The photo above, whichdepicts some of the breathtaking "Romsdal Alps", was contributed by my cousin and artist Endre Olav Bu, Isfjorden, Romsdal, Norway.
On this page you'll find some highlights and facts about the country of Norway, the beautiful "Jewel of the North".
The meaning of the word Norway is "the Way or Path to the North". This Masterpiece of Nature is located in Northern Europe on the Scandinavian Peninsula. It is a long, narrow, rugged and mountainous country surrounded by lots of water, and not only surrounded by water, but there is also tons of water inland as well in the form of lakes, river, and waterfalls. ("Romsdal Alps" above)
The majestic mountains are topped with white, sparkling, diamond-like glaciers surrounded by the bluest sky you can imagine.
Norway Map, Svalbard included
The country has a coastline of over 25,000 kilometers in length. Without fjords and bays the length is 2,532 kilometer.
The size of the mainland is 323,802 Km2 (kvadratkilometer)
More Norway facts... Norway's western coastline is constantly washed by the North Atlantic Ocean.
Norway borders The North Sea to the south-west, it connects into the Skagerrak Strait in the southeast, which also meets the shores of the Jutland Peninsula of Denmark; the south-west coast of Sweden and to west up the coastline, the Norwegian Sea and another ocean, the Barents Sea, an arm of the Arctic Ocean to the north. Norway borders Russia, Finland, and Sweden to the east.
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Norway (the Norwegians call it Norge) is on the seas...
Norway with its elongated shape has one of the longest and most rugged coastlines in the world and it is dotted with more than 45,000 islands scattered throughout.
The largest island in Norway is Spitsbergen This island is about 37,673 km2 in size and is the 36th largest island in the world.
Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago, home of the Polar Bear.
There are more polar bears living in Svalbard than there are people. The polar bear population has increased to about 3,500 strong.
The human population of Svalbard is about 2500-3000 depending upon the season. Almost everyone lives in the capital city, Longyearbyen.
Hinnøya is the 4th largest island in Norway. It is about 2,198 km2 in size with mountain ranges, broad valleys, and summits over 1000 meters.
It is located just off the western coast of Northern Norway
with a population of about 32,688 as of 2017. The largest settlement is in the city of Harstad with a population of about 23,000.
My brother Bjørn, is a hobby fisherman. He and his family live on another one of these islands, called Averøy.
Averøy has a population of about 5788, about area about 67.83 mi² in size and is located southwest of Kristinsund N.
This tranquil island is a perfect place if beautiful nature and fishing are some of your passions. My brother, of course, has a boat and tons of equipment to find the fish as well as for catching it.
There is no shortage of shipmates. His grandchildren enjoy boating with grandpa. Below you'll find two cute little Norway Facts...
Sweet little Norwegian Vikings on the Norwegian seas.
In 1989, Averøy was connected to the mainland, to the city of Kristiansund N for North, via Atlanterhavsveien in Norwegian/The Atlantic Road, one of the many wonders of Norway.
The reason for the N for North is that there is a city with the name of Kristiansand S for South, located in the southern part of Norway.
The Atlantic Road, consisting of 8 bridges and many roads, is over 8 km (kilometer) in length. When this labor-intensive project was completed people could now drive to the mainland instead of using numerous ferries.
It's exciting crossing one of these bridges during a storm
as the agitated, foaming water wash your auto as you scurry across.
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The Amazing Atlanterhavsveien. (Video)
The islands are connected by Atlanterhavsveien (above)
The cost of this project was 122 million Norwegian kroner (approx. 19.37 million US dollars) and took 6 years to complete.
Atlanterhavsveien, the Atlantic Highway, has been voted as "The Norwegian Wonder Construction of the Century".
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Of course, national and international airlines will take you wherever you want to venture.
Gliding along the picturesque long western coastline is a fleet of Hurtigruter/Coastal Liners that will take you to your destination whether you want to go north or south.
Hurtigruten has a fleet of 12 Coastal Liners and Expedition Adventure Ships.
Read about fun Norway Facts here... Ferries Norwegians don't have the time to drive around the fjords, so the travel time is reduced greatly by taking advantage of the on-time hydrofoil ferries that seem to be everywhere.
The Ferry is arriving
Inside a Norwegian Ferry
Onboard the ferries the travelers usually head for the cafeteria for a quick lunch or a snack or just some delicious Norwegian chocolate, one of them is actually called "Quick Lunch".
Cars on Norwegian Ferry
Busses, cars, trucks, and motorcycles drive onboard and the speedy Hydrofoil ferries haul across the fjords.
The ultra-modern super fast trains will connect you everywhere around the country at speeds at up to 155 MPH. That's fast enough for me.
High Speed Trains in Norway
The trains are squeaky clean and very comfortable. Traveling on Norwegian trains is a real joy. They are always SURPRISE - ON TIME. The train is a wonderful way to see the beautiful nature of Norway. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
High Speed Norwegian Trains
Buses The extensive network of bus transportation systems provides excellent local and national connections with planes, trains coastal liners, and ferries throughout the country. You might say, "Norway is well connected". Believe it or not, they are of the latest design, on time, precisely on the minute and clean.
Norway does not only have water on the borders, but it is also blessed with literally tons of water inside the country as well. The country has over 150,000 lakes, with Mjøsa being the largest.
Hornindalsvatnet is Norway's and Europe's deepest lake, at 514 meters. Its surface is 53 meters above sea level, which means that its bottom is 461 meters below sea level.
Just in case you didn't know, most of Norway's lakes are filled with trout and other good tasting fish. That makes it a heaven for anyone who enjoys fishing and eating the catch too. Water sports opportunities in this country are endless.
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Mountains Old folklores have told us that we have trolls living under the bridges in Norwegian mountains. I have heard that too, So now you have another good reason to come check that out.
Norway has tall and jagged mountains everywhere. The tallest mountain, Galdhøpiggen, towers 8,100' (2,469 meters), the next tallest mountain is Glitretind towering at 8,087" (2,465 meters) above sea level.
Sondre Klaua Mountain and Fjord (above) Sondre Klaua Fjell og Fjord(in Norwegian)
The largest cities are Oslo, formerly Kristiania, Bergen, Trondheim, Tromsø and Stavanger.
Oslo is the capital city, located in the southeastern part of the country tucked inland by the beautiful Oslo Fjord, one of Norway's numerous fjords with a population of about 681,700 as of 2019.
Another Norway fact
In the Norwegian language, there is no such thing as the word meters with an s at the end, therefore I use the word meter in the singular as well as in plural.
Mardalfossen/Mardal Waterfall is the fourth largest waterfall in Norway, with a total drop of 1,696 ft (517 m) with individual descents of 974' and 722' each. It is located in Eikesdalen, Møre, and Romsdal, not far from where I was born and raised.
*Waterfalls are measured in various ways; therefore the confusion about which waterfall is the greatest, highest, or which waterfall has the longest water drop.
A road with the name of Riksvei 9, will take you over the mountains to Mardalstjønna, also called Mardalsvatnet (Mardal Lake (left). Its water empties into and creates Mardalsfossen. (left)
This road is closed in the winter due to heavy snowfall, but it opens in late spring every year.
Glaciers Jostedalsbreen, Europe's largest glacier, is 487 km2 in size.
Fjords Along Norway's coast-line are fingers of water that snake into the countrysides, called fjords...
Instead of people going out to the ocean to fish - the fjords bring the fish almost to their doorstep. An extra benefit of Norway living.
Norway has hundreds of fjords. the largest of them is the majestic Sognefjorden, which is 204 Km. long.
It is said that Norway's fjords, with their sparkling blue water underneath dramatic, majestic, snow-capped mountains, are "God's Masterpieces of Nature".
It's easy for tourists to travel in Norway because the entire country speaks English, and many speak 2 to 3 other languages, as well. If you need directions, you'll be pleased to discover how helpful and friendly the Norwegians are.
For more Norway facts, come back to my site to learn more about this beautiful Scandinavian Jewel.