The Midnight Sun - and the day never ends...
It’s tempting to wonder about all the sights and experiences that have been made under the midnight sun through the ages – by people living off the sea at the Lofoten and Vesterålen archipelagos, or the Sami reindeer herders of the far north.
The earth is rotating at a tilted axis relative to the sun, and during the summer months the North Pole is angled towards our star. That’s why, for several weeks, the sun never sets above the Arctic Circle.
In Norway, you can live these moments yourself: Doing a whale safari, or exploring the wilderness inland, takes on a new dimension at night in the summer months, when you literally get to see the nature and wildlife in a different light.
If you’re not afraid of the sometimes chilly summer nights in the north, you could try a midnight swim – or you can pitch your tent in the wild and stay up while the sun doesn’t go down. Many sights and activities are open at night during these weeks, so you can do midnight golfing, cycling, river paddling or sea kayaking, or maybe just find a quiet spot to fish.
Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords.
It’s nearly impossible to envisage the scope of Norway's fjords. Many of us have seen photos of the country’s most famous fjords—the Geirangerfjord, Sognefjord, and Hardangerfjord—but even the best images can’t do justice to their grand scale. The bodies of water are immense, the walls tall and sheer, with snowmelt and rain tumbling downward in a continuous cycle of replenishment. These truly are some of the world’s great natural treasures.
Oslo, the capital, is a city of green spaces and museums, a collection of open-air historic buildings. Preserved 10th-century Viking ships are displayed at the Vikingskipshuset.
Norway is also known for fishing, hiking and skiing – notably at Lillehammer’s Olympic resort.
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Norway Fjords - You have to be here to believe it
The stunning landscapes of Fjord Norway were created by a succession of ice ages and hasn’t changed much since. Here, the seals and eagles reign, and the whales and fish patrol the deep fjords.
In Western Norway you’ll find everything from desolate skerries to some of Norway’s largest cities. A short drive is all it takes to go from urban life to quiet countryside or prime wilderness.
The fjords resemble still blue lakes, but consist of saltwater - they are prolonged arms of the seas, often reaching deep inland with majestic cliffs towering above on both sides. Dancing down the almost vertical mountainsides are beautiful, sometimes massive waterfalls from the glaciers high above you.
Even though the fjords are often intertwined and you can sail from one fjord on to another or back into the sea, visiting the fjords can make you feel like you are in a secluded universe.
The Bergen Railway
Ranked as one of the greatest train journeys in the world.
The Bergen Railway is one of the world's most scenic train journeys, and connects Norway's two largest cities: Oslo and Bergen. The train ride takes about seven hours and passes spectacular scenery of forests, farmland, waterfalls, mountains and villages.
The train departs from Oslo S (Oslo Central) station (below) in a long tunnel under the city, emerging to offer views over the Dramsfjord and its islands. Skirting the large lake of Tyrifjorden, it arrives at the junction of Hønefoss and the start of the Bergen line.
The farms among the hills thin out before a tunnel that brings the railway on to a shelf of rock high above Lake Krøderen, followed after Flåm by a dramatic stretch above the forested Hallingdalselva River. Past Ål, the frequent river crossings are marked by a metallic roar as the train crosses a bridge in its climb through the beautiful Hallingdal Valley towards Norway’s best-known winter sports centre, Geilo, boasting 39 downhill slopes and nearly 350 miles of cross-country trails.
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Flamsbana - The Most Beautiful Train Journeys in the World
Flamsbana-The Flam Railway, is a spectacular train journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature in the Norwegian fjord landscape.
The train journey runs through fantastic nature, steep mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, through 20 tunnels and offers so many viewpoints that many feel like travelling multiple times between the mountain and the fjord. In the span of a single hour, the train takes you from the ocean level at the Sognefjord in Flam, to the mountaintop at Myrdal mountain station on Hardangervidda, 867 meters over the ocean.
Myrdal is also a station on the Bergen railway, which means that Flamsbana corresponds with the trains on the Oslo - Bergen line.
National Geographic Traveler Magazine has named the Flam Railway as one of the top 10 train journeys in Europe and Lonely Planet named it the best train journey in the world in 2014.