If you like driving underground – and let’s be real, who doesn’t – you should make a trip to Norway just to see the Laerdal tunnel. It stretches between its namesake city and the neighboring Aurland and was built to make the transport of goods between Oslo and Bergen easier and faster.
It stretches almost twenty-five kilometers, and with all the fjords, lakes, and mountains in the way, it was necessary. It’s brightly lit by multicolored floodlights, has CCTV surveillance, and is a wonder for locals and tourists alike.
It's Christmas All Year Long
Plenty of places in Northern Europe claim to be Santa's hometown or have North Pole workshops for tourists to visit, but only Drobak, a half-hour outside Oslo, commits year-round.
You can buy Christmas presents and have them wrapped, you (or your children) can write letters to Santa, you can pick up a tree and decorations, and you might even see the jolly old elf while you're out and about. There are even special road signs to remind drivers to keep an eye out for crossing Santas. Return to a childhood of waiting for Christmas morning no matter when you visit.
Chill Out in the World's Northernmost City
Norway has tons to offer, but sometimes you just want to relax a little bit. In that case, visit Longyearbyen, which is the home to just more than twenty-one hundred people. The residents are from over fifty different countries. It holds the title of the city that is the farthest north.
It's so cold that you have to wear coats year-round. It's so cold that it's not allowed to bury a body in the ground – a buried corpse would never decompose properly. If you're after the Northern Lights and want to check something off your bucket list, visit this utterly unique town.
Scare Off Polar Bears
If you're hiking around the settlements of Svalbard, you'll get to enjoy some beautiful vistas, but you'll also have to be careful about the local wildlife. Polar bears are white and fluffy and cute, but if you happen to come across one in the wild, you could be in a lot of danger.
There are lots of signs posted to look out for the big beasts, but you are also required to carry devices that are specially made to scare polar bears away. This might not be the thing you want to do when you're in Norway, but it's going to be a memorable experience.
Enjoy Scandinavia's Largest Water Park
Now, we know what you're thinking: A water park? In Scandinavia? It's too cold up there! Well, most of the year, maybe, but there's still enough of a demand for splashy fun in Norway to give us Bø Sommarland, the biggest water park in Scandinavia.
It's built into a mountainside so you can enjoy the beautiful Norway landscape as you enjoy the sun. Even if the cold is coming, you might notice that none of the native Norwegians are shivering – just the sort of thing that you get used to. You won't even need a car to get there, since public transportation can get you there right from Oslo.