Norway’s coastal cities and towns are dotted along the second longest coastline of any country in the world.

From the east, around the southern tip and westwards to the high North, the contrasts are extreme. The southernmost city of Kristiansand has idyllic beaches, a charming whitewashed old town and famous wildlife and amusement parks. Bodø, located north of the Arctic Circle, is home to the “midnight sun”, eagle and whale safaris and the world’s strongest maelstrom.

Other captivating coastal stopovers include the cosmopolitan oil capital of Stavanger, with Europe’s best-preserved wooden house settlement and Norway’s best surfing, and Bergen, the west coast World Heritage site and international maritime hub.

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