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With its ruggedly beautiful landscapes, cities surrounded by nature and endless opportunities for outdoor adventures and a whole lot of fun things to do, Norway packs a punch. From the Skagerrak strait, with Denmark on the other side, it stretches north in a slender band, rubbing shoulders with Sweden, Finland and Russia. Much of the country lies inside the Arctic Circle so it’s the ideal place to come to experience the Northern Lights in winter. Behind the rough and rocky coastline, vast cliff faces loom over fjords of extraordinary beauty, while the country also has pretty fishing villages and a clutch of cosmopolitan cities perfect for a culture fix. From kayaking to cross-country skiing, there's a ton to do here. Let's get exploring. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.
Ever felt envious of birds? You should be. They fly wherever they please, without carbon guilt or security checks. They get wide landscapes all to themselves and perch high up in trees. They get all the best perspectives. Well, you can now channel our feathered friends by sleeping inside a human-sized birdbox in the middle of the Norwegian wilderness. Photograph: Livit Norwegian designer Torstein Aa has designed birdboxes for humans: small, cabin-style shelters which can be installed in remote locations with minimal impact on their surroundings. They have been designed using shapes and shades inspired by Norway’s mountains, so they blend in. Constructed to withstand extreme weather, the tiny stuctures contain beds, chairs and epic views from three of the box’s four sides. Toilets come in their own separate boxes with full-length one-way glass windows. Yep: loos with views. Photograph: Livit ‘We wanted to create a product that could enable unique experiences, with minimal footprint,’ the designer explains. ‘Built in composites to withstand any environment with no need for maintenance, Birdbox can be lifted in place with a helicopter and mounted on columns for a minimal and reversible footprint in the nature.’ Photograph: Livit Two of the tiny structures are already available to rent on Airbnb. Birdbox Langeland is surrounded by mountains: in winter, you can ski right out of the box and onto the snow. Photograph: Livit Meanwhile Birdbox Fauske is perched high on a hill between the Blegja mountain range and the Førdefjord: perfectly located for hikes, wild swimming and admiring rural vistas from the comfort of your bed. Proof a bird’s eye view is the best kind of view.