Scandinavia is one of those places which is filled with mystery, and one of the best places I’ve ever visited – back in 2016, I went for a trip to Oslo with my friend, Africa, and I wrote all about it here.
There are so many other cities that I would like to travel to one day, but today I wanted to talk about Norway, which is one of my favourite places ever. It is a country definitely worthy of being included in your bucket list, as it offers a lot of unforgettable experiences and today I’ve rounded up a few of them, which is just sparking my wanderlust to discover more.
A natural fixture in the Norwegian countryside, these bodies of water were created after the last Ice Age. The Culture Trip details the many activities you can do in a fjord such as kayaking, sailing, diving, hiking, and camping. One highly recommended destination is Lysefjord, which is among the most popular fjords in the country.
You can also do cruises around the Fjords all year round, which is something I’ve been looking into for a while and has been highly recommended by those who have done it.
Otherwise known as the Northern Lights, they are a breathtaking phenomenon of luminous lights dancing in the sky. Norway is considered by many travellers as the best place to see this natural wonder as the sky is always quite clear.
Time your visit between late September to late March because that’s when the Aurora Borealis is often seen.
The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo displays some of the most well preserved Viking longships or ‘drakkars’. They date back as 1100 years ago and were found in three royal tombs close to the Oslo fjord.
The ships were used to deliver their owners to the dead. The museum also showcases all the artefacts that were found in the tomb such as small boats, sledges and the only “car” from the Viking age.
In a previous post on Greece, we tackled various ruins that are associated with Greek mythology. Although this aspect of Greek culture remains popular, the Boston Globe states that Norse myths are also very much in vogue as well.
Thanks to Marvel’s versions of Thor, Loki, and Odin, Norse mythology is now drawing attention from moviegoers that want to know more about places like Asgard and Valhalla. In fact, the renewed interest has also been seen across the video industry that incorporates elements of Norse mythology as well. The latest instalment of God of War features the encounters of the main character with Asgardian deities.
You can discover more about these fascinating stories as you explore Norway. And the best way to do so is to visit places like Midgard Historical Centre and the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History.
I hope this blog has encouraged you to discover more of Scandinavia and in particular, Norway. Let me know if you have any other recommendations.
Have you been to Norway? What did you think?
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