Off the Beaten Path: Norway’s Hidden Tourist Gems

Due to its unusual landscape and snow-capped mountains, Norway is a magnet for adventure seekers and extreme sports enthusiasts. Moreover, Mother Nature took her time carving mesmerizing fjords, building impressive rocky platforms, and adorning the sky with light shows that leave you in awe of her greatness.

So, if you want to feel inspired and in touch with divinity (Norway used to be the home of the mighty Vikings), this is the place to go. Not to mention you’ll find a ton of unusual places to keep you busy!

Interested yet? If so, let’s have a look at the top 3 unusual attractions that keep tourists flocking north.

The Northern Lights

Northern lights, Strynefjellet, Norway

Northern lights, Strynefjellet, Norway

While this phenomenon is not specific to Norway (it can happen anywhere on the globe), the Northern Lights are more likely to show up during the Norwegian winter months (from October to late March) when the nights are longer.

You’ll have to do a bit of aurora hunting (the lights are also known as the aurora borealis), but the thrill of the seek cannot compare to the experience of actually witnessing this show. Moreover, not many people can say they saw the lights in person, so you’ll be part of a rather exclusivist club.

Interesting Hiking Places

Did you know Norway has 47 national parks? And did you know you can organize hiking trips in most of them?

Most importantly, did you know you can take an amazing hiking trip with your friends and stream your adventure live? Most national parks are within range of cellular coverage, so it’s easy to stay connected. Even more, if you need a break, you can always enjoy some content or even play a game of live blackjack if you like gambling.

A hike in any of Norway’s national parks will help you make memories to last a lifetime! From amazing waterfalls to glaciers, from reindeer to wolves, and from vaping to ziplining, the adventure will definitely be worth the trip.

Out of all the available parks, you must pay a visit to these three:

Jostedalsbreen National Park

Jostedalsbreen National Park

Jostedalsbreen National Park, where you’ll find the largest glacier in continental Europe
Blåfjella-Skjækerfjella National Park, a paradise for hikers due to the multitude of hiking trails and lots of wild reindeer

  • Jotunheimen National Park – over 200 mountains you can climb or hike
  • Lastly, if you want access to a truly unusual place, we Preikestolen (or Pulpit Rock). This formation was created by glaciers and offers an almost square stage for an ample view over the Lysefjord fjord. The view is breathtaking and calming at the same time!
  • Visit the Remote Regions of the Arctic Circle
    If you hope to enjoy a warm and cozy trip, you may want to think twice before going to such a remote region. However, if the thought of seeing wide areas covered in ice and snow and maybe a polar bear in the distance excites you, it is worth sacrificing a bit of your comfort.

If you’re looking for a trip on land, it’s best to start in Tromsø, a city nicknamed the “Gateway to the Arctic”. Here, you’ll find a lot of friendly faces, a glass of akvavit, and maybe some travel companions – this is a natural stopping point for many adventure seekers. In addition, you have a greater chance to see the Northern Lights here and you can ride the Fjellheisen cable car for jaw-dropping views and amazing pictures.

Besseggen - Jotunheimen

Besseggen, Jotunheimen
Photo by Jorge Falck Photography

Now, if you want to take a cruise, there are several such trips organized by local tourism companies. While it may take a bit more planning than a land trip, a cruise provides a completely different view of the Norwegian coastline (you have a better view over the fjord) and you get to admire the glaciers quite close. Furthermore, if you’re lucky enough, you may even spot a humpback whale, walruses, or even puffins!

Overall, Norway is filled with unique places and can be the perfect destination for a memorable outdoor adventure. Still, you should not ignore its harsh climate and rough terrain – this is not a land that lets just anyone discover its beauties.

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