Stunning Tourist spots of NorwayPosted By vignesh on October 25, 2015 at 10:33pm | Blog, Europe
Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitarymonarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus Jan Mayen and the Arcticarchipelago of Svalbard. The country shares a long eastern border with Sweden (1,620 km). Norway is bordered by Finland and Russia to the north-east, and the Skagerrak Strait to the south, with Denmark on the other side. Norway has an extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea. The southern and western parts of Norway, fully exposed to Atlantic storm fronts, experience more precipitation and have milder winters than the eastern and far northern parts. Areas to the east of the coastal mountains are in a rain shadow, and have lower rain and snow totals than the west. Stunning and dramatic scenery and landscape is found throughout Norway. Because of this norway referred as a famous tourist destination.
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Places to Visit in Norway:
Because of its iconic identity it is a famous tourist destination for most people in the world. There are many Volcanoes, islands, glaciers, forests and many other attractive things are present in Norway. The following are some of the beautiful and vibrant places to see in Norway.
Military history in the middle of the Oslofjord. A beautiful island in the middle of the narrowest section of the Oslofjord, but primarily an interesting monument to Norway’s military history. It was from this fortress at dawn on 9 April 1940 that the cannons and torpedoes were fired that sank the German heavy cruiser the Blücher thus giving Norway’s King Haakon VII and the Government the time they needed to flee further north, from where they were evacuated to London to continue the fight against the Nazi occupation. More Information on this Fortress.
A wilderness area near the border with Sweden. A wilder and tougher wilderness experience than Velmunden. An alternative to Alaska and the Yukon. Together, Femundsmarka and Gutulia national parks on the Norwegian side of the border and Töfsingdalen on the Swedish side, and adjoining areas, form one of the most distinctive high mountain biotopes in Scandinavia. The National park’s landscape is largely marshes and lakes (it lies adjacent to Norway’s second largest natural lake, Femunden). It is a popular destination for canoeing and fishing. The park was formed in 1971 to protect the lake and the forests stretching eastwards to Sweden. Indeed, the landscapes here are more Swedish in appearance than recognisably Norwegian. The forest is sparse and consists of craggy pine and birch. The great botanist Carl von Linné explored the area in 1734, encountering falconers on his travels.
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The Telemark Canal:
The Telemark Canal connects Skien to Dalen in southern Norway by linking several long lakes in the Skien watershed through a series of 18 locks. The Telemark Canal from Skien, the town where Henrik Ibsen was born, to Dalen, the gateway to West Telemark, is an interesting canal journey. In the space of a few hours it takes travellers by boat through a classic system of locks from one of Norway’s big industrial towns, Porsgrunn/Skien (altitude 0 metres), to Dalen, innermost on lake Bandak, one of Telemark’s many classic fjord lakes.
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Nidaros Cathedral is a Church of Norwaycathedral located in the city of Trondheim in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. Built over the burial site of Saint Olav, the king of Norway in the 11th century, who became the patron saint of the nation. It is the traditional location for the consecration of the King of Norway. It is the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world. The interior of the cathedral was stripped of many of its art treasures in connection with the Reformation, but it is by far the biggest cathedral in Europe to be located so far from Rome, and the building itself therefore occupies a special place among Europe’s cathedrals.
The Sognefjord or Sognefjorden is the largest and most well known fjord in Norway and the longest in the world. Located in Sogn og Fjordane county in Western Norway, it stretches 205 kilometres (127 mi) inland from the ocean to the small village of Skjolden in the municipality of Luster. In Sognefjord you will find many of Norway’s major attractions, such as three well known national parks, two UNESCO sites, national scenic routes, national information centres. The inner end of the Sognefjord is localized southeast of a mountain range rising to about 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) above sea level and covered by the Jostedalsbreen, continental Europe’s largest glacier. Click here to get more Information on Sognefjord.
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Lyngen is a municipality in Tromscounty, Norway. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Lyngseidet. “The Alps in the ocean” – a paradise for traditional and more modern ways of enjoying the wilds of nature, from fishing, hunting and classic mountaineering to extreme skiing, diving and hang-gliding. The mountains dominate the Lyngen Peninsula, which is bordered by the Lyngen fjord to the east, and the Ullsfjorden to the west. There are several glaciers in the mountains. The Lyngen Alps are sufficiently high as to give rain shadow in the interior lowland areas east of the mountains. The British climber William Cecil Slingsby was the first to climb many of the peaks. The Lyngen Alps has one of the wildest landscapes in the world, it now has an established place on the international extreme wilderness map.
Hamn i Senja:
Hamn i Senja is a picturesque fishing village with an industrial history. Electric power was introduced here as early as 1882. It was supplied by one of the world’s two first hydroelectric power stations, built for the local nickel mines. This old fishing village is a great base for exploring the island of Senja, which has rightly been called “Norway in miniature”. It is also famous for its sound and vibrant nature. The municipality was the first place in the world to utilize a hydroelectricalpower station in the mining community of Hamn. When the mining industry ceased, the “electrical adventure” did as well. The buildings are still located at Hamn, now functioning as a special hotel/lodge.
How to Reach:
By Air to Norway:
Norway’s main gateway- as far as air travel is concerned- is Oslo’s international airport, which is linked by various airlines to other countries. Most destinations from which you can get direct flights to Oslo lie within Europe, so if you want to fly to Norway from outside the continent, you’ll need to get to a major European airport first. There are smaller international airports at a few other Norwegian cities, including Trondheim, Stavanger and Bergen, but flights to these are fewer.
Most trains coming to Norway arrive in Oslo, although some trains also run to Trondheim and Narvik from Stockholm in Sweden. To Oslo, there are regular trains from Copenhagen (Denmark), Helsingborg (Sweden) and Stockholm. NSB (Norwegian State Railways) operates international services from Oslo to Stockholm, from Oslo via Malmo and Copenhagen to Hamburg and Berlin, between Trondheim and Ostersund, and from Narvik to Stockholm.
Norway is approachable by sea from a number of ports across Europe, some of them as far away as the UK. There are regular catamaran services (combined with buses part of the way) from Murmansk (in Russia); and ferries from Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Fjord Line, Color Line and Stena Line that offer services to/from Norway.