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 travelling in Norway. First up...
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: Travelling 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
Webinar: Norway, Home of Hurtigruten
Go on a journey through history and magnificent scenery in our homeland - Norway.
In this webinar you can learn more about:
- History of Hurtigruten in Norway
- Phenomena like the northern lights
- Sailing along the stunning coast
- The distinct seasons of Norway
- The Hurtigruten experience: ships, research and responsibility
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.