It's difficult to discuss Norway without discussing the fjords: They are unquestionably what the country is most famous for, and the primary motivator for many travelers to visit. Their dramatic beauty has earned them a spot on many a "do-before-you-die" bucket list. Oyster's Pick for Where to Stay: Fretheim Hotel, Flam

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The 11 Most Famous Things about Norway, from Fjords to Skiing to the Midnight Sun (1 of 11)

 It's difficult to discuss Norway without discussing the fjords: They are unquestionably what the country is most famous for, and the primary motivator for many travelers to visit. Their dramatic beauty has earned them a spot on many a "do-before-you-die" bucket list. Oyster's Pick for Where to Stay: Fretheim Hotel, Flam
It's difficult to discuss Norway without discussing the fjords: They are unquestionably what the country is most famous for, and the primary motivator for many travelers to visit. Their dramatic beauty has earned them a spot on many a "do-before-you-die" bucket list. Oyster's Pick for Where to Stay: Fretheim Hotel, Flam Eating whale may sound dangerously exotic, but it's actually quite common in Norway, where Minke whale meat appears on many restaurant menus. Many may be surprised that whale is actually meaty rather than fishy -- but then, whales are mammals. Skiing is more than a beloved pastime of Norwegians -- it's a source of national pride. Skiing has been practiced here for thousands of years (the oldest ski discovered in Norway dates to 5100 B.C.), and the country played a major role in the evolution of the modern sport: The first-ever ski jumper was Norwegian and some of the world's first organized ski races were held here. Norway's northerly location makes it popular with many wintertime beasts, including reindeer and elk. The true story about the driver who hit a bear after swering to avoid an elk became a popular illustration of the nature of the country's untamed wild. Norwegians are passionate about their coffee, and they drink a whole lot of it -- in fact, they consume more than every other country in the world. Cute cafes abound in every city. So Belgium may have some claim to fame when it comes to waffles, but Norway does as well: Waffles are the country's most popular street food. Most Norwegians eat them folded over with their hands, with sour cream and jam filling. Trolls play a big role in Norse folklore, and you'll find many figurines of these little creatures in Norwegian souvenir shops. Norway is world-renowned for its fishing and seafood. Many travelers associate Norway with salmon, pickled herring, and mackeral, which continue to be an important part of the cuisine. Norway is known as the land of the midnight sun, because certain areas of the country get 24 hours of sunlight for part of the summer. Visitors can experience festivals and cruises dedicated to the all-night light. There are dozens of medieval wooden stave churches across the country, many still in excellent condition; stave church enthusiasts come to Norway just for the chance to tour them. Oyster's Pick for Where to Stay: Clarion Collection Hotel Grand Olav, a short drive from the stave church at the Trondelag Folk Museum The fierce Vikings that ruled this country and traveled to distant cities in their longships are an internationally known part of Norway's history. Oyster's Pick for Where to Stay: Carlton Oslo Hotel Guldsmeden, within walking distance of the wharf where ferries depart for Bygdoy and the Viking Ship Museum
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