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Spectacular Norway

Mark and David's verdict:

Norway is much more of a year-round destination than you might realise. Besides the iconic, deeply-incised coastal scenery, there’s an abundance of natural beauty from forests to mountains, a rich seam of Viking history, interesting towns and fishing communities, lots of outdoor activities, and, depending on the season, the midnight sun or spectacular Northern Lights.

Recommended tour operator: Nordic Experience

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Nordic Experience says

If you thought that a holiday in Norway was all about the fjords, think again – there’s so much more to offer.

As specialists in the Nordic countries, we’ve selected the very best experiences from thrilling short breaks to longer escorted and independent holidays year-round.

If you’re travelling during the summer months, our eight-night Fjords, Lakes and Mountains independent tour is an amazing combination of the Geirangerfjord waterfalls, Lake Loen, the Gjendal Glacier and Sognefjord. We also include a fascinating Hurtigruten cruise on the Coastal Voyage.

The little-known Lofoten Islands are an incredible archipelago where you may catch a glimpse of whales, picturesque fishing villages and spectacular bird life – best seen on our seven-night self-drive tour.

Head north to Tromso in summer on our Land of the Midnight Sun short break, which we can combine with other destinations within Norway for a spectacular tailor made holiday.

Our Roof of Norway rail journey (five or seven days) takes in both Oslo and Bergen plus, of course, the amazing mountains, fjords and lakes in between. Rail fans will also enjoy time on the the Bergensbanen, the highest railway line in Europe, and part of our Balestrand rail holiday.

Travel in winter for an altogether different view of Norway from fishing for King crabs to snow-mobiling. Choose from a stay in the most northerly Snow Hotel in Kirkenes or the Igloo Hotel, join a Northern Lights experience (with arctic clothing included) or our wildlife safari in the Lofoten Islands.

Find out more about our year-round holidays in Norway.

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