The Nærøyfjord is the narrowest fjord in the world; this fjord is set in a beautiful landscape, lost between mountains of more than 1,300 meters of altitude. When you visit it you have the feeling of having reached the end of the world, or at least one of its most forgotten area. However, on a small plain near the coast, you will find a farm, a few dozen lambs and two spans of cultivated land. The farm is called Styvi and its only inhabitants are two seniors who have lived there their entire lives.
In any other place in the world, Styvi would have been abandoned for decades. But this isn’t another place in the world, this is Norway. A country where nature is pampered and venerated. Living as lost as you can in the midst of nature is part of the Norwegian genetic code. So Styvi, its lambs and its two inhabitants are entitled to the same services as any other Norwegian citizen. In fact, Styvi has its own postal code (5748 Styvi) and the ferry from Flåm to Gudvangen stops at the small jetty, as long as their neighbours turn on a warning light. Are you planning to visit Norway in summer? If so, check out this post and discover a fabulous area of Norway that blooms during summer.
Norway in summer
Norway in summer and in any season is a fabulous natural spot. A pristine and undisturbed ecosystem made up of fjords, lakes, mountains and glaciers. And there isn’t a better way to witness the beauty of the country than in the route that covers Stavanger and Bergen, the two southern fjord capitals, old fishing villages that today have replaced the revenues of cod and herring for tourism and oil. Stavanger is a pleasant surprise for the traveller because it preserves one of the best old hulls of the fjords: Gamla Stavanger. It’s a real pleasure stroll along the streets of this “old city” with its neat white wooden houses.
Once you have explored Stavanger it’s time to visit the north. There are two ways to travel to Bergen. The fastest is the E39 road. Nevertheless, this route is the least recommended for travellers, because it runs mostly across tunnels and you hardly see the stunning landscape. Then there is the slower but pleasant route, which crosses the best of the Norwegian south. For example, the Folgefonna National Park, a protected area that includes the homonymous glacier where you can ski even in summer. It is worth going up, even if you don’t ski, just for the spectacular views of the road and the places you will see.
A walk on the glacier
Another ice experience is offered by the Jostedal Glacier, this one in the Sognefjord, northeast of Bergen. The Jostedalen is one of the most famous accessible glaciers in this area of Norway. Wherever you travel, cascades of varying sizes and shapes will appear on all sides. One of the most beautiful is the Steinsdalsfossen, in Norheimsund, just before Bergen. A waterfall of about 50 meters in height with the peculiarity that you can pass behind the waterfall thanks to a paved path. Steinsdalsfossen was formed suddenly in 1699 when the river changed its course naturally. There are also many waterfalls, between Odda and Skare, a narrow gorge full of lakes and waterfalls that seem to be designed on purpose. The fjords are certainly a fabulous a paradise, perfect for different summer holidays. Some Fjords were built by man, like the Stegastein, near Aurland. But, undoubtedly, the spectacular Fjords are natural artworks.
The perfect example of a Natural Fjord is certainly the Preikestolen, a balcony carved by glaciers with a fall of 600 meters cut to peak and on the narrow and beautiful Lysefjord. Furthermore, this fjord offers a cinematic location, with unique views, perfect for capturing the best images. The success of the Preikestolen is that its access is relatively simple: about two and a half hours of easy walking.More complex is the access to the viewpoint Trolltunga, a granite platform that emerges on the Sørfjroden, one of the classic excursions in the area of Hardangerfjorden. If you want to reach the summit, you have to get to Tyssedal and climb up to the Skjeggdal. In total, round trip, it’s about eight hours. If you don’t mind walking and you want privacy, we suggest you take this route.
The beauty of Bergen
After spending some time exploring the natural areas of Norway, you must finish your route in the city of Bergen. Bergen features the most famous harbour on the Norwegian coast and one of the most beautiful cities in the country. This city owes its existence to maritime trade with the Hanseatic League, and its current fame, to a group of 11 brightly coloured wooden houses. While strolling along the dock, it’s easy to imagine what the port activity would be like in those distant days. Nowadays, the port is full of restaurants and bars instead of workers loading boxes of cod or any other merchandise. Don’t miss the chance to sit on a bench and drink a beer while enjoying the long summer nights.
Are you ready for visiting Norway in summer? If still don’t know where to spend your next holidays, why don’t you visit this lovely mountainous paradise? Norway Rules! Don’t miss the opportunity for visiting Norway in Summer.