Norway is one of the three Scandinavian countries and is listed as #1 on the World Happiness Report. With beautiful scenery, history, and culture it is easy to see why there are several UNESCO World Heritage spots located in Norway.

Ranked as one of the best places to live and visit, the country boasts one of the highest levels of education, average income, life expectancy, along with one of the lowest crime levels. The country has a long history dating back to well before Christ and may be best known for the Vikings. Visitors can still see the influences throughout the country such as at the Oslo Viking Ship Museum. The architecture also is quaint and charming in many of the buildings and home. The country started out with farming and fishing and has blossomed into a literature, arts and music haven.

Although Oslo is the capital city, Norway has several cruise ship ports including Bergen, Stavanger, Alesund, Flaam, Olden, and Geiranger. Some of the numerous cruise lines that make stops in Norway include Fred Olsen, Cruise and Maritime, Saga, AIDA, P&O, Celebrity, Phoenix Reisen, Royal Caribbean, MSC, TUI, Holland America, Pullmantur, NCL, Silversea, Costa, Cunard, Princess, Windstar, Oceania, and Disney.

The country has expansive forests, lots of flora and fauna including polar bears, brown bears, elk, Arctic fox, sperm whales and even a cold water coral reef off the shoreline although there are not many water activities due to the water temperature. Check out our Norway shore excursions!