There are several reasons for this post. Firstly, it’s a little photo diary from my recent trip to the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway. Secondly, I’m hoping to tempt some of you internationals to book a trip to the beautiful land that is Norway. And thirdly, it’s to remind me and my fellow Norwegians of all there is to see and do in the homeland. I like the idea of being a tourist in your own country. Whether you’re off travelling to a country far far away or at home there’s always something to experience.
Norway is a country known for its nature and wild life. A little fun fact: the landscape in Frozen was based on Norway. There are many reasons to visit Norway and I’ve listed the main ones I can think of below. I’d love to hear your input, please leave a comment.
All the photos in this post were taken in Lofoten in Northern Norway. I had the pleasure of visiting the Lofoten islands this summer and it was stunning! Lofoten has beautiful hikes, beaches, great fishing and cute little villages. I can easily recommend a trip. Musts include experiencing the view from Reinebringen, going fishing, camping at Bunes beach and visiting the small villages like adorable Henningsvær.
For more snaps of different parts of Norway check out my Instagram @julieghammer.
And find heaps of excellent tourist info over on visitnorway.com.
Here we go, 8 reasons to visit Norway:
1. Fjords, mountains and hikes with stunning views
Norway’s nature is what sets it apart. Norway has a long coast, big mountains, fjords, lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and more. One of the best ways to experience it all is on foot. Wander up a big mountain, take in the views and breathe in the fresh air. There are hiking trails all over Norway. I’d highly recommend Kjeragbolten and Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) which both have a spectacular view of Lysefjorden. These hikes are driving distance from my home city Stavanger.
2. Scandinavian food
There are plenty of treats to fill up on in Norway. You have to try the baked goods. Cinnamon and raisin buns are the bomb! Scandinavian baked goods are quite different to baked goods in other countries. Other highlights include waffles, salmon, Norwegian chocolate, “lefser”, and bread with toppings such as liver pate, brown goats cheese and mackerel in tomato sauce.
3. Snowy winters in the mountains
Pack your ski gear and your warm cozy clothes and head to the Norwegian mountains for a winter getaway. Ski down the slopes, cross country ski, enjoy after ski drinks, hot cocoa by the fireplace, bathe in the snow and warm up in the sauna afterwards.
4. Summer in Southern Norway
Summers in Norway are quite idyllic. There’s no weather guarantee but when the sun comes out happy Norwegians are guaranteed! A big summer must do for me is to visit my family’s place in Arendal, Southern Norway. We go on boat trips, water ski, eat “lefser”, Norwegian strawberries and ice cream, play cards, relax and tan when the weather allows for it. The photos in my Summer Trends post were taken in Arendal.
5. The northern lights and the midnight sun
I’ve actually yet to experience the northern lights, a fact that seems to be quite shocking to most internationals haha. The thing is I’m from the south west and you have to travel quite far north in Norway to see the northern lights. They only appear during winter and even then there’s no guarantee. That being said the northern lights are on my bucket list. Check out this picture – I mean that has to be seen! :)
This summer was the fist time I travelled to Northern Norway, where I got to experience the midnight sun. In Northern Norway it’s light outside 24/7 during summer. At midnight the sun comes down and touches the horizon before it goes back up. Spectacular! The first image in this post is of the midnight sun. It’s quite crazy to think that during winter it’s the opposite, dark outside 24/7. The big variations between seasons and different parts of Norway should be taken into account when planning a trip to Norway.
6. Scandinavian design/fashion
Norway is also a great place for fashion and design lovers. The Scandinavian fashion style is rather simple and relaxed. We will admit that Sweden and Denmark are in the lead when it comes to big fashion and design brands, but there are some really great up and coming labels in Norway. We have a big interest in fashion and you can find an excellent shopping selection in the bigger Norwegian cities. A blog post on Scandinavian brands is coming up in the near future so watch out for that :)
7. Cute cities
Alongside Scandi capitals Stockholm and Copenhagen, Oslo is a great city destination, and one I’d like to explore a lot more myself. Back in Sydney I read an article in an Australian newspaper about the cool up and coming city Oslo. It pointed out Oslo’s winning city and nature combination and that Oslo has some really cool rooftop bars – I don’t know about you but I’m very interested in checking that out! Haha.
There are lots of cute little cities and towns to visit around the country. Find a Trip Advisor rating of the top ten cities in Norway here.
8. Extreme and sports activities
Norway is the perfect place for adventurers and those interested in extreme activities. Go crazy with activities like rock climbing, base jumping and freestyle skiing. On a not as extreme scale (something I’m more likely to do haha) you have rafting, kayaking, kiting, surfing, etc. My brothers are avid surfers and enjoy good conditions at the beaches right outside Stavanger, in Jæren.
You can also seek adventure and extreme conditions in certain parts on Norway. Head to the Norwegian artic island Svalbard, where there are more polar bears than there are people! But just to clarify there are no polar bears on the Norwegian main land… haha.
And there you have it, 8 reasons to book a trip to Norway! See you soon! Xx