Norway is a great place to travel to, it’s an indescribable beauty that is rarely seen. It’s making contact – with nature.
It’s not unusual to see the guests aboard a ship walk out on deck in the middle of a cold winter night; to catch a glimpse of how the sea brushes upon the fjords.
This ranks as one of natures most interesting experience – especially when it’s 12:00 a.m. and the sun is shinning as bright as it does on any afternoon.
Unlike many countries, this is one of the things that makes Norway a great winter getaway.
In the late 19th century the coast line from Bergen to Kirkenes was a busy route for all sort of ships.
Norway is a great place to take a cruise. A popular route is Bergen to Kirkenes.
In the last few centuries the North Pole has became synonymous with Santa Claus, reindeers, vikings, trolls, salmon and cod fish.
Norway is famous for it’s different types of excursions:
There are ski expeditions, dog sledding, kayaking, birdwatching, snowmobile trips, sea eagle safari, mountain hikes, whale watching, sailing to Geiranger fjord, and naturally fishing in Lofoten – a great place to catch cod.
As you approach the coasts of Norway you might see penguins – they are very communicative – lots of noise in their area.
You may also see Polar bears – they are the opposite – no noise in their area- loners, quiet types – serious – very family oriented. You can see that in the interaction they have with their youngs.
Walrus – on the other hand are very observant – as you approach them – you get the feeling – that they are the ones doing the sight seeing. Besides that – they have great teeth. One glance and you find yourself smiling at them.
Reindeers are and always have been magestic animals – they are a large part of the Norwegian culture. Up north it’s not unusual to see reindeers running thru the mountains in all colors. The white ones – are the most unusual and – photographed ones.
Visiting a Sami Camp in Honningsvag, Norway, (The North Cape) is a great way to learn about them.
Norway is one of those countries you just want to visit in the winter, summer, spring and fall.
Each season in Norway is an indescribable experience. From skiing to sailing.
Seeing the fjords covered in snow as you ski – it’s an incredible experience; then seeing them completely green – as you fish or sail is awesome.
This type of experience can only be matched by seeing the fjords in transition (spring and fall).
Then when is it best to visit Norway? I’ll let you figure that one out.
Below are some must see places while your there:
Bergen was founded in 1070 AD, was the capital of Norway. It’s a colorful city that has retained the history of Norway.
Enjoy a trip on the Floibannen Funicular during your visit to Bergen and see all of Bergen.
This exciting trip up to the mountain is a magnificent experience in itself. Mount Fløyen, it’s approximately 320 metres above sea level.
From above you can enjoy the cityscape, the seaward, and the fjords surrounding Bergen.
The arctic circle marks the border to the Arctic region. During the summer months they have 24 hour sunlight.
This is what is referred to as the midnight sun.
The charm of the Lofoten islands are the small fishing villages with granite cliffs and white sand beaches.
You will find lots of fish racks and traditional fishermens huts.
Great place to try a fish cake.
The Northern Cape
The Northern Cape is the northern most point of the planet. A popular place for the snowmobile tours. There you will see the Sami people grazing reindeers.
Near the top, there is a exciting nature reserve called Gjesvaer Tappan. Great place for bird watching.
The Seven Sisters
When in Norway crossing the Arctic Circle on a ship is an important part of the experience.
Most tours celebrate it by asking all the passengers to meet on deck and there ritual begins. Here’s a tip: wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet during the ceremony.
Along the way you will pass the Seven Sisters.
The seven sisters are beautiful mountains that have influenced social myths, according to some Norwegian folk tales – trolls are turned to stone if they do not hide before the sun rises.
This was the case with the seven sisters – at least they are still beautiful. See for yourself.
Oslo is the capital of Norway, the winter capital of the world. A multicultural city with modern architecture, a sculpture park named Vigeland, a Royal Palace, a Nobel Peace Center, Museums, and home to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump.
Clearly there is so much to do and see in Norway – below is a video that Expedia put together it features some of the most amazing places in Oslo.
Have a safe trip. Let me know all about it…