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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
4.7 out of 5

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224 Reviews

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4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
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Tour Reviews

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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venabu cross country skiing

Cross-country Skiing: Venabu

5.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Well organised easy going cross country skiing in really friendly hotel with excellent food and facilities. Excellent cross country ski guides - highly adaptable to needs of group.
Snow shoe trip to wonderful frozen waterfall

No one leader. Ski guides organised us with no fuss

Go on this trip for relaxing cross country skiing

If you want challenging skiing don't go on beginners week

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Lovely area, great Hotel, excellent food and great gudes

Cross-country Skiing: Venabu

5.0 April 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes If you are into cross country skiing or want to learn this is a great choice. The guides are very good and extremely helpful. The atmosphere is excellent and the fact the guides return so often speaks volumes. The hotel is comfortable and warm, the rooms are not stylish but are good, upgrade id you want a bigger one. The food is very good and a wide variety available for all tastes. The staff are very friendly and helping the environment and love of the area is as important as profit at this family run hotel.
Seeing the sunrise on the Rondane NP Mountains

There wasn't one! All the guides helped the guests and no specific leader was needed. There are guests from Germany, Norway, Netherlands and GB and it worked just fine.

Mitts not Gloves definitely. Take layers but you don't need too much kit as you exercise so much. Buffs are good

The guides are really flexible and we had 3 days of snowshoeing one being a full day ascent.

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Wild and wonderful

Cross-country Skiing: Kvitavatn

5.0 January 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Just back from an amazing way to spend New Year. I was slightly hesitant that skiing may not be my thing but it's so accessible to get involved even for the complete novice. What great fun...I've never fallen over so many times and my knees are still bruised but it was worth it!
The lodge and the couple running it were so hospitable, the facilities simple Scandi 'hygge' and there was nothing more pleasant than a hot sauna to warm up in at the end of a day in the cold. As a veggie, I was also pleased with the care and attention to providing protein rich options for dinner - the food was hearty and wholesome.
As an absolute beginner, staying upright on a small slope was an amazing feat.
Snowshoeing up to the top of the plateau and seeing the wilderness for miles around
Spending New Year in the snowy wilds and with such great people!

Illse and Mary were really great at coaching us in less than favourable conditions and keeping the options open to all abilities and inclinations for activity. They also provide evening 'entertainment'..but I will keep the content a surprise!

Definitely take the advice of others and pack a bottle or buy supplies in the duty free at Oslo when you land. Drinks are available at the Lodge with high Norwegian tax added!
I packed way too much, inside the lodge is super warm and cosy so a t-shirt is fine. Cosy boots useful for traversing between lodge and sleeping hut as are some sort of mini-crampon overshoe as it can be an ice-rink out there!
Bring an extra towel you can use in the sauna...bikini's too if you don't fancy going native.
A flask and sit mat are essential but you can borrow one if you forget them.
Extra snacks are good to pack for when you need a burst of energy out on trail
Hiking clothes are perfect unless you're extra sensitive to cold. I just wore merino long johns with trousers over the top and a couple of merino base layers, a wind proof top and a lightweight hard shell.

Don't deliberate - if you like snow, then this is for you! :)

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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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