Norway – a country in Europe, the capital of Oslo. The population is 5,060,000 people, the area – 386 000 km2. Currency – Norwegian krone. Official languages: Norwegian and Sami (6 municipalities).
From the east and south-east Norway borders on Sweden (over 1,630 km), Finland (760 km) and Russia (196 km). From the north-west it is washed by the Norwegian Sea, in the north-east – the Barents Sea, and from the south – the North Sea.
Major cities in Norway: Trondheim, Bergen, Drammen, Kristiansand, Stavanger and others.
Preikestolen Rock – is considered to be the most beautiful cliff in the world; unique natural attractions in Norway in the territory of the Lysefjord. The flat top of the rock-area sometimes called “chair preacher.” From the height of a cliff offering breathtaking views of the winding fjord and its surroundings.
The height of a cliff 604 meters above the fjord. Conversely located kjerag. The path to the “chair” is not easy. It originates from the hotel and leads to the 25-meter platform at the top of the cliff. elevation drop is about 330 meters away.
Due to the fact that the road has to overcome several natural zones, vegetation is extremely diverse. This mossy forests, high mountains and lichen. Every year more than 200 thousand people overcome this way. Among them are desperate BASE jumpers who jump from the height of the Pulpit Rock in the water of the Gulf.
Between the plateaus and mountain passes crack. The people goes a belief that after the seven brothers will play a wedding with seven sisters, “chair” will come off and fall into the water of the fjord.
Before climbing tourists can eat at a youth hotel Preikestolen Fjellstue. It has parking, a kiosk, a café, toilets. The best time for such a journey on foot from April to October, while the road is good, and the day is long. If you go back after sunset, it is better to carry a flashlight.
To get to the attractions can be on the ferry or bus from Tau and Stavanger. Travel time – about 1 hour. For those who like to be photographed in unusual places perfect Kёragbolten – stone between two vertical cliffs that rise in front of the Pulpit.
Attractions Norway. Sognefjord – in all respects largest fjord in Norway and in Europe, located at the crossroads of Bergen-Oslo-Trondheim. On the shore of the deep gulf stretched highest mountains and massive glaciers of the country. Sognefjord stretches nearly half of Norway. Its length is 200 km, and in some places reaches a depth of 1038 m.
Sometimes, this bay, surrounded by picturesque mountains and rocks, called “King of Fjords” and it is fully consistent with this title. Its formation began more than 2.5 million years ago. Today Sognefjord dozens of branches and subsidiaries of so-called fjords. To reach it is easiest by water, for example, high-speed boat from Bergen or on a cruise ship plying the Fjord Norway.
One of the most exciting and most popular tourist adventure was a trip on the Flåm Railway. Several times a day the train from Oslo and Bergen, go on this way. The fjords surrounding area offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. In winter you can see the age-old glaciers, frozen in the fall waterfalls and snow-white tops of the mountains.
Sam Flom, which leads the train, is located right on the shore of the Sognefjord. He was and remains the most visited city in the region. Cruise ships also called at Gundvangen, Vic and recently opened Sholden. A great way to explore the surrounding fjords is biking. On the way to open the most diverse and spectacular scenery. It also passes the famous all over the world cycling race Tour de Jotunheimen.
Enormous popularity of kayaking in the waters of the Sognefjord. It is an incomparable feeling of being surrounded by quite wildlife. Only kayaking can look into the most secret corners of the bay. Rafting takes place on Yostedalselva river. Needless to say, that here there is the highest mountain in Norway – Galhёpiggen.
Other attractions include a record the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe, the largest Norwegian mainland glacier and others. And the Aurlandsdalen valley called Norwegian Grand Canyon. Fortunately around the fjord are many hotels and hotels. Also, there are small farms. The most scenic and protected sleeve Bay is Nærøyfjord.
Lysefjord – famous fjord in Norway, located in Vestlann region. The name of a Norwegian language is translated as “bright fjord”. This natural attraction formed as a result of thousands of years of mountain-building processes and glacier corrosion. The length of the Lysefjord is about 42 km and its depth reaches 422 meters.
Due to a difficult terrain on the banks only a couple of settlements. It forsand and Lyusebotn. In the latter there are two hydroelectric power stations built in the rock.
During the summer, the fjord runs regular pleasure boat. It also is very developed skydiving BASE jumping. One of the most photographed places in the world is a round stone Keragbolten stuck in the crevice of a cliff Kjerag. Climbers have long chosen this rock. Another popular tourist attraction in the region – a 400-meter waterfall Henganefossen. They can be admired from the deck of a cruise ship, or from the mountains on the north shore of the fjord.
Every year more than 300 thousand tourists come to admire the “bright fjord”. Fortunately, hotels and farm houses there are plenty, so tourists can stay in the area overnight. Most of hotel rooms offers an unforgettable view of the surrounding rock.
Getting to your destination can be both from Bergen (about 300 km) and Oslo (400 km). From the first to the side of the fjord sent planes, buses and ships summer. You can use the plane from the capital, by train or rented car. In any case, you first need to get to Stavanger, and then in water transport or bus to most attractions.
Vigeland Sculpture Park
Attractions Norway. Vigeland Sculpture Park – without exaggeration, the most interesting park in Oslo, capital of Norway, reflecting the whole gamut of human feelings, emotions and relationships. It was designed by the prominent Norwegian artist and sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Today it is the largest collection of creative works of masters of the open air.
G. Vigeland was a real self-taught. He came from a family of craftsmen and has a youth engaged in wood carving. At 19, he already knew that he would become a professional sculptor. Vigeland government was given a separate studio, which is now a museum. Dust sculptor stored in the bell tower, located in Kirkevein in Oslo. Any Norwegian knows and worships the man.
The park features more than 200 granite sculptures, many of which became separate attractions. Take, for example, a 100-meter bridge, which leads from the main gate to the fountain. He was literally strewn with bronze sculptures dedicated to the main theme parks, ie “The human temperament.” Here you can see the famous statue of “Angry Kid”.
Another remarkable object in the park – a stone platform “Monolith”. It is the tallest sculpture in the park and its central element. In the figure there is interweaving of the people as a symbol of the cycle of life, and the way to it is through wrought iron gates 8. The construction of this monument belongs to 1924. Visitors may also be interested in the song “Wheel of Life” – man-made sundials, created in the 1930s. It’s kind of a harmonious interweaving of human bodies in one ring.
Individual attention, the main gate of the park, made of wrought iron and granite. They consist of five large and four smaller gates, two of which are checkpoints. The unique composition of frolicking children open to “Playground”. The central element is the germ on a granite column. The creator of these masterpieces did not live only a year to complete the project.
Each of his article is full of philosophical overtones and sends a specific set of human emotions. Often, his compositions are difficult to understand, but certainly unique. By the way, at the entrance to the Vigeland Park has established its own “self-portrait” – a sculpture artist working in simple robes with a hammer and chisel in hand. To get to your destination can be on the subway (Art. Majorstuen) or tram 12.
Akershus Castle – a fortress-castle in Oslo, according to legend founded by Haakon V konung Holy; the first example of stone architecture in Norway. It is famous for the spectacular changing of the guard and a lot of myths. Akershus long is the guardian of Oslo since its construction began in the 13th century.
Akershus survived many sieges, and even in the 16th century has undergone a serious fire. In 1624, it was almost completely rebuilt on the orders of King Christian IV. At the foot of the fortress of the king formed a new city. In the 19th century castle for a long time used as a prison until it was transformed into a historical museum. And, indeed, the interior of the Akershus – a storehouse of information about the history of Norway.
Every day in the fortress at 13.30 runs honorary change of the Royal Guard. The chapel is kept the ashes of many royal persons in Norway, including Crown Princess Martha, King Sigurd I, Olav V, etc. In 1989, the landmark visited the Pope, who celebrated Mass right on Castle Square. In the halls of Akershus today, as before, are important public celebrations. For example, Olafskhallen serves as a venue for official receptions.
On the Castle Square is the Museum of the Armed Forces. Striking Tower Knut, offering amazing views of the harbor and the Oslo Fjord islands. For tourist visits Akershus is open daily from 12.00. From time to time on the grounds of the castle are organized national festivals and cultural events. Getting to your destination, you can take the metro to Stortinget Station or by bus to the stop Wessels plass.
Geiranger Fjord – one of the most beautiful fjords in Norway. This magnificent work of nature is located on the west of the country in the Sunnmøre region. Its length is 15 km, and in some places reaches a width of 1.3 km. The name of the fjord was in honor of the eponymous village. This is reflected in the name of Geyrangelva river flowing through the fjord.
This is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Norway. By its nature, it is one of the branches of the Stor Fjord ( “Big Fjord). Those who are interested in the history of the fjords, can visit the thematic museum, located in the village of Geiranger. The village, in turn, is situated on the edge of the fjord. On the slopes of Geiranger completely abandoned old farms, some of which have been restored by a local association to attract tourists. The most popular farms are Skagefla, Knivsfla and others.
A truly picturesque sight opens off the coast of the fjord, framed by cliffs up to 1400 meters and the ancient glaciers. This splendor can be seen from the side of one of the many cruise ships. There is a so-called “Golden Route”, which way lies just across the Geiranger and the famous waterfall “Seven Sisters.” The power of this waterfall can be felt from the deck of a ship, as the height of free fall is approximately 250 meters.
The best views of the fjord attractions opens a cliff “at the threshold of heaven.” It is sometimes called rock Flyudalsyuvet. Tourists are strongly advised to ride a bike on the “Road of the Eagles.” This serpentine many kilometers, with viewing platforms which offers stunning views of the fjord. Best photos obtained from the platform “Ornesvingen”.
Getting to Geiranger possible both from Oslo (280 km) and Bergen (200 km). First of all, you need to get to Ålesund. Between Bergen and Ålesund in the summer, cruise ships ply. From Ålesund to Geiranger aside regular buses. The distance between the settlements of about 110 km.