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article imageNorway, among the happiest and most beautiful places on earth Special

By Igor I. Solar     Jun 5, 2014 in Travel
Norway is well known for its stunning scenery, easily accessible fjords, gorgeous mountains and beautiful cities. It is great destination for nature lovers as well as those interested in historic places. To some, Norway is the greatest place on Earth.
Our planet is full of interesting places, both those that remain pristine as well as those in which the natives of each country have gathered in cities, built extraordinary structures, and show their culture and heritage in parks, museums, or markets. However, there are locations that seem to congregate a larger share of natural beauty and scenic cities. Such is the case in Norway.
A recent report published in Huffington Post describes Norway as the greatest place on Earth. The article includes descriptions and photographs of events and places in various parts of the beautiful Scandinavian country which, according to the author, support the labeling.
Bergen  Norway  seen from the top of Mount Fløyen.
Bergen, Norway, seen from the top of Mount Fløyen.
Section of Bergen  Norway with buildings from the time of the historic Hanseatic League. This area w...
Section of Bergen, Norway with buildings from the time of the historic Hanseatic League. This area was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.
Bergen  Norway. The Bryggen  seen from across the harbor.
Bergen, Norway. The Bryggen, seen from across the harbor.
The list of 25 items that substantiate Norway as the best place in the world to live and visit includes socio-cultural aspects such as the "incredibly low" crime rate; the high level of happiness of its people (second in the world); and the concept of "Allemannsrett" literally meaning "all men's rights" or "the right to roam."
The notion of "Allemannsrett" summarizes the Outdoor Recreation Act of 1957 granting public right of access to and passage through uncultivated and uninhabited areas and privately owned public land for recreation and exercise. Thus, people have the freedom to pitch a tent or hike through the open wilderness, climb a rock, or pick wild-berries anywhere, just to name a few examples. However, hunting and fishing rights remain with the landowner.
Other elements in the list refer to geographic features like the ability to enjoy 24 continuous hours of summer sun in northern Norway, beyond the Arctic Circle; to observe an aurora borealis; navigate through wonderful fjords, or visit the hills, parks, historic buildings and museums in cities such as Oslo, Bergen or Ålesund.
The city of Alesund seen from  Aksla Hill  shortly before sunset.
The city of Alesund seen from Aksla Hill, shortly before sunset.
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Aerial view of the Bygdøy Peninsula  Oslo  Norway.
Aerial view of the Bygdøy Peninsula, Oslo, Norway.
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Formal gardens in Vigeland Sculpture Park  Oslo  Norway.
Formal gardens in Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo, Norway.
Also included in the list of 25 attractions are the possibilities to observe polar bears, reindeer and dozens of species of seabirds in the Svalbard Islands, in the Arctic Ocean.
The full list of reasons that make Norway a fantastic destination for visitors, which likely justify the happiness of its people, can be seen here. Also, if you want to see additional images of incredible natural scenery in Norway visit this link.
Mountain scenery along the train route from Bergen to Oslo.
Mountain scenery along the train route from Bergen to Oslo.
Beautiful water and mountain scenery in Norway.
Beautiful water and mountain scenery in Norway.
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