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Ålesund, Norway

Ålesund is the largest city in Møre og Romsdal, Western Norway. Ålesund is built on a row of islands extending towards the Atlantic. The compact old city centre is thus surrounded by water and Ålesund is a major fisheries harbor.

Much of the joy of seeing Ålesund is to be found in just strolling past the many art nouveau shops and other buildings. However, the most notable attractions are The Aalesunds Museum, The Atlantic Sea-Park and The Art Nouveau Center. Walk up the stairs to Fjellstua from the city park for a breathtaking view of local fjords and mountains. This can really not be underlined enough. Even if you are not up to climbing all 400 or so stairs, even half way up the view is stunning. Alternatively, you can get a taxi to drive you up there for the view from the top. This is a must-see. At the top of the mountain there are walkways that allow you to walk around in natural surroundings while enjoying the view of the islands and mountains around you. There is also a restaurant at Fjellstua serving basic dishes.

The Atlantic Sea Park at Tueneset is the biggest salt water aquarium in Northern Europe and is built into its stunning environment in the Tueneset conservation area. It offers a range of activities, including diving. After visiting, you can enjoy Tueneset itself which is a nice green area with walkways and a fascinating seemingly endless view of the Atlantic ocean. Have a nice trip.

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Lofoten, Norway

Lofoten is a group of islands in the northern part of Norway. The archipelago is often described as one of the most scenic parts of Norway. The main attraction of the archipelago is its majestic scenery. The coastline is dominated by high mountains cut by fjords, as well as sandy white beaches.

Apart from the scenery, the fishing history of the archipelago is visible in several little villages all around the coast. Nusfjord and the lovely A are prime examples. The Lofoten has many traditional fishermen red cabins built on the sea shore or over stilts (the rorbu), and it is even possible to stay in one. In the summer, you can enjoy the the midnight sun. In Leknes, the sun remains above the horizon from May 26 to July 17. The midnight sun is best viewed from the western beaches, such as the Vestvagoy Island beaches Utakleiv and Eggum. When there is midnight sun, there is a polar night, and in winter the sun does not rise from December 9 to January 4. The archipelago is at a good latitude to admire the Northern lights, but from the end of April to September, the nights might be a little too clear.

You definitely need to check out The Lofoton Viking Museum and you also shouldn’t miss out on whale safari, mountain climbing, mountain hiking, diving, fishing.

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Oslo, Norway

Oslo is the capital and largest city of Norway, and the third largest city of Scandinavia. Although well into the northern latitudes, Oslo’s climate is fairly temperate thanks to warm air being wafted across the Atlantic from the Gulf Stream. Summer weather in Oslo is mild and pleasant, with frequent hot spells, and plenty of long sunny days. In winter temperatures hover just above or below freezing. Snow is most often plentiful in the forested areas and also often in the city in winter, making it a great winter sports venue.

There are plenty of things to visit, like The Royal Palace, Opera House, Oslo Cathedral, Kirkeristen (the old bazaar surrounding the church is now used by artisans and craftsmen, and holds a couple of cafes and restaurants), Akershus Festning (a medieval castle and fortress built in 1299, located close to the city center) and many more. Oslo also has amazing museums. If you are planning on seeing several of the expensive attractions in a short period of time, then the most cost effective way to do this is to buy an Oslo Pass. It includes unlimited entry to most of the museums. Some of the most notable museums are Henrik Ibsen Museum, Munch Museum, National Gallery, Nobel Peace Centre and Emanuel Vigeland Museum. There are also some nice parks that you should definitely visit, like Frogner Park, Slottsparken and Sofienbergparken.

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Spitsbergen, Norway

Travel isn’t always about going to some beach, or relaxing under the sun. It is about exploring all possible parts of the world, and experiencing different climates. That is why today we bring you Spitsbergen, the largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago in Norway. Constituting the western-most bulk of the archipelago, it borders the Arctic Ocean, the Norwegian Sea and the Greenland Sea. The climate of Svalbard is dominated by its high latitude, with the average summer temperature at 4 °C (39 °F) to 6 °C (43 °F) and January averages at -12 °C (10 °F) to -16 °C (3 °F).

The island has an Arctic climate, although with significantly higher temperatures than other places at the same latitude. The flora benefits from the long period of midnight sun, which compensates for the polar night. Svalbard is a breeding ground for many seabirds, and also supports polar bears, reindeer and marine mammals. Six national parks (Indre Wijdefjorden, Nordenskiöld Land, Nordre Isfjorden Land, Nordvest-Spitsbergen, Sassen-Bünsow Land and Sør-Spitsbergen) protect the largely untouched environment. The island has many glaciers, mountains and fjords. So, we really recommend you visiting a place like this, because life is about diversity, and this is surely different from your typical travel destination.

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