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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 see 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.

Norway Tours

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The Sognefjord, nicknamed King of the Fjords.
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 historic Bryggen district along Bergen's picturesque wharf.
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 off in Europe's fastest growing capital before taking a scenic train and ferry to the fjord-side village of Balestrand. Continue north to Fjærland for glacier views and an award-winning museum before getting on another boat -- this time to Bergen, a historic wharf city and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend your last day with a local guide who will show you the best of Bergen and its seven surrounding mountains.

Climb to Preikestolen, or 'Pulpit Rock' – a steep cliff above Lysefjorden
Norway's Ultimate 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.

The pretty port city of Ålesund shines at dusk.
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.

A small harbor in the village of Solvorn.
Western Norway's Hidden Gems Road Trip - 5 Days

History buffs and nature lovers can check off two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, peaceful villages, and dramatic vistas on this self-drive tour through Western Norway. Start off with a local tour of Bergen, a former Hanseatic League trading post with colorful wooden houses on the old wharf. From here, drive north and explore Norway's two biggest fjords: Nordfjord and Sognefjord. Finish the adventure with a ferry ride across the Lusterfjord to a UNESCO-listed stave church built in the 12th century. History aside, this trip offers plenty of amazing scenery, a world-class glacier museum, and even guided hikes -- all while staying in some of Norway's best family-run hotels.

Hike up to these views overlooking Lake Ringedalsvatnet and stay overnight.
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...

How to Spend 5 Days in Norway

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...

How to Spend One Week in Norway

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?...

How to Spend Two Weeks in Norway

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...

Norway Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
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

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

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 Travel Maps

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Getting Off-the-Beaten-Path in Norway
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Explore Bergen, Fjords & Waterfalls - 5 Days
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Top Norway Road Trips: Villages, Fjords, and Scenic Routes
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for Norway
Travel specialist Ingrid Thornes
active 6 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 Linda Veråsdal
active 19 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 Vilde Brecke
active 11 hours ago

Vilde Brecke

Yo! In between the seven mountains of beautiful Bergen you will find me (a behavioral neuroscience student) and my dog, Luffe. She is a beautiful Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and together we...

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Travel specialist Subhasini Shrestha
active 10 hours ago

Subhasini Shrestha

Exploring new things and new places definitely got me to travel a lot. I love to experience the diversity of each new place. Over two years down the line, here I am working with my team, offering...

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Trip Reviews for Norway

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Oslo to bergen fjord adventure, Norway - Oct 4 - Oct 10, 2018

Traveler: Mark B. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

We are so pleased to have used this service when booking our trip. Ingrid and the team delivered an excellent program that perfectly suited our travel plans. It was a seamless process and took all of the guesswork out of the holiday. Very reasonable pricing as well. Thanks so much for all your help
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3 weeks | the best of norway , Norway - Sep 9 - Oct 3, 2018

Traveler: judith l. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Ingrid was very helpful fight throughout the trip with additional requests we had. The planning and ticketing went like clockwork and was thus very easy to complete the journey. No problems were encounted.

Linda

Norway's ultimate fjord adventure - 15 days, Norway - Aug 23 - Sep 6, 2018

Traveler: Linda F. - Local specialist: Ingrid Thornes

Planning a trip with an in-country advisor just makes sense. Ingrid Thornes, our trip consultant for a two week trip in Norway, met and exceeded our expectations. Being from Bergen, she was able to give good first-hand advice and proved more reliable than a guide book.

We outlined our preferences for types of hotels, modes of transport, and places we wanted to include on our visit. Ingrid evaluated our ideas, made suggestions and then delivered an itinerary that we collaborated on for... read more

Planning a trip with an in-country advisor just makes sense. Ingrid Thornes, our trip consultant for a two week trip in Norway, met and exceeded our expectations. Being from Bergen, she was able to give good first-hand advice and proved more reliable than a guide book.

We outlined our preferences for types of hotels, modes of transport, and places we wanted to include on our visit. Ingrid evaluated our ideas, made suggestions and then delivered an itinerary that we collaborated on for weeks. That required a lot of patience from her!

Honestly, this trip met ALL of our expectations because Ingrid took the time to listen and help us make good choices. All tickets were emailed, all connections made, paving the way for a knockout time in Norway. Well done KimKim. We will book another amazing excursion with your u again.

Linda and Peter Fenton, Massachusetts USA

Example Trip Requests

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Dog Sledding in Northern Norway

This is for myself (59) and my adult son (25). We're both quite fit. We're looking for a 1- or 2-night dog sled trip. Currently, we can arrive late Friday afternoon, and have to leave sometime Monday. There is a remote possibility we could extend the...

Group of 2 friends visited Norway in March 2018

Winter Norway Highlights: Cities, Fjords, and Northern Lights

I want to travel from Oslo to Tromso in roughly a week. I'd like to do/see the railway, Flam, fjord cruise (not essential, just if time permitting), the northern lights (must see) and dog sledding (must do). I would like to spend at least 1 night in Oslo,...

Traveler visited Norway in December 2017

Family Vacation: Mountains and Fjords

We only have such a short time we want to see as much as we can. We would love to do a glacier walk. We haven't got anything in mind as a definite to do list. We would like to hear from some experts! Seeing the fjords I guess, we want to see some...

Family of 2 adults and 3 children visited Norway in July 2017

Spring Break: Norway in a Nutshell and Bodø

We're flying in and out of Oslo. I thought we could do the nutshell tour, but it seems we might be too early in the year. A definite stop is the air museum in Bodo; we're planning to fly there from either Oslo or Bergen. We'd like to see the beauty of the...

A couple visited Norway in April 2018

Tromsø | Lofoten & Sognefjorden | Bergen

We are an active couple who prefer hiking and walking tours. We have 10 days to explore Bergen and the fjords and would like at least a few day walks as well as discovering the historic and cultural aspects of the area. If practicable we would like to spend...

A couple looking to visit Norway in June 2019