Where to stay and other tips
Bergen's Hanseatic Hotel
is located on a Unesco World Heritage site, and is just a stone's throw from the city's attractions. To find out more, go to www.dethanseatiskehotel.no/en/
In Tromso, the Radisson Blu Hotel
is much more modern and geared towards business travellers, but its location can't be beat. Visit www.radissonblu.com /hotel-tromso
To taste local produce in a fine-dining setting that isn't pretentious, visit Bolgen & Moi (www.bolgenogmoi.no) in Bergen.
Sample local cuisine at Emmas (www.emmasdrommekjokken.no) in Tromso. There's everything from fish soup to reindeer meat - and even whale meat - for the more adventurous.
SURVIVING THE MIDNIGHT SUN
To experience the midnight sun in Norway, visit during the summer months, around May to July.
Because it feels like daytime almost all the time, you may find that your body doesn't need as much sleep.
But locals recommend drawing the curtains and getting an eye mask to help you sleep.
And, if all else fails, embrace the phenomenon and make the most of the long days. The annual Midnight Sun Marathon (www.msm.no/the-city-of-tromsoe.41390.en.html), for example, takes place at night.