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  • July 19, 2020 07:45

Explore the world in Norway

Are you one of those who've planned an amazing trip for summer 2020 beforehand? Whether yes or not, there is no reason to be frustrated about it. We assume almost everyone´s plans have changed. We have a tendency to explore foreign countries and not ours, a tendency to seek what we don´t have and others do and that creates a huge touristic circle around the world. Maybe it's time to discover the world in your homeland!

Should we say Italy, you immediately imagine Venice or leaning Tower of Pisa. Should we say the USA and there is Grand Canyon in front of your eyes. Should we say Norway, people see huge fjords, Trolltunga, rocky mountains rising from a sea, Preikestolen, glaciers, countless lakes or even northern lights during winter. If you nevertheless planned your travels around the world for the summer, here is the world in Norway.

View from mountain Munken 

Hawaiian beaches in Lofoten

Crystal-clear turquoise water, white-sand beaches, fascinating mountains rising right from a sea - are we in Hawaii yet? Luckily you are only 2 hours (by plane) from Oslo, in Lofoten islands, paradise above the polar circle. The water temperature is not even close to Hawaiian, but drinks may be better than theirs. It's you, sitting right in front of your Benzini´s camper, parked by the beach, holding your homemade Mai Tai and enjoying the warm midnight sun.

The most popular beach Kvalvika is rather a small hike than a park-by beach. Nevertheless, the beach is a perfect place for setting a tent and watching waves splashing white sand shore. You can find many similarly interesting beaches all over the islands of Lofoten. What about some hidden gems? 

Bunes and adjoining Horseid beach accessible only by a passenger ferry departing from Reine are spots, where not too many tourists lead their journey. They´re breathtaking places that offer unforgettable sunset sessions. How to get to Bunes beach is summed up on 68north.com.

Tip! - Park-by beaches in Lofoten: Rørvikstranda, Unstad, Haukland, Ramberg, Flakstadsanden... 

L: Hawaii; R: Lofoten Islands

Italian Via Ferrata in Loen

Via Ferrata has its origins in the Alps where it has prevented exposed mountain paths for centuries. Today, the term is used in most countries and languages to define paths secured by ladders, steel cables or rungs fixed to the rock to which climbers affix with their harness. Nowadays one can find Via Ferrata everywhere in the world, Norway not excluding.

The most popular one is in Loen, a small village, a great starting point to Lovatnet lake, Jostedalsbreen NP, Skåla mountain, Briksdal glacier and many more. Starting from the village, the Via Ferrata continues up to Mt. Hoven (1011 m.) while it offers breathtaking views and challenges as well. Not far from the top you must pass the longest Via Ferrata suspension bridge in Europe - Gjølmunne bridge. Hold tight and make amazing pictures, we can't wait to see your happy faces!

Tip! - If you are heading to Jutunheimen NP, visit Via Ferrata at Synshorn. (Read more)

L: Via Ferrata Italy; R: Via Ferrata Loen (Source: Veronika Kuhejdová IG: @veronik4_k)

Portuguese waves at Unstad beach

Surfing paradise above the Arctic Circle doesn´t sound to go hand in hand for you? Then we must ensure you, that waves up there in Lofoten are the best of the northern ones. “The darkness, snow and northern lights create a truly special atmosphere in winter. Naturally, summer is the peak season with all kinds of tourists, but I think it’s much cooler to surf in Lofoten in winter. It’s a bit ‘crisper,’ you could say. On the other hand, thanks to the midnight sun you can surf around the clock in summer,” Olsen says for Scandinavian Traveler

The high surfing season is during the winter months, however, summer brings great waves for the beginners and intermediate surfers. The parking lot is right next to the beach and not far from it there is a cosy cafe with a rental shop. 

L: Surfing in Portugal; R: Surfing at Unstad beach at midnight

Icelandic Seljalandsfoss as Steinsdalsfossen 

Have you dreamed of walking behind the Icelandic waterfall Seljalandsfoss dry? Well, the Norwegian one is as great as his brother on the distant island. Steindalsfossen is situated in Hardanger, which is one of the National Scenic Routes. It's popular thanks to many large waterfalls: Steinsdalsfossen, Vøringsfossen, Skjervefossen, Låtefoss and Furebergfossen. Those giants aren't everything however, Hardanger is rich also on fruit trees, which create a special atmosphere when they blossom and beautiful smell when they mature.

Tip! - Check out more National Scenic Routes here.

L: Seljalandsfoss in Iceland; R: Steinsdalsfossen in Norway

Enjoy your holiday in Norway because it's one of the most beautiful countries in the world. If you find any other places that remind you of the similar ones abroad, let us know about them