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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; at least five days to delve into Norway is recommended. Don't worry if you have less time, though. Shorter visits are feasible but should focus on one or two specific areas. If you have more than a week, you can include remote regions like the Lofoten Islands or Svalbard.

You'll pick up your rental car once you've reached the Lofoten archipelago, known for its dramatic scenery
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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 dramatic southern fjords, coastal islands, cultural cities, or small fishing villages, it's easy to craft a satisfying itinerary that takes less than a week to complete. Get inspired by these unique itineraries for your 5-day trip to Norway.

Skip the crowds with a winter road trip in the Lofoten Islands
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6 Days in Norway- 8 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With six days in a country as vast and varied as Norway, pick one general region and stick to it. Summer travelers can choose from a number of active road trips that involve hiking, whitewater rafting, and incredible scenery, while those visiting in winter can stay in an igloo above the Arctic Circle or spot wildlife in the Lofoten Islands. And pairing city tours of Oslo and Bergen, with a ride on the famed Flåm Railway in between, is great in any season.

Deep dive into Viking heritage with a tour that focuses on the seafaring people
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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 or travel style with these itineraries.

Learn to mush a team of sled dogs on a luxury northern lights seeking adventure in the Arctic
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1 Week in Norway - 5 Luxury Itinerary Ideas

One week in Norway is an excellent amount of time to experience the country's dramatic landscapes and premium accommodations. Join a classic tour to discover glassy fjords and soaring mountains. Or, hire a rental car and hop between the charming countryside villages. Northern lights enthusiasts will find the Arctic Circle the perfect place to explore by snowmobile and dogsled, while the Lofoten Islands inspire both winter and summer travelers with remote landscapes and luxury lodges.

Go hiking with the family in Norway
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1 Week in Norway - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

In a week, you can experience three to five locations, including Oslo, Geilo, and Aurland. Opt for a more adventurous itinerary encompassing hiking in Ålesund, a kayaking tour in Geiranger, and a boat tour along the Geirangerfjord. Wrap up warm and spend three days in Tromsø and Senja on a winter trip that comprises dogsledding, cruising along fjords, and watching the northern lights. Or concentrate on a small part of the country, such as Bergen and Balestrand, to discover the inspiration behind Disney's "Frozen."

Bergen in Winter
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Best 1 Week Winter Itineraries in Norway

It's hard to imagine a more quintessential winter wonderland experience than exploring snow-covered Norway by car, train, or boat with the Northern Lights dancing overhead. Norway's northern latitude, with a significant portion of the country above the Arctic Circle, makes for cold and short days, so careful planning is required to make sure the logistics of your Norway winter trip run like clockwork. Read on for great winter itinerary suggestions, and tips to help you make the most of your winter visit to the land of fjords.

A hidden beach in the Lofoten Islands
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8 Days in Norway - 8 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With just over a week to explore Norway's incredible scenery, you can pick a region and pair it with some urban fun in the country’s best transit cities: Oslo, Bergen, and Tromsø. Summer travelers can choose from a number of active trips—often traveling by ferry, train, and bus—while those visiting in winter can stay in a luxury lodge above the Arctic Circle while searching for the Northern Lights. For more relaxation, check out the ultimate scenic road trip that includes views of the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord and Trollstigen, or 'Troll's Ladder'.

Many itineraries include a day or two in Bergen, Norway's 2nd largest city
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9 Days in Norway - 8 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Nine days is a great amount of time to explore one or two regions in Norway, allowing for a few days of scenic transit without feeling too rushed. In Northern Norway, you can start the trip in cultural Tromsø, with separate multi-day excursions in the wilderness at both Trapper's Farm (inland) and the island of Senja (coastal). Or start further south Oslo and end in Bergen, traveling by train, ferry, fjordcruise, Hurtigruten, or rental car. Learn more about your options below.

Discover the midnight sun on a northern Norway luxury adventure (photo courtesy of Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge)
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10 Days in Norway - 6 Luxury Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Norway, you can experience exactly how nature and luxury go hand in hand. Head to the western fjords for a classic tour featuring cozy retreats and quintessential Norway activities. Or, opt for a rental car and lazily navigate between rural villages. Adventure seekers will find Norway's Arctic an excellent place to chase the northern lights or take full advantage of the midnight sun, while the Lofoten Islands provide an idyllic sanctuary to rejuvenate amid unspoiled landscapes.

Experience the Arctic in Lofoten at the edge of a fjord in northern Norway
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10 Days in Norway - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days to explore nearly 60,000 miles of coastline, you'll want to ensure you're equipped with a plan to tackle Norway's wide-ranging scenery, wildlife, and culture. If you're keen on exploring Norway's fjords, pick up a rental car and journey through Stavanger, Bergen, Voss, and Aurland. Alternatively, consider an action-packed road trip, a winter adventure in northern Norway, a culturally rich exploration in western Norway, or an active trip featuring a multiday hike through the Aurland Valley.

Journey through ancient Norse kingdoms on a walk with your family and guide through Bergen
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10 Days in Norway - 5 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

Ten days with the family in Norway is enough time to visit four to five destinations. With a mix of nature and urban adventures, the Bergen, Balestrand, Aurland & Oslo trip is perfect for first-timers and families with young children. The Winter Adventure's skiing and snowshoeing activities and the Summer Adventure's zipline excursion make those two itineraries best suited to active families with older children. Animal lovers and culture seekers will appreciate the wildlife safaris and museums on the Cultural and Wildlife trip.

Experience Tromsø, Norway, on a 10-day Scandinavia winter adventure
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10 Days in Scandinavia - 4 Winter Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Scandinavia, you can delve into thrilling winter activities and chase the northern lights above the Arctic Circle. Or, stick to the charming cities of Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Oslo and spend your time on walking tours and winter-themed excursions. Those seeking a more relaxed pace will find Scandinavia has plenty of spas, saunas, and gourmet restaurants to unwind in, while Christmas enthusiasts can hop between festive markets and fairy-tale castles.

See the Art Nouveau island city of Ålesund on a Scandinavian summer adventure
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10 Days in Scandinavia - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With 10 days in Scandinavia, you can embark on a highlights tour featuring Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm, and Bergen. Or, swap in Helsinki, Luleå, and Tromsø if you'd prefer to focus your time on the region's fjords, islands, and mountains. Hiking enthusiasts will find the Oslofjord Islands, Ålesund, and Geiranger the perfect destinations, while winter lovers can choose between a festive Christmas markets trip and a northern lights-chasing itinerary in the Arctic Circle.

Discover quaint villages like Norheimsund, on the idyllic Hardangerfjord
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11 Days in Norway - 8 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Having more than 10 days to travel in Norway is a real luxury, allowing you to see a few different regions without having to rush. Summer travelers can choose from several active or relaxing fjord trips that include one or more means of transportation (rental car, fjord cruise, train, and Hurtigruten), while those visiting in cooler months can head above the Arctic Circle for dramatic islands, northern lights, and fewer crowds. Most trips start and end in Oslo and/or Bergen, injecting the perfect amount of urban adventure.

Admire one of 28 remaining stave churches in Norway, like the Urnes Stave Church on a western Norway summer road trip
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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
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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.

Discover colorful Bergen on a guided walking tour
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2 Weeks in Norway - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

You could spend a whole year in Norway and barely scratch the surface of its expansive beauty. If you've only got two weeks to try and do so, give one of these itineraries a try. You'll scope out Norwegian nature, culture, and more through the seasons.

Have fun with the kids exploring the red "rorbuer" fishing huts that dot the Lofoten Islands
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2 Weeks in Norway - 5 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in Norway on a family holiday, you can visit at least five locations. Younger children will enjoy the Oslo Open-Air Folk Museum and other kid-friendly activities in Southern Norway, while older kids can try the via ferrata on an active adventure. Families eager to experience the midnight sun should choose a summer itinerary, and those that want a two-country trip can add Denmark. Meanwhile, a winter itinerary is best for families keen on snow and cultural experiences, including an overnight at a Sámi camp.

Dive into a summer road trip adventure and relish your stay in mountain town, Odda
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2 Weeks in Scandinavia - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in Scandinavia, you can embark on a whirlwind highlights tour featuring seven different cities across Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway. Or, keep your trip to four cities, which will give you more time to tick off thrilling activities and nature excursions. If you're traveling in winter, an itinerary featuring the Lappland region and its Arctic adventures is a must, while those who prefer to take the wheel will find a summer road trip across Iceland and Norway a perfect match.

Geiranger fjord
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15 Days in Norway - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With more than two weeks in Norway, you can hit all the major stops and delve into what makes Norway so distinctive. Check out the major cities and fjords like Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim or stay south and add Ardal and Stavanger to the mix. You can also venture to some lesser-visited Norwegian sites—chase the northern lights through Tromsø and Svolvær, explore the fjords from Bergen to Trondheim, or venture past the Arctic Circle to the Lofoten Islands.

Combine fjord landscapes with Viking heritage on a 16-day adventure through Norway
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16 Days in Norway - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Sixteen days in Norway is an excellent amount of time to immerse yourself in the north's remote islands, the south's cities and fjords, or a mix of both. Opt for a self-drive itinerary if you're eager to take the wheel and explore at your leisure, or travel by train and ferry if you prefer active days paired with relaxing journeys. An adventure featuring the northern lights is an obvious choice for winter travelers, while those looking to experience the midnight sun should set their sights on the Lofoten Islands.

Discover Norway's Geirangerfjord on the ultimate summer adventure through Scandinavia
3 Weeks in Scandinavia - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Three weeks in Scandinavia is a generous amount of time to discover the unspoiled landscapes and welcoming towns and cities of 3-4 countries. Summer travelers eager to get behind the wheel will find Iceland the perfect road-tripping destination, while Sweden and Norway provide the opportunity to pass along the reins and travel by train, bike, and ferry. Alternatively, if experiencing the northern lights tops your list, narrow your focus to the Lappland region in winter.

Dog Sledding in Northern Norway: 3 Multi-Day Itineraries
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Dog Sledding in Northern Norway: 3 Multi-Day Itineraries

Dog sledding through the wonderland of Norway's winter landscape is a classic Scandinavian experience. Combine this uniquely thrilling activity with overnight camping the traditional Sami way for an unforgettable adventure—all during the best season for spotting the Northern Lights.