Things to see in Norway
Things to see and do in Norway
Norway is beautiful. Absolutely stunning grand scale landscapes with snowcapped mountains, crystal clear waters, well maintained roads with no traffic and great opportunities to do almost any kind of sport. You are free to pitch a tent almost anywhere, and pretty much everywhere you go you have it all to your self. What more could anyone possibly ask for?
There is just one thing to take note of, it isn't exactly economical to travel around Norway. Anyway Norway's beauty is sure worth every penny, and it's one of my favorite places, but do make sure that you are prepared so you don't blow the budget. The amazing landscapes and fjords such as Sognefjord and Geiranger are absolutely specatular, so if you are thinking of heading up there, here's an introduction accompanied with some photos from my trips.
Where to start - hop on the Oslo ferry
A great way to embark on your Norwegian journey would be to start out in the capital of Oslo. If you are travelling Scandinavia one way of getting to Oslo would be via the Oslo ferry from Copenhagen, Denmark. It's not just a ferry ride but more like a mini cruise, as it's an overnight journey, and there's lots to enjoy on board. It runs daily departing from Copenhagen late afternoon and arrives into Oslo harbour roughly around 9-10am the following day. The most scenic part of the trip is sailing through the Oslo fjord which is beautiful. So it's well worth getting up early and investing in the enormous buffet breakfast, which you can enjoy while sailing through the tranquil setting of the Oslo fjord.
So now if using Oslo as a starting how to get to Sognefjord? A great way to drive is to go via Aurdal - Lom - Laerdal - Sogndalsfjora to the famous Sognefjord. You may detour via Lillehammer (making the journey a lot longer, but also well worth it) and have a look around the Olympic areas.
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The famous Sognefjord
A beautiful day cruising the Sognefjord:
The Sogne fjord is absolutely beautiful and I can highly recommend hopping on one of tour boats, and do a couple of hours of sailing, or doing a longer trip on the bigger cruise ships. The fjord is surely amazing to look at from above, but it gives a different perspective to look up. For trips and cruises you can check out Fjord Cruises and Norway's famous ferry route Hurtigruten .
Geiranger is another famous destination and even though it's a popular tourist spot, it doesn't seem crazy busy at all. In peak season (July - Aug) hotel rooms and huts can be in high demand, so its always a good idea to call ahead. If you are more into camping then yes Norway is the perfect place for it. Just pick a spot and you are free to set up camp almost anywhere. If you'd like something in between then renting a basic hut is a good option, and there's quite a few to choose from all with spectacular views. Most campsites around Geiranger has huts as well, here's the million dollar view from one of them!
Traditional stave churches
When is it best to go?
Guess it depends if you are after skiing or hiking...The summer is short in Norway and even in peak the weather can change rapidly, so you always need to carry warm clothes with you. Nothing is ever guaranteed with Scandinavian summers, but when they do come it truly is amazing. You'll have roughly 20 hours of sunlight during the Norwegian summer months, so there's not much need of a torch! Summer is from June - August and is definitely the best season for camping and hiking. The autumn months of sept - Oct are beautiful too, but it gets a fair bit cooler though. It takes a long time for the snow to melt, so the first few months of spring (March - May) are still very cold with snow on the mountains, so good for skiing. It starts to warm up a litltle in late april making May the most comfortable month to travel in in spring. Winter is cold of course, so if you are going skiing it's the perfect season. Snow from Nov - April. Best months late Jan - March, just try to stay clear of week 7 (February) as most schools in Scandinavia have holidays around that time, so everything costs double, and you definitely won't have it to your self.
Anyway Norway is great place - so get out there and enjoy it!
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