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From the towns and rural backdrops of the south to the Arctic wilderness of the north, Norway is both modern and prehistoric at the same time. Carved out by the ice age, the stunning fjords and mountains offered settlement to the Norwegians, who gathered along the banks of the dark blue waters and at the feet of the snow-capped peaks.
Oslo lies at the end of the Oslofjord and is surrounded by green hills and mountains. With a population of only 600,000, this northern capital is both easy to navigate and packed with things to see. Visit the Munch Museum and the National Museum to experience the art of famous Norwegian and Scandinavian painters, or head to the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art for a more alternative art experience. Wander through the narrow, romantic streets of Telthusbakken and remember to visit the Viking Ship Museum for a glimpse of Norway’s glorious past. Unwind down at the harbour with a refreshing cup of coffee in Aker Brygge with views over the sea, or relax by the glittering lakes and classical fountains in Frognerparken, enjoying the sun and the breeze ruffling the leaves of the beech trees.
For an experience of the Arctic Circle, head north to the scenic city of Tromsø. Home to the northernmost botanical garden in the world and encircled by white mountains, Tromsø offers an unforgettable polar experience. Humpback, killer and sperm whales populate the fresh waters around the area and boats will take you up close to the stunning sea creatures on guided tours. Take the cable-car Fjellheisen to the top of Mount Storsteinen for panoramic views over the city and warm yourself by the crackling fire of the Fjellstua Café at the summit. On clear nights from September to April, experience the phenomenal Northern Lights draped over the sky— while the beautiful summer months will find you enjoying Norway’s landscapes under a never-setting sun.
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