New York Times.........

The New York Times recommends the "Stunnig Lyngen Alps" in Northern Norway as one of the "31 places to Go in 2010", and asks "Who needs a penthouse suite when you can book a lighthouse on a private island ?"

The US newspaper writes that with an acclaimed new opera house and plenty of high-end dining options, Oslo is already a must-visit urban destination. But this year the focus should be on the wilds of the Norwegian countryside. With its dazzling Nordic light and dramatic landscape, Norway is perhaps the most unexplored and exotic corner of Europe.

- Having convinced the world that its fjords and southern coastline make the country a great summer getaway, Norwegians have begun showcasing its charms as a winter destination

The paper says that specialized trekking and ski tours can open up pristine areas of the north like the stunning Lyngen Alps, with high-speed boats to shuttle across the fjord to ski trails that would otherwise be inaccessible.

And the country’s indifference to trendy boutique hotels and splashy resorts — long the lament of global tourism professionals — is just what appeals to a more discerning clientele. "Who needs a penthouse suite when you can book a lighthouse on a private island?" writes New York Times correspondent  Andrew Ferren.

(NRK)

Rolleiv Solholm

 

 

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