Hidden gems of Norway

Norway has many times been ranked as one of the richest countries in the world, and in terms of beautiful landscapes; we totally agree.

We have all heard of the fjords, of Lofoten and Bergen, Trolltunga and Besseggen, but Norway is a vast country, and in the shadow of all these well-known places, it is sometimes easy to forget that there is more to the collection. We, therefore, decided to shed a light on some of the places you might’ve never thought of visiting here in Norway before.

To start us off, we have the (not so hidden, but still amazing) hidden gem; Juvet Landscape Hotel. It is, as the name suggests, a landscape hotel which is surrounded by breathtaking nature, where the nature brings the best of both worlds with both forests and mountains. You get to live in a cozy cabin submerged in the middle of the woods, covered with large windows, so you can admire the view at all times. The astonishing scenery might also be familiar to many through the movie Ex Machina.

View from the hotel room. Photo: Knut Bry.

Another great opportunity for experiencing Norwegian nature is Langedrag Naturpark. Here you have the opportunity to get acquainted with Norwegian wildlife up close. You can, for example, feed and learn about arctic foxes and visit socialized wolves and lynx.  They offer overnight stays, which is a fantastic opportunity as the nature surrounding the area is absolutely breathtaking and also perfect for long hikes.

Playing with the wolves. Photo: Langedrag Naturpark.

If you are stressed on time or short on money, there are still traveling opportunities beyond the islands of the Oslo fjord!

If you are stressed on time or short on money, there are still traveling opportunities beyond the islands of the Oslo fjord!

For a quick get away from the city life visit the small town of Drøbak. Just one and a half hour away by boat from Aker Brygge you get a two-in-one with this city. A small sightseeing of the inner Oslo fjord on the boat, followed by the picturesque harbour town. Drøbak can offer the perfect change to slow down and recharge your batteries through wandering around the wooden houses and enjoying a good meal.

Drøbak during the winter. Photo: Vidar Nordli-Mathisen.

If you want to experience more on your day-trip, we suggest visiting the island of Oscarsborg on your way back from Drøbak, where you can visit the Oscarsborg Fortress Museum. The fortress is best known as the historic place where Blücher, a German heavy cruiser partaking in the occupation of Norway, was sunk from.

Oscarsborg Fortress. Photo: Vidar Nordli-Mathisen.

For those who wish to experience Norwegian nature, but is for some reason unable to; fear not, we have options for you too! The state channel NRK is airing several hikes minute by minute this summer. It is hosted by the famous Norwegian adventurer and explorer Lars Monsen, and you are in for a treat. Broadcasted over several stages with a few days length, one can pick and choose which areas to see. You may also join in and walk the trecks live with Monsen, at your own risk. NRK also has several of their previous minute by minute concepts on their web video viewer (might only be availible in Norway), where the most well-known are Bergensbanen minutt for minutt and Hurtigruta minutt for minutt.