Central Norway Region
Right outside the city center is Ravnedalen Nature Park, a well-maintained and slightly mysterious park under the sheer face of Ravnheia. While there, a stop into Café Generalen, run by a rockabilly cook, is a must. It has the best burgers in town.
Potato dumplings called ‘komper’ are as much as part of southern Norway’s traditional cuisine as shrimp. The dish is served throughout the country under a variety of names such as raspeball, kumle, potetball or klot. The best komper in Kristiansand are served at Camilla’s on Thursdays. Hotel Alexandra is located in the town of Loen, on the inner reaches of Nordfjord, a breathtaking scene of glittering turquoise lakes, cascading waterfalls, magnificent glaciers and steep mountains. Activities you may go for: Hiking Biking Fishing Skiing Canoeing Rafting Ice trekking, Boating and... Way out on Lofoten archipelago is the fishing village of Reine. The ocean offers everything from sandy expanses to kelp forests. There are also frisky underwater currents and plenty of fish. Off Norway’s westernmost point, nature is wild and pristine, but with tough weather conditions. It is an exciting but challenging place for free diving. Raundalselva snakes through untouched nature far from people, and offers technically demanding rafting though endless rapids. Strandaelva follows the road and offers steeper sections with “breaks” between battles. Ship wreck diving from the Second World War is Gulen’s biggest attraction specially brings a lot of international divers here. The SS Frankenwald was named Norway’s best wreck dive. A varied kayaking river, with four paddling stretches. All in all, there is almost 30 kilometers (18 miles) of untouched whitewater, suitable for both beginners and those with experience. Norway’s best paddling river. Nice, big rapids are lined up along the two sections that can be paddled. The great natural beauty there completes the experience. Håkon’s Hall just turned 750 years old. It was the site of a royal wedding for 2,000 guests in the year 1261 when the king’s son Magnus Håkonsson Laga-bøte married the Danish princess Ingeborg. The hall and the Rosenkrantz Tower are open daily. This little, family run bed and breakfast is high on enjoyment and low on cost. It’s a few minutes’ walk from the downtown fish market, and known for its good breakfasts. Ask for a room with a balcony so you can enjoy the view. At Kafé Kippers, you can shell fresh shrimps to the sound of seagull’s crying and waves breaking as the sun sets over the island of Askøy. The café is in an old sardine plant which is now a hotbed of music, film and theater, where you’re guaranteed to meet cool people.