Newsflash, people: You don't need to travel with a partner in order to travel well.
Yes, safety is a concern in certain locations, and it's often pleasant to have someone to share the scenery with. But never underestimate the glory of traveling solo, because you'll learn things you can't learn any other way.
Tomasz Furmanek can attest to this firsthand: The IT worker and photographer has spent about three years documenting Norway's picture-perfect fjords from the seat of his sea kayak, often completely alone. Many of the spots he captures are reachable only by ferry or boat. And while kayaking in a group is recommended for beginners, Furmanek says there's nothing like the buzz of going on his own.
"Being alone in the fjords ... forces me to be more aware of my surroundings, as I have to depend on myself," he told The Huffington Post. "The uncertainty of nature ... makes us stronger both mentally and physically."
And in nature's quieter moments, it also makes us incredibly calm:
You can see more of Furmanek's photos on his website or Facebook page, and we've got plenty more stunning photos of Norway. It's never the wrong time to plan an adventure to the land that's inspired airplanes, Disney World rides and one of the biggest travel crazes in recent memory.
Oh, and if you're looking for something a little less tranquil to do on your trip, try Norway's extreme kayak adventures:
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