We have been to the North a few times now and, clearly, it is our favourite part of Norway. Pure and rough nature, exciting activities and the special light in both summer and winter makes it a just fascinating place. And not to forget Svalbard, the unique island half-way to the North Pole, where there are more polar bears than people.
Norways is best known for its beautiful fjords in the Western part, starting in the North Sea and reaching partly hundreds of kilometer into the land. In addition, the whole region is packed with world heritage sites, spectacular hikes, century old stave churches, picturesque cities and so much more.
Travelling the south, you can marvel at the beautiful rugged coast line, with one small village after the other, most with typical red and white wooden houses. Or you travel in style in historic boats through water channels. Reaching the stormy southern tip, at Cape Lindesnes, the nature changes suddenly, gets rougher. A windy coastal road find its way then up to the Northwest, to the white beaches south of Stavanger.
Oslo combines the advantages of a dynamic state capital with a wealth of cultural offers, parks, well known landmarks and good nightlife, without suffering the disadvantages of a really big city with just under 1 mio inhabitants.
The East of Norway includes not just the regions closer to the Swedish border including the mining town of Røros, but also the mountainous areas of Jotunheimen, Dovrefjell, Rondane and Hardangervidda, including the famously shaped mountain of Gaustatoppen. Plus lots of hiking possibilities, impressive glaciers, skiing and more.
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traditions you will find
Only in Norway
We are two Germans living in Oslo since 2011. When we moved here, we had a list of places to visit and things to do in Norway because we didn't know how long we would stay. Over the years, the list kept growing despite us being pretty busy with travelling. One day, we decided to scrap the list, stay here for good and continue to explore norway.