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While there are some long established budget airlines operating in the UK, there is a new kid set to make an impact on the block. Norway's own low cost airline, Norwegian, will this month launch a series of new routes out of Gatwick taking passengers to popular summer destinations.

Norwegian will carry British holidaymakers on 12 routes out of the London airport. The company will base three planes at Gatwick which will fly direct to the Canary Islands as well as Dubrovnik, Rome and Nice. Among the direct destinations is also Tromso in the extreme north of Norway. The Nordic airline has been making waves in low cost air travel for some time. Early last year the company closed a deal purchasing the largest mass collection of aircraft in Europe and, with these new routes, they will now be running up to 320 flights per week from Gatwick.

British holidaymakers wanting to make the most of low cost flights to on the airline to Norway can look forward to more than just the famous fjords. With a relatively low population by land mass, the country presents a natural showcase of stunning scenery. Waterfalls, mountains and forests all feature among its many natural works of art. Though Scandinavia is perhaps most often imagined as frosty and ice-laden, Norway actually has a reasonably favourable climate with summers reaching up to 30 degrees at times.

With its craggy and dramatic landscape Norway is a good choice for those looking for outdoor adventures and hiking. Skiing is hugely popular in the winter and there is no shortage of snow. Cycling is a major mode of transport and rentals operate everywhere.

The country's capital, Oslo, is sprawling by any standards and is said to be one of the largest in the world. Unlike most of the world's other developed capitals, Oslo is set among forest ensuring it earns no 'concrete jungle' title. There are a number of stunning examples of world class architecture to be discovered including the award-winning Opera House, designed in the shape of a ship. Visitors can climb to the top of the building via marble slopes for an amazing view of the city. The medieval castle, Akershus Festning, is a thirteenth century fortress and offers plenty of secretive passages and stairways to explore.

Culture lovers will be pleased to know that there is more to Norway than A-Ha. Oslo is home to the Munch Museum holding the works of Edward Munch.

The Viking Ship Museum presents an in depth history of the Vikings including two well preserved examples of Viking Ships over one thousand years old. For those who love the macabre there are even preserved skeletons to enjoy with morbid fascination.

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