IJmuiden is a town in the north of the Netherlands and is home to the country’s fourth largest port and a range of impressively wide beaches. It is popular with surfers, who regularly visit to enjoy the waves of the North Sea. The town also provides an ideal point of access from which to travel to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam.
Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and is renowned for its beautiful surrounding nature and excellent hiking opportunities. The city has its own unique culture, with a spectacular artistic and musical scene. Its harbour has gained UNESCO World Heritage status for its charming houses and its role as one of the oldest ports in Northern Europe. Most of the city is located on or around a fjord and and is a major port of call for most Norwegian and Arctic cruises.
The Norwegian city of Alta is situated in the county of Finnmark, Northern Norway. This settlement is best known for its series of prehistoric rock carvings, which have gained UNESCO World Heritage status. These carvings can be found in five separate areas across the city and it is thought that they were made by hunters and fishers during the Late Stone Age/Early Metal Age between 6,200 and 2,000 years ago.
As the largest city in western Norway, Alesund is home to 40,000 inhabitants and is a major centre of tourism. Here, you will find many museums and sea parks which provide an insight into the local history and culture. The must-see landmark, however, is Fjellstua, which offers breath-taking views over the surrounding area. Fjellstua does require a 400-step walk, but fantastic views can be appreciated even if you only complete half of the climb. It is also accessible via a short taxi journey.
As the fourth largest city in Norway, Stavanger is a cultural hub and a business district with many museums, restaurants, and interesting landmarks. The Stavanger Oil Museum is filled with fascinating relics from Norway’s oil industry, with many interesting displays; while a journey to Gamle Stavanger (Old Stavanger) will take you on a journey back in time through many winding streets filled with well-preserved wooden houses.