Norway Holidays 2019 / 2020
A holiday in Norway will transport you to one of the most gorgeous countries you can experience. Wonderful scenes of nature can be witnessed in Norway. From coastlines and glaciers to mountains and islands.
If you’re looking for holiday jam packed full of adventure and where you can be one with nature, Norway is perhaps one of the best tourist destinations for you. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, cycling and white-water rafting to name a few. Not forgetting to mention, skiing is also a popular option in the winter.
As well as beautiful greenery and scenic mountains, Norway is home to many cosmopolitan cities which boast a true Scandinavian feel and look. The country’s capital, Oslo, has a sophisticated look yet shares features which could easily mistake it for a laid-back country town.
Things to do in Norway
If giant mountains and dramatic views are up your street, then Norway is the place for you. Offering a whole host of natural scenery, from cliffs to waterfalls, Norway has an abundance of beauty to enjoy. In addition, the capital, Oslo has a whole host of wonderful museums to visit. Shedding light on fascinating historical points, as well as splendid pieces of artwork.
- Preikestolen – A mountainous hike which results in a flat-topped cliff jutting out, serving up awesome views.
- Trolltunga – Perfect for those who love a challenging hike, this 27 km trail boats panoramic views of a bright blue lake and lovely surrounding mountains.
- Vigeland Sculpture Park – A lush green space in Oslo, providing some of Gustav Vigeland’s works in the form of sculptures.
- Oslofjord – Waterway in Oslo which is great to experience boat tours and medieval ruins.
- Viking Ship Museum – This intriguing museum highlights Norway’s past in relation to the seafaring Vikings.
Eating out in Norway
When taking into consideration Norway’s history and location, it’s clear to see how its culinary scene has been influenced over the year. With a number of popular dishes and delicacies, there is plenty to sample and get stuck into during a Norway holiday. Long stretches of coastline mean Norway love their fish and other seafood. In fact, it seems to be one of the principal ingredients to many of their main dishes. From smoked salmon and cod to haddock and pollock, there is a range of fish which makes up many of Norway’s dishes. On the other hand, try some of Norway’s stews like Fårikål which will surely satisfy your taste buds.
Norway for families
One of the best things about Norway holidays is that they are more than suitable for children too. Whether you’re looking to get the kids active and running around in the outdoors, or admiring the culture of another country, Norway is the perfect destination for both outcomes. During your holiday in Norway, check out the Setesdalsbanen Railway Line. Jump on the steam train which is more than a hudred years old and enjoy a ride that covers an 8 km distance between Grovane and Røyknes. The sights and the journey will surely entertain not only the kids but adults too.
Or if you’d rather a cultural insight to Norway, take a visit to Edvard Munch’s house in Åsgaardstrand. One of the most popular painters, Munch was inspired by his surroundings in Åsgaardstrand for many of his paintings. Guided tours will give a deeper insight into his work and may also include activities which will keep the kids entertained.
Action and adventure
Norway holidays are action and adventure royalty. There are plenty of different activities to do that will get your adrenaline pumping. One of Norway’s best features is its range of summer time and winter time activities. Head to Dagali to experience the snowmobile safari, where you can release your inner thrill-seeker by reaching the top of mountains and zooming around vast landscapes. You may even discover some wildlife while you’re driving along.
Or perhaps, wildlife watching is enough action for you? With a trio of different landscapes available in Norway, such as forests, coastlines and snowy mountains, the wildlife is varied and exciting. It’s also one of the best places to go wildlife watching in Europe. As you’re exploring, you may come across reindeer, moose or white-tailed eagles.
When to go
Depending on the type of activities you’ll be undertaking during your Norway holiday, different times of year will be better for your trip. If activities like hiking and cycling are on your agenda, the summer time would be the best time of year for you to embark on a holiday to Norway. During these months, the daylight hours will be extended into the fabled midnight sun, where the country experiences not quite, but nearly 24 hours of daylight. On the other hand May and September offer slightly milder temperatures but fewer crowds. The winter time sees the opposite of the midnight sun as the days can sometimes see total darkness.
Average monthly temperatures (°C):
- January: 1° / -7°
- February: 2° / -7°
- March: 6° / -3°
- April: 9° / 1°
- May: 16° / 7°
- June: 20° / 11°
- July: 22° / 13°
- August: 20° / 12°
- September: 16° / 7°
- October: 10° / 4°
- November: 4° / -1°
- December: -1° / -5°
The nightlife in Norway can mainly be found in the country’s capital of Oslo. Full of laid back bars and more exciting nightclubs, there is always a venue around that will satisfy your night time craving. Drink a couple of Norwegian beers in a nearby pub or go all out and enjoy one of Oslo’s nightclubs like The Villa or Lawo. Whatever you choose to do, there is always fun to be had when it comes to Norway’s nightlife.
Norway for couples
The beautiful scenery in Norway complements the perfect couples holiday. If you’re looking for a gorgeous destination to take your loved one, Norway should top your list. Calming waterways and picturesque mountains make Norway one of the best destinations for a couples holiday.
If you’re quite an active couple, try hiking the Jotunheimen to experience the breathtaking views. Not only that, but it is perhaps one of the most thrilling things you can do in the country. The dramatic and varied landscapes you’ll come across as well as some of the most scenic views you’ll witness make the Jotunheimen simply wonderful to experience together.
On the other hand, you might prefer something a little more laid back. So why not spend the evening by the Sognsvann Lake? One of the most popular open spaces within Oslo, you can sit back and relax as you admire the view or go for a stroll, swim or even fishing.
Norway can be traced back to the Vikings, who were seafaring explorers and traders that settled in and around Northern Europe right back in the 8th century. They have left such a big mark in the country, that many still identify with them and the rural culture that was left behind. In fact, folk music and clothing are still worn to celebrate particular Norwegian holidays like Jante Law and Constitution Day. Many of these outfits are still inspired by the Vikings and continue to play a huge role of Norway’s culture.