Much of Norway is rural. Quite rural in most areas. The second home boom that has infiltrated untracked forests and coastal headlands in the US has been accomplished differently in Norway. Most of the second homes are clustered around ski areas and places where winter sports are enjoyed. A second home just for the view is not as common as here. Many rural people will have a time share or small apartment in the city in what seems a kind of contrary move. And, like most countries (think USA and Australia) the larger portion of the human population is coastal. So it is in Norway and this means that much of the interior is rolling moorland. Further north and this might be tundra but without permafrost it is heath and moor; or perhaps bogland and muskeg. Snow covered for six or seven months and wet underfoot the rest of the year.
This creates good land for migratory shorebirds Birds that winter in the tropics or even deep into the Southern Hemisphere and return to Scandinavia or Siberia or northern Canada to breed in the time of plenty – plenty of insects that is. The vegetated landscape varies due to elevation and the aspect of the slope (N, S, E, or West facing); south-facing land get warmer than north facing and higher elevations lose tree life at about three thousand feet. Over all the forests in Norway are largest in the southeast toward Oslo. The central portion of the country is to high for trees, though 2000′ lower than Denver, and the western side is quite rocky and cut by fjords, though there are many smaller bits of forest land on the west side. The northern lands are rugged in the winter and usually have acidic sphagnum based soils.