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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

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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.
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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

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
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...

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

Ålesund at dusk, among the fjords
Map of 2 Weeks in Norway - 2 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Norway - 2 Unique Itinerary Ideas

You could spend a whole year in Norway and barely scratch the surface of its expansive beauty. Try one of these comprehensive seasonal itineraries instead—you'll get acquainted...

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...

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...

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...

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Aerial view of the Lofoten Islands
Map of 12 Days in Norway - 8 Unique Itinerary Ideas
12 Days in Norway - 8 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 12 days in Norway, travelers can mix and match multiple major cities and regions. Activity options will depend largely on the season: In summer you can explore verdant mountains and dramatic fjords with various scenic modes of transport (rental car, fjordcruise, and train), while winter visitors can cruise above the Arctic Circle, go dogsledding, spot Northern Lights, and enjoy fewer crowds. And every trip below includes plenty of cultural exploration in one of Norway's vibrant urban centers: Oslo, Bergen, and Tromsø.

Northern Lights in the Lofoten Islands
Map of 13 Days in Norway - 8 Unique Itinerary Ideas
13 Days in Norway - 8 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Having nearly two weeks in Norway allows you to see up to three different regions without having to rush. Summer travelers can choose from a number of active fjord trips that include several means of transportation (rental car, train, and Hurtigruten), while those visiting in winter months can head above the Arctic Circle for dramatic islands, Northern Lights, and fewer crowds. All adventures start and end in Oslo, Bergen, Tromsø or Bodø for a dose of Scandinavian urban culture.

Snowscapes in the Lofoten Islands
Map of Oslo to Tromsø Winter Tour -13 Days
Oslo to Tromsø Winter Tour -13 Days

Not for the faint of heart, this epic 13-day trip through Norway's wintry north includes a dizzying array of destinations, travel modes, and activities that are highly unique to the Arctic. Start in the capital of Oslo and then take a train to the UNESCO-listed village of Røros. From here, dog sled in the mountains and walk through Trondheim before sailing to the Lofoten Islands. Finish with an overnight cruise to Tromsø for more dog sledding and sophisticated dining options in the 'Paris of the North'.

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 4 hours 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 André Larsen
active 4 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 Fridur Kjartansdottir
active 21 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 Julia Plaschke
active 14 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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Trip Reviews for Norway

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Our 14 day trip to Norway · Norway - Nov 28 - Dec 10, 2019

Traveler: Anita C. - Local specialist: Linda Veråsdal

Our 14 day trip to Norway was phenomenal! Linda did an amazing job curating our trip with a special overnight at a farm to table dogsledding adventure with Kjell. It was the highlight of our trip! Linda also arranged Sami reindeer sledding, northern lights chasing, private walking tour, fjord cruise, flam railway, another private tour and more. We went from Tromso and worked our way down to Oslo. Linda and kimkim created an awesome experience and also booked fabulous hotels, all with views... read more

Our 14 day trip to Norway was phenomenal! Linda did an amazing job curating our trip with a special overnight at a farm to table dogsledding adventure with Kjell. It was the highlight of our trip! Linda also arranged Sami reindeer sledding, northern lights chasing, private walking tour, fjord cruise, flam railway, another private tour and more. We went from Tromso and worked our way down to Oslo. Linda and kimkim created an awesome experience and also booked fabulous hotels, all with views and breakfast. We could never do this alone and our travel agent also agreed she could never have made these arrangements either! Thank you so much for working with us-you have made lifetime memories.

Exactly what I wanted/needed! Thank you Julia! · Norway - Nov 25 - Dec 3, 2019

Traveler: Jah N. - Local specialist: Julia Plaschke

I contacted KimKim for a much needed solo trip away and I was thinking about Norway. Julia was my specialist and she was fantastic! Not only did she listen to all of the things I wanted, but she was super fast in her response time. What most impressed me was that she would respond, day or night and at one location where they couldn't find the reservation she was available in real time. Additionally, she messaged me throughout the trip to see how it was going. She made my experience... read more

I contacted KimKim for a much needed solo trip away and I was thinking about Norway. Julia was my specialist and she was fantastic! Not only did she listen to all of the things I wanted, but she was super fast in her response time. What most impressed me was that she would respond, day or night and at one location where they couldn't find the reservation she was available in real time. Additionally, she messaged me throughout the trip to see how it was going. She made my experience wonderful. Surprisingly, the additional add of Finland ended up being the highlight for me so I'm glad she was able to help me add that on.

The accommodations were super fantastic particularly the Lapland Hotels Bulevardi in Finland and Malangen Resort in Norway. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Ivalo is worth doing but it's more about the destination and experience than the accommodations or food which aren't stellar. Everything was really great.

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Julia Plaschke, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Jah, thank you so much for the nice feedback. I am glad you had a wonderful time!
Best,
Julia

Norway - north and south in 9 days · Norway - Nov 16 - Nov 24, 2019

Traveler: Kum C. - Local specialist: Fridur Kjartansdottir

My trip was planned by Fridur and after a lot of messages back and forth, the entire schedule was turned upside down or rather north south reversal and no regrets!!! Thanks to Fridur who managed to get all the things we wanted to do into our schedule.
Camp Tamok was our first stop and it was well worth the entire day spent there. Dog sledding with Kristin was fantastic with the huskies sooooo loveable and strong. What an experience! Then we tried our hand(and legs!) at cross country skiing... read more

My trip was planned by Fridur and after a lot of messages back and forth, the entire schedule was turned upside down or rather north south reversal and no regrets!!! Thanks to Fridur who managed to get all the things we wanted to do into our schedule.
Camp Tamok was our first stop and it was well worth the entire day spent there. Dog sledding with Kristin was fantastic with the huskies sooooo loveable and strong. What an experience! Then we tried our hand(and legs!) at cross country skiing which was done with head lights and plenty of snow! Another incredible experience. But the best is yet to come. Andreas took us to chase the northern lights and there was no chase, cos the lights came to us literally. We set up a camp fire on a frozen lake, and voila after some time we saw the first rays of the aurora. What came in the next 30 minutes were a feast for the eyes and camera as we witnessed the dancing aurora lights with our own eyes!!! What a sight. And this is only the first day. All thanks to the great experience and knowledge of Andreas, great guy and great company.
Next day we went snow shoeing near Tromsø which was another excellent experience. Followed by Tromsø city tour on our own. Boy my face almost froze on the way across the bridge to the cathedral. Oh and how we tried our best not to slide and fall on the slippery ice was fun.
Next thing on the list was to spend the night in a glass igloo waiting for the aurora. An unforgettable experience in Lyngen North but the Aurora decided not to show up in Lyngen that night. :-(
Then we were off to Stavanger for the Preikestolen hike. It was an adventure with ski poles and ice spikes to keep us from falling in the slippery ice. We had a great hike with some really friendly people in the group and our guide Fabrizio was great with the camera. His photos were amazing.
It was a really tiring hike but the reward of the views during the trip and the Pulpit rock makes it worthwhile. Unbelievable sights!
The grand finale of the trip was Norway in a nutshell from Bergen to Oslo. Highlight was the Flam railway and the fjord cruise. Fantastic views.
It was a great trip with fantastic experiences and unforgettable views. I have to say that the best hotel stay in the trip was Bergen Bors hotel with their warm and sincere staff that is ever ready to help and provide helpful tips. This is what makes the hotel the one we want to return to!!!
Oh and not forgetting the Norway in a nutshell staff(sorry forgot the name) in Flam who recommended us to take an earlier train and to stop at Vatnahalsen and explore the charming hotel and its surroundings as it was getting dark and we had to wait for the next train to Oslo. Views there were stunning.
All the above planned and recommended by Fridur, great plan and recommendations. Not all rosy and nice as some minor hiccups, mostly more detailed information needed, which Fridur was on hand to provide within minutes so no major drama.
5 stars service !!!

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Fridur Kjartansdottir, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for the review, Kum!
I’m glad to know that you enjoyed your trip and I had a great time planning this with you 😊 The photos are absolutely amazing!
Thank you again for booking your trip with us and I hope to see you again in Norway someday!
All the best to you and Chia