Jump in a fjord, preferably a very cold one

Once you’ve made your way to your first fjord and taken your Instagram photos, there’s one more thing you need to do. That is to jump in the damn thing! Bonus points if it’s cold, and even more bonus points if it’s freezing cold.

Norwegians take great pride in their beautiful nature. Furthermore, they take even more pride in showing it to foreigners and seeing them enjoy it as well. So don’t be surprised if they randomly pull over the car to take a quick swim, or if they invite you to a (sometimes very cold) swim in the morning. These impromptu swims often occur in the many fjords found in Norway.

As a foreigner if jump in along with your fellow Norwegians you’ll earn some respect. You might not be able to feel your fingertips but nevertheless respect will be earned.

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