Norwegians most proud of their ‘fjords og fjell’

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Norway’s fjords and mountains (fjell) remain the best things the country has to offer its visitors, according to a new survey of Norwegians. Nearly 80 percent gave the highest marks to the fjords and mountains as the country’s single biggest tourist attraction.

Norway's mountains and fjords, like here outside Lærdal, remain the nation's top tourist attraction, according to the locals. PHOTO: Views and News

The survey was conducted by research firm YouGov for Novasol, a large leaser of holiday homes in Europe. Its results were reported in the most recent issue of Fjell og Vidde, the magazine for members of the Norwegian Trekking Association (Den Norske Turistforeningen, DNT).

The survey results dashed any expectations that Norway’s urban areas, far more trendy and popular among locals than ever before, would rank high among those recommending sights to see. Only 5 percent of those questioned gave top marks to cultural and historic landmarks, while Norway’s cities, nightlife, entertainment and culinary traditions were mentioned by so few that they didn’t affect statistics.

“Given the enormous development of urban offerings in recent years, it’s interesting that we still think Norway’s great outdoors and natural scenery is the best we have,” Espen Hjulstad, leader of Novasol in Norway, told Fjell og Vidde.

Views and News staff