Norway is famous for its wonderful and majestic fjords, steep sided green forested mountains, crystal clear lakes and stunning waterfalls. View the astonishing landscapes along Sognefjord, Norway’s longest fjord and visit the picturesque fjord village of Flam. From Balestrand you can take a ferry across to Fjaerlandjord to see Jostedal Glacier, Europe’s largest glacier on the mainland. Hardangerfjord is impressive with its beautiful waterfalls and the breathtaking scenery it provides from its many rock platforms. One of Norway’s most famous attractions is Pulpit Rock, located in the Stavanger region 604m above sea level, where you can take in magnificent views of Lysefjord. Experience the beauty of Geirangerfjord by bike, raft or kayak or perhaps take a hike amongst its stunning surroundings. Of course, don't miss the Norway in a Nutshell railway journey across the heart of Norway where you can see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls that plunge from the cliffs of snow-capped mountains, as well as mountain farms clinging on to steep slopes. During the summer months experience the natural phenomenon of the Midnight Sun.
The capital city of Oslo has many fantastic museums which showcase Norwegian history, art and heritage such as the Viking Ship Museum, Folk Museum, Fram Museum of Polar Exploration, Kon Tiki Museum, Vigelund Sculpture Park and the Munch Museum. Soak up the beauty of Vigeland Park and see Gustav Vigeland’s unique sculptures. Visit the Royal Palace, City Hall, the Parliament Building, Opera House, Akerhus Fortress and Aker Brygge. Or take a boat trip through the Oslo Fjord with its narrow sounds, idyllic bays and islands with small summer houses. Take a stroll along Karl Johan, Oslo’s main street with its many shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and night clubs.
The city of Bergen is situated on a peninsula and is surrounded by seven mountains. Stroll around this Hanseatic city along the Bryggen area which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site with its old wooden houses, fish and flower markets, cafes and shops. Take a ride up to the top of Mount Fløyen on the funicular; there you can take a guided hiking tour, go mountain biking or just simply enjoy spectacular views over the city. Visit the Hanseatic Museum, Troldhaugen the home of the famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, St Mary’s Church, Haakon’s Hall, Grieg Hall, Bryggen Museum, Bergen Aquarium, Bergen Science Centre and much more.
Norwegian Lapland in Winter
Norwegian Lapland offers some great destinations including Tromso, Alta and Kirkenes where you can enjoy some winter fun. Experience the Northern Lights, learn about the local Sami people and their culture or take one of the many activities that are on offer. Stay in a snow igloo room at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Alta or in a snow hotel room at the Kirkenes SnowHotel.
The town of Alta, is located 379km north of the Arctic Circle, is renowned for having the largest concentration of rock art in Northern Europe and the local museum has an exposition on the Northern Lights. Here in the heartland of the ancient Sami peoples you will enjoy a truly wonderful arctic adventure. Search for the fabled Northern Lights, try your hand at dog-sledding or a snowmobile safari, take a snowshoe trek through the forest to a secret spot for ice fishing or visit the North Cape at the edge of the world. Experience a night at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel with its rooms, beds and glasses in the bar, all built from snow and ice. Add these to the ice sculptures and it all creates a fairy tale atmosphere inside, while the quiet surroundings outside add to the serenity.
Tromsø is located 350km north of the Arctic Circle and is the largest city in Northern Norway. It is a city filled with a rich history and culture, dating back hundreds of years. Some of Tromsø’s main attractions include the Arctic Cathedral with its huge glass mosaic, the Polar Museum where you can learn about the role Tromsø has played in Arctic exploration and Polaria Aquarium (don’t miss the Northern Lights & Spitsbergen Arctic Wilderness films). Take a safari to Kvaløya Island for a chance to view the Northern Lights. In wintertime, try activities that are on offer such as snowmobile, husky or reindeer safaris.
Kirkenes is located north east in Northern Norway near the Russian border. From here you can take a coastal voyage around the Northern Cape to Hammerfest and enjoy the beauty of the Norwegian coast. There are many great winter outdoor activities to choose from in Kirkenes including dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, king crab safaris, reindeer safaris, snowshoe walks and cross country skiing. At night there is the added excitement of searching for the fabled Northern Lights, a natural phenomenon and a truly magical experience. You can also stay overnight in a room made of snow and ice at Kirkenes SnowHotel!
There a number of ways to explore this mighty country and you can select your ideal tour type. You may prefer to be part of a group, travelling by coach on an Escorted tour or, to travel on an Independent tour with your transport and accommodation all pre-booked. Another option is a Partially guided tour, where your overnight accommodation is pre-booked and each excursion is guided – the remainder of the time you’re free to do as you choose. Otherwise, a Self-Drive tour offers you the chance to see the country on a set itinerary, with car hire and accommodation pre-booked.