For many travelers Norway is literally a paradise on the earth. This country is full of breathtaking natural beauty, and you can meet surprisingly quite few people for such a large area. Vast mountains, beautiful valleys, fjords that cut deep into the mainland, waterfalls and lakes, glaciers (including the largest one in Europe) and other attractions are the natural treasures of Norway. For example you should visit Jotunheimen Park, Rondane Park, or Hardangervidda high plateau. Most of the area is protected – Norway has 37 national parks.
Living standards in Norway are high, local residents are in general open-minded and hospitable. Most of the population speaks English, and therefore communication with the locals should not be a problem. People usually travel to Norway for fishing, which is possible during the whole year. You can fish either on your own, or with a help of local guided tours. Norway also offers good conditions for many different kinds of sports.
Even though Norway is located in the Arctic Circle, the climate is positively affected by the Gulf Stream, which makes the climate slightly oceanfront. Summer is cold, the average temperature in July is 17 ° C – but it may also reach 30 ° C. From May to July, there is an “eternal day”, when the sun never sets. These long summer days turn into a deep “winter night” for a few weeks, culminating at Christmas.
Among favorite dishes are various types of meat (not excluding elk or reindeer meat), served mostly with potatoes and steamed vegetables. However traditional meal is considered to be fish prepared in various ways. Lofoten islands are famous for their special “lutefisk” – dried codfish soaked in brine and then cooked.
The Lofoten archipelago is one of the most popular places in Norway, regarded by the National Geographic as the third most attractive island in the world. Many tourists come here every year for fishing or watching whales. There is the Viking museum, which exhibits Viking ships and everyday activities of the Viking population.
The city’s history dates back to the era of the Vikings, although in this area were found also settlements that were built 7000 years ago. In Oslo, there you will find all kinds of museums that are worth visiting, at least some of them. In addition to the Ski Museum and the Henrik Ibsen Museum, there is the Nobel Peace Center or various museums on the Bygdoy peninsula.
The second largest city in Norway, Bergen, is located off the coast in the county of Hordaland. The oldest part of the city is Bryggen, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Old wooden houses from the 18th century bring the city an atmosphere of the Middle Ages, today this part of the city is a center for artists and renowned restaurant areas.
With the length of 206 km Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Norway. Tourists are attracted to come here by beautiful untouched nature and one of the most stunning sceneries in the world. The furthest tip of the fjord is a very popular fishing destination; salmons living in the Årøyelva river are reaching truly impressive proportions.