With the Summer Solstice officially marking the beginning of summer on 21st June it’s time to leave behind the cosy hygge inspired evenings in front of the fire, and welcome the latest Scandi trend set to take over this summer.
The ancient philosophy, ‘friluftsliv’, is engrained in Norway’s culture but as yet remains relatively unknown to the rest of the world. Centred around our relationship with nature, friluftsliv is the belief that embracing the great outdoors leads to positive and uplifting effects for the mind, body and soul. Here, Celebrity Cruises share their top 10 picks on where to embrace friluftsliv for yourself this summer.
1. Borestranden Beach
Stretching along a huge 3km of coastline, Borestranden Beach is one of the finest in Norway. Go for a walk and enjoy the peaceful landscape, where a river flows into the sea via an estuary. Or if you’re wanting something more active, why not rent a bike and ride along the sea cycle route or take a surf lesson – after all Borestranden was named one of the best surfing beaches in northern Europe.
Situated at the head of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geirangerfjorden, Geiranger is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, boasting snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. If that isn’t enough to persuade you, it’s also been named the best travel destination in Scandinavia by Lonely Planet.
3. Dalsnibba Mountain
Dalsnibba Mountain boasts Europe’s highest fjord view by road. Sitting at 1500 metres high, you can take in the breath-taking view of Geirangerfjorden, or brave the new viewing platform which provides you with views of a clear drop of approximately 500 metres.
4. Hoddevik Beach
Hoddevik Beach is a sandy beach located between towering mountains on the westernmost part of mainland Norway. The beach is very popular with surfers from all over the world given its exposure to west-swells whilst being protected from strong winds due to the tall mountains. The Guardian named Hoddevik one of the 10 best surf locations in the world.
5. Hardangervidda National Park
Spanning 3.5 square kilometres, Hardangervidda National Park is Norway’s largest national park. It has the southernmost stock of several arctic animals and plants and its wild reindeer herds are among the largest in the world.
Trolltunga (translated to ‘troll’s tongue’) is a portion of rock that extends horizontally out of a mountain about 700 metres above the north side of the lake Ringedalsvatnet. The perfect place for those who are looking for an active holiday, Trolltunga is available for hikers from approximately mid-June to mid-September and takes around 10 hours to complete the hike.
Sognefjord is also known as "The King of the Fjords" because it is not only the longest fjord in Norway, but the second longest in the world. Its exceptional beauty attracts visitors from all over the world and offers adventure seekers kayaking trips to remote corners of the fjord, or a guided hiking tour to the Jostedal glacier.
With a free fall of around 145 metres and a total fall of 182 metres, Vøringfossen waterfall is one of the most visited attractions in Norway. Witnessing the water drop to the valley of Måbødalen will take your breath away.
9. Orrestranda Beach
At nearly five kilometres in length, Orrestranda Beach is Norway’s longest sandy beach. With its light and fine sand, this beach is reminiscent of the sandy shores you’d find in the warmer climes of Spain or Portugal.
Whilst there are hundreds of waterfalls in Norway, Steinsdalsfossen is particularly special as the site has a footpath behind the fall, allowing you to view the water in all its beauty.
For more information visit the Celebrity Cruises website.