Simple and fresh Norway is listed by many as one of the must-go destinations for this life. The reason is simple: it’s so beautiful.
Not only the fjords and mountains, but also the majestic Svalbard and Lofoten islands, the streams, rocks and the perfect view of human settlements, the distant skyline, the camps of the Sami people in the Arctic Circle… this Everything is worth visiting for yourself!
Of course, the amazing scenery of the pristine empty space of the Arctic Circle has always attracted the attention of tourists. Dog sledding, skiing and snowmobiling in winter also allow everyone in good health to enjoy the fun of exploring Norway.
And whenever you are in this extraordinary country, you will see a variety of unique landforms that provide an excellent backdrop for the most beautiful villages in Europe.
# Incomparable fjord #
“The iconic fjord,
even watching it on a cruise ship with the crowds is exciting. “
As far as the scenery is concerned, it is almost impossible to give an appropriate generalization. This is one of the most beautiful natural attractions in the world. The towering cliffs, crashing waterfalls, and deep blue waterways will surely lay in your mind forever Branding.
Good places are naturally popular. (Before the epidemic) Nearly 600,000 tourists visit each year, and dozens of cruise ships moor at the port every day in summer. It is difficult to enjoy the peaceful and peaceful atmosphere, especially around the main pier. Fortunately, the tranquility of the scenic area of the fjord is still there. The ferry between Geiranger and Helcht is an essential part of your Norwegian adventure.
The Geiranger Valley and the fjords have many amazing scenery, the highest and perhaps the most amazing sights. You need to pass a 5km toll road from Rv63 to the Dalsnibbalookout Observatory (Dalsnibbalookout). ; 1500 meters) to see. Since August 2016, a new Geiranger Skywalk has been added here. The ground is suspended and transparent, and the baffle is glass, as if walking in the air.
“On the UNESCO World Heritage List, the scenery is beautiful.”
The 17-kilometer-long Nero Fjord, located west of Flåm, stretches south from the main part of the Sognefjord. The name-which means narrow fjord-is aptly described. The narrowest place is only 250 meters in span, and there are 1,200 meters of towering cliffs on both sides. Waterfalls are often seen after heavy rains and melting snow in winter. It is very convenient for a day trip from Flåm. You can see the beautiful scenery when you come by boat.
“Trollfjord and Westfjord are the highest points of the breathtaking natural beauty of these islands.”
You will never forget how it felt when the Lofoten Islands came into view for the first time. These islands stretch out their high and rugged terrain to the sky, like sea dragons with spikes.
This place is amazingly beautiful. The main islands Ostervo, Sivog, Frakstad and Moskenes are separated from the main mainland by Vestfjorden, but all the islands are connected by road bridges and tunnels.
Each island has peaceful bays, sheep pastures and picturesque villages, coupled with the temptation of the northern lights, has long attracted artists to come here for inspiration, just look at the galleries outside the island. One of the best ways to visit here is to take the E10 highway, which runs through every part of the archipelago, and you can take time to visit each place along the way.
“Under the view of the world famous sermon stone,
The scenery is almost perfect. “
Along the 42-kilometer Lysefjord (Light Fjord), granite shines under the misty light, and even on dark days, there is almost a glowing mist. This is the favorite fjord of many tourists, and there is no doubt that it has a breathtaking beauty. Taking a ferry from Stavanger to the top of the fjord in Lysebotn, a beautiful narrow and winding road turns sharply up and extends to Sirdal at the 27th bend, which is spectacular. The road twists and turns up the hill from Lysebotn, and from there you can continue to the Setesdalen area and Oslo.
Sitting on the edge of this extraordinary piece of granite and taking a picture has become a must-see travel item in Norway. The Sermon Rock (Sacred Altar Rock) towers 604 meters above the fjord and is surrounded by cliffs on three sides. It is one of the country’s most prestigious attractions. There is a steep trail from Preikestolhytta Vandrerhjem to climb here. It takes 4 hours to go back and forth. Generally, it can pass from April to September, depending on the snowfall.
This 3.8-kilometer, 2-hour trekking trail starts on a steep section with clearly visible signs, then alternately climbs through a series of steep or muddy sections, and finally climbs over the granite platform, along the exposed section in the mountain breeze. The cliff reaches the preaching stone. The steepest sections are at the beginning and the middle of the trail, which is a challenge for people who are not physically fit.
In theory, you can also go up in winter, but because you may encounter unfavorable weather and public transportation is more limited, it is not recommended to go.
“A stunning network of fjords made up of many lovely coastal villages”
Extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the cliffs of the Hardanger Plateau in central Norway, Hardanger Fjord is a typical Norwegian fjord area. There are many beautiful corners here. From Bergen, you can easily explore the Hardangerfjord.
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# The beauty that can only be enjoyed on foot #
For those who are eager to explore the wilderness step by step, Norway is the destination of their dreams. From the forested areas of central Norway to the north of the Arctic Circle, there is always a hiking route for you.
Jotunheimen National Park
“The stunning path between glaciers,
There is also the highest mountain in Norway. “
This is it, a large national park covering an area of 1151 square kilometers, Jotunheimen National Park surrounded by peaks and glaciers. Its name means “Home of the Giants”, and it is the most popular in Norway. Favorite and most spectacular wilderness destination.
There may be hundreds of trekking routes leading to deep valleys, passing deep lakes, rapid waterfalls and 60 glaciers on the way to the apex of all Norwegian peaks above 2,300 meters above sea level.
These peaks include Glitter Peak, Glittertind and Store Skagastølstind. According to statistics, there are more than 275 peaks in the park with an altitude of more than 2,000 meters. If these make you feel unfulfilled, head to the Spring of Wisdom Meteorological Park! The experience tour here will allow you to get close to the glacier unexpectedly. The guided tour will let you descend 60 meters under the ice through a specially created glacier tunnel, travel through six thousand years of time, and learn about the structure and color of the glacier.
Hardangervidda National Park
“A vast plateau, famous for reindeer and glacier hikes.”
The desolate and beautiful Hardanger Plateau is part of the Hardangervidda National Park covering an area of 3430 square kilometers, which is the largest national park in Norway. The beautifully fairyland tundra zone is the southernmost refuge of the Arctic fox (its natural growth rate has increased through the species reintroduction program), and it is also home to the largest wild reindeer herd in Norway.
A trade and hiking route connects the east and west of Norway, and the main railway and road between Oslo and Bergen pass through here.
In recent years, the number of reindeer has plummeted, from 19,000 in 1998 to about 7,000 now. However, the decline in numbers is part of the result of the resource management project of the park authority, in order to deal with the problem of a sharp increase in the number of reindeer due to the implementation of the hunting ban so far.
In addition to Finse and Geilo, Hardanger National Park can also be accessed from Ryukan and Eidfjord, and there is an excellent national park center in Eidfjord.
# All kinds of wonderful and interesting villages #
From fishing villages and small mountain villages by fjords to mining towns in central Norway, these scattered small settlements have formed the lifeline of Norway for hundreds of years.
“Mining City on the UNESCO World Heritage List”
Røros is a fascinating site included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located in a small valley between low woods and barren moors, it is one of the most beautiful villages in Norway. The Norwegian writer Johan Falkberget described Røros as “a place with low complaints about history.” This historic copper mining town (formerly known as Bergstad, or mountain town) is well preserved: there are colorful wooden houses on the slopes, and there are also charming relics of the town’s mining industry. It feels a bit like the Norwegian version of the Wild West. Røros has become a destination for artists, and they give this enchanting land more fascinating features.
“One of the most beautiful wooden architecture villages on the south coast of Norway”
Don’t miss the picturesque wooden houses and warehouses of Sogndalstrand, which protrude from above the river and date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. It is on the cover of the tourist brochure of the area These houses are well worth a visit. This is a quiet and beautiful place, about 30 kilometers southeast of Egersund, 2.5 kilometers south of Hauge i Dalane, the main town in the region.
# Northern Lights #
Few scenery can be as distracting as the flickering aurora. Although there are various forms-swaying beams of light, bars of light, light, halo-but the light curtain of light floating in the breeze is the most unforgettable. The most common color of the aurora borealis is light green or light rose red, but during periods of extreme activity, it may become yellow or deep red.
In Norway, the best time of the year to see the Northern Lights is from October to March of the following year, but as early as August, you may be able to see them.
# Strange Stave Church #
These bizarre buildings are covered with dark wood planks from the bottom to the high towers, usually with prosperous decorations. Sometimes it implies a certain mysterious creature, sometimes it looks like a pirate ship, with a unique medieval style.
Heddal Stave Church，Notodden
This fairytale church is the largest and most beautiful of the 28 existing stave churches in Norway. Like other churches, it was built around 12 larger and 6 smaller Norwegian pine pillars with spires and 4 carved entrance doors.
Particularly interesting are the beautiful 1668 “rose” painting on the wall, the Nordic inscriptions engraved on the external passage, and a “bishop’s chair”, which was made from an old pillar in the 17th century.
# Practical Information for Traveling in Norway #
Currency: Norwegian Krone (kr)
During the peak season (from mid-June to mid-August), the weather is unpredictable-it may be sunny and warm, or it may be cool and rainy.
Low season (May to mid-June, mid-August to September)
Mild weather and fewer tourists are a good time to travel; except for weekends, accommodation prices are high; during holidays, accommodation needs to be booked.
During the off-season (October to April), the weather is bitterly cold and many attractions are closed; Northern Lights tourism will create a small peak season in the Far North; there are often off-season accommodation discounts.
Norwegian cuisine is superb. Abundant seafood, reindeer meat and other local characteristics, and the development of cooking methods are moving forward, these are undoubtedly highlights. The only problem is that the price is too high, which means that eating a dinner in a restaurant is somewhat luxurious. Therefore, when you finally leave Norway, you may not be impressed by the food, which is really a shame.
One of Norway’s contributions to the international gastronomy is salmon (roasted, laks; or smoked, røykelaks), not to be missed. The quality of salmon here is always top-notch. Marinated salmon (gravat laks) is one of the delicious salmon dishes. Salmon is marinated in sugar, salt, brandy and dill, and then paired with cream sauce.
Potatoes play an important role in almost all Norwegian dishes. Most restaurants basically offer boiled potatoes, baked potatoes or fried potatoes in every dish.