Holidays to Norway
Norway inspires images of dramatic, rugged mountains, fjords, picturesque villages and a landscape that is second to none. In one of Europe’s most sparsely inhabited countries, these elements are reality.
Stretching from the North Sea coastline to the borders of Finland and Russia, this delightful country is largely unexplored by UK visitors. Travel off the beaten tourist track and you will discover a country rich in history, charming small towns and friendly locals.
Holidays In Norway
The capital city, Oslo is a vibrant and cultural destination. Considered to be one of the world’s greenest and most livable cities, it is also one of the most prettily-situated. Surrounded by the waters of the Oslofjord and boasting a wonderful selection of museums, this city is an ideal destination for a short-break or as the start of a longer more exciting adventure.
Southern Norway is renowned for its rocky coastline with picture-postcard fishing villages and busy summer harbours. It is here that you will find the southernmost city of Mandal, the towns of Kragerø, Risør, Lyngør, Arendal, Grimstad, Lillesand, and the capital of the south, Kristiansand.
Sculpted by nature, the spectacular landscape of the fjords – green mountains, blue waters, and thundering waterfalls – cannot fail to impress. Whether an artist, keen walker, or nature lover, this is the location for you.
It is here that you will find the fascinating towns of Bergen, Ålesund, Molde and Trondheim - all ideal destinations for a short break or as a gateway to the natural wonderland of the fjords.
To the north, the wild and weather-beaten Lofoten isles, Vesterålen archipelago, university city of Tromsø and the border town of Kirkenes await. With an arctic landscape of mountain peaks, idyllic fishing villages and blue fjords, this region is a wonder to explore. This is the land of the midnight sun and of the northern lights.
Choose Norway as your next holiday destination and we promise that you will not be disappointed!
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration have carefully selected, and developed, 18 beautiful drives which are not only scenically beautiful but also have their own history and character.
Viewpoints, information centres and cafes have been built along the way. National Tourist Routes can be found across the country including Senja, Andøya (Vesteralen), Lofoten, the Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord. Famous roads including the ‘Atlantic Road’ and the ‘Trollstigen mountain pass’ are also part of the scheme.
The Lofoten Islands attract a wide variety of bird species including white tailed eagles, razorbill, guillemot, cormorant, kittiwake and puffin. In addition, the island of Runde, close to Ålesund, serves as a nesting ground for half a million birds.
UNESCO has inscribed 7 sites in Norway to the World Heritage List. The Fjord region home to 4 sites: The Hanseatic Wharf of Bryggen in Bergen, Urnes Stave Church and the Geirangerfjord and Naeroyfjord.The former mining town of Røros, 2-hours from Trondheim, is also designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The word Viking comes from the Old Norse word ‘vikingr’ meaning someone that came from the Fjords. Today, the word Viking is used to describe the seafaring traders, warriors and pirates from Scandinavia, who sailed the open seas between the late 8th and 11th centuries. The Vikings were explorers and evidence of former settlements can be found as far a field as the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and even Newfoundland in Canada. During their reign, the Vikings waged regular attacks on Great Britain and captured many key cities and colonised large areas of Ireland and Scotland.
The history and culture of the Vikings remain popular. In many cities throughout Norway, museums depicting historical events can be visited. In Oslo, the Viking Ship Museum displays the three best preserved Viking ships in the country as well as finds from the chief grave at Borre. On the Lofoten Islands the Lofotr Viking Museum includes a reconstructed 83m long Chieftains farm, three ships and a boat house
The winter months in Tromsø, with its moderate arctic climate of c. -4 degrees, brings the natural phenomena of the Polar Nights (November 21 and January 21) and Northern Lights (September to April) as well as a host of activities to suit all interests from dog sledding, glacial walking, snowmobile safaris, Sámi cultural tours and snow shoe excursions.
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