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Things to Do in Norway

Norway: land of breathtaking fjords, cosmopolitan cities, and Scandinavian design. In the capital city of Oslo, visit top attractions such as the Viking Ship Museum and Vigeland Sculpture Park, and get a taste of Norwegian culture on a food tour. On the west coast, UNESCO-protected fjords, craggy coastlines, and Bergen, the so-called City of Seven Mountains, beckon outdoor enthusiasts. Those in search of the northern lights and winter activities — from dogsledding to snowmobile safaris — head for Tromso, while train buffs salivate over trips on the Bergen and Flam railways, considered among the world’s most scenic train journeys.
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Akershus Castle (Akershus Slott)
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Set on the banks of Oslo Fjord, Akershus Castle (Akershus Slott)—also known as Akershus Fortress (Akershus Festning)—was built in 1299 as a residence for Norway’s royal family. Over the years it has served as a fortress to protect Oslo against sieges from rival Swedish forces, as a Renaissance castle, and as a full-fledged 19th-century prison.
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Oslo Royal Palace (Kongelige Slott)
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Oslo’s Royal Palace was designed by architect Hans Linstow and built in the early 19th century for King Charles III, who reigned over a united Norway and Sweden. He died before work was completed on the vast Neo-classical edifice and it was his son Oscar I who finally moved into the palace in 1849. Today it is the official city residence of King Harald V and his wife Queen Sonja, and is open during the summer for guided tours of parts of its 173 palatial rooms.
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Oslo City Hall (Radhuset)
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Home to the Oslo City Council and numerous galleries and studios, the Oslo City Hall (or Rådhuset) showcases the city’s political and cultural sides. It is widely considered one of Oslo’s architectural gems, winning the 2005 vote for Oslo’s "Structure of the Century."
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Oslo Opera House (Operahuset)
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Norway’s stylish, innovative new arts center opened in 2008 at Bjørvika, with views stretching out over Oslo Fjord. It is home to the national ballet, opera and orchestral companies but audiences probably come as much for the sublime waterside setting of this gleaming white auditorium as they do for the performances. Designed by Norwegian architect Tarald Lundevall, who also built the National September 11 Memorial Museum & Pavilion in New York, the opera house is constructed of marble, granite and glass and won the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award for Contemporary Architecture in 2009. Inside there are three main stages, combined able to seat audiences of up to 2,000; all this is supported by a staff of 620 led by artistic director Tom Remlov in a labyrinth of more than 1,000 studios and workshops.

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Tromso Fjords
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Thanks to its spectacular location among a series of islands and skerries laced with waterways and scalloped inlets, and to its backdrop of snow-clad peaks, Tromsø is the epicenter of day trips out into fjords bordering the Norwegian Sea. These long, narrow sea inlets are characterized by steep, mountainous slopes carved out by glaciation during the last Ice Age. Within easy reach of Grøtfjord, Erdsfjord, Balsfjord, Lyngsfjord and Kattfjord on the neighboring island of Kvaløya, the city is connected to this spectacular seascape with a network of ferries, buses and bridges.

From half-day sightseeing trips to the sharp peaks of Balsfjord or into the pristine waters of Erdsfjord, surrounded by steep mountains; to fishing for cod, salmon and halibut in the deep fjord waters; and crewing yachts into the calm, sheltered waters, there’s a choice of tours from Tromsø.

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Karl Johans Gate
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Stretching from Oslo Central Station to the Royal Palace, Karl Johans gate is Oslo’s main thoroughfare. Named after King Charles III John (Karl Johan), the street is home to many of the city’s top attractions, including the Royal Palace, Stortinget, National Theatre and Central Station.

During Oslo’s short summer, residents flock to the beer gardens lining the street for al fresco drinks. Come winter, a pond along the street transforms into an ice skating rink. Throughout the year, restaurants, cafes and bars lining the street fill up with both locals and visitors. Much of Oslo’s best shops can be found along the street and the smaller streets branching from it.

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Vigeland Sculpture Park (Vigelandsanlegget)
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Comprising of more than 200 bronze, granite, and cast iron sculptures by the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, Oslo’s Vigeland Sculpture Park is the world’s largest such complex made by a single artist. Located within Frogner Park, it is also one of Oslo’s top attractions, drawing more than a million visitors a year.
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Oslo Cathedral (Oslo Domkirke)
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Consecrated in 1697, Oslo Cathedral (Oslo Domkirke) is used for Norwegian Royal Family weddings and funerals. The public is also welcome to admire its interesting architectural details, including a 1950 tempera ceiling by Hugo Louis Mohr, stained glass windows by Emanuel Vigeland, and magnificent altarpiece with acanthus carvings.
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Mt. Floyen (Floyfjellet)
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For the ultimate view of Bergen, scaling the 399-meter peak of neighboring Mount Floyen is the most popular choice, serving up magnificent panoramic views over the city and its fjords. The easiest way to reach the top is by riding the Fløibanen funicular railway, a thrilling 8-minute journey from the Bryggen harbor to a lookout point around 1km from the summit.

A network of marked hiking and mountain biking trails also run around the mountaintop, following scenic forest trails and lakeside walks, and offering views spanning the surrounding fjords, islands and mountains. Mount Floyen is also home to the Floyen Folk Restaurant, where regular folk music concerts are held in the summer months, as well as a café, shop and children’s playground.

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Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskipshuset)
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Another of the museums on Bygdøy Peninsula, the Viking Ship Museum displays a surprisingly decorative collection of Viking grave goods discovered around Oslo Fjord but is best known for the Viking ships that are elegantly displayed in pristine white galleries.

Three ninth-century longboats were excavated in southern Norway after centuries of being buried in peat. The wooden ships have been painstakingly reconstructed and – despite their lengthy incarceration – are virtually complete. The finest is the Oseberg boat, which discovered in 1903 after more than a thousand years underground. Due to its rich ornamentation, experts believe it was constructed purposefully for the burial of wealthy Vikings.

A visit to the Viking Ship Museum also includes entrance to the Norwegian ethnographic collection in the Museum of Cultural History, where artifacts include Egyptian mummies and medieval decorative arts.

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Oslofjord

Oslofjord

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The cool, contemporary city of Oslo lies at the head of its fjord, a calm, clear body of water some 68 miles (107 km) in length that leads out to the Strait of Skagerrak and in turn to the Baltic and North seas. It is a summertime paradise for the lucky inhabitants of Oslo, scattered liberally with islets, isolated coves, and little pockets of beach.

Oslo Fjord is best discovered by boat, and there are many options for day trips from many-sailed clippers to island-hopping ferries. Around a dozen islets fan out into the fjord; pretty little paradises with sandy strands, cycle and hiking routes, and historic lighthouses. There’s a ruined Cistercian monastery on Hovedøya, a smattering of holiday homes and sports facilities on wooded Lindøya, and a nature reserve for wading birds on Bleikøya; most of the islands are accessible in about 20 minutes from Vippetangen on the Oslo waterfront.

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Hardangerfjord

Hardangerfjord

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Holmenkollen Ski Jump

Holmenkollen Ski Jump

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Holmenkollen is an Oslo landmark hill north-west of the city center; there has been a ski jump here since 1892 but the present-day ‘S’-shaped jump at Kongeveien was constructed in 2010. The jump is 394 ft (120 m) long and it is 197 ft (60 m) high and it’s one of Norway’s best-loved visitor attractions.

There’s plenty of year-round outdoor and indoor action at Holmenkollen: climb the 250 steps to the viewing platform for vistas across the scenic Nordmarka protected wilderness; visit the world’s oldest ski museum at the foot of the jump; or grab a zip line to whizz 1,180 ft (360 m) down the length of the ski jump – a ride for real adrenaline junkies with a firm head for heights. Somewhat more enjoyable is the simulator ride that gives a bird’s-eye experience of ski-ing down the ski jump. In winter Holmenkollen hosts the World Cup Nordic skiing events and is the springboard for Nordic or downhill ski-ing and skating in Nordmarka, which by summer it is hiking and cycling.

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Fram Museum (Frammuseet)

Fram Museum (Frammuseet)

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Fram was veteran of many Arctic voyages when Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen – the first man to reach both North and South Poles – gained worldwide fame by sailing her to Antarctica from 1910 to 1912, where he beat the UK's Robert Scott in a race to the South Pole.

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Bygdøy Peninsula

Bygdøy Peninsula

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Jutting out into Oslo Fjord, the Bygdøy Peninsula is a one-stop leisure destination just west side of the city center. A clutch of Norway’s most popular museums are found here along with hiking and cycling trails, beautiful – if small – beaches at Huk and Paradisbukta, plus several cafés and seafood restaurants. Come sunny days, the peninsula is full to bursting with Oslo families enjoying the peninsula’s laid-back vibe and the organic farm at the Royal Manor, which is the summer residence of King Harald V.

Altogether Bygdøy is home to the Neo-Gothic castle of Oscarshall, the Holocaust Center in the austere Villa Grande, and no less than five museums. Of these, the Viking Ship, Fram, Maritime and Kon-Tiki museums deal with Norway’s illustrious nautical heritage, while the open-air Norwegian Folk Museum concerns itself with Norway’s cultural past. It displays a colorful collection of Sami national costumes from Lapland alongside 150-odd reconstructed buildings.

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Kon-Tiki Museum

Kon-Tiki Museum

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Lyngen Alps (Lyngsalpene)

Lyngen Alps (Lyngsalpene)

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Located 300 km (186 miles) into the Arctic Circle northeast of the city of Tromsø, the Lyngsalpene (Lyngen Alps) are a 90-km (56-mile) range of untamed mountains stretching from Lyngenfjord in the south and heading north to Ullsfjord almost on the border with Sweden. They form a spectacular landscape of deep gorges, gleaming icy glaciers and wild, boulder-filled rivers, with cliffs rising sharply up to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) from the sea.

With the highest mountain of Jiekkevarre reaching 1,833 meters (6,104 feet), in winter the Lyngen Alps are a paradise for experienced climbers and extreme skiers. Their gentle, lower slopes become a snowy haven perfect for dog sledding, snow safaris and spotting the elusive Northern Lights, which dance merrily across the winter skies. In summer the mountains are illuminated by the eerie glow of the midnight sun; sailors flock to the calm, sheltered waters of the fjords; and fishing becomes the most popular sport.

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Munch Museum (Munchmuseet)

Munch Museum (Munchmuseet)

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Vigeland Museum (Vigeland Museet)

Vigeland Museum (Vigeland Museet)

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Polaria Aquarium

Polaria Aquarium

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Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum)

Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum)

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Jutting out into Oslo Fjord, the Bygdøy Peninsula is a one-stop leisure destination just west side of the city center. It is Oslo’s ‘Museum Island’ and hosts several maritime museums as well as the open-air Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum). Highlighting Norway’s colorful cultural history from 1500 to present day, this wonderfully family-friendly museum presents an array of more than 150 buildings brought together from all over the country, each representing different regions and eras and including a reconstructed traditional Sami goahti (tent) and the exquisite, 13th-century wooden stave church from Gol, north of Oslo. There are several streets of wooden houses from Oslo and its suburbs, as well as a three-story, 19th-century apartment block, rebuilt here to showcase life in the Norway of the last two centuries, from an elegant Art Nouveau interior to a suitably scruffy 1980s student bedsit.

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