Norway has a strong Viking history, and for interested travellers, there are plenty of fantastic attractions all over the country that you can visit to learn more about this interesting part of our history. In this article, we’ll tell you all about Norway’s viking past – and how you can explore its legacy in the present.
If you’re planning a trip to Norway, you might be interested in learning a few Norwegian words and phrases. It can be really helpful to have some handy phrases up your sleeve for communicating with locals during your upcoming trip to Norway, so we’ve prepared a great guide that will help you learn the lingo before you arrive!
Have you ever wanted to experience the beauty of the true wilderness, far removed from the hustle and bustle of modern city living? Geiranger may be just the place for you – an idyllic place frozen in time, with sprawling nature that seems almost untouched by human hands. For those interested in an active holiday, Geiranger is just the ticket – here, a range of fun and active experiences are just waiting to be discovered.
If you’re thinking of visiting Kjerag, we’re not surprised! Kjerag is a very popular tourist destination, and for good reason – it is host to one of the world’s most unique natural wonders, and also offers some incredible natural experiences to visitors. First check out our guide, with all of the most common questions about Kjerag answered!
So, you’ve decided to go to Norway – what an incredible tourist destination! There is so much to do and see in this beautiful country, and for the environmentally conscious traveller looking for a sustainable way to travel, Norway is the ideal destination. The trip of a lifetime must include one of the most well-known and popular Norwegian fjords – the Geirangerfjord.
Are you thinking of visiting Lofoten this summer? The new Legendary Lofoten tour is an incredible option for exploring the very best of what the Lofoten area has to offer, and on the tour you’ll only be using public transport. It’s a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way to travel, and you’ll get to see so much of this beautiful region of Norway. Keep reading to find out more about the stunning area of Lofoten!
Even though the small village of Flåm is fairly remote and hidden away in the stunning Aurlandsfjorden in rural Norway, it’s a thriving tourist destination that’s a real dream to a lot of travellers from both near and far. Part of the appeal of this idyllic Norwegian mountain village is the world-famous Flåm Railway, which has been dubbed the most beautiful train journey in the world.
Norway is a hiker's paradise with so many incredible routes to choose from. Here we recommend some of our favourites for the more accomplished hikers among you.
Glamping is when you combine the best of camping with the best of a luxurious hotel experience, where you enjoy “friluftsliv” (the outdoors) with comfort. When you "glamp", there are no tent poles to be fitted, no sleeping bags to roll out, and it should not be far to the nearest toilet.
Forget Africa for a moment. If you want to experience exciting, wild animals, then go on a safari in Norway! Not convinced? Read on. Okay, there are no wild lions, giraffes or elephants in Norway, but you can see bears, musk ox, wolves and whales here!
What to explore if you find your way 66 degrees north in Norway’s arctic? The Arctic and Antarctic Circles are two latitude circles around the Earth's poles that mark the boundary of the area that has darkness and the midnight sun.
Walkers, hikers, ramblers and explorers, whatever terminology you prefer, Norway has something for you all with a myriad of mountains and forests, fjords and jagged coastlines.
If you’ve been following last year's Travelogues series, you read all about Tonje and Douglas’ amazing summer holiday where they traveled from the south to the north of Norway. You might also have noticed that Douglas and Tonje are big food-lovers, so let's catch up with them to hear about their culinary experiences in Norway!
Røros is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which stretches from Nord-Østerdalen in Hedmark to the south in Trøndelag and also borders Sweden. Included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Røros is a fascinating and beautiful town to visit - all year round.
The one thing that Norwegians are happy to boast about is that Norway is the birthplace of skiing. It is ingrained into the DNA of the population here. Most parts of the country experience a snowy winter and ski resorts and local hills are scattered throughout the country with over 1000 registered. Norway's ski resorts enjoy long seasons, plentiful powder and empty slopes.
Tromsø is located in the middle of Northern Lights hot spot. This means that there will always be good chances for the northern lights, regardless of the sun's cycles given that the weather plays along. The best time to see the Northern Lights is from September to April.
As the lockdowns are again changing how we normally live, with many restaurants and other businesses struggling to keep their doors open, we have listed some of our favorite spots to eat out to support them
Famed for its many natural attractions and old wooden houses, the Stavanger region is on the radar of nearly every visitor to Norway. Norway’s fourth-largest city in the South West of the country is Northern Europe’s fuel and oil capital.
For a unique and exciting activity, glacier hiking on one of Norway's glaciers is the perfect alternative! Glacier hiking is a thrilling, but somewhat challenging experience, so an experienced guide should be with you at all times.
The winter season is here! This would normally mean crowded Christmas markets, snow-sledding, dancing with friends after midnight and big family gatherings. While this year (in Oslo at least) we have rain and the ever looming shadow of covid-19.
Have you ever felt more exhausted after a trip than before you left? Then you have probably done the exact opposite of slow travel! When slow traveling, there is no need for a vacation after your vacation.It is not about "likes" that generate hotspots on Instagram and overwhelmingly long bucket lists.
With a rich food and cultural history, world-renowned icons and unique nature experiences, it is easy to understand why Hardanger has been a popular destination for hundreds of years - a gem just an hour away from Bergen and the international airport Flesland.
If you've ever taken the Oslo to Bergen railway, you'll have noticed Voss. It marks the transition from the stunning scenery over the mountains to the increasing numbers of villages and towns on the way to Bergen.
If you are searching for a special place to celebrate Christmas, Norway is the perfect country to visit. Snow, Northern Lights and "Julenissen" are some of the ingredients in a traditional Norwegian Christmas. Here are our top 10 Christmas destinations in Norway!
This serpentine stretch of road 63 in Møre og Romsdal county is Norway’s most visited tourist road with 2,500 vehicles passing precariously every day during peak season.
Every December the Vikings would celebrate the Midwinter Solstice, the longest night of the year and the daylight is the shortest of the year. The celebration included drinking, feasting, songs, games, banquets, and sacrifices for the gods and the ancestor spirits for 12 days straight.
In case you haven’t heard (it’s the one thing Norwegians are happy to boast about), Norway is the birthplace of skiing. With hundreds of resorts to choose from you will find something for everyone. But Norway isn't just about skiing.
Norway, a magical winter wonderland with snow and reindeer, what better place to spend Christmas. Discover Norwegian traditions and how we celebrate Christmas.
Loen is a fjord-side village in Stryn Municipality in Vestland county. It is located in the inner part of the Nordfjord region, at the easternmost end of the Nordfjord. Loen is located about 6 kilometres north of the village of Olden and about 11 kilometres southeast of the municipal center of Stryn.
Norway is primarily powered by hydropower. Norwegian innovators are, however, also developing other renewables and the technology to make them work. Renewable energy sources have one thing in common: minimal greenhouse gas emissions.
A 4-5 hour trip up the E6 highway from Oslo passing the 106 km. long lake Mjøsa and the ski resorts at Hafjell and Kvitfjell, you will find Norway’s stunning national park, Rondane.
Fjærland is the district surrounding Fjærlandsfjord, a branch of Sognefjord. The center, Mundal, and the surrounding area have only 300 inhabitants most of whom are engaged in farming and tourism.
Hotel Alexandra is a family-run hotel located in the inner reaches of Nordfjord renowned for its distinctive, personal atmosphere. Centuries-old traditions have been combined with modern hotel operations and an eye for style and comfort to provide for guests from all over the world.
Åndalsnes is a town in Møre og Romsdal, Norway. It is in the administrative center of Rauma located along the Isfjorden and Rauma River, at the north end of the Romsdalen valley. The city of Åndalsnes in Romsdalen claims to be Norway’s mountaineering capital. Magnificent nature and spectacular experiences aplenty in this climbers paradise.
With content hearts, full souls, and even fuller memory cards from the camera we were back in Oslo. 6000 photos were proof enough that we had completed the vacation of our lives - and all on our own doorstep (almost!)
With approximately 10kg of Lofoten cod packed into our portable fridge, we started the trip home to Oslo. The drive from Lofoten to Oslo is about 20 hours non-stop and there are so many awesome places to check out along the way. We choose the Helgeland coastline, and did not regret it!
We had both been looking forward to this day. We were going to explore a classic Lofoten experience with a modern twist, and see the majestic Trollfjord in quiet comfort on board an hybrid electric boat. We would depart from Svolvær and spend the day at sea, on the MS Bard Trollfjord cruise in Lofoten with the chance to see eagles, whales, dolphins, and seals.
We woke up to yet another sunny day in beautiful Lofoten. Even though Lofoten is far north, at 67 and 68 degrees latitude, there have been some hot and dry summers in recent years with temperatures up to 30 degrees.
After a couple of very relaxing days on board the Hurtigruten ferry boat, we finally arrived at the island paradise, Lofoten, where we spent almost a week fishing and hiking. Lofoten is pretty famous here in Norway, but have you guys heard of it?
When Captain Richard With (whom our boat was named after) established the Norwegian Coastal Express in 1893, he made an enormous impact on life along the Norwegian coastline. The Express would later evolve into the established Hurtigruten ships we know today which have become a hallmark of the Norwegian coast
Kristiansund was our destination when we set off from Åndalsnes to catch the Hurtigruten ferry to take us to Lofoten. We were a little stiff from our climbing exploits the day before and welcomed the long lie we treated ourselves to in the morning.
Our trip to Åndalsnes started out with a bit of a mix up and our planned via ferrata on the intro wall was booked too early for us to make. We had been looking forward to this and were pretty bummed until Ivar from Tindesenteret had an alternative suggestion.
After bedding down the night before in a little campsite in Valldal which sold the tastiest strawberries we have ever tried, it was time to hit the road and head for Åndalsnes. Just one thing though, this was not any old road, this was the mighty Trollstigen!
As we continued our summer vacation through Norway, Fjærland was merely supposed to be a pit stop on our way from Nigaardsbreen Glacier to our next activity in Åndalsnes. But Fjærland turned out to be one of the most stunning places on our whole trip!
After our crazy morning flying in the wind tunnel at Voss Vind we headed towards our next activity, a guided glacier hike on Nigardsbreen. We again passed countless little fruit stalls at the side of the road and just had to stop to buy some local raspberries, strawberries and cherries.
Hiring an electric micro-car might not be on your bucket list, but we did just that and maybe it should be. Ok, it’s not exactly a Mario Kart race through Tokyo’s electric jungle, but an El-bil safari from Flåm to Stegastein is not to be sniffed at.
After our wonderfully cultured cider tasting experience in Hardangerfjord, it was time to hit the road and have some fun in Voss. Voss is known as an "extreme sports village", where you can try almost everything in the extreme sports category.
In recent years, Norway and Hardanger in particular, have marked themselves on the world map as a cider destination, with several prizes in international competitions. Cider from Hardanger has become a unique brand similar to Champagne from France, and tourists flock every summer to the lush landscape around the Hardangerfjord to taste the freshest batches from local cider producers.
When Douglas and I arrived in Stavanger, glorious sunshine greeted us! The 30-degree heat shattered all preconceptions we had of the place. Stavanger was alive and vibrant and resembled a normal tourist hotspot before anyone had even heard of COVID-19.
Hot off the back of our summer road trip traveling from South to North in Norway, we wanted to share our experiences with you guys. Join us as we cover 4000 km in three weeks and get some inspiration for your own adventure in Norway!
In a new article series called «Tonje’s Travelogue», you can join Douglas and Tonje on their trip of a lifetime! In a summer when travel abroad was difficult, Doglas and Tonje explored Norway from Stavanger and Lysefjord in the south, through mountains and fjords in the west, to the fisherman's oasis of Lofoten in the North.
No matter what experience you may or may not have, there are loads of stunning mountain trails waiting for you in Norway. Reach some amazing and unique summits, and get your exercise while enjoying the stunning landscape.
Norwegians excel in winter sports. Their performances at the Winter Olympics prove how skillful they are. After all, no one can argue with a gold medal. Partially, their success is due to the wide availability of snowy peaks throughout Norway. But another contributing factor is the culture of athletics.
Welcome to life after retirement! It’s full of amazing opportunities to explore. So now that you are officially retired, you can practice balancing relaxation with adventure by taking a trip. Where should you go first?
Of all the places in Norway, Loen is special. Visitors can enjoy plenty of entertaining activities inside the village limits, and there are numerous options for outdoor adventures not far from the settlement center.
Among the Nordic countries, Norway is renowned for its year-round outdoor adventure opportunities. COVID-19 has made it more challenging, but with common-sense public health procedures in place, Norway is open for exploration, especially outdoors.
Celebrate the colder weather and the rotation of the earth in Norway with exquisite fall views. Norway has many outdoor opportunities to enjoy autumn colors, no matter which part of the country you’re visiting.
If you’ve never been to Svolvaer, then you’re in for a treat. With stunning vistas and a wide selection of activities that can bring you closer to nature, Svolvaer is a hidden gem in Norway. From the guided fishing trips to the traditional Norwegian architecture, it’s easy to pass the time enjoying the beautiful landscape of this city near the Arctic Circle.
A feast is a huge celebratory dinner with everything served in abundance. The Vikings were famed for their glutinous indulgence of food and habit of eagerly drinking beer or mead wine with every meal.
As borders gradually opened up to EEA countries, many European citizens have already found their way to Norway. Several countries are now marked as “green” on the current transmission map and welcome to holiday in Norway.
Looking for the ultimate romantic getaway? Scandinavia and Norway should definitely be on your radar and in our opinion is perhaps one of the most romantic destinations you will find.
A little more “out-there” than city breaks and run-of-the-mill hotels, check out these awesome ideas for alternative accommodation in Norway!
Did you know the oldest human skeleton found in Norway was carbon-dated to 6,600 BC? The history of Norway has been influenced to an extraordinary degree by the terrain and the climate of the region.
Norway is a deceptively long country with thousands of kilometers of coastline, islands, and fjords. If you were able to pivot the country 180 degrees from Oslo, the tip of Norway would reach all the way down to the boot of Italy! In such a long and varied landscape, you are bound to find some truly unique experiences.
Picture perfect, nature’s unadulterated best, untouched paradise...all apt expressions which try to capture the beauty and tranquility that the stunning Norwegian Fjords have to offer. The Norwegian Fjords are not only the home to some of the world’s largest coral reefs and most fertile fishing grounds, but are a gateway to nature’s nirvana. In Norway, we are trying to keep it that way.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) was a game-changer and impacted our lives dramatically leading to a very different “new normal”. From how we plan everyday life, to the way we greet people we meet, and not least: how we travel. While 93 Million U.S. Citizens traveled outside the US in 2018 (shift.com), most countries advise their citizens not to travel abroad in 2020.
As we all know, the world has been a strange place in 2020. Lockdowns and border restrictions due to COVID-19 have changed the way we interact with each other and of course the way we travel. Get your tips on traveling to Norway now that the borders have opened up!
Aurvandil is a figure in Germanic mythology. In Norse mythology, Aurvandil's toe, which had frozen while he was carried in a basket across the Élivágar rivers by Thor, was made into a star by the thunder-god. Here's a quick guide to the constellations you can see in Norway and north of the Arctic circle.
Norway has a rich cultural heritage, with art and stories from bygone eras. Here are some of our insider tips for places to check out.
Norway has an abundance of great national parks scattered all over the country, each with its own characteristics. If you are planning a visit to Norway, stopping by one of our national parks would be a good idea. Here you can get close to nature and get spectacular and unique views you will not find anywhere else in the world.
Done the whole Eurotrip thing? Looking for some fresh insight into where your next travel adventure should be? Head over to Scandinavia, and Norway in particular.
Experience the magic of gliding silently through glistening snow-melt lakes or feel the adrenaline as you battle the thunderous whitewater rapids. Tailor your trip to be as wet and wild or as dry and tranquil as you like (weather and paddling skill dependant obviously).
Are you a solo traveler planning for a Norwegian fjord adventure, our Norway in a nutshell® tour will be a perfect choice for you. Traveling in Norway is safe and simple, with public trains, ferries and buses serving the regions, but it is not always easy to understand, plan and book the transport yourself.
Fjord Tours is Norway's largest tour and activity provider. We collaborate with Vy, the country's largest provider of train travel. Together, Vy and Fjord Tours are focused on providing sustainable travel solutions throughout Norway.
As restrictions are slowly but surely eased, most of us will try to find the best day trips to escape busy crowds and enjoy traveling outdoors. Normally, we love busy streets with bustling crowds, shopping, and nightclubs with music and packed dancefloors. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed us in how we think and how we act.
Is Svalbard worth visiting? In a word, yes! Svalbard has fascinated travelers for a long time. The Norwegian archipelago lies just below the North Pole and is one of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas with almost 3,000 human residents. In Svalbard you will also find a fascinating building; The Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
“Skitt fiske” as we say here in Norway. Similar to “break a leg” in the acting world, the saying is pronounced “sheet fiska” and roughly translates to dirty fishing, pertaining to the hapless luck that one often encounters in the sport.
Traveling alone is not just about showing the outside world that you are an independent and strong woman. It's about so much more! Those traveling alone come back with a sparkle in their eyes, courage in their chest, and a sharper, more focused mindset.
The Northern Lights are a fascinating natural phenomenon that has created excitement and mysticism since the dawn of time. Although the science is pretty well understood in modern-day, the lights are still surrounded in myth, folklore, and superstition.
As bikes become a more popular method of transportation again due to social distancing, we take a look at both the leisurely family and more adventurous cycling tours available across Norway.
Norwegians are almost as proud of their water as they are of their skiers. And that’s saying something! “To be able to drink pure, bacteria-free water directly from both the tap and a mountain stream is a luxury that I believe is quite unique in the world”, says Vidar Lund, senior scientist at the Norwegian institute of public health.
Who doesn’t dream about going to Lofoten? If you don’t, then you should be. In this article you will certainly find some inspiration for visiting Lofoten, even though you might be waiting on the green light to travel again.
Imagine sitting with your feet dipped in the turquoise waters of the Sognefjord as the sun warms the rest of your body. You regularly place a freshly picked raspberry on your tongue. It tastes sweet and sour at the same time, a taste that is typically the Norwegian raspberries from the Sognefjord area. All around you see high mountains with waterfalls that bring with it the cleanest, clearest water in the world. This is the Sognefjord at its best.
“Imagine you're sitting on the jetty down by the ice-blue Hardangerfjord with a glass of pearly cider in your hand. Around you, the majestic mountains rise high above the fjord. You see the glacier Folgefonna, a multitude of waterfalls flowing down from snow-covered peaks, and all around you, there are apple trees in full bloom. That is the beauty of Hardangerfjord.” - Joar, Aga Sideri.
When isolating at home, why not pick up a new hobby and better yet, learn about another culture while doing it. Fjord Tours has gathered some Norwegian-inspired tips to make your quarantine time a little more educational.
Months of quarantine, isolation, and countries in lockdown because of COVID-19 are challenging for anyone, no doubt about that. To make your days a tiny bit brighter we invite you to take part in this virtual reality trip Fjord Tours has put together for you as a staycation.
In these unprecedented times we will do our best to help you explore the wonders of Norwegian art and culture from the comfort of your own home! Here we have Fjord Tours’ top list for things to watch right now.
Trollstigen is an exhilarating driving experience undoubtedly more dramatic than your average commute. With Ørnevegen (the name given to the 11 hairpin bends on this stretch) climbing 1038 meters above sea level this truly is an impressive feat of human endeavor.
“One summer when there was nearly no rain a tourist asked when they turn on and off the waterfalls.” - Product Manager, Fjord Tours
Norway is one of the most beautiful and varied countries you will ever visit. With the midnight sun and Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in the North, striking blue seas in the South, viking ships in the cultural capital Oslo to the East and world famous turquoise fjords and snow-capped mountains in the West.
If you have never visited before, then watching some of its top films and series can be a good way of getting a sneak peek at what the culture is like. While movies are notorious for exaggerating various elements to reach a more dramatic effect, these films can still provide a great insight into some of the finer details of what life is like in that specific part of the world.
As Norway’s biggest city, Oslo gets a lot of attention from tourists. However, Bergen has a lot to offer as a vacation destination as well. In fact, there are countless reasons why you should make Bergen a part of your next Norway trip, many of which revolve around the incredible activities to do in Bergen and the luxurious hotels it offers. Here is an in-depth look at the second-largest city in Norway to help convince you why Bergen is a special place to visit.
When looking for the best places to eat in Oslo, you should definitely consider the cities bustling food courts. In a nation of potato lovers, Norway has never really featured on the foodie map...but now we think it should! Oslo has enjoyed a food renaissance over the last couple of years inspired by a host of homegrown talent and international imports.
If you are a foodie or even just a lover of barbecue, then you will definitely want to make sure that you take a trip to Norway to experience the incredible local cuisine in places like Bergen and Roeros.. To give you a small taste of the kind of culinary experience you will get in Norway, here are three top Norwegian recipes that you can easily make at home.
A big part of what makes Norway such a spectacular travel destination is its many majestic fjords. However, there are also many lakes, rivers, as well as the ocean coast, that contribute to Norway being over 6 percent water. If you are interested in visiting Norway and seeing the fjords or any of the other great water features that the country has to offer, then you will need to know where to look and what to do. Here is how you can best explore Norway’s waters.
In today’s tourism climate people are eager to experience a unique destination while ensuring that the environmental impact stays as low as possible. As a society, we are slowly becoming more environmentally aware, striving to become as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible.
Although Norway’s interior offers its fair share of beauty, the coast is what a lot of tourists flock to see. The country has no shortage of fantastic harbors and coastal cities that offer tons of wildlife, unique architecture, and other intriguing elements that you will not be able to find anywhere else. If you are interested in traveling to Norway, then here are the harbors and coastal cities that you will want to put at the top of your list.
It seems like everywhere you look in Norway, there is another amazing fjord full of dazzling sights and experiences. With over 1,100 fjords throughout the country, even most locals have not seen them all. But, when you visit Norway, going on a fjord safari is an absolute must since they are such a big part of the country’s identity.
Norway is already publicly recognized by almost every foodie as being home to some of the tastiest cuisine options in the world, with some truly exquisite national recipes like lutefisk and pinnekjøtt originating in Nordic countries. But what you may not know is that Norway is also a leader in bio-farming and sustainable food production.
Everybody wants to travel but no one wants to do it at the expense of the environment. That is why the ecotravel industry has seen such a drastic rise in popularity within the last few years. We are a big supporter of eco-tourism in Norway, with much of our culture embedded in the belief that you should respect the beauty of the environment whenever you travel by minimizing your carbon footprint and leaving the area the same that you found it.
More and more people are discovering ecotourism and are using it to explore some of the most fascinating destinations throughout Norway and the rest of the world. By 2023, the ecotourism industry is expected to grow to a total worth of over $338 billion, with over half of this growth coming from Europe.
Music has become a great tool to lift spirits during this pandemic with people singing from balconies in various countries, and even starting impromptu jam sessions!
Norway is home to a variety of stunning landscapes. From Fjords to the vast, snowy white Arctic, there is something for everyone. But, for those looking for a physical challenge and breathtaking views, exploring the impressive mountain ranges within the country might be the best place to start.
Cider brewing is a Norwegian custom that dates all the way back to the 13th century. However, once the Vinmonopolet or the Wine Monopoly came into effect, the practice largely died down. Despite this, Norwegians continued to brew cider in their homes and cellars. And now the drink is experiencing a surge in popularity yet again. If you’re a cider lover planning a visit to Norway, here’s everything you need to know!
Did you know that cider production and manufacturing has a long and storied tradition in Norway? It is a little known fact about the Scandanavian country that often surprises people. However, with the recent rise in popularity of the drink in Norway, all that will likely change very soon.
Not surprisingly, Norway tourism is booming. Perhaps it’s because this beautiful country has a little something for everyone. From city lovers looking for great restaurants and unique shopping, to adventure goers looking for their next adrenaline rush, to lovers of the outdoors looking for some remote peace and quiet.
We know that many of our customers have questions about the best ways to travel within the country. We always recommend finding the most eco-friendly ways to get around Norway. Once you experience the stunning landscapes and incredible wildlife our country has to offer, you’ll no doubt understand the importance of doing everything you can to protect it.
Norway is home to some spectacular scenic routes. With breathtaking views around every corner, your drive or ride is bound to fly by. There are lots of ways to explore these scenic routes. There are hiking trails to walk, roads to drive, and waterways to explore. You might even find yourself enjoying the view of a spectacular fjord on a train ride.
If you are coming to Norway to explore Norway’s stunning Arctic landscape and you’re antsy to get there, we don’t blame you! You’ve probably been spending hours looking longingly at stunning photos but, if you’re looking for something better to tide you over, might we recommend a docuseries?
If you’re traveling to Norway during February you might be surprised to find out that the country has its very own version of a Mardi Gras-style carnival. The festival is called Fastelavn and it is meant to celebrate the promise of Spring’s return.It is celebrated in most Scandinavian countries and similar traditions occur in countries like Brazil and Portugal.This year the celebrations will take place on Sunday, February 23rd.
If you’re planning a trip to Norway, before you travel, it’s important to be aware of some recent changes that have been made to Norway’s counties. As of January 2020, the country’s 19 counties have now been replaced by 11. Here’s everything you need to know about the recent changes to the Norwegian map.
If you’re planning a trip to Norway, we bet you’ve done a lot of reading on the country, the culture, and the history. So, you probably already know the basics. That’s why today we’re sharing some of the more obscure and surprising fun facts about Norway and the Norwegian lifestyle that we bet you haven’t heard yet. We hope we can teach you something new about this beautiful country!
One of the things Norway is most famous for is probably the fjords. Exploring the fjords and coastline of Norway is an ideal way to get a sense of the stunning Norwegian landscape. What better way to do this than on a Norwegian fjord cruise?
We’re a few weeks into 2020. Time to check in on that New Year’s Resolution! We hope that you’re still going strong on the goals you set for the year. This is especially true if your resolution was to visit Norway to complete one of the many races the country hosts!
The Vikings lived a primarily nomadic lifestyle. In fact, in Norway today the term “Go Viking” means to go explore something new or to push your limits. However, when the Vikings did settle in towns and farms for either short or long periods of time, they built homes often referred to as longhouses.
Norway’s Arctic is one of the most astounding places on the planet. From the vast untouched snowy landscape, to the breathtaking Aurora Borealis, to the unique wildlife, the Arctic is truly something incredible. Unfortunately, climate change is having a devastating impact on Arctic regions worldwide. If change doesn’t occur rapidly to repair the damage that has already been done, the results will be devastating for Arctic regions as well as the rest of the world.
There is no doubt that the landscape and scenery found in Norway is one of a kind. It might be one of the reasons that the country consistently ranks highly on the UN’s World Happiness Report. Norwegians are known for being an active population that embraces the great outdoors and all it has to offer.
No history of Norway is complete without mention of the Vikings. The Vikings were Scandinavian seafarers who raided and traded goods across a wide swath of Europe from the 8th to the 11th century. Much of the Vikings’ ability to expand can be credited to their ships. Viking ships were used for transport, trade, and warfare.
It’s hard not to be inspired by the breathtaking landscape in Norway. This is especially the case in the arctic regions of Northern Norway where the scenery is particularly spellbinding. It should therefore come as no surprise that there is also a thriving art scene in the Northern country.
Norway’s brewing traditions date all the way back to the Vikings who used to brew barley-based beers during the cold winter months. King Haakon the Good who ruled from 934 to 961 even made it a law that to celebrate Christmas with a beer. Those who didn’t include beer in their Christmas festivities would be fined.
Take a walk around just about anywhere in Norway, from city centers to small towns, and you’ll find many of the locals carrying or reading a book. Norway is undeniably a country of book lovers and there is no better way to prepare yourself for a visit than by indulging in a little bit of Norwegian literature. Here are a few of the authors we recommend!
Fitness tends to be top of mind for a lot of people when it comes to deciding on areas of focus for a New Year. Perhaps it is the indulgent holiday season or the promise of a fresh start. Regardless, the New Year certainly offers a good dose of inspiration of motivation to tackle your health goals. One surefire way to put your health front and center this year is by training for a marathon.
If you have absolutely no idea what geocaching is, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Geocaching is described as the world’s largest treasure hunt and the premise is very simple. Millions of geocaches are hidden worldwide. Geocaches come in a variety of different shapes and sizes and can be anything from a box to a hollow log.
It’s no secret that the raw, untouched beauty of the Arctic has inspired many photographers over the years. A Google search of ‘Arctic photography’ will reveal thousands of stunning photographs from professional and amateur travel photographers.
Norway is known for having some unique dishes that sometimes have tourists and foodies scratching their heads. Much of Norwegian cuisine stems from ancestors who had to use conserved materials due to Norway’s long winter season.
Winter is here, which happens to be one of the most romantic times to visit Norway. From quiet retreats in the North with views of the Aurora Borealis to candlelight dinners in the city, there is no shortage of options to explore.
If you’re wondering when to plan your visit to Tromsø, often referred to as the Paris of the North, you might be curious about Polar Night Season. From when it is, to what to expect and things you should pack, this post will cover everything you need to know about Norway’s incredibly magical Polar Night season.
Many tourists who travel to Norway are eager to learn more about the history of the Vikings. And, we can’t blame them. The Vikings were fascinating, complex people. Although they are primarily known as fierce warriors, they also engaged in trade and transport across much of Europe and built incredibly advanced ships that fascinate historians to this day. Here is some of what we know about how and where the Vikings traveled during the late 8th to the 11th century.
There are hundreds of famous hiking trails located all across the planet, with some of them seeing hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. However, scattered among these famous trails are a few hidden gems that are just as beautiful but, for one reason or another, do not have the same notoriety. Perhaps the best example of this is St. Olav Ways, which is Norway's most famous trail.
By now, most people have at least heard about the incredibly popular Netflix show “The Crown.” This drama about the British royal family taps into people's fascination with royalty. That is why Norway is seizing the opportunity to create its own version of the popular series. Find out more about the show and the Norwegian Royal Family in this article.
When your every-day activities include pillaging villages and exploring the impressive fjords in Norway, you are going to need a lot of energy to sustain yourself. This means eating some pretty astonishing meals in order to maintain proper health with such an active lifestyle.
Christmas in Norway is a very big deal and is celebrated by the vast majority of its residents. But Norwegian Christmas is quite a bit different than something that you could expect to experience in most other countries. There are a lot of traditions that draw inspiration from the country’s unique landscape and its Pagan roots. Here is a detailed look at what Christmas in Norway is like.
When you book a trip to somewhere adventurous like the Arctic, you want to make sure that every second of the journey is packed with as much excitement as possible. But in order to do this, you need to know a variety of things about your destination such as where to sleep, what to do, and what to eat while you are there.
Although Disney’s Frozen movies are fictitious, a lot of their characters, stories, and landscapes are inspired by very real people, places, and folklore in Norway. That means there’s no better place than a Norwegian tour to behold the magical nation that inspired Frozen!
Norway is known for many things like its impressive glacier hiking, summer skiing, Aurora Borealis sightseeing, and much more. However, one thing most people aren’t aware of is Norway’s thriving art community.
It is no surprise that Norway is well known for its exceptional skiing since world-class ski resorts are placed all throughout the country. However, sometimes skiing at a traditional ski resort is too conventional for thrill-seeking, adventurous travellers. If that’s the case for you, then freeriding in Norway might just be the excursion of your wildest dreams.
Anyone who has never had the privilege of visiting Norway during the end of the year will likely not be aware that Christmas in Norway is actually quite different from many other parts of the world. In fact, Christmas did not exist in the area at all until the early 11th century when Christians began to take the area from the Viking locals.
When you think of Vikings, what comes to mind—their legendary ferocity, dedication to honor, their massive ships, and desire to invade and claim new lands? One thing that’s almost certainly left out is the fact that several of the most legendary vikings were in fact female.
Anyone who has ever traveled to the Arctic for a Northern Light tour knows that it can get insanely cold, especially during the winter season. However, the indigenous Sami people have populated the Arctic Circle for hundreds of years. This begs the question— how were they able to survive the harsh weather for so long?
When you think of a tasty dinner, what comes to mind—a burger, pizza, pasta, tacos? What would you do if none of these dishes (and the majority of their ingredients) weren’t available? This is the reality of most people living in the Arctic due to their remote location.
With global warming’s dire consequences becoming more apparent every year, more people are starting to open their eyes to the impact humans have on the environment. Luckily, this rise in environmentalism has made people more conscious about things that were previously thought to be minor, such as the impacts of tourism on the environment.
Something that most people are not aware of until they actually travel to Norway is the northern nation’s love for coffee. In fact, Norway has the second-highest per capita coffee consumption, with over 80 percent of its population drinking coffee on a daily basis.
After watching Frozen and the upcoming Frozen 2, every child (and a lot of adults for that matter) will desperately wish they could visit the enchanting world of the Disney film. Even though you can’t simply just stumble into Arendelle and join Anna and Elsa on their daring adventures, but you can get pretty close when you book a tour to Norway.
From the Art Nouveau style of Ålesund to the modern appearance of Oslo, Norway truly has some impressive architecture. This is the result of centuries of some of the world's greatest architects being born and raised in Norway and spreading their influence and skill sets to other young architectural minds.
When you picture Christmas, there are a few things you’ll likely see, including snow, cold, and a heap of presents. Luckily, these can all be found throughout Norway, especially during the Christmas season. One major part of Norwegian life around Christmas time is the dozens of bustling Christmas markets located throughout the entire country.
With so many amazing things to photograph in Norway, it can often be hard to choose which one to visit first. Although the majority of the people that visit Norway in winter tend to want to head up north to Tromsø to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, however, a trip down south to visit the Seven Sisters Waterfalls in Geirangerfjord shouldn’t be overlooked.
When people think of Norway, there are many things that likely come to mind including all of the incredible outdoor activities you can do here. However, something else that the country is well known for is its thriving music scene. And none have a richer history than Norwegian Folk Music.
When the topic of things to do in Norway comes up, one of the most common activities people think of is watching the Aurora Borealis. There are countless Northern Lights tours and cruises offered in Norway which takes visitors to various parts of Norway in order to watch the Earth's most gorgeous dancing lights show.
Many people choose to book their Norway fjord cruise for the summertime when they can experience things like the Midnight Sun. The knowledge that many parts of Northern Norway can quite cold during the winter season is usually enough to convince tourists not to book their round trips for Norway anytime between November and March.
Anyone who has ever taken a trip to Norway during the winter season knows just how vicious the Norwegian winters have the potential to be. This is especially true for Northern Norway where you can find really cold temperatures. So how do Norwegians tolerate the cold and long winter? With the “philophy of koselig” of course.
Experiencing the Northern Lights is one of the most amazing things you can do in nature. The colorful display that lights up the black sky is a truly awe-inspiring spectacles and will leave you with impressions and memories you will never forget! Luckily, Norway is a prime location for seeing these frail rays of beauty.
The majority of people who have not gone on a Norwegian cruise have likely never seen the Arctic in person. Therefore, when they picture locals living there, what might come to mind is the image of people wrapped in massive puffy winter jackets all year round and walking through roads that are covered in several feet of snow and ice.
Sushi is something that is thought of as being exclusively Japanese. This is no surprise, since it has been one of their main sources of food for over 100 years. What might surprise you is the fact that one of the most popular forms of sushi served in Japan nowadays was actually not created in Japan at all.
Out of all the exciting things to do in Norway, perhaps the most widely known activity is glacier hiking. This is because Norway is located far enough North that it contains hundreds of spectacular glaciers, including Jostedalsbreen, which is the largest glacier in mainland Europe.
When most people think about the Vikings that once wandered the Norwegian fjords, they tend to picture chaotic and violent warriors that lived by no one's rules. However, the reality is that they had a complex honor system that they lived by.
For many years, Norway has been considered one of the greenest countries in the world. This is due to the fact that it takes on so many environmentally-friendly initiatives that are aimed at significantly reducing the country's carbon footprint.
Fishing is a major part of Norwegian life, with it being the main source of the country's economy and food for hundreds of years. However, the fishing industry does not come to a screeching halt just because some snow starts flying. If it did, then the entire country would almost come to a halt for almost half of the year.
With magnificent scenery and exciting experiences, Norway is one of the most family-friendly places on Earth. To help you navigate through the seemingly endless amount of exciting activities in Norway, here are four types of adventures that are an absolute must for any family visiting the Scandinavian country.
As a Scandinavian country that is over 2,500 kilometres long, Norway possesses very different kinds of weather in all four of its seasons. While the summer weather is quite warm no matter where you go, the winter can vary widely depending on your location. Therefore, it is important that you bring these essential items when coming to Norway during winter!
Just like any other form of ancient civilization, the Vikings of Scandinavian countries had their own god-based belief system. These mighty Viking warriors followed figures that were even more powerful than they were. After all, they needed some way to explain the natural wonderment of the fjords in Norway, so they turned to a collection of gods and goddesses as the answer.
If you are one of the millions of tourists to book round trips to Norway and want to experience some truly authentic Norwegian food, then one of the best places to go is a farmers’ market. However, you don’t want to go to just any farmers’ market, but the Trøndelag farmers’ market.
When most people think of things to do in Norway, they likely picture adventurous activities like summer skiing or glacier hiking. However, what many people do not realize is that it actually offers a lot of other exciting activities that are a lot less adventurous - or adventurous in a different sense!
With so many incredible things to do in Norway, it can be hard for visitors to decide on what they are going to pick for their visit.
Since Norway is located so far north, it means that for large periods of the year there are cool temperatures. This makes it one of the best countries on Earth for skiing. If you have your eye on Norway for that reason, it almost doesn’t matter where you go, as skiing opportunities is in abundance.
Everyone wants to discover happiness, but for most people, this is an ongoing struggle that they try to fight the majority of their life. However, it seems that the people who live in Scandinavian countries may have discovered the secret to happiness since they consistently rank at the top of the list of the happiest countries in the world.
When people decide to participate in a Norway vacation to see the Northern Lights, it means that they are going to need to book some rooms at the best hotels in Norway. However, rather than staying at a standard fancy hotel in Norway, many visitors might like to experience something much more unique. Norway is one of the few places in the world where guests can have the opportunity to stay in something called an ice hotel.
Most places have peak and off-peak seasons due to their wildly changing climates and atmospheres. However, for somewhere as versatile as Norway, it is hard to believe that any time of year could be considered an off-season.
There are many reasons why visitors come from all over the world to make Norway their ultimate vacation destination. From hiking to skiing and much more, Norway truly offers an astonishing assortment of exciting and unique activities. However, for people who consider themselves history buffs or just someone who loves to admire the beauty of old buildings, Norway has a particularly unique thing to offer them: Stave Churches!
Every culture will have its own set of unique food items that either impress or disgust visitors when they try it upon visiting. Norway is no different and offers an assortment of delicious Norwegian food that is unlike anything that can be found anywhere else in the world. Some of the more common examples include lutefisk and pinnekjøtt.
After the stress of planning a wedding, you need some time with your significant other where you can escape the struggles of everyday life and enjoy a fantastic week or two together in an exotic destination. However, before you can head out to another part of the world and enjoy your honeymoon, you first have to decide where you want to go.
Some people prefer their vacations to consist of lounging on a reclining chair, watching the waves roll onto the shore. However, they are not the people we’re going to talk about in this article because, as you probably know—not everyone is interested in having that type of vacation.
If you are looking for things to do in Norway, then something that the locals and other tourists will likely recommend is hiking. There are several iconic trails that attract visitors from all over the world, but one lesser known area is Helgeland in the north of Norway.
There are a ton of fantastic things to do and see in Norway. From summer skiing to glacier hiking, all of it can be done at many different locations throughout the country. This is exactly what makes it such a sought-after destination for millions of tourists from all around the world.
While there are many different things to do in Norway, one of the activities that almost everyone who visits does is explore the many different fjords that are located throughout the country. It is incredibly easy to do this thanks to the multitude of tours throughout Norway that are available to tourists.
Did you know that Norway is one of the more interesting places to experience modern and contemporary architecture? In addition to the gorgeous natural environments, making fjords and mountains unmissable elements of a trip to Norway, there is the lesser known attraction of its architectural history.
There are a lot of fantastic things to experience on land in Norway, but there is a new exciting activity that takes you under the water. At the southern tip of Norway in Lindesnes, you can find the world's largest underwater restaurant.
Many people who visit the northern tip of Norway are familiar with the many incredible things that it has to offer. However, not nearly enough people are aware of the cultural hub that is Karasjok. This municipality is the place to be for many different reasons.
When people think of Norway, chances are that they think of the majestic fjords around Bergen, the cosmopolitanism of Oslo with cultural highlights like the Vigeland Park and the Munch museum. However, something that is very big in Norway that many people might not know about is its thriving surfing culture.
For many planning to vist Norway, the Norway in a nutshell® tour or the Hurtigruten coastal voyage is on the agenda, but did you know you can combine the two in «one ticket»?
Nestled in the innermost parts of the Aurlandsfjord, Flåm is one of the most popular destinations in Norway. This small village is accessible by train, car and boat and has become the perfect location to visit for tourists and locals alike. Although Flåm is quite small in has a myriad of activities and things to do all year round!
Today «New nordic cuisine» is a well integrated term in the culinary world. It hasn’t always been like this, and Norway has been viewed as somewhat of a culinary backwater. This, despite the fact that only France has racked up more wins in the «chefs’ world championship», the Bocuse d’Or competition!
Norway is a country with so many stunning sights to see, and if you’re traveling solo you have the pleasure of being able to decide for yourself how to spend your time. As a remarkably safe country, Norway is the perfect place to enjoy solo travel no matter what type of holiday you’re planning
Pulpit Rock, known locally as Preikestolen, and located in Rogaland, Norway is one of the most beautiful spots in the country, offering the opportunity for incredible photographs. If you have admired spectacular pictures of Norway’s mountain scenery on sites such as Instagram, the chances are you’ve been looking at Pulpit Rock without even realizing!
From the eerie beauty of the Northern Lights to the calm tranquility of the fjords, Norway is a country filled with some of the most spectacular sights in the world. With landscapes which are as dramatic as they are magnificent, Norway has so much to offer anyone looking for a nature holiday. There are many outdoor activities which can be enjoyed in Norway; here are just a few suggestions for all levels of fitness.
Known as the land of the midnight sun, Norway is a country that offers outstanding experiences all year round. Culture and cosmopolitan cities nestle alongside some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, creating a location which is unlike any other.
Norway. Midnight Sun. Northern Lights. Skis. Fjords. Mountains. That might be the extent of associations foreigners have of the country. So, we decided to put together 25 fun facts about Norway that you can impress travel companions and locals alike with, when you come to visit!
Norway is a country of raw beauty and dramatic landscapes so it’s perhaps not a surprise to learn that one of the most remarkable natural phenomena occurs there. Dubbed as the land of the midnight sun, Norway is one of the very few locations where sunset merges into sunrise, with no darkness in between.
With some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, Norway is the perfect destination for the couple who want a honeymoon they’ll never forget. Whether you want to relax with a romantic cruise along a tranquil fjord or enjoy hike in some of the most extraordinary mountain scenery, Norway can offer exactly what you’re looking for.
Bergen is the kind of place that hits you smack dab in the face and where various concerts, shows and events are common throughout the year.
In spite of the incredible attractions, it’s never easy to create a travel itinerary for Norway when you only have so much time available. After all, what can you afford to miss when there is so many interesting things to see and do?
Let us introduce you to Norway’s action sport capital, Voss. Name any type of extreme sport, and chances are pretty high that the charming city of Voss, Norway offers the possibility of experiencing said activity! The city lies in the Western Hordaland region, known for its fjords and general natural splendor.
When it comes to getting away from it all with someone special, Norway is right up there with the most romantic vacation destinations in the world.
Want to spend more than one day on the Sognefjord in a nutshell tour? Here you will find our recommendations and tips on how to make the most out of your Sognefjord adventure!
Looking for some tips on what to see and do during your Hardangerfjord in a nutshell tour? In this article you will find our reccommendations on how to customize and book a three days to tour to the Hardangerfjord including hotels and fun activities.
Do you find it difficult to customize and book your own tour and need some advice on how to do it? To help you in the planning, we have put together a three day package on the popular Norway in a nutshell® tour including hotels and exciting activities.
Norwegian cuisine has evolved in recent years with the influx of global influence but the traditional food experience remains at large. In many ways, the Vikings played an important role for habits and customs in this part of the world but the truth is, the mountains, rivers, ocean and raw materials available have shaped what we know as traditional Norwegian cuisine.
Let’s be honest, most people have quite an unsavoury impression when it comes to the Vikings and most educational resources tend to portray the Scandinavians as fearsome, ruthless, and dangerous.
The Sami people in Northern Norway have a unique culture, traditions and ancient languages. Their clothing, music, food culture and general way of life are very different from other Norwegians and seen as truly exotic by visitors to Norway. Let’s take a closer look at the Sami culture and history.
Norway is home to some truly ancient and colorful attractions and some of these are even designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At the same time, not everyone knows about these sites before visiting Norway so we have compiled this list, as well as some further info on the UNESCO non-profit organisation.
Norway has a lot of interesting and exciting places to visit! Get a quick overview of the main cities in Norway and find exciting things to do!
You may have traveled to Norway from far, far away. You may have spent hours and hours getting to our country. So, once you’re here; don’t rush, take your time!
You may have an idea of Norway being a cold, desolate and frozen landscape for most of the time. And yes, it is true that Norway can be cold, but throughout the year the weather in Norway varies from cold winter nights to perfect summer days.
Fjord Tours is a sustainable tour operator focusing on reducing the environmental footprints within tourism. We strive daily to make it easy for visitors to Norway to travel and explore in an eco-friendly way!
With magnificent scenery and exciting experiences for the whole family, Norway is a great holiday country for both young and old. Give the kids an experience they will never forget, with rafting trips, climbing parks, dog sledding adventures or even meeting some real life Vikings!
For many visitors, the fjords of Norway are some of the most spectacular in the world and the main attraction when it comes to exploring this beautiful country. But what’s so special about the fjords of Norway and how are they formed exactly?
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