from cabin to cabin in the mountains or going on a glacier
walk is perhaps the best way to explore Norway.
If you like cycling, there are lots of great routes to choose from,
whether you prefer flat terrain or more challenging routes. There are
lots of package trips including food and accommodation to choose
from.
There are also plenty of options for people who enjoy fishing. Try
your hand at deepsea fishing, salmon fishing or freshwater fishing
and you will have a good chance of landing a big fish.
On a safari, you can see wild animals and birds at close range,
including musk oxen, moose, eagles, whales and king crabs. Or how
about a challenge like rafting down rapids, climbing or snowkiting?
There are many customised trips to choose from in Norway on
foot, by bike, boat or car. They enable you to get the most out of
your holiday.
In winter, Norway has a wide range of alpine ski centres, both for
beginners and more experienced skiers. Naturally, there are also
opportunities for cross-country skiing trips on prepared, marked
tracks. Winter is also the season for killer whale safaris, ice-
climbing, dog sledding and reindeer sledding.
See exciting and recommended destinations on page 32 - 72
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GO NORTH
CONTENT

Get to know Norway 4
Getting around 6
Where to stay 16
Activities in Norway 22
Food and drink 30
Southern Norway 35
Fjord Norway 38
Eastern Norway 52
Central Norway 64
Northern Norway 66
Norway A-Z 74
Norway on a Budget 86
Around Norway 90
Map Inside back cover
CH / WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
GET TO KNOW
NORWAY
NANCY BUNDT / INNOVATION NORWAY
LIFE IN NORWAY
Norway is a modern country
that takes pride in its history,
and in rural areas traditions are
still very much alive. Life in the
capital of Oslo, in the Hanseatic
city of Bergen or in a small,
northern coastal town can
seem like completely separate
worlds. You can visit them all in
a matter of days a good way
to gain a deeper understanding
of Norway and the Norwegians.
History, culture and lifestyle,
design and culinary traditions
make life more interesting and
complement the spectacular
scenery around the country.
Charge your batteries at a
relaxed pace with friendly peo-
ple. If you have the opportunity,
dont miss Norways National
Day, May 17. It is an impressive
and colorful display of joy and
solidarity, with flags furling and
Norwegians of all ages parad-
ing in their national costumes.
A great many Norwegians still
prefer to live in and in tune with
nature. Better watch out; it
could happen to you.
FOOD A FRESH TASTE OF
NORWAY
Awe-inspiring, unspoilt nature
forms the perfect basis for nat-
ural animal husbandry, and
Norwegians know how to
exploit these resources. Enjoy
freshly caught cod from
Lofoten, tender reindeer meet
from Finnmark or juicy, sweet
cherries from Hardanger all
with the fresh and slightly dif-
ferent taste of Norway.
Norwegian cuisine has also
become well known interna-
tionally. The success is based
on products that thrive in pure
waters and fresh, clean air:
fish, shellfish and game, fruit,
fungi and numerous tasty dairy
products. Even traditional spe-
cialities such as cured meats,
sour cream porridge and waf-
fles with goat cheese tantalise
the palate. Treat yourself to a
taste of Norway!
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MARTE KOPPERUD / IN
MAY 17 IN OSLO GUNNAR STRM / VISITOSLO
TERJE RAKKE /
NORDIC LIFE AS / FJORD NORWAY
A WORLD OF COLOUR AND
MUSIC
Easily accessible fjords and
mountains are a natural source
of inspiration for music, art and
the theatre. Ibsen, Hamsun and
Munch are amongst those who
have enthralled the world with
their depictions of people and
nature in this long country, and
who hasnt envisaged the
mountains in Griegs music?
Cultural life is still thriving, and
a number of new talents have
succeeded internationally. Visit
one of the numerous music
festivals, outdoor performances
with the beautiful scenery as a
backdrop. Or experience
Norwegian and inter-national
art in famous museums and
small galleries.
HISTORY IN THE FOOTSTEPS
OF THE VIKINGS
The earliest indications of
human settlement in Norway
go back to 9000 B.C., but the
country was only united as a
kingdom around 900 A.D.
Despite the fact that Norway for
long periods was ruled by both
Denmark and Sweden, the
country had its own constitu-
tion, as early as 1814, and in
1905 it once again became an
independent kingdom. The
Vikings built the long boats and
plundered Europe as traders
and warriors. Travels started
towards the end of the 9th cen-
tury and reached as far as
Greenland to the west and to
the Caspian Sea to the east.
Traces of the Vikings first seat
of power may be found at
Avaldsnes in Haugesund where
this period is inspiringly docu-
mented. History made many
marks with e.g. the 6000 year-
old rock carvings in Alta, now
on UNESCOs world heritage
list. The countrys 28 remaining
stave churches. These are com-
pletely unique to Norway.
Church and coronation history
was written in Nidaros-domen
Cathedral in Trondheim, the
largest religious structure in
northern Europe.
THE GEIRANGERFJORD FRED JONNY HAMMER / MRE & ROMSDAL FYLKE
ORGANIZED ROUND TRIPS
Contact your local travel agency
or book round trips directly in
Norway from Fjord Tours.
Tel.: +47 815 68 222
www.fjordtours.com
TRAIN TRAVEL
One of the most relaxing ways of
seeing the wild Norwegian
countryside is by train.
Norwegian State Railways (NSB)
covers the entire country as far
north as Bod. The Bergen
Railway is an experience in a
class of its own, crossing the
roof of Norway between Oslo
and Bergen in a rail link between
east and west through beautiful
and varied landscape. Most of
the long distance train lines are
scenic, including the Rauma Line
between Dombs and ndalsnes,
which presents the tallest rock
face in Europe, Trollveggen. The
Nordland Railway between
Trondheim and Bod is one of
the few railways in the world that
crosses the Arctic Circle. For
low-cost travel, book Minipris
(miniprice) at www.nsb.no!
Minipris costs from NOK 249 to
499 for one way - unlimited
distance. In order to access the
free wireless internet access that
is found on board most trains,
you must register on
www.nsb.no
For more information visit
www.nsb.no
www.interrail.eu
www.eurail.com
NSB customer hotline:
Tel.: +47 815 00 888 (dial 4 for an
English speaking operator).
For information about combined
train/bus/boat packages, see
www.fjordtours.com
TRY THE FLM RAILWAY
One of the most beautiful railway
lines in the world - an incredible
train journey from the mountain
station at Myrdal on the Bergen
Railway, down to Flm station
nestled in the innermost corner
of the Aurlandfjord.
www.visitflam.com
GETTING AROUND
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Europes most spectacular Train Journeys
Discover Norway by train for an unforgettable holiday experience.
Norway has many scenic railways, of which the four most spectacu-
lar are the Rauma, Bergen, Nordland and Dovre Railways. From your
window you will see mighty mountain ranges, river valleys, water-
ords. You will travel through authentic
and charming rural communities. From the variation in
altitude, in a single trip you might experience both
snow and glaciers and the green elds of summer.
The trains in Norway are comfortable as well as environ-
mentally friendly. Just take your seat, relax and enjoy
the scenery.
The www.nsb.no/travel_inspiration site contains
infomercials presenting the routes and the
unique travel experiences that await you.
Welcome on board!
www.nsb.no
www.scandinavianrail.com
www.interrail.eu
For more information and bookings:
The Nordland Railway - The train to the midnight sun
The Dovre Railway - The trail of the trolls
The Rauma Railway - The most beautiful train journey
The Bergen railway -
BUS TRAVEL
Where the rail network stops, the
bus goes further. You can get to
practically any little village you
want to by bus. Usually it is not
necessary to book in advance.
NOR-WAY Bussekspress
operates south of Trondheim:
NOR-WAY Bussekspress
Tel.: +47 815 44 444
www.nor-way.no
AIR TRAVEL
Considering its size, Norway is
exceptionally well served by its
domestic airlines. There are
about fifty airports and airfields,
making even the far north seem
a quick jaunt away. The domestic
airlines are SAS, Norwegian,
Widere and Danish Air Transport.
Prices are generally low provided
you book well in advance.
SAS- Scandinavian Airlines
System
www.flysas.com
Norwegian
www.norwegian.com
Widere
www.wideroe.no
Danish Air Transport
www.flydot.no
For information on transportation
from and to the airport, see
www.avinor.no
www.flybussen.no
www.flytoget.no
(Oslo/Drammen area only)
FERRIES AND BOATS
Ferries and express boats
operate from early morning until
late at night. Ask at the local
tourist offices for schedules.
In the summer season, sight-
seeing boats offer several
departures per day from Oslo
and Bergen, and also from other
cities along the coast.
HURTIGRUTEN
Hurtigrutens coastal steamers
sail up the coast of Norway, all
the way from Bergen right up
beyond the Arctic Circle to
Kirkenes. The ships are regular
service vessels built to carry
freight, mail and passengers
along the 2,500 nautical miles of
coastline. Calling at 34 ports en
route, it takes 11 days if you do
the entire round trip. Mini
Voyages, half round trips and
port-to-port sailings are
HURTIGRUTEN, DOCKING IN BODO ANDREA GIUBELLI / WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
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Bergen
Stavanger
Kristiansand
Langesund
Hirtshals
DENMARK - NORWAY
Starting May 29 2013, you can travel with MS Stavangerfjord
from Hirtshals to Stavanger & Bergen. With new daytime
sailings travelers will enjoy beautiful natural scenery of the
coastline and shoals between Stavanger & Bergen.
In 2013 we will also offer a new route between Hirtshals and
Langesund in Telemark. A large variety of popular summer
and winter destinations are within 30 to 60 minutes from
the port. In addition, Fjord Line Express, which takes you to
Norway in only 2 hours and 15 minutes, will have up to three
daily departures in the summer season.
Book your trip on fjordline.com
or call +47 51 46 40 99.
Sail with Fjord Line to the
fabled fjords of Norway!
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available. You can take your car
on the ships, which means that
you can drive one way and go on
the ship the other. For further
details and bookings, contact
your local travel agency or see
www.hurtigruten.com
MOTORING HOLIDAYS
Norway is a great place to spend
a motoring holiday and is easily
accessible from most European
countries. Regular car ferry
services run from Denmark,
Sweden and Germany. The bridge
over resund between Sweden
and Denmark enables you to
drive from the Continent to
Norway without taking any
ferries.
www.oresundsbron.com
www.colorline.com
www.dfdsseaways.com
www.fjordline.com
www.stenaline.com
CAR AND CARAVAN RENTAL
As most car rental companies in
Norway are affiliated with one of
the major international firms,
you can simplify matters by
contacting one of them in your
own country and booking in
advance (Avis, Budget, Europcar,
Hertz). Many of them are present
at the airports. For information
regarding caravan and motor
homes,
www.camping.no
www.nocc.no
MOTORCYCLING HOLIDAYS
One of the best ways of seeing
the stunning landscape in
Norway is by motorcycle,
especially when you want to visit
some of the more remote places
not serviced by public transport.
For information, consult the site
of the Norwegian Motorcycle
Union,
www.nmcu.org
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Read more about it and book tickets at:
wideroe.no/explorenorway
The Explore Norway Ticket
Using Wideres Explore Norway Ticket, you can visit
as many exciting places as you like. You have unlimited
ights for two weeks within the zones you select, and
you can set up whatever itinerary you prefer. The Explore
Norway Ticket applies to travel during the period from
June 19 to August 27 2013.
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NATIONAL TOURIST ROUTES
IN NORWAY
The National Tourist Routes -
scenic roads for exploring
Norways breathtaking
landscapes - comprises 18
selected stretches from north to
south. Mountains, fjords and
coastline form the core of the
travel experience. Bold
architecture placed in magnificent
natural scenery gives the
attraction its special character.
www.turistveg.no
PETROL PRICES
(average price August 2012
Unleaded (95 octane) NOK 14,83
Diesel oil NOK 13,14
TAXI
Taxis accept all major credit
cards, but make sure to tell the
driver how you want to pay before
departure.
WILD ANIMALS
The majority of road accidents
involving wild animals, such as
elk, occur at dusk or dawn,
especially during the winter. When
driving at these times you should
show extra caution, particularly
where you see warning signs. All
accidents involving animals
should be reported to the Road
Information Centre, even if you
are not involved yourself.
Tel.: 175
(from abroad +47 815 48 991)
Break Down and Pick-up
24 hour Emergency Service (for
members of AIT clubs)
SAFETY REGULATIONS
ALCOHOL
Drink-drive regulations are very
strict in Norway with frequent
controls. The permitted alcohol
limit is 0.02 %, and if you exceed
this, you face an extremely severe
penalty.
LRDAL TUNNEL, THE WORLDS LONGEST ROAD TUNNEL
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MEDICINE
Some medicines are to be
avoided if you intend to drive.
These are marked with a red
triangle.
DRIVING LIGHTS
It is obligatory to drive with
dipped headlights on during the
daytime, even on the brightest
summer day. This rule applies to
all vehicles, including
motorcycles and mopeds.
TYRES
According to the Norwegian road
traffic regulations, vehicles
should not be used unless they
have sufficient road grip for the
road surface, if necessary using
winter tyres with or without
studs, chains or similar. Studded
tyres or chains may not be used
in the period between the first
Monday after Easter and 31.10
inclusive, unless weather
conditions make it necessary. In
Northern Norway, in the counties
of Nordland, Troms and
Finnmark, the dates are 1.5 to
15.10 inclusive. In Oslo, Bergen
and Trondheim a fee is
demanded for the use of studded
tyres. More info on
www.piggav.no
SEAT BELTS AND HELMETS
Use of safety belts is obligatory
in back seats, if fitted, as well as
in front seats. It is also obligatory
to use a child seat or booster
seat for children under 1.35 m/36
kg. Motorcycle and moped
drivers and their passengers
must wear helmets.
SPEED LIMITS
Generally the top speed outside
urban areas is 80 km/hr. Within
urban areas, the limit is 50 km/
hr and in residential areas 30
km/hr. Please note that both
manual and automatic speed
controls are frequent.
DRIVING LICENSE
A valid driving license from your
home country can be used in
Norway for three months if you
are over 18 years old. If you are
from an EEA country, your driving
licence generally has the same
validity in Norway as in the
country of issue. If you are from
an area outside the EEA, and
plan to spend more than 3
months in Norway, please
contact your local Norwegian
Embassy to learn about the rules
that apply for you.
ROADS
The Road Information Centre
provides information about road-
, driving- and traffic conditions
throughout Norway, including
information about distances and
ferries. Open 24 hours all year.
Tel.: 175 (from abroad +47 815 48
991), www.vegvesen.no
NAF
www.naf.no, Tel.: 08505
(from abroad: +47 926 08505)
For non-members of AIT clubs:
VIKING REDNINGSTJENESTE
Tel.: 06000
(from abroad +47 22 08 60 00)
www.vikingredning.no
FALCK REDNING
Tel.: +47 02222
www.falck.no
TOLL ROADS
In Norway there are approximately
50 toll roads, most of them are
automated. Visitors Payment is a
service to tourists who prefer a
simpler payment scheme. You can
register your credit card at www.
autopass.no, and all fees will be
deducted automatically. This
allows you to use the Auto-Pass
lane at all toll roads.
If you do not use Visitors Payment
or another scheme, you must pay
in the manual tollbooths to avoid
an extra charge. At the automatic
toll roads you must pass without
stopping and you will receive an
invoice in the post a few months
later.
For more information on Visitors
Payment and a list of toll roads in
Norway,
www.autopass.no
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WHERE TO STAY
The choice of accommodation varies from first-class
hotels to basic mountain huts far from the hustle and
bustle of everyday life. Even the more basic
accommodation such as lodges and camping chalets are
of a high standard.
HOTEL PASSES
In Norway you will find several
passes, discount schemes and
cheque systems in operation
which are valid at hotels and
offer reduced prices. The
Norway Fjord Pass offers
substantial discounts on
accommodation at 150 hotels,
guest houses, cottages and
apartments all over Norway, and
also offers reductions on
activities and rental cars. A
single Fjord Pass costs NOK
140 and is valid for 2 adults and
any children under the age of 15.
For more information:
Fjord Tours AS
Tel.: +47 815 68 222
(then press 2)
www.fjordpass.no
For further information on
discount schemes and cheque
systems, check with the hotels
directly or contact your local
travel agency.
HOTEL CHAINS
Best Western Hotels Norway
Booking: +47 800 11 624
www.bestwestern.no
De Historiske - Hotels &
Restaurants
Booking: +47 55 31 67 60
www.dehistoriske.com
First Hotels
Booking: +47 23 11 60 80
www.firsthotels.com
Heritage Hotels
www.heritagehotels.no
Mountainfjord Hotels
Booking: +47 57 98 88 00
www.mountainfjord.com
Nordic Choice Hotels
Booking: +47 22 33 42 00
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Rica Hotels - a variety of hotels all over Norway
Rica Hotels has more than 70 hotels centrally located in the proximity of
the many exciting attractions in beautiful Norway and Sweden. We will take
the same good care of you as we would with a well-loved guest in our own
home you are our most precious guest!
Enjoy Norways best hotel breakfast!* At our hotels you can look forward to
a ne, healthy, all-inclusive breakfast. A breakfast that gives you that extra
burst of energy for the rest of the day and all it has to offer!
For more information and reservation, visit www.rica-hotels.com.
* Rica Hotels won the award Twinings Best Breakfast
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Rica Nidelven Hotel at the forefront.
South Norway
Fjord Norway
North Norway
Central Norway
Welcome to our hotels! East Norway
Nor Travels
Booking: +47 57 66 58 70
www.nortravels.com
Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts
+ Park Inn By Radisson Hotels
Booking: +47 815 160 91
www.radissonblu.com
www.parkinn.com
Rica Hotels
Booking: +47 66 85 45 60
www.rica.no
Scandic
Booking: +47 23 15 50 00
www.scandichotels.no
The Prominent Hotels
of the Fjords
www.prominenthotels.com
Thon Hotels
Booking: +47 815 52 400
www.thonhotels.com
AIRPORT HOTELS
The following hotel chains are
present at, or close to, the main
airports. See above for contact
information:
Oslo/Gardermoen: Best
Western Hotels, Nordic Choice
Hotels, Park Inn by Radisson
Hotels, Radisson Blu Hotels,
Rica Hotels, Scandic, Thon
Hotels
Bergen/Flesland: Nordic Choice
Hotels, Scandic, Thon Hotels
Trondheim/Vrnes: Nordic
Choice Hotels, Radisson Blu
Hotels, Rica Hotels
HOTELS FOR ALLERGY AND
ASTHMA SUFFERERS
The Norwegian association for
allergy and asthma sufferers
can help with information about
suitable hotels in Norway.
Please contact:
Norges Astma- og
Allergiforbund
Tel.: +47 23 35 35 35
www.naaf.no
RORBU HOLIDAYS
In the Lofoten islands in
Northern Norway, you can rent a
traditional fishermans cabin,
called a rorbu. Fishermen
used to come to Lofoten from
other parts of the coast for the
winter cod fishing season from
January to April, and would
make these cabins their
temporary homes. Most have
been modernised, and a number
of them have their own shower
and toilet. Nowadays you will
also find newly built fishermens
cabins. Although most Rorbus
are in the Lofoten islands, you
can rent these cabins all along
the coast of Norway from north
to south.
Prices range between NOK 600
and NOK 1 800 per night pr.
rorbu.
www.visitnorway.com
PARK HOTEL HOLMENKOLLEN RICA HOTEL
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Golsfjellet in Hallingdal,
standing 1001 m above sea
level, is situated between Oslo
and Bergen in the mountain
between Rd7 and E16, on
Rd51. The hotel features a mini
water park, wellness center,
restaurant, horse riding center,
play area for children, walking
paths and cycling trails.
NO-3550 GOL
GPS Position:
N60 48 227 E 8 57 267
Tel.: (+47) 32 07 80 00
booking@storefjell.no
www.storefjell.com
Storefjell Resort Hotel
a visitor center for the whole family.
STOREFJELL RESORT HOTEL
Marken Gjestehus
Enjoy budget accommodation
in the heart of Bergen.
From NOK 195 per person
(approx. $ 32).
www.marken-gjestehus.com
Basic Hotels
Basic Hotels are centrally
located hotels in Bergen that
have all you need for a good
nights sleep Luxury where
it matters, Budget where it
counts from NOK 448 per
person (approx. $ 75)
www.basichotels.no
THE SORRISNIVA IGLOO HOTEL IN ALTA, FINNMARK
TERJE RAKKE / NORDIC LIFE / INNOVATION NORWAY
(Where to stay/Fishermens
cabin) www.lofoten.info
LIGHTHOUSE HOLIDAYS
Several lighthouses along the
Norwegian coast offer
accommodation at various
standards. For more
information, search for
lighthouse on
www.visitnorway.com or
contact the local tourist offices.
YOUTH AND FAMILY
HOSTELS
Norske Vandrerhjem/Hostelling
International Norway has
around 80 youth hostels in
Norway. Each hostel is unique
but all offer the usual informal,
welcoming homey atmosphere.
The majority of rooms contain
2-4 beds, but many hostels now
offer single rooms and family
rooms (2 adults and 2 kids).
Members of Hostelling
International are entitled to 10
% discount on the listed
overnight price. Breakfast is
often included but not all
hostels serve food. All hostels
have a kitchen that guests can
share. Bedding linen may be
hired. Sleeping bags are not
allowed.
Hostelling International Norway
Tel.: +47 23 12 45 10
www.hihostels.no
See also:
www.vipbackpackers.com
PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION
Bed & breakfast is developing in
Norway all of a high standard.
Rooms are generally booked
through the local tourist office
on the day. You may find
accommodation signs displayed
along roads or directly outside
houses (Rom or Husrom). In
larger towns, private rooms are
priced from approximately NOK
350-500 for a single to NOK 450-
800 for a double, breakfast
included. A B&B guidebook
titled Norway Bed & Breakfast
Book provides a key to
reasonable accommodation. The
book can be ordered from your
local bookshop or found in
bookshops in Norway.
www.bbnorway.com
COUNTRY OR FARM
HOLIDAYS
Farm holidays in Norway are
many and varied and farms all
over the country offer
accommodation. Guests usually
stay in their own comfortable
cabin or house, complete with
kitchen facilities, in or near the
farmyard. Some farms also
provide bed & breakfast. Many
offer the opportunity to
participate in various activities
and aspects of daily life on a
farm. The quality, the activities
and the prices of the various
farmhouse holidays on offer vary
a great deal. Farm holidays
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provide an excellent base for
activities and experiences in a
particular area. More
information available on
www.visitnorway.com
(Where to stay / Farm Holiday)
or from HANEN - Rural tourism,
traditional food and freshwater
fishing in Norway,
www.hanen.no
CABINS /CHALETS
Called hytte in Norwegian.
Chalets come in various sizes
and with various level of
comfort. They normally house
four to six people and are priced
between NOK 2 000 and
NOK 10 000 per week. If you
want to spend just one night in a
cabin and then move on, the
solution is to rent a cabin on a
campsite.
www.norgesbooking.com
www.novasol.com
www.dancenter.no
www.dansommer.com
CAMPING
Norway has more than a
thousand campsites, so you are
bound to find somewhere to stay
in the area you want. The sites
are classified 15 stars,
depending on the quality,
facilities and activities available.
There is no standard price and
rates vary. Normally, the fixed
charge per plot for a 2-3 star
site is NOK 80 to NOK 280, 4-5
star is NOK 250 to NOK 420.
Many campsites have simple
style cabins that can be booked
in advance. Most cabins have
electricity and heating, but note
that you may need to bring
bedding. Please check when
making your booking. The
cabins are classified from 1 to 5
stars depending on size and
quality, independent of the
classification of the campsite
itself.
Prices range from NOK 300 to
NOK 1 400.
For information about
campsites, classification, the
Norwegian Camping Guide and
Camping Key Europe, take a
look at the site:
www.camping.no
More details about other
campsites and useful
information about camping are
available on
www.nafcamp.com
Combine urban life in the city of Drammen with a wilderness
expedition, or an art trip in Vestfossen with a round of golf in
picturesque surroundings.
www.visitdrammensregionen.no
The Drammen Region
- Let us suprise you!
TORBJRN TANDBERG
/ WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
ACTIVITIES
IN NORWAY
Norway is characterised by wilderness and beauty and
can offer many exciting experiences. It is important to
treat nature with respect, know ones physical limitations
and take the necessary precautions. Proper equipment is
a must. Pay attention to local advice about weather
forecasts, etc. If you have little outdoor experience it is
advisable to participate in group outings to be safe.
AERO SPORTS
Norges Luftsportforbund
(Norwegian Air Sports
Federation) deals with every
conceivable form of aero sport
such as flying light aircraft,
gliding, parachuting, tandem
parachuting with an experienced
instructor, hang-gliding and
paragliding, ballooning or flying
model aircraft. For more
information about various
classes or tandem parachuting
contact:
Norges Luftsportforbund
Tel.: + 47 23 01 04 50
www.nlf.no
CANOEING
Numerous rivers, lakes and
fjords in addition to an extremely
long coast, make Norway an
ideal holiday destination for
those interested in canoeing and
kayaking. Conditions are good
all over the country. For more
specific information please
check the site of the Norwegian
Canoe Association,
www.padling.no or contact the
regional tourist offices.
CAVING
The county of Nordland offers
great opportunities for exciting
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caving adventures. For
information on the various caves
and guided tours, search for
caving at
www.northernnorway.com
CULTURAL HERITAGE
For information on cultural
heritage adventures and
accomodation in Norway, see
www.olavsrosa.no
CYCLING
Cycling tourism is expanding
rapidly in Norway. There are
numerous well-marked cycle
routes along the coast, in the
mountains and around the
fjords. These routes can also be
combined. Fully organized
cykling-holidays, maps and
guide books relating to the
various routes are available via
www.cyclingnorway.no
DIVING
The Norwegian coast offers
extremely good opportunities for
divers. Diving centres with
excellent facilities are situated
all along the coast. Information
about rules and regulations is
available at www.ndf.no (NDF
Norwegian Diving Association).
In case of emergencies call 113,
or contact +47 55 36 45 50 for
medical questions regarding
diving.
ECOTOURISM
Ecotourism is about unique
natural and cultural
experiences, about authenticity,
local distinctiveness and real
encounters with people and
nature. In ecotourism, one is
more conscious of nurturing and
protecting the environment, the
cultural heritage and the areas
local inhabitants. For
information about certified
ecotourism companies in
Norway, see
www.ecotourismnorway.no
FISHING
Everyone over the age of 16 who
wishes to fish for salmon, sea
trout and sea char in
watercourses must buy a fishing
licence. The licence is valid for
one year and is available online,
at local banks or post offices in
Norway. For 2011, the licence
fee was NOK 235 for one person
and NOK 375 for a family. In
addition you must buy a local
fishing permit. Local permits
are sold at sports shops,
newsagents, tourist offices or
campsites. For most rivers, the
fishing season starts in June
and runs until the end of August.
Sports fishing in the sea is free
of charge.
A maximum of 15 kg of saltwater
fish per person can be taken out
of Norway. For more information
about sports fishing and fishing
regulations, please see
information on
www.visitnorway.com/fishing
www.dirnat.no
(Outdoor recreation) or contact
the local tourist office in the
area you wish to fish.
Disinfecting fishing equipment
and other equipment
If you have already used fishing
equipment, boats or other
equipment in watercourses
abroad or in watercourses
where there are suspected or
proven cases of infectious
diseases, you must clean and
disinfect the equipment before
using it in Norwegian rivers. In
many watercourses there are
disinfection stations, see
www.mattilsynet.no
(search for Disinfecting your
fishing equipment).
GLACIER HIKING
Glacier walking is an exciting
option for enthusiasts seeking a
different and unconventional
holiday. However, it is imperative
that one should be accompanied
by an experienced local guide.
NB: The glaciers are in motion,
which means that crevasses
several metres wide and up to
40 metres deep may be present.
The crevasses are often covered
with snow. There is always a
danger of ice collapsing even
in front of the glacier. Never go
onto a glacier without a local
guide. Keep well away from
steep glaciers and never venture
under any glacier. It is possible
to go for guided walks on several
The coastal road Fv17 stretches from Steinkjer to Bod and has
often been called the worlds most beautiful tourist route.
A host of wonderful experiences for those who enjoy slow travel.
Order our travel guide! www.kystriksveien.com
Kystriksveien - Road 17
KYSTRIKVEIEN FV17
JARLE WHLER / TURISTVEG.NO
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The Rauma Railway
-The most beautiful train journey
Dombs - ndalsnes
A trip on the Rauma Railway is a unique opportunity to
experience one of the most spectacular scenic areas in
Norway.
Once aboard the train, just sit back and gaze out of the
trains large windows and enjoy the journey through
contrasting, wild and magnicent scenery.
From 25
th
May to 25
th
August the train has an electronic
guiding system that provides information on the scenic
sights along the route.
The www.nsb.no/travel_inspiration site contains
infomercial presenting the routes and the unique travel
experience.
For more information and to book tickets, see
nsb.no/raumarailway, call +47 815 00 888 or contact a
specialist on Scandinavia.
Europes most
spectacular
train journeys
glaciers (bre in Norwegian)
mainly from May to September.
For more information, search for
Glacier walk at
www.fjordnorway.com and
www.northernnorway.com in
the English language section of
those sites.
There are various glacier
information centres in Norway
offering film viewings,
exhibitions, glacier models and
more. For more information,
please see:
www.nasjonalparksenter.no/
english
GOLF
Golf in Norway is a fantastic
outdoor experience with many
interesting and highly
challenging courses. Norway
has a wide range of courses
(approximately 170) where green
fee players are welcome. Most
are located around the Oslo fjord
and the main cities of Bergen,
Stavanger and Trondheim, but
there are also many fine
facilities elsewhere in the
country, even north of the Arctic
Circle. Green fees vary from
NOK 150-800.
For a list of local courses, see
www.norskgolf.no/club
www.golfforbundet.no
HIKING
The countrys expansive
mountain ranges and high
plains make ideal hiking terrain.
You can choose to carry your
own tent, stay in hotels or family
hostels, or ramble from cabin to
cabin. Please note that the
hiking season starts mid June
and lasts till the end of
September, depending on the
weather and the location. DNT,
The Norwegian Trekking
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You will find this 250-year-old attraction
just an hours drive from Oslo at the
southern point of the Randsfjord. See
how fantastic crystal objects are made,
and visit the exhibitions, Norways biggest
sales outlet for crystal and porcelain, nine
exciting shops and three unique cafs.
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a visitor center for the whole family.
RAFTING
Rafting is an invigorating
and exciting activity for
adventurers and involves
paddling down rivers and
along open stretches in
rubber dinghies. White
water rafting is a risky
activity. Do not go out alone.
We strongly advise that you
participate in groups with a
qualified instructor. The
minimum age limit for
participating varies from 8
- 18, depending on the level
of difficulty/danger. Trips
are arranged at several
locations in Norway. Some
of the more popular
locations for rafting are
Sjoa, Trysil, Voss, Oppdal
and Setesdalen. For more
information, search for
Rafting on
www.visitnorway.com
Association, runs guided hiking
tours of varying difficulty during
the summer, including glacier
walks: www.turistforeningen.no
The website also contains
information about hiking areas,
trails, cabins, mountaineering
courses etc. More extensive
information about hiking on
www.visitnorway.com
SAILING
The Norwegian coast and fjords
are a veritable paradise for those
who like to sail. For more
information about sailing, contact
the regional tourist offices. For
an exciting and educational
sailing experience, see
www.radich.no
www.fullriggeren- sorlandet.no
www.lehmkuhl.no

RIDING
Horse trekking and riding
holidays are very popular in
Norway. There are a number of
riding schools and farms
offering riding lessons and
summer camps for families,
individuals and groups.
For more information, search for
Horse riding on
www.visitnorway.com
SWIMMING
You will find many attractive
swimming areas. Water
temperature can reach + 20 C,
especially in the south. In the
north, temperatures may also
be high enough to make
swimming possible.
Alternatively, visit one of the
many indoor water worlds,
which offer activities for both
children and adults:
www.badelandene.no
(in Norwegian only)
WHALE SAFARI / NATURE
SAFARI
Whale safaris by boat are
organized in Northern-Norway.
In Vesterlen you can see sperm
whales, killer whales and other
species from the end of May
until mid-September. In
Tysfjorden, you can join a nature
safari/killer whale safari from
the end of October until January.
From November until March,
you can join a nature safari in
Lofoten and learn about marine
life in the areas surrounding
Svolvr. There is a good chance
you will see sea-eagles and
perhaps even seals and killer
whales as well.
For more information about
these exciting adventures, see:
www.whalesafari.com
www.arcticwhaletours.com
www.orca-tysfjord.no
www.lofoten-opplevelser.no
www.lofoten.info
(search for nature safari)
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Meet the People of Norway!
The many houses, fields and cobbled
streets in the Open-Air Museum show
history, traditions and life in Norways
regions and towns. Gol Stave Church
from 1200 AD is a major attraction.
The indoor exhibits feature our
national treasures of folk dresses,
rose painting, wood carvings and Smi
handicraft.

Activities
Folk dance and music
Traditional crafts
Christmas Fair
GOL STAVE CHURCH
NORSK FOLKEMUSEUM
www.norskfolkemuseum.no
NORSK FOLKEMUSEUM IN OSLO
PILGRIMAGE
It is now possible to make a
pilgrimage along sign-
posted trails from Oslo to
Trondheim/Nidaros.
For information about this
and other pilgrim trails in
Norway and for information
about accommodation, see
www.pilgrim.info/en/ and
www.culture-routes.lu
NIDAROS TERJE RAKKE NORDIC LIFE / WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
HERE ARE SOME
TRADITIONAL NORWEGIAN
DISHES
Fenalr
Cured and seasoned leg of a
lamb.
Pinnekjtt
Salted and dried, and sometimes
smoked, lambs ribs which are
usually steamed over birch
branches. A typical Christmas
dish.
Multekrem
Dessert made of cloudberries
and whipped cream.
Frikl
Lamb simmered with cabbage
and whole peppercorns. A typical
autumn dish.
Smalahove
Lambs head. The meat is salted,
sometimes smoked, and dried. It is
then boiled and served with mashed
swedes and potatoes. A traditional
feast from Western Norway served
during autumn and Christmas.
Trrfisk (stockfish)
Stockfish is unsalted, dried fish. Cod
is the most common fish used in the
production of stockfish, whilst other
white fish, such as pollack, haddock
and ling, are used to a lesser
degree.
FOOD AND DRINK
YOU SHOULD TRY
WHILST IN NORWAY
Enjoy homemade food, Norwegian ingredients and food with
a local identity. Norway has a rich culinary heritage where
top quality local ingredients and unique regional specialties
are often the recipe for success. Ask for tasty Norwegian
salmon for dinner. Try freshly caught cod from the Lofoten
Islands, tender reindeer meat from Finnmark or succulent
sweet cherries from Hardanger. For breakfast you should try
the sweet brown cheese.
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Lutefisk
Stockfish softened in water and
lye, then cooked and sometimes
grilled. Typical accompaniments
are potatoes, bacon, mushy peas
and mustard. A typical
Christmas dish.
Norwegian salmon
The Norwegian salmons distinct
and delicate flavour makes it an
excellent basis for attractive and
tasty dishes, whilst at the same
time satisfying the rigorous
demands of the best chefs in the
world.
Rmmegrt
Porridge made from natural
sour cream. Served with butter,
sugar and cinnamon.
Plse i lompe
Hot dog in a thin tortilla made
from flour and potatoes. Buy it
from a kiosk, or buy them in a
supermarket and have a
barbeque.
Kjttkaker
Minced beef rolled into balls and
then fried. Served with gravy,
mushy peas and boiled potatoes.
A typical every-day dinner.
Brunost
Brown cheese with a sweet, yet
somewhat sharp flavour with
notes of caramel. It is
traditionally cut into wafer thin
slices with a cheeseslicer and
eaten on bread, toast or crisp
bread.
Gravlaks
Dry-cured salmon, marinated in
salt, sugar and spices. The
salmon is left to ferment.
Reker
Eat shrimps Norwegian style:
Peel them yourself, pile them on
white bread, squeeze fresh
lemon juice and mayonnaise on
top, and sprinkle with dill.
Aquavit
Norways national drink. It is a
potato-based spirit flavoured
with herbs such as caraway
seeds, anise, dill, fennel and
coriander. The preferred
accompaniment to Christmas
food.
FJORD NORWAY
Fjord Norway is famous for its easily accessible fjords and
mountains, and it is perfect for activities such as hiking, glacier
hikes, fishing, and cycling. We definitely recommend an organized
fjord cruise, on which you can see steep cliffs and waterfalls up
close in many places along Norway's 16,490 miles coastline. There
are also many places where you can hire a boat or a kayak and
explore the fjords on your own.
NORTHERN LIGHTS OVER THE ERSFJORD IN TROMS
BJRN JRGENSEN / VN
NORTHERN NORWAY
If you really want to experience Northern Norway, you need to get out
into the great outdoors. There are many wilderness safaris to choose
from in Northern Norway on which you can see whales, eagles, sea
birds and king crabs. The North Cape is mainland Norway's
northernmost point and the main destination for many people who
visit this part of Norway. Here, you can really feel the breeze from
the North Pole. Combine a trip to the North Cape with a voyage on
the Hurtigruten coastal express, which calls at many harbors in
Northern Norway.
NORWAY
- exciting destinations
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SOUTHERN NORWAY
The coast of Southern Norway is perfect for recreation, fishing, and
boat trips for the whole family. Further inland, you can go hiking or
canoeing, and the mountains offer many opportunities for climbing.
The area also has stave churches, farms, and folk museums
featuring Norwegian architecture, art and crafts, music, and dance.
EASTERN NORWAY
Jotunheimen and Rondane national parks are popular destinations
for mountain hiking and skiing, and for extreme sports. There are
marked trails, more than 20 summits higher than 6,560 feet and
many cabins where you can stay overnight. You can go on a musk
oxen safari, a moose safari, try whitewater rafting, or take a guided
walking tour of Oslo, capital of Norway. The Navvies' Road, which
runs through a breathtaking high-mountain landscape between east
and west, is Norway's most popular cycling trip.
NIDAROS CATHEDRAL TRONDHEIM MARIUS RUA
CENTRAL NORWAY
Stay in a traditional fisherman's style rorbu at the coast and spend
your vacation deep sea fishing or fishing for salmon in one of the
many rivers. Visit Rros, a whole town of wooden houses and one of
the few mining towns in the world to be included on UNESCOs World
Heritage List. Trondheim has a varied, well-developed network of
hiking trails in the Bymarka nature area right outside the city.
STANGHOLMEN, RISR
TERJE RAKKE / NORDIC LIFE / WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
BREKKESETER GUDBRANDSDALEN
MORTEN BRUN / WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
Something new.
Something different.
Norway is like a breath
of fresh air, untamed
and full of hidden
surpises!
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Bod
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Stavanger
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For Norwegians, Srlandet,
Southern Norway, is Norways
Riviera. It gets more hours
of sun than anywhere else in
the country. The region has a
beautiful coastline with myriad
small islands, where you can go
crab fishing and enjoy authentic
maritime experiences with
the sweet scent of woodland
and heather as a backdrop.
Throughout the year, the small
picturesque houses of the
coastal towns shine brightly
against the blue ocean. The
maritime environment in the
south is unique, and in the
white towns, you get the
feeling that you are still living
in the Age of Sail. The areas
around the Oslofjord also offer
fantastic nature experiences,
in addition to historical forts
and relics from the Viking Age.
And just 20 or 30 kilometres
further inland, you come to an
area with big forests, canals
and lakes. Telemark and the
interior of stfold are known
for their cultural landscape
and their well-preserved, rich
traditions. The whole region
comes to life in summer, offering
a huge variety of cultural events
and urban experiences.
This is the realm of the Nordic summer. The regions
picturesque idyll can evoke strong emotions. Imagine the
whitest, greenest and bluest colours in the colour scale and the
sun shining on old wooden wharves. Welcome to a coastline
with idyllic small islands and a bustling boating scene.
The inner part of the region is also known for its historic
canals that run through a veritable cultural treasure trove.
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HARDANGERVIDDA OSLO
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HIRTSHALS
SWEDEN
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FREDERIKSHAVN
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SOUTHERN NORWAY
TELEMARKKANAAL VIDAR ASKELAND
LINDESNES FYR
WWW.INNOVENTI.NO, JP LEHNE GAUSTATOPPEN ESPEN HALVORSEN
SRLANDET
AND TELEMARK
Norways southernmost area
consists of two regions, Srlandet
and Telemark. Allow yourself
to be charmed by Norways
picturesque south coast in
summer, by untouched forests
and mountains, and a wild
and beautiful high mountain
plateau. This is the sunniest
area in Norway and it is ideal if
you want to plan round trips.
Southern Norway is not far from
Europe and there are several daily
ferry crossings from Hirtshals
in Denmark to Kristiansand,
Larvik and Langesund. Using
these towns as your base, you
have many exciting round trips
to choose from. It is also only a
short distance to Oslo and the
fjords of Western Norway. Since
the opening of the 10.6-kilometre-
long tunnel between Rosendal and
Jondal in Hardanger in 2012, the
fastest route between east and
west is now via Southern Norway
The climate in Southern Norway
is mild, and its coast is famous for
its countless beaches, sheltered
bays and myriad large and small
islands. Boating, swimming,
fishing, kayaking and scuba diving
are popular activities along this
stretch of coast, which is popularly
known as Norways Riviera.
A short distance from the coast,
you will find an inland belt dotted
with forests, rivers, lakes and
valleys. A network of winding
roads criss-crosses the area,
enabling you to plan your own
personal itinerary that is sure to
give you unforgettable holiday
memories. The mountain areas
in the north of the region offer
some spectacular walking in
beautiful and refreshing mountain
terrain that ends up on Northern
Europes biggest high-mountain
plateau, Hardangervidda.
Only a short distance from Europe, Southern Norway is your
natural starting point for a holiday in Norway.
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FACTS
Transport
Color Line: Hirtshals -
Larvik, 3 hrs 45 min.
Hirtshals - Kristiansand:
3 hrs 15 min.
Fjordline:
Hirtshals - Langesund
Hirtshals - Kristiansand
2 hrs (summer)
Kristiansand Airport
Kjevik and Sandefjord
Airport Torp have good
connections both to the rest
of Norway and abroad
Several daily departures
by train on the
Srlandsbanen Railway
between Stavanger and
Oslo. Connects with trains
on the Vestfold Railway.
Daily express buses to
Oslo and large parts of the
region.
Five highlights of Telemark
The Telemark Canal from
Skien to Dalen
Gaustatoppen, the tallest
mountain in Southern
Norway
Krager, the summer town
where Edvard Munch
painted several of his most
famous paintings
Hardangervidda, Northern
Europes biggest high-
mountain plateau
Heddal Stave Church,
Norways biggest stave
church
Five highlights of Srlandet
Lindesnes Lighthouse
Norways oldest lighthouse
at the southernmost point in
Norway
Lyngr the island
community voted Europes
best preserved village
Evje Southern Norways
activity centre
Kristiansand Southern
Norways capital city and
cultural centre
Blindleia - between
Lillesand and Kristiansand,
one of the finest stretches of
coast in Norway
Find suggestions for
itineraries and round trips at
www.visitsouthernnorway.com
and
www.visittelemark.com
Facebook:
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SIRDAL TERJE RAKKE,
NORDIC LIFE, SIRDALSFERIE AS
RISR TERJE RAKKE /
NORDIC LIFE / WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
GEIRANGER SVEINUNG MYRILD / WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
The views are never dull
there are awe-inspiring sights
around every bend. The drama
and beauty of Fjord Norway
are as impressive as they are
legendary. The fjords extend
up to 200 kilometres inland,
where they surrounded by
the mountains of the interior.
Small mountain farms perch
on narrow mountain ledges
and bear witness to the
hard life of those who once
eked out a living there.
Fjord Norway has a well-
developed network of tunnels
and many examples of
The Norwegian fjords are famed as one of the most beautiful
destinations in the world. Along parts of Norways extensive
coastline, the sea cuts far into the mountainous interior.
Where the mountain plateaus end, the mountains plunge
hundreds of metres down into the water, and the contrasts with
the surrounding mountain landscape create a wild harmony.
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audacious road building. Many
spectacular stretches of road
have been developed as National
Tourist Routes, and the biggest
cities are famed for their long
history. The Hansa city of Bergen
is best known for its Hanseatic
wharf, Bryggen, and the
Flibanen Funicular. Stavanger
is a modern, cultural metropolis,
and the coastal towns of
Kristiansund and lesund are
known for klipfish and herring.
lesund is also famous for its
Art Nouveau architecture, while
Molde is known far and wide for
its international jazz festival.
RYFYLKE
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HAUGESUND
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Magnificent scenery, a vibrant cultural scene and great
culinary experiences. Welcome to a region you cant
help being enthusiastic about!
Stavanger offers a multitude of
unforgettable scenic
experiences.
And everything is within easy
reach whether you want to
experience majestic mountains,
beautiful fjords or endless
sandy beaches.
A boat trip on the famous
Lysefjord is a must when you
are in the Stavanger region.
Here, you can see the Pulpit
Rock (Preikestolen), which
towers 604 metres above the
Lysefjord, and Mount Kjerag,
whose summit is 1,000 metres
above the fjord.
If you are looking for an active
holiday, you can go walking,
cycling, kayaking or surfing, or
try kiting on the beaches.
The region also has a lively
cultural scene and lots of
exciting culture to offer, whether
you are interested in history
museums, innovative
architecture or colourful
festivals.
Come and find out why the
Stavanger region was chosen as
European Capital of Culture in
2008.
The Stavanger region also offers
lots of great culinary
experiences. A good climate and
an active industry have made
the region one of Norways
leading food-producing regions.
You can visit small producers
and taste some terrific food. You
can also visit the biggest food
festival in the Nordic countries,
Gladmat.
Welcome to an exciting and
action-packed region!
STAVANGER / PREIKESTOLEN TERJE RAKKE / NORDIC LIFE
THE STAVANGER
REGION
Everything within easy reach
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FACTS
Transport
It is easy to get to the
Stavanger region by bus,
train, boat and plane.
Several daily
departures from/to Oslo,
Bergen and Kristiansand
Flaggruten express boats:
Two daily departures from/
to Bergen and Haugesund

Several daily
departures from/to
Kristiansand and Oslo
Car ferry from
Hirtshals, Denmark

Sola Airport, Stavanger
has good connections
to e.g.:
Oslo - up to 24 arrivals
daily
Frankfurt - 3 return
flights daily.
Berlin - 2 flights a week
Amsterdam - 5 return
flights daily
London - 5 return
flights daily.
Copenhagen - 4 return
flights daily.
Stockholm - Four flights
a week
Aberdeen - 5 return
flights daily.
Newcastle - 4 return
flights weekly.
Welcome to an exciting
region!
Region Stavanger BA
Tel.: +47 51 33 55 55
info@regionstavanger.com
www.regionstavanger.com
HOVDEN
TELEMARK
RYFYLKE
HARDANGERVIDDA
HEMSEDAL
HARDANGERFJORD
LINDESNES
LYSEFJORD
SETESDAL
HIRTSHALS
SRLANDET
MANDAL
FLEKKEFJORD
ARENDAL
SANDEFJORD
LANGESUND
STAVANGER
HAUGESUND
FJORD CITY
We recommend:
Avaldsnes
- Norways birthplace
Skudeneshavn
- A white haven
by the north sea
Island hopping
to Utsira and Rvr
Akrafjord & Langfoss
one of the worlds most
beautiful waterfalls
Haugesund
seaport and culture town
The Haugesund area is rich in history
- particularly from the Viking Age
and the period when Norway was
unified as a kingdom. We also offer
a wide range of scenic experiences,
every thing from our rocky coast-
line and heathlands to mountains,
fjords and waterfalls. The area also
plays host to festivals and cultural
events, and is excellent for boating
and bathing, golf, extreme sports,
urban life and shopping.
VISIT HAUGESUND
HAUGESUND
BERGEN
STAVANGER
Destination Haugesund
& Haugalandet AS
Strangaten 171,
NO - 5525 Haugesund
Tel.: (+47) 52 01 08 30
post@visithaugesund.no
www.visithaugesund.no
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THE HARDANGERFJORD
A PARADISE FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN ALIKE
An exciting European tourist destination since the 19th century.
The Hardanger region is not far from Bergen and is known as one
of the most beautiful areas in Norway. Magnificent scenery that is
great for hiking and outdoor adventures. Traditional good hotels,
cabins and great campsites. Enjoy
active or relaxing days by the fjord in
Hardanger. www.hardangerfjord.com
WWW.FOLGEFONNI-
BREFORARLAG.NO
PL HERMANSEN
KAYAKING IN EIDEFJORD
WWW.FLATEARTH.NO
TROLLTUNGA ROCK IN ODDA, WITH
THE FOLGEFONNA GLACIER BEHIND
STIG TRONVOLD

Enjoy thetrue
Bergen view
www.oibanen.no
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www.oibanen.no
The Flibanen funicular, Bergens most popular attraction, runs to
Mount Flyen and the trip takes about seven minutes. From the
impressive viewing area up on Mt. Flyen, you can enjoy magni
cent views of Bergen and the surrounding mountains and fjords. In
addition to many walking trails, Mt. Flyen also has a restaurant,
caf, souvenir shop and play area for children. The lower station of
the Flibanen funicular is situated right in the city center, just 500
feet from the Fish Market. The Flibanen funicular, the only cable
railway in Scandinavia, runs every day all year round. In summer,
it runs from early morning until midnight.
Flibanen
Vetrlidsallmenningen 21, N-5014 Bergen
Tel: +47 55 33 68 00 Fax: +47 55 33 68 01
E-mail: info@oibanen.no
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The Gateway to the
Fjords of Norway
BRYGGEN, BERGEN BERGEN TOURIST BOARD / ROBIN STRAND
Its diversity and many options
make Bergen impossible to
categorize. Here, history and
strong traditions live side-by-
side with a vibrant cultural
scene. The legacy from the time
of the Hanseatic League goes
hand-in-hand with the city's
present-day status as a
European City of Culture, and
both these elements are clearly
present in the city.
Bergen is unique, not least
because of its fantastic location
and world-famous
surroundings: Seven
magnificent mountains and
beautiful fjords form the
backdrop to an international
but at the same time
distinctively local atmosphere
that makes an indelible
impression on everyone who
visits the city.
Set aside three days and we
guarantee you will leave with
impressions and experiences
you will never forget:
Bergen is relatively small compared to other European
cities, but it has all the more to offer those looking for new
experiences.
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Day I
Start the day with a walk around
the Fish Market and Bryggen
Hanseatic wharf. Visit one of the
city's many museums some of
which have unique art
collections before looking at
the shops.
Day II
Take the Flibanen Funicular or
the Ulriken cable car up to the
mountains and enjoy the views
of the city. The trails up in the
mountains are perfect for
hiking. Visit idyllic Old Bergen.
Finish the day with a concert at
Troldhaugen, the home of
composer Edvard Grieg.
Day III
Visit Bergen Aquarium and take
a fjord trip. Enjoy a great
seafood meal, and finish off the
evening at one of the city's many
cultural venues.
BRYGGEN-BERGEN
TERJE RAKKE / NORDIC LIFE /
WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
FJORD CITY
WHAT'S ON IN BERGEN,
THE CITY OF CULTURE
March 9 to March 15 Opera: 'The Cunning Little Vixen'
Norwegian premire of Leo Janek' fairy-tale opera.
May 22 to June 5 Bergen International Festival
Bergen International Festival is the biggest music and theater
festival in the Nordic countries.
May 22 to June 1 NATTJAZZ/Nightjazz
NATTJAZZ is Northern Europe's longest jazz festival.
May 26 The 4-mountain and 7-mountain hikes
The 7-mountain hike will be held for the 59th time in
2013. This event has become a big attraction with
thousands of participants enjoy magnificent views of the
city from most parts of the route.
June 1 to September 30 Lunch concerts at Troldhaugen, daily
Half-hour concerts in Troldsalen provide an introduction to
Edvard Grieg's music.
June 12 to June 15 Bergenfest music festival
An all-round music festival with a profile that embraces
many genres and styles.
August 1 to August 4 Fjordsteam 2013
One of the highlights of the year in Bergen Fjordsteam 2013
features a fantastic collection of old boats, the history of road
transport, crafts, technology, culture, the hustle and bustle of the
marketplace and big crowds congregating around the harbor.
September 6 to September 8 Bergen Food Festival - Bnder i by'n
Bergen Food Festival is Norway's biggest local food festival. The aim
is to bring producers and consumers closer together. The result is a
fantastic marketplace with a huge diversity of Norwegian products
and producers.

Read more about what's on in Bergen,
the City of Culture at
www.visitBergen.com/events
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FACTS
Transport:
Bergen easy to get to
regardless of how you
choose to travel.

Bergen Airport Flesland
has good domestic and
international connections.
You can fly there direct
from more than 30
destinations in Europe.
Ferry from Denmark
to Bergen with Fjord Line.
Bergen is a turnaround port
for the world-famous
Hurtigruten coastal
express.

The Bergen Railway
between Oslo and Bergen
has been ranked one of the
world's greatest train
journeys.
Several departures
daily to/from the fjord
region, and Oslo.
Approx. seven hours
from Oslo by car.
Distances:
Oslo 515 km
Stavanger 210 km
lesund 385 km
Contact us:
Bergen Tourist Board
Tourist Information
Strandkaien 3
Tel.: +47 55 55 20 00
info@visitBergen.com
www.visitBergen.com
A short lm will
introduce you to the
charms of Bergen.
The Bergen Card gives you free or discounted
admission to museums, attractions,
sightseeing and cultural events, free bus
travel and discounts on meals and parking.
The card can be purchased at
the Tourist Information.
The Gateway
to the Fjords
of Norway
HOVDEN
LILLEHAMMER /
HAFJELL
SOGNEFJORD
HARDANGERFJORD
BERGEN
LARVIK
OSLO
STAVANGER
Experience the world's most beautiful car journey:
the Atlantic Road and the Trollstigen Road.
OUR NATIONAL TOURIST
ROUTES, THE ATLANTIC
ROAD AND THE
TROLLSTIGEN ROAD
The Atlantic Road, which runs
between Molde and
Kristiansund, winds its way
over bridges and causeways
from islet to islet right out at
the ocean's edge. The Atlantic
Road topped The Guardian's list
of the world's most beautiful
road trips. You can fish from
fishing bridges or a boat and
are almost guaranteed to catch
something. Norway's most
visited National Tourist Route,
Trollstigen, winds its way from
the floor of Isterdalen valley up
to Stigra (858 metres). You
cross Stigfossen waterfall on
an impressive stone bridge. It is
also possible to walk up
Trollstigen on the old Klvstien
bridle path.
THE COASTAL TOWNS OF
MOLDE AND KRISTIANSUND
The opera and klipfish town of
Kristiansund is located in a
beautiful setting on four islands
connected by bridges at the
ocean's edge. Take a trip on the
Sundbten boat, the world's
oldest mode of public transport
still in operation. Molde is
known for its jazz, roses and
panoramic view. Take the trip up
to the Varden viewpoint (407
metres) and admire the magical
Molde panorama with its 222
summits.
AN ACTION-PACKED
ROUND TRIP
Take a boat trip from Kristian-
sund to the little island of Grip,
continue in the direction of the
Atlantic Road and visit Kvernes
stave church. Try kayaking or
a cycling trip, learn about the
history of the Viking longships at
THE ATLANTIC ROAD TERJE RAKKE / WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
MOLDE & ROMSDAL
KRISTIANSUND &
NORDMRE
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the fishing village of Hholmen
and about World War II history
at Ergan Coastal Fort in Bud.
Take a round trip by bus from
Molde to Geiranger and return
on the Hurtigruten coastal
express via lesund in the
evening. There are spectacular
walks in the area, such as the
Fjord Route near Kristiansund
and the Romsdalseggen ridge
near ndalsnes. Or you can
drive the Aursjvegen mountain
road, which is possibly even
more dramatic than the
Trollstigen Road. Take your
time and experience more!
TROLLSTIGEN ROAD
TERJE RAKKE / VN
FACTS
Transport
By car from Oslo
Molde 310 miles
Kristiansund 350 miles
The Hurtigruten
coastal express calls twice
daily at Molde and
Kristiansund.
Kystekspressen
express boat to/from
Trondheim and
Kristiansund.
To/from ndalsnes and
Oppdal, with bus
connections to Molde and
Kristiansund.
The Timekspressen
bus service between
Kristiansund-Molde-
lesund-rsta.
Kristiansund Airport
Kvernberget and Molde
Airport r have daily
domestic flights to/from
Oslo, Bergen, and
Trondheim.
Destination Molde &
Romsdal
Tel.: +47 71 20 10 00
www.visitmolde.com
Destination Kristiansund
& Nordmre
Tel.: + 47 71 58 54 54
www.visitkristiansund.com
MRE OG
ROMSDAL
GEIRANGER-
FJORD
MOLDE
KRISTIANSUND
RROS
SOGN OG
FJORDANE
SOGNEFJORD
NORDFJORD
The world famous fjord landscape and the unique Art
Nouveau town an almost unbeatable combination
of nature and culture.
THE GEIRANGERFJORD
The Geirangerfjord is so unique
that it has been included on
UNESCO's World Heritage
List and has been a visitor
attraction ever since the middle
of the 19th century. See 'the
Seven Sisters' waterfall as it
cascades down towards the
fjord, surrounded by the many
mountain farms that cling to
the steep mountainsides.
LESUND - THE ART
NOUVEAU TOWN
lesund has been voted
Norway's most beautiful town,
and it has many experiences
to offer! Lift your gaze as
you wander around the Art
Nouveau town and you will
discover myriad spires, towers
and beautiful ornamentation
adorning the facades of
buildings. Walk up the 418
steps to the top of mount
KAYAKING IN LESUND FRED JONNY HAMMER
THE GEIRANGERFJORD TERJE RAKKE / NORDIC LIFE
LESUND &
SUNNMRE
GEIRANGERFJORD
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FACTS
Transport
By car from Oslo
lesund 340 miles
Geiranger 270 miles
The Hurtigruten
coastal express calls twice
daily at Torvik and lesund,
and at Geiranger between
April and August and at the
Hjrundfjord in September
and October.
To ndalsnes, then by
bus to Geiranger and
lesund, and other places
in the region.
Several daily arrivals
from Oslo, Bergen and
Trondheim.
lesund Airport Vigra
has good domestic
connections and direct
services to Amsterdam
(new April 2013), Gdansk
(new April 2013), Las
Palmas, Alicante, Riga,
Copenhagen and London.
rsta/Volda Hovden Airport
to - from Oslo Gardermoen.
Destination lesund &
Sunnmre
Tel.: +47 70 15 76 00
www.visitalesund.com
Destination Geirangerfjord
Tel.: + 47 70 26 30 99
www.visitgeirangerfjord.com
MRE OG
ROMSDAL
GEIRANGER-
FJORD
MOLDE
KRISTIANSUND
RROS
SOGN OG
FJORDANE
SOGNEFJORD
NORDFJORD
Aksla and you will be rewarded
with a panoramic view of the
coast, fjords and mountains.
CLOSE TO NATURE
Experience teeming bird life on
the bird island of Runde and be
captivated by picturesque Alnes
lighthouse. Sail up the magnificent
Hjrundfjord, or experience
the seasons at first hand on
a walk in the Tafjordfjellene
mountains, the Sunnmre
Alps and the mountains in
the Geirangerfjord area. In
winter, even the biggest skiing
enthusiasts will find a favourite
spot here, maybe at Stranda Ski
Resort, which has been voted
Norway's best ski centre for
powder snow skiing. Recharge
your batteries on a cycling or
kayaking trip, and try your luck
fishing in waters that abound in
fish. Get your adrenaline going
on a whitewater rafting trip
or a sea safari, or explore the
Geiranger to Trollstigen National
Tourist Route, perhaps Norway's
most breathtaking road.
Eastern Norway is known for the
wide expanses and mountains
of its national parks, for stave
churches and its lively and
charming small towns. In the
mountains, you are so high up
that you can almost touch the
blue sky with your fingertips. You
discover dramatic landscapes and
get to see untouched nature close
up. The region has the highest
summits in Northern Europe
that are covered in snow all year
round, with jagged peaks and
beautiful undulating formations.
Standing on the top of Besseggen
ridge with its 360-degree view
makes an impression you will
never forget. It opens your mind.
The wilderness can be as wild
as you want it to be, but you can
also go on gentle walks through
wide expanses, where thousands
of kilometres of waymarked
trails await you and make the
mountains easily accessible.
There are lots of accommodation
options. You can camp
practically anywhere, stay in
well-equipped hotels in towns
and cities, or try a traditional,
rustic Norwegian cabin.
Turn your back on the bright city lights and set off on an
adventure into one of the worlds last wildernesses, where
wolves, bears and the gigantic musk oxen still roam free.
This is the mythical realm ruled by the trolls, at least for those
who believe in them.
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FJELL NORWAY
FjellNorway is Lillehammer, Jotunheimen and
Rondane, hiking up Norways highest mountain,
Galdhpiggen, or along the beautiful Besseggen ridge.
Fresh air, clear lakes, magnificent mountain landscapes
luxury for everybody. You can go on glacier walks
and cycling trips, go horseback riding or rafting.
Find peace and quiet in the clear mountain air!
LILLEHAMMER
Lillehammer is a great place for
a family holiday. Meet the trolls
from traditional Norwegian fairy
tales in the Norwegian Troll
Park at Hunderfossen, which
offers 50 exciting attractions for
both children and adults.
Several destinations in the
Lillehammer area offer cabin or
hotel accommodation that have
a broad range of activities right
on their doorsteps. Cycling trips,
walks, horseback riding and
canoeing are just some of the
activities on offer.
NATIONAL PARKS
The FjellNorway region boasts
several national parks, of which
Jotunheimen, Rondane and
Dovrefjell are the best known.
Here, you can experience the most
popular hike in Norway, completed
by more than 40,000 people each
summer: the walk along the
Besseggen ridge. The highest
mountain in Northern Europe,
Galdhpiggen (2,469 metres) is
also an easy hike for people of
average fitness. This area, which
attract hikers from all over the
world, has the countrys highest
concentration of Norwegian
Trekking Association (DNT) cabins
and walking trails.
SJOA
One of the worlds best water
sports rivers, Sjoa, is located in
the FjellNorway region. The
activities available here vary from
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family rafting to spectacular
extreme rafting. Glacier walks,
canyoning and exploring caves are
also among the activities you can
enjoy in FjellNorway.
VIEWPOINT SNHETTA
A visit to Viewpoint Snhetta,
which won the title World
Building of the Year in 2011, is a
must. In this area between the
national parks of Dovrefjell and
Rondane, you can experience
wild reindeer and hardy musk
oxen.
CLIMATE PARK
Climate Park 2469, where you can
walk in a tunnel carved in
6,000-year-old glacier ice, is
located near the Juvasshytta cabin
in Jotunheimen National Park.
Jotunheimen was named as the
best hiking destination in Europe
in 2012 by the Royal Dutch
Mountaineering Association
(NKBV).
FACTS
Tourist information
Most towns and areas have
their own tourist
information offices. Look
for the sign with the big I
against a white background.
Kiosks and small shops
often also serve as tourist
information points.

Public transport
Travelling to Norway or in
Norway, you can choose

between buses, trains
operated by the Norwegian
State Railways (NSB), or
express coach services
between the cities of Oslo,
Bergen and Trondheim.
Lonely Planet recently
named the Rauma Line as
the most beautiful rail
journey in Europe.
Three boys, three
generations: Terje (60),
Martin (36) and Sebastian (10)
The amazing views of the wild
Jotunheimen mountains and
the feeling of mastery you
get on the steepest sections
were what attracted us to do
this hike, which goes between
Gjendesheim and Memurubu.
Besseggen ridge is 16
kilometers long, and 1743
meters at its highest point.
We drove to Gjendesheim
and took the afternoon boat
to Memurubu to do the
hike across Besseggen and
back to Gjendesheim. The
whole route is signposted
with cairns and red Ts,
and, if you take due care,
it is not dangerous at all.
After a pleasant evening with
a good dinner and a good
night's sleep at Memurubu
cabin, we were ready for the
challenge. We were advised to
take plenty to drink and some
food with us, as well as extra
clothes. So, to make sure we
would really enjoy the hike,
we packed all we might need
in our backpacks, but making
sure they were not too heavy.
We were ready at nine
o'clock on the dot, and the
weather was fantastic
clear blue skies without
a cloud to be seen.
We expected to take between
six and eight hours, although
some people take longer.
It depends on what shape
you are in and how many
breaks you take en route.
Finally up on Besseggen
ridge, we could admire
the view of the green
Gjendevannet lake (984
meters) 400 meters below us,
with the deep blue Bessvatnet
lake (1374 meters) on the
other side. The fact that
Gjendevannet lake is green
shows that it is a glacial
lake. Small particles from
glaciers float in the water,
creating a refraction effect
that produces a strong green
color, particularly when the
sun is shining. Bessvatnet
lake is not supplied by glacial
water, which is why it is blue.
The hike across Besseggen ridge is one of the most
famous mountain hikes in Norway, if not the most
famous.
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- It is a good idea to start from
Memurubu, where you can
stay the night and enjoy a good
breakfast before setting off.
This is the best route, and the
one most people take.
Alternatively, you can take the
morning boat in and start right
away. If you are in really good
shape, you can also choose to
walk along Gjendevannet lake
in one direction.
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popular alternative.
- Remember lhol you ore going
to be outdoors for a whole day,
so take plenty of food and
drink with you.
- The weolher con chonge
quickly in the mountains, so
take extra clothing along.
- Weor loose-filling clolhes, os
there is some climbing
involved.
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important.
- 0elling lhere by bus. lhe
Valdresekspressen service
from Oslo or Sogndal to
Gjendesheim, or from Otta
with the bus company
Ottadalen bilag.
You can do the hike across
Besseggen ridge from early
summer until well into
autumn. The high season for
hikers is July and August, and
the first weekends in
September.
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The nature that surrounds the
town centre calls for active day
trips. The environment is perfect
for hiking along the coast or
through the woods, paddling in a
kayak or a canoe, fishing in the
lake, and, not least, riding a bike
across the flat and cycle-friendly
countryside.
Take part in the history of
Sandefjord with memories from
the Viking Age, the glory years of
its rise in popularity as a Spa Town
in the 19th Century, the Whaling
Period, as well as modern times,
of course. The historic grave site,
Gokstadhaugen, where the
famous Gokstad Viking ship was
excavated, the distinct building of
the health spa, the whaling
museum (Hvalfangstmuseet),
Dakota Norway and the Midtsen
sculptural pavilion are amongst
the attractions.
The town centre is small enough
to be able to walk around easily,
with lots of different types of
products to see and buy, and a
variety of parks to enjoy.
You will also enjoy many great
dining experiences. Geir Skeie,
winner of Bocuse dOr 2009,
offers seafood at the edge of the
wharf, and the town is home to
several distinguished chefs.
Offers for overnight stays await
you, as a guest, in all categories.
SANDEFJORD NILS KAVLIE-BORGE
SANDEFJORD
Welcome to the friendly seaside town of Sandefjord,
which is blessed with a long and beautiful coastline in
addition to having rich historical heritage. Sandefjord
is located 120 km south of Oslo with Torp Sandefjord
Airport only 10 km away from the town. The ferry from
Strmstad, Sweden arrives directly in the town centre.
INFO
Visit Sandefjord
Kurbadet - Thor Dahlsgt. 7
N-3210 Sandefjord
Tel.: +47 33 46 05 90
info@visitsandefjord.com
www.visitsandefjord.com ww.visitsandefjord.com
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Take a step back into Viking
history in Borre, where The
Midgard Historisk Senter
(Midgard Historical Centre)
tells you the story of the
archaeological findings here.
Close to the centre you will find
Borreparken (Borre National
Park) with its majestic tumuli
(burial mounds). Borrehaugene
(Borre Mound Cemetery) is
currently being considered as
a UNESCO World Heritage Site
of outstanding universal value.
The Viking Hall will open in
2013 and is a delightful sight!
Near to the town centre you will
find the Horten Car Museum,
which illustrates the colourful
history of the motor vehicle.
In the outskirts of Horten, and
encircled by the sea, lies the
scenic Karljohansvern. This
is THE place to enjoy life with
magnificent hiking grounds in
scenic surroundings, fortifications
and artillery batteries. The Naval
Museum, Preus Museum (The
National Photography Museum)
and Lokalhistorisk Senter (Local
Historic Centre) are all located
here, together with a diverse
range of artists and workshops.
SVEND AAGE MADSEN
INFO
Visit Horten
Tollbugata 1a,
3187 Horten
Tel.: +47 33 03 17 08
turistkontoret@visithorten.com
www.visithorten.com
Welcome to Horten Where you can enjoy some amazing
experiences! Our cultural diversity will most certainly
surprise you, with a well-known and much loved marine
history with roots going all the way back to The Viking
Ages. Even Edvard Munch had his summer residence in
sgrdstrand, which has now been turned into a wonderful
museum. Follow Edvard Munchs footprints by taking a
walk in sgrdstrand!
HORTEN
Tnsberg has a rich cultural life.
We have summer revues, music
festivals and cultural experiences.
Along the wharf in Tnsberg
you can enjoy the sunshine
and good food at one of
the many restaurants.
Alongside the wharf in
Tnsberg you will also find the
Viking ship, Saga Oseberg.
Nordbyen is situated at the
end of the wharf in Tnsberg,
and is the oldest continuous
congregation of wooden
buildings. There you will also
find the oldest house in the town,
Bentegrden, built around 1690.
If you move somewhat away
from the sea you will find that
Tnsberg is a pleasant town
with many old wooden buildings
and small streets with a good
and varied range of shops.
The area around the town also
has much more to offer.
Marked coastal tracks running
between Stokke, Tnsberg and
around Nttery and Tjme.
There are good fishing
opportunities along the coast, and
at the many lakes we have inland.
Furthermore we have a lovely
coastal line with beautiful sandy
beaches in the surroundings
of Tnsberg. You can also visit
one of the many museums
we have in the area.
MASTERFOTO / VISIT TNSBERG
TNSBERG
INFO
Visit Tnsberg
Storgaten 38
3126 Tnsberg
Telephone: +47 48063333
info@visittonsberg.com
www.visittonsberg.com
Welcome to Tnsberg, the oldest town in Norway.
Tnsberg has a rich history to offer. There are many
hiking tour opportunities and noticeable bicycle tracks
from the coast to the inland. There are also a variety of
offers for all ages.
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Larvik is the the largest camping
municipality in Norway due to its
climate, nature and residents!!
Larvik Golf Club offers world
standard and has one of the nicest
courses and the longest season in
Norway!

The High and Low Activity Park is
the largest climbing park in
Scandinavia and has the longest
zip-line in Norway!
Foldvik Family Park offers
activities for everyone and close
encounters with sweet animals!
Farris Bad Hotel has the largest
spa in the Nordics with over 2.500
square meters!
Go back in time at Fredriksvern
Shipyard, established in 1750-58,
and experience galleries,
museums and events!
Fish salmon and experience wild,
beautiful nature at The Kjrra
Waterfalls Park!
Enjoy great artists at The Stavern
Festival!
Color Line World Cup will be the
largest handball cup in the world!
Enjoy the brand new Jippi
Playland! with the largest climbing
frame in Norway, laserworld, golf
simulators, mini golf and mini
handball courts!
Welcome to Larvik!
THE LIGHTHOUSE AT STAVERN HEADLAND RUNE@BILDEBLOGGEN.COM
LARVIK
INFO
Visit Larvik
Blgen Culture House
Sanden 2
3264 Larvik
Telephone: +47 33697100
post@opplevlarvik.no
www.visitlarvik.com
Treat yourself and visit Larvik! Larvik, Stavern,
Lgendalen, Helgeroa, Nevlunghavn, Ula, Kjerringvik
and our Lighthouses offer great experiences in beautiful
nature, gorgeous archipelago and cosy villages amongst
happy, friendly people.
Perhaps it is the fine balance
between the north and south
of Norway that makes Central
Norway such an interesting and
varied destination for tourists.
The magnificent mountains in
the south and east, the large,
fertile expanses of agricultural
land around the Trondheimsfjord,
the thriving island communities
off the coast and its extensive
forests make the Trndelag
region a Norway in miniature.

Trondheim also offers great
variety, with a history stretching
back a thousand years, as
Norways first capital city and
a pilgrimage destination, and
nowadays also as the leading
hub for research and culture in
Norway. Young people dominate
city life in historical Trondheim,
while time is happy to stand still
in Rros. UNESCO has recognised
this living memorial to mining
history as a world heritage site.
This is the real Scandinavia where rivers roar and salmon
leap. The city of Trondheim is the heart of Central Norway.
Situated on the Trondheimsfjord, it is a historic gem with a
youthful atmosphere, while the streets of Rros bear living
testimony to the history of times gone by.
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The Trndelag region also known as Central Norway
offers a great variety of historical as well as exciting
contemporary experiences. Visitors come into close contact
with people and nature in this region, with its mix of fjords
and mountains, coast and rivers, towns and countryside.
CREATIVE TRONDHEIM
Norways third biggest city with a
population of 170.000 is the ideal
starting point for a visit to the
region. Trondheim has exciting
museums, charming small
shops and creative restaurants.
The Nidelven river winds its way
through the city center, passing the
magnificent Nidaros Cathedral, the
old, charming district of Bakklandet
and long rows of brightly colored
wharves. The spectacular, new
Rockheim museum offers an
interactive journey through the
history of modern music.
VIKINGS AND PILGRIMERS
Many of the most important events
in Norways history took place in
the Trndelag region. Stiklestad is
known as the birthplace of Norway,
while the impressive Nidaros
Cathedral in Trondheim (built
1070-1300) is a national treasure.
Both of them reflect the legacy of
St Olav, who played a key role in
the Christianization of Norway.
The Pilgrims Route to Trondheim
and Nidaros Cathedral is since
2010 a European Cultural Route,
in the same way as the road
to Santiago de Compostela.

Areas such as the Golden Route
(den Gyldne Omvei) in Indery at the
Trondheimsfjord provide a fantastic
opportunity to sample the areas
culture, arts and crafts, beautiful
scenery and delicious food.
THE UNESCO SITE OF RROS
AND MUSKOX
Rros, with more than 100 listed
wooden buildings, is a unique and
charming mountain town, which was
built in connection with the copper
works that opened there in the mid-
17th century. There are galleries,
cafs and craft shops in the towns
many charming old backyards. A
large number of local food producers
ensure that the restaurants and
shops sell exciting, award-winning
produce. Rros is also known for
its focus on sustainable tourism.
The nine national parks in Trndelag
are all excellent for hiking. You
can also go on a safari to see
Europes only herd of muskoxes.
THE COAST AND
COASTAL CULTURE
The coast of Trndelag, with the
islands of Hitra and Frya to the
south and the Fosen peninsula and
the coast of Namdal to the north,
are famous around the world for
fantastic deep-sea fishing. You can
also go on an eagle and seal safari
or try kayaking, island hopping
or diving for scallops. There is a
flourishing coastal culture in several
old fishing villages, for example
Sr-Gjslingan near Rrvik.
The Kystriksveien Coastal Route (Fv
17) often called the worlds most
beautiful tourist road connects
Trndelag with Northern Norway
between Steinkjer and Bod.
For more information about
Trndelag: www.trondelag.com
Lots of superlatives can be used
about the region it is unique and
slightly mysterious. Nowhere else
in the world is the North Pole as
close to the mainland as at the
North Cape. The areas bordering
Sweden, Finland and Russia are
still a natural and unspoiled
paradise, and the breathtaking
combination of sea and
mountains you find in Lofoten,
Vesterlen and the Lyngsalpene
For many people, Northern Norway symbolises the promise of
never-ending light in summer and dancing Northern lights in
the deep, dark blue winter. The unspoiled nature and the spark
and contagious sense of humour of the people who live in
Northern Norway draw visitors to the area. In summer, night
is merely a slightly dimmer version of the day. The light of the
midnight sun gives the landscape a magical and romantic hue.
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BJRN JRGENSEN / WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
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BOD
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KAUTOKEINO
ALTA
KIRKENES
VADS
BRNNYSUND
VEGA
LOFOTEN
VESTERLEN
HARSTAD
NARVIK
NORDLAND
TROMS
FINNMARK
MO I RANA
SVALBARD
POLARCIRKEL
NORTHERN NORWAY
THE NORTH CAPE
peaks is unparalleled in
Europe. The people of
Northern Norway enjoy
freedom and living their lives
to the rhythm of nature. The
Sami, Norways indigenous
people, have lived at one with
nature and developed the Sami
culture since settling in the Arctic
areas of Norway more than 11,000
years ago. If you visit Troms, the
biggest city in the region, in
summer, you will be able to soak
up the vibrant atmosphere of the
citys streets and squares, which is
reminiscent of more southerly
climes.
JOHAN WILDHAGEN
/ INNOVASJON NORGE
YSTEIN LUNDE INGVALDSEN
WWW.NORDNORGE.COM
CHRIS CRAGGS / WWW.NORTHERNNORWAY.COM
Spmi -
the land of
the Sami
A completely different language,
a unique lifestyle and a vital
culture; the Sami constitute the
indigenous population of
Northern Scandinavia. Reindeer
herding between coast and
inland, fishing and farming or
urban living; Sami lifestyle
combines traditional with
modern. Look for duoddji,
handicraft, joiggus, the
traditional chant, and bidos,
reindeer stew, preferably served
in a lavvu, a round tent.
Of light,
darkness and
colours
In summer, there is no night in
Northern Norway. At midnight,
the sun shines in the north,
bathing mountains, fjords and
islands in gold and bronze, and
invigorates people with limitless
energy. On sparkling, dark
winter nights, the Northern
Lights suddenly erupt in an
illusive, silent, light-footed
dance, like flickering curtains or
like thin veils, all in an electric
green with a hint of pink and
violet.
NORTHERN
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Northern Norway, a mere
1,250 miles from the North
Pole, is where the warm Gulf
Stream meets the Arctic.
Home to Norwegian
fishermen and Sami reindeer
herders, the region basks
under the glorious rays of the
midnight sun, and northern
lights dance across the winter
skies.
The coast and
coastal culture
You can hear history echoing
among the racks of dried fish and
the traditional fishermens shacks
Norwegians call rorbu. Here,
centuries of history meet modern
coastal Norway. In some places,
the fishing boats queue up to
deliver their catches, while artists
flock to others, fascinated and
inspired by the ranks of dried fish
drying on the big racks in these
picturesque small communities.
Come and visit us you are
guaranteed to be fascinated by
these colourful villages.
CHRISTIAN HAOUGE /
WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
LINDA DRAKE /
WWW.HURTIGRUTEN.US
Svalbard
- North Pole
Next Stop
An archipelago of pyramid-
shaped mountains and gigantic
glaciers halfway between
Norway and the North Pole,
Svalbard (Spitsbergen) is the
worlds northernmost tourist
destination. Go snowmobiling
and dog sledding in winter, and
kayaking, hiking or fossil picking
in summer. Leave the mod-cons
of Longyearbyen by boat to see
bird cliffs and walruses. If you
are lucky, you might even see a
polar bear if you go on an
organised trip.
THE WILD AND
BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE
The most unique aspect of
Northern Norway is its wild and
beautiful landscape. The
mountains, ocean, high plateaus
and fjords are guaranteed to
impress even the most seasoned
traveler. You will find vibrant
towns and villages across the
whole of Northern Norway, but
they vary greatly in character,
from thriving fishing villages
along the coast and Sami
communities on the high plateaus
to the exciting urban culture of
the northernmost towns.
WHERE THE OCEAN MEETS
THE MOUNTAINS
Small, flat, green islands are
situated as far out as you can
get along the coast, like strange
figures cut from ancient rock.
And then you see the coastline
plunging into the sea. The ocean
works its way deep inland,
where snow-capped mountains
and pale blue glaciers are
reflected in the clear waters of
the fjords. There are fields,
grazing grounds and lush
foliage at the feet of the
mountains, which you wouldn't
expect this far north. Deep,
silent valleys cloaked in pine
woods cut a swathe between
the mountains of the interior.
Innermost, uppermost and
furthest east lie the mountains
and plateaus with their
sparkling lakes and broad
horizons. There is something
new around every corner in
Northern Norway.
LIGHT AND COLOR,
SUMMER AND WINTER
During the summer months, the
midnight sun remains above the
horizon for weeks and months at
a time. Its light paints the
mountains a golden color,
creating glittering reflections
and long shadows. The people of
Northern Norway live for these
few short months, and, in
addition to bathing the mountain
roads in golden light, these long
summer nights are ideal for
pastimes such as culture
festivals and night fishing.
Winter has its own colors when
the sun never rises for several
weeks at the end of the year.
There is still some light, but it is
a pink and gold pastel-colored
light in the middle of the day and
a deep blue twilight during the
afternoon. As soon as the
evenings draw in, we look again
to the sky to wonder at and be
astonished by the Northern
REINE, LOFOTEN CH / WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
NORTHERN
NORWAY
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Lights. This phenomenon, which
is the result of explosions on the
surface of the sun, manifests
itself in green, purple and red
electrical waves, which flit and
dance across the night sky. Your
best chance of seeing the
Northern Lights is to join a
Northern Lights safari guided by
those who know where to spot
them. There are lots of different
safaris available by dog sled,
car or snowmobile. The Northern
Lights are most beautiful in
complete darkness, so it's a case
of finding the best spot nearby
where there is no electric light.
THE SMELL OF SALT
The pure clean waters of the
Barents Sea produce seafood of
the finest quality. The people of
Northern Norway have exported
fish for more than 1,000 years
first dried cod, then pollock,
herring and prawns. Now, the
gigantic king crab has created a
new livelihood for many coastal
fishermen. The old fishing
villages are often situated in the
areas that are most exposed to
the elements and that are close
to the rich fishing grounds to the
south. Today, many of the old
fishermen's rorbu shacks have
been converted into comfortable
accommodation for enthusiastic
anglers. Traditional food is often
served at old trading stations.
Even if you're not interested in
fishing, you should still take a
fishing trip on a summer's
night... and cook your catch on
the beach. It is a great culinary
experience.
The sounds of time immemorial
The Sami people live in the vast
interior, in small villages by the
fjords and along the big rivers,
and they have the oldest
traditions up here in the north.
Some of them follow their
reindeer from their winter
grazing on the mountain
plateaus to the lush grass out by
the coast in summer. Others
farm sheep, fish for salmon with
nets in the rivers and fish for
cod in the fjords, depending on
the time of year. Sami crafts
combine functionality and
beauty, and the Sami people
make jewelry made from tin
thread and leather, colorful
woven woolen bands, woven
mats in natural materials, and
articles made from wood and
bone decorated with
geometrical patterns duodji.
Joik, the old Sami form of song,
is about people, animals, and
states of mind, which is only
natural up here in the north.
FACT
Facts Geography:
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big as the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland combined.
- Cou:lies. Fi:::~: /8,o squ~:e io:el:esl,
Troms (25,848 square kilometres) and Nordland
(38,327 square kilometres)
- o:le:::osl joi:l. Te o:l C~je, ~liluoe 1' 1O Z1
(the same as the northern coast of Alaska)
- Mosl o o:le:: o:w~y is ~Love le /:clic Ci:ce
- Doo e:|oys le :io:iql su: :o: Ju:e lo Juy
- Te :io:iql su: si:es ~l le o:l C~je :o: 11 M~y lo
31 July
- o:le:: o:w~y is silu~leo i: le :iooe o le j~:els
Northern lights belt, which means you have the best chance
of seeing them here.
Population:
- Poju~lio:. /:ou:o /O,OOO /,OOO i: Fi:::~:,
159,000 in Troms and 240,000 in Nordland)
- Cilies ~:o low:s. T:o:s O,OOOl, Doo /',OOOl,
Mo i Rana (25,000), Harstad (23,000), Alta (19,000)
- L~:qu~qes. o:weqi~: S~:i is ~: oici~ ~:qu~qe i: six
municipalities. The Kven language is an official language in
one municipality.
Travel information:
Airports from south to north (flight time from Oslo in brackets):
- Doo 1 ou: Z :i:l
- ~:sl~o / ~:vi 1 ou: :i:l
- D~:ouoss 1 ou: :i:l
- T:o:s 1 ou: /O :i:l
- /l~ 1 ou: :i:l
- i:e:es Z ou:s :i:l
Train, Trondheim - Mo i Rana - Bod.
Train connections from Narvik to Sweden
The Hurtigruten coastal express from Bergen to Kirkenes calls
at 25 ports in Northern Norway.
www.nordnorge.com
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MEET MOBY DICK
Since 1988 whale safaris have been arranged in
Andenes where research, learning and activities meet to
create a complete experience. The concept has
awakened national and international interest.
Researchers and guides
The guides onboard and at the
whale centre are students and
researchers from various
countries. Each and every trip
can therefore be experienced as
a research project.
Shortest distance to the whales
It takes a mere hour to get from
Andenes to the area where the
whales are, so you get to spend
more time actually seeing the
whales!
The worlds best whale safari!
The Whale & Dolphin
Conservation Society (WDCS), an
organisation that specialises in
assessing whale safari offers,
says the following: Hvalsafari
AS in Andenes the worlds
biggest and best arctic whale
safari operator.
Season, 25 May 15 September
There are daily departures in
season. During peak season
there are several departures per
day. The trips are normally 3-5
hours long, and are carried out
by experienced skippers on well
equipped boats, where safety is
the highest priority. A guided
tour of the whale centre is
included in the trip. The centre
gives basic information about
the biology of whales, their
place in the ecosystem and
current research.
Whale guarantee
If you dont see a whale we
guarantee you a new trip free of
charge (the first available). You
must arrange the new booking
yourself. If you for some reason
are unable to join us for a new
trip, youll get your money back.
Hvalsafari AS
P.O.Box 58
NO-8483 Andenes
Tel.: +47 76 11 56 00
www.whalesafari.com
WHALE SAFARI, VESTERLEN HVALSAFARI AS
NORWAY
A - Z
A TASTE OF THE ARCTIC
For those who want a break
from skiing, there are an
abundance of other activities to
indulge in: King Crab fishing, a
stay in the magical Igloo Hotel,
dog sledging and snowmobiling
are just some of the things to
whet your appetite in Northern
Norway this winter. On the same
latitude as Siberia, Greenland
and Alaska, the northern coast
of Norway is surprisingly mild
thanks to the Gulf Stream, with
temperatures around zero
degrees not unusual in winter.
ACTIVE PURSUITS
Snowmobiling and husky
sledging are extremely popular
and available to do throughout
Northern Norway. What better
way to take in the stunning
scenery than gliding over the
snowy plains!
ACTIVE WINTER HOLIDAYS
Norway offers ideal skiing
conditions, sun and adventure
in the winter. And now is the
time to go, as never before
have there been so many
options for you to get the most
out of your holiday in a
country that offers everything
from ice climbing to
snowboarding in powder down
from Reidarskaret in
Hemsedal, if you dare.
Get the family all fired up, find
a cottage or a beautiful hotel
with a view and book an
adventure holiday. Try kite
surfing on a mountain lake or
race down the uncrowded
alpine slopes. We are a nation
of passionate skiers and would
love visitors to enjoy our
superb facilities as much as
we do.
Stay in one of the many
alpinestyle resorts with their
stateof-the-art lift systems
and high quality restaurant
and accommodation facilities,
or base yourself in a smaller
village and take advantage of
the plethora of cross-country
trails which scatter the entire
country - the choice is yours!
ALCOHOL
You cannot obtain wine or
spirits from any local
supermarket. This is possible
only in shops specially set up by
the state for this purpose
(Vinmonopolet). Such shops are
usually to be found in the larger
towns. However, beer can
generally be bought in the
supermarket. The age limit for
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buying wine and beer is 18
years, and 20 years to buy
spirits. You will find that nearly
all restaurants are licensed.
BANKS
24-hour cash dispensers are
found in strategic locations
throughout Norway. Bank
opening hours are
approximately:
Monday - Friday: 09.00 15.30
Banks usually close earlier
during the summer and are
closed on weekends.
CELL PHONES AND
INTERNET
The following mobile phone
systems can be used in Norway:
GSM 900 and GSM 1800 (both
2G), and also UMTS (3G). The
Internet network is very well
developed in Norway and most
hotels offer an Internet
connection.
CLIMATE AND CLOTHING
Norwegian summer weather is
unpredictable. Some days it is
cloudy and raining, on others
the sun blazes down at near
Mediterranean temperatures
even in Northern-Norway thanks
to the Gulf Stream! Be prepared
for all eventualities and bring
raingear, a warm sweater and
good walking shoes in addition
to your summer wardrobe. You
are not usually required to dress
formally for dinner at Norwegian
resort hotels. For weather
reports: www.visitnorway.com
and www.yr.no
CREDIT CARDS
MasterCard, American Express,
Diners Club, Eurocard and Visa
are all accepted at hotels, major
restaurants and large shops,
even for small amounts. Be
aware that some petrol stations
do not accept all these cards.
You can also withdraw money
with your VISA card and
Mastercard (limited) from cash
points throughout the country.
CURRENCY
Norwegian currency consists of
kroner (NOK or Kr) and re.
100 re = NOK 1
Exchange rate November 2012:
1 Euro = 7,32 NOK /
1 Dollar = 5,72 NOK
Visitors can bring in currency
(Norwegian and foreign) worth
NOK 25 000 (travellers cheques
included). Currency over this
amount must be declared at
customs.
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS
Duty free limits (as of October
2012): 1 liter of spirits and 1.5
liters of wine and 2 litres of beer,
OR 3 liters of wine and 2 litres of
beer OR 5 liters of beer.
Tobacco: 200 cigarettes or 250 g
tobacco and 200 cigarette
papers.
NB: You must be 20 years or
over to buy or import spirits and
18 years or over for wine, beer
and tobacco products. For more
detailed information, see:
www.toll.no
DINING
Norwegian cities offer a good
selection of restaurants in all
categories and price ranges. The
main course at an average
restaurant costs between NOK
170 - 300. Lunch is often less
costly. A glass of wine costs
from NOK 80 and a pint of beer
from NOK 75. Cafs and Kro
(often situated along the main
roads) also serve dinner, often at
very reasonable prices. A coffee
in a coffee shop costs from NOK
20 and a soft drink from NOK 30.
DISABILITIES
Over the last couple of years, the
travel industry has put more
emphasis on adapting their
facilities for people with
disabilities. However, there are
still many locations with limited
accessibility and we recommend
that you check this before
traveling. For information on
rental cabins, contact
Norges Handikapforbund (NHF):
Tel.: +47 24 10 24 00
www.nhf.no
EASILY ACCESSIBLE
All resorts are easily accessible
by public transport. The majority
of ski resorts are located in the
south of the country, so the
average midwinter temperature
is around -6C and there is
daylight from 9am to 4pm. By
March, the number of daylight
hours increase to 10. In addition,
the season is long, with snow
virtually guaranteed from
November to May and conditions
that are second to none.
ELECTRICITY
The Norwegian grid is set to 220
volts AC and you might need an
adapter with two round-ended
prongs.
EMERGENCY NUMBERS
In the event of an emergency in
Norway dial:
110 Fire Service
112 Police Service
113 Ambulance Service
120 Emergency at sea
FOODIMPORT LIMITATIONS
Import of agricultural products
is subject to special import
restrictions to avoid, among
other dangers, the spread of
plant and animal diseases.
However you may import, for
private use, up to 10 kg fruits,
berries and vegetables but not
potatoes. From EU/EEA
countries you can also bring a
maximum of 10 kg of meat,
meat products, fish, eggs,
cheese and foodstuffs except
dog and cat food, as long as the
product is stamped with the
country of origin (that country
being an EU member).
Permission to import listed
products can be revoked at any
time if the necessity arises (in
case of an outbreak of plant and
animal diseases for example).
From countries outside the EU/
EEA, it is prohibited to bring
meat, meat products, milk and
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Oslo
Kristiansand
Bergen
Trondheim
Troms
Bod
Stavanger
Larvik
Varanger
Havysund
Senja
Andya
Lofoten
Helgelandskysten
Atlanterhavsvegen
Geiranger - Trollstigen
Gamle Strynefjellsvegen
Gaularfjellet
Aurlandsfjellet
Hardanger
Ryfylke
Jren
Rondane
Valdresflye

Sognefjellet
Hardangervidda
VIEWING PLATFORM ABOVE TROLLSTIGEN, NATIONAL TOURIST ROUTE
GEIRANGER-TROLLSTIGEN JARLE WHLER / STATENS VEGVESEN
Fortunately, it is still possible to find roads that are not
just intended to get you to your destination as quickly
as possible.
The National Tourist Routes in
Norway are 18 selected
stretches of road that pass
through the most beautiful and
varied scenery Norway has to
offer. Spectacular architecture
and magnificent scenery are the
defining characteristics of the
National Tourist Routes.
At the Norwegian Public Roads
Administration, we pride
ourselves on offering picnic
areas, viewpoints and service
buildings with daring
designs, and we endeavour
to ensure that visitors will
enjoy unique experiences.
We welcome you to
unforgettable experiences on
our National Tourists Routes.
For more information
please scan the QR code.
nasjonaleturistveger.no
THERE ARE SOME ROADS YOU
WISH WOULD NEVER END
milk products in your luggage.
Dried and tinned foodstuffs are
permissible. More information
about import limitations on
www.toll.no
GREAT FACILITIES
In Norway, it is said that
Norwegians are born with skis
on their feet and it is easy to see
why. Norwegian children start
skiing from the age of three and
it really is a family activity. This
is reflected in the countrys ski
resorts which all boast fantastic
family ski facilities including
dedicated childrens ski areas,
ski schools and crches. Both
Alpine skiers and snowboarders
are well catered for, in fact,
some of the best terrain parks in
Europe can be found here. The
Norwegian ski resorts also
boast uncrowded slopes, lack of
lift queues and affordable lift
passes and ski schools.
Norwegians speak excellent
English and the vast majority of
ski resorts have English
speaking crches with qualified
nannies and ski schools which
are all extremely reasonably
priced. Children that are too
young to ski will love simply
spending time outside playing in
the snow. Those old enough to
don their own skis can take
advantage of the dedicated
childrens ski areas. These
typically include dedicated runs,
lifts and even terrain parks with
jumps and rails! Many resorts
also offer free ski helmet hire
and free ski passes for children.
HOLIDAYS
It can be both pleasant and
economical to travel in Norway
outside the school and industrial
holiday season. Prices tend to
be lower, and there is less
hustle and bustle. The school
holidays vary somewhat but are
approximately from June 20th to
August 20th. The industrial
holidays are the three last weeks
in July. In addition to autumn
and winter breaks, schools are
closed for two weeks over
Christmas and one week during
Easter.
HURTIGRUTEN
For those who want something a
bit different, why not join the
popular voyage In Search of the
Northern Lights from Bergen to
Troms. The Northern Lights
are a natural phenomenon,
caused by electrically charged
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solar particles entering the
earths atmosphere which light
up the sky at an incredible
speed. It is impossible to predict
when they might appear and
now guests can take advantage
of a unique wake up call which
means customers can request
to be called whatever time,
should the Northern Lights
appear. The Hurtigruten ships
are perfectly placed viewing
platforms as the Northern
Lights, which can be seen from
November to March, are set
against a dark sky free from
artificial light.
KING CRAB FISHING
Unique to Finnmark in Northern
Norway is the gigantic King Crab
offering a truly amazing
experience. Travel by
snowmobile or inflatable dinghy
to fish for the crab through the
ice. The King Crab can be as
large as two meters and weigh
up to 15 kilos. Afterwards you
can enjoy your mornings work
with a lunch of delicious fresh
crab meat. A true gastronomic
experience in unforgettable
surroundings.
LANGUAGE
The official language of Norway
is Norwegian. The Smi
population has their own official
language called Smi, and in
Finnmark you will find signs
marked in both languages. Most
Norwegians have a good
working knowledge of English
and some also speak German,
Spanish and French.
MEDICAL ATTENTION
Pharmacies are called Apotek
and are open during normal
business hours. In some larger
cities, one or two of them will be
open 24 hours and on weekends.
Should you fall ill while on
vacation in Norway, the hotel
reception should be able to put
you in touch with a local doctor.
Outside normal consultation
hours you should go to the local
emergency clinic (Legevakten).
If you take medication on a
regular basis, make sure you
take sufficient supplies for your
stay in Norway.
Norwegian pharmacies are not
permitted to issue medicine on
foreign prescriptions. If you run
out, you will have to visit a
Norwegian doctor to get a new
prescription. You are
recommended to take out
holiday insurance before leaving
your home country.
MIDNIGHT SUN
Norway is the Land of the
Midnight Sun. In the summer,
the sun never fully sets north of
the Arctic Circle and even in
Southern Norway the days are
extremely long.
NATIONAL PARKS
Norways 41 National Parks are
established to secure the rich
diversity of our natural heritage
for future generations. In the
National Parks nature is
protected by law and all visitors
must show respect by not
disturbing plants and wildlife.
You can obtain more information
about the National Parks by
contacting the
Directorate for Nature
Management:
www.dirnat.no
www.nasjonalparksenter.no/
english
NORTH CAPE
North Cape is Europes
northernmost viewpoint
(711021 North) and a popular
tourist attraction. There is a
tourist centre on the plateau
where you will find a
supervideograph, historical
exhibitions, chapel, restaurants,
bar, souvenir shop and post
office. Entrance price (2013),
including parking,
supervideograph, historical
exhibitions and full access for 48
hours:
NOK 245 per adult
(NOK 170 for students/bikers)
NOK 85 per child under 15 yrs.
NOK 575 for families (two adults
and two children).
North Cape is open all year, but
daily opening hours vary. It is
possible to visit during the
winter, please contact Nordkapp
Tourist Office in advance:
www.nordkapp.no
NORTHERN LIGHTS
The Northern Lights, aurora
borealis in Latin, are bright
colourful waves of light
illuminating the night sky. The
common viewing season is
between October and March,
however, you are never
guaranteed this treat, as it
depends on certain
meteorological conditions. The
best vantage points are in
Northern Norway, above the
NORTHERN LIGHT, AURORA BOREALIS BJRN JRGENSEN / VN
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Arctic Circle. The Northern
Lights may, under particular
weather conditions, also be
seen in Southern Norway.
PASSPORT AND VISA
REGIMES
Norway is not a member state of
the European Union (EU), but is
part of the Schengen area. To
visit Norway, all foreign
nationals (except citizens from
the other Nordic countries)
must have a valid passport and/
or other identification papers
approved as travel documents.
Certain foreign citizens must
also carry a visa. Contact the
Norwegian Embassy or
consulate closest to you for
more information, see
www.norway.info
PETS
Norway is one of the few
countries in Europe where
rabies does not exist, and the
Norwegian authorities aim to
keep it that way through strict
animal control measures. If you
wish to take a pet to Norway, the
animal must have a valid
certificate from an authorized
veterinarian proving that the
animal has all necessary
injections. Please note the new
rule about mandatory treatment
for echinococcosis for cats and
dogs that have been in Sweden
before entering Norway. For
updated information and
application forms, please
consult www.mattilsynet.no
(see section Traveling with pets)
RELIGION
The Church of Norway, which is
Lutheran, oversees about 1 600
churches and chapels around
the nation. For more
information: www.kirken.no
In addition, there are houses of
worship for most denominations
and religions in major cities. For
info on Stave Churches, see
www.stavkirke.info
MEETINGS, EVENTS AND
CONVENTIONS
Norway is an exotic destination
with a lot to offer the well
travelled client. With its high
tech industry and breathtaking
scenery, it is the perfect
destination for companies that
want to take advantage of the
pristine natural environment
while still profiting from all the
comforts of a modern
destination. For more
information about possibilities
of organizing meetings, events
or conventions in Norway,
please contact the local
Innovation Norway Office in your
country or contact Norway
Convention
Bureau, see
www.visitnorway.com/Meetings
RIGHT OF ACCESS
The law of access to the natural
environment, known as
Everymans Right allows you
to walk wherever you want in
the wilderness areas such as
the seashore, forests,
mountains and in other areas
which are not cultivated. This
should be done with
consideration, so that neither
the countryside nor the
property is damaged. Be
considerate to wildlife and
towards other people who are
in the area. Note that stricter
access regulations can be
enforced in protected areas.
Use paths and roads when you
go for walks in agricultural and
populated areas. It is preferable
to make use of campsites if you
are staying overnight outdoors.
If you pitch a tent in the
wilderness, it should be
situated at least 150 meters
from the nearest house or
cottage. The lighting of fires is
prohibited during the period
from 15 April to 15 September.
SHOPPING
Normal opening hours are:
Mon.Fri. 10am 5pm
Thursday 10am 6pm/8pm
Saturday 10am 1pm/3pm
Supermarkets and shopping
centres are generally open 9am
8pm on weekdays and 10am
6pm on Saturdays. Sundays
closed.
Kiosks tend not to close until
10pm or even 11pm, and are
usually open on weekends too.
Petrol stations often sell
groceries and are often open
until 11pm. Most shops accept
major credit cards.
SMOKING RESTRICTIONS
Smoking is not permitted on
board air crafts or on other
means of public transport. Nor
is smoking permitted in public
buildings and other places
open to the public, offices and
other places of work. This
includes hotels, bars and
restaurants. You must be 18
years or over to purchase
tobacco in Norway.
SUMMER TIME
Norway has Central European
Time, i.e. GMT+1 hour. In 2013
Norwegian summertime begins
March 31st at 02.00 (clock set
forward one hour) and ends
October 27th at 03.00 (clock set
back one hour).
STAY IN THE IGLOO HOTEL
Alta boasts the worlds
northernmost ice hotel. Chill out
with a drink in the ice bar before
heading off to your icy chamber
for a night you will never forget
sleeping on ice-beds covered
with reindeer skins!
SAMI EXPERIENCE
For a really authentic Northern
Norway experience, pay a visit to
the Smpi Park in Karasjok
where you can try driving a
reindeer sleigh, learn more
about the way of life and enjoy
an authentic meal seated on
reindeer skins around an open
fire in the laavu (Sami tent).
TAX FREE SHOPPING AND
SOUVENIRS
Norway can offer more than
beautiful scenery. Popular
souvenirs from Norway include
knitted jumpers, cardigans,
gloves and mittens, pewter
ware, silver jewelry and cutlery,
hand painted wooden objects,
bowls with rose designs, trolls
and fjord horses carved out of
wood, reindeer skin, enamel
jewelry, watches, woven wall-
coverings, furs, handicrafts,
glass and pottery. Throughout
the country, shops displaying
the Tax-free for tourists logo
offer visitors quality goods at
highly competitive prices. If
your purchase at any of the 4
500 stores connected to the
system exceeds NOK 315 on
regular goods, the store issues
you a Tax-free voucher for the
amount of VAT you paid. On
departure from Norway, a
refund of 12-19 %, depending on
sale price, will be given to you
on presentation of goods, Tax-
free cheque and passport, on
condition that the item has not
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ATTENTION
Innovation Norway - Tourism
brings to your attention that
travelling in certain areas in
Norway should be in the
company of a qualified guide.
Also pay attention to official signs
and applicable regulations.
been used while in Norway and
purchased less than one month
before departure. There are
approximately 55 Refund points
at various exits from Norway at
airports, road borders, on
board ferries and cruise ships.
Custom officials cannot refund
VAT. As a part of Global Blues
network of Cash Refund
offices, Norwegian Tax Refund
Cheques may also be cashed at
most of the large airports in
Europe as well as in Asia.
Global Blue
www.global-blue.com
Please note that it is possible to
buy tax-free goods upon arrival
in Norway at the following
airports: Oslo/Gardermoen,
Bergen/Flesland, Trondheim/
Vrnes, Stavanger/Sola and
Kristiansand/Kjevik.
TELEPHONES
Norwegian pay phones take 1, 5,
10 or 20 kroner pieces (and also
0.5 and 1 and 2 Euro coins). The
minimum charge is NOK 10 / 2
Euro. For directory enquiries,
dial 1881 for Norway, Sweden
and Denmark, 1882 for all other
countries. To call Norway from
abroad dial +47 in front of the
eight digit number. When calling
other countries from Norway
you must first press 00.
THE OSLO PASS AND THE
BERGEN CARD
These cards entitle the user to
free or discounted admission to
museums, attractions, cultural
events and sightseeing. Also,
free bus travel and discounts on
meals and parking. The passes
are sold at tourist offices in Oslo
and Bergen.
www.visitoslo.com
www.visitBergen.com
WE LOOK FORWARD TO
SEEING YOU HERE
There are a range of other
activities to enjoy whilst on a
winter break in Norway. Try your
hand at horse drawn sleigh
rides, ice fishing, snowshoeing,
ice skating and tobogganing
which are only some of the
activities available.
We look forward to seeing you in
Norway this winter and
remember, every time you say
ski or slalom, you are speaking
Norwegian!
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
General:
www.visitnorway.com
www.turistforeningen.no
Skiing:
www.skiingnorway.com
www.skiinfo.com
Other winter destinations:
www.northernnorway.com
www.fjordnorway.com/ski
Ice hotels/igloos:
www.kirkenessnowhotel.com
www.sorrisniva.no
www.ice-lodge.com
www.vinterparken.no
Icebar:
www.icebaroslo.no
Coastal experience:
www.hurtigruten.com
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your smartphone.
Download the barcode
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NORWAY ON
A BUDGET
10 Budget Holiday Tips
HODDEVIK, SOGN OG FJORDANE CH / WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
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CAMPING
The cheapest way to
stay in Norway is to bring a
tent. Public right of access
in Norway means you can
put up your tent practically
anywhere free of charge.
There are also campsites for
tents and caravans throughout
the country, where you pay a
small charge and can use the
showers and kitchen. These
campsites often have simple
cabins for rent as well.
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CHEAP ROOMS
If you are travelling by
car in Norway, look for Room
for rent signs. Sometimes,
they are only in Norwegian,
i.e. Rom til leie. With a little
planning, you can easily find
budget accommodation.
There is a wide range of
reasonable accommodation
available in Norway.

VIP Backpackers have cheap
rooms in Norway. B&B Norway
is an organisation that provides
bed & breakfast throughout the
country. Norwegian hostels are
part of Hostelling International,
and there are 75 hostels from
the north to the south of Norway.
They offer reasonably-priced
accommodation and the chance
to meet people from all over the
world who are in Norway for the
same reason as you. You can
book single rooms, double
rooms or family rooms at
www.hihostels.no
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BUDGET-PRICED
CABINS
Norway is one of the most
sparsely populated countries in
the world. Vast areas with
extensive networks of
waymarked walking trails await
you. Walking is free, and there is
a wide choice of cabins available
for people who want to explore
You can travel in Norway
on a fairly tight budget.
Here are ten tips for cheap
accommodation, activities
and means of transport
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the mountains and wilderness.
The Norwegian Trekking
Association has 460 cabins of
varying standard. The cheapest
are the no-service cabins where
you bring your own food.
Read more at:
www.turistforeningen.no
You can also rent a budget-
priced cabin for a week or longer
at www.norgesbooking.no
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WALKING HOLIDAYS
Bringing your own tent
and walking in the mountains
is free. If you book a room at
one of the Norwegian Trekking
Associations no-service or self-
service cabins (see above), you
pay a reasonable amount that
varies with the standard of the
cabin. The self-service cabins
are slightly more luxurious
and a bit more expensive.
TERJE RAKKE / NORDIC LIFE / WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
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SEA FISHING FROM
SHORE
Bring your fishing rod on a
cycling or motoring holiday in
Norway. Sea fishing from the
shore is free.
6
CYCLING HOLIDAYS
A cycling holiday where
you bring your own tent is a
cheap way of exploring Norway.
If you dont like tents, you can
book reasonably-priced cabins at
Norways many campsites before
you set off. If you dont want
to cycle on your own, you can
book an organised cycling trip.
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BUY YOUR OWN FOOD
AT A SUPERMARKET
Buying food at a supermarket
is the cheapest way of filling
your stomach. The following
are the cheapest of the
many supermarket chains
in Norway: Bunnpris, Prix,
Rema 1000, Kiwi and Rimi.
You cant buy wine or spirits
in ordinary shops and
supermarkets in Norway. You
have to find a Vinmonopol wine
and spirits store. Since it is a
state-owned chain, it is not
required to make a profit, and
expensive wines are actually
competitively-priced in Norway.
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EAT AT SMALL ASIAN
RESTAURANTS
In cities and towns. you
will often see small Asian
restaurants. Many of them
are cheap and serve good
quality food. In Oslo, many
of these restaurants are
located in the Grnland area,
or along Torggata, which
goes from Oslo city centre
to the Grnerlkka area.
You can drink tap water, so
it is unnecessary to order a
bottle of water with your meal.
Most restaurants will bring
a jug of water and glasses to
your table free of charge.
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GETTING AROUND
By train
The Norwegian State Railways
(NSB) sell Minipris tickets from
NOK 249, irrespective of the
length of the journey. These
tickets must be booked in
advance at www.nsb.no
Also check out Norway in a
Nutshell, which is a reasonably-
priced, well-organised round
trip. www.fjordtours.com
By bus
Travelling by bus can be a cheap
option, and the bus company
NOR-WAY Bussekspress
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covers most of the country
and sometimes has good
discounts. Book tickets online
in advance to get the best deal.
Discounts
Many places offer good
discounts for youth, students,
seniors and families. If
you qualify for any of the
above, you must always
mention it. Students must
show their international
student ID card (ISIC).
Driving a car in Norway
If you come in your own
car or hire one when you
get here, there are lots of
reasonable accommodation
options available to you,
and there is a wide range of
impressive National Tourist
Routes throughout Norway.
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BUY AN 'EXPLORE
NORWAY TICKET
The airline Widere has
many good deals on round
trips in Norway. Go for their
Explore Norway Ticket,
which offers unlimited air
travel for two weeks during
the period from 21 June to 27
August. www.wideroe.com
NILS-ERIK BJRHOLT / WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM
NILS-ERIK BJRHOLT / INNOVATION NORWAY
AROUND NORWAY
With backpack and bike
Backpacking in Norway?
No problem! Theres loads
to see and do. Get yourself
a map and the right
guidebooks and you can
start preparing your trip
right away. And you can
find exotic places to stay
at farms across Norway.
Norway, yes, of course! It is the
worlds most beautiful country,
after all. What are you waiting
for? Getting an experienced
globetrotter like Jens A Riisns
to enthuse about his native
country is not difficult. He
recommends taking a backpack
of course: Suitcase? What on
earth is a suitcase? In addition
to the indispensable backpack
and, not least, the equally
indispensable plastic payment
card, you could also take a bike
with you, if thats what you like.
You can take it on trains, buses,
boats and planes. And thats you
pretty much ready.
Backpacking in Norway? Yes,
why not? Public transport is
good and frequent. Since the
esteemed National Geographic
has voted the Norwegian fjords
the most beautiful in the world,
theres no reason why we
shouldnt enjoy them too. My
motto is: Dont let tourists scare
you away theres not THAT
many of them. And dont turn
your nose up at the most
popular destinations in Norway
theres at least one good
reason that theyre popular with
tourists.
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GO WEST!
That is why many of my best tips
point in one direction, namely
westwards. With Oslo as your
starting point, you should check
out the Fram Museum, the Kon-
tiki Museum, the Norwegian
Museum of Cultural History and
the Viking Ship at Bygdy to
understand a bit more about this
strange country before setting off.
Catch a train heading west, or
take a bus part of the way, and
get yourself to Myrdal. There, you
simply must take the miraculous
train ride called the Flm Railway
and continue by boat on the
Nryfjord to Gudvangen, where
you take a bus up the hairpin
bends of Stalheimskleivene
before arriving in Voss. A tourist
trap, some people might say?
Definitely, and a very successful
product marketed under the
moniker Norway in a nutshell.
But it is also unbelievably
beautiful. We simply cant leave
out something as magnificent as
this, says Jens A Riisns. From
Voss, you continue on to Bergen
by bus or train, where you can
see the sights the student travel
agency Kilroy Travels
recommends to backpackers:
Mount Flyen, Mount Ulriken, the
old Hanseatic wharf Bryggen,
Bergen Aquarium and Edvard
Griegs home, Troldhaugen. And
dont embark on the Hurtigruten
coastal express and head north
right away. There are a lot of
express boats in Bergen harbour,
you see. One of them takes you
up the Sognefjord, which you
definitely shouldnt miss. Make
sure you have plenty of time, take
a good look around and improvise
a bit before catching a bus to take
you to Frde and on to Stryn.
Beautiful Stryn is, by the way, a
RIISNS
Jens A Riisns is Norways
most widely traveled journalist
and number one travel guru.
For more than 40 years he has
devoted most of his time to
exploring the world and,
through his weekly travel
program on the cultural
channel on national radio, he
has for many years taken
listeners to some of the most
fantastic places on the planet.
perfect base for short excursions
to Olden, Loen etc.
MAP AND BOOKS
Lets take a breather and think
about some essential
equipment, i.e. what we need to
pack. A map is a must.
Preferably a large scale one. I
probably dont need to say this,
but you should buy a map long
before youre standing there
with the pack on your back.
Planning is half the fun. And a
plan is no obstacle to
improvisation. An example of a
bit of improvisation that I could
have mentioned before would be
to travel from Voss to Bergen via
Kinsarvik. And a walk up the
Husedalen valley, towards
Hrteigen and Hadlaskar a
little valley that Riisns does
not hesitate to call Norways
most beautiful.
AND SO TO THE NORTH
Right, so weve arrived in
Stryn. From there, there is a
bus that goes to Grotli then on
across the mountain and down
to Geiranger. Maybe the bus
driver will provide a little extra
service and stop off at the
Dalsnibba viewpoint. But,
regardless, youll get to see
rnevegen (the Eagles Road)
and on the way to ndalsnes
the Trollstigen Road.
Jump on a train at ndalsnes
and take an exciting railway
journey via Dombs to
Trondheim, where you should
definitely see Nidaros
Cathedral, the Bybroen Bridge,
the colourful Bakklandet area
and the fortress, and check out
lots of concerts and bars.
Planes, trains and buses take
you further north from
Trondheim. Maybe a flight to
Bod in brilliant sunshine of
course would be just the
thing? Or are Namsos, Trna
and Lury more tempting?
Remember not to bite off more
than you can chew. When you
are carrying a backpack, its
important to find a sensible
travel rhythm. But once in
Bod, you should make your
way to the quay and get on the
ferry to Moskenes. Seeing the
Lofoten mountains rise up from
the ocean should be
compulsory for everyone with a
sense of adventure.
When you have reached the
southern tip of Lofoten at the
village of , dont forget to walk
across to the other side, i.e. to
the north, to see the lagoons on
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the seaward side, and then
catch a bus that takes you
slowly to the town of Svolvr.
The Hurtigruten coastal
express is there to welcome you
and show you the Trollfjord and
loads more before you walk
down the gangway in Troms.
Tired? Yes, but dont forget
exotic Finnmark, either this
time or perhaps next year. The
distances in this part of Norway
are huge and travelling by
plane is a good idea. It can be a
good idea to check timetables
and book early. The North
Cape, Berlevg, Btsfjord and
Kirkenes are good destinations,
as is Sr-Varanger, where four
peoples come together and the
Russian taiga forests start.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotels and guest houses abound
in eye-catching locations along
the proposed route. Norwegian
farms, if somewhat less easy to
find, are an exciting alternative.
The organisation HANEN is a
nationwide network with 500
members. Some of them only
serve food, but around 300
of them will also put you up
for a night. You can choose
between cabins, small houses,
apartments and farms ranging
from simple, reasonably-
priced accommodation to more
refined options.
The counties of
Sogn og Fjordane,
Nord-Trndelag,
Telemark and
Hedmark/Oppland
are particularly
well represented
in this network.
Please note that
some of these
places are not located right
beside bus stops and ferry
quays, so it is a good idea to
phone in advance to arrange
transport and get some good
advice. There is an excellent
list of the accommodation on
offer in Norwegian, English and
German at www.hanen.no
This interview by Lars-Ludvig
Red was originally published in
the newspaper Aftenposten
SEE THE FANTASTIC FILMS FROM LOFOTEN HERE
Tip: The 'Explore Norway
Ticket' sold by Widere,
which can be used all
summer, is recommended.
www.visitam.com
Tel: (+47) 57 63 21 00
e-mail: aamsbana@visitam.com
www.aamsbana.no
Tel: (+47) 57 63 32 00
e-mail: post@sognefjorden-as.no
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e-mail: mail@fretheim-hotel.no
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Kristiansand Flm..... 490 km 8 h
lesund Flm........... 298 km 5 h
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Beautiful Flm is situated at the innermost part of
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long and up to 1308 meter deep Sognefjord.
The Flm Railway is the unique train journey
between Flm and the mountain station Myrdal on
the Oslo Bergen Line, and is widely recognized as
one of the steepest and most beautiful railways
in the world. The boat company Sognefjorden
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Official name
THE KINGDOM OF NORWAY
FORM OF GOVERNMENT
Constitutional monarchy
Parliamentary democracy
MONARCHY
Harald V, King of Norway, born 21 February 1937
Sonja, Queen of Norway, born 4 July 1937
Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, born 20 July 1973
Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway, born 19 August 1973
Ingrid Alexandra, Princess of Norway, born 21 January 2004
Sverre Magnus, Prince of Norway, born 3 December 2005
POPULATION
5,017,500 inhabitants as of July 2012
Norway has a Sami indigenous population and five national
minorities: Jews, people of Finnish descent in Northern Norway,
the Roma people (gypsies), the Romani people (travellers)
and Forest Finns.
OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
Norwegian (two variants, bokml and nynorsk)
Sami (equal status with Norwegian in certain municipalities
in Troms and Finnmark)
RELIGION
Protestant Christianity
MONETARY UNIT
Norwegian krone, NOK (as of October 2012)
1 Euro = 7,33 NOK
1 USD = 5,72 NOK
1 GBP = 9,12 NOK
INTERNATIONAL FLYING TIMES
Approximate distance in time from abroad, direct flights:
(source: SAS Sept. 07)
Copenhagen 1 hour 10 minutes
London 2 hours 15 minutes
Aberdeen 1 hour 30 minutes
Glasgow 2 hours 40 minutes
Dublin 2 hours 10 minutes

DOMESTIC FLYING TIMES
Approximate distances in time on domestic flights:
(source: SAS Sept. 10)
Oslo - Kristiansand 45 minutes
Oslo - Stavanger 50 minutes
Oslo - Bergen 50 minutes
Oslo - Sogndal (the fjords) 50 minutes
Oslo - lesund 55 minutes
Oslo - Trondheim 55 minutes
Oslo - Bod 1 hour 30 minutes
Oslo - Svolvr 2 hours 21 minutes
(1 flight change, fastest corresponding flight)
Oslo - Troms 1 hour 50 minutes
Oslo - Alta 1 hour 55 minutes
Oslo - Honningsvg (the North Cape) 3 hours 38 minutes
(2 flight changes, fastest corresponding flights)
Oslo - Kirkenes 2 hours 5 minutes
ROUTE PLANNER
either www.viamichelin.co.uk, or www.visveg.vegvesen.no
AREA
The Kingdom of Norway 385,199 km
2
Mainland (including lakes) 323,782 km
2
Land area 304,280 km
2
Svalbard 61,020 km
2
Jan Mayen 377 km
2
TERRITORIES
Bouvet Island 49 km
2
Peter 1 Island 156 km
2
Queen Maud Land 2,700,000 km
2
GEOGRAPHICAL FACTS
Largest lake Mjsa 362 km
2
Longest river Glomma 600 km
Highest waterfall (vertical drop): Kjelfossen 840 m
Tyssestrengene 300 m
Ringedalsfossen 300 m
Highest peaks Galdhpiggen 2,469 m
Glittertind 2,464 m
Largest glacier The Jostedal Glacier 487 km
2
Longest fjord The Sognefjord 204 km
Largest inhabited island Hinnya 2,198 km
2
Source:Norwegian Mapping Authority.
WELCOME TO
NORWAY
Expectations are half the fun! The pleasure of looking
forward to days when you are your own boss and can do
what you want, when you want! Of looking forward to
recharging your batteries! The anticipation that you will
soon be experiencing something different, something
beautiful and unknown!
VISIT NORWAY ONLINE
The award-winning website
Visitnorway is Innovation
Norways most important
channel for marketing Norway
as a holiday destination, both in
Norway and abroad. Visitnorway
gives you reliable and extensive
information about the whole of
Norway and what the tourism
industry has to offer all in one
place. This makes it easy to
explore Norway as a travel
destination, to search for
products and destinations and
book holidays to Norway.
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Fjell Norway
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D E NMA R K
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