Norway: Travel Guide
The essence of Norway’s appeal is remarkably simple: this is one of the most beautiful
countries on Earth. Find out why and where to go in this travel guide.
Norway: Stunning nature waiting to be discovered
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 - with almost half the country above the Arctic Circle. Known for its fascinating history and many cultural sites, recent years have also seen an increasing interest in sophisticated cities and unique architecture.
But for the people of Norway, the love for nature and the outdoors surpasses most things. Be it skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer, Norwegians are always drawn to the active lifestyle. Perhaps this is why Norway regularly ranks highly in the annaul World Happiness Report?
In this guide, we'll tell you more about what to see and what to expect when traveling in Norway.
3 reasons to travel to Norway
1. Climate and seasons make every trip unique
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 four seasons in Norway are very distinct, and each have their own personality.
Keep reading: Traveling through the Norwegian seasons
2. Must-see attractions
The Norwegian fjords naturally get a lot of attention, but there is so much to see when visiting Norway. The majestic Lofoten islands are a highlight for many. The Arctic Circle is another one. North Cape, the Atlantic Ocean Road, the Seven Sisters... We could go on forever.
Keep reading: Experience the top attractions of Norway
3. The stunning wildlife
The Norwegian coastline is a haven for wildlife. Known for its loving relationship to fish, Norway has a rich diversity of fauna, including whales, sea eagles and the king crab.
Keep reading: The wildlife of Norway
The best way to get around in Norway
Stretching more than1,500 miles, you'll be hard pressed for time if you want to see all of Norway in one go. If you want to experience the fjords, charming villages, local food and the northern lights in one trip, a coastal cruise may be the way to travel.
Studying Norway’s ragged coast, with its hundreds of thousands of islands, is like studying the country’s metaphorical DNA: it is unique, it is unendingly complex, it is the fingerprint of a nation. Read more
The World's Most Beautiful Voyage
Norway is often regarded as one of the most beautiful places on earth. And based on what we see on our voyages every day, it's hard to disagree. Norway’s spectacular and beautiful coastline attracts many visitors each year. Words alone cannot capture its charm; you really need to see it for yourself.
What makes it so remarkable is its variety, nature and geology. The coastline features examples of the world’s most beautiful fjords, islands, fishing villages, and snow-covered landscapes. In between the remote and rural treasures you'll find some of Norway’s finest cities, showcasing well-preserved architecture from the medieval, gothic and Art Nouveau periods.
When you sail with Hurtigruten, you don’t just observe the landscapes we pass, you get the chance to actively interact and get closer to authentic coastal Norway. Get close to its people, landscape, culture and wildlife.
Many have said sailing with the original Hurtigruten is the experience of a lifetime. Want to find out why?
WHY CHOOSE NORWAY WITH HURTIGRUTEN
1. 125 years of experience
Hurtigruten has been the original Norwegian coastal voyage since 1893. We carry more than 125 years of experience along the coast - this is our backyard!
2. Sail with experts
Most of our crew members have grown up along the Norwegian Coast, and are happy to talk about it. Additionally, our onboard Expedition Team will arrange activities on deck and hold complimentary lectures on biology, history, geology, culture and science.
3. See places seldom visited by others
Due to their size, our smaller ships go where no other ships go. Visit 34 ports, big and small coities, and places most vessels are unable to reach. With Hurtigruten, you can enjoy authentic encounters with Norwegian traditions and culture.
4. Stay active in nature
When in Norway, do as the Norwegians do - get outside and stay active. On board, you can choose from more than 90 excursions throughout the year, bringing you even closer to the nature, culture and wildlife along the Norwegian coast.
5. Delicious, local food
Our food is made from fresh produce from local suppliers. With Norway's Coastal Kitchen, a journey along the Norwegian coast is also a trip through the world's finest pantry.
Though we think of it as a uniquely Japanese dish, salmon sushi actually comes from Norwegians introducing the fish to chefs in Japan. Read more