Norway is a country with plenty of space, friendly people and lots to offer. From skiing and polar bears to beautiful fjords and mountains, Norway has something to satisfy every kind of visitor.
It’s the happiest place on Earth
Norway was voted the happiest country in the world in 2017, judged on factors including caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance.
The crime rates in Norway are incredibly low, making it a safe country to live and travel in. While you should always be vigilant and misfortune can strike anywhere, the low crime rates take a good deal of stress away in this part of the world.
People in pedestrianised square with Catholic church Den katolske Kirke in summer. Tromso, Norway
There is a freedom to roam
There are fjords everywhere in Norway, created when the ice from the last Ice Age cut through the tall mountains. It is almost impossible to visit without seeing a fjord, unless you decide to stay exclusively along the eastern border. Many of them are just begging to be explored through hiking, kayaking, sailing, diving or camping.
Fishing boats in harbour at midnight sun, Lofoten Island, Norway.
You can see the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are a fantastic phenomenon, and one of the best places to see them is Norway, as there are plenty of towns in the north to stay in and go exploring from. The best time to see the dancing lights is from late September to late March. When venturing out to find them, patience is a virtue, as a sighting is never guaranteed.
Kayaking in Norway
There’s a lot of terrain to explore
Norway is a big country, covering over 385,000 square kilometres (approximately 149,000 square miles). With a population of just over 5 million citizens and a population density of 15 per square kilometre (38 per square mile), much of Norway has been left unspoilt.
Norway’s wildlife ranges from polar bears in Svalbard (and only Svalbard) to moose, musk oxen, whales, wolves, bears, eagles and massive herds of reindeer. For a nature lover, Norway is nothing short of spectacular.
Skier ski touring on the way up Rornefjellet above Lyngenfjord, Lyngen Alps, Troms, Norway.
If a road trip is on the agenda, then Norway has some epic roads to drive on, including Trollstigen, which snakes its way up the mountains of Geiranger, and the Atlantic road with its many bridges and close proximity to the Norwegian Sea. Norway also has the longest tunnel in the world; the Lærdal tunnel, which goes on for 24.5 kilometres (15.2 miles). Naturally, it cuts straight through a mountain.
You have probably heard of Oslo and Bergen, but Trondheim, Tromsø and Stavanger are all worth visiting too, for their own special characters. All of them boast charming architecture, interesting museums and cultural venues and, of course, fantastic mountains and fjords as their backdrops.