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Top Trip Memories
  • Traveling by rail from Oslo to Bergen on the North Sea to take in an incredibly scenic panorama of mountains, glaciers, meadows, forests and villages.
  • Sailing up or down the fjord-pocked Norwegian coast on a Hurtigruten ship that travels far above the Arctic Circle almost to the Russian border.
  • Getting initiated while crossing the Arctic Circle by having ice water poured down your back -- all in Norwegian good humor.
  • Exploring the North Cape, the northernmost point in continental Europe, where the nomadic Sami people still follow their reindeer herds as they have throughout history.
  • Experiencing the Land of the Midnight Sun in summer and the electrifying Northern Lights in winter.
  • Taking a nighttime boat ride on the exquisite little Trollfjord in far northern Norway, especially striking on a moonlit evening.
  • Traveling by boat through the 126-mile-long, 4,250-foot-deep Songefjord to the little village of Flam, where goats and sheep outnumber people.
  • Riding the world’s steepest standard-gauge railway, which climbs 12 miles up a waterfall-laced valley from Flam to the mountain town of Myrdal.
  • Visiting the Munch Museum in Oslo, dedicated to the country’s most famous painter, and the Vigeland Sculpture Park, with its 192 massive granite and bronze sculptures.
  • Spending a morning in Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum, which displays the best preserved Viking ships in existence.
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Tour Tips
  • Norway’s North Sea oil wealth has made it an expensive country to visit, especially while traveling on your own, so seek out tours that take advantage of group discounts.
  • Hurtigruten ships take a week to go along the coast from Bergen north to the Russian border town of Kirkenes, and a week to return -- you can travel one way or make it a two-week roundtrip.
  • Roundtrip Hurtigruten voyages allow you to view sights or stop in ports returning in daylight that you might have missed at night traveling the other direction.
  • While most visitors take the Hurtigruten in summer, some opt for the wintertime voyages, which operate mostly in the dark but offer an unusual -- and potentially brag-worthy -- experience.
  • Tours that include scenic train rides and boat rides in Norway are ideal, but bus tours through the countryside offer their own perspective on this beautiful landscape as well.
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Norway Travel Reviews & Ratings
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Tour Reviews

Norway trekking weekend

Norway Trekking Weekend

4.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This is a very enjoyable trip, offering a real challenge, but providing
fantastic rewards. The accommodation is very good, and the transfer to the
hotel from Bergen is very pleasant. The walk to Trolltunga is certainly long,
but is worth the effort.
Undoubtedly the moment when it's your turn to walk out onto Trolltunga.


Hilde was excellent, enthusiastic and supportive. She provided chocolate and
drinks and just the right moments.


The trek to Trolltunga is a very popular walk, and there is only one route
up. So, you will be walking up with a lot of other people going the same way.
This also means that, if you want the iconic photograph on the Trolltunga,
you need to be prepared for a very long wait when you arrive for your turn on
the Trolltunga, where you can get quite cold. We waited for about an hour and
a half on our trip - it is quite lively, with wedding proposals and people
doing handstands, but there's no real avoiding it. It's definitely worth it,
though! It is an incredible place.


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Great trip to see Northern Lights

Arctic Lights & Whales

5.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes We had a wonderful holiday, and cannot recommend Andy Friluftssenter enough. Nigel and Ingvild went out of their way to make us feel welcome and ensure that we had a good time.
If you are searching for the Northern Lights, you need to accept that nature will not always play ball and so it is important that you enjoy the rest of your time here and treat the Northern Lights as a bonus rather than the only reason for coming. We had heavy cloud cover and snow for three days, but for our last night the cloud disappeared and we saw the Northern Lights. We had a bright full moon, without which they probably would have been even more spectacular. Even if we had not seen them, we would have had a great few days, with the wonderful views and lovely food. My wife is a coeliac, and the gluten free bread and rolls they baked were delicious, and they also coped with a lactose intolerant guest. All food is local with each night a different meal. Cod, Char and Moose pie were delicious and then on the last night venison cooked in front of us on an open fire in a Lavvo, while we popped in and out looking at the lights.
We had a different activity in each day, a trip to the Andoya research centre, where we learnt about the Northern Lights, and had great fun in a simulated space mission. On the second day, we had a visit to a reindeer farm to meet the jolliest of Sami farmers, and learnt about her traditions and met the reindeer. On the third day we went ice fishing on a lake, and cooked what we caught on an open fire. Each day was different and thoroughly enjoyable, and was much more fun and interesting than I had expected.
We went in early March, and despite being in the artic circle, it was not too cold, apparently due to the Gulf Stream. So pack lots of thin layers, and ski gear is fine. There is no light pollution (other than the moon) so there is no need to go driving long distances to search for the Lights, you literally do walk outside and look upwards. If you want to take photos though, you must have a tripod.
We thought that a four night trip was going to be one night too long, but in fact it was perfect, the variety of activities meant every day was different, and of course there is a better chance of seeing the Northern Lights. In our case if it had been a three night trip, we would have missed them.
So overall an excellent trip, we had good company, excellent hosts, and of course we were fortunate to see the Northern Lights. Easy for us to say now, but we really would have enjoyed it if we hadn't seen the lights.
The last night was very special. Wonderful food cooked in the Lavvo, dashing in and out to look at the changing Northern Lights.

Nigel was excellent. Went out of his way to ensure we had as enjoyable a holiday as possible.

Be prepared to have a wonderful time, even if you don't see the lights. Pack as if going on a ski trip.

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Kvitavatn - Cross Country Skiing

Cross-country Skiing: Kvitavatn

5.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This trip had everything I was looking for, fantastic location with a 360degree mountain panorama, classic Norwegian lodge accommodation, healthy yet plentiful food and great leaders.
The leaders were effective at developing our skills, in a fun way, yet appreciating we are on holiday. Once our skills were developed we were taken to some fantastic off the beaten track locations. I have never had so many 'wow' moments and taken to lunch spots to die for!
The 'apres' ski was varied too, a combination of informative talks, films, a fun quiz and slide show of the weeks pics.
Fantastic trip!
Climbing to a high point up a frozen waterfall and having the most amazing, unspoilt views and no one else in sight!

Amazing. Helpful, knowledgeable, patient, informative, caring, effective.

Take a range of clothing because it can either be really warm or really cold.
Take a thermos Flask - hot drinks are essential.
You don't need to take a lunch box as plastic bags and cling film are made available.

I would really recommend this trip if you have never done cross country skiing before.

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The Best Holiday Ever!

Cross-country Skiing: Kvitavatn

5.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes A great way for a complete beginner to experience cross country skiing and make lots of progress in a short time. We were tutored for nearly 6 hours on each of 6 days so even a complete novice and scaredy-cat, like me, was able to have enough skill to safely negotiate different types of terrain within a couple of days. You WILL fall over, which is fun in the soft snow (although sometimes hard to get back up from) but does hurt a bit on the hard, prepared tracks. The scenery was fantastic, I never felt cold because we were active, and the company was incredibly friendly and supportive. We were with our group (14) for meals, warm up/down exercises and in the evening but we divided into 2 (ability) groups to ski, which worked well.
I loved all of it, from first learning to snowplough through playing on the sparkling, crisp, virgin snow on the lake to touring and seeing the beautiful views from the higher terrain. Picking up speed on the prepared tracks and successfully cornering for the first time as well as traversing down through deep snow were thrilling (even though I am not a speed nor thrill seeker and would dread downhill skiing).

Mary and Ilse were completely dedicated to making our holiday the best it could be. I was very impressed with the amount of attention we each received and their skill in coaxing the nervous as well as challenging the talented, so that everyone got the most from the experience. They were very professional, knowledgeable and great fun to be with.

What are you waiting for? Just do it!

The Kvitavatn Felljstoge is very efficiently and well run, comfortable but not luxurious. The staff are friendly and helpful and the food was very good quality homecooking and plentiful. There will definitely be something you like and can eat on the menu and you will not go hungry!

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Mosstrond Cross-country skiiing

Cross-country Skiing: Mosstrond

4.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Fantastic scenery in a remote area, making our own tracks through the snow each day. The accommodation was clean, comfortable and, most of all, very welcoming, friendly and informal. The group sat down together around a table together for dinner each evening with the guides and the two young ladies who cooked and cleaned, which gave a lovely family feel to it. The food was very good, especially the locally caught/shot Arctic Char and Reindeer and I enjoyed the cake that was served when we returned each afternoon.
I think the best bits for me was simply the breathtaking scenery, both across the lake and from the hills that we went up. And the feeling of the skis gliding across the snow.

Neil was extremely helpful, encouraging and friendly; and very knowledgeable about the area.

Ski waxes, cork and scraper - which you will need - is not included in the ski hire so take what you already have or be prepared to buy some there (about £15 for one wax, cork and scraper). You make sandwiches at breakfast for lunch but there is no chocolate bars or anything similar so if I went again I would take my own supply. After discussing what grade skier I was with an Exodus agent when I was booking we decided I was probably grade 3 - but I struggled technically on this trip and would say you should be at least grade 4 (and proficient at kick-turns, side stepping up and down steep slopes, herringbone and even probably Telemark turns in the deep sugary snow). Also, I got bad blisters on my heels from my heels sliding up and down in the stiff ski boots so in case you suffer with this as well take plenty of blister pads/plasters plus something like duct tape to keep them in place for the whole day.

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It’s given the world skiing, Vikings, fjords, Norse mythology, and a parcel of notable explorers and creative artists. It’s also celebrated as the Land of the Midnight Sun, where, in the far northern summer, the sun never sets. Norwegians would say you need all that daylight just to begin to sample all their country has to offer.

Tucked away on the far western and northern reaches of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Norway’s mountainous, often sparsely populated landscape stretches far above the Arctic Circle. Those who visit enjoy some of Europe’s most stunning scenery, along with outdoor recreational activities that include hiking, climbing, rafting, skiing, and even glacier walking and reindeer sledding.

The Capital, Oslo

Most tours begin in Oslo, a modern city of 600,000 residents with a medieval hilltop fortress, a royal palace (Norway is a constitutional monarchy), and a harbor facing an island-dotted fjord. While Oslo might seem a bit staid at first, some of its major attractions -- such as the Munch Museum, devoted to the 19th century expressionist painter Edvard Munch known best for his anguished work “The Scream” -- and sculptor Gustav Vigeland’s writhing, nude figures that line the walkways of an outdoor park, might give you another impression. 

Similar ships to those displayed in Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum once carried Viking explorers like Eric the Red and Leif Ericsson off to raid distant lands, reaching the coast of North America five centuries before Columbus landed in the Caribbean. (Modern Norwegians, while descendants of the marauding Vikings, have mellowed considerably; the country’s violent crime rate is among the world’s lowest.)

Other Oslo-area maritime-related museums include the Kon-Tiki Museum, celebrating the exploits of Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, who sailed from Peru to Polynesia on a log raft, and one showcasing the Fram, an expedition ship used by Roald Amundsen on his 1910 voyage to the South Pole.

Norway’s Scenic Second City

Bergen is a must-stop on any Norway tour. Situated on the North Sea coast, it’s the very picture of a seafarer’s city, with a busy harbor where you can sit out in summer and dine on herring and other fresh seafood.

With its colorfully painted peaked-roof wooden houses gleaming in the sun and its mountainous backdrop, the medieval wharf area has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bergen’s cultural cred is enhanced by serving as home for Edvard Grieg, Norway’s most famous composer, while playwright Henrik Ibsen, author of “A Doll’s House” and “Hedda Gabler,” began his theatrical career here.

Bergen is also the gateway to some of Norway’s most spectacular fjords -- long, deep, glacier-cut inlets (often flanked by sheer cliff sides) that are among the world’s great natural wonders. The Songefjord, leading to the village of Flam, is the most famous.

The Hurtigruten

Bergen serves as the starting point as well for the Hurtigruten ships that make their way year-round up and down the Norwegian coast for some 1,300 miles. Along the way, the half-passenger, half-cargo vessels make numerous port stops, some very brief -- others allowing for hours to tour cities like Trondheim and Tromso -- to drop off and pick up transient passengers as well as food and supplies. The latter provide a lifeline for isolated Norwegian villages that are otherwise virtually cut off from the rest of the country.

The fjord-rich, island-speckled western coast continues hundreds of miles north of the Arctic Circle and peaks at the North Cape, continental Europe’s northernmost point, before heading farther west to Kirkenes. The Hurtigruten has been called the world’s most beautiful voyage, and it’s certainly a contender.

We should also mention the Norwegian island of Svalbard (Spitsbergen) here, hundreds of miles north of the North Cape in the polar regions and an adventurer’s and wildlife-lover’s dream, reached by small-ship expedition cruises, including Hurtigruten.

Year-Round Skiing

There’s a reason Norwegians tend to do well in Olympic ski competitions: this is where the sport was born, as evidenced by Norwegian rock art depictions dating back some 4,000 years. With Norway’s glaciers and snow-capped peaks, you can usually find places to ski here year-round -- or go glacier-walking, if you prefer. Hiking and climbing among waterfalls, mountains, and meadows are other favorite outdoor pastimes.

With so much to see and do in Norway, it’s vital to pick the group tour that’s right for your preferred level of physical activity, cultural immersion, and budget. Let Stride’s easy to use tools help you find the Norwegian fjord in your very near future.

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