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April 24th, 2022

Up Guide - Why Norway?

April 24th, 2022

Written by

Sondre Sommerfelt in collaboration with Up Norway

A cosmopolitan travel writer

This Up Guide is written by insider Sondre Sommerfelt; A cosmopolitan anthropologist, travel writer and cultural entrepreneur, for Up Norway.

Sondre is an Oslo-based travel writer, sailor, skier and cultural critic. He loves the outdoors and city life (who doesn’t) and knows everything that moves on Norway’s cultural and music scene. Enjoy his humorous - yet useful - guides to Norway.

Why Norway?

'Norway is final proof that paradise does not have to be in the tropics'.

What’s the difference between Norway and the rest of the Nordics, you may ask? Oh, come on! The scenery is amazing! Out of this world. Seriously! Mountains, glaciers, fjords, flora, and fauna - from mainland Europe to the Arctic, if you turn 180 degrees and travel the same distance southward you will reach North Africa. That’s a long stretch of Adventure Park. Moose! Reindeers! Whales! Eagles! Puffins! Even the muskoxen, a real stayer! What else do you need to know?

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Making things all the more alluring, this land enjoys the finest of Northern celestial phenomena: up north, you can enjoy the midnight sun in the summer, while Northern Lights will keep you fertile through the winter. In the south, you can unwind on those long midsummer nights, but also go nuts in its winter wonderland. The mountain ridge going South-North all through Norway, you can climb up with a rope in the summer, and slide down on skis in the winter.

The North Sea in front is filled with voluminous quantities of fish and intelligent sea mammals, guarded by graceful (and less graceful) birds. The land itself is inhabited by 5 million robust folks, a couple of million sheep and reindeers, a hundred thousand moose, plenty of lynx, a few bears, and numerous fairy tale creatures. Slightly shy all of them, but give each one a big hug when you meet them, and they will be your friends for life.

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April 24th, 2022

Up Guide - Service Norwegian Style

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April 24th, 2022

Up Guide - Service Norwegian Style

You will quickly notice that Norwegians are not overly polite or correct. Learn more about 'Practicality first, politeness second'.

Sondre Sommerfelt in collaboration with Up Norway

A cosmopolitan travel writer