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Lysefjord: 59.004915, 6.316823
Language: Norwegian Packlist
Currency: Norwegian Krone (NOK) Eco-Lodges
Size: 385,178 km² / 148,718 mi² Favorite Restaurants
Landscape: mountains, fjords, glaciers, lakes, beaches, islands, forest, lowlands
Activities: fishing, hiking, aurora viewing, wildlife watching, swimming, boating, skiing, snowboarding

Norway is a constitutional monarchy and comprises the western side of the Scandinavian Peninsula, the large but remote Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and a few territories in Antarctica. One of the richest and the most expensive countries in Europe, it also offers a bounty of natural beauty. The rugged coastline is streaked with huge fjords and countless islands, and a large portion of the country is mountainous or high terrain. The “Land of the Midnight sun” north of the Arctic Circle never gets dark from late May to late July, whereas from late November to January, the sun never shows. Hence the northern part of Norway is great for aurora sightings. The back country is for the most part vast and undeveloped, offering plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventurers who don’t mind the colder climate.


1. Lysefjord

One of the most beautiful and accessible fjords, southwestern Norway’s Lysefjord is a great way to get to know this country. Glide along the calm waters of this long fjord, pass by numerous waterfalls and admire in awe the steep rock walls that plummet sometimes vertically into the water. If you are not scared of heights and fancy a hike through pretty moor that leads to a breathtaking view, check out Preikestolen – it’s not called Pulpit Rock for nothing.

Hiking Norway’s Preikestolen, the natural watch tower over Lysefjord