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Norway (Norge) is the westernmost, northernmost — and in fact the easternmost — of the three Scandinavian countries. Best known for the complex and deep fjords along its west coast, it stretches from the North Sea near Denmark and Scotland into the Arctic Ocean where it borders northern Finland and the northwestern tip of Russia.A great introduction to Norway is the one-day Norway in a Nutshell package on a single ticket from Oslo or Bergen into the mountains, with a boat trip through the fjords. You can break the trip at several interesting cabins for walking or just admiring the view, and even hire a mountain bike for part of the journey. One of the highlights of the Norway in a Nutshell package is Flåmsbana, a 20km railway thats one of the steepest in the world. Along the way youll see beautiful mountains, rivers, valleys, waterfalls, and other beautiful sights on your way to the town of Flåm.• Go on top of the nearest top/mountain. Just for the walk. And for the view.• Try the fine beer (pilsner) from the oldest brewery in Norway, Aass Bryggeri (pronounced: åås).HikingNorway has endless opportunties for hiking in its wide wilderness, from easy walks in Oslos city forest to alpine climbing in Jotunheimen or Troms. A number of areas are protected as national parks, but most the country is equally attractive and available to the public.In Norway, travelers enjoy a right to access, which means it is possible to camp freely in most places for a couple of days, as long as youre not on cultivated land and provided you are at least 150 m away from houses and farm buildings. Dont leave any traces and take your rubbish away for recycling.Den Norske Turistforening (DNT) (The Norwegian Mountain Touring Association) operates many staffed and self-service mountain cabins, marks mountain routes, offers maps and route information, guided tours, and several other services for mountain hikers in Norway.Mountainous aereas ar popular among both Norwegians and tourists. Why not visit Galdhøpiggen (2469), the highest mountain in Norway, or join a [[musk ox safari]] in Dovrefjell!For maps, bypass Google Maps, whose coverage of Norway is poor, and try the national mapping agencys Atlas.no site, which concords with their excellent printed hiking maps.SkiingBoth cross country and alpine skiing are popular sports in the winter, and the largest areas, Trysil,Hafjell or Hemsedal for example, compete well with the Alps. Telemark is also a nice area to ski in. (The birth place of cross country ski.) Voss, Geilo and Oppdal are other major ski resorts. Around Oslo there is large park ideal for cross-country skiing. In Stryn, at Galdhøpiggen and at Folgefonna there alpine ski centres that are open in summer only (May-September), offering unique opportunities for alpine skiing in T-shirt and short pants.CyclingIn Norway, you can rent, virtually everywhere, a bicycle. Cycling routes exist usually near bigger cities- you can find some tours at Cycle tourism in Norway. Some roads and tunnels are forbidden for cyclists as they are life-threatening- read the section By bicycle above. Some city dumps may have a special section where you can pick up discarded bicycles (and other stuff) for free. The charity thrift-stores (FRETEX/ELEVATOR/NMS Gjenbruk)sometimes stock used bicycles.