We get asked a lot of questions about Norway from people, anticipating a trip to Scandinavia. Well, where do we even begin to describe this phenomenal territory encased with a series of snow peaks, UNESCO sites, and a magnificent archipelago? Taking a trip to Norway is like taking a vacation from the monopolistic world of commercial competitiveness. Surrounded by scenic beauty, Norway introduced us to nature’s magic wherever we went.
That followed by a culinary rage dipped in North and Baltic Sea flavors. Which is where the nation gets its seafood! From poached, grilled, fried, salted-dried to cured, this side of the world is a fish paradise for seafood lovers. Needless, to say, a Norway tour is incomplete until you have tasted the authentic Norwegian Fiskesuppe (fish soup), Røkt Laks (smoked salmon), sild pickled herring, and Gravlaks (salmon filets) served with mustard sauce.
The cultural heritage of Norway is best experienced when you take a tour of the UNESCO sites or a day off, to groove to the tunes of the Norwegian music festivals. Starting from January when Norway hosts Nordlysfestivalen, a week-long Northern Lights Music Festival, to mark the return of the sun. Likewise, spring in Norway is illuminated by the Bergen International Festival, a fest that sets the stage on fire with best-ever contemporary music. UKA Trondheim, on the other hand, is a three and a half weeks long Norwegian fest featuring international and local artists. This is the largest festival of Norway overseeing participation in classical music, rock concert, theatrical, wrestling, juggling, crime writing and more.
When it comes to sightseeing, the Norweigan turf offers the most spectacular views of glacier mountains in the world. (Along with, the phenomenal Sognefjord, world’s narrowest fjord!) The entire nation is a hotbed for green spaces, museums, exciting food, music, and culture. And for activities that allow for families and friends to spend more time with each other. Therefore, wherever you travel, you will find the locals fishing, hiking, or skiing.
Which, is when you will also notice the traditional wooden homes which were perhaps built thousands of years back or maybe more recently. We were impressed by how well-maintained each house was! So much so, that it’s almost hard to tell apart the old ones from the new ones. The historic culture of Norway is evident through its Viking villages, Ship museums, and craft markets. To bring back, authentic souvenirs, shop from potters, jewelers, artists, textile, and leather crafters’ parked on either side of the alleys behind the historic houses. If, this is your first trip to Norway then, these common Norwegian words which will help you get past the initial language barrier.
Good Morning – God Morgen
Cheers! – Skål
Good Night – God Natt
Sorry – Beklager
Yes – Ja
No – Nei
Thank you – Takk