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.
Take in the Fjords
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.
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.
Visit the Town That has Harnessed the Sun
The people of Rjukan have a complicated relationship with the sun. The town is stuck between two tall mountains, so starting in the summer, the sun inches up the mountains, far away from the townspeople until spring.
Sunlight is extremely important to one's overall health, so the town built a number of mirrors on the mountains to reflect winter sunlight down into specific points of the city. It doesn't take the place of the sun, but it gives people a chance to soak up some Vitamin D and natural warmth even during the dark months.
Next, Try a Rorbu
Now, what could a Rorbu be? It translates, more or less, to “fisherman's cabin.” You'll find plenty of these on Lofoten and on the Helgeland coast. These traditional structures hold an important place in Norway's history and culture. They're bound to be essential to getting the real Norway feeling than staying in a hotel.
If you're an angler yourself, you should definitely try out. They're right on the water as a natural fact. Even if you don't like fishing, you're going to get some wonderful morning views over the lake. They're the perfect place for a weekend getaway that lets you forget about your worries for a bit.