The 6 miles natural harbor in southeastern Norway made Sandenfjord the capital of whaling since the Middle Ages. Today, the Whaling Museum is unique for its exhibits showing the history of whaling in different cultures and Arctic and Antarctic animal life. The city symbol is also a monument related to whaling, that you can find at the end of the main street, Jernbanealléen; a replica of the Gokstad Viking ship also dominates the harbour, reminding of ancient times. The tourist will find a nice place to walk and relax in the nice parks and gardens in the waterfront area. Food is especially delicious; you should visit one of the best gourmet Norwegian restaurants near the harbour or you can enjoy a picnic along the coast by tasting the seafood from the local fishtraders; for this, a bike could be the perfect transportation in a sunny day.
Oslo abounds with sights of interest, such as museums, parks, urban districts with listed buildings and a well-developed array of shops. As most sights are within walking distance of each other, you can leave your car behind. Oslo City Hall is located in the city center only a few hundred meters from the city's main street and overlooks Oslo Fjord filled with moored pleasure craft, shrimp trawlers, cruise ships, charter boats and ferries to all the islands. Oslo has a wide variety of restaurants, bistros and bars. Most are located within such a limited area that they are within walking distance of each other. In addition, each quarter of the city has an unusual atmosphere all worth visiting.
Considered "the town of all towns in Norway" by locals and not only, Bergen is a great city with tradition and one of the most important economic centers in Norway. The famous hanseatic wharf of Bryggen will meet the tourists coming here by sea; tradition is the key-word in Bryggen, rebuilt in its initial form after many fire destructions; that's why it was named by UNESCO a World Heritage City. Bergen's natural scenery is amazing: the surroundings seven mountains offer scenic views and are accessible either by cable car of funicular railway; the unique fjords: Hardangerfjorden, Sognefjorden, Geirangerfjorden - invite you to a breathtaking boat trip. Bergen is also a cultural city and the splendid houses - today museums - of the famous composer Edvard Grieg and violinist Ole Bull are living proofs.
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