Norwegian’s typically are very active people, scattered across Norway you’ll find no shortage of Ski centres, hiking trails and even boating areas for sailing or canoeing, especially in more southern areas.
There are beautiful scenic hiking trails all across Norway, some of the most popular being around Stavanger, Google will tell you many routes if you search a specific area for hiking trails but if you get the chance ask a Norwegian! Many of them take Sunday hikes and will happily share their favourite routes with you. While hiking is beautiful in the summer months, I would avoid it over the harsh winter unless you’re a very experienced walker, frozen lakes literally disappear under the layers of snow.
If you’re feeling brave when the snow sets in winter sports is a great way to throw yourself into the culture here, for those of you that still have energy after a long day skiing or snowboarding many ski resorts also offer ‘after-ski’ parties, which are exactly what they sound like.
If you fancy a quieter time after your busy day glögg during the winter months is a warm wine drink served over the Christmas period and can be found at most cafes.
There are commonly clubs in most areas of Norway for:
Handball, football, running, skiing and cycling.
More relaxed activities include knitting and crafts. Some areas hold craft fairs where you can rent a stall and sell you’re creations. If you’re feeling really Norwegian try knitting a Marius jumper, it’s the most tradition, iconic pattern here!