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Rugged landscapes and sophisticated cities make Norway a really unique destination, where ‘did I just see that?’ experiences lie waiting around every corner.

Like what? How about a cruise through Sognefjord, the longest and most spectacular fjord in the country. Or check out Voss, Norway’s adventure capital, or the incredible Boyabreen glacier near Skei. Prefer the bustle of the city? Take an Oslo food tour, marvel at Nidarosdomen cathedral or admire the colourful wooden buildings of Bergen's historic Bryggen area.

Things to do in Norway

From the impossibly beautiful frozen tundra of Norway’s Arctic north to the sophistication of Oslo, Norway has plenty to offer. To help you get to grips with it, we've put together a Norway travel top 5.

La Tomatina Festival

Marvel at the iconic Sagrada Familla in Barcelona.

Gaudi’s majestic creation has been wowing crowds since it first began construction in 1882. Since then, multiple architects have taken up the reins on the project, some honouring Gaudi’s original designs, other’s redefining the creation completely. The multiple and varied facades of the building, plus its sheer size and majesty, make it a must do for any traveller visiting Barcelona.

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San Fermin

Indulge in traditional Andalusian delicacies in Seville.

Seville is renowned for its gastronomic offerings, and whilst the traditional dishes may be simple to prepare, they’re bursting with fresh regional flavours. Gazpacho, Pescaito frito and Huevos a la Flamenca are all famed Andalusian specialities, or for those preferring traditional tapas, Seville has around 4,000 tapas bars to choose from – take your pick!

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Primavera Sound

Live like a King in the Royal Palace of Madrid.

Get a glimpse of life as the other half live with a guided tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid. The largest palace in Europe, the Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, though is only used formally for state ceremonies. Gorge your eyes on the many works of art by famed Spanish painters as you delve a little deeper into Spain’s rich history.

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FIB Benicassim

Party till dawn in the clubbing mecca of Ibiza.

Nowhere on Earth will you experience clubbing quite like Ibiza. Home to some of the world’s most infamous clubs, come and join the party as night after night revered world class DJ’s play their hearts out to adoring crowds. Get into the mood with sunset cocktails at Café Del Mar then party till sunrise at Space, DC-10 or Ibiza Rocks.

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Bilbao BBK Live Festival

Bask in sunlight on Barceloneta Beach.

Some cities are fortunate enough to have the perfect city/beach balance, and Barcelona is one of them. Whilst Barceloneta Beach may be man-made, the water is clear and refreshing and the beach is alive with travellers and locals alike chatting, swimming and generally loving life. Spend long leisurely lunches in the surrounding cafes and restaurants, hire bikes or rollerblades or just relax in the sunshine.

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Islamic fortress of Alhambra

Explore the Islamic inspired fortress of Alhambra.

Rising from woods of cypress and elm, the Alhambra reigns supreme on the hillside of Gibraltar. Born in the 11th Century and then further developed over the 14th and 15th century’s, the fortress holds an extensive network of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens and gives those who visit it a glimpse into the rich history of the Spanish empire and the influence both Islam and Catholicism had on the Alhambra’s design.

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Top 5 festivals in Norway

Whether it's culture, music or sports that takes your fancy, Norway has a festival to fit the bill. Here's our selection of the best Norway festivals.

1. Norwegian Wood Festival – Held in the beautiful green surroundings of Frognerbadet park in Oslo, Norwegian Wood Festival brings a varied lineup of international stars to the Norwegian capital each June. What's not to like about a music festival whose maiden voyage featured Johnny Cash on the bill?

For more information on Norwegian Wood Festival, click here.

2. Northern Lights Festival – Founded in 1988, Tromsø's most popular festival offers a line up of world-class opera, jazz and chamber music, as well as full-scale symphony orchestras and dance performances.

For more information on Northern Lights Festival, click here.

3. Ekstremsportveko – Known to the locals as 'Veko', Norway's leading festival of extreme sports is held annually in Voss. Come and gawp as competitors from across the world of extreme sports go head to head in disciplines such as BASE-jumping parachuting, kite surfing and mountain biking.

For more information on Ekstremsportveko, click here.

4. Inferno Festival – If you like your music hard and heavy, then this is for you. Norway's leading festival of heavy metal, Inferno festival takes place annually, spread over three venues in Oslo city center. Expect a brutal lineup of the biggest stars from the world of extreme metal.

For more information on Inferno festival, click here.

5. Norwegian Constitution Day – Norway's national day is celebrated on May 17th each year, when the entire country hits the bricks for one massive party. Food, drink and high spirits are the order of the day, though Norwegian traditional dress is optional. It's an inclusive affair and foreigners are always welcome - grab a flag and join the festivities!

For more information on Norway National day, click here.

Top 5 museums and galleries in Norway

There are a huge number of galleries and museums to choose from in Norway, including the country’s famed open-air museums. Struggling to decide which to see? Read on for our pick of the best.

1. Munch Museet, Oslo – The Munch Museet opened in 1963 and is dedicated to the works of Norway's favourite son, Edvard Munch. Here you can see two of the existing four versions of his iconic masterpiece, The Scream, a proper Norway travel 2015 must-do.

For more information on the Munch Museum, click here.

2. Viking Ship Museum – There are a horde of interesting Viking artifacts on display here, but most people come to see the magnificent Oseberg Ship, a well preserved whole Viking vessel thought to date from the 8th century AD.

For more information on the Viking Ship Museum, click here.

3. Stavanger Museum – Founded in 1877, Stavanger Museum is an umbrella term for several museums scattered throughout the city. The most famous is undoubtedly Breidablikk villa, the best-preserved mansion house in the country.

For more information on the Stavanger Museum, click here.

4. Norsk Folkemuseum – Norsk Folkemuseum is home to the world's oldest open-air museum, making it one of the most interesting museums Oslo has to offer. Chief amongst its attractions is a collection of over 150 old buildings relocated from around the country, one of the biggest displays of its kind in Europe.

For more information on the Norsk Folkemuseum, click here.

5. Vigeland Museum – Set amidst the lush greenery of Oslo's Frogner Park, Vigeland Museum is home to over 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and iron by the acclaimed Norwegian master Gustav Vigeland, including Angry Boy, his best known work.

For more information on the Vigeland Museum, click here.

Weather in Norway

Long, thin and mountainous, Norway experiences huge variations in weather throughout the year. The west of the country is famously rainy, while in the south the climate is mellow, with the weather in Oslo ranking amongst the mildest in the country throughout the year.

Up in the country's Arctic north the summer sun never sets, while in winter the reverse is true. Though some will balk at the prospect of 24-hour darkness, for others the chance of seeing the Northern Lights makes this the best and most magical time to visit Norway.

Oslo Weather

Bergen Weather

Stavanger Weather

Trondheim Weather

Norwegian food

Thanks to its long, harsh winters, traditional food in Norway is based around preserved items, including its most famous of exports, smoked salmon. If it moves and breathes, you can bet the Norwegians have salted it, pickled it, dried it or fermented it.

Fresh fish and meat are also big players here, particularly game such as reindeer and moose. The humble loaf also makes up a large part of the typical Norwegian diet, with many delicious and wholesome varieties of bread on offer.

Check out our selection of must-try Norwegian dishes to get you primed for Norway travel 2016.



Kjøttboller

Krumkake

Fårikål – Norway's national dish is a succulent stew of lamb, simmered low and slow with cabbage with peppercorns. Served with a side of potatoes, it's proper rib-sticking stuff for the coldest of days.

Best eaten at –Dovrehallen, Storgata 22, Oslo

Krumkake – This wafer thin rolled cake is one of Norway's best-loved desserts. Served filled with cream and dusted with sugar, it's definitely one for all the sweet-tooths out there!

Best eaten at –Vaaland Dampbakeri & Conditori, Muségata 46, Stavanger

Smalahove – This traditional western Norwegian delicacy is not for the weak of stomach. It consists of a cured sheep's head, boiled and served halved with potatoes and mashed rutabaga (a turnip-like root vegetable).

Best eaten at –Smalahovetunet Voss,Strandavegen 789, Skulestadmo

Lutefisk – This Norwegian dish is made from tørrfisk, wind-dried white fish that has been reconstituted in water over a period of several days. It's then steamed or baked and served with potatoes, mashed peas and bacon, and though the gelatinous texture is unusual it's considered a national delicacy. Your only option is to get stuck right in.

Best eaten at –Børson Spiseri, Gunnar Bergs 2, Svolvaer

Kjøttboller – These delicious Norwegian meatballs are made of minced beef flavoured with spices. Served with mashed potato, mushy peas and plenty of gravy or cream sauce, they're a real Norway food must-try.

Best eaten at –Naboen, Sigurds gate 4, Bergen

What to pack

What to pack for Spain?

An umbrella - It's true: Bergen is the rainiest city in Europe, so prepare for a shower.

A bottle - Booze is extremely expensive here, so you'll kick yourself for not having paid that visit to the duty-free.

Warm clothes - It gets cold here in winter! Be sure to wrap up warmly.

An adapter plug - Norway uses the European standard 2-pin plug. You'll need a step-down transformer if you want to use appliances that run on USA voltage.

Sunglasses - You wouldn't come to the land of the midnight sun without shades, would you?

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