7 Tips for Your Next Visit to Norway
Don’t let the price tags of one of the world’s most expensive countries scare you; Norway should be on the top of everyone’s travel list.
1.Grab a cup of coffee
For a new and improved kind of coffee experience, head to Norway. Coffee is taken very seriously and is roasted so lightly that’s it’s described similar to the consistency of juice. Though this may seem strange, it’s perfect to drink while warming up after a long day of skiing or touring the fjords. Popular coffee and espresso shops include Tim Wendelboe, Java Espressobar & Kaffeforretning, Fuglen, and Mocca Kaffebar & Brenneri.
-Kristin Naujok, Texas A&M
3. Take a trip on the Flam Railway
Keep in mind that this is no ordinary train ride – the Flam Railway is acclaimed as one of the most incredible train journeys in the world. Connecting Norway’s two major cities, Oslo, and Bergen, this side-trip is the perfect way to see the wide verity of Norway’s landscapes. You’ll experience twists and turns and will spiral in and out of mountains. On this 12-mile train ride, you’ll see rivers, waterfall cascades, snow-capped mountains, and little lambs grazing on family farms.
-Alyssa San Agustin, California State University
4. Go camping
What better way to experience the gorgeous vistas of the country than to spend a night camping under the stars by the side of a sky blue lake?
In order to ensure everyone in Norway can enjoy the country’s stunning landscapes, Norwegian law allows anyone to pitch a tent for up to two days on any land. The only rule is that the land can’t be used for agriculture or housing, and you must be 150 metres away from the nearest inhabited house or cabin.So remember to pack a tent!
-Veronica White, The British School in the Netherlands
5. Search for the northern lights
If you’re looking for a really spectacular view, be sure not to miss the northern lights (also known as the aurora borealis). Also known as the aurora borealis, this view is one of mother nature’s most breathtaking and jaw-dropping sights. Your best bet is to head to northern Norway or the Svalbard Islands between October and March.
-Meagan Hughes, Perdue University
5. Ascend into the heavens
Led Zeppelin had it right, you really can climb a stairway to heaven! Norway’s “Stairway to Heaven” (also known as the Flørli Stairs), boasts 4,444 steps. On average, it takes about an hour and a half to climb, but the trek is totally worth it. The views are absolutely out of this world! The trek takes visitors nearly half a mile above sea level and follows former water pipes along the mountain walls. The hike starts at the Fløri Power Station in the town of Lysefjord and remains a popular pastime for travelers and locals alike.
-Elizabeth Tzagournis, Ohio State University
6. Go hiking
If you are a hiker, Pulpit Rock is the place for you to go! Located in Forsand, glaciers formed this steep cliff with a flat viewing top over 10,000 years ago. It’s a difficult trek, but workers have been improving the path, making it easier to enjoy the views than ever before.
-Paige Wagner, Susquehanna University
7. Go island hopping in Oslo
A summer visit to Oslo is incomplete without exploring the capital city’s six islands. Thanks to the midnight sun, it’ll be bright out until around 11:30pm, so you’ll be able to spend hours hiking, swimming and exploring the wonderful oasis that’s only mere minutes away from the city centre.