SOUTH WESTERN NORWAY has the fjords which are the greatest attraction of this part of Norway and surrounded by truly stunning scenery and pretty villages. Do visit the waterfall at Steinsdalen which you can walk behind, Skårvatnet Lake which is stocked with giant goldfish and Hornindal Lake which is the deepest in Europe. Bergen, Norway s second largest city, was founded in 1070 and has a famous harbour quay with gabled wooden buildings and an open-air museum. Molde is also interesting, called the town of roses , it s well known for its summer jazz festival.
CENTRAL NORWAY is full of architectural and historical delights such as the Stave church and museum at Lom which were built in 1100, the lovely village of Aurland, one of the best preserved churches in Europe in Borgund, and in Urnes the oldest church in Norway built in 1150. Perhaps the most famous and certainly the largest church is Heddal which dates back to 1200. Also in this area is the Bø Sommarland near Selfjord and the Langedrag game farm.
SOUTH EASTERN NORWAY you will find lots for the children to do: Playland in Hunderfosson is home to the world s largest troll and the Vikinglandet theme park takes visitors back to the age of the Vikings. Once you are safely back in the 21st century, you can take off to explore Lillehammer, home of the 1994 winter Olympics and the mining towns of Kongsberg and Røros. Fredrikstad the 17th century fortress town is worth a visit and so too, is Hunn, the largest archaeological site in Norway.
OSLO is a lively city where excellent restaurants, bars and cafés will satisfy the taste buds while your mind can seek out food for thought in the numerous museums and galleries including the Viking Ships, the Folk Museum, Vigeland Park of Modern Sculpture and the Munch Museum. For a taste of Oslo in days gone by, the Royal Palace and the Cathedral should be high on your list of things to see.
SOUTHERN NORWAY has charming villages, white wooden houses, fruit trees in blossom - the South promises all this and more. Villages such as Mandal, Flekkefjord and Farsund cannot fail to charm. Do visit Kristiansand, one of the many towns founded by King Christian IV, and Stavanger with its 12th century cathedral, narrow streets and painted 18th and 19th century houses. For the children, Kongeparken, includes a giant Gulliver from the well known novel and scores of rides and attractions.