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If I am ever asked about a place I desperately want to visit once in a lifetime that has to be Norway for sure. The reason being, this place has something in it that blends the old and new with absolute grace. The vibrant place is just perfect and one of the most beautiful countries that allow you to explore a lot of new things and even lets you indulge in a number of activities.

During a roadtrip in Norway you will come across the most beautiful natural sights anywhere on your travels. Every summer in the northernmost part of the country days last 24 hours, making it the place where the midnight sun lasts the longest. Of course, the opposite is true in winter when Norway is one of the best places to visit in January.

Despite having to endure so much darkness the inhabitants of this country are regularly cited as being the happiest in the world. The capital Oslo is lovely – if expensive. As a solo traveller you will find the locals to be friendly while traveling Norway and most fluently speak English. The Land of the Midnight Sun is one of the safest places to travel in Europe alone.

In fact, the place is completely safe (I went for a solo trip), full of fascinating history, beautiful museums, and much more. The best part about visiting Norway is that you won't get bored with the place really fast. There is a lot to learn about its Viking culture, and these are the top things to do in Norway. If you want to know more about any travel guide or culture of any country, then visit routeprints.com.

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1. Cruise to Geirangerfjord


A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Geirangerfjord is a part of the largest Fjord Norway Network that is stretched across many miles. So, without wasting any other second, let's get into some of the best highlights of Geirangerfjord region. I will be starting with my favorite one, which is Alesund in the North and is famous for its icy Norwegian scenery.

Whereas, one can even head towards Sunnylvsfjorden, that offers you with some mesmerizing views over the countryside. If you are the one who loves the height, you can go to one of the peaks, Dalsnibba Summit that is at an altitude of 4,905 ft. All in all, the ideal way to make most of this trip is to book a tour in order to witness all the great spots in the region.

2. Ring a bell in Oslo Cathedral


Here comes one of the best things to do in Oslo. In fact, the main church in the city and its real form would have been built in the 11th century. The church is built in baroque style and since you know the time period of its establishment, you can expect that the place would have certainly seen a procession of iconic events, for example, the royal family.

Now, this is sure that you will be going to explore a lot about the history here. Besides this, you can visit a few other things like the large organ, ornate pulpit, and the eye-catching colorful murals that cover the ceiling.

Check out the Vigeland Sculpture Park. It is the largest sculpture park in the world. It features hundreds of pieces which were created between 1907 and 1943 by artist Gustav Vigeland.

3. Ferry in Hurtigruten


Another fantastic way to explore the country is a cruise on the Hurtigruten Ferry that will not just take you around fjords but let you experience one of the best coastal journeys on this planet. You can check out for coastal streamers, popular name for the ferry from Bergen and travel to Kirkenes that will take you to some of the hardly explore parts of Norway.

The whole process needs 6 days or more to get completed that would take months of land. Also, you can hop on and off at any of the spectacular coasts you want to learn about or want to explore more.

4. Where to see Northern Lights in Norway


Make sure you have added 'Want to experience the Northern Lights' in your bucket list because there is no better natural phenomenon than the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis on this Earth. These Northern Lights can be seen all through the night of the Arctic Winter during the months from October to March.

This is definitely a must-thing to experience in your life when these lights start to dance in either green or white curtains of light and due to shifting in intensity, they start forming different shapes. Remember, it is not necessary that the Northern Lights will appear at the given time, it is all on your luck.

Tromsø is 350 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, and is the largest city in Northern Norway. The people who want to get hold of the long-awaited vision of the northern lights have a great predilection for this city. A couple of kilometers from the city center of Tromsø is the beautiful Prestvannet lake.

This natural reserve without artificial lighting is an evocative place to observe the northern lights in a peaceful environment and only 20 minutes on foot from the city center. Swimming under the northern lights can be the most refined Arctic experience in the city of Alta. To observe the northern lights just north-west of Tromsø, drive for about an hour to reach the charming little Hansnes town.

Then take a ferry to the long island of Vannøya or to the smaller, more peaceful island of Tromsø of Karlsøy. From the west of Tromsø you can go by car or bus to the great island of Kvaløya, which has a lot of fantastic places and without many people, such as the small towns of Kvaløyvågen and Skulsfjord, or the beautiful Sommarøy peninsula. In the opposite direction, towards the east, you will find the Balsfjord fjord, less than an hour away, even if you decide to go to its innermost point, next to the village of Nordkjosbotn.

The Skipsfjorden bay is undoubtedly one of the favorites. In the beautiful Seibukta Bay there is a parking lot next to the E69 road from which the snow is removed during the winter. There you can observe the aurora in an environment full of peace. Tufjorden fjord, on the coast of the island of Magerøya is a viewpoint on the way to the North Cape. The unaltered landscape allows to take time-lapse without interruptions.

In Honningsvåg the electric lighting is so scarce that a dim corner is enough to admire the northern lights as much as possible. Around the North Cape you can also find small towns and places like Kåfjord, Repvåg, Skarsvåg, Nordvågen, Kjelvik, Valan, Gjesvær or Kamøyvær.

If you are fortunate enough, you will surely experience it and the memory if going to live with you forever. There are some other countries too where you can see Northern Lights, one of the famous destination is Iceland. You can also visit Iceland because the chances of Northern lights in Iceland are high as also you can see Northern Lights in Sweden.

5. Hike in Jotunheimen


Say hello to one of the prime summer getaway spots in Europe that is just perfect for those who love hiking by heart. Though you may find a number of national parks that are too greatly maintained by hiking trails, but when it comes to Jotunheimen National Park, also called the 'Home of the Giants', nothing can beat the place.

With 60 glaciers, you will also be exploring 275 summits over 200m that makes Jotunheimen fantastically beautiful, which is also the home to some very famous trails like Hurrungane, Besseggen, and not to forget about Galdhopiggen, highest peak in Norway.

6. Hiking Trolltunga


After doing the treks to Kjerag and Preikestolen, I finally went to Odda to make my biggest and most difficult physical challenge so far, the trek to Trolltunga. Trolltunga is perhaps the most famous trek or hike in all of Norway, a natural rock formation located in the region of Hordaland. Therefore it is touristy and you are going to meet quite a lot of people during the whole trip.

For many Trolltunga is a dream, for others the most spectacular hiking route in Norway. Trolltunga is undoubtedly an icon, a place that defies the laws of nature that challenges the vacuum at 700 m above Lake Ringedalsvatnet. Travel by bus from the town of Oslo to Odda. If you arrive in Bergen, the next step is to reach the Odda. If you are in Kinsarvik or Lofthus you can go by public bus to and from Odda.

The town where you can start trekking towards Trolltunga, and specifically from Skjeggedal, 10 km east of the villages Tyssedal and Sørfjorden. Skjeggedal is the starting point of the trekking. The only way to get there is by hitchhiking or by the shuttle buses. In the tourist information center, apart from obtaining maps and removing all doubts, they can rent suitable equipment for hiking.

It is not necessary to return to the same place to return the clothes since at the beginning of the trek there is a place where you can leave everything at any time of the day. The most beautiful and interesting option to discover the Trolltunga is camping. The sunrise over Lake Ringedalsvatnet is spectacular. Free camping is forbidden in Odda, and perhaps the only option would be to go to the glacier area.

The recommended season for hiking in Trolltunga is from June 15 to September 15.

The summit of Trolltunga is 1250m above sea level, and the higher I climbed the more I went through areas covered with snow. I crossed so many areas of snow that I felt like I was walking on a glacier. I learned two facts in this walk. In some parts I saw a small blue lagoon, which is typical of glaciers, and in others, I could see a pink spot, which I learned is caused by the dust of the Sahara desert and is very common in the European Alps.

The best location for photos on that hike is a rocky ledge called Trolls Tongue. Being on top of Trolltunga is something very difficult to put into words.

7. Wildlife in Norway


If you are one of those who loves being amidst the pleasing flora and fauna, don't miss visiting the most intriguing wildlife in Norway. You will get a chance to explore more about Arctic foxes, Polar Bears, and different other species. Also, you must try the safaris out there in the Norwegian interior where you may stumble upon musk ox and elk (moose).

Wait, that's not all. You can also witness bird life in Norway along the coast, which is absolutely amazing. Also, whale watching outing is one of the best things about Norway, especially around Lofoten and Vesteralen.
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15 comments:

  1. I would love to see Norway one day! It's such a beautiful country, and I think seeing the Northern Lights would be fantastic.

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  2. I would love to go see the Northern lights. Thanks for mentioning the best months to go. What is the weather like, in general, in March??

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  3. I would love to go to Norway one day. I've heard it's incredibly beautiful there.

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  4. The northern lights and the bells of Oslo are my top. I have heard alot of good things about Norway. And you said it all

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  5. Hhhmmmm....the Cathedral in Oslo is a must, for me!

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  6. I would love to see the Northern lights; I bet it is a magical experience!

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  7. Can you really ring a bell at the Oslo Cathedral? That sounds amazing! I would love to do that someday!

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  8. I would love to visit Norway someday. It's not at the top of my must-go places, but after reading this list, it definitely got put higher up on my radar!

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  9. So many things to love about Norway! It's really beautiful out there. Truly a bucket list material.

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  10. Oh wow! I’m not sure I could ever leave that place. it is absolutely one of the most gorgeous place I’ve ever seen.

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  11. All six of these sound wonderful, but the Northern Lights are on my bucket list. I really want to see them and I know Norway is one of the best places to see them.

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  12. I hope I can make it to Norway one day. It's so beautiful and I know that it would be a once in a lifetime experience.

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  13. The northern lights is something I'd love to see in Norway! It's on the top of my list, and I'm inspired to visit after reading this.

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  14. After reading this, I truly want to visit Norway even more than I did before. Sounds like such a lovely place.

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  15. Watching Aurora Borealis is one of my dreams and your pictures really want me to visit there soon!

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