We were invited by travel rewards currency Avios to tell them our favourite travel destination in Europe and as someone who is more at home with the countryside than city life, it probably comes as no surprise that my dream destination in Europe is one that is perhaps better known for its rural qualities than for any urban metropolises.
When asked by Avios for my “most inspiring destination” in Europe, therefore, I decided to choose Norway. Whether it be the fjords, the Northern Lights, the midnight sun or the outdoors in general, this country has it all and is arguably one of the most beautiful places on the planet. My personal favourite is the fjords of the west coast which in the Summer months are as dramatic as they are green. Whether you enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing or simply taking in the amazing views, there is something there for everyone to enjoy – a fabulous destination when you’re travelling solo, with a partner or with family.
The area is easily accessible and each fjord has its own unique character and charm. You’ll find the world’s second longest fjord here (Sognejord, at just over two hundred kilometres long), some amazing waterfalls and the dramatic Preikestolen (also known as Pulpit Rock). A great way to get around if you don’t feel like driving is by rail – if you choose that option, don’t miss the opportunity to go on the Flam Railway where you’ll be able to soak up an amazing panoramic view of the fjords and mountains of the area.
*Image of Trolltunga, Norway via Shutterstock