Western Norway is famed for its easily accessible fjords and mountains, which form some of Scandinavia’s most impressive scenery and pave the way for a host of summertime adventures. Our collection of itineraries take in the best of the region, from iconic rail journey and fjord-cruise combos to self-drives along some of Scandinavia's most spectacular mountain roads.
With their snow-dusted peaks, wild waterfalls, lush vegetation, gleaming glaciers, precipitous viewpoints and charming mountain villages, Norway’s fjords are a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, with activities ranging from hiking and fishing to cycling and fjord cruises. Spectacular viewpoints abound, from vertigo-inducing overlooks such as Trolltunga and Pulpit Rock to more gentle appraisals from hotels perched right on the water's edge.
Hiking to Pulpit Rock, Norway
Road, rail or cruise?
Key to the area’s appeal is its ease of access. Using public transport – whether road, rail or sea – is wonderfully straightforward, with routes and connections marked with typical Scandinavian efficiency. However, the Norwegian fjords are also tailor-made for self-drives, with a network of winding roads and dizzying passes connecting towns, villages and tourist spots throughout the region. Routes to watch out for include the twisting hairpins of the Eagle Road, which descends from a high mountain pass to the shores of the Geirangerfjord, while on the coast, the island-hopping Atlantic Road is surely one of the world's most scenic drives.
Norway... in a Nutshell
If you'd prefer to leave the car at home, the iconic Norway in a Nutshell tour is a superb way to explore. Departing from either Oslo or Bergen, it includes trips on two of the region's most scenic railways as well as a spectacular boat trip along Aurlandsfjord and Næroyfjord and, in summer, a bus trip around the steep hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva. A special highlight is a journey on the iconic Flåm Railway, the world's steepest standard-gauge line, which links the mountain station at Myrdal with the tiny fjord-side village of Flåm and offers magnificent views of the famous cascades of the Kjosfossen waterfall. Speak to our specialists to discover how to add a Norway in a Nutshell tour to your itinerary.