With breathtaking landscapes, a rich Viking heritage, a mysteriously backward belief in woodland trolls, and the undisputable magic of the Aurora Borealis, Norway is a truly miraculous place. For dreamers, it’s a romantic world of outstanding natural beauty. For avid travellers, it’s an endless playground of must-see bucket list places. Here are some of the most stunning natural wonders of Norway.
Pulpit Rock, Preikestolen
This incredible natural wonder has a 600 metre drop down to Lysefjord – one of the most terrifying and beautiful places on earth. With no safety railings, this cliff gives visitors a thrilling experience whilst providing an unrestricted view of the surrounding fjord area.
Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord
Found in the Sunnmøre region of Møre og Romsdal county, these two stunning fjords have to make your bucket list for Norway travel. They are two of the world’s deepest fjords and if you never see another fjord in your lifetime, be sure to see these. Explore the endless vertical cliff faces, the stunning waterfalls and the quaint local towns nearby, Geiranger and Hellesylt for a taste of Norwegian life in the south. For tours, visit the Hurtigruten travel website.
The Seven Sisters
The Seven Sisters waterfalls have an average fall of 250 metres, an impressive height with stunning natural surroundings. The best time to see the Seven Sisters (in Geirangerfjorden) is between May and July when the transitional season sees melting snow and a revival of the waterfall.
The Midnight Sun
Most travellers and holidaymakers have already heard of the Northern Lights. In fact, many have witnessed the natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis light display for themselves. But the Midnight Sun is a lesser known miracle which occurs only in the Arctic Circle or south of the Antarctic Circle in the summer.
The enchanting Midnight Sun happens only in the summer months in Norway. To embrace this puzzling natural wonder, you can book Midnight Sun cruises.
With a total area of 487 square kilometres, the Jostedalsbreen glacier is the largest one in Europe. But this isn’t the only glacier to see whilst travelling in Norway. Over 2,000 square kilometres of the country is still covered by glacial beauties, taking us back in time to the Ice Age. Visiting the glaciers of Norway is a very unique experience and glacier walking has become a sought after activity for many adventure seekers. It demands the right equipment as well as some basic knowledge of the outdoors so it is not recommended to go glacier walking on your own. For safety, choose a guided walking tour with experienced guides.
A ‘maelstrom’ is an extremely powerful natural whirlpool. Although the myths of ships getting sucked into maelstrom whirlpools are entirely fictional, the powerful vortexes of water are still incredible (and can be dangerous) to experience.
The Saltsraumen is the most powerful one of them all. This is the world’s strongest and most dangerous maelstrom and it’s located by Bodo, part of the traditional region of Salten. Visit when the tide is high and you will be able to feel the Saltsraumen’s full vortex power.
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