Planning for the summer holidays? Why not consider Norway as your next vacation getaway?
If you have not heard so much about Norway, then let me give you a brief background. Norway Is a Scandinavian country northeast of the United Kingdom and Southwest of Sweden. It is situated in the Atlantic Ocean. It is a country of mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and deep coastal fjords. Suffice it to say, it is a country with a great outdoors. If you are in Norway, some of the activities to include in your itinerary are fishing, hiking and skiing.
Norway is also known as the land of the midnight sun. Most days consist of 20 hours of sunlight. It is like a never setting midnight sun. They set up cable car rides in Bergen from Storsteinen (Big Rock) to the observation deck in Mount Floya so tourists and locals could see the midnight sun. The observation deck is 1,050 ft. above sea level so one can guarantee a picturesque view on top.
If you are in for a thrill, then you better check out the snake roads along the impressive Geiranger-Trollstigen National Tourist Route. One can rent a car and drive through a 66-mile road battling sharp cliffs, steep mountain ranges, and waterfalls alongside deep fjords. There’s no need to worry about the length of the trip as there are 6 rest areas where one can also have photo opportunities in Norway’s panoramic setting including the Seven Sisters Waterfall and a UNESCO-protected site called Geirangerfjord.
If you want to relax and cruise in your vacation, then there are several cruises to the famous deep fjords like Lysefjord, Hardangerfjord, and Sognefjord among others.
There is also a place in the North called Finnmark which could give your 24 hours of sunlight from May to August. If you would like a glimpse to the Arctic wilderness or take a historical holiday exploring the Sami Culture, then this is the place for you. There are 5 national parks in the region and one of them is Seiland National Park which houses 2 of Scandinavia’s northernmost glaciers namely Seilandsjøkelen and Nordmannsjøkelen.
If you are into music entertainment, then you better check out the midnight concerts in Arctic Cathedral, Tromsø. Besides being an architectural treat, the church boasts of a 2,940-pipe organ which is featured during the midnight concerts along with traditional Norwegian folk songs.
Being in the Arctic, Norway also boasts of beaches during the summer. There are 5 beaches to take note of. One is the Revtangen beach. It is located north of Orre and south of Reve harbor. It is a peaceful place for walking. Two is the Bore Beach. It is 3 km. long but is great for fishing and surfing. Third is Hellestø which is another cool place for surfing, as well as, diving. Fourth is Godalen which is 5 minutes away from the city center by bike. It is a perfect spot for sunbathing. The fifth one is Sande beach. It is a pebble beach 4 km north of Randaberg.
There is still a lot more but all of what is mentioned cannot fit in one holiday. Norway is a big country, so you cannot fit everything in one holiday. If ever you get to visit Norway in the summer, be sure to check some off your list. See you there.