East and Central Norway holidays
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Home to the highest mountains in Northern Europe, deep forests bordering Sweden, salmon rivers, rocky coastline and the historic former capital city Trondheim, Norway’s East and Central regions are as well known for their fascinating history and heritage as for the landscape.
Oppland and Hedmark
These distinct lush and green counties lie between the fjords to the west and the border with Sweden to the east. The deep and narrow valleys, rivers, mountain ranges and fertile farmland make this area exceptionally beautiful. The summit of the great massif of Dovrefjell, easily reached by road or train, offers excellent hiking opportunities and is one of only three places in the world where you can find the mighty musk ox in the wild.
An historic copper mining town located 600 metres above sea level and with the entire old part of town preserved, it is now on the UNESCO World heritage list. Due to the preservation order Røros has retained much of the mining-town atmosphere and with the old smelter now converted to a museum, the daily life of a miner back in the 18th century becomes a reality once again.
The old capital of Norway no longer has political power but is still considered by many to be the country’s historical, cultural and religious centre. The charming old town has narrow streets and old colourful warehouses dating back to the 18th century but echoing the architecture from medieval times. Heading north from Trøndelag to Nordland and passing incredible scenery of high mountains and lakes on one side, and the rugged coastline on the other, you’ll certainly appreciate what a pleasure it is to travel here.
Over a relatively short history, this town has gone through some turbulent times, reaching great wealth from income generated by fishing abundant shoals of herring and then loosing it all when the herring left. Today, this modern town has excellent connections south by road and railway, and north to the Lofoten and beyond via the Hurtigruten route. Just outside Bodø you will find the famous Saltstraumen, the world’s strongest maelstrom. Twice a day the combination of powerful currents and narrow channels create violent whirlpools.
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