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Do You Know That? Norway And The BEST Place There

Published: 22.1.2012
In the third part of tour we will do the list of the Norwegian BEST places. We will visit the highest mountain, the longest fjord, the largest lake and waterfall, and other attractions in the Nordic countries.

In the first two stops of Norwegian we approached the Lofot archipelago and the Hanseatic city of Bergen, situated on the west coast. Today's part will be devoted to the contrary, comprehensive information from a geographic perspective, but from the entire troll country that is more than any other dotted with hundreds even thousands of smaller, but especially with larger and more powerful waterfalls. The largest of these is Vettisfossen with a height of 273 m throughout and is the highest waterfall in northern Europe. Some sources indicate up to 300 meter free fall. This massive waterfall located in a valley at the end Utladálen Ardalsfjorden fjord, which is one of Norway's largest ever arms fjord Sognefjorden. Which brings us to the second best, which is just the most fjord, which I at our portal has published a separate article, and an extensive photo gallery (link here). Sognefjord is truly a unique work of nature. The sea here is deep cuts in more than 220 km into the Norwegian inland. Dark water fed by hundreds of tributaries and waterfalls, which gradually changes its composition from marine to freshwater. So here on the coast as well as doing fishing and especially tourism, as most cruise liners retracts deep into the interior, where above the fjord rises steep cliffs up to 1000 meters. Few can imagine that the height of the surrounding massifs is about the same as the depth below the surface, so that the fjords are also some of the world's deepest valley at all, even though half flooded with water. More accurate and colourful description, however, can be found mainly in my earlier article.

Norway's highest point is Mount Galdhøpiggen with a height of 2469 meters above sea level and is part of the Jotunheimen mountain area, which means Home of Giants! Mountain, which is located in southern Norway, is home to virtually all 29 highest mountains of the Earth. Jotunheimen National Park, the region of steep mountain ranges, lakes, is rightly one of the most popular trekking and climbing regions across Scandinavia. Top Galdhøpiggen is relatively easily accessible. The entire output from the starting station takes about 4 hours during which it is necessary to overcome even unpleasant glacier slope with many cracks, which can only go with an experienced local guide. From the top, if there is good visibility, you can watch an area of ​​almost 35 000 km² big.

The last stop will be the largest lake in terms of area and thus Mjøsa. Again, is located in the southern part of the country, while its area is 365 km ² (for comparison Lipno is 48,7 km ²). The greatest depth measured here is 468 meters. At the northern edge of the well-known Olympic city of Lillehammer. The lake is classically flow and its use is primarily recreational. In addition to its shores already mentioned Lillehammer are even less popular cities Hamar and Gjøvik. Hamar became famous thanks to its well-known speed skating track "Viking ship" and then Gjøvik sports hall carved directly into the rock - the largest stadium in the world. All three cities joined in the Olympic in 1994. At that time Norway became the second after Russia's most successful countries in terms of medals. Czech Republic, unfortunately, had not received even one location. By contrast, in 1999, Czech hockey players here have won the world championship - the first of three gold medal successes.

The list is the BEST places for the day exhausted and there's nothing to look forward to continuing the Norwegian tour.

See you next week!

Text: Jan Chaloupka

Photo: Wikipedia Commons: J.K.Fjellestad, Sondrekv, Per Olav B., Tauno R.

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