The Lonely Planet guide to Norway is essential reading when planning your trip to this stunning Scandinavian country.
Packed with information, inspiration and useful tips, the guide is easy to use with clear sections for planning, practicalities and places to visit.
We particularly liked the guide's 'Top 15' section, illustrated with colour photographs. For first-time visitors, this gives a real sense of what to expect of some of the country's highlights – Norway is a vast place, and this section helped us to decide which regions we wanted to visit most (not an easy choice!).
There's a further colour section, showcasing some of Norway's spectacular landscapes and outdoor activities, later in the guide.
The 'If you like…' section, also illustrated with colour images, focuses on places to see and things to do based on personal interests, including wildlife, history, hiking and city life. If you still can't decide, there are several suggested itineraries of varying lengths, from two days to two weeks. There are also excellent sections on outdoor activities and travelling with children.
Location entries are well-written and grab the attention, creating an immediate impression of a place – without getting bogged down in historical or practical information (although this information is not neglected, and is given later in each entry).
A good example of this is the entry for Bergen:
Surrounded by seven hills and seven fjords, Bergen in an utterly beguiling city. The beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bryggen is its centerpiece, and nature, be that mountains, fjords or sea, is never far away. But you'll also discover a dynamic cultural life, one that a city 10 times its size would be proud of. Dive into its booming local food and coffee scene, fascinating art collections and excellent music venues.
Each location entry includes suggestions for activities, entertainment, places to eat and places to stay – the latter includes options for a range of budgets, from campsites and hostels to upmarket hotels and self-catering cabins and apartments.
There's an excellent section on Norway's fascinating history and wildlife at the back of the guide, along with chapters that cover all necessary practicalities, such as transport to and around the country and a brief language guide.