It may have a rain-soaked climate and a high cost of living but Norway will always be a magnet to travellers because of its sheer natural beauty and grandeur. Here’s proof of this in some photographs taken by a fellow globe wanderer just back from a long weekend in Bergen.
The Norwegian airline is offering some great cut-price flights from the UK to Bergen and other Norwegian cities and it provides a great opportunity to get a taste of what the country has to offer.
Bergen is surrounded by no less than 7 mountains and the quickest way to them is the Fløibanen, a funicular cable car that takes you from the city centre to 320 metres above sea level. In just a few minutes you are on top of a mountain with a perfect view of the city and its surroundings.
If a taster trip gets you hooked then you can go back to experience the country’s famous fjords, two of which, the Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord, feature on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
And visitors to northern Norway can experience both the northern lights – aurora borealis – and its midnight sun in the summer.
There’s a great article and some wonderful pictures in November’s National Geographic magazine about Norway’s fascinating coastline.
You can also read the article by following the link at the end of this piece.
It reveals how a 2011 recalculation of the length of the country’s coastline by geographers added thousands of islands and islets that had never been included before.
It added some 11,000 miles and if you put Norway’s 63,000 miles of fjords, bays, and island shores into a single line, it would circle the planet two and a half times.