Why We Want to Visit Norway in 2018

 

 

As relaxing as you might believe watching logs burn on Slow TV might be, it might (or might not) surprise you to learn that this wasn’t the factor that made us decide to add Norway to our list of places to visit in 2018. Mike, not at all fazed by the cold, has long wanted to visit the country, prepared to go in any season. I, although completely solar and heat-powered, have been persuaded because, well, it’s Norway. I mean, just look…

 

There are so many ways to see Norway

We usually load up the minibus with the kids and set off but it doesn’t need to stop there. As well as self-drive tours, you can also get to see Norway by boat, bike or bus. In fact, there is so much to see and so many ways to see it, I don’t know that one visit to this beautiful country would be enough to experience it all. Still, the best way to start seeing it is to get there, and Norway Tours are a good starting point for finding your way around the best spots you simply should not miss.

 

Norway is one of the happiest places on earth

Norway was the country ranked as the World’s Happiest Country in the Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index in both 2013 and 2014. Norway also jumped from fourth place to first in this year’s World Happiness Report, whose website quotes it as having: “…high values in all six of the key variables used to explain happiness differences among countries and through time – income, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on in times of trouble, generosity, freedom and trust, with the latter measured by the absence of corruption in business and government…”  Sounds good to us. And who doesn’t want to be happy, right?

 

Norway is home to Europe’s deepest lake

 

Europe's deepest lake in winter

The Hornindalsvatnet is the deepest lake in Europe, measuring a depth of 514 metres (1,686 ft) and lies between the village of Mogrenda to the west and the village of Grodås to the east. The lake is also the site of the Hornindalsvatnet Marathon which is held annually every July. Imagine having that view as you run! It almost makes you want to participate in the 26 mile jog, doesn’t it? I did say ‘almost’…

 

Because we’re still chasing the Northern Lights

I can’t quite believe that two years ago this week Mike and Cait were in Iceland chasing the Northern Lights. Unfortunately, this spectacular phenomenon proved elusive during their stay in Reykjavik despite their best efforts, so witnessing this natural performance is still on our list of things to experience.

 

Because you get to see a troll’s tongue

 

Okay, not a real troll’s tongue. But you do get the opportunity to see the Trolltunga, a stunning cliff situated about 1100 meters above sea level. With lake Ringedalsvatnetwith 700 metres below it, the Trolltunga provides spectacular views for miles around. This isn’t something to do with young children though, as getting to Trolltunga requires a tough and arduous 10 to 12 hour trek through the mountains, a return journey of approximately 27½km.

 

And those are only just a few reasons we want to visit Norway in 2018. Is Norway on your list of trips to take? Have you visited? We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences too.

 

 

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