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Introducing Norway

Similar in size to California, but with only 5 million people, Norway has plenty of open space to explore. Its unique fjords, mountains, and picturesque villages give this outdoor adventure paradise a unique character. 

When is the best time to visit?
Norway's latitude, with part of the country located north of the Arctic circle, creates pronounced seasonal differences. Hike and cycle the Scandinavian landscapes, and experience the Midnight Sun during summer; Go dog sledding, skiing, snowmobiling, and see the Northern Lights in winter. More details

Where to go in Norway?
The go-to destinations for many travelers are Bergen, the charming villages along the world-famous Sognefjord like Aurland and Balestrand, and the scenic Lofoten Islands. A cultural must-visit is the city of Oslo with its many museums and rich history, while Tromsø and Alta are ideal destinations to chase the Aurora Borealis in winter and the Midnight Sun in summer. There are also plenty of ways to experience Norway off-the-beaten-path, with dramatic landscapes and rich culture around every corner.

How many days do I need?
Some visitors breeze through Norway in 3 days, and while you can quickly tour the country and get a feel for its natural scenery, we recommend to plan a week or more to really take in all that it has to offer.

Getting Around Norway
It's common to use multiple modes of transport when exploring Norway. The "best way" to go depends on the region you're in and how far you're going. Ferries are great for witnessing the powerful fjords, while many of the national parks lend themselves well to road trips—and if you're heading all the way to the Arctic Circle, domestic flights are usually the way to go. Learn more

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Norway Tours & Itineraries

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The pretty port city of Ålesund shines at dusk.
Map of Western Norway Fjord Road Trip - 8 Days
Western Norway Fjord Road Trip - 8 Days

Get ready to hit the open road on this self-drive adventure down Norway's stunning west coast. Starting in Bergen, you'll hike, bike, and take one of the world's steepest train rides through the country's villages, mountains, and fjords. Top off your well-rounded trip in charming Ålesund, a fairytale city renowned for its Art Nouveau architecture.

The Sognefjord, nicknamed King of the Fjords.
Map of Explore Bergen, Fjords & Waterfalls - 5 Days
Explore Bergen, Fjords & Waterfalls - 5 Days

This picturesque five-day itinerary hits key summer spots using various means of transportation for a true Nordic adventure. You'll start off in your home base of Bergen, the country's 2nd largest city (complete with a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and explore the streets and surrounding mountains on your own and with a local guide. From here, take two day-trips involving a scenic train ride, a ferry through the longest fjord in Norway, and a fjord cruise to nearby waterfalls — all while returning to Bergen each night to enjoy its restaurants and nightlife.

Climb to Preikestolen, or 'Pulpit Rock' – a steep cliff above Lysefjorden
Map of Ultimate Norwegian Fjord Road Trip - 10 Days
Ultimate Norwegian Fjord Road Trip - 10 Days

Experience the best of Norway's spectacular fjords on this active self-drive tour. The trip starts in Norway's second-largest city (Bergen), where you'll pick up a rental car and spend several days exploring charming fjord-side villages and stopping for outdoorsy activities, like hiking, summer skiing, and kayaking. Finish the adventure traveling along Norway's longest and deepest fjord towards Jotunheimen National Park — with more than 250 peaks — to see some glaciers.

A view of Aurora Borealis near Tromsø, Norway.
Map of Norway Northern Lights Road Trip - 7 Days
Norway Northern Lights Road Trip - 7 Days

This scenic winter adventure traverses the Norwegian Arctic and checks off a number of natural and cultural sites starting in the city of Tromsø, nicknamed 'Paris of the North'. From here, hit the road and see rock art in Alta, learn about the indigenous Sami people in Karasjok, and visit a hotel made of snow along the Finnish/Russian border. Each day ends with another opportunity to view the Northern Lights in this beautiful and remote part of the world.

The historic Bryggen district along Bergen's picturesque wharf.
Map of Oslo to Bergen Fjord Adventure - 5 Days
Oslo to Bergen Fjord Adventure - 5 Days

This five-day jaunt covers a great deal of Nordic ground, visiting the country's two largest cities and its longest and deepest fjord. Start in Oslo before taking a scenic train and ferry to the fjord-side village of Balestrand. Continue north to Fjærland before getting on another boat—this time to Bergen, a historic wharf city and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A summer evening in the village of Reine
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Summer Road Trip: Norway's West Coast - 7 Days

This lightly-trafficked, summertime road trip is a great way to experience Northern Norway's stunning coastline from late May to early September. The adventure starts with a half-day in Tromsø—"Paris of the North"—before you continue to Sommarøy, the first of many islands. You'll then take car ferries to Senja island and Andoya island to enjoy remote nature where fewer travelers venture. Finish the adventure in Lofoten's stunning, and yes, more popular, islands for hiking and kayaking while based in the charming village of Reine.

Make the Most of Your Time in Norway

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Explore the Lofoten Islands in Norway's north
How Many Days to Spend in Norway

With such a wide range of options to explore, Norway can easily keep most travelers occupied for weeks, if not months. That said, an epic itinerary can be covered in less time;...

Deep dive into Viking heritage with a tour that focuses on the seafaring people
Map of 1 Week in Norway - 7 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Norway - 7 Unique Itinerary Ideas

From down in the fjords up to the mountain peaks, Norway is full of sweeping vistas and stirring Viking tales. How to capture it all in a week? Hone in on your favorite region...

Norway Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
Stunning Geirangerfjord
Best Time of Year To Visit Norway

Despite its northerly location, Norway is an amazing destination any time of year. Summer months bring the endless daylight of the Midnight Sun as well as warmer temperatures,...

Ultimate Norway Packing List
Ultimate Norway Packing List

In Norway they say there’s no bad weather, only bad clothing. Norwegians have made an art out of hacking through any type of terrain, in any kind of weather, at any time of...

Getting Off-the-Beaten-Path in Norway
Getting Off-the-Beaten-Path in Norway

Looking to get off-the-beaten-path in Norway? Here are a number of great ways to experience Norway like a local, from lesser-known coastal regions to scenic train routes to...

Norway Travel Advice

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip
Besseggen, Norway
Ultimate Guide to Multi-Day Hiking in Norway

Phone off, out-of-office reply on. When it comes to long-distance hikes, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better country than Norway. With cozy, for-public-use cabins dotting the...

Ultimate Guide to Photography in Norway
Ultimate Guide to Photography in Norway

So, you came to Norway to see the fjords, ski the snowy peaks, and gaze over the edges of cliffs at the stunning vistas below? Sure you did, but let’s be honest: you're really...

Norway Destination Guides

Detailed travel guides for the main regions of the country
Aerial view into the Geirangerfjord
Ultimate Guide to Norway's Fjords

There is perhaps no place on Earth that can rival the beauty of Norway's fjords — as if Odin himself carved out mountains, splattered waterfalls on his canvas, and then flooded...

Bergen's colorful architecture
24 Hours in Bergen

It may still be the little sister city to more grown-up Oslo, but Bergen has come a long way in the last decade. Ringed by mountains and unfolding gracefully toward glistening...

Norway Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
Bergen
Bergen Børs Hotel
4.8
(35)
· Luxury
Located in Bergen’s former stock exchange building—and across the street from the harbor—this 127-room hotel is one of the few luxury options in town. The upscale dining options include an all-day seafood cathedral surrounded by restored frescoes, while a Michelin-starred Nordic restaurant serves...
Balestrand
Dragsvik Fjordhotel
5.0
(9)
· Comfort
Steps from the Dragsvik ferry terminal, this seasonal hotel is on a narrow peninsula with fjord views in both directions. The historic interiors have modern updates, and various room types (including newer private cabins) have views of the sea and mountains. Nearby Balestrand offers shops,...
Bergen
Opus XVI
5.0
(9)
· Luxury
The polished 65-room Opus XVI boutique hotel is housed in a former bank from 1876, one of Bergen’s most famous historic buildings. After an extensive renovation was completed in 2018, there are sophisticated rooms that have warm tones and luxe amenities, with nods to the owners’ relative,...

Best Experiences in Norway

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
A branch of the Sognefjord
Balestrand
Finnafjord RIB Boat Tour
5.0
(10)
2 hours
·
Small group
Explore the beauty of the Sognefjord on a RIB boat ride through the secluded Finnafjord, the most remote arm of the Sognefjord. Experience the peaceful beauty of the mountains, accompanied by the soothing sound of waterfalls. You'll journey across the widest and deepest parts of the Sognefjord,...
Oslo
Explore Oslo's Hidden Gems
4.9
(13)
3 hours
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Private
Oslo, the capital of Norway, is a city of endless possibilities. Located between the water and evergreen forests, it takes a mere 30 minutes to travel from one end to the other by metro. It's a metropolis known for its rich history and museums, some of which celebrate the macabre works of the...
Photo from Rodne Fjord Cruise
Bergen
Round Trip Fjord Cruise Bergen to Mostraumen
4.9
(11)
3 hours
·
Small group
If you're in Bergen, you can easily explore some of the region’s best scenery by visiting the Hordaland area. This fjord cruise starts in Bergen and sails through Osterfjord. You’ll venture deep into the fjord, passing steep mountains, powerful waterfalls, and colorful villages. Enjoy the views...

Our Latest Norway Content

Your Arctic Circle adventures kick off at a remote luxury lodge (photo courtesy of Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge)
Map of Luxury Winter Adventures in Norway's Far North - 14 Days
Luxury Winter Adventures in Norway's Far North - 14 Days

There's no need to rough it on a winter adventure above the Arctic Circle—this two-week trip combines some of Norway's most remote destinations with exceptional luxury accommodations. Kick things off with a dinner cruise in Oslo, then fly north to Alta for outdoor excursions and 5-star service at a wilderness lodge. Continue to Lyngen for northern lights spotting from your own glass igloo, and on to the coast for horseback riding and bespoke culinary experiences in the gorgeous Lofoten Islands.

You'll have two weeks-worth of chances to spot the northern lights as you spend your nights in luxury igloos and remote lodges (photo courtesy of Lyngen North)
Map of Luxury Northern Lights Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 14 Days
Luxury Northern Lights Adventure in Norway's Arctic - 14 Days

Experience winter above the Arctic Circle in style as you travel around the wilds of Norway on this two-week luxury tour. Mix rugged adventures, like dogsledding, with stays in unique accommodations like glass igloos and the world's first "snowhotel." Other memorable experiences include ice fishing, snowmobile tours, whale watching, snowshoeing in the Lyngen Alps, and even snorkeling with orcas.

You trip through the fjords features some of the country's loveliest boutique hotels (photo courtesy of Fjærland Fjordstove Hotel)
Map of Luxury Escape to the Norwegian Fjords - 14 Days
Luxury Escape to the Norwegian Fjords - 14 Days

Norway's most awe-inspiring spectacles are undoubtedly its fjords, which stretch across the country. This luxurious two-week itinerary will take you to some of the most scenic as you hop between elegant boutique hotels and waterfront lodges. Enjoy serene rowboat trips and kayaking on the Sognefjord, plus take a tour of the UNESCO-listed waterfront in Bergen. In between, you'll embark on mountain hikes, go cider tasting, unwind in floating saunas, and enjoy an authentic Viking dinner.

Norway Travel Maps

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Map 7 Days in Norway - 7 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Norway - 7 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Map 5 Days in Norway  - 8 Unique Itinerary Ideas
5 Days in Norway - 8 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Map 10 Days in Norway - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Norway - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Norway
Travel specialist Linda Veråsdal
active 7 hours ago

Linda Veråsdal

I live part time in Norway and Gambia, and in-between I travel. The passion for exploring new places at the same time as doing it in a good and honest way, led me to the role I have to day....

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Travel specialist Julia Plaschke
active 9 hours ago

Julia Plaschke

Hey, my name is Julia. I am originally from Germany. After I took my semester abroad in Norway during my Bachelor, I decided I wanted to live in this beautiful country. Now, working in travel,...

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Travel specialist Christina Wang
active 7 mins ago

Christina Wang

I love spending my spare time out hiking in the forest, exploring a charming village, or spending the day at the beach. My passion for traveling led me to study Tourism for three years in...

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Travel specialist Tricia Cantlon
active 6 hours ago

Tricia Cantlon

There is so much beauty to discover on this beautiful floating rock we live on! I truly believe that travel, if done responsibly, teaches us meaningful life lessons about ourselves and the world...

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Trip Reviews for Norway

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Unforgettable and Perfect!
Norway | May 26 - Jun 11, 2024

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Denise E.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Jun 23, 2024
Every aspect from planning to the trip itself was incredible! Our trip planner, Christina, asked questions and got to know our family and what was important to us before planning. She then prepared an initial plan and asked for comments. She worked with us to meet our price point and then made many revisions and offered advice throughout the whole planning period. She planned so perfectly that our trip went amazingly smooth. It was such a nice convenience to have all of the accommodations... Read more

Every aspect from planning to the trip itself was incredible! Our trip planner, Christina, asked questions and got to know our family and what was important to us before planning. She then prepared an initial plan and asked for comments. She worked with us to meet our price point and then made many revisions and offered advice throughout the whole planning period. She planned so perfectly that our trip went amazingly smooth. It was such a nice convenience to have all of the accommodations and transportation booked in advance, and Christina put a lot of thought into our accommodations and their proximity to our modes of transportation, making our travel very easy. This trip was done solely on planes, trains, ferries, buses and a couple taxis. The tours she booked for us allowed us to see everything we wanted. Everyone from our tour guides to taxi drivers were so nice, accommodating and very knowledgeable. Our itinerary included Oslo, Aurland, Bergin, Alesund, Andalsnes and Trondheim as the main hubs, with cruises on the UNESCO fjords, trips on the Flam and Rauma railroads, and private tours to other destinations with many waterfall stops along the way. Although it was all wonderful, one highlight was the gondola ride in Andalsnes and dinner at Eggen restaurant at the top. Norway is a very beautiful country with diverse areas, awesome hikes, excellent art installations, living history museums, excellent restaurants, wonderful fjords and really nice people. We are very thankful to Christina for making this trip so amazing, comfortable and perfect for our family. We highly recommend using Christina and KimKim as a trip planner.

Hotel Review
Vangsgaarden Gjestgiveri
Aurland

The fisherman's cabins are so wonderful and homey. The restaurant is very good and the breakfasts are amazing! The staff is very attentive and kind. There is a grocery store and bakery very close and the fisherman's cabins are well equipped should you wish to cook. Highly recommend!

Authenticity & Character
Cabins are right on the fjord with small decks. Interior trimmed out in wood and well equipped.
Location
Central to many nice walks, convenient stores, cabins are right on the fjord, offering an amazing view.
Staff
So kind and accommodating. Very helpful!
Cleanliness & Comfort
Cabins were clean and beds were very comfortable.
Local specialist: Christina Wang

Amazing Norway fjords
Norway | Jun 13 - Jun 20, 2024

Amanda
Amanda T.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on Jun 22, 2024
Pre trip planning was excellent. Mar and Fenne were responsive to all my questions and made adjustments based on my needs. Read more

Pre trip planning was excellent. Mar and Fenne were responsive to all my questions and made adjustments based on my needs.

Hotel Reviews
Quality Hotel Ålesund
Ålesund

Decent hotel within walking distance of everything. Again it would have been good to know about the parking situation before arrival.

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Hotel Utsikten
Geiranger

First rate food and meal. A bit of a hike from the town

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Location
Outstanding view but have to drive everywhere from here.
Staff
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Loenfjord hotel
Loen

The hotel was nice but full of very large tourist groups coming in on buses. It made finding a time for breakfast a little difficult.

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Fjærland Fjordstove Hotel
Fjærland

The view from my window was spectacular. Dinner with the wine pairing was great.

Authenticity & Character
Loved the old house
Location
Most remote location I stayed but by far my favorite.
Staff
Very knowledgeable and friendly
Cleanliness & Comfort
Flåmsbrygga Hotel
Flåm

The hotel and room was very nice. I just happened to have a cruise ship directly out the window which ruined the view.

Authenticity & Character
Liked the rustic feel
Location
Easy walk to train and harbor
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Scandic Torget
Bergen

Great hotel right in the center of everything which allowed for walking. Would have been helpful to know where to park before arriving.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Very central
Staff
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Activity Reviews
Discover Kayaking Geirangerfjord
Discover Kayaking Geirangerfjord
Geiranger

Because it was cold, rainy and windy we weren’t able to get as far as I would have liked. It was fun and the guide was great but the weather was a damper.

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Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Car ferry between Geiranger and Hellesylt
Car ferry between Geiranger and Hellesylt
Norway

While you can get to Geiranger by car, the ferry trip is worth it.

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Summer RIB boat Safari Local Taste of Undredal
Summer RIB boat Safari Local Taste of Undredal
Flåm

The boat tour guide was very fun and knowledgeable. The cheese tasting was underwhelming, not bad just wasn’t as involved as I expected.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
It was a much more intimate experience in a small boat as we were able to get up closer to the sites.
Summer Adventure day in Flåm with Zipline and Bicycle trip
Summer Adventure day in Flåm with Zipline and Bicycle trip
Flåm

Although the weather was a little rainy I was still able to zip line. I got wet on the bike ride back into town but it was still worth it.

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Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present
Bergen: A Walk Through Past and Present
Bergen

Fabiola did great job of weaving history and modern culture into her tour.

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Ride the Ulriken Cable Car
Ride the Ulriken Cable Car
Bergen

The walk from the center of town to the cable car was very nice. I took the ride up and walked down which I definitely felt for the next two days.

Quality of Experience
Luckily I had good weather. This probably isn’t worth it if it rainy and foggy.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Mar Quiñones

The whole team at Kimkim was amazing!
Norway | Jun 4 - Jun 17, 2024

ROSA
ROSA S.
| Reviewed on Jun 20, 2024
The whole team at Kimkim was amazing. Krista, Fenne and Olivia worked with us at the planning stage, and David and Rufo helped us out while in Norway. All interactions with all of the members were very helpful. All the planned activities were excellent, and so were the private guides. The car transfers between airport and hotels were on time and very good. We had a plane cancelation during the last leg of our trip, but we got immediate help and reassurance on what to do and expect from... Read more

The whole team at Kimkim was amazing. Krista, Fenne and Olivia worked with us at the planning stage, and David and Rufo helped us out while in Norway. All interactions with all of the members were very helpful. All the planned activities were excellent, and so were the private guides. The car transfers between airport and hotels were on time and very good. We had a plane cancelation during the last leg of our trip, but we got immediate help and reassurance on what to do and expect from the Norway airlines.
We will use Kimkim again for our future trips.

Hotel Reviews
Scandic Oslo Airport
Gardermoen
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Scandic Svolvær
Svolvær
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Heimly Pensjonat
Flåm

Good and friendly service. Good breakfast and dinner

Authenticity & Character
Location
Fabulous view. A bit away from the main street which was good for us
Staff
Friendly staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Hotel Brosundet
Ålesund

A very nice boutique hotel! Great breakfast! Excellent a la carte restaurant within the hotel

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Location
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Very friendly
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Scandic Neptun
Bergen

We had a renovated room which made it good, but not a good view. The hotel was a bit too big for our liking.

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Kviknes Hotel
Balestrand

Friendly service, great rooms, great views, great location Both buffet and a la carte dinner available

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Scandic Oslo City
Oslo

Friendly staff, great location for taking earlier trains, a little noisy Great breakfast

Authenticity & Character
Location
close to the train station
Staff
Very helpful and friendly.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Cruise in Trollfjorden
Cruise in Trollfjorden
Svolvær
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Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Fjordcruise Ålesund - Geiranger (Return)
Fjordcruise Ålesund - Geiranger (Return)
Norway
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Fløibanen
Fløibanen
Bergen
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Very modern funicular
Explore Bergen with a local
Explore Bergen with a local
Bergen

Despite the rain and cold, we had a great experience. Synnøve, the guide was so friendly and knowledgeable

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Synnøve was great!
Cidertasting & Lunch/Snack
Cidertasting & Lunch/Snack
Balestrand

Really enjoyed this activity - Great hosts

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Oslofjord Sightseeing Cruise
Oslofjord Sightseeing Cruise
Oslo

A must for any visitor to Oslo

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Oslo private tour
Oslo private tour
Oslo
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Local specialist: Krista Muuk
Krista
Krista Muuk
Local specialist in Kristiansand | Replied on Jun 20, 2024

Hi Rosa,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic experience with our team. We are all delighted that our efforts made your trip to Norway memorable.

It's great to know that you enjoyed the planned activities, private guides, and timely car transfers. We understand how stressful a flight cancellation can be, so we're glad we could assist and reassure you promptly.

Wishing you many more great adventures in the future!
Krista