Sunrise over Prekestolen and Lysefjorden
Sunrise over Trolltunga
Ski touring Lissjedalshornet in Romsdalen
Camping under the Northern Lights, Uttakleiv in Lofoten
MTB near Leknes, Lofoten
Family Hiking Litlefjellet in Vengedalen and Isfjorden in Romsdalen
Activities in Norway
Destinations in Norway
Attractions in Norway
Discover the region
Norway's natural environment
Along the Norwegian Atlantic coast, water and ice have formed a fascinating fjord landscape over millions of years. The "only" 2650 km long coastline is extended to 25,000 km by the numerous cuts in the valley. The best known are the Geiranger and Nærøyfjords, which are protected by UNESCO, and the Trollfjord.
Along the coast there are about 150,000 islands and archipelagoes. The most famous archipelago are the Lofoten Islands north of the Arctic Circle, Spitsbergen also belongs to the Norwegian territory despite its great distance from the mainland.
The glaciers were not idle inland either. High mountain ranges alternate with barren plateaus (mountains). Large parts of this highland are now under nature conservation, such as Jotunheimen, Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella and Hardangervidda. Also of glacial origin are the deep valley cuts and inland lakes with fascinating viewpoints like Preikestolen and Trolltunga.
Fascination North Cape
Outdoor sports in Norway
Norway's mountainous landscape is perfect for hiking, mountain and trekking tours. Several-day tours through the Norwegian national parks are particularly popular. Because the right of public access allows everyone to move freely in nature - even camping, fishing, making fires or boating.
Norway is also particularly well known for its wide range of winter sports. Skiing, cross-country skiing or a dog sled tour? No problem in Norway. You can even enjoy the snow on the Norwegian glaciers in summer. And those interested in the history of winter sports will find detailed documentation material in the Holmenkollen Ski Museum.
History and Culture of Norway
Photo: Micha L. Rieser, commons.wikimedia.org (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Hardly any other culture has shaped Norway as strongly as the Vikings. In the relatively short time from 800 to 1050 A.D. the Viking leaders managed to discover and populate the country to one and many of the surrounding islands (Iceland, Faroe Islands, Grasland, Newfoundland, Orkney, Shetland).
The most famous testimonies from medieval Norway are the stave churches. It was not until the end of the 13th century that the pagan religions of Scandinavia were almost completely ousted by Christianity. For this reason, numerous pagan elements such as scorpion fish and odind representations can still be found inside the 33 stave churches that still exist today. The oldest stave church is located near Urnes on the Norwegian Sognefjord.
Important terms in Norway's history are "shipping" and "Hanseatic League". The most important commodity shipped to Lübeck by German traders was dried fish from northern Norway. Today, the Bryggen district of Bergen is a reminder of the Hanseatic era. Norwegian explorers also set sail into the world's oceans by ship. For example the polar researchers Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup and Roald Amundsen, whose history can be followed in the Frammuseum in Oslo.