Norway is simply one of the most beautiful countries on earth! It is a country of Vikings, mesmerizing landscapes, and incredible natural diversity. Holidays in Norway are preferred by romantics who want to feel the spirit of freedom, merge with nature, breathe in the crystal–clear air. It is not surprising that many who have been there return to the country to experience that feeling of delight when they first climbed the Skjeggedal mountain, found themselves on the Troll Tongue and enjoyed the panorama of Lake Ringedalsvatn, which took their breath away, again.
It is situated in Northern Europe, the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, with coastlines at the North Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Sweden, Finland, and Russia and it shares maritime borders with the United Kingdom, Iceland, and Denmark.
Norway’s mainland covers an area of 323,802 km², making it somewhat smaller than Germany, or slightly larger than the US state of New Mexico. Just 5.2 million people live in this sparsely populated country. Capital and largest city is Oslo, spoken language is Norwegian, a North Germanic language.
Norway’s landscape offers rocky wilderness with mountains and glaciers. Its coast is dented by coastal fjords, long, narrow inlets with steep cliffs, some of the fjords reach deep into the interior of the country. Then there’s the primeval appeal, the beauty of the Arctic, which serves as a backdrop for some of Europe’s prettiest villages.
Enjoying nature in Norway is very much an active pursuit, and this is one of Europe’s most exciting and varied adventure-tourism destinations. While some of the activities on offer are geared towards the young, energetic, and fearless, most – such as world-class hiking, cycling and white-water rafting in summer, and dogsledding, skiing, and snowmobiling in winter – can be enjoyed by anyone of reasonable fitness.
(Norwegian cities are cosmopolitan and showcase the famous Scandinavian flair for design through the ages. Bergen, Trondheim and Ålesund rank among Europe’s most photogenic cities, while contemporary Arctic-inspired architectural icons grace towns and remote rural settings.
Here you can watch whales – humpback, sperm, and orca– depending on the season, while the interior offers up wild reindeer, prehistoric musk oxen, moose, or beguiling Arctic foxes. Birdwatching, too, is a highlight, from the puffins to the migratory seabirds. But the real prizes inhabit Norway’s high Arctic, in Svalbard, where polar bears and walruses are the poster species for a wilderness of rare, dramatic, and precarious beauty.)