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Stepping Into the Magic of Norway

Updated on September 1, 2018

Land of the vikings. Land of the fjords.

Straight out of the movie Frozen, Norway showcases dramatic fjords, glimmering glaciers and cerulean lakes. Decades of history are preserved through countless museums and ancient ruins.

Standing in a path surrounded by fjords, trees and mist.
Standing in a path surrounded by fjords, trees and mist.
A viking figurehead at the Bergen Maritime Museum.
A viking figurehead at the Bergen Maritime Museum.
Towering fjords cast shadows over a silvery river.
Towering fjords cast shadows over a silvery river.

Unique flavors of Norway

Known for some of the best salmon in the world, Norway has a plethora of fresh seafood caught daily. Smoked salmon and herring are typically eaten for breakfast. King crab is another popular dish served in many restaurants. But what is truly unique to Norway? Three things: brown cheese, reindeer sausage and whale.

BROWN CHEESE This cheese is a hard cheese. True to its name, it is brown and has a caramel flavor. Water from goat milk whey is boiled down, thus caramelizing the sugars.

REINDEER SAUSAGE/ STEW As simple as it sounds. Think of sausage but with reindeer, not pork.

WHALE Not all whales are endangered. The minke whale is hunted by Norwegians and sold in thriving fish markets. People have it as a steak, smoked or in sushi.

Bergen fish markets

Bergen is a fun city. It is also a seafood lovers dream. Fish markets offer mountains of flounder, flatfish, haddock, cod, eel, mackerel and arctic char. Crustaceans such as Norwegian lobster and brown crab are brought in by the pound. To check out this impressive display try these fish markets:

1. Fish Me Fish market

2. Fjellskal


Tubes of reindeer sausage stacked against moose sausage.
Tubes of reindeer sausage stacked against moose sausage.
Just some of the offerings at a local fish market in Bergen.
Just some of the offerings at a local fish market in Bergen.
A seafood platter filled with Norwegian lobster, prawns and oysters.
A seafood platter filled with Norwegian lobster, prawns and oysters.

Crampons on and ice picks at the ready

Bergen is a launching pad for glacier climbing. From the city, people take two buses and a ferry to reach the FONNA Glacier Ski Resort. Helmets, hiking boots, crampons and other gear is supplied for those who need it.

View from the Jostedal glacier.
View from the Jostedal glacier.
Putting on crampons as we prepare to step out onto the glacier.
Putting on crampons as we prepare to step out onto the glacier.
Ice crystals sparkle against shifting clouds and refracting sunlight.
Ice crystals sparkle against shifting clouds and refracting sunlight.

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      Adelia Maghribia 

      2 years ago from Morocco

      Norway is such an amazing place to take photos. So glad you liked the article!

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      Great photos.

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      Saswati 

      2 years ago from India

      Some amazing snaps!!!

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