If you want to visit the Nordics to see some fascinating scenery, embark on some great active days out and walk among UNESCO Sites – you have to go to Norway. Less than a 2 hour flight from Ireland, this country is easy to get to and a very popular destination all year round. The Norway fjords are one of the most popular attractions in the country, as there so many to explore.
Holidays to Norway are trips that you will always remember, because they are just so different from what we have here in the Ireland. From the landscape to the people and from the climate to the wildlife – it truly is an adventure to hop across to Norway. In winter, you can enjoy a winter wonderland setting and you can also see the world famous Northern Lights there in the darker months, which is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. In the summer, enjoy 24 hours of sunlight during the period that they call ‘Midnight Sun’. You can also go hiking across mountains, kayaking through the Norway fjords and explore the vast amount of woodlands. Here are the magic spots in Norway on my bucket list.
The Norway fjords are extraordinary works of nature and there are just over 1,000 of them, dotted around the coastline. If you would like to see one of two of the fjords on the UNESCO World Heritage List, you have to see Geirangerfjord. This stunning site has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country and you can explore it in so many different ways.
You can go on an interesting fjord cruise and learn all about these fascinating creations, which is the most popular way of seeing them. There are plenty of operators to choose from, who take keen visitors out to see the beautiful inlets, the dramatic landscape and colourful nature. Alternatively you can book a kayaking trip to go and see the three famous waterfalls, the Seven Sisters, the Suitor and the Bridal Veil.
Many countries in the Northern Hemisphere experience this insane act of nature in summer such as Canada, Russia, Greenland, Alaska and Finland. However, it is Norway that is known as the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ and it is a magical place to be in the summer months. This means that for a certain period, you can see at least some of the sun for 24 hours of the day.
If you are going to visit Norway during the Midnight Sun, you have to take advantage of this unusual occurance. One popular activity is going kayaking around the islands, between the Norway fjords or just inside the bay of a fishing village. People say that this is the closest you can get to sailing across gold, as the light of the sun turns the waters the most majestic shades of gold and yellow.
The Magical Northern Lights
This is one of the most popular attractions of the country, with many people from all over the world booking their winter break in Norway to see the phonemonem. The best time of year to go on Northern Lights holidays is in the winter months, as this part of the world has plenty of night time to spot the Aurora. If you are serious about chasing the Aurora, you must be patient and give a least a couple of days to see the night sky reveal its magic. Setting yourself up on one of the mountains or islands in the north of the country is your best bet to see them.
The Lofoten Islands
When you visit Norway, you have to experience the northern coast and all of it’s beautiful areas. The Lofoten Islands are known for their diverse landscape, unique features and plenty of choice for activities. This part of Norway has been praised by Lonely Planet for being staggeringly beautiful, and anyone who visits would agree. The Fredvang Bridges are a beautiful thing to see and to photograph when visiting the Lofoten Islands.
These bridges were built in 1988 to connect the islands of the archipelago together. These particular ones connect Moskenesoya Island with Flakstadoya Island, which is perfect for taking a scenic walk to look out over the islands and reach quaint fishing villages along the way. One of the best places to stay in this area is Reine, which is particularly beautiful in winter as the snow creates the most beautiful and picturesque view.
Sognefjord is the most famous and largest of the Norway fjords. This breathtaking scene is located in the west of Norway and is a total of 205 km. This makes it the second biggest fjord in the whole world, coming after Scoresby Sund in Greenland which is 350 km. A popular way to see this amazing site, is to start off in the trendy city of Bergen and find the tour for you.
Many operators do round trips that take you across the seas and along the coast to marvel at the beauty. This is not something that you can miss on holidays to Norway, it is a fantastic experience! You know it must be good if it has been titled as “the world’s most iconic destination” by National Geographic Traveler! Not to mention that The Nærøyfjord arm of the Sognefjord is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The centre is bustling with locals, tourists and a plenty of things to do by both day and night. In Svolvaer you can also see one of the Norway fjords, which many people say is among the top options, when it comes to best value for money for any of the fjord cruises. Trollfjord is another great attraction to see that provides spectacular views of the coast, like its other fellow fjords.
But another great nature spot to see is the Tjeldbergtind, which is a summit that overlooks the beautiful area and all of the islands. Families love this one because it is quite easy to hike for people of any age, and you still get a rewarding and magnificent view at the top.