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Sunnylvsfjord in Norwegen, Bild: Andrew Mayovskyy / shutterstock

Norway – to the waterfall of the “Seven Sisters”

Forests, clouds, water – these are the attributes of one of the most beautiful countries in the world – Norway. Norwegians are said to have a certain gratitude for their nature, if only because the gigantic fjords and mighty mountains of their homeland separate them from the rest of humanity. This is certainly a little exaggerated, because a large part of the five million inhabitants are cosmopolitan and meet travelers with great open-mindedness.

This is a country where the waterfalls shine almost magically, where the sea loses its excitement in the fjords and where almost all the cities are located on the coast. “Yes, we love this land that, gnawed by the sea and furrowed with a thousand homes, rises out of the floods”. With these words, a certain Björnstjerne Björnson wrote the lyrics of Norway’s national anthem. It is a declaration of love to a country where the magic of the North reveals itself in many aspects and in images that will never be forgotten.

Norway, Oslo
View of Oslo, Image: Damien VERRIER / shutterstock

Norway is a destination in all seasons. The days of summer are long and usually blessed by a mild climate. The weeks of winter in Lofoten are clear and cold and convey a very special charm on the threshold of the Arctic. This is a large and quiet region that reaches up to the waters of the Arctic Ocean on the maps and is the epitome of vastness and nature in its original state. Someone once said that Norwegians are born with a backpack. And there is probably a little more than just a pinch of truth in it, because in hardly any other refuge on the old continent are there so many hikers between the romantic Oslo Fjord and the Nordic Hammerfest.

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Norway, Bergen
Historical places in Bergen, Image: Grisha Bruev / shutterstock

This is a rich country, because the people of Norway grabbed their luck with both hands when the oil fields were discovered off their coasts. Since then, a certain prosperity has set in in the Scandinavian model country. Which in turn means that traveling through Norway is not exactly cheap. And yet nature with all its gigantic facets is worth booking a holiday in Europe’s northernmost country. The hiker – but also the car driver – is enthusiastic about landscapes that could be the product of the third day of creation.

Almost all round trips through Norway start in the capital Oslo, and the fjord of the same name winds its way to the metropolis for exactly one hundred kilometers. If you stand at the railing of one of the large ships that plough through this slender sea passage, you get a taste of what awaits you inland. In the harbour of the capital there is a town hall that looks like a fortress to the arrivals and of which the holidaymakers probably only learn from the travel guide that the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded there every year.

Oslo is dedicated to culture and Norwegian memory. Both are evident not only in Gustav Vigeland’s sculpture park, but above all on Museum Island on the periphery of the harbour, where Heyerdal’s raft Kon Tiki and Fridjof Nansen’s “Fram” can be admired. With it, the Norwegian drifted through the ice of the Arctic. And this as early as the end of the 19th century. Towering above it all is the legendary Holmenkollen, where the cradle of Nordic skiing stood and where the huge ski jump cannot be overlooked even from the ship.

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Bergen with its local mountain Floyen presents itself as a good parlour of pop music and yet is first and foremost a port for fishermen. One of the most popular regions in the country is the Geirangerfjord, and anyone who has ever experienced the waterfall of the “Seven Sisters” will never forget this picture. The passengers on board a Hurtigruten ship humbly see the unique panorama from below. This is a visual highlight in this fascinating revue of the elements.

Travel information Norway

Capital Oslo
Form of government Hereditary Monarchy
constitutional monarchy with strong parliamentary features
Currency Norwegian krone (NOK)
Area approx. 323,802 km²
Population approx. 5,258,300 (2017)
Languages Norwegian
Electricity grid 230 volts, 50 Hz
Area code +47
Time zone UTC+1 CET
UTC+2 CEST (March to October)