Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Savalen in Summer

Although Savalen is mostly famous as a ski resort and the official residence of Julenissen's, it has a lot to offer all year round. Spring, summer and autumn here are full of exciting adventures!  

Lake Savalen, Norway

The mountain terrain at Savalen offers great opportunities for outdoor activities including cycling and hiking. Well-marked trails ensure that you will not get lost in the wilderness.

WHAT TO SEE

Lake Savalen 

Lake Savalen, Norway

Whether you want to catch a fish or just relax in a calm and welcoming ambiance, spend several hours on the shores of Lake Savalen. If you prefer active leisure, you may rent a boat, a kayak or even a canoe. 

Savalen Horse Center 

Savalen horse center

Savalen Horse Center organizes horse activities in all of North Østerdal. The main goal is to offer cultural and historical quality experiences with horses for locals and tourists. Enjoy amazing rich scenery from horseback in the varied and beautiful forests and mountains in the region. 

Chapel in Brydalen 

The chapel in Brydalen, Norway

The chapel in Brydalen was consecrated in 1884. To build a church was quite a task for the 20 people living in this small village. However, there was a tremendous work effort among them. Ole Buhaugen from Tynset was the builder, and Kluver, from Denmark was responsible for the paintwork. The community acquired an organ as well. Throughout the years, the church has been rebuilt and restored several times. Perhaps most of all, the chapel shows a tremendous spirit of self-sacrifice of a small community. 

Church at Kvikne 

Kvikne, Savalen

The church at Kvikne represents one of the finest altarpieces in the country and is richly decorated. The cross-shaped church was built between 1652-1654, and restored between 1738-1739. The present building was probably constructed on the same site as the previous stave church. Jørgen Snekker is believed to have made the pulpit, while the altarpiece was probably made by Johan Bildsnider from Trondheim. The large painting on the alter is believed to have been painted by Johan Kontrafeier. 

Kvikne Copper Mine 

This area is of great value as a historical document of the oldest mining period in the country. The Kvikne Copper Works at Kvikne in Hedmark were operated from 1630, and were the largest copper works in Norway in the middle of the17th century. The first mines were called Gabe Gottes and Segen Gottes. During the first 150 years of operation, the mines at Kvikne produced about 6,960 tons of refined copper. 

Kvikne Copper Works, Norway

The mining area forms a landscape with partly weathered yellow ore heaps and mining caves which give this area very distinctive features. The buildings which were connected to the daily running of the mine are now owned privately. Here you can see the remains of several houses, the wheel house, as well as the water channels and dams connected to the water-driven equipment used by the mine in 1700. 


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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Top 9 Hidden Treasures of Norway

To live in a lighthouse, to drive above the sea, to visit the museum of petroleum – there are many ways to make your journey in Norway unforgettable! 

Top 9 Norway hidden treasures

1. SHE LIES 

In May 2010, just in front of the Oslo Opera House, an installation She Lies was opened. From afar, it resembles an iceberg. 

She Lies, Maria Bonvicini

The construction of steel and glass panels floats on the waters of the Oslofjord on a concrete platform. The sculpture turns on its axis in line with the tide and wind, offering changing experiences through reflections from the water and its transparent surfaces. Monica Bonvicini, the architect, called it the monument to changes and hope. 

2. JOSTEDAL GLACIER 

The largest in mainland Europe glacier can be found between Nordfjord and Sognefjord. It is a massive plateau with multiple ice branches reaching down to mountain valleys. 

Jostedalsbreen, Norway

Jostedalsbreen is uniquely maintained by the high snowfall rates in the region, not the cold temperatures. This means the glacier has high melting rates in its snouts. 

3. THE ATLANTIC ROAD 

Located between Kristiansund and Molde, the Atlantic Road (Atlanterhavsveien) is considered one of the most picturesque in the world. The two-lane highway is 8.5 km and goes along the northern coast of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Atlanterhavsveien, Norway

The road passes twelve bridges over the water. If the weather is good, you have a chance to sea fur seals and whales in the waves. 

4. STORFJORD HOTEL 

Storfjord Hotel, interior

Norway offers plenty of designer hotels. If you prefer quite pastime in nature's lap, you will appreciate the Storfjord Hotel located on a hill slope next to the town of Skodje. The hotel consists of several wooden houses resembling modest Norwegian country-houses but with exquisite designer furniture inside. The windows look at the Storfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps. Guests of the hotels can use bikes, kayaks and fishing equipment. 

5. SUITE IN THE LIGHTHOUSE 

Molja Lighthouse Hotel

Do not miss the opportunity to leave in a real lighthouse on the coast of Ålesund. Inside the old building, you will find a cozy room with all facilities. Room 47 – the Molja Lighthouse – belongs to the Hotel Brosundet. 

6. STEGASTEIN 

Norwegians are very serious about admiring landscapes and charge the best architects to build viewpoints. For example, Stegastein was created by Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen. 

Stegastein viewpoint, Norway

The construction of laminated wood and steel is situated 650 meters above the sea level and bulges 30 meters above the Aurlandsfjord. Stegastein is located on the Aurlandsvegen road that connects Aurland with Lærdal. 

7. STAVE CHURCHES 

Heddal stave church, Norway

Norway is the only Scandinavian country with preserved medieval stave churches. Their architecture and ornament mix pagan and Christian motives. The biggest stave church is Heddal stavkirke built in the 13th century, the church is still functional. 

8. JUVET HOTEL 

Juvet Hotel, Norway

Eight laconic buildings resembling boxes of glass and wood are skillfully inserted in the landscape of the Valldal valley. Thanks to glass walls from the floor to the ceiling, the houses are fully integrated in the scenery and are almost invisible. Inside you will find only the most essential things: a bed, a floor-lamp and an arm-chair. Nothing should distract guests of the hotel from observation of the views! 

9. PETROLEUM MUSEUM 

Norwegian Petroleum Museum, Stavanger

Petroleum is the major source of Norway's national welfare. Norwegian Petroleum Museum is acknowledged one of the most beautiful museums not only in Norway but in the whole world. The exposition will interest both children and adults. The museum is situated in Stavanger. 


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Friday, 15 April 2016

Winter Adventures of Savalen

Savalen is a small cozy winter resort situated in 70 km from the historical town of Røros that is included in the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Skiing is not the main attraction of Savalen, and ski tracks are opened only on weekends. On the other hand, Savalen offers various traditional winter pastimes, including snowmobile riding, dog sledding, and ice-fishing!

Savalen, Norway

SAVALEN: FACTS AND FIGURES 
  • 330 km from Oslo, 190 km from Trondheim, 70 km from Røros 
  • 750 meters above the sea level 
  • Season lasts all year round. 
  • Winter season starts in November 
  • In Savalen, there is an official Residence of Julenissen 
  • Activities: snowmobile riding, ice-fishing, ice-hole bathing, horse-sledding, dog-sledding 
  • Skiing: 7 tracks, 4 lifts (including 1 for children), a snow park, a ski school, rentals 
  • Cross-country skiing: 100 km of tracks, 5 km of which are illuminated 
  • Accommodation in a high-quality Savalen Fjellhotel&Spa 

SKIING 

Skiing in Norway

Although the tracks of Savalen are more suitable for families with children and beginners, advanced skiers will find what to do as well. The resort offers seven tracks of various levels of difficulty. Snow cannons guarantee a regular snow layer from December until April. Moreover, there is a separate children's zone and a small snow park. 

FOR CHILDREN 


Norwegian Santa

All small visitors of Savalen want to see Julenissen, Norwegian Santa Clause, whose residence is located nearby. Nisse lives in a big fairy-tale house with a real production line of presents. In a big dining hall dwarfs offer guests a cup of tea with biscuits and tell Christmas stories. Not far from the residence, you can see a puppet show in a tent or take a picture with different animals or birds at a farm. 

WINTER ATTRACTIONS 

It is difficult to imagine anything more Nordic than ice-fishing. The best conditions are from the early morning and until noon. You do not need to book it in advance, just buy a license in a hotel. 

Snowmobile safari, Savalen

Snowmobile safari is a real extreme adventure! First, the instructor shows you how to drive the vehicle and makes around 35 km with you. Then you can drive by yourself! You have an opportunity to buy a license for daily riding. The rental cost includes a suit, a helmet, boots and gloves as well as hot drinks during the intervals. 

In the evening, after the day full of impressions, you can gather with your friends, put on warm clothes, and go out to see the shining stars in the dark-blue skies, feel freezing frost on your cheeks and enjoy the complete silence… 


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Top10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls of Norway

Norway is fantastically stunning with its fjords and ancient legends of trolls, but the true pearl of Norway are its multiple waterfalls striking with their unreal beauty and immensity. Reportedly, there are hundreds of waterfalls on the country's territory, with 14 of them being the highest in Europe.
  
Waterfalls,Norway

MARDALSFOSSEN 

Mardalsfossen, a waterfall from Møre og Romsdal county, is one of the ten highest waterfalls in Europe. It is located in the municipality of Nesset. The waterfall is depicted in Nesset's coat-of-arms. The waterfall consists of two large drops and several smaller ones lower down. The highest vertical drop, which is 358 meters, is one of the tallest in Norway.

Mardalsfossen, Norway

The water has been tapped for hydroelectric use and flows over the falls during the summer tourist season from 20 June until 20 August. At other times, it is channeled through the hydroelectric scheme. 

VØRINGSFOSSEN 

Vøringfossen, Norway

Vøringfossen lies at the top of Måbødalen in the municipality of the Eidfjord, in Hordaland. It has a free fall of 145 meters and a total fall of 182 meters. It is perhaps the most famous in the country and a major tourist attraction on the way down from Hardangervidda to the Hardangerfjord

TVINDEFOSSEN


Tvindefossen is a waterfall near the county of Voss. The many-stranded waterfall pours down from 152 meter height. 

KJOSFOSSEN 

Kjosfossen is one of the most visited waterfalls in Norway, located in Aurland municipality in Sogn og Fjordane county, next to the Flåm Railway. It is an impressive sight and the sound of the water is like thunder.

Kjosfossen, Norway

The waterfall is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Norway. Its total fall is around 225 meters. There is a small power station on the waterfall which is used to power the Flåm Line railway. 

LANGFOSSEN 

Langfossen, Norway

Langfossen is a waterfall located in the municipality of Etne in Hordaland county. The water falls down a towering mountain, covering a total distance of about 612 meters before it leaps out into Åkrafjorden at the base of the mountain. 

MÅNAFOSSEN 

Månafossen, Norway

Månafossen is the highest waterfall in Rogaland and most spectacular. 92-metre tall, it is located in a fairly isolated area. There is a parking nearby with a steep, rough 250-metre hiking trail up a mountainside to see the waterfall. The hike takes about 30 minutes. 

LÅTEFOSSEN 

Låtefossen, Norway

Låtefossen is a waterfall situated in the municipality of Odda in Hordaland County. The 165-metre tall waterfall is unique as it consists of two separate streams flowing down from the lake Lotevatnet. And as they fall, the join together in the middle of the waterfall. 

SEVEN SISTERS 

The Seven Sisters, Norway

The Seven Sisters are among the most famous waterfalls in the Geirangerfjord. It consists of seven separate streams, and the tallest of the seven has a free fall of 250 meters. The waterfall is located in Stranda municipality in Møre og Romsdal county. The water level depends on the snow thaw and may affect whether it is possible to see all seven falls equally clearly. 

STIGFOSSEN AND TVERRDALSFOSSEN

Stigfossen, Norway

Stigfossen and Tverrdalsfossen are the pair of main waterfalls surrounding the famous 11-turn serpentine road Trollstigen (the Ladder of Trolls). Just imagine steep serpentine road where you can see one waterfall or the other with each turn! 

Hint: the best period to see waterfalls is when the glaciers melt, and the streams reach their maximum power. 


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Sunday, 10 April 2016

Norway – Waterfalls and Rainbows

Norway is amazingly beautiful – and it is not only about its magnificent nature. The weather in the Northwest region is changing so fast that it can rain lightly, pour, be sunny then foggy in half an hour in which you have a chance to see a rainbow twice. When you explore the Fjord region, rainbows rise from one coast to the other, high-speed boats and lazy liners swim under these seven-colored arcs. 

Fiord in Norway

WATERFALLS 

Waterfalls in Norway seem to be everywhere. If you do not see at least one around you, ask yourself whether you are still in Norway. Even if you rise on one of the peaks of the Norwegian Highlands rugged by the fjords, you may see how the waterfalls are born. From thousands of lakes nourished by glaciers, thousands of rivers flow and as waterfalls they run to the fjords. 

Gjesdal, Norway

The largest waterfall in Voss is Tvindefossen. In summer, it streams down as an elaborate web of currents, and in fall, it roars and rampages as a wide torrent. 

In Norway, waterfalls are not just a spectacular view but a useful treasure as well. The majority of country's electricity comes from hydroelectric power stations. However, most of Norwegian waterfalls are protected by the state as natural landmarks. 

FROM NÆRØYFJORD TO FLÅM 

High-speed boats and slow ferries can carry you from Gudvangen to Flåm. They swim along Nærøyfjord, an arm of the world's longest and deepest fjord – Sognefjord. Nærøyfjord is so beautiful that it was included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. 

Cruises along the Norwegian fjords are offered the whole year round. Vessels have open decks from where you can admire the scenery and take pictures, and cozy warm halls where you can drink coffee and eat something. In spring mountain slopes are covered with bright flowers, in summer they shine with all shades of green and hide behind milk-white fogs, in fall they juice up with bright yellow and red tree leaves and full-flowing waterfalls, in winter it is crystal-clear snowy stillness. 

Fjord at Flam, Norway

From Flåm you can go up to the Myrdal mountain station by train. Flåm railway today is an exceptionally touristic route, but once it was the only speedway that connected the town of Flåm with the villages of the Flåm valley. It takes just 10 km to rise to the altitude of 865 meters. It is one of the world's most picturesque railways. From Myrdal you can get back to Bergen, Voss or even Oslo by a high-speed train

BERGEN 

Bergen is one of the oldest and most famous Norwegian ports. First settlements appeared there ten centuries ago, and then the town became a hanseatic port. The old town, Bryggen, is included in the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Houses, streets and squares of Bryggen dating back from the XVIII century compose an open-air museum. Here you can learn about the history of the famous Hanseatic League. 

Bergen, Norway

Do not forget to ride the Fløibanen Funicular, from the Fløien viewpoint you can see the whole Bergen with the mountains on the horizon picturesquely framing the town. 

FISHING 

Another interesting thing to do in Norway is fishing. Many people come here to spend a week or two catching cod. You can catch a couple of mackerels just whipping the stream with an empty fish-hook and a bright blinker! Still, mackerel is considered here more as a bait for bigger fish than a harvest itself. Then the struggle begins: who is more persistent, sensitive and stronger competitor? Four-six hours in the sea pass unnoticed: it was just a bright noon and suddenly the sun is dawning and boats return with the harvest. 

Gratangen, Norway

Kvalheim Fritid situated 60 km from Bergen is one of the multiple fishing centers where tourist can rent water-proof suits, fishing equipment and a boat with a guide or a skipper. Afterwards they will help you to cut and pack the catch, as well as offer food and drinks. Many tourists who once attended Norwegian fishing keep returning there again to feel adrenalin and excitement once more. 


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Northern Norway: Notes from the Edge of the World

It is better to visit Northern Norway in summer, when you can swim in the fjords, fish, hike in national parks, climb up glaciers and go kayaking. You will find there flawless ecology and service – Norway is claimed to be the most developed and well-to-do country in the world. 

Northern Norway

Although Northern counties of Norway are situated predominantly above the Arctic Circle, the climate on the coast is quite mild – the Arctic cold is restrained by the mountains and warm Gulf Stream. The sea does not freeze the whole year round, and summer temperatures rise sometimes above 30 degrees Celsius. 

NORDKAPP: THE ROOF OF THE WORLD 

First point of our journey is the county of Finnmark, famous Lapland, home of Saami, areal of reindeer with midnight sun in summer and flaring Northern Lights in summer. The king of Norway himself arrives here to fish salmon in the clearest river of Altaelva. 

Nordkapp

The main tourist attraction here is Nordkapp – the Northernmost point of mainland Europe. Just ten years ago, you could get there only by sea. But the number of tourist was far above the capacity of ferries, and the island of Magerøya where the cape is located was connected with the mainland with a 7-meter long tunnel going 60 meters lower the sea bottom! 

Having overcome light attacks of claustrophobia, we finally arrive in Nordkapp. The "roof of Europe" has an extraterrestrial look: tundra, stone pyramids on top of tuffets made by ancient people and in the middle – a 300-meter rock, breaking in the sea. Tourists take photos on a viewpoint, peering into the foggy distance. The North Pole feels reachable – it is only Svalbard left on the way to it. 

Norway, Nordkapp

To return in reality, I go to a local tourist center, buy a postcard and send it to my parents. It has a stamp from the northernmost post office. After that, we receive the certificates testifying that we have visited in Nordkapp – and celebrate in Artico Ice Bar

HONNINGSVÅG: THE ROYAL HUNT 

Landscape of Northern Norway is melancholic. Nevertheless, it is a great place for active people who like movement and risk and are not afraid of long distances and wild nature: fishing, hunting, kayaking, rafting and various kinds of safari wait for you. 

King crab, Norway

Our group attended King Crab safari in the town of Honningsvåg. In the office of Destinasjon 71° Nord AS they give us impervious suits, we get onboard and shoot ahead along the fjord. Our net becomes full in several minutes, although our crabs are far from those 15 kg giants that are caught here sometimes. The boat touches land, and we are followed in a Saami lavvu. Open fire is burning and we sit next to it on reindeer skins. While our hosts prepare the testiest claws, we get warm with aquavit. 

ARCTIC MENU 

Crabmeat prepared on open fire was amazing. However, venison with Arctic berries, that we ate that evening in Rica Hotel Honningsvag, could compete with it. 

Norwegian cuisine, as any northern cuisine, is very substantial, protein-based, with meat, fish and seafood as the basis. Look for the Arktisk Meny signs on cafes and restaurants: it guarantees traditional recipes and local ingredients. Try venison steak, cod filet, sea trout, halibut, king crabs and whale meat. For the dessert, try fen berry. Here in Norway they make jam, ice-cream even honey of fen-berry. The most famous of local stiff drinks is aquavit – caraway vodka. 

Saami cuisine is absolutely special. It is based on venison. The Saami eat venison all year round in any form. They dunk slices of frozen venison in coffee or bake pancakes on reindeer blood. 

TROMSØ: COZY ARCTIC 

After a day in Alta – the town of Northern Lights – we left Finnmark for Troms. The Extreme North is left behind, tundra and reindeer disappear, instead greenery of the forests mixes with blueness of fjords. 

Tromsø, Norway

The county's capital Tromsø is as cozy as any old European town. In the town center you can see buildings more than 100 years old mixing with newer ones – a stave cathedral with lancet windows, a cinema, brewery Mack with polished copper vats in the windows... Street musicians play rock-n-roll on the main square, the locals drink their beers sitting at café tables, there is even a fair – people sell woolen sweaters with Norwegian ornaments and fish. 

There are plenty opportunities for shopping – here you can find shops of most standard European brands. Alternatively, you can buy a tray of fen berries, sit in the quay and admire the snow-white Arctic Cathedral – imposing and aethereal in the same time, it can be seen from everywhere in Tromsø, it resembles a Saami lavvu or an iceberg on the land. 

Arctic Cathedral, Tromsø

From here, it is a walking distance to Polaria – a must-visited place for all those who travel with children. Another very nice place is Tromsø Villmarkssenter, a Saami household in the suburbs of Tromsø. Here you can kayak in calm waters, stroke reindeer fawns and play with friendly huskies. 

SENJA: NORWEGIAN SPA 

I fell in love with Norway from the first day, but managed to truly appreciate it only in the last one when we found ourselves on the Senja island in a tourist complex Hamn i Senja. As the majority of similar complexes, Senja is a former fishing village. Here, mountains grow up from the sea, white-sand beaches stretch kilometers and kilometers and among moss-covered inshore rocks you can find red, white and brown fishing houses on stilts. But as soon as you are inside, you find yourself in a designed apartment with all facilities, kitchen utensils and technical equipment. 

Hamn i Senja, Norway

I wanted to stay if not forever but at least for longer in Hamn i Senja – to search for the Northern Lights in the sky at night, to meet sunrises sitting at the lighthouse, kayaking in the afternoon, drinking cognac or having water procedures in a hot barrel – badestamp. Badestamp is a Norway-style SPA when you take hot bath in the open air. To get the experience to the fullest, put on an old-fashioned striped bath suit – you can buy it on the spot. 


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Sunday, 3 April 2016

Rondane National Park

Rondane was the first National Park in Norway, opened in 1962. Today, it covers an area of almost 1000 square km in the counties of Oppland and Hedmark. Some of the best ways to experience the area are by hiking, biking, horse riding, rafting and river kayaking. 

Rondane National Park

Rondane's dry climate and unfertile soils make this region popular among hikers despite the fact that stones and embankments make some parts difficult to pass. There you will find a developed network of tourist cabins and marked trails. The trails between Bjørnhollia, Rondvassbu and Dørålseter are amongst the most commonly used routes. 

Hunting for wild reindeer take place in Rondane every autumn. Hunting woodland birds and hares is also permitted in the national park. Many of the mountain lakes are stocked with perch, trout and char. If you have a valid fishing license, you can try your luck at fishing. 

GLACIER LANDSCAPES 

Rondane contains ten peaks above 2000 meters, with the highest being Rondeslottet at an altitude of 2178 meters. The mountains in the central part of the park keep the traits of the glacial epoch. Here, the glacier left deep valleys and glacier rivers carved curved gorges. 

Rondane, Norway

At Skranglehaugan, south of Dørålseter, there is a wonderful landscape of gravel ridges and huge depressions. These depressions are called dead ice holes, or kettle holes, and they were created when blocks of ice became buried in amongst the gravel and stones. When these ice blocks finally melted, they left depressions in the landscape that resemble craters. 

FLORA 

A dry climate and poor soil with minor nourishment means that the vegetation in Rondane is sparse. Most of the national park is made up of bare rock, where only the most bold plants thrive, like lichen and heather. Lichen and reindeer moss color the territory in yellow and white, and are a vital source of nutrition for reindeer in winter. One of few that can survive in the region is a glacier buttercup. You can find it on the height of more than 1700 meters. 

Autumn, Rondane

In the valleys, the vegetation is more varied. You can find birch or even pine forests and territories covered with fir-wood. In the south there are mountain moorland and nutrient-rich bogs. 

VULNERABLE REINDEER 

In the territory of the Rondane National Park, you can see all typical for the region biological species, but it is especially famous as an areal for the wild reindeer. These reindeer are the remnants of a larger population that once followed migration routes running from Rondane, over Dovre to Sunndalsfjella. Roads, railways, power lines, and human traffic have cut off these migration routes, and reduced the available habitat. The wild reindeer now live as smaller populations in the remaining fragments of their previous habitats and with little contact between the groups. 

The original wild reindeer

The reindeer are very sensitive. If you see a grazing flock, approach them on the leeward or stand still until they leave the place. 

RULES FOR VISITORS 

Rondane, camping

  • You may go wherever you like, on foot or ski, but anything with an engine is prohibited. 
  • You can stop wherever you like and pitch a tent. Always tidy up afterwards and do not leave litter.
  • You can light a fire, but remember the general ban on lighting fires in forests from 15 April to 15 September. Be considerate when collecting firewood. 
  • You can pick berries, mushrooms and common plants for your own use. Be considerate of cultural relics, vegetation and fauna. Be extra careful during the breeding and nesting season. 
  • Make use of the hunting and fishing opportunities. Remember a hunting/fishing license. Never use live fish as bait, or transfer live fish from one watercourse to another. 
  • You can take your dog with you, but remember to keep it on a lead from 1 March to 20 August. 

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Friday, 1 April 2016

Top 10 Things to do in Norway

Top ten things to do when you visit this unique country. 

FJORDS NORWAY 

Norway, Alesund, landscape with fjord

Fjords are a true miracle of Norway. If you want to fully understand their beauty, enjoy them from the coast and from water. In the first case, do this from the car window. Getting to a fjord along curved serpentine-roads and tunnels in the mountains is an adventure in itself. For the second case, choose a ferryboat. Usually the tourist program includes waterfalls, stops at small fishing villages and mysterious grottos. 

FISHING OR DIVING 

Fishing boat, the Lofoten Islands, Norway

Not far from the Lofoten Islands there is the world largest tidal current – Saltstraumen. In any season, you may come here for fishing or diving. And you may rent any equipment you need as well. Fish from the coast or the boat for pollack, halibut, lancet fish or cod. Rent a boat alone or with a company of friends. Still, remember about dangerous streams, and listen to the instructor! PALACE OF THE 

ICE QUEEN 

Snow Hotel, Kirkeness


Being in Norway, do not miss Lapland. Several years ago, Snow Hotel was built in the outskirts of Kirkeness. This hotel is made completely of ice. The constant temperature is maintained at 5 degrees Celsius below zero, that is why the guests have to sleep in thermal underwear. The night stay includes a dinner, a breakfast, sauna and a hot drink. Despite extreme conditions, the hotel is always full of visitors. 

HURTIGRUTEN CRUISE 

Hurtigruten, Norway

The round-trip journey along the Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkeness takes 12 days. You can visit 34 ports, admire fresh and unspoiled beauty of mountains and fjords as well as to relax and reach internal harmony. Norway offers multiple liners, ferries, routes, but Hurtigruten is considered as classic. If you think that a dozen days is too much for you, buy tickets for a shorter part of the way. 

VIGELAND SCULPTURE PARK 

Vigeland sculpture park

Love between a man and a woman, wisdom and hopelessness of an old age, purity and immediacy of a child – all sculptures are filled with multi-layered philosophy. One statue can have various interpretations. Maybe this is the genius of Gustav Vigeland who created the park, starting with the design and finishing with the sculpture compositions. 

DOG SLEDDING 

Sled Dogs Resting in Snow, Norway

Winter attractions can return you a feeling of a pure childish delight! Go to the North, to Kirkeness, an ideal place for the dog sledding alond endless snow-covered valleys. Usually tours last for three days. Meet and befriend clever, friendly huskies and start a 15 km trip! 

WHALE SAFARI IN ANDENES 

Whale Safari, Andenes, Norway

When whales come to the coast of the Vesterålen archipelago to enjoy fresh squids, you have a chance to participate in a whale safari on a high-speed boat. Seeing these giants in their natural environment is a breath-taking experience. 

CUISINE 

Norwegian cuisine

Try unusual national dishes prepared from the freshest ingredients! Start with a fårikål – lamb simmered with cabbage and whole peppercorns. Its taste is so delicate and soft. The next in our list is a winter delicacy called lutefisk – salt and dried stockfish. Accompany your cup of coffee with a sharp and caramel taste of a brown goat cheese brunost. 

KONGSBERGJAZZFESTIVAL 

Kongsberg

Annually in July, when the days are long and sunny, Kongsberg hosts a jazz festival that attracts music bands from all over the world. The event first started in 1965 and survived until present days. During four days of the festival, the stage is shared by both famous and young musicians. Some concerts are for free. 

SOUVENIRS 

The most popular souvenirs in Norway are figures of trolls. The sizes and forms of the creatures can be almost endless, so ask a seller what they symbolize and pay attention to your feelings – to make sure that this specific magical troll will bring joy and happiness to a person who will receive it as a present. 

Eiderdown duvet, Norway

Another popular gift from Norway is an eiderdown duvet; mind that their quality in Norway is almost impeccable! 


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