G.K Chesterton wrote:
“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.”
It is presisely this I have been doing over the last few years. I have focused so much on traveling to other countries that I havent noticed what's right outside my own doorstep. Now that the Norwegian currency is relatively low compared to what is has been, and traveling abroad is more expensive, it is the perfect time for Norwegians to make their own country their next holiday destination. For the next two months I will explore what Norway has to offer. I have spent the last two weeks researching where to go, what sort of transportation I should use and what kind of activities I would like to try. I love extreeme sports and challenging activities. So the main focus for this first trip is mountain hiking, kajaking, rock climbing, snowboarding and trying out Europe's longest suspension bridge.
When I was reading about what kind of activities the different regions in Norway has to offer, I was pleasantly surprised. There has been a tremendous improvement in tourism management in Norway and it is definetely showing. Norway is to many foreign visitors a dream destination and I feel incredibly lucky and privileged that I can spend two months exploring my own country this summer.
For transportation I will be using my own car and for accommodation I will be camping with a tent. I have purchased an outdoor cooker and some easy to cook camping meals. After this trip I hope I will be able to show both Norwegian and foreign tourists that anyone can travel around in Norway on a budget.
My plan for the first three weeks are:
Romsdalseggen is a mountain ridge that lies between Venjesdale, Åndalsnes and Romsdal. The hike up the mountains is approximately 10 kilometers long and the highest peak is at about 1300 m.
Trollstigen is one of the 18 national tourist routes and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Historic Trollstigen has 11 turns and runs between deep fjords and valleys. The 106 kilometer long trip starts off at Sogge Bridge in Romsdalen and ends up at Langvatnet on Strynefjellet.
This 15 km long fjord is located in Sunnmøre, Møre and Romsdal. The fjord is also a world heritage site and in 2006 it was voted the best-preserved World Heritage site by National Geographic. The fjord is one of Norway's most visited tourist destinations with more than 700,000 tourists each year.
Via Ferrata Loen
In Loen there is a newly built climbing route that takes you 1010 meter above sea level. This route takes you to a wonderful viewpoint, but also the longest suspension bridge in Europe. Opened in 2013, this 160 meters long spectacular bridge provides views of Lodalen, Oldedalen, Skåla and mountains towards Jostedalsbreen.
Stryn summer ski
Skiing in shorts and a t-shirt? In Norway, this is possible. 45 km east of Stryn you will find Tystigbreen glacier situated more than 1000 meters above sea level. The ski resort offers varoius terrain, tour and freeride opportunities.
Voss has long been the center for extreme sports in Norway. Every year, since 1998, the city arranges an extreme sport festival in late June. It has become one of the world's largest and most successful sporting events.
Flam Railway is one of the worlds most spectacular train journeys. The 20-kilometer long train ride runs between Flåm deep in Aurlandsfjord to the mountain station Myrdal 866 meters above sea level. Along the ride you will see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down steep mountain sides, and small farms clinging to steep slopes. Travel giant Lonely Planet set Flåmsbana in first place on their list "The World's most incredible train journeys in 2014".
Folgefonna ski center
Folgefonna is Norway's third largest glacier. It is located on the Folgefonn peninsula in Hardanger and covers areas in Jondal, Ullensvang, Odda, Etne and Kvinnherad. Like Stryn it is the perfect destination for skiing and snowboarding in the summertime.
Spectacular Trolltunga has gotten everyone attention. This huge piece of rock "hanging" about 700 meters above Ringedalsvannet in Skjeggedal is both breathtaking and scary at the same time. The view from Trolltunga is mildly spectacular and is the perfect place to take pictures. The hike up takes about 8-10 hours and is regarded as a relatively challlenging route.