Hygge holidays to Norway
Norway’s 64,000-mile coastline juts and grooves like the curves of a jigsaw piece. It’s a magical location for a cruise with fabulous fjords - like Geirangerfjord & Sognefjord - shimmering against a backdrop of glaciers, lakes and cascading waterfalls.
Setting sail from somewhere like Bergen is a real treat. The city is well worth a holiday in Norway in its own right, if only for the interactive science museum and hilltop forest trails. In fact, the whole of the country deserves a visit with Oslo, the capital, a picture of green parks and Viking heritage museums.
Take a tour of Norway and you’ll be instantly struck by the effortless Scandi cool that appears in everything from the traditional wooden houses to the incredible 240,000 offshore islands. And the further north you venture, the more chances you’ll have of experiencing adventures in the Arctic Circle, where the summer sun always shines.
Without doubt one of the highlights of a holiday in Norway is seeing the Northern Lights. This natural phenomenon can be seen anytime from September to early April. It’s an absolutely amazing experience and the further you travel into the Arctic Circle – and away from artificial light pollution - the more chances you’ll have of seeing the Aurora Borealis on your Norway holiday.
The historic heartland of Trondheim is situated on a fjord in the centre of Norway. It’s the third largest city in the country but relatively unknown to casual tourists. Founded as Norway’s Viking capital and renowned for its wonderful waterways and characterful architecture – including the Nidaros Cathedral and the Archbishop’s Palace Museum – Trondheim is a handsome highlight to add to your Norwegian ‘must visit’ list.
Cruising the fjords of Norway is a highlight of any holiday. It’s just such a peaceful and idyllic existence with opportunities to stop off at remote coastal villages, such as Geiranger and Skjolden, adding to the easy-going ambience. Head further north to Nordfjordeid and the gorgeous glaciers of Briksdal and Kjenndal come into play before super scenic Sognefjord – the deepest and longest fjord in Norway – steals the show. Add in some time in the beautiful city of Bergen, and you’re good to go.
The flight time from the UK to Norway is just a couple of hours.
Currently, UK passport holders do not need a visa to visit Norway. For more information on entry requirements to Norway, please visit the GOV.UK website or, alternatively, visit CIBT visas for more information.
The further north you travel in Norway and the higher you hike, the colder it’s going to get. Southern cities and towns, such as Bergen and Oslo, retain a fairly mild and dry climate during the summer although it can rain at any time. September through to April tend to be the wettest months. Pac-a-macs are an essential piece of kit, especially if you’re on a fjordland cruise.
Norway is just an hour ahead of the UK.
Norwegian is the official language of Norway although English is also widely spoken and understood.
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