The home of the Vikings, the land of fjords and archipelago is also known as a winter sports paradise. Thanks to the warm Gulf Stream the cities and towns along the Norwegian Atlantic coast experience a relatively mild climate instead of sub polar coldness.
In Hammerfest, officially the "northernmost city in Europe", the sun does not go down in the summer months and does not rise in December. The spectacular Northern Lights are one of the true wonders of the world.
The capital of Norway, at the fjord with the same name, offers its visitors an attractive old town as well as a colourful cross-section of attractive buildings ranging from the nearly one thousand year old fortress Akershus to the futuristic New Opera, opened in 2008.
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every year in the impressive town hall. Along the city's central shopping street, Karl Johans Gata, a number of government buildings, the parliament building and the Royal Palace can also be found.
At Holmenkollen in Oslo is one of the oldest ski jumps in the world. It is still a location of many ski jump competitions every winter.