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Carved out by huge fjords and topped with icy glaciers, trodden by Vikings and spiked with mountainous massifs, Norway is a theatre for nature's greatest achievements. Ranging from the fringes of the Arctic Circle to the icy rollers of the North Sea, it's a place rarely forgotten and never to be missed.
Whether it's the cool and quirky design bars of Oslo, the ski fields of Hafjell, the fish markets and Munch museums of Bergen, or the wild fells of the deep north you're pining for, search dealchecker for the best Norway hotels and you're sure to find something to suit.
Bergen is much more than just the gateway to the glorious fjords of the western coast. It's also a town of lively student bars and jazz fests, where the winding cobbles of Gamle Bergen hide timber homes from the 1800s, and the UNESCO site of Bryggens bursts with cafes and shops. For an extra adventure, be sure to hit the trials of the seven mountains that loom above the town.
Oil boomtown and jumping off point for trips to the majestic Lysefjord, Stavanger's boasts a charming old town and great museums, not to mention ice-skating on the waters of frozen Stokkavannet in winter.
Oslo bursts from the pine forests of southern Norway in a creative show of gorgeous architectural feats. You'll see the regal colonnades of the Royal Palace, and the steel mechanics of the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. You'll be able to delve into the acclaimed Viking Ship Museum and marvel at the smooth, snow-white contours of the Oslo Opera House.
Many travellers will look to the deep, wild north for their stay in Norway. This is a land of fragrant pine forests and ice-caked fjords. Amidst it all hides pretty little Tromso, where the Aurora Borealis dance in the sky. Even further north, languishing in the iceberg-dotted waters past the Arctic Circle is where Svalbard beckons. Intrepid adventurers come here for dog sledding, and to see old Russian oil towns and polar bears beneath the perpetual glaciers.
Thanks to its great snow coverage and hilly interior, Norway is also popular with skiers. Make a beeline for enchanting little Lillehammer, Hemsedal or Trysil to make the most of the awesome Nordic tracks and soft downhill runs.
Lively Trondheim, the third-largest city in the country, is also a much-loved spot. Head here for a smorgasbord of chic cafes and the colossal outline of the Nidarosdomen – one of the largest churches in Europe.