Shadowed by rearing mountains, the S-shaped Geirangerfjord is one of Norway’s most stunningly beautiful fjords.
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#02 Wildlife Safaris in Svalbard
From polar-bear spotting to birdwatching to husky drives, the vast, glaciated landscapes of this gorgeous Arctic archipelago offer a spectacular range of wildlife safaris.
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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.
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Norway’s second city is an eminently appealing place with a clutch of fine old buildings, great restaurants and top-notch art galleries.
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Nudging out into the ocean, beguiling Ålesund boasts a wonderful coastal setting and a platoon of handsome Art Nouveau buildings.
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#07 Whale-watching, Andenes
Pilots, minkes, humpbacks and sperm whales show themselves in all their glory during summertime excursions off the Vesterålen coast.
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Trondheim’s vaunted Gothic and neo-Gothic domkirke (cathedral) is the largest medieval building in Scandinavia – and one of northern Europe’s finest religious structures.
#09 The Jostedalsbreen glacier
Take a guided hike out on to this mighty ice plateau as it grinds and groans, slips and slithers its way across the mountains behind the Nordfjord.
Nigardsbreen is a glacier arm of the large Jostedalsbreen glacier © Nicram Sabod/Shutterstock
#10 Urnes stave church
Perhaps the finest of Norway’s stave churches, Urnes is distinguished by the frenzied intricacy of its woodcarving.
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#11 The Oseberg Longship
Of the handful of Viking longships that have survived, the Oseberg is the best preserved – and was unearthed complete with a rich treasure-trove of burial goods.
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#12 The Northern Lights
At once eerily disconcerting and bewitchingly beautiful, the aurora borealis flicker across northern Norway’s winter firmament at irregular and unpredictable intervals.
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#13 Edvard Munch
Bjørvika and the New Edvard Munch museum by night in Oslo © Morten Normann Almeland/Shutterstock
Simple in design but complex in their symbolism, Alta’s striking prehistoric rock carvings offer insight into the beliefs of the region’s earliest inhabitants.
The Lofoten islands are peppered with with scores of picture-postcard fishing villages, of which Henningsvær is among the most arresting.
#16 Cross-country skiing
Norway’s meadows, moors and mountains boast thousands of kilometres of powdered runs just waiting for adventuresome skiers.You might choose to start at Lillehammer.
#17 The Norsk Fiskevaersmuseum, Å
Hanging on for dear life between the mountains and the sea, the tiny village of Å has preserved many of its nineteenth-century buildings within the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum.
#18 The Oslofjord
#19 Værøy's sea-bird colonies
#21 The Hurtigruten
#22 Stay in a lighthouse
#23 Juvet Landscape Hotel
One of Norway’s most delightful hotels, with freestanding rooms carved out of spruce, is set smack in a verdant river canyon – staying here is like watching an IMAX documentary from your bedroom.
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#24 Walking in the Jotunheimen mountains
One of Norway’s most celebrated hiking areas, the Jotunheimen National Park is crisscrossed with trails and includes northern Europe’s two highest peaks.
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