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Norway
Norway is one of the world's richest countries. It has a rugged but captivating landscape and a coastline that runs for more the twelve thousand miles.

Norway and the fjords that dot this magnificent Scandinavian coastline truly are an unforgettable sight. The breath-taking views that you will experience while you wind your way through snow-capped mountains will prepare you for what you will see as you reach remote picturesque villages. The endless summer sunshine provides you with every opportunity to take in the indescribable surroundings. Some cruises venture as far as the North Cape and Honningsvagg and from there only the Svalbard Islands stand between you and the North Pole.

Capture your opportunity to witness the Northern Lights in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Alta is home to the world's first Northern Light observatory, earning the city the title 'Town of the Northern Lights', so you could be no better placed to see this spectacular natural phenomenon if luck is on your side.

Bergen is called the "Gateway to the Fjords," as it is a great launching point for a tour of nature's Hardangerfjord, Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord. This city has a wonderful mix of architectural styles that add to its 18th-century charm.

Lying at the head of Aurlandsfjord, the small village of Flaam is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, isolated farmsteads and waterfalls. Flaam also boasts the extraordinary Flaamsbanen. One of the most dramatic train rides in Europe, the Flaamsbanen takes an hour to cover 12 miles, hugging cliffs, plunging through tunnels and pausing for its passengers to admire the views as it ascends the Flaam Valley to a desolate mountain plateau.

Geiranger is one of the most loved fjords due to the dramatic views it offers -  of the sheer cliffs from the sea and of the picturesque town from a number of high vantage points. Nearby Loen is another breathtaking spot, where the Skylift can take you a move the mist and clouds to another world.

Tromso is the most northern of Norway's rugged islands; Tromso possesses the true wonders of the polar environment: glistening glacial ridges, the icy clear waters of Lake Prestvatn, even windswept valleys where reindeer roam free. Amidst the beauty, there is fascinating history to be found as well, from ancient northern settlements to signs of sacrificial sites and cults that pre-date Christianity.

Whether you arrive on board a cruise ship or choose a land tour of the Norwegian Fjords, adventures await at every turn. You can raise the heart rate with a husky sled experience or RIB ride, or take things easy with an authentic fishing trip or glacier walk.

 
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Botania Relais & Spa

Located on the north-west side of Ischia, close to the town of Lacco Ameno, the 5-Star Botania Relais & Spa is a peaceful oasis set amongst three hectares of glorious gardens. Ten villas lie within the beautiful flora, offering a total of 48 rooms and suites in which you can relax and enjoy this serene natural environment. Picture yourself lounging by your own private Jacuzzi, sipping a refreshing drink in the quirky cave bar or savouring a delicious meal made from locally sourced ingredients in the Il Corbezzolo restaurant - it's all possible at the Botania Relais & Spa.

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Norway
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Culture

Norwegians are extremely passionate about reading and literature. Norway's most famous writer and playwright is Henrik Ibsen, amongst whose most famous works is the play 'A Doll's House'. Artists Edvard Munch and Christian Krohg were contemporaries who produced many fine works. Sculptor Gustav Vigeland has a permanent exhibition in the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, while musical development in Norway since Edvard Grieg has followed either native folk themes or, more recently, international trends.

Food and Drink

Its climate does not lend itself to diverse ranges of vegetables or wildlife. Norwegians love smoked Salmon. Fish and meat make up a large part of the national diet. Sausages are also a much-loved, traditional delicacy. Stews and soups are home-made and ideal for warming up after a day's work. Meatballs are very popular evening meals, whether as part of a stew or soup or served with potatoes. One of Norway's national drinks is Aquavit, which is a clear spirit infused with herbs. Another is pills lager, which generally has a low alcoholic content but is full of flavour. 

History

Norway experienced massive growth and development during the ninth to the eleventh century, which even included the control of parts of the United Kingdom. By the mid-1500's it had become part of the Danish Kingdom and its royal line had come to an end. The Napoleonic wars resulted in Norway again siding with Sweden and following the Treaty of Kiel, Norway secured its own government and parliament. Decades of disputes with Sweden followed, and the early nineteen hundreds saw the end of the Norwegian-Swedish union. It 1949, it signed up to the North Atlantic Treaty and was also one of the first members of the United Nations. Norway has twice voted on whether to enter to European Union and both times the motion was rejected.

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