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Lofoten Islands, Norway

Norway

Jaw-dropping fjords and scintillating auroras

Norway tailor-made holidays

Introduction

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.

Iconic landscapes

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.


Pulpit Rock, Lysefjord

Summer fjords & the Midnight Sun

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. 


Polar bear in Svalbard

Winter adventures

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, including such winter classics as husky sledding and snowmobiling, along with two spectacular snow hotels – one at Alta and the other at remote Kirkenes near the Russian border. Meanwhile Hurtigruten’s coastal cruises sail to North Cape and Kirkenes on the shores of the Barents Sea.


Northern Lights near Tromso, Norway

 

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At a glance

Flying time from UK
2 hours

Time zone
GMT +1

Currency
Norwegian krone (NOK) = 100 øre

Language
Norwegian

Travel advice
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Special offers in Norway

Northern Lights over Tromso, Norway (Credit: Truls Tiller)

Northern Lights in Tromso, Norway

4-day tailor-made break from £695 pp incl. flights

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offer

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Book by: 30 April 2020

Our most popular Northern Lights break, this city stay in Tromso, which includes an aurora safari, is the ideal introduction to Norway's Arctic delights. Expect wonderful restaurants and bars and easy access to a host of winter adventures.

Lofoten Islands, Hurtigruten Cruise

Hurtigruten – classic round-trip voyage

12-day fly-cruise from £1,449 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

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.

Arctic Spring in South Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway

Ultimate Arctic on Scenic Eclipse

12-day luxury cruise from £12,125 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Discovery Fares - Last few suites remaining
Book by: 30 June 2019

Enjoy the latest and greatest in ultra-luxury cruising in one of the world’s last true frontiers – Svalbard. Enjoy the latest and greatest in ultra-luxury cruising in one of the world’s last true frontiers – Svalbard.

Nyhavn, Copenhagen

Copenhagen to Tower Bridge on Silver Wind

14-day cruise from £4,410 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Free Business Class flights and $200 spending money
Book by: 30 June 2019

Flanked by two great European capitals, and with an overnight in another, this voyage is one of extremes. The cosmopolitan cool of Europe's great capitals melds into the beauty of Norway’s fjords and villages

Top itineraries in Norway

Northern Lights over Tromso, Norway (Credit: Truls Tiller)

Northern Lights in Tromso, Norway

4-day tailor-made break from £695 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
offer

Exclusive departures
Book by: 30 April 2020

Our most popular Northern Lights break, this city stay in Tromso, which includes an aurora safari, is the ideal introduction to Norway's Arctic delights. Expect wonderful restaurants and bars and easy access to a host of winter adventures.

Melting Pot Art Suite, ICEHOTEL 365 2017 (© Asaf Kliger)

Tromso & the ICEHOTEL by rail

5-day tailor-made journey from £965 pp incl. flights

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.

Northern Lights at Malangen Resort (Credit: David González Foto)

Tromso & Malangen Resort

4-day tailor-made journey from £885 pp incl. flights

With its incredible setting on the shores of a quiet fjord, surrounded by snow-covered mountains, Malangen Resort is a hit with our staff and clients alike. This trip combines a stay here with a night in Norway's capital of Arctic adventure – Tromso.

Western Fjords, Norway

Highlights of Norway

5-day tailor-made holiday from £975 pp incl. flights

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.

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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

    Gail G

  • 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!

    Marina M

  • 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!

    Eileen E

  • 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.

    Eleanor E

  • 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.

    Susan S

  • 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.

    Michael M

  • An excellent holiday break. It met all my expectations.

    Don D

  • Wonderful holiday - fantastic service.

    Celia C

Top places to stay in Norway

Tromso Hillside, Norway

Clarion Collection Hotel With, Tromso

Traditional hotel

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, Balsfjord, Norway

Malangen Resort, Tromso

Contemporary resort

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.

Lyngen Lodge, Arctic Norway

Lyngen Lodge, Arctic Norway

Small & intimate lodge

An intimate, luxury lodge with magnificent fjord and mountain views and raft of activities for both summer and winter.

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Alta, Norway

Contemporary resort

Further north than Tromso and further east than most of Sweden, Sorrisniva is your gateway to Finnmark, Norway's most remote and Arctic region, and the icy snowy accommodation here makes for a truly special base from which to explore.

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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.

Northern Lights over Tromso, Norway (Credit: Truls Tiller)

Tromso

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.

Northern Lights over the Lofoten Islands

Arctic Norway: Lofoten, Alta & Kirkenes

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.

Trolltunga, Norway

Fjord Norway

Best known for its deep fjords and towering mountains, western Norway's rugged, expansive and breathtaking landscapes are among Europe's most beautiful.

Longyearbyen in Svalbard, Norway

Svalbard

It doesn’t get much wilder than the islands of the Svalbard archipelago, a rugged, desolate wilderness whose landscapes of snow and ice are home to more polar bears than humans.

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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.

Aurora Expeditions, Svalbard

Europe & Scandinavia Cruises

European cruise holidays offer a whole range of unique experiences, from exploring the storied waters of its river greats to remote adventures among the icy wonders of Scandinavia and the Arctic.

Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway (Atlanterhavsvegen)

Self-drives

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.

Mefjord Brygge, Mefjordvaer

Wildlife holidays

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.

Husky Sledding in Tromso

Adventure holidays

A dramatic coastline, steep fjords and imposing mountains make Norway a fantastic destination for adventure travellers, especially as the sharp contrast between summer and winter allows for a wide range of outdoor activities.

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When to go to Norway

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"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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