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Choosing a “favorite country” is pretty much impossible for a frequent traveler; it's a question that many of us hate being asked because we never have a straight answer.
But, while I don't know that I can pinpoint one country as my absolute favorite, I can usually give a list of my (current) top picks.
And, these days, Norway is always on that list.
Ever since my first visit to Norway in 2015, there's been something about the country that continues to draw me back. It's not just one thing, but rather a combination, I think, of amazing scenery, good quality of life, delicious seafood, and ease of travel.
It's a country that I definitely see myself returning to again and again.
Last year, I put a post together of my favorite photos from Norway, which highlighted cities like Ålesund, Trondheim, Tromsø, and Oslo, and natural features like fjords and mountains and the Northern Lights.
But after yet another trip to Norway this year, I feel like I have even MORE proof that Norway is straight out of a fairy tale.
Check out these 25 additional photos that prove that Norway is, indeed, magical:
Even though it wasn't close to a meal time, I pulled over along the National Tourist Route on Senja just for this picnic spot.
The view of Tromsø from Fjellheisen tramway looks like something straight out of “Frozen.”
The Lofoten Islands get a lot of love on social media, but I think the fishing town of Husøy is just as pretty!
Yes, Bryggen in Bergen really is this colorful!
This beach in Northern Norway sure looks magical to me.
These little red houses in the port town of Gryllefjord look like they belong in the pages of a storybook.
These craggy mountains from the Tungeneset viewpoint on Senja look like the perfect place for trolls to live.
I hiked to the top of Ørnfløya for this amazing view out over the island of Sommarøy.
These buildings in Bergen are hundreds of years old – think of the stories they could tell!
I pulled a U-turn after crossing the Hadsel Bridge on the way to Stokmarknes because the color of that water just begged to be photographed.
Another magical beach in Norway, this time along the Andøya coast.
Again… perfect troll mountains!
The Midnight Sun is magical, too – seen here at the Vesterålen Kysthotell in Stokmarknes.
The Andøya coast took my breath away! It reminds me a bit of Scotland, another of my favorite places in the world.
Nope, the color of that water isn't Photoshopped!
Sailing along Norway's fjords, you see all sorts of picture-perfect villages, like Undredal on the Aurlandsfjord.
“I want to see mountains again, mountains Gandalf!”
This happy goat could come straight off the pages of a fairy tale, don't you think?
The sea views in Andenes are pretty epic.
And Midnight Sun “sunsets” can be pretty epic, too.
Fun fact: Norway has beaches that look like this!
I may or may not have stopped to make a wish on one of these giant dandelions along the road to Tromsø.
Sorry, I really couldn't get enough of these red cabins, OR that magical reflection.
Misty fjords always make me think about myths and legends – of which there are plenty in Norway!
Lastly, there are few views more magical than Norway from above on a sunny afternoon!
Have you been to Norway? If not, which of these photos would inspire you to book a trip?