Norway is a year-round playground with endless adventures for travelers. This modern Scandanavian country is one of the safest in the world, and most of the locals speak English. The Norwegians love the outdoors and believe in keeping their nation’s natural spaces open for public use. This is the concept of “allemannsretten,” which translates in English to “every man’s right” and the freedom to roam on just about any undeveloped property as long as you are respectful and don’t leave any traces of your stay behind. Norway is a backpacker’s paradise, filled with budget hack possibilities. Pack a tent and hitchhike across the beautiful countryside if your travel funds are tight. You’ll find cheap campground accommodations with warm showers, clothes washing facilities, and charging stations. In Norway, hiking is still the best way to experience the breathtaking vistas. For those who enjoy unique experiences during their getaway, consider a sailboat tour in the fjords. No matter what you type of travel experience you envision, you’re sure to create one-of-a-kind, life-changing memories in Norway.

01Hit the Stoltzekleiven Trail

View from Sandviksfjellet Bergen, Norway. ph2212 / Getty Images

In the heart of the Norwegian city of Bergen is a steep, 722-step staircase and paved trail called Stoltzekleiven that leads to Sandviksfjellet. Once you reach the top of the stairs, you’ll see spectacular views of Sandviken, a local neighborhood, and Byfjorden, a 10-mile long fjord. If you keep walking, you’ll come to a beautiful lake and mountainside with jaw-dropping views. The trail is steep, but accessible for older children and adults and well-worth the strenuous climb.