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Norway Under the Midnight Sun

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Visiting Norway during the summer has its advantages—like plenty of daylight hours for exploration and sightseeing. How best to plan for the lengthy days? Pack your bathing suit for an invigorating plunge in a sea or fjord, your hiking shoes for impossibly scenic trails, and your appetite for hearty Nordic fare—like the rich and flavorful Norwegian favorite, gjetost. And don't miss the fresh berries of July, August, and September.
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Forsand Municipality, 4110 Songesand, Norway
One of Norway’s most iconic images is of a traveler dangling his legs over a cliff, a glistening fjord below his boots. Preikestolen, known in English as Pulpit Rock, is that cliff, and it can be reached only by a two-hour hike from the...
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Averøy Municipality, Norway
Declared "the world's best road trip" by the Guardian, a drive along western Norway's 5.2 mile Atlantic Ocean Road is certainly bound to be inspiring. The road connects the mainland with several small islands of an archipelago, winding across the...
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Scandinavia
Trolltunga (Troll's Tongue) is a challenging hike in Skjeggedal, Norway. It is one of the most rewarding hikes I have ever done. It wasn't crowded and the views were incredibly beautiful. It took us about 5 hours to reach the ledge of the...
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Skolegata 24, 2850 Lena, Norway
With a population just above a thousand, the town of Lena hardly seems a likely candidate to experience a tourism explosion and is thus unlikely to warrant a multi-page guidebook feature anytime in the near future. This isn't to say Lena isn't...
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Myrdal, Norway
Few countries can rival Norway for dramatic, jaw-dropping scenery. This view was captured on board the scenic Bergen Railway on a "Norway in a Nutshell" tour that took in the breathtaking Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the narrow Nærøyfjord and...
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Nordnesparken, 5005 Bergen, Norway
It was August, so it seemed a perfectly sensible idea. I'm in Norway, land of the fjords—let's go for a splash in one! Bergen has a lovely little lido that offers you just that opportunity. Sure, you can swim in its heated outdoor pool, but the...
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Undredal, Norway
Undredal is a sleepy village nestled in a valley in Western Norway. It is famous for its brown goat cheese, or "gjetost," which is produced by eight farms using traditional methods. Undredal welcomes tourists and is accessible by an access road...
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Ramberg, Norway
This amazingly white-sand beach with blue water looks deceptively warm. I can tell you, it isn't. That does not make it any less breathtaking (or swimmable). The Lofoten Islands have many of these bright blue shores, and the village of Ramberg is...
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Veggli, Norway
On the north end of Veggli, Norway, modified bicycles that ride on train tracks take you through dense forests and mountains. Arm yourself with a camera and a flashlight; you'll need them as you traverse through tunnels, beautiful lakeside...
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Tromsø, Norway
Once a year hundreds of runners from around the world flock to Tromso, Norway, a place north enough to be Santa's neighbor, for a marathon experience unlike any other. The Midnight Sun Marathon starts at 9pm when the sun is still in the center of...