Holidays to Norway
Deep fjords, lofty mountains, dazzling glaciers and colourful waterside villages provide plenty of spellbinding views. This dramatic scenery lends itself well to cruising, hiking, kayaking and touring – especially during summer, when the midnight sun means you can pack maximum activities into your days.
Much of the country lies within the Arctic Circle – and northernmost Tromsø, ‘capital of the Arctic’, is one of the best city break destinations to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
Land of the midnight sun, Norway is home to some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes and natural phenomenon
Where to go
Norway’s capital, Oslo, has a 19th-century royal palace and art galleries. Edvard Munch’s iconic artwork, The Scream, is housed in the Nasjonalgalleriet, with his main collection in the Munchmuseet.
For the peckish, the city’s laid-back Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen areas provide a choice of restaurants and cafes. Don’t miss the Viking Ship Museum on the Bygdøy Peninsula – and the medieval university city of Trondheim, with its 11th-century cathedral and music museum.
For quaint fisherman’s houses and Art Nouveau style, look no further than the seaside villages of Northern Alesund facing the Atlantic Ocean, and southern Bergen with its atmospheric warehouse quarter and mouthwatering fish restaurants. Exciting whale-watching safaris set out from the Lofoten Islands in the north of the country.
When to go
Visit from June to August for activity holidays and cruising in the long days of midnight sun, but don’t rely on guaranteed heat. May and September offer vibrant spring and autumn colours. The snowy season is long, usually from November through to May. The best period for a chance of seeing the Northern Lights is between October and March.