According to etymologists, the name Norway implies “the northward route”, which as per Old Norse (language of north Germany) is nor veg. Besides, the official name of this country in Bokmål (one of the official written Norwegian forms) is "Kongeriket Norge".
Neighboring Countries and Major cities
The neighboring countries of Norway are Russia, Finland, Sweden, Great Britain, and Denmark. Besides, the country is also home to various major cities, including, Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, Drammen, Skien, Kristiansand, Tromso, Sarpsborg, Sandefjord, Arendal, Tonsberg, Porsgrunn, and others.
The natural landscape of Norway is unparalleled, which has even outdone its description. The stunning vistas, the sparkling-clean Oslo city, untamed terrain above the Arctic Circle, museums showcasing modern art, etc. are the features that would attract any traveler. One of the noted mountainous countries of Europe, Norway carves a niche for its rich geographical feature. The country is home to multiple rivers, including, Glomma, Pasvikelva and Ivalojoki, Numedalslågen, Gudbrandsdalslågen and Vorma, Tanaelva, Drammensvassdraget, Begna, Otra, Trysilelva, Altaelva, Namsen, Hallingdalselva and Snarumselva, Arendalsvassdraget, Orklaelva, Renaelva, Vefsna, Nea-Nidelvvassdraget, Karasjohka, and Gaula.
The country houses 291 peaks and some of them that are worth visiting on one's Norway tour are Galdhøpiggen, Glittertind, Store Skagastølstinden, Sentraltind, Jervvasstind, Surtningssui, Vesle Galdhøpiggen, and Skarstind.
Norway is also known for its various sea ports. Some of them include:-
- Stavanger Inter-Municipal Port
- Trondheimsfjord Inter Municipal Port
- Bodø Port
- Tromsø Port
- Karmsund Inter Municipal Port
- Bergen and Omland Port
- Oslo Port
- Grenland Port
- Kristiansand Port
- Ålesund region's Port
Other Physical Features
Virtually the country of Norway was shielded with thick ice sheet at the time of the last ice age. Moreover, it’s the movement of this ice over the ages that led to the formation of deep valleys and the famous fjords in Norway.
Points of Interest
The country carves a niche for its incomparable scenic views, coastal communities, wild landscapes, national parks, and museums to name a few. Some of the major attractions in Norway include:
Considered to the natural heritage of Norway, there are 44 national parks in Norway. Out of these, seven are located on Svalbard and 37 are located on the mainland. Some of these, include, Blåfjella–Skjækerfjella, Breheimen, Børgefjell, Færder, Femundsmarka, Folgefonna, and Forlandet.
Summer travelers are sure to be amazed by the sparkling beaches out here. Some of the best beaches that this country has are Listastrendene, Sjøsanden, Helleviga, Bystranda, Hamresanden, Groos friluftsområde, Storesand, Stølsviga, The Hove beaches, and Sagjordet.
By Air: The major airport of Norway is Oslo’s international airport. The airport is well connected by different airlines with the major countries across the globe. If one is traveling from Europe, then he/she can get direct flights to Oslo. Besides Oslo’s airport, the country is also home to some smaller airports located at Bergen, Stavanger, and Trondheim.
By Rail: Most trains arrive in Oslo; however, there are certain trains that also run to Narvik and Trondheim from Stockholm, Sweden. One can avail regular trains from Helsingborg (Sweden) and Copenhagen (Denmark) to Oslo. Besides, the Norwegian State Railways also operates global services from Oslo to Berlin, Hamburg, and Stockholm.
By Road: By road, this country is easily accessible from Sweden or Finland. Secondary roads as well as global highways connect this country with the above-mentioned destinations. Besides, one can also avail routine bus services to Oslo in Norway from these destinations. Eurolines also run routine coach services from other countries of Europe to Norway.
By Sea: This country can be accessed from various sea ports across Europe. Besides, one can also avail ferries from Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. Moreover, catamaran services are also available from Murmansk in Russia.
Last Updated On : June 09, 2014
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