10 Reasons to Visit Norway (by Melanie!)
Hi everybody! My name is Melanie and I’m a travel and lifestyle blogger with constantly restless feet and a huge desire to explore the world that I love to share on my blog, Melanie Fontaine. Margo and me live in the same town now (and she’s just as sweet in real life as on her blog!), but I’ve spent ten months studying abroad in Norway from August 2013 to June 2014 and have definitely lost my heart there. I’m convinced that it’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world and should be on everyone’s travel bucket list, so I’m excited to share 10 places with you today that will definitely make you want to visit this amazing Scandinavian country.
I’ll be honest and say that the Trolltunga hike is way too hard to be worth it if you only want to take pictures to brag on your Facebook profile, but if you love hiking and a physical challenge, then this is THE place you should bookmark for the future.
4 | Tromsø
6 | Hardangerfjord One of the largest fjords in Norway and my personal favorite, the Hardangerfjord is more mellow than the Nærøyfjord and less overrun by tourists. What makes me love this fjord so much is the contrast between the soft shores of the fjord that are lined with fruit trees and the majestic mountains that are crowned by the Folgefonna Glacier, one of the largest in Norway. The Hardangerfjord has always been a favorite with artists and it’s hard to imagine not being inspired by the beauty it exudes.
7 | Preikestolen Another bucket-list-worthy destination, the Preikestolen doesn’t require as strenuous a hike as Trolltunga, but still rewards you with jaw-dropping views and some serious bragging opportunities. It’s not a hidden gem by any means and you’ll likely end up sharing the moment with tons of after people, but everyone is there for a reason. In my opinion, the view is just as stunning as from Trolltunga, if a little bit less wild, but the four hour hike to Preikestolen is much easier on the mind and body.
8 | Jotunheimen