Yes the Northern Lights are beautiful. There is not a scintilla of doubt about that. But Norway is really not just about them, but much more, in fact so much more! The beauty of Norway is held together by both the earth and the sky. Here is why so –
Here is a cluster of islands, forming an archipelago distinctly, to create a postcard-like vista for your eyes to behold. This is the Lofoten islands. These are situated in the northern part of the country. The islands have quaint villages that line the rugged-looking coast of the waters. Around these hamlets you will find peaks of mountains that have chosen to rise up from the ocean itself, making a dramatic effect on the mind of the onlooker.
In Norway what one will find without putting in an effort are the fjords. But the groups of the same that are rampant in the western side of the country are the most magnificent, hence don’t miss these! They are largely narrow, and they begin from Stavanger to Molde. So you know where to go. The fjords are surrounded by mountains that are precisely steep. Do not miss Geirangerfjord and Naeroyfjord – these are the most incredible ones!
This is located in the southwest part of the country. Here you will find endless stretches of sandy beaches. You can let your hair down here – take rest by the waters, let the playful waves rest your senses, take a sunbath if you will. This is a great spot for summer holidays. The harbor in Stavanger is a destination for cruises too, who come here en route other places to see the fjords in and around Norway. This is also a cultural hub. The Rogaland Kunstmuseum houses specimens exhibiting art and culture of Norway; Stavanger Cathedral keeps alive the historical nuances of the time it belongs – the medieval days. If you want to know more about their history, go to Gamle Stavanger as it will take you back in time, as back as the 18th century Scandinavian world.
Another source for you to draw out historical anecdotes of the erstwhile Scandinavian world is Bergen. It was the most flourishing port during the middle ages. There is a 15th century waterfront that till date works as a port as well as a tourist hotspot. It becomes more picturesque as several fjords rise up to enclose the city. This place is also known as the Gateway to the Fjords.
With a very small civilization comprising of around just 3000 people, here is another archipelago called Svalbard. It enjoys a strategic position as it lies amongst the Arctic Ocean, Greenland Sea, Barrents Sea, and the Norwegian Sea. The settlements are largely lying in the regions of Longyearbyen and Barentsburg. One of the difficult terrain due to the chilly climate, visitors although can come here to experience this very stark and absolute Arctic climate. Polar bears, polar foxes, caribou, walruses, seals, reindeer, and whales abound here, amidst the surrounding glaciers.
Norway due to its extreme cold climate has been blessed with some very extraordinary natural conditions. They can be baffling.
So now you know that even though the Northern Lights are incredible, they are not the only things to see in Norway. Prepare your itinerary for the Norway trip and plan to see much more. When are you booking the flight?
Author : Satarupa Hajra