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Explore some of Norway’s most breathtaking destinations
A pristine landscape boasting majestic glaciers and vast fjords, Norway is a quintessential haven for nature lovers. Be it drifting along on a kayak or donning crampons for a frozen hike, be sure to experience Norway in all its aquatic glory.
Whale-watching in Tromso
The choppy waters of the Arctic fjords harbour frolicking whales that occasionally breach and blow to awed ‘oohs and aahs’ by whale-watchers. Depending on the movement of the herring, orca and humpback whales chart their marine courses into the Norwegian fjords, working together to secure their meals.
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The haunting melodies of the humpback whales are unique to each population and you’ll be able to hear these sequences of howls and moans from above water.
Tours from November to January – the best period for whale-watching – are catered to different preferences. Opt for a luxurious catamaran tour with ‘Arctic Explorer’ to whale-watch in the comfort of a toasty cabin. Otherwise, clamber aboard a smaller rib boat from Tromso Friluftsenter for a more intimate experience with these majestic aquatic mammals.
No Norwegian holiday is complete without an exploration of its breathtaking fjords and glaciers – especially the longest and deepest one in Norway, Sognefjord.
Known as ‘King of the Fjords’, the 205 km-long fjord is home to myriad natural wonders: lush foliage, cascading waterfalls and majestic glaciers. The most rugged explorers can take on the week-long challenge of traversing the entire impressive length of Sognefjord with kayak and paddle.
On the inner end of the fjord is Europe’s biggest glacier, Jostedalsbreen, around which many of the most adrenaline-inducing activities can be enjoyed. It goes without saying that this massive glacier should itself be explored and on foot, no less. Clip on some crampons, bundle up warmly and take a guided glacier hike across the crevasses of this magical blue landscape.
Putting an icy twist on whitewater rafting, IceTrolls Norway offers glacier river rafting at 500-900 KR per adult – a chilly but exhilarating affair as you crash down rocky rapids. Alternatively, canyoning with Fjord Active will entice the thrill-seekers among you as their guides take you swimming, climbing and leaping off cliffs – rest assured, they provide the necessary wetsuits, helmets and life-jackets to keep your inner layers warm and (hopefully) as dry as possible.
The sleepy village of Båly, Lindesnes is soon to become the charming setting for Under, the world’s largest underwater restaurant, which opens its doors this spring.
Perched half-submerged at the southern Norwegian coastline, the monolithic form of Snøhetta’s remarkably-designed architecture sits like a giant bobbing ice cube. A ramp from the shoreline leads down into the restaurant which rests on the seabed 16.5 feet below the surface.
Under boasts a delectable array of local seafood that guests can spend up to 4 hours fully indulging in. The 36-foot panoramic window is sure to enthral as you dine alongside the captivating marine realm.
Whether to Tromso, Sogndal or Lindesnes, there are no direct flights from Singapore so be prepared for 1 or 2 stops along the way. Affordable round-trips are offered by Wideroe Airlines to Sogndal, by Lufthansa Airlines to Tromso and by Emirates to Lindesnes’ Kristiansand Airport with stopovers at major cities like Oslo, Zurich, Munich and Amsterdam.