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Explore Norway – useful tips and a guide

Norway is known for its thousands of small and large fjords and is considered one of the world’s most beautiful places with its ice age natural wonders which are not severely impacted by humans and still preserve the wild beauty. There are many ways to discover Norway, and here is one through my experience in Norway.  I have some good advice for those who are planning a summer holiday or winter adventure in Norway. 

After numerous visits to Norway, I’ve learned a thing or two about traveling in Norway. I think winter is when Norway is at its best, but it can also be a bit tricky time for travel if you’re not adequately prepared. Summer traveling needs preparations as well because in Norway you can have all the seasons all year round.  

First of all, you should look at the route map to decide what places in Norway you are going to visit. A priority list would be helpful.

Then, you have to decide if you like staying in a hotel or a cabin?   Think about your budget and determine what else you will spend money on. After a few days in a cabin, it may be good to book a hotel room for the next stay and then rent a private room to save some extra money for a good restaurant.

You also need to think about how you will get around and get to your planned destinations. What type of transport will you use? If you are going to ride public transport, you will want to minimize your luggage. If you are hiring a car, you are not restricted by the bags.

The important part is your clothes. Even it is July you will need a wool base layer, a hat,  summer down jacket and warm socks as well as the swimwear and summer clothes.  

Fascinating country – my impressions of Norway

 Breathtaking, adventurous, rugged, inspiring, photogenic,  …these are the words I describe Norway. I found Norway as the land of fjords, the Northern Lights, Vikings, trolls, scenic drives, and fantastic hiking. You can come here for admiring the fjords, exploring the cities, hiking or enjoying the Arctic Circle – Norway will not disappoint you.

On the other hand, you shouldn’t forget that Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world. Accommodations, Food, and fuel are very pricey here. A cheeseburger can cost USD 20 and a beer USD 12. Norway is not for budget traveling, but there are ways to save money. Shop at supermarkets and bakeries rather than dining at restaurants. Good standard hotels at reasonable prices can be found as well.  Rental car prices are average, and we took a few that were very economical. I believe you get what you pay for. The food may be expensive, but the views you will see are priceless.

You can see the tours and learn more about Norway here – https://nordicsaga.com/norway-escorted-tours

 Best Time To Go to Norway

For outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, the best time is summer.  Summer is brief in Norway, though. Real summer is in June through August. The summer season is also known for tourist crowds at most of the popular places. I think that Norway is the best in winter. If you want to see the Northern Lights, enjoy white landscapes and feel real winter, visit Norway between November and March.

My recommendations for visiting attractions. Travel Tips

 Here is the list of my top Experiences in Norway:

Trolltunga. This could be the most epic hike of your life. Getting on a narrow outcropping of rock, with the dramatic scenery of Norway will be a huge reward.

Kjeragbolten. Kjeragbolten is a large boulder between two cliffs. If you don’t dare to step on it, the hike to get there full with breathtaking scenery will be fantastic. 

Geirangerfjord. It is one of the most beautiful fjords in Norway. It can be viewed from land, cruise ship, ferry, or kayak. 

Trollstigen or the Troll’s Footpath is a dramatic road and is one of Norway’s most visited sites. The road provides dramatic views and is considered one of Europe’s “most dangerous roads,” but we decided it was safe enough and interesting.  

Bergen. Bergen is worth a visit for its beautiful   Hanseatic houses that dominate the harbor, fish caught fresh from the ocean, and breathtaking views from the famous funicular. 

Pulpit Rock is the most popular hiking destination in Norway. As it is easily accessible from Stavanger large crowds of people during the summer months should be expected. 

Lofoten Islands one of Norway’s most beautiful and off the beaten track are known for its quaint fishing villages and surfing. 

Ålesund, a coastal town is one of the prettiest in Norway. We enjoyed it very much and especially a short uphill climb to a viewpoint over the city. 

Tromso is the northernmost city in the world. It is one of the best places to catch the Northern Lights dancing in the sky there. 

My last advice when planning a trip to Norway is to think through what you want to see, do and experience in advance, so you don’t have to make decisions on the night before you leave or when you arrive in Oslo.

Whatever plans and expectations you have for Norway, the country is waiting for you – have a good trip!

 

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