If you visit Norway, prepared to be over-awed with its breathtaking natural beauty. This Scandinavian country has always been a famous cruising destination, popular for its gorgeous fjords.
Kick-start the trip by heading out to its capital - Oslo. History buffs would enjoy visiting the Akershus Castle. The old seasoned walls and the medieval tower of this beautiful fortress is placed magnificently on the seafront. Those who are musically inclined ought to visit the Oslo Opera House, one of Norway's largest cultural institutions to view an eclectic selection of programs including opera and ballet plus plays and modern musical concerts. Oslo is packed with several museums. One of the significant ones is the Viking Ship Museum, which includes two of the planet's best-preserved Viking Ships, as well as hordes of artifacts such as tools and sledges.
Viewing the Midnight Sun and the shimmering Aurora Borealis are two of the top attractions in Norway which is provided by the Arctic Circle. The extraordinary Hurtigruten ferry system is a critical link between the nation's far-flung corners. The ships of Hurtigruten are known to transport freight and passengers on regular services, that have become very popular among tourists. Head over to the gorgeous Geirangerfjord region north of the Alesund. It offers some of the most breathtaking views in all of Norway.
Do spend some time in Lillehammer for it is known as a year-round tourist destination in Norway. Housed above Lake Mj?sa at the south end of the Gudbrandsdal valley, it truly comes into its own during the winter. It offers a host of winter activities such as skating, curling, sleigh rides, 300 miles of Nordic ski trails, as well as alpine ski centers. During summer, one can visit many attractions such as the Malhaugen Park, an open-air museum consisting of over 100 historic buildings, including 18th Century farmhouses, workshops and a stave church.
Head over to Jotunheimen, the biggest Alpine region on the Norwegian high plateau, spans over an area of 1,351 sq miles and includes Scandinavia's highest mountains. It houses several incredible waterfalls, rivers, lakes, glaciers and wildlife, such as the huge reindeer populations. Beer fans can chug down a beer or two at the planet's most northerly brewery in Troms? - Europe's most northerly city. Other attractions in the city includes the gorgeous university and cathedral, and admire the picturesque surroundings.
When it comes to shopping, be on the look-out for Norwegian handicrafts, printed textiles, glass and porcelain jewelley, crockery and trinkets. As for cuisine, be sure to gorge on a few of their local specialties such as Brunost (a sweet brown cheese made with whey) or Lutefisk (baked preserved cod).
The stay options in Norway is abundant with the best luxury hotels, rental apartments and cheap accommodations available for the tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Norway experiences extreme cold in the winter, especially in sub polar regions, and mild heat in the summer. The best time to visit would be between mid May and mid August, as the temperatures are balmy around the said period.