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Norway Travel Guide - Norway Tourist Attractions
Norway – Spectacular Beauty
Part of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Norway is land-bound in the east – Sweden and Russia, and the north – Finland. In the south, it has the Skagerrak Strait. Famous for its fjords, it faces the North Atlantic Ocean as well as the Barents Sea. Norway’s capital is Oslo. The famed natural phenomena of the midnight sun can be experienced in Norway’s northern part.
This Scandinavian country is spectacularly beautiful with some of the world’s best coastal scenery. The splendid Unes Stave Church is a World Heritage Site, while the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim is marvellous. The Bryggen Wharf in Bergen is also a World Heritage Site. Oslo’s Royal Palace sits royally amidst magnificent gardens, and tourists flock to see the Changing-of-the-Guard ceremony. The Norwegian Parliament at Storting is an impressive monument. Geirangerfjord is majestically beautiful with waterfalls and cliffs. Oslo’s charming Vigeland Park has 200 pieces of a famous sculptor on display. The Holmenkollen Ski Jump is the most popular ski resort lending a beautiful view of Oslo and the nearby fjord.
For the adventurous, there’s snowboarding, cruising down a fjord, rafting, hang-gliding, paragliding, parachuting and scuba-diving in cold waters, besides fishing and safaris to see the whales and sea eagles, and guided walks on Norway’s glaciers. There are several music festivals in Norway and Oslo. Jazz thrives in Norway, while Black Metal is its contribution to the world of music, and there are many places where live concerts are held.
Norway has many places where you can shop. Oslo has the Norway Shop selling gift items and Norwegian knitwear, and the UFF Family Store with a wide selection of clothes and accessories available for women, men and children, and, traditional and skiing outfits. The Galleri Gimle specialises in 18th century furniture, antique chandeliers and paintings. Louis Vuitton has a store in Oslo selling luxury bags, accessories and shoes. Karl Johans Gate is the famous pedestrian street for shopping in Oslo, having handicrafts, clothes, jewellery and home accessories. The Paleet Shopping Centre has several shops selling trendy clothes for men and women, jewellery, sportswear, glassware, porcelain and flowers besides other things.
The popular Norwegian meal consists of various types of fish and meat, vegetables and bread. They’re fond of beer, cider and honey wine besides coffee. Dairy products including brown and red cheese, and chocolates are popular, besides fruits and desserts. International cuisine such as Asian, Middle-Eastern and Indian food has a presence in Norway. It has some of the best seafood and gourmet food. In Oslo, Curry & Ketchup serves - tikka masala, palak paneer, naans, mango lassi; while Punjab Tandoori has - curries, dals and samosas. Most bars and nightclubs are open till late.
Spring – May to mid-June is the time when Norway is at its prettiest, but the temperature can vary between very cold, snowy days to days of warm sunshine. Summer-time from late June-August has temperatures rising up to 25oC-30oC, but is still pleasant. In autumn, the temperature drops gradually through September; while winter brings heavy snow, rains and gales, with temperatures plummeting to -40oC in the inner regions of Norway.