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February 2020 / Travel / by Sophie Hampton

Discover Norway

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Discover routes less travelled and enjoy a Norway travel experience during your next yachting adventure.

During recent years, yacht owners have pushed the envelope by creating luxury yachts that are specifically designed to traverse some of the world’s remotest regions in the most extreme conditions, driven by their desires to explore beyond traditional blue water havens and to travel more purposefully.

At the forefront of this revolution are German yacht builders, responsible for some of the world’s most luxurious explorer yachts, capable of travelling to some of the most breath taking off-the-beaten-track destinations, including the North Pole.

A Norway travel experience offers the ideal starting point from which to travel to the North Pole. Along the way discover diverse wildlife, deep coastal Fjords, icy glaciers, and breath-taking scenery.

Destinations to visit during a Norway travel experience.

Norway offers a wealth of experiences waiting to be discovered. Kick-start your Norway travel experience and head to Stravanger, Norway’s fourth largest city which offers an abundance of history and culture. Stroll the city’s charming streets, explore old-world architecture, and discover Norway’s oldest cathedral.

Stravanger offers a wealth of delicious dining options too, making this city a must-visit for culinary enthusiasts during a Norway travel adventure. Local ingredients reign supreme in Norway, so expect an abundance of freshly caught seafood, including delicious king crab and Atlantic cod, in addition to moose, reindeer, Norwegian lamb, and game meats, often accompanied by delicious wild berries and chanterelles. You’ll also find some of the world’s best cheeses.

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Once you’ve soaked up some of Norway’s city life, head to Sogneford, Norway’s longest fjord and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cruising down the fjord abroad your own private yacht is the ideal way to explore the  stunning scenery.  Discover quaint villages dotted along the fjord’s banks, cascading waterfalls, soaring glaciers, and an abundance of wildlife. Stop-off at the village of Undreday, famous for its delicious goats’ cheese, a must during a Norway travel experience.

Head to the Svalbard Islands 

These breath-taking islands are a must during a Norway travel experience and are the ideal stop-off as you travel to the North Pole.

The most northernmost year-round settlement on Earth, this Norwegian group of islands are located in the Arctic Ocean and offer an abundance of wildlife coupled with amazing views and untouched arctic wilderness, including several nature reserves, national parks, and bird sanctuaries.

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Polar bear sightings are a highlight of a Norway travel experience to the Svalbard Islands, along with reindeer, arctic foxes, and along the coastline, beluga whales.

Home of epic expeditions, adventure enthusiasts will delight in this stunning destination. Here you can ski, hike, and kayak. Alternatively explore this icy wonderland by snowmobile, or even on an exhilarating dog sled ride.

The islands are also home to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a doomsday vault which was purpose built and opened in 2008. This fascinating vault protects millions of seeds from climate change, wars, and natural disasters. The entrance to the seed vault features an eye-catching art installation by artist Dyveke Sanne, which reflects light in every direction.

Of course, no Norway travel experience would be complete without witnessing the spectacular Aurora Borealis, an experience that is unique to the polar regions.

Travel to the North Pole

Once you leave the Svalbard Islands it’s some 600 nautical miles to travel to the North Pole.

One of the rarest and most exclusive destinations on earth, few people can say they have stood on one spot in which every direction is facing south.

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But, before you travel to the North Pole, first cross the icy, wildlife-rich Barents Sea and stop off at Franz Josef Land, a Russian archipelago of more than 190 islands located in the Russian High Arctic, one of the most remotest spots in the world.

Rarely visited, this rugged icy wonderland is a nature sanctuary and the largest marine reserve in the Arctic, spanning some 88,000 square kilometers.  Around 85 percent of the archipelago  is made up of glaciers, making this an other-worldly destination not-to-be-missed.

Wherever you opt to explore, a Norway travel experience offers the ideal starting point to travel to the North Pole, offering an abundance of ice-filled adventure, spectacular wildlife, and out-of-this-world scenery.