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Naturally Norway

Exploring the Many Things to See and Do in This Scandinavian Wonderland

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Experience the wonders of Scandinavia with a trip to Norway. Whether you prefer to visit stunning churches or enjoy the nightlife in Oslo, there is something for everyone in this beautiful country. This article takes a look at some of the best things to see and do on your next trip to Norway.

The Kingdom of Norway is often cited as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is no surprise then that surveys of its citizens indicate that it is also the second happiest country in the world. After visiting this Scandinavian nation for yourself, you will soon see why. Norway is full of cities nestled amidst nature, an adventurous playground with celestial light shows that have no rivals. During your trip to Norway, there are some things that you absolutely must see and do, such as:

The Northern Lights

The enchanting Northern Lights (aurora borealis) are best seen during the months of October through March and are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The colors dancing through the sky to an unheard-of tune are truly magical in nature. Prepare to be mesmerized.

Hiking the Jotunheimen

The Jotunheimen National Park is found in central Norway and is where you can find the highest peak in the nation, the Galdhopiggen. The name Jotunheimen means “home of the giants” and walking through this national park with summits peaking at over 2,000 meters in the air makes it an exceptionally beautiful experience.

Stave Churches

Stave churches are medieval wooden church buildings found all over central and southern Norway. Varying in size, these scattered churches resemble something out of childhood story books, and have the most beautiful fairy tale like feeling to them.

With its beautiful fjord-shaped coastline, ski resorts, woods, and mountains, Norway attracts many visitors who enjoy hiking, skiing, and mountaineering. Compared to other places in Europe, Norway has fewer castles to serve as tourist attractions. But many parts of the country remain unspoiled and are sparsely populated, thus the picturesque natural environment in Norway is the main reason several hundred thousands of tourists visit the country every year.

When you vacation in Norway, do not look for the ornate palaces and cathedrals seen in most European countries. Instead, check out these five great tourist attractions.

Polaria

Opened in 1998, Polaria is an exhibition center sporting a distinctive architectural facade. Inside the center, you will find displays consisting of oversized panoramic views of the Lofoten Islands. There is also a presentation dealing with the flora and fauna of the Arctic Circle. And while at the Polaria, do not forget to head over to the aquarium to watch bearded seals and other aquatic animals.

Norwegian Oil Field Museum (Norsk Oljemuseum)

Both kids and adults will enjoy visiting Norsk Oljemuseum. The museum is located in the city of Stavanger. When you make a stop at the Norwegian Oil Field Museum, you get to see and experience how undersea oil fields operate.