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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 Nærøyfjord, are among the world’s 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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