Along parts of the coastline, the sea goes deep into the mountain wilderness. Where the plains end, the mountains plunge many hundreds of metres down into the water to form the world-famous Norwegian fjords. The longest fjord in Norway, the Sognefjord, stretches over 200km inland to the foot of the Jotunheimen and Jostedalsbreen national parks. Deep into the fjord, the Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, branches off. Further north is the Nordfjord which leads up to the immense glaciers.
From the far north to the far south, Norway is mainly made up of mountains and wilderness. Northern Europe's highest mountain peaks offer snow all year round, craggy summits and beautiful, rounded rock formations. There are four different seasons in the Norwegian mountain wilderness. Summer is the time for hiking across expansive plains and up to dramatic peaks. Endless trails and hundreds of serviced and unserviced cabins await you, making the Norwegian mountain wilderness easily accessible. Standing 2,000 metres above sea level with views through 360 degrees does something to you - it opens up your mind. In autumn, nature is busy preparing for winter and the landscape glows red and yellow. The fresh air and bright colours are extreme. It is a time for cloudberries and blueberries, and hunting grouse and reindeer. And so comes winter, draping the landscape in its pure, white cloak. Norway provides alpine skiing facilities for all, with families and extreme skiers able to find suitable conditions, and cross-country skiing trails are prepared throughout the country. Winter is the longest of the mountain seasons but when spring arrives, nature comes back to live.
The coastline of Norway is long, stretching from an idyllic archipelago in the south to land as wild and untamed as the sea up in the north.
The Norwegian coast is punctuated by long beaches, bustling coastal towns, world famous fjords, thriving fishing villages and restored fisherman's shacks.
The south coast is where the Norwegian summer is at its best. Here you can lie out on a rock and soak up the sun with a good book. The west coast is the place to enjoy your favourite water-based activities. Up in the north you can see small fishing villages.
Beautiful, historic and friendly Oslo! Norway's capital lies at the tip of the Oslofjord, ringed by wooded hills. The combination of city attractions and stunning countryside makes Oslo a unique destination.
Oslo city guide
Norway's historical capital was founded in 997 and is one of the oldest towns in Scandinavia.
Trondheim city guide
Bergen has something for everyone, whatever time of the year. Stroll along the quayside and soak up the atmosphere of Bryggen, the old merchants' quarter, or enjoy fresh seafood from the Fish Market. Take a cable car to Mount Ulriken, where you can enjoy a truly spectacular view of the city framed by the sea, fjords and mountains.
Bergen city guide
Stavanger was chosen as European Capital of Culture in 2008. It offers endless opportunities for fun and entertainment. Experience beautiful fjords, majestic mountains and the open sea.
Stavanger city guide