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6th March 2013

A Walking Holiday In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

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By: Tony Maniscalco

If you’ve ever wished for more hours in the day to enjoy the finer things in life, you’re in luck! A walking holiday in Norway, dubbed ‘the land of the midnight sun’, not only promises an exciting foray into a wild territory of breathtaking beauty, but also more hours to enjoy it. Because of its altitude, Norway experiences large variations in daylight, depending on the season. From late May to late July, for example, the sun never completely sets in the northern parts of the Arctic Circle, and the rest of the country enjoys up to 20 hours of daylight. During this time, fruit blossoms cover the trees and the light of the midnight sun casts a near-magical aura over all your activities, whether it’s hiking, golfing, fishing, or just plain sightseeing.

Norway, in many ways, remains a large wild and untamed country. It’s more than twice the size of the United Kingdom but home to a mere five million inhabitants. In many areas, such as in Honningsvag on the island of Mageroya, you are more likely to run into reindeer than people during your walking holiday. However, you’ll also have the opportunity to view amazing glaciers, beautiful fjords, waterfalls, sheer walls of pure rock and plenty of ice.

Despite the longer hours of summer, however, Norway is even more spectacular in the winter, when the deep snow makes various winter sports possible—dog-sledding, snowshoeing, arctic nature spotting, tobogganing, and, of course, watching the Northern Lights. And don’t worry about the metre-deep snow and blizzards during your walking holiday, these are common during this season and your tour leaders will make sure you are adequately prepared and equipped before heading out.

Aside from winter sports, there are various attractions to explore during your walking holiday, including quaint fishing villages and traditional settlements. Molde is a good place to start your journey, with a short break to visit the Molde Outdoor Museum and its exhibits of old houses. The Varden Overlook provides a challenging trek uphill, but your rewards—a view of the Norwegian countryside on the up and of several Norwegian fjords and more than 200 peaks—are spectacular. Eidfjord, a tiny village, features a small lake and a nearby Iron Age and Viking graveyard. In Alta, you can go dog-sledding along the banks of the river to visit the Ice Hotel, and then admire the rock carvings exhibited in its museums, which feature petroglyphs that are nearly 10,000 years old. There’s certainly no shortage of sights to see and things to do, and after your trek, be sure to warm up with a large bowl of hot and hearty Norwegian stew.

About the Author:

Tony Maniscalco is the Marketing Manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. Join us on a walking holiday to see scenic locations & landscapes at the best value prices. We offer over 200 guided group walking holidays in over 60 different countries.

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