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Top 5 Destinations For an Icy Cold Trip

Somewhere in the world it is cold. Just the word “cold” turns people off the idea of visiting a place but let’s be honest; we have all seen some amazing snowy photos in our time. People should try to embrace it. Trips are most certainly not all about going to warm places and sitting on a beach- well, not every time. Sometimes, the most beautiful destinations are caked in the white stuff. Some of the coolest photos show a glaze of icicles and huge glaciers.

In this article, Agness and Cez of eTramping travel blog will showcase to you their TOP FIVE places to visit to experience what any others will miss out on; visiting the most beautiful icy cold destinations the human eyes will ever see. They personally love to travel in winter, so you might beware plenty of enthusiasm!

1. Svalbard, Norway

With a name that sounds like it came straight out of a Lord Of The Rings novel, Svalbard is a collection of islands situated north of Norway, tucked in between the Arctic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea. Largely unpopulated across all islands, some have “nature reserve” status and offer so much potential for the more adventurous traveller. The higher mountain tops are permanently under snow and there are plenty of cool glaciers to check out for those who love an upward trek. If you time it right, you may catch a midnight sun (April to August) or a polar night (October to February) in your Svalbard trip. They will certainly add character to your trip!

Svalbard, Norway

There are plenty of ways of getting around each of the islands, but the postal service boat trips or Svalbard Cruises are the best ways. Most people there speak English very well, so communication will not be an issue. The best part of these trips can include a possibility of seeing a Polar Bear family finding its way through the craggy mountains. Not only that, there may also be an abundance of other remarkable wildlife in their natural habitat. Be sure to keep an eye out for Puffins, Humpback Whales, Orcas, polar foxes and many more.
One other interesting fact: any human artifacts left lying around from before 1946 must be left alone, as the law states. You may stumble across an old mining entrance, or a random spade on your travels.  It is best to not touch them!

2. Harbin, China

Harbin is home to the Ice and Snow Festival, where the most incredible ice sculptures are showcased to those that visit. Popular throughout January, Harbin is the perfect icy getaway for those wanting to numb their New Year Blues. This expedition is becoming more and more popular every year as competition grows from participants around the world. There is no doubt you will wowed by the high quality of these sculptures and their intricate and accurate cuts, not to mention the sizes! It has been known that an Ice Castle was showcased here once, standing at a whopping forty-eight metres high! There are smaller, less hectic shows on Sun Island, although the name doesn’t reflect the temperatures. Be sure to pack strategically, as it can get super cold here during this time of the year.

Harbin, China

There is plenty to keep you occupied other than the ice sculptures. Ice-skating and sight-seeing are two very popular things to do, as the architecture here is a mixture of Russian influence and neo-classical streets, which makes for an interesting mixture of styles. Plenty of history to be learned!

3. Barrow, Alaska

This part of the US is unique because it stretches far north of the Arctic Circle. Not only that but it is surprisingly diverse with culture. You will probably hear several languages spoken around you in any given day. Nevertheless, the majority of the population are of Eskimo heritage and the locals have gone to great lengths to preserve their natural way of life. Therefore you will find plenty of points of interest, where you will learn of the evolution and hardships of a very unique group of people.  In fact, the more interest you show, the more welcome you will feel. Barrow Beach is a very photogenic area, with the added possibility of sighting some polar bears in their natural habitat. You may even see them in the middle of a seal hunt! It is best to keep a whole day free for this part of the trip, as you will have a chance to relax and take in your surroundings.

Barrow, Alaska

Temperatures in Barrow can get frightfully cold (lows of -50 degrees Celsius) but there is plenty of landscape to explore.

4. Patagonia, South America

This is quite simply a matchless part of the world, because of its incredible exploration opportunities. Shared by Chile and Argentina, the western part mixes with the Andes and give you awe-inspiring trek routes and the most beautiful nature experiences you may ever have.  The Moreno Glacier is certainly worth a visit due to its vastness and photo opportunities. The eastern stretches of Patagonia have cool views of the Atlantic Ocean. The north collides with dry and humid desert land and Pampas lowlands. It has everything! It is such a huge, desolate area, a playground for trekkers and adventure seekers to enjoy.

Patagonia, South America

What is even more distinctive is the local dialect. Welsh, you may wonder? Yes, one of the larger settlements in these parts are Welsh Argentinian. You will meet the kindest, most humble people on your trip here, people will drop everything to help you along your way.

Patagonia is actually proudly a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will most likely mix with some fantastic wildlife, such as sea lions, dolphins and penguins on the coast, and witness endangered Pumas and other such animals in the mountains.

5. Swiss Alps

You know where this is going- get your skis ready! Aside from the amazing skiing experiences (if skiing takes your fancy- or snowboarding, for that matter), there are plenty of quaint, fairytale-like villages to explore, such as Saas Fee and Wengen.

Swiss Alps

They offer sweet, alpine views, amazing hot meals, and are great places to base yourself as you explore the local skiing culture. Stay warm with some local Fondue, and mix with families and lone-travellers from all around the world. Make sure you bring a GoPro or something similar, for those winding alpine slopes!

There are also some fantastic mountaineering climbs on offer across the region. Plenty of choices include Matterhorn, Breithorn and Castor. If you enjoy challenging yourself to adventurous treks, you are in for a treat! The views are breath-taking, the glaciers are looming.  Further down the mountains you will find wondrous gorges and national parks to gaze upon, so take a spare memory card for your camera!

A Long Day Trip To Oslo

Whenever you catch cheap flights to Oslo you can be rest assured that you’ll have a blast because the city forms a perfect tourist hub. Rated among the world’s largest capitals when it comes to its area, Oslo provides tourists with plenty of attractions ranging from parks to other artificial features. The numerous pathways and trails connecting most of the public spaces provides a perfect way of exploring the city on foot. It is hard to explore everything that the city has to offer in one day hence the reason as to why you need to selectively choose where you want to go explore. This piece will highlight some of the top tourist attractions in Oslo.

Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress

The Fortress raises above the Oslofjord and provides you with a perfect opportunity of learning one or two things about the German occupation of the 1940-45. You can also expect to explore the Museum of the Norwegian Resistance. Also located in the ground is the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum where you can visit to get a glimpse of Oslo’s old Arsenal which have been displayed together with other exhibits to illustrate the history of the Norwegian forces. A visit here will provide you with a perfect learning experience.

The Viking Ship Museum

The Viking Ship Museum

The Viking Ship Museum

Ask your Oslo travel guide to take you to the Viking Ship Museum which will provide you with a perfect opportunity of discovering Viking ships from Tune, Gokstad and Oseberg. At the museum, you can expect to find some top displays of the world’s two best preserved wooden Viking ships. These ships were built way back in the 9th century and will offer you with an opportunity to learn one or two things about the Vikings. Besides the ships, expect to find small boats, a cart, sledges and tools that were very prominent back then.

Holmenkollen

Holmenkollen

Holmenkollen

This historic landmark embodies more than a century of skiing competitions and you can visit if you are looking to this side of the Norwegian history. The Holmenkollen Ski Museum is found inside the ski jump and is rated as one of the world’s oldest ski museums. Expect to find over 4,000 years of skiing history with exhibitions on snowboarding and modern skiing. While at the top of the observation deck of the jump tower you are presented with a panoramic view of the entire city of Oslo.

Vigeland Sculpture Park

Vigeland Sculpture Park

Vigeland Sculpture Park

Rated as one of the most visited destinations in Oslo, the Vigeland Sculpture Park receives more than 1 million visitors every year. Because of the ideal Oslo Weather, the park is open all year round giving visitors a perfect opportunity of exploring the park. The park boasts of having more than 200 sculptures all in cast iron, granite and bronze. One of the most famous sculptures is the bronze statue of the Angry Boy. The sculptures represent the life-long work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland. He was also responsible for the design and architectural outline of the park.

Best Budget Restaurant and Cafe in Oslo

Oslo has plenty to offer when it comes to foods and drinks. Whether you are looking for regular food or you are after exploring halal food in Oslo you can be sure that you’ll find a decent joint that meets your needs. Oslo is an expensive city to live let alone dine but despite this, it is possible to find affordable places to eat within the city. If you are a budget spender and you are looking for budget restaurants, this piece will highlight some of the best budget restaurants and café in Oslo.

Ricebowl Thai Cafe

Ricebowl Thai Cafe

Ricebowl Thai Cafe

A very popular and busy hotel among the locals. The Ricebowl Thai Café offers visitors with an opportunity of exploring the numerous rice and noodle dishes. The fact that the cafe is affordable makes it one of the busiest cafes if Oslo meaning that for you to be attend to, you’ll have to wait for a table before you get to enjoy your dish. Together with the rice and the noodle dishes, you can request for soups and so much more. You can also find an English menu which will be explained to you by dedicated staff members.

Café Frolich

Café Frolich

Café Frolich

Do not be fooled by the fact that the café is located in an upmarket and think that it is expensive. On the contrary, the hotel is reasonably priced making ideal for budget spenders. They boast of having an extensive menu with a variety of dishes ranging from burgers to fish dishes. You can expect to find a main course to be priced from around 120NOK. The restaurant is musical leaning thanks to the large piano set up inside the door.

Kaffebrenneriet

Kaffebrenneriet

Kaffebrenneriet

The Kaffebrenneriet is ranked as one of the best restaurants in Oslo for all the good reasons. The restaurant is just a branch of one of the well-loved local chain restaurants. The restaurant is strategically located to diners with the much needed convenience when it comes to accessibility. Expect to find a wide variety of choices of inexpensive and tasty breakfast or lunch. The restaurant is a fairy busy one and if you can manage to grab a stool at the window or get a table outside, you’ll get an exclusive view of the Aker Brygge and the pier.

Villa Paradiso

Villa Paradiso

Villa Paradiso

The restaurant is strategically located in a very affluent and popular neighborhood and continues to offer a large selection of Italian dishes including but not limited to pizzas and pasta. Because of the popularity of the Villa Paradiso, expect to find plenty of seats available both inside and outside the restaurant. A pizza here at Villa Paradiso starts for just around 90NOK with a giant sandwich and salad going for less.
With your restaurant guide Oslo you should be able to find a decent and budget friendly restaurant that will meet all your budgetary needs. With the kinds of options that are available, you should not have a problem finding a restaurant.

An Adventurous Day at Jotunheimen National Park

The Jotunheimen National Park has plenty of attractions courtesy of its high mountains, deep lakes and glaciers to name but a few. At the park, you can expect to find more than 200 mountain peaks rising 2000m above Jotunheimen. All these attractions make up for the perfect adventure holidays in Norway for you and your family. The Store Skagastolstind, the Glittertind and the Gladhopiggen are ranked as the three highest points in Jotunheimen.

Jotunheimen National Park

Jotunheimen National Park

If you are looking to explore the alpine landscape, you can move to the western part of the national park around the Luster and Ardal area to catch a glimpse of the scenic views. As one of the most popular hiking areas in Norway, you can expect to find a lot of famous walks in Jotunheimen.

Famous walks in Jotunheimen

While on your adventurous day trip in Jotunheimen, you can expect to find endless walking trails that will take you through lush landscape, snow, valleys and over ice. If you are into it, you can even choose to hike for days or even weeks if you so wish. Here is a list of some of the most popular walks in Jotunheimen.

Besseggen Ridge

Besseggen Ridge

Besseggen Ridge

The duration of the walk should take you about 6 to 8 hours and will take you through the bright colored alpine lakes and the emerald. As a very popular trail in Norway, you can expect to find breathtaking views of the Jotunheimen landscape. The 1738 meter elevation of the walk offers you the perfect challenge for the walk.

Glittertinden

Glittertinden

Glittertinden

As the second highest mountain in Norway Glittertinden provides you with the perfect Norway hiking experience. You get to experience 5 to 6 hours of hiking on the 1607 meter elevation. The experience ranges from average to challenging. The trails will lead you through a glacier and towards unobstructed views of the Oppland province offering you amazing opportunities of exploring the breathtaking views of the site.

Galdhopiggen

Galdhopiggen

Galdhopiggen

To sit atop the world you have to conquer the 2469 meters of Galdhopiggen rising above sea level. The hike should take you about 5-6 hours of an average hiking level. If you visit when the weather is perfect you get a perfect opportunity of exploring the 360 degree panoramic view of the mountain, the lakes and the many attractions found in close proximity. A walk to the Pigg cottage will get you treated to some of the best Norwegian dishes and drinks.

Bitihorn

Bitihorn

Bitihorn

A very accessible trail that provides you with a hiking duration of about 5-6 hours. The accessibility of the trails allows you to explore the majestic Jotunheimen National Park and all the attractions it has to offer. With the Bygdin and the North Valdres under your feet, this walking trails will provide you with a feeling of walking in the Home of the Giants.
With all these attractions found in Jotunheimen you can understand why Jotunheimen falls among the top places to visit in Norway without being disappointed.    
 

Best Place to Stay at Bergen

Whether you are looking for luxurious or cheap places to stay Bergen has a good selection of accommodation options to offer. In Bergen, you can expect to find more than 30 hotels offering accommodation in every price range. Most of the hotels are found near Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, the center of Bergen, around the shopping centers or in the Fish Market. With the variety of options available, it is to miss out on a hotel that meets your budgetary needs. When you visit Bergen during the off season you can take advantage of the weekend special offers at the hotels and enjoy amazing rates. This piece highlights some of the best places to stay in while on a trip to Bergen.

BEST WESTERN PLUS

BEST WESTERN PLUS Bergen

BEST WESTERN PLUS Bergen

This business hotel has around 88 rooms which have all been renovated to offers visitors with the much needed comfort upon arrival. Out of the 88 rooms, 55 of them are standard rooms and 33 of them are superior rooms for anyone who is looking for some extra comfort. Each of the rooms are equipped with quality beds, flatscreen-TV, workdesk if you feel like doing some work and a private bathroom with shower.

Basic Hotel Bergen

Basic Hotel Bergen

Basic Hotel Bergen

This hotel boasts of having around 43 quality rooms and has plenty to offer besides just accommodation. The hotel is also located in an area with many shopping facilities, restaurants, bars and cafés to provide you with an all-round vacation. The fact that the hotel is located just about 10 minutes from a train station offers visitors with all the convenience needed to get in and out of the city. All these facilities available make it to rank among the best Bergen Norway hotels that continue to offer exquisite services to visitors from all around the world.

Alver Hotel

Alver Hotel

Alver Hotel

Expect to find fully equipped rooms with bright colors once you get here. The fact that the Alver Hotel is located in a splendid surrounding offers the visitors with a perfect opportunity of exploring Fjord Norway. Budget traveler can occupy single rooms which are equipped with a TV and a bathroom with shower. The interior of the rooms are pleasant to look at and will offer you all the comfort you need for a perfect stay. Besides the single rooms, you can also book the double rooms which have been equipped with bath tubs.

Augustin Hotel

Augustin Hotel

Augustin Hotel

This is one of the oldest family run full service hotels in Bergen. The hotel combines a taste of both modern and traditional style interior which are all encouraging to the visitors. If you are lucky enough, you can get a room that offers you a view of the harbor.
These are just but a few of the hotels in Bergen as there are plenty more to match your budgetary needs. To get the best deals, you need to consider the season of your visit. During the peak season, the competition is usually stiff therefore make your reservations early enough.

Which Is The Best 5 Star Hotel In Oslo?

Norway is a wonderful destination for anyone. The country is blessed with an array of attractions that offer travelers with an opportunity to explore the country. Whether you are looking for some adventure or you just want a chilled out vacation, Norway has something for you. When it comes to accommodation, there is at least something for everyone both the budget and luxury travelers with the Grand Hotel being the Top Hotel in Oslo and its environs.  If you are looking for the best five star hotel in Oslo, this piece will offer you some guidance to the same.

Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel

For over a century, Grand Hotel remained as an institution in this Norwegian capital. To date, the hotel still remains as the city’s top class hotel offering classic luxury style to its visitors. The hotel is elegantly furnished with guest rooms that are comfortable. Expect to find splendid and a wide range of services which include but not limited to 3 fine restaurants and 2 bars. The hotel boasts of having around 292 rooms with 54 suites which can be enjoyed by visitors. Whether you are looking for a luxurious penthouse suite or you are after a spacious standard room, the staff at Grand Hotel will offer you exactly what you need.

Hotel Continental

Hotel Continental

Hotel Continental

In as much as you may find it hard to notice something special as you make your way to the hotel, this family driven hotel will offer you an experience that is slow in unfolding. You get the real feeling of the hotel once you get inside the hotel. The unifying concept adapted inside the hotel will provide you with a real luxurious feel which you’ll fall in love with. For four straight generations, Hotel Continental has been offering its services as a family enterprise.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel

If you are still wondering about where to stay in Norway for a real luxurious experience, perhaps you need to start considering making reservations at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. The hotel boasts of having about 37 floors which is ideal when it comes to offering visitors with breathtaking views of the beautiful city and the ever stunning Oslo Fjords. This is the largest hotel in Norway and the tallest throughout the Northern Europe.

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

The fact that the hotel is strategically located at the heart of Oslo in close proximity to the Royal Palace makes this hotel perfect for travelers visiting Oslo. With attractions such as the City Hall, Aker Brygge and the Karl Johans Gate in close vicinity to the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, you can understand why the hotel has remained as a favorite among tourists. The hotel boasts of having around 488 rooms and suites can be found on 22 floors making it one of the top luxury hotels in Oslo that offers exclusive views to the Oslo Fjord.  As a guest, you get full access to the Lagoon.

Best Budget Places to Stay In Oslo

If you are planning a trip to Norway, you need to make Oslo top of you must visit places. The beautiful sceneries, the new architecture and the historical buildings are just but a few of the top attractions you can expect to find in Oslo. Once you get here, you need not to worry yourself about where to stay in Oslo Norway because Oslo has plenty of accommodation spots that will fit perfectly with your budgetary needs. In as much Oslo is rated among the most expensive cities in the world, you can still find cheap accommodation and affordable dining venues to make a perfect holiday vacation for budget travelers. This piece highlights some of the best budget places to stay in while on a trip to Oslo.

Thon Hotel Munch

Thon Hotel Munch

Thon Hotel Munch

You can expect to find very clean and affordable accommodation at the Thon Hotel Munch. The hotel is strategically located to offer visitors with the much needed convenience. Even though it is rated as a 3-star hotel, the hotel offers quality accommodation at affordable rates when compared to other three star hotels found in close vicinity. Despite its central location, the hotel still manages to maintain a quiet environment which is normally appreciated by many.

Hotel Bondeheimen

Hotel Bondeheimen

Hotel Bondeheimen

Even though the hotel is located in a busy street, it still manages to offer decent accommodation to travelers on a budget. Each of their 127 rooms are individually decorated to offer the rooms different looks which automatically makes your stay interesting. In case you get bored staying at the hotel, you can always go next door for shopping. For a number of years, the hotel has remained among the top hotels to visit especially for budget travelers. To enjoy everything that Hotel Bondeheimen has to offer, you need to start by catching cheap flights to Oslo and make your reservation at the hotel.

First Hotel Millennium

First Hotel Millennium

First Hotel Millennium

Rated as a three star hotel, Hotel Millennium is a favorite among the budget visitors making their way to Oslo. Over the years, the hotel has developed a reputation as a secrete travel tip offering visitors with plenty of accommodation options. Expect to find a clean and elegant establishment offering great service with top class amenities which you can have great joy enjoying. If you have a pet, you do not have to worry about securing accommodation because the hotel offers fantastic pet friendly services.

Anker Hostel

Anker Hostel

Anker Hostel

This quality budget friendly hotel is located in a quiet neighborhood providing the visitors with a serene environment. Despite its location, you can expect to find a wide range of amenities close by which you can take advantage of. It only takes you about 10 minutes to walk downtown which is an added advantage for anyone looking to explore what Oslo has to offer. The hotel also has an amazing bar and restaurant which offer delicious foods and drinks for visitors.
Whether you are looking for luxury or a cheap Place to stay in Oslo one certain thing is that there are plenty of them which are all available for exploiting. Take advantage and get to enjoy an awesome time in Norway.

Plan your next vacations in Oslo

Oslo is a city with plenty of things to do and an array of places to visit if you are looking for a perfect holiday. Whether you are travelling alone or are on a family friendly trip, you can never run short of things to do in Oslo and Norway in general. Both the natural and artificial attractions are available for exploration which makes it the perfect vacation city.
If you are looking to make the most of your holiday in Oslo, you need to make early preparations. Start early to plan for your trip and make reservations before making your way to the capital. In your preparation ensure that you put this things in mind when planning for a trip to Oslo.

Top attractions in Oslo

Some of the top attractions in Oslo include but are not limited to the following:

Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park

Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park

Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park

The park that occupies an area of around 80-acre features sculptures that were designed by Gustav Vigeland. This is one of the most visited areas in Oslo as it attracts over one million visitors very year both local and international. The best part about the park is that it is opened daily around the clock to offer visitors with the option of visiting at any time.

Visiting the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

Otherwise known as the Norsk Folkemuseum, this museum is rated as one of the oldest and largest open air museums in the world. To encourage visitors to visit, the museum is opened all year round and consists of just about 155 historic buildings from all over Norway. While on your visit here, expect to find the stave church which dates back around 1250 AD and has remained as a top Oslo sightseeing feature.

The Opera House

The Opera House

The Opera House

Your visit to Oslo will be incomplete if you fail to visit the Norwegian Opera and Ballet. This marble and glass building features an award winning architecture and above all plays host to world class opera and ballet performances to form a spectacle. It is open to the public and one of the most lucrative activities to do here besides watching ballet and opera performances is walking to the roof top for a panoramic view of the city.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

The complex houses the Zoological Museum and the Geological Museum to form part of the attraction. Everything here is natural and with the Botanical Garden that surrounds the museum, you get to explore over 7,500 plant species from all around the world. If you are all about nature, a visit here will provide you with quite a spectacle.

As part of your planning process, you should make it a priority to book cheap flights to Oslo as they are plenty of airlines flying to Norway. Once you get here, it is a matter of planning where to go sightseeing because there are plenty of options available to explore. Regardless of where you decide to go, one thing is  certain, you are guaranteed an awesome time.

Spend Your Remarkable Moment at Opera House Oslo

If you are still wondering about what to do in Oslo perhaps you need to consider visiting the Opera House Oslo as it is one of the most popular attractions in this region. The Opera house was opened in April 2008 and ever since it has continued to attract visitors from all around the world together with the locals as well. For something that took up to 5 years before its actual completion, the Opera House offers tourists something to marvel at once they get to Oslo. Throughout the year, this distinctive marble and glass building welcomes visitors and hosts events which makes for part of the attraction.

Opera House Oslo

Opera House Oslo

Strategically located near the central station and the stock exchange, the Opera House is the largest cultural building to ever been built in Norway hence giving you more reasons to want to arrange a trip to this beautiful and diverse country. Once you get here, you’ll never run short of things to do because the house normally hosts events throughout the year. It is also known as the home of the Norwegian National Ballet and Opera hence if you are into exploring these kinds of activities, you can rest assured that you’ll have a blast once you get here.
The building takes on a very prominent design feature which allows visitors to walk all the way up to the roof even as they continue to explore the different attractions found within the area. The building can be seen raising from the Oslo fjord which is fascinating. If you do not want to take part in any of the opera house events you can always go sunbathing or picnicking on the rooftop during summertime.

Inside opera house oslo

Inside opera house oslo

The inside of the opera house is a wonder on its own. You can marvel at the Wave Wall and the four story oak wall wrapping which offer quite a spectacle for anyone visiting this magnificent establishment.  The three stages and the over 1000 rooms which are all worth exploring form part of the many attractions at the Opera House Oslo.
If you are into opera and ballet, you can learn how these events are normally staged courtesy of a 50 minute guided tour in and around the building. Even if you are not a fan, these guided tours can educate you and help change your attitude related to opera and ballet. The tours normally involve taking you around the building, the backstage, the costume workshop and the main stage. You’ll also get an opportunity to see exactly how the sets are painted. To be part of these tours, you need to make sure that you’ve booked in advance otherwise you’ll not take part in any of them.
Around the Opera House Oslo you can also marvel at some of the attractions including amazing hotels and restaurants. Cheap hotels in Oslo are also available and the best part about them is that the services being offered are top notch. You’ll never get the feeling that you in a budget hotel.

Which is Best place to see Northern light in Norway?

If you are looking for a perfect holiday, you need to make you way to Norway. When you travel to Norway, you can expect to find a number of attractions one of them being the Northern light. Adapting its famous name from the Roman goddess of dawn, the Aurora provides you with an opportunity of seeing unearthly colors and getting to hear heavenly sounds. This one of a kind spectacle normally occurs when the different atmospheric element that are normally found surrounding the North Pole collide with highly charged electrons from the solar wind. It is always hard to predict exactly when it will occur but with the Aurora forecast, you can get all the latest information about when to expect the magic to occur.

northern lights

northern lights

In this mysterious and multicolored show, the night sky normally lights up with wondrous glow characterized by swirls and twists to provide you with a heavenly lava lamp view which is always bewildering to marvel at. This kind of site is what makes northern lights holidays perfect for travelers looking for a life time experience in Norway.  In recent years, the Aurora has become a prime reason for travelers flying north to enjoy a winter break despite the cold.

Where to go

In as much as you can see the northern light all over Norway, there are a few places where you can go to catch the best views of the same. Places above the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway and the Svalbard Islands offer the best sights.

Svalbard

Svalbard

Svalbard

The fact that Svalbard is one of the highest points in Norway makes a perfect site for experiencing the Northern Lights. The island is located way up into the Arctic with a perfect latitude ideal for seeing the lights. In addition to providing you with a perfect spot for seeing the light, Svalbard Island is also home to a number of natural attractions including the Polar Night. The fact that Svalbard is without daylight between mid- November and end of January, the chances of getting to see the Aurora are increased.

Northern Norway

Northern Norway

Northern Norway

At the Lofoten Island the Aurora belt hits Northern Norway to provide visitors with a stunning view worth making a trip to Norway. Therefore, if you are looking for the best places to visit in Norway where you’ll get to experience the Northern Lights, you need to book a flight to Northern Norway. The driest weather which allow for clear skies provides the best chances of getting to experience the Aurora.  For the best viewing, you may also want to consider avoiding the full moon and any other places with lots of light as these places are known to offer a paler view which is always limiting.
As you visit either of these places you need to make sure that you dress warmly considering their locations. Remember that even if you miss the Northern Lights, you can always take part in a number of activities or visit other attractions which are on offer. You can never miss something interesting to do.

Best Places to Go Sightseeing In Norway

Norway is a country blessed with plenty of sites and attractions which can provide a spectacle to anyone visiting. You can be rest assured that your Norway travel trip will be fulfilling in every aspect. Whether you are looking for some adventure or a chance to marvel at the Northern Lights, this beautiful country has go you covered. With all the attractions, it is often hard to pinpoint exactly the best sights and attractions for sightseeing. However, this piece highlights some of the best places to do sightseeing if you are looking for a wonderful time in Norway.

The Northern Cape

The Northern Cape

The Northern Cape

Every year, more than a quarter of a million tourists visit North Cape to get a glimpse of the many attractions that it has to offer. Visitors get to enjoy the monumental natural experience which promises to offer fantastic views, a dramatic cliff and an unusual climatic conditions. The fact that the Northern Cape is also located at Europe’s northern end also adds to the attraction.

Western Fjords

Western Fjords

Western Fjords

The Western Fjords are rated among Norway’s most famous and dramatic fjords. Norway is popular for its fjords which can be found throughout the country. However, the Western region of Norway has some amazing fjords that offer the visitors quite a sightseeing spectacle. Most of the western fjords tend to vary in appearance, they are generally characterized as being narrow, deep and surrounded by steep rock faces.

Bergen

Bergen

Bergen

Ranked as the second largest city in Norway, Bergen offers plenty of sightseeing experiences apart from just being the nation’s leading western port. Visitors who come here get to explore the scenic fjords around the city and get to sample the fresh fare which are very popular in many of the seaside restaurants. If you are up for an amazing time in Norway, you need to be in Bergen because the city has plenty to offer when it comes to sightseeing Norway and other engaging activities to take part in.    

Velmunden

Velmunden

Velmunden

If you find yourself in Eastern Norway, ensure that you make a visit to Velmunden a priority. Without a doubt, Velmunden is Norway’s canoeing paradise that has plenty to offer. Located between Randsfjord and Sperillen Lakes, this destination amazing holidaying experiences for both adults and kids as they get to explore the totally unspoiled landscapes of islands and lakes. Once you get here, you can explore the different canoeing routes.

The Telemark Canal

The Telemark Canal

The Telemark Canal

The Telemark Canal is found in Skien a town that is very popular in Norway because it is the same town where Henrik Ibsen was born. The canal offers visitors an amazing opportunity of exploring the classic system of locks in one of Norway’s big industrial towns all the way to Dalen.
Regardless of where you choose to go visit, holidays in Norway will never disappoint you at all. You can never miss out on an opportunity to explore some of the spectacular sites that are on offer in this very diverse country.

A list of Must visit places in Norway

Every time you go on a trip to Norway, you can expect to find an incredible mix of cultural and natural wonders which are all fascinating to the eyes. Norway is blessed with plenty of attractions from the cosmopolitan Oslo to the amazing snow-capped mountain peaks and stunning deep fjords that offer visitors quite a spectacle. Add this to the fact that getting around the country is easy and affordable courtesy of the amazing transit system with countless of sightseeing opportunities and you can understand why Norway is such a tourist hub. In this piece, we are going to look at some of the top-notch places that are a must visit while on your tour to Norway.

Western Fjords

Western Fjords

Western Fjords

Located in West Norway, the Western Fjords are rated among the most famous and dramatic fjord in Norway. They may vary in appearance but some of their distinguishing characteristic is that the Western Fjords are normally narrow, deep and surrounded by steep rock faces. One of the most famous Western Fjord include the Geirangerfjord.

Bergen

Bergen

Bergen

As both the leading western port and the second largest city in Norway, Bergen has a lot to offer in terms of top attractions. One of the top attractions found here include the 15th century waterfront in Bryggen district which ranks as both a tourist destination and a working port. The city provides you with a perfect opportunity of going on fjord tours Norway and also taking part in many other lucrative activities.

Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle

You can visit the Arctic Circle if you are looking to marvel at the impressive Midnight Sun and the Aurora Borealis. The fact that a sizable part of northern Norway is located within the Arctic Circle provides you with a perfect opportunity of exploring some of the attractions that are on offer. You can plan for a summertime visit because this is the period when you’ll get to experience the endless days as the sun barely sets. Besides that, the Northern Lights also offer quite a spectacle in winter. Therefore, regardless of whether you choose to visit during summer or winter, you can be rest assured that you’ll find something worth enjoying in Norway.

 Lillehammer

Lillehammer

Lillehammer

An all year round tourit destination that plays host to tourist from all around the world who come to enjoy attractions such as the Malhaugen Park and notable landmarks such as Peer Gynt’s Cottage. During summer time, the park offers visitors a reason to want to come to Lillehammer while in winter, the site forms a perfect spectacle for endless activities such as: skiing, curling, sleigh rides and skating to name but a few.
What to see in Norway
Besides the aforementioned sites, Norway offers visitors plenty of options when it comes to things to see and do in Norway. Attractions such as: National Day, Hurtiguruten, cruises, the scenic Rail Route and the mountains and glaciers offers visitors with an array of options worth exploring.

Which is the best time of the year to visit Norway?

When it comes to Norway attractions, they cannot be exhausted in single visit. You need to make several trips to this beautiful country in order to come close to exhausting everything that is on offer. Regardless of the time of the year that you choose to visit, you can be sure that you’ll find something interesting to do and plenty of sights to explore. With that said, there are a few seasons that are very popular with tourists which will provide you with the best opportunity to explore what Norway has to offer. Most Norway travelers believe that the best time to plan a visit to Norway is during early summer and especially during the months of June and July. This is the period where you get to experience the Midnight Sun among many other attractions. Depending on what you want to exploit, you can visit Norway anytime you want but putting these into consideration.

Norway

Norway

Best time for cruising

If you are looking to explore the best cruises that Norway has to offer, you need to make your way here between the months of July and August as the temperatures then are normally at their mildest. Expect temperatures of about 64 degrees Fahrenheit during the month of July which is perfect for cruising. Most of the cruises start from the capital and take you around the major fjords such as Geiranger and cities like Stavanger and Bergen.

Cruising in Norway

Cruising in Norway

During summertime, there are plenty of cheap flights to Norway which is exactly what you need as you plan to explore what this diverse country has to offer. Besides the cruises during summertime, this is also the season when you can experience the Midnight Sun.

Best time for skiing

Skiing in Norway

Skiing in Norway

If you are more of an adventurous and sporty person or basically are into skiing, Norway offers a perfect opportunity to exploring all these. The season for the skiers normally runs from the months of November through to May. Whether you are into snowboarding, cross country skiing or even alpine skiing, everything is offered here in Norway. In January, expect the temperatures to average at about 24 degrees Fahrenheit. There are even ski resorts available including Hensedal and Oppdal which makes the experience even more interesting.

Best time to see the Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

This is yet another top attraction that keeps international visitors flowing to Norway. The Northern Lights otherwise known as Aurora provide quite a spectacle for people visiting Norway. The best time to experience this is during the months of November to February. You can experience this magical lights from anywhere in Norway but if you are looking of an awe experience, you need to experience it from above the Arctic Circle.
Norway is a country blessed with many attractions worth exploring anytime of the year. In as far as the fjords of Norway are concerned, you can explore them anytime of the year as they’ll never disappoint you. Brace yourself for a lifetime experience with your visit to Norway.

Top 5 Must Sightseeing in OSLO

Regarded as one of the most expensive cities in the world, Oslo is a city blessed with amazing sights to see and plenty of activities take part in. A visit to the city will introduce you to some of the top Oslo attractions which we all know that they are plenty. Your trip to the city of Oslo should introduce you to attractions such as the wonderful museums, parks and the protected forests. The parks and the open spaces have remained as Oslo’s cityscape integral part. You can still enjoy the city on foot something that can be attributed to the numerous pathways and trails which can be seen connecting the public city spaces. Here is a list of the top five must sightseeing in Oslo:

Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress

Built at the end of the 13th Century by Hakon V, the Akershus Fortress is located above the Oslofjord and offers visitors with a wonderful opportunity of exploring the wonderful harbor views and the quaint chapel. While here, you also get to visit the Museum of Norwegian Resistance which is located within the grounds. You can learn a lot about the German occupation of the 1940-45 among many other attractions including the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum.

Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park

Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park

Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park

Another top attraction site in Oslo is the Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park which is normally opened all year around the clock to offer visitors with something to marvel at. Located on an 80 acre land, the park can be found in western Oslo and it features 212 sculptures which were all designed by Gustav Vigeland. The site is quite a spectacle which explains why every year, millions of tourists both local and international visit the park.

Oslo Opera House

Oslo Opera House

Oslo Opera House

As mentioned above, there are many attractions in Oslo to an extent that exhausting all of them at once might be impossible. If you are looking to explore amazing sites such as the Oslo Opera House you need an Oslo travel guide to help you identify such amazing sites. The Oslo Opera House offers an amazing site rising out of the waters of Oslofjord. You’d even be tempted to think that it’s a glacier. This is the only opera house in the world where you can easily walk to the roof to enjoy the stunning views without too much of a hassle.

Aker Brygge

Aker Brygge

Aker Brygge

Everything about the Aker Brygge is fascinating. First and foremost, it was built around an abandoned shipyard in an area considered to be the heart and soul of Oslo. The stunning architecture will intrigue you in many ways as it offers a perfect blend of both old and new feel to it. Every year, you can expect to find over 12 million visitors making their way here to explore the stunning natural beauty and the breathtaking displays.
Fancy a visit to Oslo, why don’t you start by booking cheap flights to Oslo and prepare yourself for a lifetime experience where you’ll get introduced to the best that Norway has to offer.

A Perfect Holidays Trip to Norway

No one can really dispute the fact that holidays to Norway are adventurous and fun filled. The country offers visitors with a spectacular mix of both cultural and natural beauties which are worth exploring. There is a lot to enjoy starting with the cosmopolitan Oslo to the astounding snow-capped mountain peaks which are all available for exploration. You should not have any problems getting around the country because Norway boasts of having one of the most efficient transit systems in Europe. As you transverse the country, you’ll be treated to many sightseeing opportunities which are all pleasing to the eye. This piece highlights some of the top attractions in Norway.

Geirangerfjord

Geirangerfjord

Geirangerfjord

This is without a doubt the most famous tourist attraction site in Norway. Your Norway travel guide will be inconclusive if it fails to include it. This natural wonder is a marvel to see especially if you are into exploring natural attractions. The site feature deep blue water which is surrounded by splendid cliffs and lush green mountains which are over 3,500 feet high. The surrounding waterfalls also form part of the attraction.

Enjoy the scenic rail route

scenic rail route

scenic rail route

If you are looking for a perfect way of exploring the stunning Norway countryside, you need to catch a train. Norway is a mountainous country with plenty of attractions to offer. The rail line which stretches for about 2,000 miles boasts of having over 3,000 bridges and 775 tunnels which will form a spectacle even as you continue to explore the countryside.

Explore the Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands

Visit the island to interact with idyllic Norwegian fishing communities who have make these islands their home. Get to explore the rorbu which are basically old red cabins on stilts and the racks of drying stockfish which are scattered all over the island. While at the islands you can also use this opportunity to explore the dramatic craggy mountains which provide you with amazing views of the Vestfjord. While at it do not forget to sample local fish dishes including haddock, ling and cod. The islands are also very popular around the world for hosting the largest cold water coral reef in the world known as the Røst Reef.

Voringfossen

Voringfossen

Voringfossen

This famous waterfall is about 180 meters tall and cascades to a series of drops. Ranked as the 83rd highest waterfall in Norway, the Voringfossen is located in Mabodelen and it has been hosting tourists for over 200 years. Among the attractions here besides the waterfall is a hotel which was built way back in 1880 which normally requires one to up 1,500 steps to get to their accommodation.
Norway is a country blessed with plenty of natural attractions to explore. To be able to catch a glimpse of these, all you need to do is to catch cheap flights to Norway and get exploring all these fantastic features. It is a guarantee that you’ll not be disappointed by what this culturally diverse nation has to offer.

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