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One of the most beautiful countries in the world! Experience the natural wonders of Norway – sublime and serene. Enjoy the steep-sided fjords of extraordinary beauty and visit the mountainous terrain of Norway’s interior to breathe in that fresh mountain air!  See rocky coastal islands where majestic mountain landscapes rise from the sea. The Lofoten Islands are home to a traditional village, scarcely touched by civilisation. Don’t forget the spectacular northern lights!

The Atlantic Ocean Road
Known as the ‘Road in the Ocean’ with seven bridges that allows the road to follow the islands – an incredibly unique journey and considered the most beautiful road trips in the world.

The Lofoten Islands
Far above the Arctic Circle these islands have a wild beauty, from fjords and mountains to beaches and quaint towns. A fabulous self drive destination and an ideal place to see the northern lights .

The Flam Railway
Often described as one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world, this stunning trip runs from the end of Aurlandsfjord to the high mountains at Myrdal station.

Geirangerfjord
Surrounded by majestic snow covered mountains this UNESCO protected fjord is one of Norway’s most famous.  Stunning peaks, waterfalls and lush green surroundings make it a fabulous hiking destination.

Svalbard Islands
Svarlbard is located in the Arctic Ocean halfway between Norway and the North Pole and offers travellers a rich wildlife experience. Its unique landscape of rugged and remote terrain is home to a few thousand polar bears, arctic foxes and reindeer.

October–April is the low season and temperatures this time can be very cold, in January it hovers around 2 degrees. In winter, much of Norway is transformed into a snow-clad paradise from November to April. However, many attractions are closed. Accommodation prices are high, except on weekends. March is considered high season in Svalbard. The glorious colours of autumn are at their best in October.

May–mid-Jun & mid-Aug–Sep is shoulder season and a good time to travel, with generally mild, clear weather and fewer crowds. Accommodation prices can be high, except on weekends. You should book accommodation well in advance for festivals. From May to mid-June, the scenery in Norway is at its most spectacular, with fruit trees in blossom, snow in the mountains, and meltwater swelling the waterfalls. Between late September and late March, it is dark between 6pm and 1am. This is your best chance of spotting the lights!

Mid-Jun–mid-Aug is high season, accommodation and transport are often booked out in advance. Accommodation prices are at their lowest (except in Lofoten). The weather can be unpredictable, it can be warm and sunny or cool and rainy. In summer, temperatures average around 18°C. The most popular tourist places can be busy, but finding peace and quiet, if you wish, is easy.   In the summer, the sun never fully sets in northern Norway; and even in the south, the sun may set around 11pm and rise at 3am.

Travelling in Scandinavia in the summer is a delight, comfortable temperatures, super long light–filled days, food festivals and music everywhere and all Scandinavians seem so incredibly pleasant, all the time! Spoilt as we Kiwis are with dramatic scenery, Scandinavia still has the power to take your breath away with soaring mountains, deeps fjords and thick, forested hillsides at every turn. But if the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights is on your bucket list you have to be thinking about heading up to the edge of the Arctic Circle between Oct – Mar when the temperatures are not so balmy! But as the locals say, ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing’ so wrap up warm and get yourself there.

This extraordinary phenomenon is well worth the trip but should certainly not be the raison d’etre for your visit as they are notoriously unpredictable. The entrancing show of light is caused by collisions between electrically charged particles released from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gases such as oxygen and nitrogen – a true example of science making magic. I loved it.

Kate Couling, Director

Currency Krone

Language Norwegian

Why we love it Norway is just like New Zealand! So many amazing outdoor activities just waiting to be had! Whether you’re here in summer or winter the possibilities are endless! Enjoy world-class hiking, cycling and white-water rafting in summer; dog-sledding, skiing and snowmobiling in winter. In winter for a once in a lifetime experience you can see the spectacle of the northern lights, these activities are an exhilarating means of getting close to nature.

Weather Norway is best visited from May to mid-June and mid-August – September. There is generally mild, clear weather and fewer crowds. Accommodation prices can be high, except on weekends.

Festivals and events Festivals of food, music and films are vital to the Norwegian culture scene. During the summer months, when there is a myriad of music festivals in Norway covering both popular genres and niches such as jazz, blues and contemporary experimental music. The two largest festivals in Oslo are Norwegian Wood and The Øya festival. The former focuses on quality artists from the golden age of rock and pop, with headliners such as Neil Young, Mark Knopfler and Patti Smith.

Health* There are currently no health requirements to enter Norway.

 

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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Hurtigruten Island Hopping Around the Arctic

European Arctic, Iceland, Norway, Scandinavia 13 Days / 12 Nights 25 May 2022
Cruise with Hurtigruten

Visit a selection of ports, fjords and scenic areas as your expedition team bring every part of your journey to life with key insights...

Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroe & Jan Mayen
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European Arctic, Norway, United Kingdom 14 Days / 13 Nights
With Quark Expeditions

Early booking offers for cruises departing in 2022 & 2023

Highlights include: Follow in the footsteps of the Norsemen on Fair Isle and the Vikings in the Faroe Islands, explore the volcanic and glacier...

Culinary Scandinavian Capitals

Norway, Scandinavia, Sweden 10 Days / 9 Nights

Indulge yourself in an independent tour of the charming Nordic capitals of Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo, along with the 'Fjord Capital' of Bergen, with...

Fjords & Norway in a Nutshell

Norway, Scandinavia 11 Days / 10 Nights

A comprehensive exploration of Norway's mesmerising fjord heartland. Experience rail and coach journeys through amazing alpine landscapes and ferry trips along the world's most...

Quest for the Northern Lights

Norway, Russia 12 Days / 11 Nights
A luxury train journey

Take in the beautiful cities of Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as exploring deep into the Russian and Norwegian Arctic Circle in pursuit...

Lofoten Islands Self-Drive

European Arctic, Norway, Scandinavia 6 Days / 5 Nights

Far above the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands are a wild and unusual outpost with a dramatic landscape of fjords, mountains, beaches, and wonderful...

Luxury Aurora Experience
Price from$3,964 SELECT

Norway, Scandinavia 6 Days / 5 Nights

Enjoy a boutique lodge hideaway in the gateway to the Arctic - where northern lights activity is high! It's located in the middle of...

North Cape and Northern Lights

Finland, Norway, Scandinavia 11 Days / 10 Nights

Experience the northern lights in the outermost regions of Finland and Norway - Saariselka to Tromso including an expedition to the North Cape Plateau.

Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic
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European Arctic, Norway 12 Days / 11 Nights
with Quark Expeditions

Early booking offers for cruises departing in 2022 & 2023

Highlights include: Encounter iconic arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and reindeer; take advantage of continuous daylight; hike the tundra and explore the...

Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief
Price fromUSD$5,495 SELECT

Norway 7 Days / 6 Nights
with Quark Expeditions

Highlights include: Spot incredible wildlife inlcuding the walrus with its long tusks and distinctive whiskers, resilient Arctic birds in all their varied majesty, and...

Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Islands, Big Adventure
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European Arctic, Norway, Scandinavia 14 Days / 13 Nights Roundtrip Oslo, Norway
with Quark Expeditions

Early booking offers for cruises departing in 2022 & 2023

You'll also get a glimpse of 16th century whaling culture at secluded landing sites. This route may include visiting the northernmost Svalbard island...

Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland & Spitsbergen
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European Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Scandinavia 15 Days / 14 Nights
with Quark Expeditions

Early booking offers for cruises departing in 2022 & 2023

The towering cliffs, iconic wildlife, massive glaciers and swaths of untouched tundra of these three Arctic tours de force never cease to impress. The...

Under The Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland

European Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Scandinavia 14 Days / 13 Nights
with Quark Expeditions

Early booking offers for cruises departing 2022 and 2023

Highlights include: Being immersed in the untamed beauty of the Arctic, experiencing Inuit culture firsthand at Ittoqqortoormiit, ancient Thule sites steeped in history, and...