A few weeks ago, I’ve written an article about my top ten places to visit or things to do in Iceland. Well, now it’s time to discover the beauty of Norway’s nature too. With its giant, rugged mountains, cute fisher villages, raging rivers, majestic waterfalls and exquisite islands, Norway seems to have everything my heart desires. Besides, the odds might finally be in your favor to see the northern lights.
1. Spending the night in a typical red fisherman’s cottage on the Lofoten Islands. Apparently, they are called Rorbu Cabins and they used to be simple fishermen’s houses, but I, however, think they give a picturesque touch to the wonderful mountain setting.
2. Taking unique photographs on the top of the Vøringfossen waterfall in Eidfjord, the 83th highest waterfall of Norway, but probably the most famous one of the country.
3. Doing a roadtrip that includes driving up over one of Norway’s best known, very impressive mountain roads, Trollstigen. The view from the top of the mountain is magnificent, that’s for sure.
4. Spotting a pod of orcas while kayaking along the stunning Reinefjorden, although they don’t show up that easily in front of tourists.
5. Doing a guided tour and stop by the impressive Fantoft Stavkirke in Bergen, the second biggest city of the country. Stave churches are only found in north-western Europe and since many of these wooden constructions are burned down, only a few of them remain. Therefore, the Fantoft Stavkirke is quite unique.
6. Taking a selfie in the top of Trolltunga cliff, which is translated as ‘troll tongue’. Since the way up there is called a ‘significant hike’, so make sure to bring enough food and water, a pair of good trekking poles and high-quality walking boots for a difficult 23 km hike.
7. Combining the breathtaking Flåm Railway to Myrdal with a 20 km hike along smashing waterfalls and stunning scenery, all the way back to the starting point.
8. Seeing wild reindeer in their natural habitat from the beautiful designed Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion, called Tverrfjellhytta.
9. Taking a ferry at Rein to find a nice camping spot on Horseid beach and spend some days in the dunes nearby the water. Horseid beach is actually one of the less often visited shorelines of the area. You are more likely to be here alone than in any other beach in Norway.
10. Last but not least, there is one fjord I’d really like to visit one time: the Geirangerfjord. Preferably, I’d love to fly over this astonishing area with nothing less than a hang glider!
These locations are sunshine and roses to me. Unfortunately, there’s one catch. Norway is extremely expensive to visit. In Oslo, the capital city of Norway, a simple beer can cost you easily about 80.000 Norwegian Kroner, which is equal to 8,77 euros, so think twice if you were planning on doing a low-budget trip abroad.
What’s your favorite place to visit or thing to do in Norway?