Norway is a true celebration of the great outdoors. With a population of just five million inhabiting this staggering landscape of fjords and mountains, a holiday to Norway is the ideal choice to find an uninterrupted slice of wilderness.
Norway holiday experiences vary with the seasons. In winter snow sports like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing introduce visitors to Norway’s natural environment. Overlooked by snowy mountains, Tromso – Northern Norway’s Arctic Capital – provides the perfect base for a short city break, with whale-watching trips departing from the city harbour, reindeer and snowmobile safari’s just a short drive away, and northern lights viewing opportunities abundant.
In fact, with winter aurora safaris boasting a sighting success rate of over 90%, this is one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights.
But when May comes around, the vast expanses of snow that blanket the countryside in the winter months recede to the mountaintops, uncovering an alluring landscape of craggy boulders and rugged peaks, glacier-carved fjords and verdant green valleys, criss-crossed with hiking trails and dotted with wooden mountain cabins.
Visit Lofoten and Vesteralen, two of Northern Norway’s prettiest archipelagos, where traditional red fishing villages cluster at the feet of soaring mountains, home to sea and white-tailed eagles, entice keen hikers and photographers alike. Ideal for independent travellers, this idyllic stretch of coast is well suited to summer fly-drives.
For intrepid travellers, the remote island of Spitsbergen provides adventure of epic proportion; situated half way between the northern tip of mainland Norway and the North Pole, the winter months are illuminated only by the northern lights as the sun sits below the horizon for 24 hours, instead shining all day during the summer months, meaning visitors can experience the arctic under the midnight sun. For our full range of Svalbard holidays, click here.
In the winter months, the icy waters around Northern Norway play host to some very special visitors, including orcas, humpbacks and pilot whales. For those who like to be at the heart of the action, a whale watching safari by RIB (rigid inflatable boat) is the best way to get up close and personal with the giants of the sea. Seating just ten passengers each, these small vessels provide an unbeatable viewing point at sea level, and often pique the interest of curious cetaceans, proving the closest of encounters. Wrap up warm and make sure your camera battery is fully charged for this incredible wildlife safari.