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Fjords, the Northern Lights and Vikings are the essential components of a trip to Norway. And the Norwegians’ yearning for country cabins and cottages mean even far-flung corners of the country are blessed with memorable boltholes and hideaways far from the capital, Oslo. Here’s our pick, bookable on Culture Trip.
Luxury hotels and sleek urban apartments are perfect for a city break, but when you’re planning a vacation in Norway, there’s nothing like immersing yourself in nature. Make yourself cosy in one of these Scandinavian log cabins with views of the Aurora Borealis and expansive fjords, and prepare for outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, cycling and even dog sledding.
Deep in the rugged folds and watery chasms of Norway’s fjordland, even the spectacular standards of the region are eclipsed by the wonder of Geirangerfjord. At 260m (853ft) deep and hemmed in by 1,700m-high (5,577ft) mountains, this Unesco World Heritage site is among the most popular natural attractions in the country. The Grande Hytteutleige og Camping’s south-facing location on a rare land shelf gives its straightforward cottages and cabins searing fjord-and-mountain vistas, marred only by occasional cruise ships. It’s all hopelessly scenic, but you’ll probably never have it to yourself.
Girdled by magnificent snow-capped peaks, Bøyum Camping stands in a lush meadow at the head of the 25km-long (16mi) Fjærlandsfjord, which is itself merely one arm of the vast Sognefjord. Just a short walk away is the Norwegian Glacier Museum, while a short drive delivers tantalising glimpses of Bøyabreen, a branch of Jostedalsbreen – the largest glacier in continental Europe. Part of a family-owned campsite, these self-catering cabins offer straightforward rooms for four (some with bunk beds) and dormitories. If you tire of the scenery, it also has beach volleyball, and bike rentals are available.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Danai Christopoulou.