Everyone knows that Norway is a beautiful land of mountains and fjords. However there are trendy and thrilling surprises, too. We requested Harald Hansen, a long-time Norwegian journey knowledgeable, to share a sampling of the most effective of the previous — and the brand new.
Inform me about Norway’s new designated Scenic Roads.
“The Norwegian street authorities picked 18 roads which might be particularly scenic, with no large buses or industrial visitors allowed, all alongside the coast and throughout mountains all the way down to southern Norway. To enrich nature, they invited architects, designers, and artists. So you will have all these incredible viewpoints, and distinctive relaxation stops. One even has a gold bathroom.
Alongside the best way, modern younger architects have created distinctive buildings. Some are proper on the ocean, and supply incredible views — when you’re there by your self you possibly can actually construct up your inside self.”
In summer season, what do you advocate?
“Alaska and New Zealand even have lovely fjords, however in Norway, folks dwell proper there, and you may benefit from the previous farms and the native meals. It’s a dwelling society.
You too can take pilgrimage excursions, alongside routes with wood stave church buildings that return to the eleventh century. They’re constructed like upside-down Viking ships.”
What about winter pleasures?
“The shoreline of Norway is ice-free, so you possibly can go on winter expeditions on passenger boats like Hurtigruten. Folks love dog-sledding, reindeer safaris, or going out with guides attempting to find the Northern Lights.
Above the Arctic Circle you possibly can keep in distinctive ice accommodations and snow accommodations and exquisite lodges.”
For animal lovers, what’s to not miss?
“Alongside the coast we’ve got humpback whales, white whales, orcas and beluga. On the island of Svalbard, midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, there are extra polar bears than folks. We’re not allowed to seek for polar bears as a result of they’re protected, however you’ll see them within the distance.
The Sami folks dwell inland within the winter on the Finnmark plateau, a nationwide park. On the finish of April they begin migrating with their reindeer to the coast. In case you go to Northern Norway can at all times meet reindeer.”
Give us an thought concerning the foodie scene.
“A lot has occurred the previous 20 years. The Oslo Opera Home, opened in 2008, actually put Oslo on the map, and a brand new museum and a library opened close by. So the entire waterfront space is now retailers and bars, eating places and artwork galleries.
Bryggen, the previous wharf of Bergen, has grow to be actually common due to new cooks opening eating places. They catch their very own meals, so there’s a lot of seafood. We name it ‘fjord delicacies.’
And there’s a city known as Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost settlement, which was really based by an American, the place you will have lovely accommodations, eating places, and among the best wine cellars in Norway.”
With scenic roads in thoughts, I discovered a particular tour which completely highlights each the previous and the brand new Norway.
The seven-day Drive the Fjords supercar journey — obtainable on June 12; August 7; and September 4, 11, 18 — has been created by Off the Map Journey to showcase Norway’s Nationwide Vacationer Routes within the Fjords. (For the last word splurge, a non-public model of this system can be obtainable.)
You’ll journey by way of Norwegian fjords and the Sunnmore Alps having fun with open roads behind the wheel of an electrical Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. The route is pre-programmed; you do the driving.
Highlights: An evening within the artwork nouveau city of Alesund, with a ship journey within the fjords, and an evening in a conventional Sami tent within the pine forests. You’ll journey alongside the Atlantic Highway, “the street throughout the ocean,” with its seven bridges and community of tunnels; journey deep into the mountains to the Troll Wall, the biggest rock wall in Europe; take a ferry into the Geiranger fjord; journey up a gondola for the views of the North Atlantic; and expertise the fjords from the sky in a non-public helicopter.
The electrical supercar achieves 283 miles on a cost, and has a built-in “charging planner” that calculates the optimum route, based mostly in your cost standing. Onsite chargers are supplied in your automobile.
This uncommon inexperienced journey emphasizes gradual journey in a quick automobile. The menu options the area’s finest native delicacies, together with seafood from native purveyors. All lodge lodging assist this system’s sustainability, from the electrical automotive to eco-toiletries.
(Harald Hansen’s feedback had been edited and excerpted from Episode #9 of my award-winning journey podcast, Locations I Bear in mind with Lea Lane. For the entire interview, go to your favourite podcast app, or to the hyperlink in my bio.)