Norwegians claim that Norway is the most beautiful country in Scandinavia.reine-lofoten-2009 You may want to find out if they are right. You have all heard about fjords and mountains, and oil and fishing. But is this all Norway has to offer? If you have never visited Norway, you might think that this is all they have got. If you have been there, we believe there are still few tips to give you that will make it worth visiting again.
Let us start with fish. Norway has a very long coastline; in fact it is more than 2.650 km long if you just draw a line along the coast. But if you add fjords and islands, you can explore more than 25.000 km! And all along this line there are possibilities to catch fish, crabs, lobster, scallops etc. So a big industry with a very long history of Norway is linked to fish. If you ever go to Portugal, Spain or Italy, you can easily find a variety of Bachalao with local adoptions. This is salted and dried cod most likelycaught off the coast of Norway that is called Klippfisk here. But this fish has found other markets as well. For example, it is hard to imagine a Christmas Celebration without Bachalao mixed with tomato salsa in Mexico. Then you have probably heard that Scandinavians eat herring at least 3 times a day. This is not exactly true, but there is lot of herrings made with variations. Salted, pickled, fried, fermented. And, of course, salmon together with trout – it is also available worldwide, and it can be a nice dish to try in some local restaurants.
With a long coastline, the connection to the sea is natural. If you asked a boy in docks of Singapore 35 years ago what was the biggest country in the world, he would probably answer “Norway”. Almost every second ship had a Norwegian flag at those times. The story is a bit different today, but shipping industry is still one of biggest in this country.