Norway: Touring is expensive but the ambience is free

Rick Steves

Rick Steves

By Rick Steves
Seattle Times

When I’m in Norway, I’m always amazed at how clear it is that I am with “my people.” Three of my grandparents left hard times in Norway for hard times — with promise — in the United States.

Whether or not your grandparents came from Norway, nature is the real draw here. It’s a land of intense beauty, with famously steep mountains and deep fjords carved out and shaped by an ancient ice age.

When I’m in Norway, I find myself spending lots of time sitting on porches at Victorian-era hotels, mesmerized by the Norwegian mountains. Rather than jagged, they’re bald and splotchy, with snowfields on top and characteristic cliffs plunging into inky water.

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