Norway tailor-made holidays
Out of Norway came the Vikings,Thor Heyerdahl, Roald Amundsen (the man who beat Scott to the South Pole), the Nobel Peace Prize and Munch’s The Scream, which hangs in the National Gallery in the capital, Oslo.
But what is it about Norway that inspires such greatness? Well the scenery for a start. Like slices of deep blue carved into vertical rock walls, the fjords of western Norway are staggeringly beautiful, with cascading waterfalls, towering mountain peaks and precipitous viewpoints such as Pulpit Rock at Lysefjord and the Troll’s Tongue Rock at Hardangerfjord among its myriad highlights.
The Art Nouveau city of Ålesund is a great place to access the fjords, as are Bergen and Molde, the latter of which marks the start of the Atlantic Road and one of the world’s great driving routes. Bask in the endless days of summer above the Arctic Circle when the Midnight Sun casts its ever-present glow over the Lofoten Islands and Svalbard, places known for their beauty, isolation, thrilling Arctic adventures and, in the case of Svalbard, polar bear sightings. In the winter, these same destinations, along with the ‘Arctic capital’, Tromsø, provide some of the best chances to see the Northern Lights.
Norway’s snows arrive in November and stay late into April. But, far from withdrawing from the cold, the Norwegians make the most out of this seemingly inhospitable season. High in the Arctic you’ll find abundant high-octane adventure along with two spectacular snow hotels, while Hurtigruten’s coastal cruises sail to North Cape and Kirkenes on the shores of the Barents Sea.
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This seven-night tailor-made itinerary really captures the essence of the beautiful Lofoten Islands, mixing fjord and mountain scenery with picturesque villages, historical sites and traditional rorbu accommodation.
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The architecturally impressive coastal town of Alesund and the equally striking Hotel Union in Geirangerfjord provide perfect bases from which to explore the stunning surroundings of glittering lakes, towering peaks and deep forests.
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Book by: 30 September 2018
This twin-centre break is a superb introduction to the Arctic region, pairing the fun of a stay in Tromso with high adventure in Svalbard, just a short hop from the North Pole.
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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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Our most popular Northern Lights break, this four-day city stay in Tromso is the ideal introduction to Norway's Arctic delights, with wonderful restaurants and bars and easy access to a host of winter adventures.
Pair two Scandinavian icons on one unforgettable adventure. You'll begin with Tromso's dazzling Northern Lights displays before a cross-border train ride brings you to Sweden's world-famous ICEHOTEL.
A relatively new arrival on the Tromso winter scene, Malangen Resort is already a hit with our staff and clients alike, due in no small part to its incredible setting on the shores of a quiet fjord, surrounded by snow-covered mountains.
What our clients say about our Norway holidays
Our holiday in Norway surpassed my expectations and we very much enjoyed the excursions booked through Wexas. Everything ran like clockwork and the hiring of the clothing, as suggested by Adam, worked very smoothly and was vital in such cold temperatures. I'm sure Adam was very busy but he did always reply to our questions. All in all a great experience and I can highly recommend it. Judy Statham
I had such a lovely time in Norway. Tromso is an amazing city to visit. Thanks to the Wexas who organised everything for us. The flights and the accommodation were stunning. We're also super happy, we've seen Northern Lights, Whales. The experience at the Husky centre was cool. The staff was nice and welcoming. Thanks Wexas for such great experience!
We had a lovely time in Tromso. The hotel was very clean and the staff were excellent. I can certainly recommend the breakfasts. people. We wen't to the information office and received excellent advice on trips we wanted to take. Most of all we did see the lights!
Our trip was magical. Maddie at Wexas was so helpful and the organization was excellent. The tours to photograph the aurora were superb and we did see the lights on our second evening.
Very good service from Amy. She even managed to order the weather. Cold clear and crisp so we able to see the Northern Lights and enjoy the lovely views on our snowmobile trip.
Liberty's advice when I booked the trip and her ongoing assistance with my email queries was spot on. She made all the arrangements feel like a really personal experience.
An excellent holiday break. It met all my expectations.
Wonderful holiday - fantastic service.
Top places to stay in Norway
Clarion Collection Hotel With is a hotel in central Tromso with magical views over the mountains, offering an experience similar to an Arctic adventure.
Malangen Resort is also your ideal base for exciting adventures all year-round. Winter or summer, you can relax and indulge yourself at Malangen Resort and also take a day trip or two to other attractions.
An intimate, luxury lodge with magnificent fjord and mountain views and raft of activities for both summer and winter.
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Where to go in Norway
Cruising the stunning Norwegian fjords, which extend all the way up the west coast of the country, is a key Norway travel highlight. And rightly so – they are truly breath-taking. Geirangerfjord, Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord are the best known and most visited, and seeing at least one of these three is highly recommended.
Discover Norway's Arctic capital, which has, for many years, been the jumping off point for adventures into Norway's frozen north. Oh yes, and it's possibly the best place on earth for spotting the Northern Lights.
In Northern Norway the season in which you travel is more important than anywhere else in the country. Here, high up in the Arctic Circle, visitors can experience the most dramatic changes in daylight and darkness in the country.
Kirkenes is a small fishing village at the very tip of Norway as it loops above Sweden and Finland to its border with Russia. It marks the final stop on the Northern Norway coastal cruise route and its 3,000 or so locals speak a mixture of Norwegian, Russian, Sami and Finnish.
What to do in Norway
Norway offers scenic fjord cruises, luxury lodges and log cabins for romantic escapes, world-class cities, plenty of outdoor adventure from the Northern Lights to the Midnight Sun and inviting open roads for independent exploration.
Explore the southern fjords at Stavanger and Hardangerfjord, take a tour of Norway’s historic hotels, drive the Atlantic Road that links an island archipelago and much more with an independent self-drive holiday that you can enjoy at your own pace.
Winter is when Norway comes into its own—a lively way of life has developed here, from snowshoeing and trekking to cosy indoor getaways in luxury log cabins. Perhaps most of all, this is the season of the Northern Lights, and Norway is home to some of the most dazzling displays on Earth.
If you want to spot whales, polar bears, reindeer, the arctic fox or any of Norway’s iconic wildlife, immerse yourself in pristine landscapes on one of our summer or winter holidays and explore the places that these animals call home.
When to go to Norway
"It's the great north wind that made the Vikings."Scandinavian proverb The two main seasons for travel to Norway are Summer and Winter - and for radically different reasons. Summer is wonderful for hiking, sailing, kayaking, white-water rafting and other outdoor pursuits among the breathtaking fjords, glaciers, rivers and mountains. The main season runs from mid-June to mid-August, though many operators open from May to late September. The midnight sun keeps burning over most of the country from late May to mid-July, and from late April to late August in Arctic Svalbard. Norway's long, dark winters attract cross-country and downhill …
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