Visit Western Norway
Best known for its deep fjords and towering mountains, western Norway's rugged, expansive and breathtaking landscapes are among Europe's most beautiful.
Summer is the most popular time for fjord cruises, with fine views to be had of green mountains and serene blue waters and opportunities for hiking to landmarks such as the Pulpit Rock.
Sognefjord, the longest in Norway; Hardangerfjord, near the colourful old Hanseatic port of Bergen; and the dramatic Geirangerfjord, accessed from the Art Nouveau city of Alesund, are the fjords that feature on most Western Norway itineraries. But there are others too, and also subsidiaries of the bigger ones that lead to tiny fishing and farming hamlets. Cruises can also be enjoyed in winter, when the ink-black fjords contrast vividly with the brilliant white glare of snowy peaks and waterfalls frozen into solid columns of ice.
Western Norway is an ideal destination for self-drive holidays, with zigzagging mountain passes and wild coastal routes such as the Atlantic Road near Molde showcasing many of the region's best attractions. Along the way are opportunities for a wide range of excursions, such as riding the Flam railway or trying adventure sports in Voss.
Special offers in Western Norway
Special fly-cruise fares
This full-board, exploratory cruise will bring you through fjords and past remote islands to reach Norway’s historic towns, fishing villages and Arctic fun. Everything from dogsledding and snowmobiling to the North Cape and the Russian border is set under the Northern Lights.
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Experience Viking culture and Scandinavian style on this 15-day voyage. Embrace the exquisite natural beauty that is Flåm from a unique perspective during a panoramic ride aboard the Flåm Railway.
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Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.
Top itineraries in Western Norway
Showcase the best of western Norway with stays in Oslo and Bergen bookending the classic Norway in a Nutshell tour. Explore some of the country's most striking summer landscapes as journeys on the Flåm and Bergen railways introduce you to the spectacular western fjords.
Take in the best of Norway's southern fjords as you hop between wide, sandy beaches and waterfalls framed by towering cliffs, all the while staying in hotels hand-picked for their superb locations.
Experience the sheer beauty of western Norway on this weeklong holiday connecting Bergen – a city famed for its fjord-side setting and Hanseatic wharf – and Balestrand, one of the country's prettiest villages.
Top places to stay in Western Norway
Hotel Union welcomes and invites guests to share one of the most exceptionally beautiful landscapes in the world, and experience something truly unique.
A classic Scandinavian-style log cabin, the Storfjord Hotel is just 30 minutes from Alesund by car, and has stunning views across the fjord and surrounding forest.
A charming hotel located in central Bergen, within easy striking distance of the city’s top attractions, shopping centre and transport links.
Where to go in Western Norway
Balestrand is a popular base for exploring Norway's spectacular Sognefjord. The dramatic 200-kilometre-long fjord cuts inland from the Norwegian Sea roughly half way between the west coast towns of Bergen and Alesund and the town of Balestrand has been welcoming travellers for more than 150 years.
Voss is a picturesque mountain resort in Norway's beautiful western fjords region, which has firmly established itself as a major hub for adventure tourism and winter sports. Overlooking Vangsvatnet Lake and ringed by forested hills, Voss also benefits from its position on the road and rail route b…
Molde is well positioned for tackling two of Norway's most spectacular driving routes, which can be incorporated into a Western Norway self-drive holiday. The first of these is the Altanterhavsveien - The Atlantic Road - which connects Molde with the town of Kristiansund, a stretch that is especial…
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Bergen is one of Norway's most atmospheric cities. Second only to Oslo, the vibrant, atmospheric port boasts a spectacular setting, surrounded by seven hills and protected on three sides by a smattering of carelessly strewn islands.With a flight time from London of less than two hours and some seri…
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