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Erin Schwartz, July 27 2021

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Norway

Whether you are going on a vacation or are just curious about what the world has to offer, look no further than Norway. This beautiful Nordic country in Northern Europe holds a sunning array of activities, culture, and experiences that you do not want to miss out on. Check out our top 10 reasons to visit Norway. 

Skiing 

The winter months in Norway produce top-tier skiing. If you have been skiing in other parts of the world you may know how busy some resorts can get. When you plan a trip to Norway, skiers will find much more relaxed and quiet ski resorts. At Ski Resorts like Hemsedal and Norefjell, not only will you find untouched powder during some parts of the week, but also a wide range of gentle, winding slopes and easy access off-piste runs as well.   


Road Trip!

Instead of hiking, you can also see the landscapes that Norway has to offer via car. Norway’s Trollstigen is a scenic road that winds up the Geiranger Mountain. After that you can drive through the longest tunnel in the world! The laerdal tunnel, which is 24.5 kilometers long and passes right through a mountain.  

Storied History 

Norway’s history is full of riveting stories about the Vikings who dominated the lands for centuries. Learn more about the Vikings culture, battles and heroes in one of Norway’s many museums.   

Cities and Towns 

If you are looking for more of a relaxed stay in Norway, there are many fascinating cities and towns to check out while you are there! There are some larger cities such as Oslo and Bergen that are home to some captivating architecture, interesting museums and other popular venues. The quieter and more leisurely coastal towns are also worth the visit. Alesund and Henningsvaer are examples of such towns with stunning coastlines and unforgettable backdrops.  


World-Class Seafood 

If you find yourself in one of Norway’s coastal towns, an experience in and of itself is the seafood. With the fishing industry being the main industry in these towns, the seafood is as fresh and delicious as it gets! 

Experience the Artic Day or Night 

Depending on which part of the year you plan on going to Norway make sure you have either a sleeping mask or some extra lights on the itinerary. This is because Norway is located above the Arctic Circle. In the summer months, the sun barely sets below the horizon providing nearly 24 hours of natural light. In the winter, the days are very short and there is almost 24 hours of darkness. 

Unique Wildlife 

Norway is one of the few places on the planet where you can experience fauna like polar bears, reindeer, walrus and more in their natural habitat.  The Svalbard archipelago and the Jotunheimen region are two popular spots where you can find these native animals. 


Hiking

In the summer months many travelers and Norwegians alike will trade in their skis and snowboards for hiking boots. Norway is a premiere destination for hikers as it offers magnificent beauty at every turn. Furthermore, Norway has a unique public rights law called allemannsrett, which gives everyone access to pass through and even camp in some of Norway’s most picturesque landscapes.  

Fjords 

Some of the most icon parts of Norway are the Fjords. This picturesque landscape is created through a process called glaciation where glaciers, during the last ice age, moved through Norway and eventually melted. The results were deep valleys and cliffs with a long body of water that reaches deep inland. If you plan on taking a trip to one of Norway’s fjords, like Sognefjorden, then be sure to bring a camera! 

The Northern Lights 

Toping our charts is the Northern lights or more scientifically known as the Aurora Borealis. The best time to see this magical event in Norway is during the winter months. Tromso, with its clear skies and proximity to the Arctic Circle is an ideal place to watch the Northern Lights

 

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Erin Schwartz

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