This natural phenomenon is an awe-inspiring sight, which will live long in the memory of those lucky enough to witness it and I want to be one of those
With life so hectic these days and finances stretched to the limit while my family grow I fear this trip may have to be one that I put off for a future time ..
With its natural beauty and remarkable history, where aged-old traditions and customs are still observed today I want to make time to enjoy it all so do we plan now for a few years time and save like crazy mad things or do we wait for kids to fly the nest and enjoy it at our leisure when we are older?
But importantly why Norway?
History And Culture
As you’re no doubt aware, Norway was home to the Viking age, which dominated parts of Europe, before coming to an end in the battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066. Since then, Norway’s sovereignty has switched between Denmark and Sweden, before it finally gained independence in 1905.
This independence is apparently still very much evident today, as Norwegians are passionately patriotic, and the country continually votes to stay outside the EU. But there is no need to feel isolated or lost here, as nearly everyone speaks perfect English, and will be eager to tell you why Norway is so great.
Attractions And Activities
The cosmopolitan capital of Oslo looks like it is worthy of a couple of day’s exploration, boasting numerous cultural delights, and historical monuments. Elsewhere, the cities of Bergen and Trondheim feature plenty of picturesque buildings, which are usually painted with bright colours, and exude Scandinavian style.
Away from Norway’s urban areas we can apparently find an abundance of remarkable natural wonders such as the famous fjords need no introduction, along with their unspoilt beauty, momentous glaciers and dramatic mountain ranges are only making it higher on my list!
As for the Northern Lights, these can theoretically be seen all over Norway, but to stand the best chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis, we should head above the Arctic Circle, or go to the Svalbard Islands, you can find out more on Saga Navigator.
When it comes to the optimal time of year; we need to aim to visit in late autumn, winter, or early spring. With fingers crossed for dry weather, clear skies, and anything but a full moon.
With any luck, we will be able to bear witness to this truly astonishing sight, but also experience the numerous other highlights that Norway has to offer. So, now its a case of visit soon or wait for retirement …
Unless anyone would like to child sit for a while?
Nope ok, guess its retirement then!