I had never really thought about going to Norway, at least not before about a year ago, when I became friends with someone who grew up there.
She talks about Norway all of the time, and takes great delight in telling me how wonderful it is. So, purely to shut her up, I’m going to go.
The other problem is that I couldn’t decide where to go until I watched this video and then the decision was made, I want to see all of it!
Flights to Norway are not cheap, but I found an Explore Norway Ticket, which means I can get two weeks of unlimited flights all over the country. So all of the amazing things in the video, I can do them!
Visiting the capital Oslo goes without say, but the advice I have been given though is to visit Hardangervidda. It’s the site of one of Europe’s largest mountain plateau, and the national park is one of the most beautiful places in Norway – not to mention that it’s an outdoor sports paradise. The famous explorer Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole came here to plan and prepare for his epic journeys.
I doubt I’ll follow Amundsen’s footsteps to the Poles, but this and Norway’s other national parks will suit me just fine.
North of here is the stunning Vøringsfoss waterfall on the Hardanger Fiord, which at 182 metres tall is one of the highest in Europe. However, at the top on the plateau, is the Fossli Hotel where the views from this 121 year old hotel must be stunning.
Kings, queens, artists, and musicians have been drawn to the site – particularly aspiring fiddle players. Folklore is an important part of Scandanavian culture and within the waterfalls live Fossegrimen, spirits who will teach musicians how to play the fiddle beautifully in exchange for a good meal.
If you believe in that sort of thing of course.
I can’t wait to explore Norway, and this giant mystical waterfall seems like a good place to start.
Have you been to Norway? What should I do when I go? Tell me in the comments below!