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Norway is divided into five main areas - Sørlandet in the South, Vestlandet in the West, Östlandet in the East, Tröndelag around the Trondheimsfjord and Nord-Norge in Northern Norway. Around half of the country’s population lives in Östlandet, taking up a third of Norway. The highest peak of Norway, Jotunheimen with an elevation of 2,469m, can be found in Westland. Forests and agricultural land shape most of the countryside while alpine vegetation is typical in higher areas over 1,000m and in Northern Norway, where agriculture is hardly possible.
SOUTHERN NORWAY - SØRLANDET
The Sørlandet region is made off the province of Aust-Agder and Vest-Adger. With just 16,500km2, Sørlandet is the smallest region in Norway. The summers tend to be warm with long days and the villages and towns along the Skagerrak are a popular destination for summer holidays. The idyllic Southern coastline is characterized by small rocky islands while the landscape is getting harsher and rugged as you move further Northwest. Wide sandy and rocky beaches are typical for the Jaeren region South of Stavanger.
WESTERN NORWAY - VESTLANDET
Western Norway stretches along the Western fjords from Stavanger to Kristiansund. The area is dominated by the impressive fjords that carved their way into the coast and formed a unique, stunning landscape. From naked rock regions to lush forests and green meadows, the landscape here is very varied and makes for an incredible road-trip adventure. The cosmopolitan towns of Stavanger and Bergen are the main centers in the region and both can be reached directly by plane.
MID NORWAY - TRØNDELAG
The Trøndelag region is the very heart of Norway with Trondheim as its centerpiece. While the cosmopolitan city boasts with student life and pretty waterfront bars and restaurants against the historic setting, the countryside is characterized by soft rolling hills and farmlands full of wheat and barley. The small settlements stretching along the coast are worth exploring and lakes and incised fjords are plentiful in this area. The wealth of water in form of lakes, fjords or
the sea combined with lush green meadows and forests makes for an incredible nature experience.
EASTERN NORWAY - ØSTLANDET
Østlandet combines eight provinces and is the most populated are in Norway. In fact, around a third of the Norwegian population lives in this area and Østlandet is also home to the Norwegian capital Oslo. The region is characterized by mountain ranges and is a popular area for hiking over the summer and for skiing over the winter months. Wide forests and large lakes are spread over the region, making it a popular destination for walking, fishing
Oslo is the gateway to Norway with its large international airport and it is easy to connect from here to other regions in Norway - be it by plane, train or car. A special experience is to arrive to Oslo by ferry as you slowly approach the city along the magnificent Oslo fjord.
NORTHERN NORWAY - NORD NORGE
The Northern region of Norway runs along the Northwestern coast from Helgeland at its South to the Northern Cape at the Northern end of the European continent. While the interior is characterized by bizarre mountain structures and colorful rock formations, the coastline is rugged with many fjords and flat lowlands. Small islands with steep mountains and a rugged coastline are typical for the area all the way up to Tromsø with the Lofoten and Vesterålen archipelagos being
the largest and most spectacular ones. Half way up Northern Norway, you will cross the Arctic Circle and the closer you get to the North Cape, the more surreal the landscape becomes. The population of the area is scarce with just 4,1 people per square kilometer and most of the 463,000 people living in Northern Norway are in the bigger centers like Tromsø, Bodø or Vadsø. The Northern area is also home to the indigenous sami culture, which encompasses the Northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola peninsula in Russia.