Scan Magazine | Issue 71 | December 2014

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RIGHT: Dog sledding is a popular and extraordinary pastime in the very north of Norway. Photo: Terje Rakke. LEFT: Revel in sublime nature experiences in Northern Norway, such as the enchanting Northern Lights. Photo: Gaute Bruvik

Arctic adventures await Northern lights. Midnight sun. Svalbard. A dazzling array of exciting activities. Arctic Norway is unique in many ways, and never fails to fascinate.

on the Top 10 listing of the 'The Best Regions in the World 2015'.

By Visit Norway | Photos: Gaute Bruvik & Terje Rakke

The bestselling yearbook highlights 16 other inspirational listings, where Norway made it onto another three lists, including ‘Unforgettable Family Travel Experiences’ and ‘Most illuminating places’. Northern Norway featured fifth on the list of top regions ahead of Flores in Indonesia, Chile’s Atacama Desert and Macau, China. According to the book “Northern Norway is going to blow your mind with its heartbreakingly beautiful landscapes of glaciers and fjord-riven mountains, all bathed in crystal-clear light. Welcome to one of Europe’s last great wildernesses.” We hope to see you there!

The North Cape, Europe's northernmost point, remains a goal for many travellers to Arctic Norway, and crossing the Arctic Circle is only the first step on the long journey north. Whether you are venturing north in search of the Northern Lights or the midnight sun; as a wildlife enthusiast or a keen golfer; on a cruise or on land – the region has something different to offer. Tee off at Tromsø Golfpark, the world's northernmost golf course; join a giant crab safari in Kirkenes; go dog sledding or snowmobiling in Lapland; or take the trip of a lifetime to Svalbard to see the polar bear in its natural habitat. You will be awed by this fascinating destination. Are you ready for the adventure? The magical lights Seeing the Northern Lights (aurora borealis), is a jaw-dropping moment, and Arctic Norway is one of the best places on earth to observe this striking natural phenomenon.

The interest in trips to Northern Norway to watch this spectacular lightshow has soared in recent years. Visitor numbers are expected to receive a further boost this winter, as the forthcoming season is set to offer one of the best opportunities to see the Northern Lights in a decade or more. This is due to a natural phenomenon where the sun’s polarity flips, which happens approximately every 11 years. Seeing the Northern Lights in Norway is on many travellers’ bucket lists. “We hope to fulfil and exceed people’s dreams about seeing the Northern Lights this coming season,” says Director of Tourism in Norway, Per-Arne Tuftin. Northern Norway named one of the best regions in the world by Lonely Planet Northern Norway also impresses Lonely Planet in their Best in Travel 2015 book, where Northern Norway scoops a place

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