Norway is a country in northern Europe that occupies the westernmost part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. Norway has a total area of nearly 150,000 square miles and a population of nearly 5 million, making it Europe's second least populated country. Norway features breathtaking scenery and is a perfect vacation destination in both summer and winter.
Norway is known for its fjords, which are narrow waterways that were created by glaciers and are lined with steep cliffs. The Geirangerfjord is a fjord located in southwestern Norway which is known for its beautiful scenery, including breathtaking cliffs, snow-capped mountains, lush vegetation and cascading waterfalls. The Geirangerfjord offers cruises, safaris and sightseeing trips. It is an ideal spot for kayaking, hiking, rafting and skiing. Visitors can also stop by the Herdalssetra Mountain Farm to see goats and cows and even sample fresh goat cheese and caramels.
The Flam Railway is known the world over as a triumph of Norwegian engineering. It is the steepest railway in all of Europe and runs 20 km through the peaks and valleys from Myrdal to Aurlandfjord. The picturesque, one hour train ride takes passengers past flowing rivers, deep ravines, quaint farms, steep mountains and sparkling waterfalls. The train also makes several stops so visitors can get a closer look at the majestic scenery.
Viking Ship Museum
The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo is part of the Museum of Cultural History and features burial vessels from the Viking era which were excavated on the shores of Norway. The museum also includes a horse cart, wood carvings, beds, sledges, grave goods and tent components. The most incredible piece of art in the museum is the Oseberg, a dragon ship from the 9th century which remains fully intact and features an array of ornaments.
Lillehammer, known for hosting the 1994 winter Olympics, is a small town in Norway that is also the site of its oldest ski resort. Lillehammer is home to Norway's highest mountain peaks and national parks. The longest slope is more than four miles long and the resort features slopes for beginner to advanced skiers. The area is ideal for both cross country and downhill skiing. The scenic area overlooks a peaceful lake and charming wooden houses.
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