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From Glamping to Exploring: The Best Day Trips and Excursions in Norway

Day Trips and Excursions in Norway
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Norway, a country renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty, is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers. While glamping, or glamorous camping, is an excellent way to immerse yourself in Norway’s stunning landscapes, taking day trips and excursions from your glamping base can elevate your experience to new heights.

Luckily, many glamping accommodations, such as those offered by WonderInn Properties, are conveniently located near a variety of exciting day trip destinations. You’ve heard about them, now you can be there, and enjoy the combination of adventure, comfort and validation which excursions from glamping sites bring.

Fjord Cruises and Kayaking Excursions

Fjord Cruises and Kayaking Excursions
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No visit to Norway would be complete without experiencing the majesty of its world-famous fjords. These deep, narrow inlets, carved by glaciers over thousands of years, offer some of the most spectacular scenery on Earth.

One of the best ways to explore the fjords is by taking a cruise or guided kayaking excursion. Every cruise operator worth its salt offers fjord cruises, and a wide range of fjord tour and adventure holiday companies, in addition to specialist kayak suppliers, offer the do-it-yourself paddling option.

Near WonderInn Properties’ glamping sites you’ll find several famous fjords which are perfect for day trips. The UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord, known for its stunning waterfalls and vertical cliffs, is a popular choice for cruises.

For a more intimate experience, consider a guided kayaking tour of the Nærøyfjord, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is the narrowest fjord in the world and also known for its waterfalls and spectacular mountain views. Here you can paddle through tranquil waters surrounded by towering mountains, and if you prefer to go at your own pace, non-group hires are also available.

When planning a fjord-based day trip, be sure to pack essentials like sunscreen, a camera and different layers to cater for changing weather conditions. Choosing a reputable tour operator with experienced guides can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Hiking and Nature Walks

Norway’s diverse landscapes offer endless opportunities for hiking and nature walks, many of which can be easily accessed from glamping sites. Whether you prefer a challenging full-day trek or a gentle stroll through the forest, there’s a trail for every level of fitness and enthusiasm.

Some of Norway’s most iconic hiking destinations can be found near WonderInn Properties glamping accommodations. The demanding but rewarding hike to Trolltunga, a dramatic rock formation overlooking Ringedalsvatnet lake, is a bucket-list experience for many adventurers.

For a less strenuous option, consider the hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), which offers breathtaking views of the Lysefjord. There is also Besseggen, in the Jotunheimen National Park, considered by National Geographic to be one the 20 most exciting hikes in the world, framed by the famous view of a blue lake on one side of the ridge and a green lake on the other.

Guided nature walks are another excellent way to explore Norway’s landscapes while learning about the local flora and fauna. Many glamping sites, including those offered by WonderInn Properties, can arrange guided walks with knowledgeable local experts who can share insights into the area’s ecology and natural history.

When preparing for a hiking day trip, be sure to pack plenty of water, snacks and appropriate footwear. Weather conditions can change quickly in Norway, so it’s also a good idea to bring several layers and waterproof gear.

Cultural and Historical Excursions

Cultural and Historical Excursions
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In addition to its natural wonders, Norway boasts a rich cultural heritage and fascinating history. Taking a day trip to explore some of the country’s cultural and historical sites can add depth and context to your glamping experience.

Near WonderInn Properties’ glamping sites you’ll find several destinations which offer a glimpse into Norway’s past. The UNESCO-listed Bryggen district in Bergen, with its colorful wooden buildings and narrow alleyways, is a prime example of traditional Norwegian architecture.

The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, which houses three well-preserved Viking ships from the 9th century, is another must-visit for history buffs. Oslo also houses the Norsk Folkemuseum, which showcases life in Norway across the centuries through open air exhibits, and Akershus Castle and Fortress, and further afield the ever-popular Old Town of Stavanger.

Visiting traditional Norwegian villages, stave churches or other open-air museums such as Maihaugen or Alta can also provide insight into the country’s cultural heritage. Many of these sites offer demonstrations of traditional crafts, music and dance, enabling you to experience Norway’s living history firsthand.

When planning a cultural or historical day trip, be sure to check opening hours and book tickets in advance when necessary. Allow plenty of time for travel, as some sites may be located a short distance from your glamping base.

Seasonal and Weather-Dependent Excursions

Seasonal and Weather-Dependent Excursions
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Norway’s diverse weather and seasonal changes offer unique day trip opportunities throughout the year. In the winter months, the northern regions of the country become a prime destination for viewing the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis.

Many glamping sites, including those offered by WonderInn Properties, can arrange Northern Lights tours or provide information on the best viewing spots. There is now a sophisticated network of these, given the demand and ability of the landscape to provide suitable sites.

In the summer the phenomenon of the midnight sun, where the sun remains visible throughout the night, allows for extended outdoor activities. Midnight hikes, fishing trips and beach visits are popular choices for summer day trips.

Other weather-dependent activities, such as skiing, snowshoeing or glacier walks, can also make for exciting day trips from your glamping base. Many glamping sites are located near ski resorts or winter sports areas, making it easy to take advantage of these opportunities.

When planning seasonal or weather-dependent day trips, it’s important to be prepared for variable conditions. Packing several layers, waterproof gear and appropriate footwear should ensure that you stay comfortable and safe no matter what the weather brings.

Conclusion

Norway’s stunning natural beauty, rich culture and fascinating history make it an ideal destination for day trips and excursions. By combining the comfort of glamping with the adventure of exploring, you can create an unforgettable Norwegian experience.

WonderInn Properties’ glamping sites, conveniently located near a range of exciting day trip destinations, provide the perfect base for your Norwegian adventures. Whether you choose to cruise the fjords, hike through stunning landscapes, delve into Norway’s cultural heritage or chase the Northern Lights, you’ll find endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.

With WonderInn Properties as your guide, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience in this awe-inspiring country. Start planning your glamping and day trip adventure in Norway today, and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime, in the best place to do it.

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