Rjukan is a cool place, and that is very, very literal. Found in southern Norway, it gets plenty of cold weather, but it also has lots and lots of waterfalls – a total of one hundred and ninety-two. Come winter, they’re all frozen solid.
You’ll have to be careful, and this isn’t the kind of thing for amateurs, but if you have the training and the skills behind you, grab your tools and start scaling that ice. Watch yourself – the water might be frozen but there’s still tons of power just waiting to strike someone who isn’t paying attention.
Visit an Ice Cave in a Glacier
Norway has lots of ice and glaciers, that's for sure. One of the glaciers, Jostedal, developed an interesting phenomenon: a huge, pristine ice cave beneath the Nigardsbreen region inside the Jostedal Glacier National Park. It's been called an ice cathedral by scientists, and the pictures are proof. The dome inside the cave is eight meters high, thirty meters deep, and twenty meters wide.
While the ice cave is easy to reach, it should not be attempted without a guide, especially during the summer, during which the risk of collapse and falling ice is higher. But, if you can make it, you're sure to be awed by the natural beauty.
Tropical and Arctic?
If there's one thing that people know about the Arctic circle, it's that it's cold. And yet, the Lofoten islands are quite warm being so far north. The islands in particular, and Norway in general, actually get quite a lot of warm air and water thanks to a pair of underwater currents, the North Atlantic Current and the Norwegian Current.
Compared to other places at similar latitudes, their weather is quite temperate. It's not all good – they've got their number of hurricanes, but there are plenty of advantages. A pair of towns in Lofoten, Røst, and Værøy, boast temperatures that are above freezing, even during the winter.
A Place of Royalty
If you're spending a few days in Oslo, one of the places you should check out is certainly the Oslo Cathedral, originally built in the eleventh century. Now presenting a beautiful baroque style, it's said to be the first church to have been established in Norway. It's seen plenty of history, including royal processions.
If you happen to go inside, be sure to check out the huge organ, as well as the ornate pulpit and the colorful murals. Any fan of classic architecture, or old churches in general, should make the trek to witness a building that is almost a thousand years old.
Enjoy the Edge of the Earth
No, you won't fall off a cliff into space, but there's still a place in Norway that counts itself as Norway's northernmost point. It's in Nordkapp (North Cape) in Western Finnmark. There's a plateau that rises a thousand feet above sea level offering a spectacular place to see where the waters of the Atlantic Ocean meet the Arctic Ocean.
There's also a pretty good chance for you to see the Northern Lights as long as you're there at night. There's an amazing globe sculpture that Norway has placed at the northernmost point, so you can be sure you're in the right spot.