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Norwegian Holiday Specialists
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By far the best general purpose maps are the Cappelens series at 1:325,000 or 1:400,000 scale, which show all minor roads and some walking trails, as well as overnight accommodation, campsites and tourist attractions. Five sheets cover the country. A national set of maps at 1:50,000 scale is also available but they are not as informative as UK Ordnance Survey maps. Many popular walking and skiing areas are covered by combinations of these maps called 'turkart', which show marked trails.

 

All of these maps can be bought in the UK from Stanfords , either online at www.stanfords.co.uk or at their bookshops in London, Bristol and Manchester.  Local tourist information offices and bookshops are the best source in Norway.

 

All the popular winter resorts publish a ‘Løypekart’ which shows all the trails which are marked and prepared for cross-country skiing, but these are only available locally.

 

Guidebooks and a wide range of other books about many aspects of Norway can be obtained from Scandinavia Connection, 26 Woodsford Square, London, W14 8DP. (Tel: 0207 602 0657) or on their web site www.scandinavia-connection.co.uk

 

Numerous guide books are available, including the popular Rough Guide and Lonely Planet publications. .In our view these are often rather subjective and unduly negative about some places. They also offer very limited coverage of some parts of the country and yet at the same time contain rather too much information which is relevant only to young people on tight budgets and without a car. The Insight series of guides offer a good balance of objectivity and readability, but buying a guide book is one item where there is no substitute for going to a bookshop and seeing if you like it.

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The Cappelens series of maps are highly recommended for general use.

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Statens Kartverk produces a series of large scale maps of for walkers and skiers called ‘Turkart’.

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