Norway is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. This is widely known fact. When you think of Norway you think of the Northern Lights, Vikings and Nordic culture, and the Midnight Sun and you’re automatically captivated; here is a country with a rich history and spectacular natural beauty. To top this off, Norway is easily one of the most prosperous countries of the world: It has the 4th highest per capita income in the world on the IMF list. It had the highest Human Development Index from 2001 to 2006 and then from 2009 to 2014. It has also topped the Legatum Prosperity Index for the last half a decade. Visiting this jewel of a nation should be on your must do list and here are the top things to do in Norway.
The Lofoten Islands are a hiker’s dream. They are breathtaking in their beauty and versatile in their landscape. Sharp peaks kissing the skies in the background and lush green fields stretching on the multiple islands. The islands are linked by bridges and traveling by bike or hiking is your best bet. Be sure to sample the great seafood on offer.
Norway’s fjords are renowned throughout the world for their stunning beauty, and if you visit only one thing it should be these fjords. The most famous of these is the Geirangerfjord, stretching for 20km, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the ferry along its length and be dazzled by the sights around you: abandoned farmsteads clinging to the cliffs, the emerald green waters and mists rising and enveloping the surrounding cliffs. It presents a tranquil feeling like no other place.
Joutnheim or the ‘Home of the Giants’ is Norway’s best national park. It has 275 summits over 2000 meters and 60 glaciers making it jaw dropping in its natural beauty. It is a haven for hikers and has famous trails such as Hurrungane, Besseggen and those which lie in Galdhopiggen’s (Highest peak in the country) shadow. The park lies nearby to fjords which is a bonus.
One of the greatest natural sights in existence. This phenomena is visible during the long night of the Artic winter between October and March – a lot of time to view these magnificent and ethereal lights. The green lights, shifting in intensity and floating in an eerie manner will be a sight that you’ll cherish forever.
Located in Forsand, Ryfylke, the Pulpit Rock or Preikestolen looms over the blue waters of Lysefjord. It is associated with the tourist image of Norway and everyone who comes here visits this. Some travellers are brave enough to peak over the edge but 600m is a great height and we advise caution. The hike to this hanging rock takes around 2 hours.
There are plenty of things to do in Norway for the tourist and these were only the highlights.