Summer in Norway is a breath of fresh air, literally. Daylight stretches far into the evening, and the craggy coastal landscapes are ideal for exploring on foot. There’s little habitation here, just vast expanses of extraordinarily pretty scenery.
Fjords and Forests
Time spent in the enveloping forests and fjords takes on a surreal, suspended quality. Mossy woodlands with every variation on the colour green are incredibly peaceful; sounds of nature surround you, wind rustles through the trees and streams gently lull.
The real draw is the fjords though: majestic panoramas of mountains and narrow water channels. It’s easy to sit back and stare, but the scenery is just too good not to experience. Challenging hikes take you up and around the mountains, sometimes opening out on dramatic jutting promontories that give uninterrupted views over the fjords and rocky terrain.
On the Water
On the water, the still, tranquil landscapes are perfect for boat trips passing by waterfalls that tumble down the cliffs, with water so clean you can fill your drinking bottle. Kayak on the glassy waters and watch endless ripples break up the mountain reflections. Do as the locals do and head out for a days fishing, where the far-reaching islands meet the ocean, then take your catch to be cooked at one of the many fish restaurants.
Where to Stay
Turf-topped hotel Storfjord has a traditional wood-panelled Norwegian design with a contemporary edge, located in a mossy forest overlooking the fjords. You can stroll straight from the hotel to woodland walks and when you return a hot tub and a delicious meal await.