Tailor Made Holidays to Norway – Northern Lights, Arctic adventures, fjords and cruises
Norway is full of dramatic rugged mountains and fjords, a picturesque country that lends itself to cruises and adventure. Stretching from the borders of Finland and Russia inside the Arctic Circle, down to the North Sea, Norway’s coastline is full of fishing towns and amazing scenery. Take a look at our Northern Lights page and related holidays for your own pick of adventures to see the Northern Lights in Norway. Tromso is a hot spot and great place to fly in to for a range of lodges and camps in the surrounding mountains such as Camp Tamok and Malangen Resort where you can sit round a camp fire gazing up at the Aurora above!
Oslo, the capital city is a bustling and cosmopolitan place situated on the waters of Oslofjord with a great mix of museums, cafes and shops and ideal for a city break. To the south of the country, a rocky coastline is filled with pretty villages and busy harbours.
The spectacular fjord lands have been sculpted by nature with much to attract walkers, nature lovers and artists and are fabulous for summer cruises. To the far north the arctic landscape is full of mountain peaks, blue fjords and fishing communities. Whale watching off the Norway coast is included in many natural history itineraries.
The word ‘Viking’ comes from the old Norse word ‘vikingr’ which meant someone from the fjords. These days the word is used for all seafaring traders and pirates from Scandinavia who sailed the seas between the 8th and 11th centuries. These people were explorers and history of their settlements can be found as far away as the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland. There are many Viking Museums all around Norway.
The North Cape of Norway is Europe’s most northerly point and polar nights here last from mid November to the end of January. Tromso is the main city of the Norwegian part of Lapland and has historic houses and lively restaurants, this is often the ‘dropping off point’ for the Arctic Circle. Take a look at this wonderful tour which takes you around the ‘roof of the world’ in Northern Norway.
From Tromso, and other places in Northern Norway, you can enjoy lots of Arctic adventures! Dog sledding, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, Moose Safaris, snow shoeing, just a few of the activities which can be added to your holiday.
The Northern Lights can be seen from Norway and one of the most scenic ways is by cruise along the coastline. Ask me about Norway cruises to see the Northern Lights 12 days from £1199pp including flights this winter.
Or fly to Tromso which is right beneath the auroral oval and you can take a half day ocean trip or visit the coast from there. There are many activities to be enjoyed from Tromso in winter or summer. Visit Polaria, an arctic themed centre and arctic aquarium with Bearded Seals. Also here is the Mack Brewery, the world’s most northerly brewery. Tromso is the largest city in Northern Norway and a departure point for polar expeditions, it was from here that Roald Amundsen set off on a number of his Arctic expeditions.Visit the famous Ice Hotel at Alta, where Joanna Lumley stayed! Alta is in a stunning setting and is home to the Sami or Lap people in the county of Finnmark. There is another ‘snow hotel’ at Kirkenes in the Arctic landscape of birchwoods in the Gabba Reindeer Park.
The Lofoten Islands are part of the beautiful archipelago of Norway’s north west beyond the Arctic Circle which has inspired writers and artists for centuries. The main industry is commercial fishing and cruises are popular in this region. As you approach by ship, there are fabulous views of the towering peaks of the Lofoten Wall, a 160 km stretch of mountains with pretty fishing villages lining the shore.
High above Scandinavia is the island of Svalbard (Spitsbergen is the main island) and home to about 2,500 people and about the same number of Polar Bears! Winter here is a true adventure and the sun doesn’t rise between November and February. Spitsbergen is a must see destination for fabulous wildlife holidays.
We work with a specialist operator for Norway to create any tailor made holiday to suit your requirements. Mix and match activities and excursions to suit whether summer or winter, contact us now on 01728 748209, catch us on live chat or send an enquiry form and we will start working on your dream holiday to Norway!