Fjords and mountains. The midnight sun and the Northern Lights. To many, Norway is defined by its natural wonders. If you come here, you'll understand why. Dramatic and diverse, Norway's nature ranges from serene forest-covered hills in the southeast and spectacular fjords and glaciers in the west to Arctic wilderness in the north.
Looking at the map, you’ll find Norway at the northern outskirts of Europe. A cold and wet climate is what you might expect. Though true in some regions, Norway’s climate varies a lot by region and by season, and is surprisingly mild overall. The entire coastline is warmed by the Gulf Stream, providing most of southern Norway with a temperate climate with dry and cold winters and comfortably warm summers.
Land of the fjords
The varied and scenic coastline stretches more than 25,000km, with the fjords as perhaps the most striking feature. They are in fact steep, long valleys filled with water, formed by ancient, slow-moving glaciers that carved their way through the rock as they moved towards the sea. You can’t come to Norway without visting the fjords and the see the wonders of the coastline.
…the midnight sun
North of the Arctic Circle the sun never sets in the summer. The further north, the longer the midnight sun season. In the high north, the light is suggestive of early evening, with warm, golden tones over the sea. Further south, where the sun is only just above the horizon at midnight, more reddish tones appear.
... and the Northern Lights
On occasion, the night sky over northern Norway explodes into a light show of green, white, pink, blue and violet. The unearthly beauty of the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) mesmerises all who stay or travel in Polar Regions. The Northern Lights belt stretches along the northern coast from Lofoten to the North Cape. In fact, the Northern Lights are more commonly seen here than anywhere else in the world, and one of your best chances of experiencing the Northern Lights is on a Hurtigruten voyage in the winter season.