Catch the Wild North

Iceland isn't the only place to revel in Nordic madness. Once the rest of Scandinavia has made it through another winter, the residents start to vibrate...they grin...they regress...and turn positively Viking. All you need to know is where and how to tap

Norway's Eye of the Needle Rock formation.     Photo: Corel

Norway
THE TRIP: Take a guided four-day, 75-mile trek on the Peer Gynt Trail, which winds between the Jotunheimen and Rondane mountains northwest of Lillehammer, with Borton Overseas (800-843-0602; www.bortonoverseas.com). Offered in July and August, $2,040 per person, including round-trip airfare from New York or Boston to Oslo. Or bust out on your own in Jotunheimen National Park, 458 square miles of soaring granite peaks, glaciers, alpine lakes, and evergreens in south-central Norway. The park contains more than 500 miles of marked hiking trails and 16 backcountry lodges maintained by the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association (www.dntoa.no). THE HUB: Canyoneering, mountain biking, rafting, fly-fishing—you'll find it all in Voss, the Boulder of Norway, 160 miles northwest of Oslo. For outfitter information, contact Voss Promotion (011-47-56-52-08-00; www.visitvoss.no). Book a room at the Rondo Hotel (011-47-56-53-10-00; www.rondo.no), which caters to a crowd that didnít come for the cable TV. Doubles run $75 per person, including breakfast. THE EVENT: The Arctic Sea Kayak Race (www.askr.no), a 120-mile race around the Vesteralen archipelago, plus a noncompetitive midnight paddle, July 22-26.

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