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Sailing to the top of the world.

Take a 13 day trip from Oslo to Kirkenes with Hurtigruten.

Still today, there is only two main roads that go from South to North in Norway. The roads in Norway are narrow and winding. The scenery is beautiful, but the roads and weather can be very unpredictable, especially in the winter.

But there is another alternative and that is the "Hurtigruten" the costal expressboat.

Norway has a total area of 385 207 square kilometres (148 729 sq mi)

The country shares a long eastern border with Sweden (1619 km or 1006 mi long).

Norway is bordered by Finland and Russia to the north-east, and Skagerrak strait to the south, with Denmark on the other side.

Hurtigruten was established in 1893 by government contract to improve communications along Norway's long, jagged coastline.

At that time this was the fastest route between northern and southern Norway, and this resulted in the route being named Hurtigruten (express route)

Hurtigruten is a great way to see Norway, and it is also possible to travel on Hurtigruten all year around. Taking a 13 day trip gives you plenty of time to relax and see this beautiful country.

Many people (Norwegians too) take Hurtigruten in the winter to see the Northern Lights and just relax and enjoy themselves.

It is also possible to only go on hurtigruten between two harbors. You can for example leave your car (if you are driving) and jump on a ship, go from one harbor and then back again.

Norway is called the land of the midnight sun. Because of Norway's high latitude, there are large seasonal variations in daylight here.

From late May to late July, the sun never completely descends beneath the horizon in areas north of the Arctic Circle. The rest of the country experiences up to 20 hours of daylight per day.

Something else that is interesting about Norway is that the coastal climate of Norway is exceptionally mild.

This compared with areas on similar latitudes elsewhere in the world. The Gulf Stream is passing Norway by directly offshore, continuously warming the region in the winter.

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