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Norway

Jaw-dropping fjords and scintillating auroras

Where to go in Norway

Introduction

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.

You might also like to try fishing for king crabs in the Arctic Circle under the Midnight Sun, watching sea eagles in the Lofoten Islands, viewing the swirling Northern Lights while staying in an ice hotel in deep winter, visiting stave churches or small coastal towns, or combining several activities via some of the Norway's most scenic coastal and mountain self-drive routes.

There's also the chance to see polar bears by joining an Arctic expedition cruise in the Svalbard archipelago, a remote outpost of Norway where polar bears outnumber humans.

Back on the mainland, the pretty historic west coast port city of Bergen and the cultured capital of Oslo are two of the most popular starting points for Norway holidays. Both cities are ideal short break destinations, with Viking museums, art galleries and lots of other attractions close at hand.

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List of regions

Tromso

Tromso, the ‘Capital of the North', is a lively university town surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands. This extremely likable and walkable city has for many years been the jumping off point for Arctic expeditions and adventures, and continues to be a hub for tailor-made travel.

Northern Norway

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

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.

Western Norway

Western Norway is best known for its deep fjords and towering mountains, which comprise some of the most spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in Europe. The rugged, expansive and breathtaking fjords continue all the way along the Norwegian coast as far as the Russian border but are at their mos…

Svalbard

The Svalbard islands are Norway's Arctic Ocean outpost, a hostile but breathtaking wilderness of ice caps and glaciers, mountains and coalmines. Polar bears outnumber humans in this untamed landscape 650 kilometres from the mainland and seeing these powerful creatures in their natural habitat, surr…

Bergen

Bergen is one of Norway's most popular tourist spots, a charming and laidback coastal city in Western Norway that serves as the gateway to the western fjords. It has a pretty setting, surrounded by seven mountains, and has been an important city since medieval times.

Oslo

Oslo is Norway's confident and culturally rich capital. Its showpiece museums and galleries, combined with pretty parks and opportunities for island hopping boat tours in the Oslofjord, make this one of Scandinavia's most exciting city break destinations.

Alta

Alta is a sprawling settlement amid the surrounding wilderness of the Finnmark region of Northern Norway. Prehistoric rock carvings dating as far back as 4200 BC are its main attraction - there are around 6,000 of the carvings in total, depicting scenes of hunter-gatherers, reindeer herding and fis…

Stavanger

Stavanger is a flourishing port and university town in Western Norway, which dates back to Viking times and then grew in importance when herring fishing, shipbuilding and most recently the oil industry, made it one of Norway's key economic centres.

Eastern Norway

Tailor-made tours of Eastern Norway generally start and end in Oslo, the country's graceful capital. Spending a few days here enables visitors to take in a host of superb museums dedicated to the talents and achievements of some of Norway's most famous sons - Munch, Ibsen, Vigeland, Heyerdahl and N…

Southern Norway

Southern Norway is a fine summer holiday destination, known for its pretty harbour towns with white-painted houses and a craggy coastline. It might not have the wild drama of other parts of Norway, but its skerries, forests, inlets and family-friendly beaches make this a popular place among Norwegi…

Central Norway

Trondheim is the main hub for visitors to Central Norway and it's well worth spending a few days in this lively coastal city before exploring the wider region. The Nidaros Domkirke, the city's imposing 11th-century cathedral, is one of its main tourist attractions and the surrounding Midtbyen area …

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