Norway’s abundant natural resources, social welfare system, and high quality of life are the world’s envy. The country’s identity has most commonly been associated with its long-caricatured Viking past, with a dash of Henrik Ibsen. It is, above all else, Norway’s deep connection to the land that makes it stand out. The harshness of its climate, paired with deep fjords and a winding coastline, one of the longest in the world, has played a key role in shaping the Scandinavian kingdom’s fierce independence and strength. Of course, it also makes for breathtaking landscapes.