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Norway

Norway is stacked with superlatives — it's the most mountainous, most scenic, and most prosperous of all the Scandinavian countries. Perhaps above all, Norway is a land of intense natural beauty, its famously steep mountains and deep fjords carved out and shaped by an ancient ice age.

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At a Glance

▲▲▲ Oslo Norway's sharp capital city, with its historic and walkable core, mural-lined City Hall, Vigeland sculptures at Frogner Park, and inspiring Nobel Peace Center, while the nearby Bygdøy district hosts museums dedicated to ships (Viking, Fram, and Kon-Tiki), the Holocaust, and traditional folk life.

▲▲ Norway in a Nutshell A combination train, bus, and ferry trip to and through Norway's most spectacularly beautiful fjord, the Sognefjord, passing pristine waterfalls, verdant forests, and take-your-breath-away scenery.

▲▲ Bergen Salty port town and medieval capital of Norway, with lively fish market, colorful Hanseatic quarter (Bryggen), and a funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen with great views.

The Sognefjord Fjordside hamlet of Balestrand, a cozy home base for exploring nearby sights (including a medieval stave church), plus the serene Lustrafjord, with more stave churches and a glacier you can walk on.

Gudbrandsdal Valley and Jotunheimen Mountains Lush green valley connecting northern and southern Norway, with touristy Lillehammer, the excellent Maihaugen Open-Air Folk Museum, and a rugged mountain range with some of this country's finest hikes and drives.

South Norway Harborside Stavanger — with its Norwegian Emigration Center, Petroleum Museum, and Pulpit Rock, time-passed and remote Setesdal Valley, and the resort town of Kristiansand with ferry connections to Denmark.

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  • Oslo City Hall
  • Viking Ship in Museum, Oslo, Norway
  • Frogner Sculptures, Oslo, Norway
  • Bergen, Norway
  • Sognefjord, Norway
  • Hopperstad Stave Church, Balestrand, Norway
  • View of Sognefjord, Norway
  • Opera House Exterior, Oslo, Norway
  • Excursion Boat, Sognefjord, Norway
  • Rental Car, Norway
  • Harbor Walk, Oslo, Norway
  • Outdoor Crowd, Opera House, Oslo
  • Harbor Setting, Bergen, Norway
  • Boat on Lusterfjord, Jotunheimen Region, Norway
  • Stavanger Museum, Stavanger, Norway
  • Choir Girls in Church, Santa Lucia, Christmas, Norway
  • Stegastein view of Sognefjord, Norway
  • Harbor Warehouses, Stavanger, Norway

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