If you consider yourself to be an outdoors enthusiast, visiting Norway should be on top of your bucket list. Sure, it’s a modern country with trendy cities and cozy bars, making it the perfect place to snuggle up and stay inside, near a warm fire. Although that sounds fun, the real excitement is in the outdoors and what Norwegian nature can offer. Friends of mine from Edmonton who run a clinic that offers various services such as shockwave therapy, have shared countless outdoor adventure stories from their frequent Norwegian travels. Norway’s diverse, rugged landscape is best known for its UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjords. The high plateaus and mountain peaks, the overwhelming number of lakes and the iced glaciers are heaven-sent for every nature lover. The beauty of the country itself is enough to make you fall in love with it, but if this didn’t caught your interest, here are some of the most interesting outdoor activities to do, in Norway.
Any lover of the wild life is in love with whales, and what better place to go on a delightful sightseeing than on the Norwegian coast. You could spot a lot of different types, even the famous beluga whales around the Arctic Circle. Even if you don’t spot a whale, the sight of the beautiful blue sea and the patches of drift ice are enough to leave you in awe.
Considered a skiing paradise by many, Norway has a number of great slopes with some of the best snowing conditions. One of the main reasons is that it offers something for everybody, young and old, couples or family. It is full of ski schools and staff who are happy to teach any beginners, while having probably the best tracks for advanced skiers. If you wish to enjoy the fantastic scenery that this country has to offer, visit the north parts of Norway where you can witness some breathtaking landscapes or maybe even take on the challenge which they present to you.
Hike on a Glacier
The stunning beauty, experienced up-close is a fairytale-like feeling when you are roaming the glaciers. The enchanting light mixed with the sounds of the ice make it unique and fun for anyone, even the youngest. The Jostedalen Glacier Guides organize hikes across the blue ice of the Nigardsbreen Glacier in western Norway. The least demanding one of the all and most suitable for children is the Family Walk, which takes an hour or so to complete.
If you want to get really intimate with nature, I recommend going kayaking deep in the Norwegian fjords. The narrow fjords, surrounded by towering mountains and small islands offer a calm and soothing feeling. Northwest of Norway, the Helgeland coast is regarded as the country’s best kayaking spot. With a kayak, you can weave your way through the shallow waters, between islands and explore the area as it’s unreachable by any other way. Setting camp in the Norwegian forest can be equally thrilling as there is no better way to embrace the beauty of the Norwegian wilderness, you can also try some ice fishing while you’re add it.