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Norway is a Northern European country that sits on the Scandinavian Peninsula. It’s a country known for having an overwhelming amount of natural beauty, and for being at the forefront of human rights. The country was once ruled by Sweden and Denmark, but became independent in 1905. During World War II, the country was occupied by Germany and would remain controlled by the Germans until the end of the war.
Norway is a Scandinavian country that is consistently ranked one of the happiest countries in the world, and many visitors are simply curious to see how locals live and what makes them so happy. A major perk for tourists is the fact that there’s a law that allows people to roam freely, even on privately owned land. In other words, if you want to pitch a tent in the middle of a forest or sleep on top of a mountain, you can! Summertime visitors are amazed by the long days while winter travelers are surprised to see almost no sunlight, which is ideal for catching a glimpse of the northern lights.
The Lofoten Islands, located in the north of the country, are known for sustainability, fishing and the midnight sun. Because the terrain is so diverse there are an endless possibilities of activities to do from golfing during the middle of the night, kayaking from island to island, surfing in the Arctic and skiing through the powdery snow. Outdoors enthusiasts will enjoy Geirangerfjord and the Jotunheimen mountain range. City-goers can marvel at the quaint and colorful wooden houses that occupy the second biggest city in Norway, Bergen. Oslo offers a bit of a more modern feel with countless museums and green spaces.
Norway is a popular country to visit in the summer because of the endless days which bring warm weather and outdoor activities. In the northern parts of the country, you can experience what is known as the midnight sun, which is exactly that. If you are more of a snowbird, then wintertime is the best time to visit. There are a number of cold-weather activities available plus you can witness one of the most phenomenal natural events, the northern lights.