Founded in 997 by Viking king Olav Tryggvason, it was first named Nidaros (still the name of the cathedral), a composite word referring to the city's location at the mouth of the Nidelva River.
Today, it's Central Norway's largest (and Norway's third largest) city, with a population of 150,000.
One of the most scenic train routes in Europe zooms high into the mountains between the towns of Myrdal and Flåm.After the day-trippers have departed, it's a wonderful place to extend your tour and spend the night.Many visitors fall in love with Bergen, Norway's second-largest city, at first sight.Seven rounded lush mountains, pastel wood houses, the historic wharf, winding cobblestone streets, and Hanseatic relics all make it a place of enchantment.Its many epithets include "Trebyen" (Wooden City), "Regnbyen" (Rainy City, due to its 240 days of rain a year), and "Fjordbyen" (gateway to the fjords).
The Kingdom of Denmark is the geographical link between Scandinavia and Europe.So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.People have been trekking through Hellesylt since the end of the last ice age, but tourists began staying overnight only in 1875, when the village's first hotel was built.Experience Viking culture and Scandinavian style on this 15-day voyage.Embrace the exquisite natural beauty that is Flåm from a unique perspective during a panoramic ride aboard the Flåm Railway.Blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery in Norway (and goodness only know that this is land blessed with rolling hills, soaring peaks, valleys, tranquil fjords and white sandy beaches, so the competition is high! Pretty red houses lay dotted on the green covered hills, and the midnight sun is rises above the horizon from 26th May to 17th July, (while in winter the sun does not rise from 9th December to 4th January).