Norway is located on the western side of the Scandinavian Peninsula. It is bordered by Sweden, the North Sea, and the Norwegian Sea. One reason to travel that far north is the architecture.
There are several noteworthy destinations including the Borgund Stave Church and the tiny farm houses along the western coast.
Borgund Stave Church – Source
The mountain farms in Renndolsetra are particularly impressive. They are located in the Innerdalen Valley. These farms produced cheese, sour cream, and butter until 1988, but visitors can still get some from the locals today. During the summer, there are cows roaming about. In the background, several mountain ranges tower over the farms. Store Trolla, Skarfjellet, and Innerdalstarnet are three of the most impressive.
Renndølsetra – Source
The most notable feature of these farm houses are the roofs. They are completely covered by grass and moss. These houses blend right into the mountainside.
In Tjome, along the coast at Verdens Ende, there’s a stone lighthouse that is shaped like a hut. It has a pyramidal roof and a rectangular cabin. There’s a lantern suspended over the water by a long wooden pole that is cantilevered over the roof. It’s definitely worth visiting.
Tjome – Source
Norway also has beautiful waterfalls and natural swimming pools. The Aurora (northern lights) is another reason to travel there.
Aurora – Source
Start at the Kvednafossen Waterfall. It’s located in Oppland. This was once the source of water for a sawmill at Jonegarden farm. The structures of the mill remain. The cascading waters cut through a lush wooded region. Shimmering rocks dot the creek bed. It’s a great place to relax and eat lunch.
Kvednafossen Waterfall – Source
If you want to experience a powerful waterfall, visit the #15 bridge in Norway. It crosses the path of a large waterfall. The location is surrounded by mountains. A more relaxing waterfall can be found at the #3 bridge. The Latefossen Waterfall flows underneath the bridge. The area has a mythical appearance.
Bridge – Source
The Aurora Borealis looks great in Norway. The name was given to this natural light display by Galileo in 1619. ‘Aurora’ is the Roman goddess of the dawn, and ‘Borealis’ is derived from ‘Boreas’, which is the Greek god of the north wind and winter.
The colors of the northern lights is interesting. Red light occurs at the highest altitudes. It is formed by excited atomic oxygen. Human eyes can see this wavelength (630 nm) because the eye’s sensitivity is low, and the concentration of atoms is low.
Green light (557.7 nm) is visible at lower altitudes. There’s high concentration of atomic oxygen, and the eye’s sensitivity is high. Both of these factors make this wavelength visible.
Blue light (428 nm) exists at a lower altitude than green. The wavelength is produced by molecular nitrogen and ionized molecular nitrogen.
Yellow and pink are sometimes possible when red, green, and blue mix. Infrared and ultraviolet light aren’t visible, but they are present in auroras.
Old Village – Source