Who is The Ticket’s #TravelMum? She’s Andrea Bailey – mum of three, travel counsellor and travel writer. This is what she thought about a family trip to Norway. @beyondavisit on Instagram for more fabulous pics.
Norway is known as the “Land of the Midnight Sun”!
From May through to July the sun never completely sets below the horizon in the north and the country experiences about 20 hours of sunlight a day. On the other hand, winter is the exact opposite. Daylight is from 10am to 2pm and then it gets dark!
FUN FACT: The troll plays a significant part in Norwegian and Scandinavian folklore. It is an ugly, nasty creature that lives in caves or forests and will turn to stone if sunlight touches them. There are even a few areas in Norway that have been named after the troll.
Oslo is the capital and largest city of Norway. Oslo is located on the end of the 62-mile Oslofjord which has over 40 islands.
THINGS TO SEE IN OSLO
The Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park is filled with 212 bronze and granite sculptures designed by Gustav Vigeland, and is Oslo’s most visited attraction.
OSLO OPERA HOUSE
Oslo’s Opera House is a landmark of the city. Its floor space covers the equivalent of four football pitches and it has attracted more than 10 million visitors since it opened. You can even walk on the roof
OSLO CITY HALL
The Nobel Peace Prize is presented every year on 10 December in Oslo.
WHERE TO EAT IN OSLO
MAAAEMO: All the food at Maaaemo is prepared from organic and natural ingredients. Taste the very best meats, seafood, poultry, vegetables, berries and herbs from Norwegian food producers.
RESTAURANT KONTRAST: This modern, one Michelin star Nordic restaurant at Vulkan comes with a gourmet kitchen that creates new dishes every day based on the best organic, ingredients available.
Stavanger is the centre of the oil, gas and energy industry. It is one of Norway’s larger cities with over 127,000 inhabitants. Fjords and islands provide a dramatic backdrop and the locals make use of the neighboring areas for leisure and recreation.
FUN FACT: Norway gets 98-99% of its electricity from hydroelectric power – more than any other country in the world!
THINGS TO DO NEAR STAVANGER
PREIKESTOLEN (PULPIT ROCK) – One of the most famous natural attractions in the region is the very impressive cliff Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), which towers 604 metres over the Lysefjord. You could cruise along the fjord or venture up to the top of Pulpit Rock.
Just two miles from central Stavanger, the Jernaldergarden Iron Age farmstead recreates today how Vikings lived in the area around 350-550 BC —with longhouses and burial mounds—based on excavations conducted by the Museum of Archaeology.
KJERAGBOLTEN: Kjeragbolten is a rock wedged in the cliff approximately 3,200 feet above the fjord. The straight fall down to the fjord makes Kjerag a very popular destination for BASE jumping.
WHERE TO EAT IN STAVANGER
FISKETORGET – Try the fish soup here. This is a very child friendly restaurant.
One of the Unesco Hertiage fjords of Norway and the most popular cruise stop, the little town of Geiranger is more of a tourist village. The port closes for the winter.
THINGS TO DO
WATERFALLS: If on a fjord cruise, you will see the Seven Sisters Waterfalls along the fjord.
TROLLSTIGEN: Trollstigen is part of the National Tourist Route Trollstigen – Geiranger, a two-hour drive with spectacular views and sights that runs all the way from Trollstigen to the bottom of the famous Geirangerfjorden. Trollstigen is Norway’s most visited tourist road. The road normally opens at the end of May and closes by October / November.
Inspiration for the makers of Disney-phenomenon Frozen’s magical country of Arendelle. Can you see how similar they are?
Just decades ago there hardly existed roads in these parts – where 2000-metre mountains tower over deep valleys and narrow fjords, all were carved out during the ice ages. Discover tiny farms and cottages clinging to the mountainsides!
MUST VISIT: ALESUND
Famous for being an Art Nouveaux Town, the architecture in Alesund is stunning!
Norweigan Fjord Cruise with Royal Caribbean
7 x nights from Copenhagen, Stavanger, Bergen, Alesund, Geiranger. Family of 2 adults and 2 children – AED 3,500 per person
For a 7 night holiday with accommodation and Turkish Airlines flights (2 nights in Oslo, Bergen, Alesund and 1 night in Flam) from AED 15,700 totally.
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