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Bergen, Norway
Every day one of Hurtigruten’s 11 ships departs from Bergen, the starting point for the line’s coastal voyages. Founded by King Olaf III in 1070, it’s a fitting place to begin your maritime adventure having been a center of trade for more than a...
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Lille Øvregaten 14, 5018 Bergen, Norway
This gorgeous place in the heart of Bergen was just begging to be an AFAR highlight. Board games, books, homemade cupcakes, vintage gramophones, folk indie music and disparate couches and tableware are precisely what makes this small café so...
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Located between Voss and Flåm off the E16 highway, the picturesque Tvindefossen waterfall has become a large attraction for travelers. Over 200,000 people have been estimated to visit the falls each year. In addition to its beauty, legend has it...
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5743 Flåm, Norway
This really doesn't look like the kind of place where one would want to spend more than a few minutes in transit. Not because it is shady or unsafe - quite the contrary. But because it's so small, and virtually empty. Not a soul in sight except...
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Undredal, Norway
Undredal is a sleepy village nestled in a valley in Western Norway. It is famous for its brown goat cheese, or "gjetost," which is produced by eight farms using traditional methods. Undredal welcomes tourists and is accessible by an access road...
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At 15.23 miles, the Laerdal Tunnel is the longest tunnel in the world. Constructed between 1995 and 2000, it connects Laerdal to Aurland and serves as one of the major passages between Oslo and Bergen. The tunnel offers an alternative route for...
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Reminiscent of building of the kingdom of Rohan from Lord of the Rings, Norway's stave churches are impressively built in a Viking style featuring incredible craftsmanship and inspiring spiritual contemplation. On our visit to Norway, we visited...
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Fjærland, Norway
The Flatbreen hike in Norway is officially in the running for "Best Day Hike in the World," in my book. You'll gain 3,100 feet in elevation on the way up these stunning, glaciated valleys and mountain passes. Depending on your pace and the...
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Fv63 52, 6216 Geiranger, Norway
The village of Geiranger has a lot going for it. Located in Geirangerfjord, which is UNESCO World Heritage Site, Geiranger boasts some of the most stunning scenery in the country— if not the world— and has been called "the best travel destination...
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Trollstigen 1, 6300 Åndalsnes, Norway
Trollstigen Mountain Road has been drawing visitors since its opening in 1936. With 11 hairpin turns and a 9-percent incline, the epic road is surrounded by three equally epic mountains: Kongen, meaning "the King," Dronningen, "the Queen," and...
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Aksla, 6007 Ålesund, Norway
Surrounded by barrier islands and mountains alike, Alesund is a little speck of color on Norway's mid-Atlantic coast. The history of this town is a sad one. On one night in January, 1904, a fire spread, destroying the entire island. The town was...
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My husband says I can find a place to shop anywhere. Sure enough, in the fishing village of twenty permanent residents on the tiny island of Ona, Norway, I managed a purchase from one of only two shops - both pottery studios. On a whim, we had...
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Averøy Municipality, Norway
Declared "the world's best road trip" by the Guardian, a drive along western Norway's 5.2 mile Atlantic Ocean Road is certainly bound to be inspiring. The road connects the mainland with several small islands of an archipelago, winding across the...
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Nordre gate 11, 7011 Trondheim, Norway
Norway’s third largest city (after Oslo and Bergen), Trondheim has a charming and appealing intimacy. Today the city is famous as the center of Norway’s technology industry—the country’s own Silicon Valley—but it’s the historic sites that interest...
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Many people dream of experiencing the stunning beauty of the Cinque Terre in their lifetime. Each of the five villages along the Italian Riviera coastline features centuries-old architecture, including charming churches, and are famous for wine...
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You may think that Antarctica is a land only meant for fearless adventurers. But, in fact, it is a continent of soaring icebergs, rugged glacier-clad shores, and profound stillness that can be appreciated by all travelers. And Grand Circle Cruise...
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R. do Comércio 32-38, 1100-150 Lisboa, Portugal
The Tagus River is definitely a must in Lisbon. And there are so many ways to enjoy it. You can ride a bicycle or walk in several parts—in Belém or at Parque das Nações, or under the April 25th Bridge. Join the fishermen and get some fish; sit at...
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Largo Monte, 1170-107 Lisboa, Portugal
One of the less-visited viewing spots in Lisbon, maybe because it’s the highest point in the city and nobody wants to climb so high, has great conditions for observing and picture-taking, due to its half-moon shape and wonderful light. You will be...
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1250-096 Lisbon, Portugal
This is a romantic urban garden built in 1853 and organized around a large octagonal pond with a fountain. Below it, you can visit the Patriarchal Reservoir, designed in 1856. You'll see families with kids playing in the playground, old men...
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Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, 1100-139 Lisboa, Portugal
This square is located in the oldest and one of the most typical neighborhoods in Lisbon. Yes, typical houses, old cafes, and grocery shops can still be found here. If you hear hollering out a window, don’t worry, probably it's just someone...
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Campo de Santa Clara, 1100-472 Lisboa, Portugal
Perched on a steep hill in the lovely neighborhood of Alfama, you will in no doubt leave with a great souvenir or gift. Sellers throw down blankets or rugs in rows and sell a variety of hand-made goods, antiques, books, clothes, military objects,...
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Campo de Santa Clara, 1100-471 Lisboa, Portugal
In the 20th century, the Church of Santa Engrácia was converted into the national pantheon, in which important Portuguese personalities are buried. The first stone of the present building was placed in 1682; it was the first baroque-style building...
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R. 1º de Dezembro, 1249-970 Lisboa, Portugal
The Rossio railway station was designed between 1886 and 1887 by Portuguese architect José Luís Monteiro. It makes connections with the village of Sintra, and the 2,600-meter tunnel was excavated under the city. It is considered one of...
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R. São Tomé, 1100-563 Lisboa, Portugal
Santa Luzia offers you a panoramic view over Alfama, where you can make out the Alfama labyrinth. From here, you can see Santa Engrácia Dome (also known as National Pantheon), Santo Estevão Church, and the two white towers from São Miguel Church....
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Lisboa 1100-341, 1100-341 Buenos Aires
This is the place to visit if you are looking for a multicultural neighborhood that is getting better and safer every day that passes. Near Mouraria, once a degraded neighborhood, you will find Martim Moniz’s Square—full of life, with many kiosks...
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Bairro Alto, 1200-079 Lisbon, Portugal
If you want to get a good impression of the historical city of Lisbon, and also see how small the city is, a must do attraction in Lisbon is to take the #28 tram, ‘elétrico 28′. This legendary tram 28 is a tourist attraction in itself. It goes all...
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1200-026 Lisbon, Portugal
On August 25, 1988, tragedy fell upon Lisbon: A huge fire turned Chiado to ruins, destroying 18 secular buildings. However, Chiado has come back to become the most elegant and trendy neighborhood in Lisbon. Fortunately, some buildings from the...
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Rua do Paraíso 15B, 1100-395 Lisboa, Portugal
This Lisbon restaurant, more than 30 years old, is known for its creative take on Portuguese gastronomic traditions. An extensive wine list represents the many regions of the country offering opportunities to explore by simply ordering a glass....
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Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 34, 1100-016 Lisboa, Portugal
Since 1930, the Ferreira family has been selling seafood preserved in vintage-style tins. Browse original wooden shelves stacked with colorful boxes of fish products, including Prata do Mar’s tuna fillets packed in olive oil and salt. Rua dos...
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R. João do Outeiro 24, 1100-246 Lisboa, Portugal
Located in the Mouraria neighborhood—the birthplace of fado—this restaurant is a prime pick for sampling traditional Portuguese food. The codfish, or bacalhau, is a must here. It is served with plenty of bread to clean your plate. In the style of...
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R. das Salgadeiras 10, 1200-396 Lisboa, Portugal
Portugal produces at least half of the world’s cork, harvested from its many cork oak forests. A design shop in the Bairro Alto neighborhood sells umbrellas, handbags, and kitchenware made from the recyclable material. Rua das Salgadeiras 10,...
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Rua da Conceição 8, 1100-010 Lisboa, Portugal
Whoever doesn't like the smell of cheese should think twice before entering this shop. Not only do they sell a wide variety of Portuguese cheeses, they also dedicate the shop to national traditions from all over the country. Besides cheese, you...
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Calçada do Forte nº 40 e 46, 1100-256 Lisboa, Portugal
TIME2GIVE is a designer shop of souvenirs in the Alfama neighborhood. You can easily find nice souvenirs with several themes like sardines, Galo de Barcelos, Tram N 28—all in different forms like magnets, tiles, bags, mugs, and postcards. To get...
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R. de Belém 84-92, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal
If you're visiting Lisbon, chances are you'll make your way to nearby Belem to see some age of Discoveries sites like the Tower of Belem or Monastery of Jerónimos. But here's something you must do while you're in the district. Eat pastry. This is...
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R. do Diário de Notícias 39, 1200-141 Lisboa, Portugal
This place is mandatory, especially if you want to hear some fado. Here you can listen to Fado Vadio (sung by nonprofessionals) on Mondays and Wednesdays, hear consecrated artists and potential stars, or hear a regular who just feels like singing...
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Av. de Berna 45A, 1067-001 Lisboa, Portugal
This center of arts and culture features a music season with Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir; permanent exhibitions of the collections of Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and Modern Art Centre; and conferences, symposia, and temporary exhibitions. The...
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R. do Comércio 32-38, 1100-150 Lisboa, Portugal
After downtown Lisbon was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755, it was rebuilt as a project of Marquês de Pombal. The earthquake had been the worst in Europe, leading to the first neoclassic urban planning and the first large-scale earthquake-proof...
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Tv. do Sequeiro 38, 1200-012 Lisboa, Portugal
Enter this restaurant and you will still be walking on Calçada Portuguesa (traditional Portuguese paving). You will feel like home in this typical and familiar Portuguese restaurant, offering good food and a good place to dine with friends, before...
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Pena, 1150 Lisbon, Portugal
There are so many places to visit in this neighborhood, but I don’t see a lot of tourists strolling here, maybe because it’s located in one of the seven hills, Santana. But this is a neighborhood with more than 400 years of history, so if you’re...
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Praça da Figueira 18B, 1100-241 Lisboa, Portugal
You will feast with your eyes as soon you enter here. Founded in 1829, this confectionery store is considered one of the best in Lisbon, having won international prizes and serving, in the old days, as the official confectioner of the royal...
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Largo Ajuda 1349-021, 1300 Lisboa, Portugal
This royal palace was probably much-visited this year, due to an exhibition of Joana Vasconcelos, a very important Portuguese artist. The palace was built on a hill, after being destroyed at its the previous location (in front of the river) in the...
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4110 Forsand, Norway
One of Norway’s most iconic images is of a traveler dangling his legs over a cliff, a glistening fjord below his boots. Preikestolen, known in English as Pulpit Rock, is that cliff, and it can be reached only by a two-hour hike from the...
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Trolltunga (Troll's Tongue) is a challenging hike in Skjeggedal, Norway. It is one of the most rewarding hikes I have ever done. It wasn't crowded and the views were incredibly beautiful. It took us about 5 hours to reach the ledge of the...
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Skolegata 24, 2850 Lena, Norway
With a population just above a thousand, the town of Lena hardly seems a likely candidate to experience a tourism explosion and is thus unlikely to warrant a multi-page guidebook feature anytime in the near future. This isn't to say Lena isn't...
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Myrdal, Norway
Few countries can rival Norway for dramatic, jaw-dropping scenery. This view was captured on board the scenic Bergen Railway on a "Norway in a Nutshell" tour that took in the breathtaking Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the narrow Nærøyfjord and...
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Nordnesparken, 5005 Bergen, Norway
It was August, so it seemed a perfectly sensible idea. I'm in Norway, land of the fjords—let's go for a splash in one! Bergen has a lovely little lido that offers you just that opportunity. Sure, you can swim in its heated outdoor pool, but the...
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Ramberg, Norway
This amazingly white-sand beach with blue water looks deceptively warm. I can tell you, it isn't. That does not make it any less breathtaking (or swimmable). The Lofoten Islands have many of these bright blue shores, and the village of Ramberg is...
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Veggli, Norway
On the north end of Veggli, Norway, modified bicycles that ride on train tracks take you through dense forests and mountains. Arm yourself with a camera and a flashlight; you'll need them as you traverse through tunnels, beautiful lakeside...
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Tromsø, Norway
Once a year hundreds of runners from around the world flock to Tromso, Norway, a place north enough to be Santa's neighbor, for a marathon experience unlike any other. The Midnight Sun Marathon starts at 9pm when the sun is still in the center of...
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Rasmus Rønnebergs gate 16, 6002 Ålesund, Norway
While the architecture of Bergen dates back hundreds of years, most of Ålesund was destroyed by a devastating fire in 1904—a common problem in old Norwegian towns, where buildings were largely constructed of wood. That disaster, however, turned...
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Lofoten, Vågan Municipality, Norway
As you continue north, you reach what is the highlight for many Hurtigruten passengers, the Lofoten Islands. The area is renowned for its natural beauty, with mountains soaring from the sea to the sky and at their bases small villages of simple...
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Samuel Arnesens gate 5, 9008 Tromsø, Norway
The city of Tromsø will feel like an unexpected surprise. Here, far north of the Arctic Circle, is a bustling university town. After Bergen’s monopoly on the cod trade was ended in the 18th century, the city boomed in importance and earned the...
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Jernbanetorget 2, 2609 Lillehammer, Norway
The few episodes of the Netflix show Lilyhammer didn't prepare me for my visit to the actual town of Lillehammer itself. With its bricked pedestrian mall filled with boutiques and other high-end shops, the town seemed more like a nordic Boulder, ...
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Hundervegen, 2636 Øyer, Norway
Two and a half hours by car north of Oslo and a quick trip from the picturesque village of Lillehammer, the Hafjell Resort is considered among Norway's top three ski resorts. The park has seven ski lifts and slopes ranging from child friendly to...
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Skagen 27, 4006 Stavanger, Norway
Scandinavian winters can be harsh--but don't let that stop you from visiting Norway when temperatures drop and daylight wanes. Stavanger is the third largest city there, boasting seascapes and hugging fjords all around, but it is quite a small...
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Tromsø, Norway
Witness the rapture of the Northern Lights in the Arctic town of Tromsø, Norway. Take a night tour with professional aurora chaser and world class photographer Kjetil Skogli for the best chance of catching the magic. Over 300 km north of the...
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Scandinavia
It was quite a trek to get to Lofoten Islands, Norway from Miami, Florida. In search of the Northern Lights and some adventure i set out on a journey that included travel on planes, trains, automobiles, and ferries. The sights to see in Lofoten...
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Norway
Yellow, blue, and white. These are the colors of the ice you can see on an ice canyoning tour guided by the trained staff of the Hindsaeter Fjellhotell. Along the river Sjoa, the water freezes in winter and results in the most marvelous ice...
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Tryvannsveien 64, 0791 Oslo, Norway
Not the biggest ski resort in Norway (a country where skiing is as much a national obsession as hockey is in Canada), the Oslo Winter Park nonetheless wins points hands down for being one of the few ski resorts in the world just a few minutes...
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The best place on earth to see a healthy population of wild polar bears is the Svalbard Archipelago, in the northernmost part of Norway that falls inside the Arctic Circle. More than 60 percent of the landmass in this island group is ice-covered,...
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Plassmyrveien 11, 8008 Bodø, Norway
Bodø is known as a prime fishing destination due to the town's proximity to Saltstraumen, the world's strongest maelstrom which brings millions of gallons of ocean water rushing through a narrow sound, water carrying with it a plethora of North...