#01 Geirangerfjord

Shadowed by rearing mountains, the S-shaped Geirangerfjord is one of Norway’s most stunningly beautiful fjords.

#02 Wildlife Safaris in Svalbard

From polar-bear spotting to birdwatching to husky driving, the vast, glaciated landscapes of this gorgeous Arctic archipelago present a spectacular range of wildlife safaris.

#03 Vigelandsparken

Before his death in 1943, Gustav Vigeland populated Oslo’s favourite park with his fantastical, phantasmagorical sculptures.

#04 The Flåmsbana

A ride on the Flåm railway from high up in the mountains to the fjords way down below is one of the most dramatic train journeys in the world.

#05 Bergen

Norway’s second city is an eminently appealing place with a clutch of fine old buildings, great restaurants and top-notch art galleries.

#06 Ålesund

Nudging the ocean, beguiling Ålesund boasts a wonderful coastal setting and a platoon of handsome Art Nouveau buildings.

#07 Whale-watching, Andenes

Pilots, minkes, humpbacks and sperm whales show themselves in all their glory during summertime scouting excursions off the Vesterålen coast.

#08 Nidaros Domkirke, Trondheim

Trondheim’s vaunted gothic domkirke (cathedral) is the largest medieval building in Scandinavia – and one of the world’s most awe-inspiring religious structures.

#09 The Jostedalsbreen glacier

Take a guided walk out on to this mighty ice plateau as it grinds and groans, slips and slithers its way across the mountains behind the Nordfjord.

#10 Urnes stave church

Perhaps the finest of Norway’s stave churches, Urnes is distinguished by the frenzied intricacy of its woodcarving.

#11 The Oseberg Longboat

Of the handful of Viking longboats that have survived, the Oseberg is the best preserved – and was unearthed complete with a rich treasure-trove of burial goods.

#12 The Northern Lights

At once eerily disconcerting and bewitchingly beautiful, the aurora borealis flicker across northern Norway’s winter firmament at irregular, unpredictable intervals.

#13 Edvard Munch

Munch’s unsettling, highly charged paintings appear in several of the country’s museums, most memorably at the Nasjonalgalleriet in Oslo.

#14 Alta Rock Carvings

Simple in design but complex in their symbolism, Alta’s hillside prehistoric rock carvings offer insight into the beliefs of the region’s earliest inhabitants.

#15 Henningsvær

The Lofoten islands are strewn about with scores of picture-postcard fishing villages, of which Henningsvær is among the most arresting.

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