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Norwegian government invests in facilities for backpacking

Young people who are backpacking through Norway may be interested to learn that there are a host of little-known architectural schemes designed to make the travel experience simpler.

Writing in the Guardian, Gwladys Fouche explores feats of design that have been specially adapted to blend into the landscape and enhance the experience of hostel-staying travelers.

The £1 billion investment in viewing platforms, rest areas and other installations are part of a novel initiative by the Norwegian government.

Based in the north-west region of Norway is the Gudbrandsjuvet platform, situated high above a narrow ravine in the midst of a remote valley.

Resembling a far-reaching snake that juts out and winds its way through the trees, it offers breath-taking views of the river that lies beneath and the surrounding panorama of snow-capped mountains.

The water formation is a fixture in local myth, as a man called Gudbrand is believed in the 1500s to have jumped over the narrowest section of the ravine with his new bride while escaping from pursuers.

He is then rumored to have lived a life of seclusion in a stone hut in the valley.

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