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Norway: Fjords to Oslo

Longyearbyen is a small coal-mining town on Spitsbergen Island, in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. This Arctic town is known for its views of the Northern Lights and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault which is a secure backup facility for the world’s crop diversity. Live bears can occasionally be seen in the area. The North Pole Expeditions Museum recounts early efforts to reach the pole by air. The scenery is spellbinding, and the islands offer you the chance to enjoy experiences that few other destinations can offer.

Norway: Aurlandsfjord and Flam Railway

Aurlandsfjord is a fjord in Vestland county, Norway. The fjord flows through the municipalities of Aurland, Vik, and Lærdal. The 29-kilometre long fjord is a branch off of the main Sognefjorden, Norway’s longest fjord.
The Flåm Railway has been described as one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway. The train runs from the end of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, up to the high mountains at Myrdal station. The journey features the finest aspects of the stunning scenery of Western Norway. It offers an immediate return journey.

Norway: Oslo to Bergen Rail

The Bergen Railway was built in 1909 and runs over the highlands between Oslo and Bergen over 308miles. These are the two largest cities in Norway. The Bergen Line is Northern Europe’s highest railway line, reaching 1,222 metres above sea level at Finse train station and covers 180 tunnels and 22 stops. Bergen is a city on Norway’s southwestern coast. It’s surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. Bryggen features colorful wooden houses on the old wharf, once a center of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire. The Fløibanen Funicular goes up Fløyen Mountain for panoramic views and hiking trails. The Edvard Grieg House is where the renowned composer once lived.

Norway: Oslo

Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord. The city was referred to as Tigerstaden (the City of Tigers) by the author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson around 1870, due to his perception of the city as a cold and dangerous place.

Norway

The fjords, mountains and northern lights of Norway are known throughout the world. As is the “capitalism with a conscience” philosophy. Svalbard is part of Norway and is a true Arctic haven which is nicknamed the ‘Realm of the Polar Bears’ but you may also spot arctic foxes, walruses and whales! It is one of the world’s happiest countries …

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