Norway is one of those destinations where your jaw drops at every turn. It is absolutely stunning, and each destination seems impossibly more beautiful than the last. This can make it difficult to pick the top destinations; truthfully it would be hard to go wrong anyways. When it comes to Norway, it is important to target what you are looking to do there. Some of the many reasons people travel are to find their true self, experience new things, and gain a fresh perspective on life.
It was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who said:
“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.”
There is probably no better place to do these things than Norway. This country offers endless options for self discovery and rejuvenation. Here are six of the top places to go in Norway to experience these things, no matter how you would prefer to find your true self.
For some people, adrenaline and adventure can be as rejuvenating as a little peace and quiet. For these people, the Norwegian city of Voss could be just what you are looking for. Voss is known as the adventure capital of Norway, offering a variety of both summer and winter activities such as skiing, mountain biking, bouldering, and hiking. The city even hosts an Extreme Sports Week in June. Physical activity and endorphins have the power to make us happier in the increasingly digital age we live in. For those of us sitting at our desks everyday, a little adventure could be just what we need.
Few places in Norway understand rejuvenation better than the city of Ålesund in northwestern Norway. In 1904, most of the city was destroyed by a fire. The city was rebuilt, and in 2007, it was voted the most beautiful place in Norway by the Norwegian people. Ålesund is known for its Art Nouveau architecture, and is part of the European Network of Art Nouveau cities. The city is a shining example of human resilience and the ability to renew after a tragedy.
3. Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten Islands are a stunning cluster of islands located above the Arctic Circle. Tourism is kept to a minimum here, and visitors take a journey back to a simpler life. Here, visitors can enjoy the Northern Lights in the winter (or the Midnight Sun in the summer), taste delicious seafood in the fishing villages, and experience world-renown climbing opportunities. While the islands lie above the Arctic Circle, they remain temperate in climate – making them one of the world’s largest temperature anomalies.
4. The Vulkana Spa
For those who prefer a more luxurious form of rejuvenation, the Vulkana Spa near Tromsø, Norway and the Lyngen Alps hits just the right balance of luxury, travel, and relaxation. The spa was originally a fishing boat that was redesigned into a Turkish ham man and spa complete with a Japanese zen lounge. Travellers can take in the beauty of the arctic by the comfort of the saltwater hot tub aboard the boat. This is truly an arctic safari offering a unique way to experience nature that will be sure to leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
The capital city of Norway has a lot to offer those looking to relax, refresh, and renew. Despite being the capital city and centre of economic activity in Norway, Oslo doesn’t feel chaotic or stressful. Norwegians are famous for their emphasis on work-life balance, meaning many workers leave the office by 4pm, even earlier on Fridays. This leaves plenty of time for leisure activity, and the Norwegian government has invested heavily in the arts and culture scene in Oslo. In fact, museum entrances are free! Studies have shown that art is beneficial for the soul, and can allow you to unlock your creativity and achieve inner peace.
Nordfjord is the sixth longest fjord in Norway and was voted one of the most relaxing places in the world by the Huffington Post earlier this year. This fjord features turquoise water, white sandy beaches, and serves as a gateway to the glaciers, making it a great place to get in touch with your true self through nature.
Norway has a lot to offer the individual looking to find their true self and rejuvenate – no matter how they are best able to achieve this. From extreme sports, to relaxing locales, to arts and culture, there is something in this country for everyone.
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