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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 the world-famous fjords at Aurland, Jotunheimen National Park, the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, and the scenic Lofoten Islands. A cultural must-visit is the city of Oslo with its many museums and rich history, and there are plenty of ways to experience Norway off-the-beaten-path.

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

Norway Tours & Itineraries

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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.

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 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.

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 small harbor in the village of Solvorn.
Map of Western Norway Road Trip - 5 Days
Western Norway Road Trip - 5 Days

This self-drive trip through western Norway offers history, amazing scenery, and even guided hikes—all while staying in some of Norway's best family-run hotels. Start with a local tour of Bergen, and then drive north to explore Norway's two biggest fjords. Finish the adventure with a ferry ride across the Lusterfjord to a UNESCO-listed stave church built in the 12th century.

Hike up to these views overlooking Lake Ringedalsvatnet and stay overnight.
Map of Nordic Adventure for Outdoor Lovers - 5 Days
Nordic Adventure for Outdoor Lovers - 5 Days

This epic jaunt through Western Norway encompasses a slew of outdoor activities — like hiking, biking, and camping — for travelers who want to experience as much summer fun as they can fit in five days. After a night in Bergen, you'll drive through some of Norway's most spectacular scenery as you make your way to Trolltunga, Aurland, Myrdal, and Flåm. Squeeze in a speedboat ride through a UNESCO-protected fjord before heading to the airport for your flight home.

Make the Most of Your Time in Norway

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Beautiful view over magical Geirangerfjord
How Many Days Should You 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 being said, an epic itinerary can easily be created...

5 Days in Norway  - 8 Unique Itinerary Ideas
5 Days in Norway - 8 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Norway may have 63,000 miles of coastline and endless countryside to explore, but you don't need to see it all to have an amazing experience. Whether your priorities lie in the...

7 Days in Norway - 8 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Norway - 8 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Norway is a dream destination — unbelievably scenic, packed with cultural experiences, and big enough to spend a lifetime exploring. But what if you only have a week to spend?...

Life on the edge, Fjord Norway
10 Days in Norway - 7 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With nearly 60,000 miles of coastline (including the islands), Norway is the longest country in Europe — and one of the most beautiful. The list of ways you could spend your...

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

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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 Experiences

Unique things to do in Norway
Saksa mountaintop
Hiking Mount Saksa

There are few better places to enjoy an outdoor excursion than around the Hjørundfjord. This 20-mile (33-km)-long arm of the Storfjord is located in the Sunnmøre Alps and is...

Go reindeer sledding in Norway
Reindeer Sledding & Lavvu Experience

This overnight excursion leaves from the city of Tromsø to a Sami camp in the nearby wilderness. The Sami are a northern Norwegian indigenous group who live on this part of the...

View of the Hardangerfjord
Fjord Cruise to Hardangerfjord

This tour features a lovely cruise from Bergen to Rosendal, a small village on the southern shore of the Hardangerfjord, which is known as the "queen of the fjords." The journey...

Hike on top of Jostedalsbreen, the biggest glacier in Europe
Explore Jostedalsbreen National Park

Jostedalsbreen National Park is home to the largest glacier in Norway (and mainland Europe). It's so big, in fact, that it covers half the entire surface of this 1,310-square-km...

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Catch a fjordcruise to Bergen in the village of Flåm
Oslo to Bergen Summer Adventure - 6 Days

This 6-day itinerary combines Norway's two largest cities and a stunning mountainous area between them. Begin in modern Oslo—the fastest-growing capital in Europe—before heading westward to Eidfjord and Utne, home to the stunning Hardangervidda National Park. Top it off with a cruise to charming Bergen, the historic Hanseatic city known as the gateway to the fjords.

Scenery in the Norwegian highlands
Multi-Day Trek in the Norwegian Highlands - 6 Days

Halfway between Norway's two largest cities—Oslo and Bergen—lies an extraordinary wilderness area situated between two national parks. This itinerary includes four days of hiking along well-marked trails (becoming more difficult each day) from Geilo to Finse. Start and end the trip with some urban culture and nightlife in the two aforementioned cities to round out this awesome adventure.

Hike and camp with views of Lake Ringedalsvatnet
Hardangerfjord Road Trip - 6 Days

This adventure in western Norway encompasses a slew of outdoor activities for ambitious types who want to experience as much summer fun as they can fit in under a week. Starting in Bergen, you'll drive through some of the country's most spectacular scenery as you make your way towards Trolltunga, Ullensvang, and Voss for hiking, rafting, and even a night of camping in the great outdoors with a private guide.

Norway Travel Maps

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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Norway
Travel specialist Ingrid Thornes
active 29 mins ago

Ingrid Thornes

I was born and raised in Norway, but have travelled to most continents around the world as well as worked and studied in international surroundings. I have a bachelor degree in Tourism Management,...

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Travel specialist Fridur Kjartansdottir
active 4 hours ago

Fridur Kjartansdottir

A few years ago, I moved from Iceland to Norway with my family. I have experienced Norway both as a tourist and as a resident and I am always seeing and learning something new about this wonderful...

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Travel specialist André Larsen
active 2 hours ago

André Larsen

I am born and raised in Bergen in Norway and I have travelled a lot both inside Norway and the rest of the world. I have a master's degree in social anthropology with a focus on the relationship...

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Travel specialist Nina Fossum Andreassen
active 2 days ago

Nina Fossum Andreassen

Good day! My name is Nina, and I am a Norwegian with a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Management and Experience Economy, and I am now currently finishing my Master's degree in Hospitality and...

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Trip Reviews for Norway

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Western norway's rivers, islands & fjords - 10 days, Norway - Sep 18 - Sep 25, 2019

Traveler: Mary K. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

All the hotels were great. All but 2 transportation arrangements went off without a flaw. Overall, we are very pleased with our visit to Norway. I am thankful that Ingrid helped me to arrange everything!

In Oslo, we liked the Thon Europa more than the Thon Spectrum. The Europa had a better breakfast buffet, was an easier walk from the train station & the neighborhood seems a bit better. Next door to the Europa is the Brunello Ristorante. You should recommend this to others! This was some... read more

All the hotels were great. All but 2 transportation arrangements went off without a flaw. Overall, we are very pleased with our visit to Norway. I am thankful that Ingrid helped me to arrange everything!

In Oslo, we liked the Thon Europa more than the Thon Spectrum. The Europa had a better breakfast buffet, was an easier walk from the train station & the neighborhood seems a bit better. Next door to the Europa is the Brunello Ristorante. You should recommend this to others! This was some of the best Italian food we have ever had.

The Hurtigruten lobby is on a small side street and was not obvious. If possible, maybe provide a bit more detailed map. Since it's so late, there are not people around to ask for help. We did find it, but we had our concerns for a few minutes!

The bus & ferry to Geiranger was very enjoyable. The ferry back showed us some gorgeous scenery. We very much enjoyed that day.

The time with John Grahl-Madsen was not time well spent. He just didn't seem engaged. On other trips, in other countries, we have had guides who have made a significantly better impression. During planning, I had expressed an interest in going up the funicular. He pointed it out & said we could do that on our own. Our itinerary didn't allow time for that.

The ferry from Bergen to Aurland was a great way to move locations and see more of the scenery.

Aurland: you are already aware of the issue with the taxi company. I'm not sure what options there are, but I would suggest finding other options for sightseeing & transport to Flam. I'm very glad that the taxi did eventually show up that morning so we were able to see the Borgund Stave Church. That was very special. The Fisherman's Cabin at Vangsgaarden was charming with a view that was magnificent. It was a little surprising that we had to make our own beds, strip them at check-out, sweep the floor, take out the garbage, & do a light cleaning of the bathroom.

Flam to Oslo by train: Our itinerary was that we made this trip on September 24. No one looked at our tickets Flam to Myrdal. Myrdal to Oslo we learned that our tickets were for September 23. The conductor found 3 unsold seats for us and allowed us to stay on the train.

Oslo: We had a tour with Stig Frislid Torset. He was better than John, but again we have had better. Our travel companion had been told by a friend of Norwegian descent to try a specific type of pastry. Stig found a shop that sold it for her. We requested that we see the Vigeland Sculpture Park. He commented that was not normally what he did, but if that's what we wanted ... we said we did. He did have interesting commentary about some of the sculptures. Afterwards, he showed us some of the "hidden gems" that he normally focuses on, which included Grass Roots Square. Grass Roots Square is very special & we were very glad that we saw it.

I would recommend Kimkim to others. Thanks for your help in creating a memorable trip for us.

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mary,
Thank you so so much for taking the time to write such a detailed feedback for us! I am happy that you all in all had a good time despite the hick up with the transfer in Aurland. This is certainly valuable information we will bring with us in the future so that we can improve as much as possible.

Thank you so much again for traveling with us and it was a pleasure planning the trip for you!
All the very very best.
Ingrid

Norwegian city, mountain & fjord adventure | hiking - 7 days, Norway - Sep 14 - Sep 20, 2019

Traveler: Michael H. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

My wife and I are so pleased we decided to hire Kimkim to plan our first trip to Norway. We had a limited time (6-7 days) and felt they did a wonderful job giving us the best itinerary for our interests/time constraints. The accommodations they selected were convenient and comfortable, the detailed itineraries they provided were extremely helpful (including maps, wayfinding info, etc.), and the guides they hired were professional and informative. If we had planned things ourselves we... read more

My wife and I are so pleased we decided to hire Kimkim to plan our first trip to Norway. We had a limited time (6-7 days) and felt they did a wonderful job giving us the best itinerary for our interests/time constraints. The accommodations they selected were convenient and comfortable, the detailed itineraries they provided were extremely helpful (including maps, wayfinding info, etc.), and the guides they hired were professional and informative. If we had planned things ourselves we probably wouldn't have experienced the most special part of our trip, staying in Aurland for a few nights and taking a cruise of the Aurlandsfjord & Nærøyfjord.
Thank you for taking logistics off our plate, allowing us to enjoy your beautiful country free of stress or worry!

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Ingrid Thornes, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Michael and Dorothy,
Thank you so much for your kind words and I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your time here in Norway. Happy to hear you found our service helpful and enjoyed the time you had with the local specialists as well!

All the very best to you both and thank you so much for traveling with us!
Ingrid & Vilde

Western norway's fjord road trip - 8 days, Norway - Sep 20 - Sep 27, 2019

Traveler: Sharon S. - Local specialist: André Larsen

Andre was quick to respond and always accommodating. The hotels he chose were excellent, as were his suggestions for our day trips. We totally appreciated not having huge drives to make. His planning was superb!!! We can’t thank him enough for such an amazing experience!!!!!

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André Larsen, local specialist, responded to this review:

I'm so happy to hear that you had such a great time in Norway and thank you for the review. It was a pleasure helping you with planing your trip to Norway. I hope you want to visit Norway again sometime.