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Filled with national parks and absolutely stunning views, Norway is a favorite holiday destination for many nature lovers. Besides its glaciers, thundering waterfalls, high mountain peaks, and dramatic fjords, which lay the base of the landscapes, you can also enjoy the natural wonders of the Northern lights, the midnight sun and the polar nights. It is therefore no wonder that the Norwegians hold nature in high esteem. As the outdoor life is a crucial part of Norwegian culture, such as hiking, skiing, cycling, it is a great destination for an active holiday. But if you just want to relax in a scenic environment and watch the sunset, Norway is the place to go as well.
The country counts over 45 national parks where all kinds of nature is preserved. Most of them are open for visitation. Another great way to discover Norway is by renting a car and go on long drives through the mesmerizing landscapes, but do not forget to keep your eyes on the road. No matter which activities you undertake, at the end of the day you can retreat in your cozy traditional Norwegian cabin in the middle of nature with Nature house and enjoy the peace and quiet of the environment. Browse through the houses and find the perfect one for your stay!
When it comes to wildlife, Norway does not exactly follow the same pattern as other European countries. With its combination of Arctic landscapes, the North Atlantic Ocean, and dense forests it is the perfect habitat for many animal and plant species. The nature in Norway has to put up with a changing climate. In summers the temperatures are agreeable and the days are long and filled with light. In winter, however, it is freezing and almost nothing grows in the short dark days and the country is covered in snow.
The habitats of the flora and fauna in Norway include mountains, tundra, lakes, rivers, sea coast, and wetlands. The country has a very long coastline which is protected by skerries (small rock islands) and fjords. The vegetation in Norway includes forests, wetlands, heats, and bogs. Typical flora are the Norway spruce and pine but at a higher altitude you are able to find trees like downy birch, aspen, and grey alder as well. Even higher, the trees make way for rock, tundra, and ice as the climate is too severe for large trees or plants to grow. You can find mountain grasses, and plants as mountain avens. Furthermore, Norway has over 20,000 species of algae, more than 1000 species of mosses and over 7000 species of fungi.
The total number of plant and animal species living in Norway is over 60,000, with a lot of different species of insects, birds, fish and mammals. The main mammals you can find on the mainland are the hedgehog, bats, hare, beaver, wild boar, and deer. Also, carnivores like the brown bear, wolfs, foxes, lynxes, and otters have found their place in the Norwegian environment. The coast is often visited by animals as the walrus, seals, whales, and dolphins. Many of the birds in Norway are migratory as in winter the days are too short and it is too cold. Many birdwatchers visit the country each year to try and catch a glimpse of the clown faced puffin. Other bird species include skuas, gannets, white-tailed eagles, and razorbills. In the most Northern part of the country, Svalbard, you can even find polar bears.
What to do in Norway
With its great natural diversity, it is no wonder that Norway is the perfect destination for countless of (outdoors) activities. You can take a trip to the snowy majestic mountains, and visit the fjords. In summer, there is the phenomenon of the midnight sun and the days never end. It is also the place to spot the Northern lights dancing on the sky. Throughout the country there are many great public transport options and taking a train through the landscapes will leave you in awe while you sit back and relax as you pass charming fishing villages and other picturesque sights. Another great way to explore the country is by going on a ferry which can take you to the lesser explored parts of Norway. Since much of Norway is located in the Arctic Circle, you can enjoy many snowy activities such as skiing, going on a snow scooter, a sleighride, or ice skating.
Throughout the country you will find 47 national parks and many hiking trails for you to discover and enjoy Norway; explore the large and rare ecosystems, untouched nature and habitats of many plants and animals. Nearly 85% of Norway’s parks are mountains and they vary from rolling hills to mountains with sharp peaks, ravines and even glaciers. Other activities include biking, whale watching, fishing or canoeing. The best time for all the outdoor activities is from May until October. One of the most spectacular hikes in Norway is Trolltunga rock. This 20km long trails takes you along magnificent landscapes and keeps you occupied for approximately 8 to 9 hours. If you are into a bit more of adventure you can take more challenging hikes on the mountains, or even try to climb one. Or try a glacier hike in one of the 1600 glaciers which will give you an experience out of the ordinary.
Another thing to enjoy in Norway is the beach. The country is probably not the first destinations that comes to mind when you think of a beach holiday, but with its world’s second-longest coastline, the possibilities are endless. There are lively beaches but also secluded bays. They can be a great starting point for watersport activities such as surfing or diving. If you want to spot the amazing wildlife of Norway, we recommend taking a wildlife safari, such as whale watching or bird spotting.