Travel Guide Norway

  • Evening mood in Norway Photo: Erika Spengler, Outdooractive Editors
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Norway

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You can experience many unforgettable outdoor adventures in Norway. Here is what our travel guide for this great country has in store four you: fascinating tours, great offers, diverse ski resorts, attractions and cozy huts. Be inspired and get to know Norway now.
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Fascination North Cape

Contrary to popular belief, the North Cape is not the northernmost point of Europe - but it is still a popular destination. Situated on the Norwegian island of Magerøya, it attracts around 200,000 visitors every year. For over two months, the midnight sun shines every summer at the North Cape. The other extreme follows in winter: it doesn't get light for more than two months. But in winter you have all the more the chance to observe the famous northern lights.

Viewpoint · Norway

North Cape Magerøya

Viewpoint North Cape Magerøya
Norway
by Wolfgang Paulus,  Outdooractive Editors

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

Urnes Stave Church
Urnes Stave Church
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.