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Norway is often referred to as one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Small colorful fishing villages sprinkled along the coast, the cold Arctic with polar bears and whales, deep fjords, bluish glaciers for hikers, steep mountains for skiers, crisp air, the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun. In this long, skinny country there are many famous tours and hikes waiting for you. But there are still far more roads less traveled.
The outdoors is a big part of Norwegian culture and adventure tourism is big. The winters are long and stable, something that attracts ski enthusiasts from all over the world. This is the birthplace of skiing and for skiers. For downhill skiers it doesn´t get much better than the Lyngen, Romsdal and Sunnmøre Alps, the Sunndal fjord or Jotunheimen. You can even ski during summer. But you don´t have to put on skis to get close to nature. Try a whale safari, dog sledding, kayaking, arctic fishing or a Northern Lights hunt if you´re up north.
When winter comes to Norway it means little daylight. But that does not mean it´s pitch-black. The blue twilight colors the snow, the northern light dances in the sky and the moonlight is reflected in the white landscape. There is nothing dark or depressing about visiting this nordic country during those cold winter months. Not even as far north as Svalbard, the northermost civilization in the world and the only place in Scandinavia where you can see the polar bear.
If you´re still up north during summer, you´ll witness the Midnight Sun. It´s an amazing feeling going fishing or taking a swim when it´s light as day, only to notice that it 2 in the morning. The challenge is to go to bed as it can feel unnatural to close the curtains while the sun is still up.
At Unstad beach in Lofoten, you can go for a midnight surf in the summer. How cool is that? Being called one of the best surf spots in Europe, it attracts mostly experienced surfers during winter. But the area has surf spots for any skill level.
Svolvær in Lofoten is just as beautiful in real life as on the postcards you´ve probably seen. Staying in a fisherman´s cabin, going fishing with the locals, enjoying your freshly caught cod on a pier with the seagulls call in the background, well, it´s something else.
But citylife in Norway is also exciting. Oslo, the capital, is crowded with Viking museums, galleries, vintage shops, great bars and high-end restaurants. Bergen is one of the most charming cities in Scandinavia. Surrounded by hills and fjords, full of colorful houses and with an interesting history. And lovely, arctic Tromsø - an excellent starting point for whale watching, skiing and chasing the Aurora Borealis. Other honorable mentions are Stavanger, Trondheim and the picturesque Art Noveau-city of Ålesund.
Norway is fun, safe and a bit expensive - but with the happiest people in the world. It is freakin´ awesome.