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Norway's first capital may be the country's most scenic
city, and it's easy to reach by ferry from Newcastle, England.
The world's northernmost town offers year-round Arctic wilderness experiences on
the fjords, mountains, and glaciers of Spitsbergen,
where polar bears outnumber people. Also see:
Cliffs of Spitsbergen
Climb into a flotation suit and ride a tracked vehicle to an open boat. Next
stop: Arctic birds' nesting cliffs on the Isfjord.
A fleet of 11 cruise ferries provide daily service year-round to 34
ports from Bergen to Norway's northernmost reaches.
Sortland: The Blue City
What can you do when critics describe your city as "an ugly modern sprawl?"
Sortland's response: Use 50,000 litres of paint to create "The Blue City," which
uses contrasting shades of blue to honor the maritime and fishing heritage of
this coastal town in the Lofoten Islands region.
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If you live outside the EU,
a tax-free Renault or Peugeot tourist car lease can be cheaper than renting
for visits of 21+ days. Minimum driver age is 18, there' s no upper age
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Traveling by train?
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America can buy tickets and rail passes online.)
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About Europe for Visitors