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Norway is known as the 'Land of the Midnight Sun': from mid-May to the end of July the sun never sets. High plateaus, glaciers and rugged mountains are broken by fertile valleys. Norway has one of most rugged and longest coastlines in the world over 25,000 kilometres if you count some 50,000 islands off the mainland, deeply indented by fjords. Situated in south western Norway, Geirangerfjord and Nryfjord, are among the worlds longest and deepest fjords. There is an abundance of fresh, clear and clean water, from swimming in the fjords to an endless number of inland swimming spots in lakes, rivers and creeks. The visitor can soak up the beauty of Norway, from big city life in Oslo to quiet coastal village living in the arctic. Seeing the Northern Lights blazing across the winter night is an extraordinary and mystical experience. This phenomenon is best seen between November and February. Norwegian sights on UNESCO's world heritage include ancient rock carvings at Hjemmeluft in Alta dating from 6200-2500 BC to a cluster of islands centred on Vega, just south of the Arctic Circle. They show the frugal way of life of the people making a living in an inhospitable environment, fishing and harvesting of the down of eider ducks.

Regions in Norway

Akershus is the second largest county by population after Oslo, with more than half a million inhabitants. The county is named after Akershus Fortress... READ MORE


Aust-Agder is a county (fylke) in Norway, which is located at the Skagerrak coast, extends from Gjernestangen at Risor to Kvasefjorden at Lillesand.... READ MORE


Buskerud extends from Hurum at the Oslofjord to the Halling mountains and Hardanger. The county is conventionally divided into traditional districts. ... READ MORE


Finnmark is a county in the extreme northeast of Norway. Situated on top of Europe, where Norway swings eastward, Finnmark has always been an area whe... READ MORE


Fosen is a traditional district in Trøndelag, consisting of the municipalities Osen, Roan, Åfjord, Bjugn, Ørland, Rissa, Agdenes, ... READ MORE


Geographically it is limited by the Hardangerfjord to the north, Boknafjord to the south and the district of Hardanger inland. The region spans the c... READ MORE


Helgeland is characterised by pointed mountains and Strandflaten, a shallow lowland area, sometimes just above the sea surface, and sometimes just bel... READ MORE


Hordaland is the third largest county in Norway after Akershus and Oslo by population.... READ MORE


It includes the municipalities Askøy, Austevoll, Bergen, Fjell, Fusa, Os, Osterøy, Samnanger, Sund, Vaksdal and Oygarden. The largest c... READ MORE


More og Romsdal is a county in the northernmost part of Western Norway. It borders the counties of Sor-Trondelag, Oppland and Sogn og Fjordane. The co... READ MORE


Nord-Trondelag is a county in the central Norwegian region called Trondelag.... READ MORE


The county administration is in Bodø. The remote Arctic island of Jan Mayen has been administered from Nordland since 1995. Nordland is the sou... READ MORE



Oppland is a county in Norway and together with Hedmark, is one of the only two landlocked counties of Norway.... READ MORE


It is also a municipality and a county of its own. It is the third-largest Scandinavian city, after Copenhagen and Stockholm, and it forms the third-l... READ MORE


The county administration is in Sarpsborg, and Fredrikstad is the biggest city. Ostfold is located between the Oslo Fjord and Sweden. It is dominated... READ MORE


The region is delimited by mountains in the north and west, by the Swedish border to the east and by Viken and Skagerrak to the south. The border towa... READ MORE


Rogaland is mainly a coastal region with fjords, beaches, and islands, the principal island being Karmøy. Boknafjorden is the largest bay, with... READ MORE


It is located between Nordmøre and Sunnmøre. The district of Romsdal comprises Aukra, Fræna, Midsund, Molde, Nesset, Rauma, Sandoy... READ MORE


Sogn og Fjordane is a county or fylke in Norway, bordering More og Romsdal, Oppland, Buskerud, and Hordaland.... READ MORE


Sor-Trondelag is a county in the area Trøndelag in Norway, bordering Nord-Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal, Oppland and Hedmark. To the... READ MORE


The name, and modern concept of this part of the country considered as a separate region, was introduced as late as 1902 by the local author Wilhelm K... READ MORE


The archipelago is the northernmost part of Norway. Three islands are populated: Spitsbergen, Bear Island and Hopen. The largest settlement is Longyea... READ MORE


Troms is a county in North Norway, bordering Finnmark to the northeast and Nordland in the southwest.... READ MORE


Trondelag is the name of a geographical region in the central part of Norway, consisting of the two counties Nord-Trondelag and Sor-Trondelag.... READ MORE


Valdres is a traditional district in central, southern Norway, situated between Gudbrandsdal and Hallingdal. Valdres is the ideal starting point for e... READ MORE


Vest-Agder in english know as West Agder is a county in Norway, bordering Rogaland to the west and Aust-Agder to the east.... READ MORE


Vestfold borders Buskerud and Telemark and is a county in Norway. Vestfold is located west of the Oslofjord, as the name indicates.... READ MORE


Western Norway is one of the wettest regions in Europe, with precipitation in the mountains near the coast of about 3,500 mm per year on average, and ... READ MORE


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