Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. Oslo, the capital, is a city of green spaces and museums. Preserved 9th-century Viking ships are displayed at Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum. Bergen, with colorful wooden houses, is the starting point for cruises to the dramatic Sognefjord. Norway is also known for fishing, hiking and skiing, notably at Lillehammer’s Olympic resort.
The glowing-red midnight sun and the Northern Lights are visible from Arctic Tromsø and Kirkenes. Also north of the Arctic Circle, the dramatic Lofoten Islands are popular for hiking, kayaking, wildlife-watching and cycling. Trondheim evokes Norway’s history and traditions with 11th-century Nidarosdomen Cathedral, built over the grave of former king St. Olaf, the country's patron saint. In Oslo, the Munch Museum focuses on the Norwegian painter’s masterpieces. The Norsk Folkemuseum is a collection of open-air historic buildings. Local cod, salmon, lingonberries and reindeer are classic ingredients in Norwegian cuisine.