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saren
post Apr 17 2008, 08:21 AM
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The Best of Norway

The following is a tentative list of the best of Norway (compiled through personal research done on the internet). Here are the results. If you live in Norway, or consider yourself an expert on the country please add, or edit items to the list. Once complete, it should help visitors know exactly where to find what they need, and want. PLEASE only respond to this thread if you're interested in helping to edit or contribute items to the list. Thank you.

CRITERIA for LIST:
-memorable/dramatic scenery & landscape photography. Where to find the best (viewpoints, city views, panoramas, skylines, sunsets, etc..)?
-the unique outdoors, hikes/hilltops/lookouts, and amazing views.
-lovely/charming streets, cute villages, and magnificent/attractive architecture
-authentic/unforgettable "local" travel experiences (i.e. non-typical, interesting/special experiences (full of original character), and unique only to the local area)).
-the best freebies (meuseums excluded)
-specialty/unique regional cuisine/gastronomy (or the BEST places to eat (w/ local's prices, food made with love/regional favourites, and not too many tourists eating there)),
-anything else off-the beaten path.

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*from South to North*

BERGEN
view from atop floibanen
bryggen

AURLAND,
Naeroyfjord (can take Flam rail), Stalheim, then Ulvik, (Vøringsfossen)- back to Bergen

HOPEN, near Sogndal/Luster
Sognefjord, Nigardsbreen/Jostedalsbreen

DALE,

FLORO,

SANDANE,

MAURSTAD,
Nordfjord

ORSTA/ALESUND (Aksala view), also nearby town of SøVIK
Geirangerfjorden, Dalsnibba, Geirangervegen, Golden route

MOLDE,
Trollstigen

KRISTIANSUND
Atlanterhavsveien

TRONDHEIM,
Bakklandet, Old town bridge view (if with bicycle, travel up the hill with the special bike lift)
Marinen park

BRONOYSUND
Vega world heritage site, Torghatten, Kystriksveien route

FAUSKE

BODO
Saltstraumen, Lofoten islands

NARVIK,
Skjomen

HARSTAD,

TROMSO
Ølhallen beer hall, western coast of Senja

Maandalen
Alta
Lakselv

NORDKAPP
mageroya, kirkeporten, mid June festival

KautoKeino

FOOD
reindeer w/ cranberry, lingonberry jam
geitost "goat cheese"
fiskeboller (fish balls, and some)
Rumgraut is a sour-cream porridge covered with melted butter, brown
sugar, and cinnamon. If they're in season, try the good-tasting,
amber-colored muiter (cloudberries). An additional treat, well made in
Norway, is a pancake accompanied by lingonberries
koldtbord (a kind of breakfast)
Singoalla biscuts
gravlaks
Salmonburgers

Thanks again for any advice.
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post Apr 17 2008, 10:33 AM
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OK, I got this list from my friend who lives in Oslo. These are all the fun things he has done:

backcountry skiing in Lyngen
hard rock cafe in Tromso (I dunno, it was alright)
hiking in Jotunheimen national park
hut-to-hut hiking in Jotunheimen or Norefjell
ferry in Flom (I didn't actually do this but it's a standard tourist thing)
backcountry skiing in Stryn
Hurrungane area (mountains)
Sognefjord

ok so I haven't really travelled outside of oslo all that much:

staying in a hytte in Valdres
staying in somebody's hytte anywhere in Norway
cross-country skiing anywhere in the Oslo area
Wigelandsparken in Oslo
Holmenkollen in Oslo: HOlmenkollen is the ski jump
sailing in the Oslo fjord
swimming/sunbathing on the islands accessible by ferry from downtown Oslo
Verden's Ende ("end of the world") in the South of norway
staying in a friends cottage anywhere on the seaside


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post Apr 17 2008, 01:16 PM
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Hi there
Being a Norwegian and living in Norway does make this easier. Your list contains a good selection, but I will add a few favorites.

Spiterstulen in Jotunheimen: From here you can climb Norway's highest mountain or get a guide to take you on a voyage of discovery in the severely crevassed Svellnose glacier.

The Youth Hostel in Stamsund, Lofoten

Take the Costal Steamer from Stokmarknes to Svolvaer: Amazing scenery!

These are all best during summer. But if are looking for something really exotic, then visit Tromso for a Christmas or a New Year Party.



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post Apr 17 2008, 01:17 PM
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Why is Christmas so exotic in Tromso?


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post Apr 17 2008, 01:34 PM
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Tromso is the largest town in Northern Norway with a population of about 65 000. It has quite a few international students who do not go home for X-mas. Add to those a couple of Russian trawler crews and the occasional Finnish fish factory worker. Then imagine 30% of them medicating themselves with beer/vodka to beat off the worst effects of one month of light deprivation. It is actually quite fun.


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post Apr 17 2008, 01:35 PM
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I see!


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post Jun 27 2008, 08:27 AM
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A short trip to Norway had me spend some time in a small town called Flåm which is based at one of the ends of the Sognefjord. Flåm provides a great camping spot and it's a good base to travel from for all the activities anyone could wish for:
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Bird Watching
  • Cycling
  • etc

The Flåm Railway also ends in Flam, and is quite a tourist attraction traveling through some of the most beautiful scenery around. Have a look at the following website -> Flåmsbana


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post Jun 27 2008, 09:56 AM
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Norway sounds so beautiful, thanks for the tips.


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post Jun 27 2008, 11:18 AM
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There is a place in Norway called Hell apparently - I want to go just to get a photo with the sign biggrin.gif
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post Jun 27 2008, 11:49 AM
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Ha, I've seen photos like that.


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post Jan 3 2009, 04:24 PM
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Hell is located just outside of Trondheim, and is famous for it's "Hell - Gods expedition" sign. If you travel between Trondheim and the local airport (Værnes) by train you pass the train station where the sign is located.

if your not afraid of hights and bad weather you should pay a visit to the Pulpit Rock, located near Stavanger on the south-west coast of Norway. The fjord there called Lysefjorden is also one of the most popular spots for extremesports in Norway, like base jumping.
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post Jan 5 2009, 01:03 PM
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Thanks for the short cut to finding the Hell sign, daffen. Welcome to the forums!


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post Jan 21 2009, 06:56 AM
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There are so many photos on TravelPod from everyone that's been there. It gives you a pretty good picture of some of the sights you'll see depending where you go.http://www.travelpod.com/photos/0/Norway.html


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post Jul 4 2009, 03:55 PM
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QUOTE(sianeth @ Jun 27 2008, 11:18 AM) *

There is a place in Norway called Hell apparently - I want to go just to get a photo with the sign biggrin.gif

Here you have the photo:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3080/251383...0e0ba02.jpg?v=0
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The Bergen to Oslo train journey is amazing - especially at this time of year - when it reaches it's peak +1200 metres above sea level, there's about a foot of snow at the moment. I was there a couple of weekends ago. Lovely smile.gif


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post Jan 28 2010, 02:44 PM
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A little off-topic (hope you don't mind): is there a bus terminal or a station in Honningsvåg? I have to wait for my bus connection for a couple of hours, but don't know wether to get a hotel room or wait at the terminal (if there is one) help.gif
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QUOTE(sianeth @ Jun 27 2008, 11:18 AM) *

There is a place in Norway called Hell apparently - I want to go just to get a photo with the sign biggrin.gif

Lol! tongue.gif:P
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Noticed you had both Trollstigen and Geiranger on your list. It's possible to do both in the same time. I started out from Ålesund and drove to Trollstigen, over to Valldal, then I took the ferry over to Eidsdal, drove over the mountain pass. It's a breath taking view. In Geiranger you have two choices. Go over to Stryn or tourist ferry to Hellesylt. I've done both and it's lovely both ways. If you choose the tourist ferries you will get an audio-guide in english (and perhaps german, I don't recall) .

Another Trip I would recommend travel with Hurtigruta along the coast of Norway. It's starts in Bergen and end in Kirkenes. You can get on and off at any stops.
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