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Being one of the most popular ski resorts in the country, Lillehammer hosted the Winter Olympics in 1994.
Attractions: museums, galleries, as well as a number of modish restaurants
Bodø is the second largest town in northern Norway. Part of the town is referred to as “Swedish town” because Sweden helped reshape most of the town after the town was destroyed by World War II bombing.Situated outside Bodø, Saltstraumen is known to be the world’s strongest tides. Also, it’s a good location to film northern lights in the sky.
※Other activities: fishing, boating and kayaking
Heddal Stave Church
Located in Notodden, Heddal Stave Church is Norway’s largest stave church, which was built in the 13th century. According to local legend, it was built within three days by five farmers. Nowadays, the church is a popular revenue for weddings and Sunday services during the summertimes
※ The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
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Inhabited since the Stone Age, the local fishermen harvest the down feathers from eider ducks. The archipelago is scenic with more than 230 species of birds living on the island, which makes the place popular among bird watchers.
※Attractions: lighthouses, eider nesting houses, fishing villages
Natural Wonder: Geirangerfjord
Located near the coastal town of Ålesund, Geirangerfjord stretches for more than 15 km (9 miles) in width and exceeds 1,000 meters (3,500 feet) high.
As to winter activities, dog-sledge trips, snowmobile tours, northern light and king crab safaris are very popular among the locals and the tourists. During the summertime, visitors might consider go fishing for giant crab or taking a riverboat trip to Rusia’s borderline or taking a hiking tour. The town’s central square holds the Russian market on last Thursday every month. Kirkenes, located about 400 km north of the Arctic Circle. Just 15 km far from the Russian border. It is said roughly10% people in Kirkenes (Киркенес) are Russians.
Traditional buildings line along the waterfront and create a picturesque scene for the tourists. There are trendy boutiques to shop around. Or, you might be interested in visiting the craftsmen’s studios in the surrounding areas. It might be something new to take a bite in aa narrow alleyway.
Urnes Stave Church/ The Urnes Stavkyrkje
The church was built in the 12th century. It blends several architectural styles into a medieval church. Located on Norway’s west coast, the church blends Celtic, Viking and Romanesque features in a church.