The best tours of Scandinavia

Scandinavia is easy to travel around, but booking trains, buses and hotels can be a chore and can end up working out more expensive than doing an organized tour. You may be short of time and want to fit in seeing as much of the region as possible in a few days. Pic: Srvora (CC) Or maybe you fancy a bucket-list trip exploring the wilderness, hunting for the northern lights, or spotting whales with expert guides? Whichever type of itinerary suits your trip, we’ve picked some of the best tours of Scandinavia that you can find. Three countries in under a week If you’re short of time and want to cram in the highlights of three countries in under a

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21 things you should know before visiting Norway

Going local to view Norway’s stunning scenery Fantastic fjords, magical mountainscapes and eye-watering prices may be leap to mind when you think of Norway. But there’s way more to this fascinating country than simply stunning scenery. Pic: enriquelopezgarre (CC) We’ve consulted locals and long-time residents about what they think you should know before visiting one of the world’s most beautiful countries. So, here’s our guide to 21 surprising and fun facts about Norway. 1) Norway introduced salmon sushi to the Japanese. Traditionally salmon wasn’t used for sushi, but the quality of the seafood from Norway’s chilly waters is so good, that the Japanese were persuaded to try it – and now it’s one of the most popular forms of sushi.

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The Best Fjords to Visit in Norway

Norway is the undisputed king of fjords, with more than 1,100 of the things dotted along its massive coastline. And if you’re planning a trip, there’s good news: it’s actually quite tricky to visit Norway without seeing at least one of these beautiful geological features for yourself. You’ll find fjords pretty much wherever you go – from Lindesnes in the very south to Cape Nordkinn in the far North – but a handful of them are extra special, and certainly worth seeking out if you have the time to spare. To save you lots of legwork and get you straight to the prime photo spots, we’ve rounded up 12 of Norway’s best and most dramatic fjords. This map shows you where they

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Celebrating Norwegian Traditions in Valle, Norway

Norway is a photogenic country. With beautiful fjords, northern lights, midnight sun, and cozy coastal cities, it’s no wonder many people are tempted to head north. But even for a coastal-dwelling Norwegian like me, Norway’s vast and sparsely-populated inland is unpaved territory. Valle, Norway My curiosity led me to a landlocked valley in Norway named Valle, and it proved that you don’t have to travel far to experience something exotic. The people in this long, narrow valley are known for their passion for deep-rooted and unique traditions. And what could be a better time to visit than during Norwegian Constitution Day, when traditions are on display and cherished? Musician and an advocate for the Valle dialect, Sigurd Brokke, by the

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