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. When May comes around, the vast expanses of snow recede to the mountaintops, uncovering an alluring landscape of craggy boulders and rugged peaks, glacier-carved fjords and verdant green valleys.
Tromsø, Norway’s Arctic capital, provides the perfect base for a winter adventure, with whale-watching trips departing from the city harbour, reindeer, dog sledding 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.
For something a little different, consider Alta or Kirkenes, two of Norway’s more remote, Arctic communities. Think snow-swept fjords, Arctic tundra, wild reindeer and experiential properties like luxurious log cabins, the world's northernmost igloo hotel, or Norway’s very own snow hotel.
Lofoten and Vesterålen are two of Norway’s prettiest archipelagos, where traditional red fishing villages cluster at the feet of soaring mountains, home to sea and white-tailed eagles, entice hikers and photographers alike. Ideal for independent travellers, this idyllic stretch of coast is well suited to summer fly-drives or cosy northern lights getaways.
Norway's famous fjords come alive during the summer months. Geirangerfjord is renowned for being the most beautiful fjord in the world. Norway’s King of the Fjords, the Sognefjord is Norway’s largest and one of the most stunning, and the gentler slopes of the Hardangerfjord provides a beautiful contrast between the turquoise waters and the sloping fruit fields and orchards.
Norway’s two largest cities, Oslo and Bergen are excellent places to start a fly drive or scenic rail holiday and offer vibrant city life, while southerly Stavanger is an excellent choice for a city break to the magical Lysefjord which boasts some of Norway’s most famous hiking trails.
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, while in the summer the sun rises and never sets allowing visitors to bask in the Arctic under the midnight sun. For our full range of Svalbard holidays, here.