If you’re in Norway, you aren’t going to be able to get away from the fjords, so why not make the most of it? Plan a road trip through southern Norway and you’ll be driving alongside fjords, driving over fjords, and staying near them, too.
Take on a few hikes for breathtaking views and pictures you’re going to be showing all of your friends for years to come. You can even find a number of cruises that will take you through a number of fjords for a more laid-back approach to seeing the natural beauty of Norway. You’re going to be seeing a lot of them, so lean in and enjoy yourselves.
Go See Big Moose
On the trip from Oslo to Trondheim, you'll have a chance to see one of the largest moose statues in the world. You'd think that it would be pretty easy for something to hold this accolade, but it seems that this statue (which is known as The Big Elk, somewhat strangely) and a similar structure in Canada have gotten into one of the strangest feuds we've ever heard about.
However, the one in Norway is shimmering, shining metal, so even if it isn't actually the biggest, we think we know which one we like the most. It's also more than ten meters high.
Live Like a Real Norwegian
If you want the real, authentic Norway experience, there's only one way to do it. You have to try living in a cabin for a few days. Even better, pick one that has an authentic outhouse.
In Norway, they're known as "hytte," and while there are plenty of them that have modern amenities like TVs, internet, and hot tubs, try to find one that is totally authentic – no internet, no electricity, and no running water. Airbnb has made it far easier to find private cabins to spend a few nights or a weekend in even if you are a tourist. Expand your boundaries, even if it's only for a day or two.
Warm Yourself Up at the World's Largest Bonfire
You can only do this during one day of the year, but if you happen to be in Norway on June twenty-third, you can't keep away from Ålesund, which boasts the world's largest bonfire.
June twenty-third is midsummer, and plenty of people celebrate with some drinks and a casual bonfire, but not Ålesund. It's so big that they show the bonfire on television every year. It's so big it looks like a lighthouse that has been made to guide vessels into port. It has to have constant attention from the fire department and is set up on an island to make sure there's no danger.
Do a Via-Ferrata Tour in Bergen
What is a Via-Ferrata? Well, it's a little hard to explain. There are ziplines, net climbs, and other options. If you have a fear of heights and don't want to hang over rushing water with just your hands and feet, then this might be the kind of thing you want to skip.
But, if you're interested in showing off your grit or beating your fear of heights, sign up. They're climbing routes (Italian for “iron path”) that use steel cables, rungs, or ladders that are fixed to rocks. The most popular route is in Bergen, and some of the pictures are...well, they're thrilling, let's put it that way.