Norway is a land of natural wonders -- majestic fjords and glaciers, the northern lights, midnight sun, snow-capped mountains. Each season has a special appeal. In spring and summer, the days lengthen the further north you travel, and the midnight sun adds a special glow to the mountain peaks and crystal clear water. As the long days of summer recede into fall, you can witness nature's most brilliant display. And in winter, the light creates an almost mystical atmosphere over the snow-covered towns and villages.
The unspoiled landscape brings out the explorer in everyone. It also encourages visitors to participate in a host of recreational opportunities: from walking and cycling to fishing and kayaking - not to mention virtually every type of winter sport.
But there is so much more to discover about Norway. Vibrant cities like the country's capital, Oslo, and Bergen reflect a rich cultural heritage, where tradition lives side-by-side with a lively contemporary lifestyle. And where the friendly, English-speaking populace will make you feel welcome.
Oslo, once a Viking market town, is beautifully situated at the head of the Oslo Fjord, and is surrounded by forested hills. The city's major attractions include the world-famous Munch Museum, the Viking Museum, with its 1000 year-old ships, Thor Hyerdahl's fabled raft, Kon Tiki, and the monumental sculptures in the Vigeland outdoor sculpture park. It also is the home of the imposing Holmenkollen ski jump, a former Olympic site. To top things off, Oslo has great shopping and some of the liveliest nightlife in Scandinavia.
A World Heritage City, 900 year-old city Bergen has a big heart that warmly welcomes visitors. It's bustling fish market and docks, and ancient Hanseatic merchants' quarter give the city a special charm and atmosphere. A city of culture, Bergen boasts one of the world's oldest symphony orchestras, a number of theatres and dance companies, and museums of history and art. The city also plays host to well-known international musical and other cultural events, year round.
One of the most rewarding ways to experience Norway is a Norwegian Coastal Voyage.
From its majestic fjords to its stunning Arctic landscapes, the west coast of Norway is, without doubt, one of the world's most spectacular stretches of scenery. And for decades, Norwegian Coastal Voyage has been the first choice of travelers seeking to discover the natural and cultural treasures of this awe-inspiring, 1,250-mile coastline.
NCV's unique fleet is comprised First Class cruise ships that also serve as working ships delivering cargo and mail to their ports of call. The vessels have changed dramatically over the years to accommodate today's cruise traveler with spacious suites, comfortable cabins, and a variety of tastefully appointed public areas panoramic lounges. And the artwork gracing the ships' public spaces is renowned.
Every sailing gives you a close-up view of the ever-changing coastline and the opportunity to explore the picturesque cities and towns that comprise the voyage's over 30 ports of call. Optional guided shore excursions showcase breathtaking fjords, glaciers, and other natural wonders. And along the way, you'll make new friends and share your discoveries with interesting fellow passengers from around the world.