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Here's Why Norway Is Your Ultimate Nature Vacation Spot

Frozen and fabulous.

But before you choose somewhere sunny and sandy -- and don't get us wrong, there's no harm in that -- consider the mystical land of Norway. It's quite possibly the most stunningly epic place on Earth:

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Bleik, on the island of Andøy

You probably already know Norway as an excellent place to see the northern lights and make like Elsa from "Frozen." But photographer Bjorg-Elise Tuppen reminds us that the country -- particularly its northern region, of which she is a native -- has myriad other natural wonders to explore, like white sand beaches, scenic mountain roads and wide open fields. It's also home to the Lofoten archipelago, one of our favorite places on the planet.

Norway is dazzling any time of year: Many of Tuppen's photos were taken in fall, but the landscape is equally impressive in winter, when backcountry skiing really picks up, and spring, when orchards are at their best. Take a look at Tuppen's "The Enchanted Land" photo series, and feel the frosty inspiration.

Sørmela, on the island of Andøy
Kjerringnesdalen, near Sortland
Skoddeberget, Skånland
Keipen, near Harstad
Keipen, near Harstad
Bø, on the island of Andøy

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