Norway is one of the geographically most interesting countries in the world – probably nobody doubts about that. Majestic mountains, waterfalls, impressive fjords…. In today’s post I prepared for you some less known facts about the fantastic landscape of the land of trolls. Maybe you would like to take a little trip after reading it?
1. There is an active volcano in Norway.
It is called Beerenberg and you can find it, fortunately, on the Arctic island of Jan Mayen, about 500 km east of Greenland. Apart from the research station there are no human settlements, so there is nothing to be afraid of.
For those of you who play Paradox games, you may have heard about the Jan Mayen easter egg 🙂
2. No one really knows how long the Norwegian coastline is.
It is known, however, that it is longer than the coastline of the USA, although the latter is 27 times bigger than Norway.
3. There are as many as 44 national parks in Norway.
This makes it into as much as 17% of the country’s area, while in Svalbard alone as many as 65! This is an absolute record all over the continent.
4. Kirkenes is further east than Finland as a whole.
Interestingly, it shares the time zone with Spanish Galicia, although the sunshine between the two places differs by up to 2.5 hours. Between 2011 and 2014, when Russia had a permanent summer time, crossing the border in winter resulted in a 3-hour change of time. Strange, especially considering that the surrounding areas were actually a common zone between Norway and Russia until 1826.
5. In Norway, there is the largest mountain plateau in the world …
Hardangervidda, where you can find the most famous Norwegian waterfalls and…
6. … the largest herd of reindeer in Europe.
Only 200 km west of Oslo, not at all in the Arctic.
7. It is not true that the farther north, the colder.
It all depends on how far from the coast we plan to go. If you plan to stay within a reasonable distance, you can count on the favor of Golfstrom, which means that even in the 350 km behind the Arctic Circle of Tromsø, the lowest temperature ever recorded is only -18 degrees (Celsius).
8. In Finland, a country known for its amazing lakes, there are about 188,000 lakes. In Norway… more than twice as many.
Of course, they are not so spectacular in terms of size and “concentration” in a relatively small area. But for that….
9. … Horningdalsvatnet, the lake in Sogn og Fjordane, is the deepest lake in Europe.
At the end of the 19th century it was established that at the lowest point it reaches as much as 514 m.
10. The highest peak in Norway (and by the way Scandinavia and Northern Europe in general), Galdhøppigen, belongs to the Crown of Europe.