Hugging the edge of Scandinavia and fringed by four different bodies of water, Norway is a vast European country with truly stunning scenery. From tranquil fjords fringed by mighty mountains to glittering glaciers and myriad coastal islands, there’s a wealth of things to discover during a break here.
The capital city of Oslo is a cosmopolitan wonderland of contemporary arts, slick Scandi-style architecture and culinary treats. Spend a few days wandering the museums and galleries, making sure to sample some of the city’s delicious seafood or local favourite pølse (hot dog).
In addition to a buzzing capital, Norway boasts a handful of exciting cities to explore. On the southwest coast you’ll find Bergen with its charming cobblestone alleyways, colourful wooden houses and a boundary fringed by glittering fjords. Further north is the picturesque port town of Alesund – a place revered for its art nouveau buildings with fairytale turrets and pretty pastel houses that line the streets. Contrastingly, high up in the Arctic Circle you’ll find Tromsø, a typically snow-swathed city and a popular destination for a Northern Lights holidays.
While its cities are certainly appealing, Norway’s greatest attraction is undoubtedly its abundant natural beauty. More than a thousand fjords criss-cross the country, with some of the most dramatic being the Geirengerfjord and the Lysefjord. Carved out by ancient glaciation, these are places prime for exploration – hike through wildlife-rich forests that line the water’s edge, scale lofty peaks that loom over shimmering inlets, or cruise along on one of the many ships that regularly pass through these breathtaking parts.
Travellers with a true taste for adventure will likely love the Lofoten Islands – think picture-perfect fishing villages in Norway’s dreamy northwest. Those with a love of all things snowy might prefer the alpine vistas of Hemsedal where you can snowboard and soak up the après-ski vibes until your heart’s content. You can be as active or as inactive as you like in your discovery of Norway’s wilds.
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How long does it take to fly to Norway?
A direct flight from London to Oslo takes just over 2 hours.
When is the best time to visit Norway?
The best time to visit Norway really depends on what you want to see. If you prefer warmer weather and would like to see the Midnight Sun, plan your visit for the summer months of June and July. For a chance to see the Northern Lights and to enjoy a spot of skiing, aim to visit between November and March.
What language is spoken in Norway?
Norway has two official languages – Nowegian and Sami – though Nowegian is the most widely spoken.
What is the currency in Norway?
Nowegian krone (NOK).
What is the time difference in Norway?
Norway is one hour ahead of the UK (GMT+1).
Do I need a visa to travel to Norway?
British nationals may enter Norway without a visa and stay for up to 90 days.