Norway, officially known as the Kingdom of Norway, is a gorgeous country which is famous for its fjords, insurmountable mountain ranges and adorable Nordic villages. It is also known for fishing, hiking and skiing, and phenomena such as the Northern Lights and glaciers are part of the Norwegians’ life. Here are ten of the most amazing places to go and explore while in Norway.
10. Hamnøy, Moskenes
Hamnøy is one of the oldest fishing villages in Norway, providing a number of opportunities to experience the authentic Nordic lifestyle. Visitors are accommodated in the original fishermen cabins — the oldest one is from the 1890s.
The village has preserved its unspoiled nature, and the rough mountainous scenery dominates the landscape. Moreover, tourists can rent boats and bikes, go hiking and fishing. Local museums and galleries introduce the culture and history of the region. And even annual Feelgood Jazzfest is being held here!
Tromso, the biggest city in Northern Norway, is the best place to admire the Aurora Borealis — one of the main attractions in the Arctic Circle. Incidentally, Tromso is located in the zone where the Northern Lights are visible for about 6 hours a day!
And despite the remote location, it has a lively cultural life — from the music scene to the museums, from beautiful nature to a ski track and a ski jump — the town provides numerous outdoor as well as indoor activities. The town is especially beautiful in winter and Christmas period.
8. Trolltunga, Hardanger
Trolltunga, also known as the Troll’s Tongue Rock, is among the most photographed places in Norway. It protrudes 700 m (2,300 ft) above the Ringedalsvatnet lake. The site is accessible from mid-June to mid-September, and hikers get to admire impressive views all the way up to the “tongue”.
In Norway, you won’t see any fences on such rocks. Therefore, the authentic experience and views are preserved, while everyone is responsible for their own safety. The visitors love taking crazy pictures here, since obviously it provides one of the rarest opportunities to make an impressive shot.
7. Besseggen Ridge in Jotunheimen
Embedded between the blue lakes of Gjende and Bessvatnet, the Besseggen mountain ridge creates one of the most fascinating sceneries in the country. It attracts a lot of hikers and backpackers in Norway. The most popular way to get around is by taking a boat from Gjendesheim to Memurubu and then hitting the road on foot. It takes approximately 5 to 7 hours to complete the route.
The Besseggen ridge’s peak season is during the summer, but in winter, there are skiing facilities and tours offered for those who are not afraid of the snow challenge.
6. Hoyvika Beach in Andøya
Located on the northernmost island in the Vesterålen archipelago, Hoyvika beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the region. The whole island has a dramatic surface, high peaks and a mountain range, which also surrounds Hoyvika. And although it is found in the Arctic circle, the climate in Andøya is mild all year round and the temperatures do not drop much below zero in winter.
The island, Hoyvika and more beaches can be explored on a coastal trek from Stave to Bleik. The 9 km (5.6 mi) trail can be completed in about five hours. It provides numerous panoramic views to the mountains, hills and a rocky coastline. Hikers also have an opportunity to watch nesting colonies of puffins, shags, kittiwakes and guillemots.
Geirangerfjord is a 15 km (9.3 mi) long fjord and is a branch of the much longer Storfjord. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The picturesque environment is covered with lush greenery and precipitous rocky cliffs. Numerous waterfalls plunge down these walls, thus adding an extra charm to the place.
The site can be explored via hiking trails or from a cruise in the Geirangelva river. Tourists would also enjoy kayaking, fishing and hiking here. During the winter, Geirangerfjord makes a great skiing spot.
4. The Atlantic Ocean Road
The Atlantic Ocean Road, a 8.3 km (5.2 mi) long road that stretches through the archipelago in the Norwegian Sea, promises one of the most scenic rides in Europe. The road passes through small Nordic villages and features some breathtaking twists and turns and sometimes is being hit by huge waves. Nevertheless, it is classified as the National Tourist Route and is included in a cultural heritage list.
The road is one of the most popular routes in the world. It connects Averøy island with the mainland at Eide municipality. Adventurers come to the Atlantic Road in autumn to experience the storms that hit the drive.
3. The Troll Wall in Romsdal
The impressive Troll Wall is part of the mountain range of Trolltindene. The 1,100 m (3 600 ft) wall is the tallest vertical rock in Europe, which makes it a desirable challenge for climbers and base jumpers. There are ten routes established by various international climbing groups, and there are also new possible options since the environment constantly changes due to the melting ice, storms and rockfall.
Lofoten is one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. Although it is located in the Arctic Circle, Lofoten’s weather is surprisingly mild. It features azure water, rich marine life and even the biggest deep water coral reef on the planet. In summer, the area provides 24 hours of sunlight, allowing visitors to explore the region uninterruptedly.
Lofoten offers a wide range of activities. Visitors can go climbing, hiking, cycling, surfing and mountaineering. Fishing and whale safaris are also among the most popular activities, while cycling allows visitors to explore nature and authentic villages.
Oslo, the vibrant capital of Norway, is considered to be one of the best cities to live in the world. Founded in the 11th century, Oslo has preserved its historic heritage, including Viking ships and historic buildings. Everything from the ancient artifacts to the art works can be explored in numerous museums. The city’s hip atmosphere invites visitors to enjoy cafes, restaurants and night clubs.
Oslo offers a nice blend of history and urban facilities. From historic heritage and museums to the lively city life — the capital is a must see once in Norway.
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