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Huffington Post declaring Norway the greatest place on Earth is in no small part due to the scenery and landscape - Photo: Christian Bothner
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Huffington Post declaring Norway the greatest place on Earth is in no small part due to the scenery and landscape Photo: Christian Bothner

Norway is "the Greatest Place on Earth"

The international newspaper the Huffington Post is charmed by the beauty of Norway's fjords and islands, the midnight sun and the northern lights.

A major international newspaper does not often declare a place to be the greatest place on Earth, but the Huffington Post just did, listing 25 reasons why that place is Norway.

Trolltunga near Odda offers spectacular views over Ringedalsvatnet Lake in Hardanger, Norway

Nature and wilderness

Particularly impressed with the beauty of the Norwegian landscape and nature, fully half of the listed points concern Norwegian wilderness in some way or another. Places and nature attractions such as Trolltunga, Kjeragbolten by the Lysefjord, the northern lights and the midnight sun all receive special mention, as do both the fjords in general and the Geirangerfjord in particular.

"How could you ever be bored?" the newspaper asks, referring to Norway's long coastline and all its islands.

"Norway is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It's home to more natural wonders than we can count and it has stunning cities, fascinating history and really happy people. Norway's not cheap. But it's worth it." - The Huffington Post

What a cool camping spot in Luster, Sogn and Fjordane, Norway

Freely explore

Due to Norway's legislation of the right of access - another important point mentioned in the article - you may freely explore most areas of uncultivated land, with few restrictions. Of course, you should take care to follow the rules and leave each place as pristine as you found it, for others to enjoy.

The old town of Fredrikstad in Norway

Urban attractions

As the Huffington Post points out, Norway's more urban attractions are also well worth a visit. Such attractions as Fredrikstad Fortress, the view from Mount Fløyen in Bergen and the city of Ålesund - both by day and night - are all prominently mentioned.

Lærdalstunnel, Norway

Quirky details

Some of the attractions that so charmed the Huffington Post may come as a surprise, as they are more properly called quirky details than attractions in their own right. For instance, as the newspaper correctly points out, the Lærdal road tunnel is the longest in the world of its kind. It is 15 miles long and has three colourfully lit chambers that serve to make the 20-minute drive less stressful for drivers. Other quirky but interesting things mentioned are Norway's national drink Aquavit, as well as a certain video about animal sounds:

 

Happy and safe

It's not all about seeing or experiencing, though, and the very first points that the Huffington Post brings up is the fact that Norway is one of the happiest and safest places on Earth. In the United Nations Happiness Report for 2012, Norway came third, rising to second place in the same in 2013. Also, crime rate in Norway is, as the Huffington Post points out, incredibly low.

People enjoying the view over Bergen from the Fløyen Mountain, Norway

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Last updated:  2014-07-04
The northern lights are visible in the winter from much of Northern Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/www.visitnorway.com
The northern lights are visible in the winter from much of Northern Norway
Enjoy the view of the Geirangerfjord from Ørneveien (the Eagle's Road) in Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Fjord Norway
Enjoy the view of the Geirangerfjord from Ørneveien (the Eagle's Road) in Norway

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Huffington Post declaring Norway the greatest place on Earth is in no small part due to the scenery and landscape - Photo: Christian Bothner

Norway is "the Greatest Place on Earth"

The international newspaper the Huffington Post is charmed by the beauty of Norway's fjords and islands, the midnight sun and the northern lights.

Norway is "the Greatest Place on Earth"

Source: Visitnorway

Attractions in Ålesund and Sunnmøre

The most popular attractions in the area are the Geirangerfjord, the bird island of Runde, Ålesund's Art Nouveau architecture and Alnes Lighthouse.

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Attractions in the Sognefjord area

See several of Norway's most popular attractions, such as the Nærøyfjord, Urnes Stave Church, Flåm Railway and Vettisfossen Waterfall.

Attractions in Bergen

Top attractions in Bergen include Bryggen, the Fløibanen Funicular, the Fish Market, the Edvard Grieg Museum at Troldhaugen and Fantoft Stave Church.

About Forsand, Bergen, Ålesund, Lærdal, Voss, Stranda

Bergen

Bergen is known for Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, the Fish Market, and surrounding mountains and fjords, such as the Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord.

Key facts about Ålesund and Sunnmøre

Ålesund has around 40,000 inhabitants. It is the largest town in Sunnmøre, a region known for fishing, maritime technology and furniture production.

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