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Destinations

Undiscovered Musandam

 

 

Musandam is located in the northernmost part of Oman. Till a few years ago, it was hardly accessible to tourists. The Omanis on Musandam are still very traditional, in contrast to the other residents of Oman. Musandam is located on the Strait of Hormuz. The peninsula, with nearly 2000km² of area, divides the Gulf of Oman and the Persian-Arabian Gulf. The many bays, similar to the Norwegian fjords, earned Musandam the sobriquet “Norway of Arabia”.

The peninsula is dominated by the high mountains that slope steeply, partly directly into the sea. The highest peak is the Jebel Harim, with 2087 meters. There in the mountains, there are plateaus, from which you can enjoy brilliant views. On a clear day, you can look up to approximately 60 km away to the Iranian coast. Once a year, one of these plateaus is locked and guarded for several weeks.

Khasab is the capital of Musandam. The Khasab Castle Museum is a treat for lovers. Here lies the history of Oman, Musandam and Khasabs, which are illustrated wonderfully. The museum is richly equipped and is very well maintained. A highlight is the traditional dolls in national costume.

The harbor is well worth a visit. Much is produced there by smugglers of boats who are operating out of Iran. The Iranians exchange sheep and goats for cigarettes and electronic equipment. The Omani side of this trade is legal.

For sports enthusiasts, there are many dive trips. The intact underwater world around the Musandam Peninsula fascinates more and more divers. There are huge schools of fish, which sometimes take several minutes to pass the divers. Completely intact coral reefs, turtles, barracudas and seahorses can be observed in the various dive sites. For night dives, you can get lobsters, lionfishes, nudibranchs and many more. The water temperature is always about 23 ° C. The currents are well known and the dive guides are usually avoided.

 

 

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The Mountains of the Giant Abyss

 

In the mountains Kjerag in Norway, we can find some of the steepest cliffs in the world. Among them is a wall of more than 1,000 meters that ideal for free-fall or Base Jumping.

In fact, this plateau has been transformed in recent years and was made a favorite travel destination for lovers of this modality.

The Kjerag plateau is on the south side of the Lysefjord, Rogaland, and is a popular tourist destination and fans of extreme sports.

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The Frost Mesetas in Norway

 

Norway is not just a collection of magnificent fjords and rugged coast in terms of scenery. To the north of Norway, lie the Highlands of Finnmark, also known as Norwegian plateau (Finnmarkvidda).

The Finnmarkvidda plateaus are the coldest areas of Norway.

 

 

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The Norsk Folkrmuseum in Oslo, Norway

The Norsk Folkemuseum in Oslo is a special museum, not only because it is an outdoor museum, but because it does not tell of kings or queens, artists or warriors, but it tells of ordinary people. The museum exhibits the rich or poor, how they lived, and where they lived.

Over 150 buildings and faithful reconstruction of houses from different eras, different places, and different backgrounds, illustrate how men and women have lived (and lived) in Norway. This is the Cultural Historical Museum in Oslo, the largest of its kind in Norway.

The museum displays Oslo’s major buildings like the Goals, as well as the medieval wooden church of the thirteenth century. It also shows the museum in 1907 and the Raulandstua, which dates back to the 14th century.

Norsk Folkrmuseum

Norsk Folkrmuseum

Norsk Folkrmuseum

 

The Norsk Folkemuseum is located on the Bygdøy peninsula, where there are other important museums in Oslo, like the museum of the Vikings, the Kon-Tiki Museum (which houses the raft which Thor and his companions crossed the Pacific in 1947), and Fram Museum, dedicated to polar expeditions. In the summer, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket prices are at 13 euros.

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Cruising to the Norwegian fjords

 

Norway is certainly an uncommon destination for holidays. It is full of mystery and charm. The best way to visit the famous Norwegian fjords is to travel on boats with a Hurtigruten cruise.

For more than a century, these ferries have been traveling along the Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkenes and beyond the Arctic Circle; thus, maintaining a link to the coastal towns, even when the roads are impassable for the snow.

This is a more economic way to travel than the classic cruises. So much that it has become the preferred means to travel, even by the Norwegians themselves. Also, it is good to know what accommodation and meals are preferred beforehand.

The travel is from Bergen to Kirkenes or vice versa, which lasts for seven days. The boat stops in 35 ports to download mail, leaving time for passengers to visit the towns and to make excursions to the most beautiful places in Norway.

Truly the best way to celebrate the holidays in Norway. Enjoy!