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Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye

Edvard Munch

Norway

One of the most beautiful countries in the world, Norway is a land of fjords, mountains, glaciers, endless forests and midnight sun. Hiking and scenic drives are around every corner, while the cities display a Scandinavian sophistication and flair for design. In the north, the mountains roll over into tundra, while high up in the Arctic Ocean, the archipelago of Svalbard is a haven for wildlife.

When to go

The best time for hiking and cruising Norway is the summer between June and August.  Skiing can be done year-round, but is at its best between January and March.

Must-See Places

Signature Experiences

 
 

Oslo

Norway's capital has a compact city centre, loaded with splendid galleries and world-class museums, including the Munch Museum, the Viking Ship Museum, the Fram Museum and the National Gallery. In addition there are lively cafe and bars, great restaurants, and a thriving nightlife ranging from opera to indie rock.

 

Bergen

In a spectacular setting, surrounded by hills, islands and fjords, the old Hanseatic city of Bergen is one of Norway's most charming towns. Old stone buildings and terraces of tiny wooden houses stand shoulder to shoulder with a great choice of museums, all centered on the old trading quarter of Bryggen.

 

Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen)

Incredible cliffs drop into the abyss of Lysefjord 600 metres below at Pulpit Rock, one of the world's most beautiful viewpoints and one of Norway's most enduring images.

 

Jostedalsbreen icecap

Mainland Europe's largest icecap covers nearly 500 square kilometers and erodes an estimated 400,000 tonnes of rock each year. Many a tongue of Jostedalsbreen comes down to the fjords and valleys in the form of glaciers which you can walk up to or hike on.

 

Sognefjord

One of the most beautiful fjords in the world, Sognefjord drills into mainland Norway for almost 200 kilometers, splitting into half a dozen smaller fjords towards its eastern end. Sheer rock walls rise a kilometre up into the sky, farms hang onto impossibly narrow strips of land, while waterfalls tumble down its cliffs. This is Norway's heartland, with Jostedalsbreen, Urnes stave church, incredible hiking and the Flåm railway all within easy striking distance.

 

Urnes stave church

Set on a magical site along Lusterfjord, UNESCO protected Urnes Stave church is Norway's oldest preserved place of worship. A stunning piece of architecture, most of today's wwoden structure dates back to the 12th century.

 

Jotunheimen National Park

Translated as "Home of the Giants", Jotunheimen is Norway's most spectacular wilderness area.  Deep lakes, steep valleys, thundering waterfalls (including Norway's highest), soaring peaks and deep-blue glaciers make up this fantastic landscape - it is yours to discover.

 

Geirangerfjord

A cruise by ferry along the steep cliffs of emerald-green Geirangerfjord is one of the highlights of a trip to Norway. Alternatively, drop down the impossible steep hairpins of Ørnevegen for some of the most spectacular views in the country.

 

Trollstigen

Translated as Troll's Ladder, Trollstigen is a mindblowing series of hairpin bends on the moslty single-lane mountain road between Åndalsnes and Valldalen.  It has a 1:12 gradient, but the fantastic views and thundering waterfalls make this a trip well worth taking.

 

Ålesund

After a devastating fire more than a century ago, Ålesund was rebuilt in Jugendstil (art nouveau). It is Scandinavia's most complete example of that style. No clapboard houses nor functional concrete and glass but instead a lovely mishmash of lavishly decorated pastel-painted facades, capped by myriad towers and turrets.

 

Lofoten

One of the most beautiful archipelagos on earth, Lofoten sits off Norway's northern coast, a series of steep-sided islands jutting out from the ocean like a dragon's tail. After an exhilarating day of hiking, whale watching, or exploring the Viking Museum, sit down for a meal of fresh-caught fish or lamb and wonder if you did land in paradise.

 

Tromsø

More pubs per capita than any other Norwegian town make Tromsø the social and cultural capital of northern Norway. The setting between mountains and fjords is beautiful, the hiking great and the midnightsun, when seen from the top of Storsteinen, simply glorious.

 

Svalbard

Svalbard, the archipelago of which Spitsbergen is the main island, truly is Europe's last great wilderness, home to more polar bears than people, land of snow-covered mountains and glaciers.  As you sail these frigid waters you are sure to encounter walrus, bearded seal, minke whales and beluga, a myriad of wildlife such as Arctic fox and reindeer, as well as countless birds.  Find more on Svalbard here.

Hike the fjords

One of the most spectacularly beautiful countries in the world, Norway also has some fantastic hiking. As you hike up steep mountains to the tune of cascading waterfalls, deep fjords run off into the distance while glaciers spread out before you in this, one of the most tranquil places on earth.

 

Read a book at midnight

Northern Norway straddles the Arctic Circle and the months of June and July see 24 hours of daylight. This is the place to read a book at midnight!

 

Marvel at the Aurora Borealis

Due to its location close to the Arctic Circle, the months of October through March see long nights and are therefore prime months to see the mesmerizing Northern Lights dance across the skies.

 

Watch whales

Despite its reputation as a whaling nation, Norway is one of the best countries in the world to see these majestic mammals. Fourteen whale species can frequently be encountered in Norwegian waters and the Lofoten islands are the best place to see them. Sperm whales, orcas and pilot whales are regularly encountered.

 

Hike a glacier

Strap on your crampons, pick up your ice axe and join a guided hike on one of Norway's many glaciers.

 

Ride the rails

Don't miss the opportunity to ride the train between Oslo and Bergen, across the beautiful Hardangervidda Plateau. During the journey you will travel on one of Europe's most celebrated railroads, the 20 kilometre run of the Flåmsbana. Dropping 900 metres down the mountainside, past cascading waterfalls, it passes through handdug tunnels, one of them a hairpin drop of almost a thousand

 

Cross-country skiing

Whether summer ski-touring in the far north or cross-country skiing in the mountains in the south, superb views, endless skiing possibilities through forests, across lakes and tundra and through the magnificent Norwegian wilderness, Norway is one of the world's best destinations for skiing.  Contact us about our skiing trips in Norway

 

Feel like a Viking

Step back in time and experience what it would have been like to take to the seas during the Viking era at Oslo's Viking Ship Museum. Here you will find three extremely well preserved ninth-century Viking ships, retrieved from burial mounds along with their treasure.

 

Wonderful statues

Oslo's Vigelandspark is perhaps one of the most eclictic collection of statues in the world, a place where Gustav Vigeland let his imagination run riot. Be sure to check out Sinnataggen (The Angry Child) and the enormous bowl representing the burden of life and the 20m-high obelisk showing humanity playing, fighting, loving and eating, and climb all over each other to get to the top.

 

Scream

Norwegian painter and printmaker Edvard Munch expressed psychological themes in his artworks, the most famous of which is The Scream, versions of which can be seen in the National Gallery and Munch Museum in Oslo.

 

Hurtigruten

Follow the ocean supply route along Norway's west coast between Bergen in the south and Kirkenes near the Russian border in the north. The 11-day return journey gives you the chance to see Norway's fjord and mountain scenery at its most beautiful.

 

Stand at the tip of Europe

As if standing at the top of the cliffs at Nordkapp, gazing more than 300 metres down to the rolling waves of the Barents Sea crashing at the base and seeing the midnight sun is not special enough, this is also as far north as mere mortals can come in mainland Europe.

 

Food, glorious food

While the food in Norway has been critisized for being bland, there are some specialities worth trying. Cod with potatoes, or reindeer steak with gravy and lingonberries are two you should try. Seafood is as fresh as it gets: salmon, mountain trout and brine-cured herring with raw onions are but some of the choices.

 

Seeing polar bears

Svalbard, the Norwegian archipelago far to the north, is one of the world's best places to see polar bear. Coming close to these magnificent animals is an experience you will not soon forget.

Find more on Svalbard here.

Suggested Tours

 

Hike Norway's Fjords & Fjell

 

Tour code: EHNF

 

Why we love this trip: Our best-selling hiking trip in the spectacular Sognefjord area.

 

Places visited: Bergen, Lustrafjord, Molden, Urnes Stave Church, Breheimen National Park, Jostedalsbreen ice cap, Jotunheim National Park, Mørkrisdalen

 

Signature Experiences: hike the fjords, read a book at midnight, hike a glacier, glorious food

 

Length: 8 days

 

Accommodation: hotel and guest house

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

 

Transport: Minivan & on foot

 

Departures: Set small-group dates June through August

 

Customizable? We can run this tour for private groups - price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from US$2805

Norway by Rail

 

Tour code: GNBR

 

Why we love this trip: a spectacular two week journey through the best scenery of Norway

 

Places visited: Kiruna, Narvik, Lofoten, Bodø, Trondheim, Dovre, Rauma, Geiranger, Flåm, Bergen, Oslo

 

Signature Experiences: hike the fjords, read a book at midnight, watch whales, ride the rails, feel like a Viking, wonderful statues, scream, glorious food

 

Length: 13 days

 

Accommodation: Comfortable tourist class accommodations with character

 

Included meals: all breakfasts

 

Transport: Train, private van, boat, public bus, walking

 

Departures: Set small-group dates June through August

 

Customizable? We can run this tour for private groups - price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from US$4499

Cruise Norway's Fjords

 

Tour code: GCNF

 

Why we love this trip: an expedition-style cruise through the Norwegian Fjords, following much of the Hurtigruten journey, as well as remote Scottish islands and Svalbard.  See here for more on Svalbard.

 

Places visited: Edinburgh, Kirkwall, Shetland Islands, Nordfjord, Geiranger, Munkholmen, Trondheim, Torghatten, Svartisen, Vikingen, Lofoten, Tromsø, Hornsund, Festningen, Longyearbyen. Contact us for information about connecting cruises in Svalbard.

 

Signature Experiences: hike the fjords, read a book at midnight, watch whales, Hurtigruten, glorious food, seeing polar bears

 

Length: 15 days

 

Accommodation: cabin of your choice aboard an expedition cruise vessel

 

Included meals: all meals while on cruise

 

Transport: expedition cruise vessel

 

Departures: set small-group early summer

 

Customizable? We can host private groups on-board our ships - price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from US$5499