At the heart of this full-colour and visually inspiring guide is a wealth of well-researched information and over 200 detailed recommendations, written by experts. From the deep blue fjords to the thundering waterfalls, picturesque sunny beaches and the midnight sun, you will find all the sights and top attractions explored in an easy-to-read A-Z format. Superb 3D laminated illustrations display the key sights in perspective and include the Oseberg Ship, the iconic Holmenkollen ski jump and the masterpiece of wooden architecture, the Heddal Stave Church brought to life at the turn of a page. Clear and concise background texts cover Norway's fascinating and extensive history, tracing key events from the first hunter-gatherers of the Stone Age to the granting of its independence from Sweden in 1905 and much much more. Special feature pages cover topics of particular interest that give a rare glimpse into everyday life and throughout the guide you will find answers to Norway's more intriguing cultural questions such as 'Where were swords traditionally left in stave churches?' and 'Where does the world's longest wooden staircase lead?'. A comprehensive 'Practicalities' chapter covers all the essential travel advice you need, including accommodation, transport, food and drink, health, shopping, money and much more, not to mention useful insider tips for travellers with disabilities and those travelling with children. It reveals when and where you can catch festivals, holidays and events throughout the year and also highlights where the best national parks and beaches can be found. There are plenty of 'Baedeker tips' alongside the relevant places and sights information, making this guide ideal for on-the-spot reference. The guide is accompanied by a large, fully indexed, pull-out map, along with 34 detailed maps and plans within the text that clearly pin-point the best places to stay and top venues to eat and drink en route. There are 4 recommended tours specially designed to ensure you see the very best of this beautiful and diverse country. Whether you want to enjoy the sun-drenched beaches in the South or explore the icy world of shimmering blue glaciers, travel through fjord country or take a trip to see the most famous stave churches, the 4 specially selected tours range from 4 - 10 days, so you can choose the tour to suit you. Top sights are clearly plotted along the way with the distances marked between them. All of this invaluable information is contained within a handy plastic wallet that allows you to keep the guide and map together whilst ensuring that both will survive in all weather. Baedeker - setting a new standard in 21st century travel guide publishing.
Publisher: MAIRDUMONT GmbH & Co. KG