Places in Norway
Svalbard is the Arctic North as you always dreamed it existed. This wondrous archipelago is a land of dramatic snow-drowned peaks and glaciers, of vast icefields and forbidding icebergs, an elemental place where the seemingly endless Arctic night and the perpetual sunlight of summer carry a deeper kind of magic.
To the rest of the world, Norway is where Mother Nature has created one of her finest works of art. Against such a wonderful natural canvas, it's easy to forget that man can also be artistic, and many a visitor has been left surprised to discover that Oslo is home to world-class museums and galleries rivalling anywhere else on the European art trail.
Surrounded by seven hills and seven fjords, Bergen is an utterly beguiling city. The beautiful Unesco World Heritage–listed Bryggen is its centrepiece, and nature, be that mountains, fjords or sea, is never far away. But you'll also discover a dynamic cultural life, one a city 10 times its size would be proud of.
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Norway: come for the sun, stay for the light show
When it comes to spotting natural phenomena, it's hard to go past Norway. From August, you'll catch the end of the midnight sun and, if you're lucky, the start of the dancing light show put on by aurora borealis...
The perfect trip to Norway
Norway doesn’t do nature on a small scale. Explore this epic country's earth-shattering glaciers and fjords with Christa Larwood of Lonely Planet Traveller magazine. Photographs by Justin Foulkes...
Top 17 experiences in Norway
Norway is a once-in-a-lifetime destination and the essence of its appeal is remarkably simple: this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth...
Exploring Norway's fjords
Lonely Planet has produced this article for Innovation Norway. All editorial views are those of Lonely Planet alone and reflect our policy of editorial independence and impartiality...