From fjord cruising to sledding and northern lights
1. See the light of the North
A vision of aurora borealis is famously elusive at the top of the bucket lists of most travelers. This natural phenomenon, caused by charged particles, is a strange color display in the dark night sky and is best seen in the remote regions of the Arctic between October and March. The northern town of Tromsø provides a strong basis for observing the Northern Light with small group excursions in the evening.
2. Go on a fjord cruise
Norway is difficult to beat in the scenery, and a cruise in the land of the midnight sun is one of the best ways to enjoy its beauty. A majestic, snow-capped mountain overlooks deep fjords with remote and isolated fishing villages on its shores.
The emblematic Hurtigruten ships take 12 days to complete the classic tour from Bergen to Kirkenes and transport freight or passengers along the coast. Unesco-listed Geirangerfjord with its steep cliffs and waterfalls is one of the most important highlights.
3. Take a break from Oslo town
The capital city has an interesting Royal Palace with its location and museums overloving Oslofjord on the southern shores of Norway. The Viking Ship Museum is situated on the Bygdøy Peninsula and the Fram Museum is devoted to Roald Amundsen.
In the city’s National Gallery, Edvard Munch’s The Scream is shown with the Munch Museum housing the biggest collection. Vigeland Park with its outdoor sculpture and medieval Akershus Fortress are green spaces.
4. Take the railway Flåm
It takes an hour to travel the 20-kilometer distance between Flåm in Aurland and Myrdal, a high mountain station situated 866 meters above the sea level, which is one of the world’s steepest standards in gauge and one of the most scenic.
Crossing the valley of the river, the trail passes through narrow ravines and green pastures and takes a great view of the lake and the dramatic cascades of Rjoandefossen and Kjosfossen along the shores of Reinungavatnet.
5. Visit the Islands of Lofoten
These small flung islands are a paradise for lovers of nature with overhead eagles and rich marine life. Hiking, fishing, watching whales, and diving are activities situated above the Arctic Circle over the Norwegian Sea.
Archeologists discovered in Borg’s little hamlet an 83-meter long Viking tower, which has been restored as the Viking Museum of Lofotr. Stay in a traditional cabin for fishers and taste the local delicacy of spawning cabbage.
6. Hike around the National Park of Jotunheimen
This 1351 square-mile area, embedded in central Norway, contains over 200 spectacular mountain tops that rise to more than 2,000 meters. The extensive network of trails runs along with the scenery including the magnificent Ridge of Besseggen, as well as camping and remote huts.
In the open air, rafting, fishing, and hiking are also possible and the woods contain a range of Scandinavian species, including rhinestones, elks, and wolverines.
7. Lake Bryggen in Bergen, Germany
This historic district of Bergen, a harbor city on Norway’s southwest coast, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, rebuilt on its original base in the 12th century following a destructive 1702 fire. Narrow alleys leading into the old Hanseatic Wharf, which over the years has been filled and unloaded with freight. The area’s highlights include the Fish Market, Bergenhus Fortress, and Bryggens Museum, which is host to local archaeological discoveries (renovation Ouverture in May 2019).
8. Go slept with your dog
Snowy routes around the Arctic Tundra are one of the best ways to admire the size and the beauty of the farthest areas of Norway by sledding thick-coated huskies. The dogs bark excitedly as they run but collapse silently at rest. Do not expect it to be a peaceful journey. Teams with up to 12 dogs pull out any sled that is fitted with an enclosed fitted passenger and a conductor (or ‘musher’).
9. Know the culture of Sami
The indigenous Sami people have maintained their distinct culture and language in Lapland in northern Scandinavia, including large areas of Norway. Their livelihoods historically have been based on semi-nomadic reindeer herding, fishing, and fur trapping housed in luxurious tents. The Sápmi Culture Park in the city of Karasjok, the capital city of Sami Norway, is the best place to explore their cuisine, music, and elaborate costume called ‘gákti.’
10. Get on a chair rock edge
The most renowned tourist attraction of Norway has to be Pulpit Rock, the plateau that looks like a knife and towering over Lysefjord has been built. In less than five hours, you can hit the top, so it is advisable to go early in the day so that when dark it is not captured.