Embracing the contrast between snow covered mountains and blooming valleys among the fjords, sustainable luxury travel curator Up Norway invites travelers to experience the Norwegian concept of “våryrhet” this spring. To the Scandinavian natives, våryrhet is the special feeling felt when spring arrives after a long, cold winter. Up Norway embraces våryrhet with outdoor adventures, recently harvested food and drink, and more on its curated journeys. Travelers can also enjoy the acclaimed Hardanger International Cider Fest, which returns May 11 – 14.
As spring emerges, Norwegian days are increasingly filled with more light, filling locals and travelers with energy and a feeling of euphoria. Popular activities during these months for both locals and guests include putting away the winter wardrobe, hiking, jogging, cycling, drinking “utepils” (directly translated to “outdoor lager”) at every street corner, enjoying saunas and even swimming in the arctic waters. The sun also brings with it the blossoming of fruit trees and cider from Hardanger, which has recently exploded in popularity. For travelers looking to combine Norwegian nature with the award-winning cider, a cider safari by boat in the Hardangerfjord features everything from farm visits to cider tastings, all while viewing waterfalls, glaciers, and orchards. For true cider lovers, Up Norway can arrange a trip to Hardanger from May 11 – 14 to experience the annual Hardanger International Cider Fest where travelers can enjoy a ‘utecider’ with locals.
With customized journeys starting in Oslo or Bergen, travelers can also experience additional springtime activities from walking on the art installation across the Vøringsfossen waterfall, to hiking the Trolltunga Sunset Sunrise Hike. As travel curators and local insiders, Up Norway designs bespoke itineraries tailored to an individual’s preference, making each journey unique.