08 Mar Five Unforgettable Things to Do in Norway
Norway is a scenic Scandinavian country with a small population of around 5 million people. Not only does Norway have the lowest crime rate in the world, it has been voted the best country to live in.
From sea to sky, this incredible country boasts natural wonders and historical attractions that blend for an unforgettable journey. You can find guided and self-drive tour options at norwaytours.no. Here are just a few of the things you must see and do while in one of the best countries on planet Earth:
Drive the Atlantic Ocean Road
The Atlantic Ocean Road along the northern coast looks more like a video game racetrack than an actual highway. It was originally designed to be a railway, but the plans never came to fruition. Now, this motor vehicle route spans over an archipelago with causeways, loops, and hills connecting the individual island.
If you are afraid of water or prone to car sickness, you may want to sit this one out or look into anxiety and nausea prevention. You should also avoid these spans if the weather is particularly tumultuous.
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
A few places in the world are home to ice hotels, but none are as far north as the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Norway. Located in a remote, northern area, the Sorrisniva boasts an ice bar and restaurant, and thirty rooms for you to choose from.
Warm furs and sleeping bags are in the rooms to help you stay nice and toasty, though the hotel management recommends bringing thermal gear to wear to bed. If that doesn’t work, pop down to the sauna to relax and warm your weary bones.
Cruise the Osterfjord
The Osterfjord is near the west coast of Norway. As you cruise down the fjord, you’ll see waterfalls, mountains, settlements, and more. This is a great way to see the country from a different perspective while kicking your feet up and letting someone else do the work.
Depending on your cruise route, you should try to get to Bergen— the second largest city in Norway. Bergen has beautiful colored buildings lining the waterfront giving it the air of a small fishing village. Surrounded by mountains, this historic shipping hotspot is the perfect place to find accommodation before venturing out into the wild.
Hike to Trolltunga
Trolltunga translates with almost perfect phonetics into “troll’s tongue”. This rock juts horizontally out of the side of a mountain, over 2,300 feet of open air. The hike itself takes 8-10 hours on foot, though there are usually other travel options to get you there.
A word of caution to both experienced and inexperienced hikers: there are no safety rails surrounding the trail or Trolltunga itself. Please exercise extreme caution during your travels, and be mindful of others who stray too close to the edge. The edge of Trolltunga is not the place to take a selfie, no matter how good of an Instagram shot it would be.
Nigardsbreen Ice Cave
While you may be ready for warmer climates by the end of your trip, try and cope with the cold long enough to see the Nigardsbreen Ice Cave. This ethereal grotto was created by rising global temperatures and is located in the Jostedal Glacier National Park.
The cave itself is up to 24 feet from floor to ceiling in some spots and spans over about 150 square feet inside. Due to the thickness of the glacial ice and the light diffusion, the cave has an enchanting blue glow. The cave is constantly changing and will someday melt away completely, so get there while you can. However, don’t go without a guide to determine whether or not entry is safe.
This is just a small sample of what makes Norway the best country in the world. If you want to know what else it has to offer, you’ll have to see for yourself during your trip.