Adventure Holidays in Norway
A Nordic Wonderland of extreme Thrills and Culture
Norway, with its stunning fjords, majestic mountains, and rich cultural heritage, is a dream destination for adventure seekers and culture enthusiasts alike. This enchanting country offers a vast array of outdoor activities, unique local experiences, and family-friendly adventures that promise to create lifelong memories. Dive into the diverse world of Norway's adventure holidays and discover the thrill of the great outdoors, the depth of its culture, and the warmth of its people.
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Norway's adventure holidays blend thrilling outdoor pursuits, rich cultural immersion, and family-friendly experiences to create an unforgettable vacation. As you explore the country's wild landscapes, delve into its gastronomic delights, and connect with its people, you'll be captivated by the beauty and charm of Norway. Whether you're seeking a family retreat, daring escapades, or cultural enrichment, this Nordic wonderland promises an adventure that will leave you with cherished memories. So, pack your bags and set your course for Norway - a land of thrills and cultural wonders awaits in every corner.
Outdoor Adventures in Norway - taking adventure to a different Level
Norway's untamed wilderness is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, with a wealth of activities to choose from.
Norway boasts some of the world's most epic hiking routes. Take on the famous Trolltunga or conquer the challenging Besseggen Ridge, where breathtaking views reward your efforts. For family-friendly options, explore the gentle trails around the Norwegian fjords or the idyllic Dovrefjell National Park.
Discover the iconic Norwegian fjords, including the spectacular Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, on a scenic cruise. These serene waterways offer a glimpse into the country's stunning landscapes, and many cruises provide commentary for educational family outings.
Family Adventures in Norway - thrills and fun for children of any age
Norway is a fantastic destination for family adventures, offering a range of activities suitable for all ages.
You will find an abundance of unique wildlife in Norway and you can encounter Norwegian wildlife on various occassions. Visit the world's northernmost wildlife park, Polar Park, where children can meet arctic animals like wolves, bears, and reindeer. The Dovrefjell National Park is the only place in Europe where you can observe the mighty Musk oxes in their natural habitat.
Thanks to it's abundance of water in fjords, lakes and rivers, Norway comes with plenty of choice for water adventures. Paddle through the tranquil waters of Norway's water bodies, providing children with an exciting introduction to water sports. Many operators offer guided tours and safety equipment for family outings. For families travelling with smaller children, taking a scenic fjord cruise, for example on the spectacular Geirangerfjord or the UNESCO listed Nærøyfjord to explore Norway's stunning landscapes, provides a good alternative.
For centuries, Norway's history has been dominated by the Vikings and you can dive into Norway's Viking history by exploring museums like the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo or the Viking village at the Nærøyfjord, a replica of a traditional Viking village, where you can what it was really like to be a Viking! These cultural insights are not only educational but also entertaining for families.
Local Experiences in Norway - immerse yourself in Norway's culture and traditions
Norway offers plenty of choice to learn about local culture, customs, traditions and gastronomy through captivating local experiences.
The indigenous Sami people populate larger parts of Northern Norway and learning about their culture and way of living by visiting Sami settlements and engaging in cultural activities is wonderful experience that sends you back in time. This enlightening experience provides a deeper understanding of Norway's heritage.
Norway has a unique and some might say unusual cuisine and you can savor the flavors of Norway by sampling local cuisine. Delight in dishes like rakfisk (fermented fish) and fårikål (mutton stew) while exploring culinary markets and traditional restaurants.
Get inspired - travel bonanza, tours and stories
Norway is the most Western of the Scandinavian countries, set as a large peninsula in northern Europe. The country stretches over almost 1,800 km all the way up to the North Cape - the most northern point in Europe. Norway is the country with the longest (and rugged) coastline in Europe and is dominated by thousands of little islands, peninsulas, and majestic fjords deeply carving their way into the land. Behind the coast, mountain ranges rise, whose peaks are often covered in snow and ice and glittering glaciers - Norway has the most glaciers of any European country - making their way to the shores. Besides, it puts on year-round quite a show as it is known for spectacular phenomena created by 'Mother Nature' including the Aurora Borealis and the Midnight Sun. The best performances of the show can be witnessed in the northern parts of Norway, such as the Lofoten Islands but even if you are visiting the southern regions you have a chance to get a glimpse of these magical moments. Of course, you cannot miss a glimpse of Norway's most iconic landmarks such as Preikestolen and Trolltunga.
Further, you will find some of the most authentic villages and stylish cities buzzing with vibrant cultural life around heritage, arts, music, and food. Be sure to join one of the many festivals, especially in the long summer months.
When to travel
As the country stretches over a length of just under 1,500km from south to north, the climatic conditions in Norway are quite varied. The gulf stream brings mild conditions to the western coast. Temperatures in spring in the west and south lay around 14 degrees. Norway's northern and eastern regions have cold, long winters and warm summers.
Due to the northern location, November, December and January are the darkest months in Norway with long dark nights everywhere and hardly any daylight in northern Norway. February and March are still considered winter months and come with long dark nights, but offer great conditions for winter sports. Including October, these months also bear the best chances to spot the Northern lights. Temperatures still tend to be quite low in April and October, but spring is unfolding all across Norway in May and between June and September the conditions for getting outdoors are perfect with warm temperatures and long days.
How to travel
Oslo Gardermoen is by far the largest and busiest international and national hub for passengers arriving to Norway by plane. Many airlines offer regular schedules and direct connections to many European cities and it is also easy to connect here to other destinations in Norway. There are only a few direct long-haul connections from Gardermoen, but it is possible to connect through the European hubs like Copenhagen, Frankfurt or London.
After Gardermoen, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Tromso have the highest passenger volumes. International direct European connections are also available from these airports.
It is also possible to arrive to Norway by ferry with links to Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany or the UK.
The national flight network is well developed with frequent and regular national connections, also to the smaller, regional airports.
Despite the natural challenges like fjords, high mountains and harsh winter conditions, infrastructure is well developed in Norway. Railroads are mainly located in the south while most northern regions are accessible by car, ship or plane. Local transport issues have seen large investments since many tunnels, bridges or ferryboat connections are indispensable in many parts of Norway.
Travelling with children
Norway is a great country to travel with the whole family with kids friendly hotels, restaurants and activities waiting around every corner. From roaming the green parks and museums of Oslo, enjoying outdoor activities and Viking culture around the western fjords or whale watching and dog sledding adventures in the north, Norway holds many adventures that kids will never forget.
Many Norwegians tend to travel as a family, so many hotels and attractions are well prepared to look after families and make them feel welcome. Admission to museums and other attractions is often free for children under six years and family tickets are nearly always available.
Outdoor adventures are the best way to experience the magnificent landscape of Norway and there is a wide range to enjoy with the whole family, obviously the older the kids, the wider the range of adventures. For younger kids, there are wildlife safaris or theme parks all over the country, where kids can also learn about the magnificent nature and the mythical heritage.
Children’s products are widely available, but, like many things in Norway, are very expensive, so you might want to consider to pack a reasonable supply from home , specially for very small kids.
As many activities center around being outside, the summer months are the best time for families to travel to Norway. But winter also holds some great experiences to be enjoyed with the whole family, like the Northern lights, skiing or dog sledding, so don’t let the cold temperatures hold you back, it’s all about being prepared and bringing the right clothes.
Many restaurants offer kids menus with smaller portions for cheaper prices. Baby changing areas and high chairs are available in most places. Car seats are available when renting a car, but it is advisable to reserve in advance when traveling over the summer months.
What to bring
If traveling in summer
As with many northern and coastal countries, it is possible to experience all four seasons within a couple of hours, especially over summertime. So it’s best to be prepared for all weather and keep in mind that it can be cold in the south and warm in the north and vice versa.
As conditions can change quickly in Norway and temperatures vary with altitude, it is best to dress in layers and always bring a waterproof jacket and, if hiking, some waterproof trousers and proper waterproof hiking boots. As the sun is strong over the summer months, sun lotion, sun glasses and a sun cover are a must.
As the days can get quite warm over the summer months, you might want to bring a swimsuit to test the waters in the Norwegian fjords, so it’s always a good idea to bring a swimsuit. You should also bring some light summer clothes for warm days where you plan to be less active.
On the other hand, the days can be quite cold as well and especially when going to the mountains it is important to stay warm. A warm wooly sweater, some thermal leggings or underwear and a warm hat will save the day. To be on the very safe side, you should pack some gloves and a scarf too.
Some people might find it hard to sleep during the short and bright nights in the summer months, so sleeping masks can help to prevent missing out on sleep.
Besides some of the essentials listed above, your waterproof backpack should also be filled with some snacks and a reusable water bottle when heading out to the wild. The natural water in Norway is very clean and you can easily refill your bottle on the way.
When travelling in winter
Packing for winter in Norway is quite straight forward - pack the warmest clothes that you can find in your wardrobe! Definitely pack a warm, water- and windproof coat, a warm hat, thick gloves and a proper winter hat. Warm and lined winter boots will keep your feet warm when out for longer periods and walking in snow.
Thermal layers are essential, ideally bring thermal underwear, but tights and a warm wooly jumper will already help to keep you much warmer. Snow pants will keep you dry and warm in any weather.
Most people are not used to the cold air of the Norwegian winter and your skin might dry out quickly, so a rich moisturizer or skin oil is also a good addition to the packing list.
As the winter nights are dark, many people in Norway wear reflectors, especially in the smaller towns and in the countryside. A reflector vest or reflectors that can be clipped on the coat will do just fine.
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