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Norway’s rugged, mountainous landscape features some of Europe’s most stunning scenery, and a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities to go with it. Ample doses of culture, history and friendly people, most of whom speak English, add to a powerful package of attractions. Is there a fjord in your future? Stride can help you find it.
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Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top Norway Experiences and Attractions

Top Norway Experiences

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.

Or taking a drive between the two cities through the Laerdal Tunnel, the longest road tunnel in the world

Exploring the many art galleries and museums of cosmopolitan Oslo, one of Scandinavia’s most up-and-coming cities

Hanging out in Tromsø, gateway to the Arctic and home to the world’s most northerly cathedral and botanical garden

Ferrying through Norway’s most beautiful fjord, Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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.

Trekking along iconic Norway hiking trails in Jotunheimen National Park, “Home of the Giants”

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.

Searching for polar bears in Svalbard

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.

Dog-sledding during Norway’s Arctic winter

Taking in the views from Pulpit Rock, one of Norway’s most iconic vantage points

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.

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.

Whale watching near Lofoten and Vesterålen and searching for Arctic fox, musk oxen, moose and reindeer

Experiencing the intense thrill of sea kayaking along Norway’s beautiful rugged coastline

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Norway Trip Reviews

343 Norway Tour Reviews - Summary 94% Recommend

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Very nice

Special needs at Sea Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Very nice equipment & was delivered in room & picked up as told when it was ordered.

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Operator Special needs at Sea

Great Time with Grandfather

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I technically took the abbreviated version of this exact cruise a few years back, essentially a one-way trip through the Fjords starting in Bergen and going up to Kirkenes on the Russian border. It was a graduation present from my grandfather, and we took the trip together. He is not the most mobile of travelers, and a cruise was a great compromise for us. I loved being able to talk and read with him on the many rocking chairs looking out the ship's walls, and it was helpful to get the occasional reminder from the Captain about the feature we were passing. We got a solid feel for Norway's coastline and culture from watching attentively from the boat, and also getting off at the majority of the daytime stops. We took part in a bunch of the optional activities (which we booked right beforehand, there was no trouble with that) and there were plenty of options we both liked. One my favorites was seeing a Sami settlement, learning about their culture and how they farm reindeer. The bus ride that took us from the boat to the Sami was also incredible -- the landscape had totally changed, we saw the rows and rows of fish racks, and we even saw wild reindeer run past! The optional activities also meant that when I wanted to take a hike one day, I could go and my grandfather could do whatever he wanted, and we'd see each other in a couple of hours.

A couple of other things that made this trip for us: the food and the ship itself. The ship's room was definitely close quarters, but my grandfather is a big man and we still had no trouble with anything. The entire ship is handicap accessible, and there is a gym and a hot tub I utilized multiple times! Most importantly: the food. My grandpa is a HUGE foodie and an adventurous eater, and that was definitely his primary concern, and we were both satisfied with the quality of the food. We both felt there was a good balance between having good food, and having enough classical Norwegian food. Plus, if you feel like getting fancy, there is a separate restaurant on the ship that is an extra fee.

The only reason I give "guide" a lower rating is because we weren't really guided for much of the ship, only during the optional excursions and the occasional information from the captain.

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Operator Hurtigruten

I planned a last minute trip to Scandinavia

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I planned a last minute trip to Scandinavia, the date chosen was already sold out, but they offered us the one from Sept 3rd to Sept 12th, and we went. Best experience ever with a tour company! I had my doubts since I hadn't heard of Firebird Tours before, and I was a little uneasy until before arriving to Copenhagen, as soon as I saw our driver waiting for us there and helping us with our Copenhagen Card before taking us to our hotel, I started to enjoy the trip. Everything went beyond our expectations (excepting the weather, it rained all the time we where in Norway), wonderful hotels (kind of funky, but fun, the one in Stockholm. The tour guides were the best, and having an small group made everything easier. Next year we will for sure do another trip, I like the independent travel and this one was perfect for us, we were free to visit the places we wanted without worrying about transport and lodging. Thank you Firebird! Thank you Kate for replying my emails almost instantly when I had questions.

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Operator Firebird Tours

We had a fantastic time

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Yvonne, Hope all is well with you. I am so sorry that it took me three weeks to thank you and Indus Travel for arranging a fantastic trip to Norway. Initially when I booked through Indus I was very skeptical because of the negative review on the Internet; however, working with you and your constant update on the itinerary gave me enough confidence to take the risk. We had a fantastic time from the time of arrival to the day we left Norway. I have referred Indus to many of my friends who will be contacting you soon for travel arrangements. Many a time after your successful travel one tend to forget what went behind the scene to make it successful. It took me three weeks to write this thank-you note J, however thought it is better late than never. Robinson Scandinavia/Robinson Sky did a fantastic job as a ground handler arranging the best of the hotels and food. I will provide a testimony and maybe post pictures of our trip soon. Many thanks for all your help.

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Operator Indus Travels

Scenic Scandinavia and its Fjords

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

As set out in our comments above

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Operator Trafalgar

A good way to see both the Artic & Antarctic

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

A good way to see both the Artic & Antarctic

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Operator G Adventures

Norway Tours and Travel Guide

Norway Attractions & Landmarks Guide

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.

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Why Visit Norway on a Guided Tour

Whether you’re visiting on land or by sea, a Norway guided tour will help you make the most of your Scandinavian trip. Instead of spending time hassling over itinerary details and accommodation choices, your tour company’s expert Norway guides will arrange everything from start to finish.

Many travelers choose a Norway cruise for the effortless sightseeing it offers. Your hotel-room-on-the-go can slip in and out of those mesmerizing fjords, delivering you to interesting ports of call for days of leisurely exploration.

Unpack and repack only once and enjoy a wealth of dining options and entertainment onboard when not on land experiencing Norway. Many Norway cruises focus on the Northern Lights, sailing along the country’s lengthy coastline for the best nighttime views.

A Norway tour may also incorporate local transportation options, enabling guests to travel like a Norwegian, whether in a city like Bergen or out in fjord country. Options include long-distance train and local bus, both of which can trace popular Norway sightseeing routes like Bergensbanen and Nordlandsbanen.

With 18 selected scenic routes in Norway, a guided coach tour with a driver is an immersive and authentic way to discover this Scandinavian country. The country has selected these most beautiful Norway tour routes to combine nature, architecture and culture, linking everything together with roads in western, central and northern Norway, in the mountains and along the coast.

On a Norway guided tour, you gain peace of mind knowing that you have a local expert in your back pocket - a team of passionate, knowledgeable Norway travel professionals who know the ins and outs of their country, can match your sightseeing to your interests and energy level and often have off-the-beaten-path recommendations that make your time in Norway even more memorable.

Cities in Norway

1. Bergen

Just about every tour to Norway is going to include time in Bergen, Norway’s second largest city and the gateway to the Norwegian fjords. 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.

Take the time to tour the Hanseatic Wharf, the bustling fish market and, if you’re lucky enough to tour Norway in May or June, the Bergen International Festival. In the not-so-far distance, marvel at the seven mountains surrounding the center of Bergen, then venture toward the ruggedly beautiful fjords that define the Norway landscape. There’s a young, hip student vibe here; your guided tour of Bergen will introduce you to the passionate residents and their favorite coffee shops, cafe, restaurants and hang-out spots.

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.

2. Tromsø

It’s easy to combine your Norway tour with a guided adventure in the Arctic - the northern city of Tromsø lies 217 north of the Arctic Circle and is known as the Gateway to the Arctic.

This is one of the best places in the world to view the Northern Lights and the city offers a plethora of outdoor activities and cultural attractions, from enlightening museums, like the Northern Norway Art Museum, to the a botanical garden that is farther north than any of its kind in the world.

A guided tour of Norway during the summer months, even as far north as Tromsø, will take advantage of the extended daylight the midnight sun provides. This is an ideal time for kayaking Norway’s fjords, hiking, fishing and heading out on a whale safari in the archipelago of Vesterålen, one of the top places in the world to view whales.

Locally sourced ingredients, as well as a diverse, multicultural community (more than 100 nationalities) inform the dining scene in Tromsø - your guide is the best source of information on where to dine in Tromsø and there is no shortage of excellent eateries.

3. Oslo

Most Norway 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. 

Oslo, is awash in exciting museums, cool architecture, high-end shopping and gourmet dining. This is one of Europe’s fastest growing cities. Check out the Opera House (where you are quite literally invited to walk on the roof), the Astrup Fearnley Museum (a private museum of contemporary art) and Barcode (a collection of 12 architecturally magnificent narrow high-rise buildings, all of different heights and widths - a must-see in Olso).

Two big attractions in Oslo are the diverse and innovative restaurant scene and live music, with thousands of concerts taking place every year and big outdoor festivals in the warmer months.

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.

4. Trondheim

Norway’s third-largest city, Trondheim exudes a cosmopolitan, yet intimately inviting ambience. Favorite sites in Trondheim include the Nidarosdomen cathedral (with sections dating to the middle of the 12th century), the National Museum of Decorative Arts, the Archbishop’s Palace Museum, Rockheim (devoted to popular music) and the Trondheim Museum of Art.

During your Trondheim guided tour, take a ride on the world’s most northerly tram, the Gråkallbanen, to Bymarka, a popular recreation spot for residents and travelers alike. Shopping is a favorite pastime in Trondheim - look for independent boutiques with clothing and gift items that you’ll want to take home as a Norwegian souvenir.

Top 6 Foods to Try in Norway

Sometimes a bit out of the ordinary, the food in Norway can feel, at the very least, interesting, and even bizarre to US travelers. Blame it on the Vikings.

Norwegian cuisine has held firm to its roots with many customs - and tastes - still connected with the country’s residents from thousands of years back.

Try any, or all, of these favorite Norwegian food specialties during your Norway tour:

  1. Lefse: These flatbread rolls are often fried and eaten over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays or at celebrations.
  2. Kumla: AKA Krub, Klubb and Klub. Whatever its name, these grated potatoes are mixed with various meat and vegetables and made into tender dumplings.
  3. Lutefisk: You’ll have plenty of opportunity for lutefisk during your Norway or Sweden tour (over there, drop the “e” for lutfisk). It’s made from aged stockfish, or dried and salted whitefish and lye and while unusual is a traditional Norway food favorite.
  4. Pickled herring: Make like a Viking and try this common Nordic cuisine favorite, brined herring with lots of vinegar and salt, often dressed up with onions, sugar and assorted spices, giving it a sweet-and-sour flavor.
  5. Krumkake: No one can resist this rolled cookie made of butter, sugar, cream, eggs and flour, then filled with cream, fruit jams or chocolate - a favorite Norwegian dessert.
  6. Fårikål: This is the national dish of Norway so you simply must indulge during your Nordic guided tour. The slow-cooking stew is comprised of mutton or lamb, black pepper, potatoes, cabbage and more.

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.

Touring Norway’s Fjords

Imagine your dream Norway tour … we’re pretty certain it includes time spend in Fjord Norway, a region of the country so stunning and iconic that it has its own moniker.

The photos don’t do this area justice - it’s a heaven-sent wonderland of rugged, snowy mountains, strikingly blue fjords and crashing waterfalls. Your Norway tour will delve into the history of the country, including the fact that this amazing landscape remains much the same as when the first settlers arrived.

One of the best characteristics of Fjord Norway is the fact that the fjords and waterfalls are so  accessible. This particular region is known for Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord - and, in fact, is so emblematic that it’s a UNESCO World Heritage List site.

During your Norway fjord tour or cruise, visit the many small communities that have popped up along the sides, shop for local Norwegian specialties and dine on locally sourced Norwegian meals - practically every village has its own specialty that its proud of. Fruit is plentiful - apples, pears, cherries and strawberries, in particular - and restaurants usually have wild game, fish and sheep on the menu.

Norwegian fjord tours typically include Geirangerfjord, where the brave can stand 1,500 meters above sea level on the Geiranger Skywalk and take in a vast fjord and alpine view. The best waterfalls in the Geirangerfjord region include the Seven Sisters, the Suitor and the Bridal Veil.

Top outdoor activities in the Geirangerfjord region range from hiking and fishing to rafting and cycling - anything that keeps you outside and in view of this impressive natural region. The Trollstigen mountain road is another must-see Geirangerford attraction - if you’d like to experience it, look for Norway guided tours that access the Geirangerfjord area on this alternative route.

Looking for one of the most impressive fjord views in Norway? Sail through Nærøyfjord, truly one of Europe’s most epic fjord trips. The Nærøyfjord is - most believe - the prettiest part of the Sognefjord and one of the most rugged and wild.

There’s a passenger boat between Gudvangen, Aurland and Flåm all year long and myriad activities, including guided kayak trips through the fjords, hiking along the fjords and learning about Viking history and culture at Viking Village Njardarheimr.

Outdoor Travel in Norway

Norway was tailor-made for outdoor adventure travel - from its plunging fjords to its majestic peaks to its frothy waterfalls. Here are a few favorite activities to do outdoors during your Norway guided tour - you might even center your Nordic tour around one of these if it’s your passion. Hiking, kayaking, dog sledding - the sky’s the limit.

1. The Northern Lights

Speaking of sky, look up if you’re visiting Norway in the winter. The Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, is one of the biggest attractions of Norway and Scandinavia. Your Norwegian tour guide can regale you with the mythological stories behind the lights and point out the best place to photograph the aurora. The best time to spot the Northern Lights is between September and March when there are fewer hours of daylight. Tromso, Norway, is a popular starting point for Northern Lights tours.

2. Dog Sledding

Winter Norway travel means dog sledding - and what a rush it is! Explore the Norwegian wilderness by a method of travel that has served the region for ages. One-day and multi-day Norway dog-sledding tours are popular in Tromso (the “gateway to the Arctic”), Svalbard and Finnmark.

3. Fantastic Fjords

Fjords are the defining characteristic of Norway and the headliner of most Norway guided tours. In the warmer months, these deep-blue arms and their sheer walls invite fishing, boating, hiking and kayaking. Among the most beautiful fjords in Norway is the Naeroyfjord - named for the Norse god of the sea, Njord - with a crown of mountain peaks and huge waterfalls plunging to the fjord below.

4. Glimpse Reindeer and Polar Bears

Looking for the most off-the-beaten-path location in Norway? Hop a flight to Svalbard, a snowy, arctic archipelago and home to Arctic fox, walrus, polar bears and reindeer. Norway polar bear tours can be arranged to see this region’s most impressive residents, as well as climb about on the glaciers on which they live.

5. Hiking in Norway

The snow is melting and the days are getting longer - much longer, thanks to the midnight sun - and Norway is awakening. Your Norway guided hiking tour is on the books and you’re ready to go - it’s time to play.

All generations of Norwegians head to the hills as the weather warms - the most classic hiking routes in Norway include Preikestolen, Trolltunga, Galdhøpiggen, Besseggen, Gaustatoppen, Trekanten in the Trollheim mountain area and Romsdalseggen.

6. Cycling in Norway

Trade in your hiking boots for two wheels and take a Norway cycling tour through traditional villages, stunning natural landscapes and even on rugged mountain biking trails. The beauty of biking in Norway is the varied terrain with something for all skill levels.

Many Norway tours can focus on bicycling, even offering cyclist friendly overnight options, recommendations for bike shops for rental and repair and suggestions for biking parks, including Hafjell, Trysil and Geilo.

Norway’s top bike trail is Rallarvegen and, as luck would have it, the trail runs through gorgeous Fjord Norway, land of sheer cliffs and crashing waterfalls. Valdres, Telemark, Helgeland and Lofoten are also among Norway’s favorite bike routes.

7. Kayaking Norway’s Fjords

The best way to explore a Norwegian fjord? By kayak - up close and personal. Norway kayaking tours are popular on the northwest Helgeland coast (bonus: you might even get to stay in a traditional rorbu, or fisherman’s cottage), and in Lofoten, Vesterålen and Steigen.

Beginner kayak tours in Norway often focus on the gentle waters at Nærøyfjord, a World Heritage Site. Don’t overlook Norway’s many lakes and rivers - kayaking and canoeing tours in Norway embrace all of the country’s wilderness, not just its fjords, and can set you up in a fun log cabin on a pristine lake, complete with a kayak rental for use throughout your stay.

Wildlife Viewing in Norway

As ubiquitous as Norway’s famous glaciers, the wildlife in this northerly region should not be overlooked. Norway tours that focus on wildlife include safaris that take you right into the world of whales, musk oxen, polar bears (in Svalbard), reindeer, Arctic fox, king crabs and more.

Look up and try to find a white-tailed eagle’s nest. Turn a corner on a Norway hike and come face to face with a moose. Even birdwatchers are in luck here - Norway’s Vega archipelago and Runde are favorite birding destinations in Scandinavia.

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.

Best Norwegian Souvenirs

Besides the bounty of fjord photos you’ll take, some of the best souvenirs to bring home from Norway are:

  • Bunads (traditional Norwegian costumes
  • Aquavit
  • Norwegian knitted sweaters
  • Liquorice chocolates
  • Viking drinking bowl shaped like a ship or a Viking drinking horn
  • Any item of rosemaling art
  • Solje pins or jewelry
  • Lucky troll figurines
  • Norwegian brown cheese
  • Anything cloudberry flavored
  • Cured reindeer meat or sausage

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Things to Know Before You Go

What Is the Weather Like in Norway?

In a country that shares a latitude with Greenland, Siberia and Alaska, travelers can rightly expect some cool temperatures. Thanks to the northern Gulf Stream, Norway is fairly mild, all things considered. Yet the weather in Norway depends on which region of the country you’re visiting - there are five (count them!) different climate zones in this one country, so pack layers and expect the unexpected.

Generally speaking, northern Norway - which reaches beyond the Arctic Circle - offers midnight sun during the warm summer months (as high as mid-80 degrees Fahrenheit) and long, cold winters (as low as -40 degrees F). On the coast, expect rainy weather and strong winds, though this area generally has no ice as compared to the interior.

Those traveling on a southern Norway tour experience a nice, warm summer from June through August, with high in the 70s F. Winter brings snowstorm after snowstorm and runs November through April. If you’re touring eastern Norway, the summer weather is around for a shorter period of time, typically late June through early August. If you’re hoping to swim in the sea in Norway, this is the place, with water temperatures reaching the high 60s F.

Central Norway tours take advantage of summer weather from late June through early August and temperatures in the 80s F. Again, over the winter, the interior experiences more snowfall while the coastal areas are marked by rainfall and wind.

And finally, in western Norway or Fjord Norway, guided tours to view the region’s spectacular natural beauty are most popular June through August when the days are long and sunny and the temperatures are in the high 70s F. You won’t find ice in most of the fjords due to the warm Gulf Stream, but it can be quite rainy in Fjord Norway between November and April.

Is Norway Expensive?

As with most things, the expense of a guided Norway tour depends on several factors - the level of luxury and style of travel you prefer, how long you’d like to travel throughout Norway, whether you’ll dine at world-class restaurants or pick up food from farmers’ markets, whether you’ll use local, public transportation or depend on a car and driver, etc.

How expensive one finds Norway travel also depends on where that person is traveling from - what is very pricey to someone from and what one’s typical expectations are.

A few points to consider before deciding for yourself whether Norway guided travel is expensive:

  • Fly into the larger cities, like Oslo, rather than small, regional airports.
  • Car rental can be expensive, so seek out Norway guided trips that include transportation between destinations.
  • Bus travel is much more reasonable than taxi fare.
  • Dining in Norway is cheaper in less touristy areas, so ask your Norway guide for recommendations for off-the-beaten-path restaurants, markets and cafes.
  • Book as far in advance as you can to avoid last-minute premiums.
  • Consider traveling in the low season or winter in Norway - the upside is that this is the best time to view the Northern Lights!

What Countries Are Near Norway?

Norway is an excellent jumping-off point for a Scandinavia tour since it borders Sweden to the east, as well as Finland, Russia and Denmark. The remainder of the border is the extensive coastline along the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea, making Norway a top cruise destination.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Norway?

What do you want to do on your Norway vacation? If you are hoping to spend long summer days hiking along majestic fjords to captivating waterfalls, then Norway’s midnight sun will give you more than enough hours each day to accomplish your outdoor adventures. Aim for June through August for trekking, biking and cruising.

Need to see Norway’s Northern Lights? Visit in the winter months, generally September to March - with the best Aurora Borealis sightings between December and February. Consider a Norway tour during the shoulder seasons of May or September, when you’ll get fair temperatures, battle fewer crowds and get a taste of the season is just wrapping up and the one that is getting underway.

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