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Gunnar Garfors shortlists 12 countries that everyone should visit from the 198 that he has travelled


Gunnar Garfors is a Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) employee who was fed up with his monotonous life. He loved his job at NRK, but he wanted to travel the world and made it happen thanks to an arrangement between his company and his journey started in 2008.
Gunnar Garfors, a Norwegian travelled the world, in literal sense, visiting 198 countries in just five years and created the record of the youngest person to visit every country in the world at just 38 years of age. He then decided to write a book about his experiences and shared a list of 12 shortlisted countries that everyone must visit for others.
Gunnar Garfors is president of the International DMB Advancement Group and was the CEO of Norwegian Mobile TV Corporation from 2008 to 2013. Norwegian Mobile TV Corporation was the first company to launch mobile TV services via DMB in 2009.
His book 198: How I Ran Out Of Countries was published in 2014 by Norwegian publisher Samlaget. In the book, he has shortlisted 12 countries that one must visit during their lifetimes amongst the 198 he has visited.
1. Romania

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Gunnar has fascinations for castles and mountain ranges and Romania fulfilled all of those for him. Also the fact that Bram Stoker got his inspiration from Vlad Dracula or Vlad III, a ruler of Wallachia in the 1400s; makes Romania interesting for people to visit.
Apart from Gunnar’s recommendations, there are 8 beautiful Churches in Moldovia, Danube Delta, Monastery of Horezu and many more tourist attractions. People can hike and ski in the mountains of Prahova Valley, experience the cultures of cities like Bucharest, Sibiu, Timisoara, Arad and Targu Mures.
Gunnar says about Romania, “Transylvania, best known for its castles, mountains, and of course, Dracula will stun you. Not to forget the parties in the capital Bucharest.”

2. Madagascar

The best country on the Gunnar’s list is Madagascar. It is an island country in the Indian Ocean, near the coast of East Africa. It is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world. One can enjoy animals like aye-aye and lemurs, famous from the animated movie series Madagascar in real life.
Madagascar, being an island country is a haven for water sports fans and is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations. Gunnar requests one to try out the cuisines of the capital city of Antananarivo and says the wildlife and coastline will leave you will unforgettable memories.

3. Iceland

Visit Iceland for glaciers, volcanoes and flora and fauna. One can see amazing wildlife in many national parks of the country, go on whale watching tours or just enjoy the cuisine of Iceland. Gunnar advises one to enjoy the waters and swim your heart out, or enjoy the hot natural springs.

4. Vietnam

Vietnam is the new tourist destination in South Asia for people who love to explore the nature, culture of an Asian nation. With 31 national parks to explore, Vietnam is exciting for nature lovers. Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city are food lover’s delight and on the list of places to visit in Vietnam.Gunnar was amazed by friendly nature of the country and advised people to sit in one place, relax and have a drink to soak in the hustle and bustle of the country.

5. Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is full of beautiful lakes and mountains. It is also rated as the 5th best adventure destination in the world. People can buy many wonderful handicraft works done by local Mongol women like slippers, bags, panel decorations etc. One of the most popular items to buy in Kyrgyzstan are carpets known as shyrdaks.

6. Kiribati

Kiribati is a group of islands in Micronesia. The climate is humid and not hot, and the place requires visitors to rough it out. Not many amenities are present in the 33 atolls of the island, hence be prepared nicely when you visit Kiribati. Seafood is in abundance and places to visit include beaches, snorkeling amongst coral reefs in the Phoenix Island Marine Protected Area.

7. New Zealand

New Zealand
The smaller cousin of Australia, New Zealand is famous for sheep and earthquakes, apart from the beaches. Activities like whale watching, bungee jumping, water sports, and trekking are much recommended.

8. Nicaragua

Nicaragua is famous for the Apoyo Lagoon, Granada’s central park- the Parqué Colón is home to traditional food vendors and is a must visit. People who love surfing and diving will be at home in Nicaragua. Eco-tourism is another thing to do and lake Cocibolca and Bosawas rainforest are must visit for any tourists.

9. Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone is a surprise entry on Gunnar’s list, as the place which was more known for a civil war than for tourism. The civil war ended in 2002 and since then, the country is getting back on its feet and tourism is one industry that is doing well. The tropical islands of Banana island and turtle island are best for lovers of tropical paradise. There are beaches that are sparsely used, Bonthe town is full of culture and Tiwai island is full of wildlife.

10. Dominica

Dominica is a mountainous Caribbean island nation not many people are familiar with. Places like Indian River, Emerald pool, Scotts Head- where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, world’s 2nd largest boiling lake in Morne Trois Pitons National Park are some of the tourist attractions in Dominica to visit.

11. Norway

Gunnar hails from Norway and definitely recommended people to visit his homeland. It is a must visit for skiers and place like the fjords, mountains, and waterfalls including Holmenkollen ski jump and Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo are often recommended by him. He also speaks highly of glaciers and the amazing view of the midnight sun.

12. Uruguay

Many people will associate Uruguay will football, as it hosted the very first football World cup, but there is more to the place. Hot springs, places like Piriápolis, the coast of Punta del Diablo and National Park of Santa Teresa are just a handful of places to explore in Uruguay.

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