The essence of Norway's appeal is remarkably simple: this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Remote, vast and shaped over the eons by the pounding oceans and grinding glaciers, the country’s majestic nature leaves most visitors (Norwegian’s included) in awe.
The glaciers, mountains, and waterfalls are all about raw, sublime power. On the other hand, natural wonders such as the northern lights, the midnight sun, the fjords, and quiet national parks highlight Norway’s serene qualities.
From the astonishing island chain of Lofoten to Geirangerfjord's secluded reaches, maybe this is the perfect summer to explore “our” country?
There are more than a thousand fjords in Norway, all along the coast. Long-abandoned farmsteads cling to the fjord's near-sheer cliffs while ice-cold cascades tumble, twist and gush down to emerald-green waters. Enjoy fjords such as Geirangerfjord, a Unesco World Heritage site or Hardangerfjord, one of the longest fjords in the world.
The fjord landscape is ideal for combining activities, whether you just want to inhale the famous peace and quiet or get an adrenaline rush. Start off with easy hiking and relaxing village and city walks, or take guided tours to viewing points and other vistas of fjords, mountains, and waterfalls. More demanding hiking includes uphill walks with rewarding views at the top. You can also explore by kayak, SUP (Stand up paddling board), rafting, glacier hiking, fishing, rock climbing, and via ferrata climbing routes. Go skiing all year round whilst looking down on a fjord, for example in the Sunnmøre Alps. Summer skiing is a popular activity that may be combined with swimming in a fjord earlier or later on the same day.
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Few visitors forget their first sighting of the Lofoten Islands. The jagged ramparts of this astonishing island chain rise abruptly from the sea in summer greens and yellows or the stark blue and white of winter, their razor-sharp peaks stabbing at a clear, cobalt sky or shrouded mysteriously in swirling mists. Postcard-perfect villages with wooden rorbuer (fishing huts) cling to the shoreline, while the A-frame racks for drying fish tell of a land and a culture intimately entwined with the sea.
By international comparison almost every city in Norway has a small-town charm and atmosphere.
Explore Tromsø, one of northern Norway's most significant city with, among other superlatives, the world's northernmost cathedral, brewery and botanical garden. Its busy clubs and pubs – more per capita than in any other Norwegian town – owe much to the university (another northernmost) and its students. In summer, Tromsø's a base for round-the-clock, 24-hour daylight activity.
Furth south visit Bergen and its passionately patriotic inhabitants proud of their many-sided city and its history and cultural traditions. A large city on a Norwegian scale, the coastal city of Bergen is still known for its small-town charm and atmosphere. Take part in the Bergen lifestyle, and go for a scenic walk on the famous Bryggen (the wharf). Here, you will smell the fresh seaside scent blended with local food from some of the many top-class restaurants along the waterfront. But Bergen offers more than just food and sea. Norway’s second largest city is known for the seven mountains surrounding the city centre, their many cultural events, and the world-famous popstars Kygo and Alan Walker.
Norway is the last refuge for some of Europe's most intriguing wildlife. While you may stumble upon polar bears (in Svalbard), Arctic foxes, Eurasian lynx, wolverine, reindeer and other species, dedicated safaris in the Norwegian interior will take you within sight of the otherworldly musk ox, as well as the rather loveable elk (moose). Along the coast, Norway's birdlife is abundant and filled with interest, while whale-watching outings are a staple of the Nordland coast, especially around Vesterålen and Tromsø. You can also see walruses in Svalbard.
Together with our local partners we tailor-make experiences whether it is a family holiday or a special celebration. Maybe this summer is the perfect time to explore Norway?