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NORWAY

Norway, the land of beautiful fjords and unique nature, offers the visitors plenty to do. From island hopping under the midnight sun in Lofoten to mountain skiing in Tromso to a Norweigan Coastal Fjord Voyage on Hurtigruten to horse back riding outside Oslo, Norway’s vast smorgasbord can easily satisfy Australians. If cross country skiing is not your cup of tea, why not take a dog sled to a Sami village and learn about their way of life. If you are in real luck you can even experience the unique Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

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Norway, the land of beautiful fjords and unique nature, offers the visitors plenty to do. From island hopping under the midnight sun in Lofoten to mountain skiing in Tromso to a Norweigan Coastal Fjord Voyage on Hurtigruten to horse back riding outside Oslo, Norway’s vast smorgasbord can easily satisfy Australians. If cross country skiing is not your cup of tea, why not take a dog sled to a Sami village and learn about their way of life. If you are in real luck you can even experience the unique Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Welcome to Norway!

ABBA SPECIAL
Did you know that Anni-Frid, better known as Frida, was actually born in Norway? Anni-Frid was born in Bjørkåsen in Ballangen (Northland) on November 15, 1945.




FACTS & FIGURES
Norway is a constitutional democracy in Northern Europe with a population of 4.8 million inhabitants.



THE MONARCHY
Last updated: 24/06/2010 // The tradition of Norwegian kingship in various forms extends back more than a thousand years. Norway was part of a union with Denmark from 1381 to 1814 and then with Sweden from 1814 until 1905, when it once more became independent under Haakon VII of Norway.
Photo: Cathrine Wessel, Det Kongelige Hoff
His Majesty The King
His Majesty King Harald V was born on 21 February 1937 at his parents’ home, the country estate of Skaugum near Oslo. The only son of Crown Prince Olav (subsequently King Olav V) and Crown Princess Märtha, he was the first prince born inNorway for 567 years. Prince Harald’s two older sisters, Princess Ragnhild and Princess Astrid, were born in 1930 and 1932, respectively, but at the time only males could succeed to throne. Prince Harald’s childhood in Norway was peaceful until the outbreak of WWII. When Nazi forces invaded Norwayon 9 April 1940, he escaped to Sweden with his mother and sisters, and spent the duration of the war in the USA. He returned to Norway in 1945.

After completing his upper secondary school education, Prince Harald entered the Norwegian Cavalry Officers’ Training School and went on to finish his military education at theMilitary Academy in 1959. Prince Harald became Crown Prince on 21 September 1957, when his father became King Olav V. Upon completion of his compulsory military service, the Crown Prince went to Oxford for further study. He attended Oxford from 1960-1962, studying social science, history and economics at Balliol College.

On 29 August 1968, Crown Prince Harald married Miss Sonja Haraldsen from Vinderen in Oslo. The couple had waited nine years for their marriage to be approved. After consultation with the Presidium of the Storting, the parliamentary leaders and the Government, King Olav V gave his permission for the Crown Prince to marry a commoner.

King Harald succeeded to the throne on 17 January 1991, upon the death of his father.

Her Majesty The Queen
Her Majesty Queen Sonja was born on 4 July 1937 in Oslo, daughter of Karl and Dagny (née Ulrichsen) Haraldsen. She completed her upper secondary schooling in 1954, followed by vocational training in dressmaking and tailoring. She then went on to receive a diploma from Ecole Professionelle des Jeunes Filles in Lausanne, Switzerland. She returned to Norway for further studies and received an undergraduate degree (French, English and Art History) from theUniversity of Oslo.

On 29 August 1968, Miss Sonja Haraldsen married Crown Prince Harald in the Oslo Cathedral, and became the Crown Princess of Norway.

His Royal Highness The Crown Prince
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon was born on 20 July 1973 at the National Hospital in Oslo. He was the second child and only son of Crown Prince Harald and Crown Princess Sonja (subsequently King Harald V and Queen Sonja). At the time of the Prince’s birth, succession to the throne was only through males. Thus, although his sister, Princess Märtha Louise, was two years older, Prince Haakon Magnus was born heir to the throne. The Norwegian Constitution has since been amended, and women may now also inherit the throne. Prince Haakon Magnus was christened in the Palace Chapel on 20 September 1973, and his godparents included the three Scandinavian monarchs: King Olav V of Norway, King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. The Prince was confirmed in the Palace Chapel in 1988. Prince Haakon Magnus became Crown Prince Haakon when his father succeeded to the throne on 17 January 1991. On 25 August 2001 the Crown Prince married Miss Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby in a ceremony at the Oslo Cathedral.

Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit was born on 19 August 1973, and is the youngest child of Marit Tjessem and Sven Olav Bjarte Høiby. The engagement between His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon and Miss Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby was announced on 1 December 2000, and they were married in the Oslo Cathedral on 25 August 2001.

Her Royal Highness The Princess
Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra was born on 21 January 2004 at Rikshospitalet University Hospital inOslo. The Princess is the daughter of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and is second in line of succession to the Norwegian throne. The Princess was christened on 17 April 2004 in the Palace Chapel in Oslo. Her godparents are His Majesty King Harald V, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik ofDenmark, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Felipe of Asturias, Princess Märtha Louise and Marit Tjessem.

Prince Sverre Magnus
Prince Sverre Magnus was born on 3 December 2005 at Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo, and is the son of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. The Prince is third in line of succession to the Norwegian throne, after his father and sister, Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra. The Prince was christened on 4 March 2006 in the Palace Chapel in Oslo.

Princess Märtha Louise
Princess Märtha Louise was born on 22 September 1971 at the National Hospital in Oslo. She was the first-born child and daughter of Crown Prince Harald and Crown Princess Sonja (subsequently King Harald and Queen Sonja). The Princess is named Märtha after her father’s mother, Crown Princess Märtha of Norway, and Louise after her great-great-grandmother, Queen Louise of Denmark, the daughter of Carl XV of Sweden and mother of Haakon VII of Norway. Until the Constitution was amended, succession to the Norwegian throne was only through males. Thus, the Princess’ brother, Prince Haakon Magnus (subsequently Crown Prince Haakon), although two years younger, is designated heir to the throne.

Princess Märtha Louise was married to author Ari Behn, from Moss, Norway, in the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim on24 May 2002. The couple have three daughters. Maud Angelica Behn was born at Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo on 29 April 2003, Leah Isadora  Behn was born at Bloksberg in Hankø on 8 April 2005, and Emma Tallulah Behn was born in Lommedalen on 29 September 2008.

For more information see the home page of the Royal House of Norway





NORWAY'S GEOGRAPHY

Situated in the most extreme Northwestern peninsular area of Scandinavia in the Northern Europe, Norway is surrounded by huge water bodies. It includes Barents Sea, North Sea and the Norwegian Sea covering the vast area that comes under the western side of Norway. The other opposite side situated in the southeastern part contains the neighboring countries comprising Sweden, Finland and Russia.
The country appears like a resting animal with its head in the south and the entire body spreading towards the Northeast. Because of having a very large coastline dotted with an approximate number of fifty thousand islands, it is a perfect place for beach lovers. The country is packed with the ranges of Scandinavian mountains that further increase the beauty of this place. The location of this place comes under the latitude of 58-degree N to 71-degree N and the longitude of 5-degree E to 31-degree E.

The country contains many famous fjords that were mainly formed during the ice age that led to the emergence of a large number of valleys. When melted ice water entered these valleys, result was the formation of fjords. One of the eminent fjords of Norway is Sognefjorden, which has earned the title of being the second deepest fjord in the world. As the consequence of ice age, the sea level has risen in many areas. For instance, the sea level in Oslo has risen up to 221m and in Trodheim, a rise of 180 m has been seen. This has made the land of these areas very fertile and very useful for agricultural purposes.

The climate of Norway, over the years, has shown rise in the temperatures that melted the ice formations that had existed since the ice age. To describe in few words, the topographical location of Norway adds to its advantage of having all the pleasant physical features that makes it the favorite place for tourists.

FJORDS & NATURE IN NORWAY

Ski in Norefjell
Norway, the land of mountains, offers excellent ski resorts. ‘Norefjell’ is a good all-round ski resort, which is only located about 11/2h from Oslo. The terrain is suitable for all type of ski and snow lovers. Choose between country skiing, ‘telemark’, down hill skiing, snowboarding and sleigh rides. The winter season normally lasts from November until May.


Kingcrab Safari in Kirkines
Go on a Kingcrabsafari by snow mobile or by boat, and try ice-fishing in the Barents Sea near Kirkenes, in the far north of Norway. The king crab can grow to 2 metres and gain a weight of 15 kg, so you are guaranteed to see and taste the biggest and freshest crabs in the world! At the end of the trip you can eat fresh crabs for lunch in the restaurant near the fjord.


Geirangerfjord
The Geirangerfjord is situated in south western Norway, northeast of Bergen, Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, set 120km from one another are considered as archetypical fjord landscapes and among the most scenically outstanding anywhere. Their exceptional natural beauty is derived from their narrow and steep-sided crystalline rock walls that rise up to 1,400m from the Norwegian Sea. The Geirangerfjord stands proudly as one of the most popular sightseeing spots in the world that portrays the forces of nature. The main sightseeing spots include the Briksdal Glacier in Sogn og Fjordane and the Dalsnibba Observatory Access is possible from Oslo, Bergen and Ålesund with the use of trains and buses.

Longyearbyen
Longearbyen is the central town at Svalbard Islands and it is located on the largest island called Spitsbergen. Mining plays a major part of the community and you can even enjoy a mining guided tour. But Longyearbyen offers more exotic excursions than that such as glacier trekking, dog sledding, fjord cruising, hiking, skiing during the summer period, and snow mobile riding.
You can view the midnight sun between April 19 and August 23 and if you want to experience the period when the sun doesn’t rise you should visit this area between October 28 to February 14
Access: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes from Tromsø to Longyearbyen by Scandinavian Airlines SAS. There are no roads connecting the islands so you will have to travel by plane.

Reine
Reine is a small village that is situated in the southern region of Lofoten. It is surrounded by jagged rock-faced mountains and as a resalt the village captivates photographers from around the world. There is also a fishery harbour, cafés and restaurants that are converted from fishing cottages that are worth visiting during your journey.


Sognefjord
The Sognefjord is the world's longest and deepest fjord stretching 204km eastwards from the west coast, with a depth of 1,308m. The fjord can be reached by trains and other public transport from Oslo and Bergen and it can be accessed all-year round. It is recommended to take the Fraam Railway through villages located at the inland part of Sognefjord.


Hardangerfjord
With a length of 179 km (111 miles), the Hardangerfjord in the county of Hordaland in Norway is the third largest fjord in the world and the second largest in Norway. The surrounding district is called Hardanger. The Hardangerfjord is surrounded by gently sloping mountains that are covered in colourful tree blossoms, which creates an idyllic scenery. The fruit trees were planted by a monk who visited these lands approximately 800 years ago. Highlights in this region include: Hardangervidda National Park and the Folgefonna glacier which is the third largest glacier in Norway and is highly commended for hiking.

The Golden Route to Geiranger
This organized round trip aims to fulfil the dreams of all visitors to Norway, the Geirangerfjord - one of Norway’s most beautiful fjords, the steep, narrow hairpin bends of the Trollstigen road and the magnificent mountain scenery on the Rauma Railway.



Lysefjord
Lysefjord is located in Forsand in south-western Norway. The name means light fjord due the lightly coloured granite rocks along its sides. The fjord was carved by the action of glaciers in the ice ages and was flooded by the sea when the later glaciers retreated. Because of the harsh terrain around the fjord, few people live in the area. But the area has two power plants that provide electricity for more than 100,000 people in Norway

Whale-Watching
The precincts of the Vesterålen Islands in the Nordland district of northern Norway is the only area in Europe where you can observe premature whales. Whale-watching tours operates from Andenes.
Inquiries and reservations to: Whale Safari
Tel: +47 76 11 56 00
Fax: +47 76 11 56 10
Email: booking@whalesafari.no
Website: www.whalesafari.no

Kirkenes
Kirkene is a village near the Russian border where the terminal harbour for Norway's coastal steamer, which is known as the world's most beautiful boat ride, is located. It was an air-raid shelter during the Second World War called Andersgrotta which still exists. By plane, it is approximately 2 hours from Oslo and approximately 1 hour from Tromsø.



NORWEGIAN SALMON IS ATLANTIC SALMON
Bred in the country’s clean, cold fjords and coastal seawaters, Norwegian Salmon features a fresh and smooth flavor that is enjoyed in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Ocean-farmed Norwegian Salmon can be harvested and enjoyed year round, making it a perfect resource for meeting consumer demand for healthy proteins. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, the cooking versatility of Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) makes it a very popular addition to a heart-healthy diet.


Norwegian Salmon is ocean-farmed.
Norwegian Salmon is ocean-farmed by highly skilled craftsmen who have years of experience in the salmon farming industry and generations of cultural tradition tied to the sea. Combining their hard-earned experience and advanced technology, they’re able to monitor and promote healthy salmon growth and food safety at every step — from hatching to the dinner table.


Ocean-farmed salmon is a good source of vital nutrients
The World Health Organization says seafood intake should be increased in order to improve the general health of the world’s population, as seafood is an excellent source of many of the valuable nutrients our bodies need.
Seafood provides us with the nutrients that are not regularly available in other foods, like proteins, essential amino acids, marine omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, vitamin B12, iodine and selenium.
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization agrees that fish farming holds a crucial rolein meeting the world’s demand for seafood.

Norway the perfect place to raise salmon
In addition to thousands of years of seafaring tradition ingrained in its culture, Norway’s waste sea areas and over 51,500 miles of coastline provide the perfect conditions for breeding salmon all year round. The country’s protected fjords and crystal clear and cold waters provide optimum feeding conditions and excellent opportunity for salmon growth. Spacious facilities allow them the freedom to grow to full size in a clean and natural environment.
Norwegian seafood industries’ high standards of excellence and strict safety guidelines ensure the health and comfort of every fish, from hatching through maturity — ensuring that consumers enjoy only the best-quality salmon available.



Forty years of salmon farming in Norway
Atlantic salmon farming began in Norway in the early 1970s. Today, Norway’s aquaculture industry ranks among the world’s leading programs.

Norwegian Salmon are given the freedom to grow
To prevent overcrowding, Norwegian law requires that salmon make up less than 2.5 percent of an aquaculture facility’s volume. That means each spacious facility is made up of 97.5 percent water to allow for maximum comfort.

Norwegian Salmon are raised with care
More than just a product, salmon is part of the Norwegian culture. Ocean-farmed salmon are nurtured and tended to with meticulous attention by seasoned experts drawing on generations of traditions.
From hatching through maturity, the salmon’s comfort and care is the number one concern of salmon farmers. Norwegian Salmon spend approximately the first year of their life in the safety of a hatchery tank, until they have grown strong enough for a life at sea. The salmon are then carefully transferred to spacious, protected ocean pens that allow maximum freedom to grow.
Ocean-farmed salmon mature as nature intended — in the natural, ice-cold waters of Norway — until they are ready for market. Monitored by technologically advanced systems, Norwegian Salmon receive constant care and attention. The systems can even tell when the salmon are full, and shut down the feeding device, while farmers and veterinarians tend to their every need.


Norwegian Salmon are not colored to mimic wild salmon
Ocean-farmed salmon are not dyed or fed coloring agents. The pinkish-red color of wild and ocean-farmed salmon comes from a natural oxycarotenoid called astaxanthin. It’s an important part of the salmon’s diet, aiding in healthy function and helping the fish meet their need for Vitamin A.

In the wild, fish absorb astaxanthin by eating small crustaceans. Ocean-farmed salmon receive astaxanthin as part of their diet in supplement form; the same way humans take vitamin supplements. Studies have also shown that consuming astaxanthin is beneficial to humans as it can boost immune response and acts as a free radical antioxident.3

3 Park, JS et al. “Astaxanthin decreased oxidative stress and inflammation and enhanced immune response in humans,” Nutrition & Metabolism 2010, 7:18



Ocean-farmed Norwegian Salmon diet.
Harvesting healthy ocean-farmed fish starts with a healthy diet. Norwegian Salmon eat dried feed pellets that consist of about 50 percent marine raw materials (fish oil and fish meal from wild fish) and 50 percent vegetable raw material.

The specially formulated pellets contain all of the nutrients salmon need for healthy growth, including:

- Proteins from fishmeal, fish oil and plant proteins and oils
- Carbohydrates from both marine and vegetable sources
- Unsaturated fatty acids
- Vitamins
- Minerals
- Antioxidants

Norwegian salmon is safe to eat
Norwegian Salmon is ocean-farmed under exacting standards that meet and exceed government safety regulations. Norway’s domestic regulations are based on international standards and legislations outlined by governing bodies such as the European Union. A surveillance system monitors the entire seafood production chain — from feed ingredients to salmon growth, all the way to the consumer’s table.



Exceptional commitment to food safety monitoring
The Norwegian farmed seafood industry has developed a cooperative, multi-layered system dedicated to ensuring the premium quality and exceptional safety of Norwegian Seafood. As the country’s second largest export, following oil, the continued success of the ocean-farmed seafood industry, as well as Norway’s economy, are dependent on meeting and exceeding international food safety demands. To do so, the nation’s many organizations dedicated to food safety have created a meticulous surveillance system that follows the food chain from salmon feed ingredients to the consumer’s table, ensuing quality control every step of the way.

Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs acts as the secretariat to the Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs and exercises its administrative authority through measures such as adoption and implementation of legislation and regulations.

Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs acts as the secretariat to the Minister of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs and exercises its administrative authority through measures such as adoption and implementation of legislation and regulations.

Norwegian Food Safety Authority [NFSA] is the official national supervision and monitoring body for food safety, including seafood safety and the health and welfare of fish. The Authority is essential to the implementation of the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs’ objectives regarding seafood safety.

National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research [NIFES] is a research institute with administrative duties, affiliated to the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs. The institute's research focus is nutrition: feed for fish - and fish as food. The institute gives scientific advice to the government and food authorities concerning health and safety aspects for both wild catch and farmed seafood.

The Directorate of Fisheries is responsible for implementing seafood safety regulations by following international standards. The Directorate performs approval, inspection, control and analysis to ensure food safety. The thorough quality management is apparent not only in the products, but also in the system through a self-check system and traceability at each stage of production from fjord/sea to fork

Norwegian Salmon does not contain unsafe levels of therapeutic agents and antibiotics
Happy/healthy fish means a healthy economy, which is one important reason for Norway’s commitment to the healthy growth and natural maturation of its ocean-farmed salmon.

Raised naturally in Norway’s fjords and coastal waters, salmon stocks are susceptible to the same diseases that affect the surrounding environment. In the past, therapeutic agents were widely used to treat disease outbreaks. Today, however, the use of antibiotics is approaching zero. Norway has a surveillance system according to international legislation, which requests continuous and considerable sampling tests to ensure food safety. In fact, a 2009 report found that farmed fish samples did not contain any illegal drugs, and that the levels of approved therapeutic agents were well below internationally accepted limits. The National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research concluded that the very marginal use of therapeutic agents for salmon farming has not affected seafood safety.

The huge reduction in antibiotic use is due to new disease-fighting techniques and preventative measures. Effective vaccination, expertise in disease prevention and educated animal husbandry have improved total fish health and decreased antibiotics use by 97 percent since 1990 — while at the same time salmon production has vastly increased.

If disease requiring treatment does occur, Norway takes extreme measures to track any medications administered to its farmed seafood. Norway documents prescription use to ensure that all medicated fish are traceable. In addition, medicines are only administered under a veterinarian’s care. Those fish are then held back until cleared for market by The Norwegian Food Safety Authority.

Norwegian Salmon DOES NOT contain unsafe levels of heavy metals & PCBs
While small traces of undesirable substances such as PCBs and, heavy metals are present in a large number of our daily consumed food items, salmon included, the health benefits of eating salmon far outweigh the potential for health risks.

Norway’s National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research [NIFS] closely monitors Norwegian Salmon for any traces of undesirable substances. In June 2010 it reported that the 2009 levels of undesirables in salmon fillets were far below the EU’s upper limits for pollutants with established limits. The level of dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in salmon fillets are approximately as low as one-eighth of the limit set by the EU and Norway for the legal sale of seafood. In addition to satisfying Norwegian and EU regulations, Norwegian Salmon must also meet the food safety requirements set by the 100 countries it is exported to.

Overall, fish and shellfish make up only 9 percent of the average American’s PCB intake. By comparison, beef, chicken and pork account for 34 percent of PCB intake, while dairy products constitute 30 percent and vegetables provide 22 percent of the average dietary PCB intake.2

1. Hites, R. et al. Science 303 (2004); 226-229.
2. Mozaffarian, D et al. “Fish Intake, Contaminants, and Human Health.” JAMA. 296 (2006): 1885-1899.

Responsibly harvested ocean-farmed salmon
The Norwegian Salmon industry constantly strives to reach new landmarks as to environmental sustainability. Responsible harvesting of the wild fish used in salmon feed is one important key to the sustainability.

To ensure this, Norwegian feed producers demand that raw marine feed ingredients come from sources with scientifically regulated fishing quotas, and not from unregulated fisheries that exploit and deplete wild fish stocks.

Salmon farming is among the most resource-efficient method of animal food production — it’s more than twice as efficient as pork and chicken at converting feed to meat. Over the last 30 years, the industry has reduced the volume of feed needed to farm 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of Norwegian Salmon by 15 to 20 percent. As farming techniques advance in the future, this number will continue to fall.

In addition, salmon feed only uses species not suitable or in demand for human consumption. The majority of the natural marine raw material is made up of fish byproduct (cut-offs, head, bone, skin) left over from other fish industries, or industrial fish (small species that have a short generation time and contain lots of bones, like anchoveta and blue whiting).

Given the limited access to marine raw materials and the sustainable development of fish farming, marine raw materials currently make up only half of the ingredients in the fish feed. The remainder is made up of various types of vegetable raw materials.

NORWAY'S ART AND CULTURE
A combination of history and geography of Norway helps in giving a panoramic view of the various aspects of the Norwegian culture. This is because of the traces of the ancient farm culture of Norway and the following nationalist movement that are still apparent in the contemporary Norwegian culture. The culture also has its foundations in the Jante Law, which opposes the superiority of any one person above the other person and considers that no person is special. Here is describing the various cultural trends existing in Norway-

Art and Music Traditions
When we think of the pioneer among the Norwegian artists, it is Edvard Munch whose name comes to mind. He has made a leading contribution in the field expressionist art, which mainly portrays the state of mind of the artist rather than the external view. His famous painting ‘The Scream’ shows varied aspects of mental states surrounded by external scenery. Many progressive modernist artists like Gunnar S. Gundersen later followed Edvard Munch’s art traditions, which were further adopted by Adolph Tideman, JC Dahl and Hans Gude, well known painters of the romantic period. In the field of music, several compositions of modern and classical genre have gained amazing recognition through the works of Arne Nordheim and Edvard Grieg. This has resulted in the export of Norwegian music to other countries as well.

DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE IN NORWAY

Polaria
Polaria is an exhibition centre that opened in May 1998. It has a unique exterior that attracts the visitors from all around the world. Polaria showcases large panoramic views of the Lofoten Islands, which features a presentation on the ecology of animals and plants in the Arctic Circle. The show gives you a good understanding of how living organisms and animals lead their lives in the Arctic region. You can also meet Bearded Seals and other cute animals at the aquarium.
Address: Hjalmar Johansensgt 12
Tel: +47 77 60 69 00
Fax: +47 77 60 69 11
Email: info@polaria.no
Website: www.polaria.no

Lysoen Island & Ole Bull's Villa
Located on Lysøen Island, this villa was constructed in 1873 and belongs to Ole Bull, a Norwegian violinist. There is a romantic road, leading up to the house, with a number of lakes amid the island's pine tree forest, giving it a fairytale ambience…
Address: Lysekloster-Bergen
Tel: +47 56 30 90 77
Fax: +47 56 30 93 72
Open hours: May 18th to August 31st Monday to Saturday 12noon to 4pm Sundays 11am to 5pm September Sundays 12noon to 4pm
Closed days: September Monday to Saturday October to mid May Admission fee: 25kr, 40kr for groups
Website: www.lysoen.no

The National Museum of Art, Architecture & Design
The new museum is a merging of the previously autonomous institutions The National Gallery, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, The Norwegian Museum of Architecture, and The National Touring Exhibitions, Norway. Well worth a visit for visitors with an interest in art and design.
Address: Bankplassen


Ålesund
Alesund is a beautiful town that is noted for its unique concentration of Jugendstil architecture (the German name of Art Nouveau) It is a sea port, northeast of Bergen and from here you can access the Geirangerfjord.





Bryggen District World heritage
The Bryggen District is a region located in Vagen Bay and was added to the UNESCO list of Cultural Heritages Sites in 1979 as a representative example of Norwegian architecture from the medieval period. Go down the alleyways and explore the unique architecture and buildings. The district has been hit by two fires, one in 1702 and another in 1955. The fires destroyed original buildings but they have managed restore most buildings to their original state.



Tower of Rosenkrantz (Rosenkrantzarnet)
This tower was constructed in the 1560s by a feudal lord of Bergen, Erik Rosenkrantz, to serve both as a fort and a home. A fortress that was built before the tower is also entrenched inside.
Address: Bergenhus
Tel: +47 55 31 43 80
Open hours: May 15th to August 31st Everyday 10am to 4pm September 1st to May 14th Sundays 12noon to 3pm
Closed days: September to May 14th Monday to Friday
Admission fee: 25kr

Gamlehaugen
The Gamlehaugen is a mansion that is used as the official residence of the Norwegian King when he visits Bergen. This beautiful mansion, which is located on top of a small hill in the suburbs of Bergen, used to be the residence of Christian Michelsen who served as the prime minister of Norway at the beginning of this century.
Address: Gamlehaugsveien 10, 5231 Paradis
Tel: +47 55 92 51 20
Open hours: June to September 1st Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm
Closed days: Saturdays/Sundays, September 2nd to May, whenever Norway's King is in residence
Admission fee: 50kr

Gallery FORMAT
Gallery FORMAT exhibits and sells items such as ceramics, textiles, wood, glass and leather products made by Norwegian artists.
Address: Munkedamsveien 57
Tel: +47 22 01 55 70
Fax: +47 22 01 55 71
Email: oslo@format.no
Business hours: Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm Saturdays 11am to 4pm Sundays 12noon to 4pm Closed: Mondays
Website: www.format.no

The Bygdøy Region
This high-class residential area in Oslo, surrounded by greenery and flowers of every colour, features beautiful buildings and architecture. Plenty of traditional Norwegian museums are also located in this area. Bygdoy can be reached in 15 minutes by a ferry, which leaves outside the City Hall.




Frogner Park (Frognerparken)
Frogner Park is one of the highlights in Oslo. The park contains 192 sculptures with more than 600 figures, all modelled in full size by Gustav Vigeland. Vigeland also designed the architectural setting and the layout of the grounds. The "Monolitten Human Tower", located in the centre of the park, is a masterpiece that took 13 years to construct. The park also has a pool and tennis courts. Also make sure you don’t miss the fantastic open-air restaurant.
Address: Frognerveien 67
Website: www.frognerparken.com

Ulriken Cable Car
The cable car takes you to the top of Bergen’s highest mountain, Ulriken (642m). From the top of the cable car you can experience a fantastic view over the capital of Western Norway, fjords and mountains. Once reached the summit you can enjoy lunch at any of the restaurants and cafes located on top of Ulriken. The tour "Bergen in a nutshell" also includes the cable car and is a bargain at 130kr.
Address: Ulriken 1
Tel: +47 55 20 20
Operation time: Throughout the year. Departs every 7 minutes. June to August 9am to 10pm May to September 9am to 7pm October to April 10am to 5pm Free mini concert June to August 5 times a day 3.30pm to 7.30pm.
Fee: Return 80kr
Website: www.ulriken.no

Hilmers Hus
The Hilmers Hus is a great furniture shop in a stylish area in Oslo.
Address: Drammensveien 130
Tel: +47 22 44 88 00
Business hours: Monday to Wednesday/Fridays 10am to 6pm Thursdays 10am to 7pm Saturdays 10am to 4pm
Closed: Sundays
Website: www.hilmershus.no/


Maria Church (Mariakirken)
The Maria church is a Romanesque-style church that was set up in the first half of the 12th century. This is the oldest architectural structure in Bergen. The decorations on the pulpit inside the church are very beautiful and are said to be Norway's highest-quality baroque decorations.
Address: Dreggen 15
Open hours: June 20th to August 19th Monday to Friday 9.30am to 11.30, 1pm to 4pm Other than the above Tuesday to Friday 11am to 12.30pm Organ performance June 28th to August 30th Tuesdays 19:30 (purchase tickets at the entrance.)

Røros
Røros is a beautiful town with a unique church and a row of 100 wooden houses. It is a registered site on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. During winter, a traditional market called "Rørosmartnan" is organized, that draws many tourists and visitors each year. There is also an outdoor musical theatre performance played in Røros to commemorate the tragedy when a Swedish soldiers froze to death. Røros is also known for its copper mines.



Norway Designs
Norway Designs is a stylish design shop that has a fine collection of kitchenware, ceramic, glassware and stationery.
Address: Stortingsgt 28
Tel: +47 23 11 45 10
Fax: +47 23 11 45 35
Business hours: Monday to Wednesday/Fridays 9am to 5pm Thursdays 9am to 7pm Saturdays 10am to 3pm
Closed: Sundays
Website: www.norwaydesigns.no

Karl Johans Street
Karl Johans Street is Oslo’s main mall and it stretches from Oslo Central Station to the Royal Palace. The street has a lovely café, restaurant and entertainment culture. The street is always bustling with people who come to enjoy Oslo. The street is also close to the Oslo Cathedral and the National Museum.




The National Museum of Art, Architecture & Design
The new museum is a merging of the previously autonomous institutions The National Gallery, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, The Norwegian Museum of Architecture, and The National Touring Exhibitions, Norway. Well worth a visit for visitors with an interest in art and design.
Address: Bankplassen
Tel: +47 22 86 22 10
Email: info@nasjonalmuseet.no
Website: www.nasjonalmuseet.no

Gamle Bergen
Gamle Bergen is an open air museum with more than 40 wooden houses, representative of the Bergen architecture in the 18th and 19th centuries. The houses give a picture of life in a small town with its dwellings, different shops, baker, barber, dentist, photographer etc. The museum area is open all year.
Address: Sandviken
Tel: +47 55 25 70 34
Open hours: May 8th to September 4th Everyday 9.30am to 5.30pm
Closed days: May 11th/17th
Admission fee: 60kr
Website: www.gamlebergen.no


MOST POPULAR MUSEUMS IN NORWAY

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo is one of the most popular museums in Norway.

1. The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (is comprised of the National Museum of Architecture, the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Gallery), Oslo

2. The Natural History Museum, Oslo

3. The Museum of Cultural History (is comprised of the Viking Ship Museum and the Historical Museum), Oslo

4. The Restoration Workshop of Nidarosdomen Cathedral, Trondheim

5. The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum), Oslo

6. The Norwegian Telecom Museum, Oslo

7. The Norwegian Defence's Museums (including Norway's Resistance Museum in Oslo, Marine Museum in Horten, the Armoury (Rustkammeret) in Trondheim, the Norwegian Aviation Museum in Bodø, the Norwegian Armed Forces Aircraft Collection at Oslo Gardermoen Airport, Oscarsborg Fortress in the Oslofjord and Bergenhus Fortress Museum in Bergen)

8. Bergen Aquarium, Bergen

9. The Fram Museum, Oslo

10. Museums in Sør-Trøndelag (include Sverresborg Trøndelag Folk Museum, The Coastal Heritage Museum, Trondheim Art Museum, Orkla Industry Museum, Ringve Museum and Rockheim)

11. The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology, Oslo

12. The Kon-Tiki Museum, Oslo

13. Jærmuseet, Nærbø

14. Maihaugen Open Air Museum, Lillehammer

15. Blaafarveværket, Modum

16. Art Museums in Bergen, Bergen

17. Bergen City Museum (is comprised of several museums: Håkon's Hall, Rosenkrantz Tower, Bryggen's Museum, Old Bergen, the School Museum, Hordamuseet, Damsgård Manor, Alvøen Manor and the Leprosy Museum), Bergen

18. Akershus Museum/Akershus Fylkesmuseum, Akershus

19. Stiklestad National Culture Centre, Verdal

20. Vestfold Museums IKS, Vestfold (include The Whaling Museum in Sandefjord, Larvik Museum, Munch's House in Åsgårdstrand, Midgard Historical Centre, Haugar Vestfold Art Museum and Slottsfjellmuseet in Tønsberg)

Source: Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority (ABM). These are the latest figures currently available. Please note that museums that do not have their own research department do not feature on this list.




WHERE TO STAY
There are different kinds of hotels and camp sites throughout the country. Staying at a fishermen's cabin is an experience out of the ordinary.

Hotels
Stay at an old, wooden hotel in the countryside or choose a modern design hotel in one of the main cities.
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Camping
Camping and caravanning in Norway is ideal for holiday-makers who like to go where their impulses take them.
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Cottages & Holiday houses
Cottages are popular hire accommodation among both Norwegian and foreign tourists.
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Hostels & Guest houses

You do not have to spend your savings sleeping. There are two big hostel chains in Norway.
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Farm holidays
Stay at a medieval farm in the Gudbrandsdalen Valley or bring your children to a farm with animals in southern Norway.
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Fishermen's cabin
Along the Norwegian coast, especially in the counties Finnmark, Troms, Nordland, Trøndelag and Møre og Romsdal, fishermen's cabins are sought after. View all...

Lighthouse
Lighthouses offering accommodation are found along the coast, from Vardø in the north to the Oslofjord in the south.
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Guest marinas
Find a port for your next boat holiday. These harbours have modern equipment and many offer an insight into Norwegian coastal culture and history.
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