Rugged is one word to describe Norway, and ‘beautiful’ usually accompanies it. Picture the deep-watered, glacier-carved fjords weaving through towering, snowcapped mountains and leading you to picturesque towns populated by medieval spires and wooden architecture. Remember the fierce Vikings who called these ports home during the two-century period when they were at the height of their power, and whose voyages foreshadowed the brave arctic exploration of Norway’s native son, Roald Amundsen. Further inland, and far north in the high arctic region, herds of reindeer migrate across snowy landscapes where the Sami people continue their rich traditions of feasting, storytelling, and singing.
Ribbons of Color Over a Striking Landscape
If you look up on a clear night, you may very well find the darkness draped in the majestic blues, greens, reds, and purples of the ever-elusive aurora borealis. Norway is nearly bisected by the invisible line of the Arctic Circle, which encircles the Earth at 66° 33´N, putting its northern half neatly within the aurora zone, an oval section of earth that roughly corresponds with Earth’s northern geomagnetic pole. Given the right weather conditions, you couldn’t ask for a better place to watch aurora, which is why we at TravelQuest have pinpointed Norway as one of our go-to destinations of sightseeing and aurora tours.