10 Norway’s coolest matters

Norway will never be impressed. For example, in the Winter Olympics of this year: all other countries with 39 medals were outperformed by Norway. Then we have the Scandinavian quality of life, which fills our most foreign friends with the Insta feeds, (biking to work, enviable home decor, 25 holiday days a year). This year, it is at the top of our seals and 10 fun stuff we expect to do on arrival.


1. Go to the Lofoten Archipelago on a safari midnight sun


In the remote Lofoten Archipelago, right above the Arctic Circle, Rolf Marines, owner, and captain of the tour operator Lofoten Opplevelser, has spent his life. Tagging one of the RIB boat tours that are infused with excitement, navigate through the waters of the rocky islands with sea addicts, is an all-embracing experience. In the summer months, the journey ends with a ride out into the open sea to see the sun shaking near the horizon at midnight.


2. Travel on the Atlantic Route


There are day trips and there is a road trip to Norway, where the roads are works of engineering and there is an excellent view of the fjord and mountains. The Atlantic Path, a duty-free national route that stretches between Bud and Kristiansund, is one of the country’s most scenic roads and is regarded as the ‘Norwegian Built of the Century.’ This road links the mainland to a series of gemstone-like islands and islets across eight modern bridges and every bend, with classic Vikings.


3. Sea to the Festival of Trauma


You will have the confidence to enter the beautiful Traena islands off the coast of Nord Norway during a coastal sailing experience with Seil Norge. Here, every July one of the most remote festivals of summer music in the world is held. The Trauma Festival is the historical starting point of Viking raids, where musicians perform on an island archipelago at grottoes with great acoustics. Summer midnight sun, of course, shines all about 24 hours a day. Festival-goers are setting up camp on Norwegian Sea sight.


4. Stay at the Manshausen Island sea shelter


Get a fast boat ride from the north coast of North Norway, where you might stay in futuristic cabins along a rocky jetty, on the island of Manshausen. The interior cabin is studied with minimalist Scandinavian design, with floor-to-ceiling windows, that allow views of the coast and the northern lights in the winter. In the summer the pleasurable local pastimes are crabbing, climbing, and swimming.


5. Address the Kjeragbolten Walk


The Kjeragbolten Walk, not far from Stavanger, is a rare experience for the Norwegian and lies in the stunning Lysefjord. A boulder between two mountains (the only isolation of walkers from a straight descent into the fjord) is situated about 3.500 feet above sea level, and the daredevils are invited to step out in Instagram’s final moment. Wouldn’t they lose it? No worry: there are several other scenic moments to go around the journey for around seven hours. The region is often recognized by simple jumpers so that you might also see someone diving.


6. Snorkeling with orcas


Norway is the only country in the world where snorkeling with orcas can legally be performed. This whale cruise along the Norwegian northern coast, near Tromsø, from November to early February, takes place every winter and feasts immigration herring from Andenes village southward. The operators such as Lofoten Opplevelser will suit you with a dry suit, a RIB boat, and feeding orcas into the water for a view of the underwater just like no other. Keep your eyes out for bumps or fin whales that are often present at the festival.


7. Go reindeer to the northern lights


The Northern Light will be visible in the darkened night sky as early as the autumn hits northernmost Norway. Plan your visit during the dead winter, when snow is covering the plains around Tromsø, for something even more remarkable. You will go into the frozen Wonderland in a reindeer-drawn sleigh during an experiment with Tromsø Arctic Renin to try to locate the aurora.


8. Dine at Galt


Nordic cuisine, always with fresh and exotic universal ingredients and an elegant, minimalistic presentation, is in the global culinary spotlight. Just 5 months after opening in Oslo’s Frogner district, Galt was awarded a Michelin star to the last tastemakers of the region. Traditional Nordic food here is gourmet, with the local cheese, beer, and seafood all featured on the 6-course menu, influenced by rustic cuisine (Galt means “crazy” in Norway).


9. Stay at The Thief


Oslo city center is the next resting-place thanks to the Thief Hotel five-star on Tjuvholmen Island, in which robbers and drunks once laughed at. This fashionable sleep strikes the ideal balance between modern and comfortable Nordic sleeping accommodations, fine designer furniture, and warm touches, such as Røros’ wooden lining on top of the more beds facing Oslofjord. But you don’t get too comfortable: a tour is worth Tjuvholmen, the most impressive of which is the Astrup Fearnley Museet, a pattern of channels lined with new apartments, restaurants, and galleries.


10. Close Nordenskiöld Lodge, Svalbard Sleeping and Sauna


Norway’s wind-swept water and wind-shaped landscapes, but Svalbard – the arctic archipelago with a greater number of polar bears than the citizens at the top of the world – is as wild as it is. Take summer excursions to the Nordenskiöld Lodge with the Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen, a remote hut on the outskirts of the same name glacier. Following a day of scoping crevasses and scouting for polar bears, bundle up in the sauna and take the compulsory Norwegian dive into the freezing cold sea at the door of the shelter, if you’re into it.

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Roberta Schira