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Welcome to Norway
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Fjord Norway
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Fjord Norway
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Røros An historic copper mining town located 600 metres above
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Lofoten & Vesterålen
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Northern Norway
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Winter Norway
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  1. 1. Norway
  2. 2. 2 visit discover-the-world.co.uk/norway Hamnøy, Lofoten © Doug Pearson / awl-images.com
  3. 3. talk to the experts 01737 214 282 3 Welcome to Norway Without exaggeration this is amongst the most stunning scenery to be found anywhere in the world… and then there are those beautiful little villages with their distinctive wooden stave churches, some of which date back many hundreds of years – irresistibly photogenic. Travelling further north possibly voyaging along the unique Hurtigruten coastal route, you will find ever more enchanting places and an enormous playground to explore and rejoice in. Then there are the Norwegians, a friendly resilient race who conveniently for us, almost all speak excellent English and are very keen to share their wonderful country with visitors. Simply put, Norway is Europe at its most exotic and charming, and I urge you to go there and experience it for yourself. At Discover the World we specialise in designing holidays for the individual and we also offer “off-the-peg’’ itineraries, which can all be adapted to your own special requirements. Enjoy! Clive Stacey Managing Director – Discover the World clive@discover-the-world.co.uk Having had the privilege to travel to many parts of the world and seen some heart stopping scenery in such places as New Zealand, Iceland and Canada – I embarked on my first trip to the fjords of Norway expecting to be mildly impressed. But what I saw literally blew me away and I defy anyone not to be deeply moved by the wonderfully majestic mountains, fjords and deep, deep green valleys of this part of Norway. To find out more about our Norway programme, please visit our website discover-the-world.co.uk/norway for itinerary ideas and information on places to visit. Alternatively call our expert team on 01737 214 282 or email norway@discovertheworld.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help put together your Norwegian holiday.
  4. 4. 4 visit discover-the-world.co.uk/norway Oslo This modern Scandinavian capital has a relaxed feel about it – spread over a large area, it never seems overcrowded. The wealth of first-rate art galleries and excellent museums, which reflect Oslo’s and the nations’ colourful history can keep you busy for days. As for restaurants, bars and cafes, you are spoilt for choice with everything from the traditional to the contemporary. The stunning Oslo archipelago is perfect for island hopping - explore the shops and cafes at the popular Aker Brygge wharf or perhaps spend time in the beautiful botanical gardens. Telemark This is a word perhaps best known as the special style of skiing that was practised in Norway’s impenetrable upper districts, where no other type of transportation was possible. It is also a sizeable county in the southeastern part of Norway. An exceptionally scenic road connects Telemark with Hardangerfjord and the impressive Telemark Canal stretches all the way to the foot of Hardangervidda. Kristiansand Known as the ‘capital’ of south Norway, here you can immerse yourself in colourful legend and lore; explore the Christiansholm Fortress, the market place and the old quarter with its traditional wooden houses. Enjoy the many restaurants where local dishes, especially seafood, share menus with a variety of international cuisine. The Fish Market in Kristiansand is well worth Southern Fjords & Counties Oslo © Ekely Kjerag © Fjord Norway / Per Eide Oslo I Telemark I Viking history I Pulpit Rock I Kjerag I Stavanger I Haugesund
  5. 5. talk to the experts 01737 214 282 5 Stavanger © Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS / Fjord Norway Telemark © Vidar Askeland / visitnorway.com a visit whether you are just looking for fresh shrimp to take away or a three-course dinner. It is a must to try the delicious waffles made from a 100 year old recipe that you’ll find available at an endless choice of cafes - and the famous homemade burgers at Café Generalen are to be recommended! Stavanger & Haugesund These places, rich in history and culture with mouth-watering culinary traditions, mark where the beautiful southern fjords begin. Due to their southerly position, the summer here begins in May with the blossoming of fruit trees and lasts until the spectacular autumn colours take over in September and October. Getting here is easy by air - direct from the UK or via Oslo. Or perhaps take a speed boat from Bergen or combine your self-drive holiday with the fjords further north, such as Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord. There is plenty of accommodation choice from modern and roomy to traditional and quaint. Once here you may wish to follow in the footsteps of King Harald Fairhair and visit the now reconstructed Viking village in Avaldsnes or take a cruise along Lysefjord to the famous Preikestolen, better known as Pulpit Rock. It is a 4 hour return walk to the top of this rock platform, high above the fjord, where views are breathtaking or, not for the faint-hearted, take a 5-7 hour return hike to the iconic mountain, Kjerag, where a huge boulder is wedged in between two rocks. On the way you may encounter golden eagles, willow grouse and ptarmigan as well as reindeer and elk. Enjoy swimming and leisurely walks on the region’s sandy beaches, explore the countryside by bicycle or perhaps visit the Kongeparken amusement park which has the longest bobsleigh ride in Scandinavia! There are also many museums to be found celebrating the history of Norway from Viking times to today’s modern nation enriched by the discovery of North Sea oil.
  6. 6. 6 visit discover-the-world.co.uk/norway Stegastein © Visit Flåm / Rolf M Sørensen © Flåmsbrygga Hotel Atlantic Road © visitmolde.com Geirangerfjord © CH / visitnorway.com Bergen © Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS / Fjord Norway Flåm © Visit Flåm / Morten Rakke Flydalsjuvet © Per Eide Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS / Fjord Norway Hardangerfjord © CH / visitnorway.com
  7. 7. talk to the experts 01737 214 282 7 Fjord Norway Bergen As well as being a gateway to the fjords, this is a fascinating city in its own right. After just a 2 hour flight from the UK you can be soaking up the atmosphere in this cosmopolitan city. Appreciate the situation of Bergen cradled between seven hills and mountains by taking the Fløibanen (funicular railway) to Mount Fløyen or perhaps onto the highest point, Ulriken. Bergen’s full of interesting museums and art galleries, however if you prefer an active day out, you can hike one of the routes across the outskirts of the city amongst eclectic scenery. And the image of colourful and quirky Hansa warehouses that line the harbourside is one of the many memories you will take home after a visit here. Hardangervidda National Park The largest mountain plateau in Europe provides activities and experiences which will put you in touch with local nature whether you prefer to be on two wheels or two feet. High up in the Jondal municipality above Odda are countless natural attractions, one of the most impressive is Trolltunga, the trolls tongue. This unique rock formation juts out over the southern branch of Hardangerfjord and affords breathtaking views - a good 8 hour return hike but well worth the effort. Or for those who want even more of a challenge, reach the dizzy heights of a via ferrata route, complete with steel cables and metal rungs anchored into the steeper rock faces, which give access to lookouts across the playground that is the Norwegian fjords. Hardangerfjord One of the most bountiful places in Norway cuts diagonally inland and has the perfect climate for fruit growing - a visit in late spring or autumn will delight all the senses. The mountains rarely lose their snowy peaks and the waterfalls, especially Vøringfossen, are simply awe inspiring. There are a number of routes crossing this fjord by boat and a trip to Utne, one of many charming fjord communities, is like stepping back in time. Here you’ll find the oldest hotel in Norway and the Hardanger Folk Museum. Flåm The scenic route north to Flåm may be a short drive but be prepared for it to take a while as you add the unavoidable photo stops. Once there, board the breathtaking corkscrew railway which winds its way through the Flåmsdalen to the highest point, Myrdal. With cycle hire available in Flåm, you can opt to cycle back down to Flåm or perhaps take the train part way and finish with a gentle stroll through the countryside, all downhill! Nærøyfjord This is one of the many branches of Sognefjord and it is the narrowest fjord in the world. Take a cruise through the fjord and marvel at the sheer sided mountains which seem to quite literally plunge deep into the blue/green waters. Bergen I Hardangerfjord I Odda I Flåm I Nærøyfjord
  8. 8. 8 visit discover-the-world.co.uk/norway Fjord Norway Sognefjord Many superlatives have been used to describe the king of the fjords, and rightly so. Once a major trading route in Viking times, today the heart of south west Norway, this incredible natural formation gives rise to many attractions along its shores. A unique ancient construction method can be witnessed while travelling around the countryside of fjord Norway. We urge you not to miss the highly photogenic Urnes Stave Church as its unrivalled Norse carvings are a real gem. Jostedalsbreen Head further north to this snowy covered expanse, continental Europe’s largest glacier. It has glacial tongues on all sides which offer diverse views and the chance to really grasp its scale and beauty whatever way you decide to explore it. The Norwegian Glacier Museum in Fjærland is not only a striking structure but it provides an interactive exhibition about all aspects of glaciology. Nordfjord This fjord winds its way from the coast to inland Norway encompassing ocean, mountain and glacier along the way. Home to one of the oldest horse breeds in the world which actually display markings still seen on wild horses, a half day riding excursion provides a fitting way to enjoy this area. As you approach the inner Nordfjord, three spectacular valleys stretch up towards Jostedalsbreen, which beg to be explored. Geirangerfjord Accessible on a day trip from Ålesund, this wide sweeping fjord cuts in from the ocean and is an absolute jewel tucked away under lofty mountain ranges. If time allows, in our opinion, this area warrants at least a couple of nights to enjoy arguably one of the highlights of your time in fjord Norway. With opportunities to hike, kayak or simply cruise the gently rippling waters, the natural beauty can be appreciated on many levels. In fact it’s not only the destination that will amaze you but how you reach it, whether by spectacular boat journey from Hellesylt or driving the memorable Trollstigen. This incredible road, with its 11 rock-hewn bends, a mix of sweeping and hairpin, builds the anticipation as you near your journeys end. Ålesund This coastal town is quite a contrast to the rest of southern Norway. After being destroyed by fire just over 100 years ago, it was decided to rebuild in the style of the time - its concentration of Art Nouveau architecture is quite unique in Norway. The 418 steps up to Mount Aksla provide a stunning view across the coastal islands as well as inland across the magnificent Sunnmøre Alps. Take a day excursion to one of these islands - choose Runde if you are a nature lover as more than 200 bird species can be found here and when they take to the air en masse, it is quite a sight. The famous Atlantic Road which connects Molde with Kristiansund further north is a ‘must-do’ drive - the bridges and views along this 8km stretch of coastal road are simply breathtaking. Sognefjord I Jostedalsbreen I Nordfjord I Geirangerfjord I Ålesund
  9. 9. talk to the experts 01737 214 282 9 Trollstigen © Terje Rakke / Nordic Life AS / Fjord NorwayUrnes © Per Eide / visitnorway.com Ålesund © Marte Kopperud / visitnorway.com © Sari Kaufmann
  10. 10. 10 visit discover-the-world.co.uk/norway Jotunheimen National Park This diverse area offers a plethora of experiences. It is the location of Norway’s highest mountain, Galdhøpiggen which through the summer, you can opt to ascend either with a guide or under your own steam. Starting from one of the numerous mountain lodges, the return hike takes around 7-8 hours. There are also more leisurely walks for those wanting to experience the impressive fell scenery without quite as much effort. Head northwards to Lom for a fine example of a 12th century stave church or perhaps to Fossheim Steinsenter where you will find an extensive collection of minerals and precious gems. Oppland & Dovrefjell These distinct lush and green counties lie between the fjords to the west and the border with Sweden to the east. The deep and narrow valleys, rivers, mountain ranges and fertile farmland make this area exceptionally beautiful. The main roads and railway follow the two parallel valleys of Gudbrandsdalen and Østerdalen, leading the traveller to the great massif of Dovrefjell in the west and Røros further north. The summit of Dovrefjell, which can easily be reached by road or train, offers excellent hiking opportunities and is one of only three places in the world where you can find the mighty musk ox in the wild. East & Central Norway Jotunheimen I Oppland I Dovrefjell I Røros I Trondheim Dovrefjell © Anders Gjengedal / visitnorway.com © Anders Gjengedal / visitnorway.com
  11. 11. talk to the experts 01737 214 282 11 Røros An historic copper mining town located 600 metres above sea level and with the entire old part of town preserved, it is now on the UNESCO World heritage list. Due to a preservation order, Røros has retained much of the mining-town atmosphere and with the old smelter now converted to a museum, the daily life of a miner back in the 18th century becomes a reality once again. Trondheim The old capital of Norway no longer has political power but is still considered by many to be the country’s historical, cultural and religious centre. The charming old town, practically an island, lies between the Nidelva River and Trondheimsfjorden. The narrow streets and old colourful warehouses date back to the 18th century but echo the architecture from medieval times. For hundreds of years people from all over Scandinavia have followed the pilgrim’s paths to Nidaros Cathedral where, during the summer, you can enjoy a musical evening mass held especially for visitors. Head north from Trøndelag to Nordland and pass incredible scenery of high mountains and lakes on one side, and rugged coastline on the other and you’ll certainly appreciate what a pleasure it is to travel here. The many national parks on this narrow stretch of land offer excellent opportunities for hiking and exploring. Just north of Mo i Rana, you’ll find the Grønnligrotten caves and the Svartisen glacier and finally, experience the thrill of crossing the Arctic Circle into the wild north. © Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / visitnorway.com Trondheim © Alan Crawford
  12. 12. 12 visit discover-the-world.co.uk/norway Lofoten & Vesterålen Lofoten This collection of islands off the northwest coast of Norway are a unique combination of sheer jagged mountain peaks, tranquil villages with colourful rorbuer (converted fishermen’s cottages) and white sandy beaches. When viewed from a distance, the 160 km long Lofotenveggen, otherwise known as the Lofoten Wall, dominates the horizon with an outline of impressively pointed rocky peaks. At 68 degrees, high above the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten enjoy long summer days and thanks to the Gulf Stream, mild and comfortable temperatures. From the end of May to mid July the sun never dips below the horizon, meaning long days to soak up the scenery. It is surprising how the midnight sun energizes and even in September, daylight hours can linger. Driving here is a pure pleasure with little traffic, amazing scenery and excellent road conditions, with some impressive bridges now connecting most of the islands. A stop in many of the colourful fishing villages is a must: Svolvær; Henningsvær; Nusfjord; Reine and finally at the shortest-named village – Å (pronounced ‘or’), where both the road and the Lofotenveggen end. Vesterålen A car ferry north from Fiskebøl to Melbu connects Lofoten to this second island group. In Melbu, visit the Vesterålen Museum and in Stokmarknes, the Hurtigruten Museum. The principle town of Sortland offers an ideal base for exploring the island of Langøya. Drive around the foot of Mount Reka to the rugged western side of the island, and you’ll find an excellent area for spotting many species of birds - the sea eagle, puffin and razorbill to name a few. Kayaking in the sheltered waters or travelling by motorboat to the spectacular Trollfjord will give a completely new dimension to these unique islands. To the north of Langøya, you will find the hidden gem of Nyksund. In its heyday, a prominent fishing village, but left to ruin when inhabitants moved to larger towns. In recent years many of the buildings have been renovated and the local museum tells the story of this charming village. Visit the local blacksmiths or have a drink in a quayside restaurant and you’ll be transported to a bygone era. Whale watching trips operate from the town of Andenes at the northern tip of Andøya - sperm whales return each year and there is good chance of seeing other species such as minke, orca and humpback. The Møysalen National Park is located on Norway’s largest island, Hinnøya. The guided hike from Lonkanfjord to the peak of Møysalen reveals one panoramic view after another. With more than 20 mountain peaks, on a clear day you can see as far as Kebnekaise in Sweden. Getting here is easy either by air from the UK to Evenes, or Svolvær via Oslo. Alternatively, take the Hurtigruten coastal voyage from Bergen. Svolvær I Henningsvær I Nusfjord I Å I Sortland I Nyksund I Andenes
  13. 13. talk to the experts 01737 214 282 13 © Ragnhlid Gundersen © Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / visitnorway.com Svølvær © Emma Putnam / DTW © Sónia Arrepia Photography / visitnorway.com © Bjorn Jorgensen / visitnorway.com © Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / visitnorway.com © Crossing Latitudes © Marten Brill © Terje Rakke
  14. 14. 14 visit discover-the-world.co.uk/norway Kafjord Lyngen Alps © Graham Austick / Lyngen LodgeTromsø © Frithjof Fure / visitnorway.com King Crab © Nordkyn Hotel Senja © Hans Arne Paulsen
  15. 15. talk to the experts 01737 214 282 15 Northern Norway Bodø This modern town has excellent connections south by road and railway, and north to Lofoten and beyond via the Hurtigruten route. Just outside Bodø you will find the famous Saltstraumen, the world’s strongest maelstrom. Twice a day the combination of powerful currents and narrow channels create turbulent whirlpools. Senja This is Norway’s second largest island, a northerly neighbour to the Lofoten and Vesterålen islands. It is famous for its incredible landscape, a mix of high mountain peaks, slow flowing rivers, coastal pine forests and pristine white sandy beaches. Tromsø As a gateway to the Arctic, this city has a long history associated with Arctic exploration, shipping and fishing. Once an ancient trading post, now sometimes known as the ‘Paris of the North’ due to its wealth of shops, restaurants and street cafes. The many museums and art galleries exhibit arts and crafts inspired by Arctic nature and Sami culture, as well as research into the northern lights. To the east of Tromsø, explore beautiful Lyngenfjord and the lush green Lyngen Alps which rise to 1800 metres. Finnmark The largest and most northerly county in Norway has a long and rugged coastline with deep fjords and dramatic mountains stretching all the way to the Russian border. Alta’s 6000 year old rock carvings feature on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, and Hammerfest offers some excellent hiking opportunities. At North Cape, the northernmost point of continental Europe, take in the magnificent view out to sea. At nearby Gjesvær, join a boat trip to visit local bird colonies. Whether travelling by sea, air or road there is plenty to experience: the hidden fishing villages of Kjøllefjord and Mehamn, or the charming community in Kongsfjord where you will be assured of a warm welcome during a stay at the family run guesthouse. Kirkenes This is the final port of call for the Hurtigruten ships and the neighbouring border with Russia is just a stone’s throw away. Here you can join a King Crab Safari in the Barents Sea, afterwards enjoying the largest crab legs you’ve ever eaten! The three borders of Norway, Russia and Finland meet deep in the Øvre Pasvik National Park, where you can explore the country’s largest virgin forest following the Pasvik River and the Russian border. Further inland you’ll find the two principal Sami districts of Kautokeino and Karasjok. Each community celebrates this vivid and unique culture with festivals throughout the year. For a glimpse of this fascinating way of life, why not visit the local Sami museum where they proudly present their traditional customs, mythology and heritage. You can also take one of the local signed culture paths - short walking trails which pass ancient monuments and provide visitors with a different way to learn about the Sami culture whilst appreciating the natural surroundings. Bodø I Senja I Tromsø I Finnmark I North Cape I Kirkenes
  16. 16. 16 visit discover-the-world.co.uk/norway Winter Norway Norway is stunning at any time of year, but the winter brings a completely new dimension to your holiday experience. The dramatic scenery of deep fjords, steep, snow covered peaks and traditional fishing communities can be even more striking than during the summer months. Although the days are shorter in the fjord areas, the deep contrasts of light bring changing moods and great photo opportunities. The further north you travel the shorter the days, until you reach the high latitudes above the Arctic Circle and meet the polar night. The sun might not rise above the horizon between December and mid-January, but the magical blue light this creates together with snow, the moon and stars, adds to this unforgettable Arctic experience. Norwegian Fjords These are spectacular year round and in winter the extra dusting of snow adds to their magnificence. The travel is easy by train, boat or bus and hired vehicles will come with studded winter tyres. Visit some of the more popular areas at this quieter time of year and you’ll have the lookout stops practically to yourself for that all important photo. The two largest fjords, Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord, are within easy reach of Bergen and can be comfortably combined with some incredible train journeys, such as the ‘Over the Roof of Norway’ (between Oslo and Bergen), the ‘Corkscrew Railway’ (between Flåm and Myrdal) and the beautiful ‘Rauma Railway’ (between Dombås and Åndalsnes). Perhaps begin your holiday in Oslo, Bergen or Ålesund, and enjoy their rich Scandinavian culture and history before venturing further in to the country and fjordland. Northern Lights Something on everyone’s wish list! We are often asked for the best time and place to see them but if Mother Nature’s spectacular light show could be predicted, there would be no anticipation, magic or excitement! The lights appear unexpectedly and can last from just a few moments to several hours, varying in intensity too. The best chances of seeing this natural phenomenon is around and above the Arctic Circle. Tromsø There are many opportunities in this lively city for shopping and dining, the greatest concentration of first-rate restaurants, cafes and late night bars are to be found in the centre. The striking glass-fronted Arctic Cathedral is worth visiting as well as the Polar Museum and the Polaria which is set in another distinctive building - this houses an Arctic aquarium and interactive exhibits. Tromsø is also home to the world’s most northerly brewery! Whilst here, do take an excursion out of the city to more remote areas, especially if you wish to catch a glimpse of the northern lights, or perhaps try husky sledging. Find out about our special aurora holidays in Norway and beyond by ordering a copy of our Northern Lights brochure. Fjords I Scenic Train Journeys I Northern Lights I Hurtigruten Coastal Voyages
  17. 17. talk to the experts 01737 214 282 17 Svølvær © Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / Nordland Reiseliv © CH / visitnorway.com © Hurtigruten
  18. 18. 18 visit discover-the-world.co.uk/norway © CH / visitnorway.com Tromsø © Hurtigruten Flåmsbana © Visit Flåm / Rolf M Sørensen Kongsfjord © Kongsfjord Guesthouse © Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / visitnorway.com Sami © Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / visitnorway.com North Cape © Hurtigruten © Hurtigruten © Hurtigruten
  19. 19. talk to the experts 01737 214 282 19 Winter Norway Hurtigruten Route Although ships sail this coastal route between Bergen and Kirkenes throughout the year, calling at each port twice a day, northbound and southbound, we find voyages are most popular with our clients during the winter months due to frequent sightings of the northern lights. The ships vary in age and size and some of the older vessels, although smaller, have a very special character. MS Lofoten was built in 1964, re-furbished in 2004 and now has the honour of being named a listed vessel by the Norwegian Director General of Historic Monuments. The newest member of the fleet MS Midnatsol offers an altogether different experience and is a mix of traditional and 21st century design. It has large panorama lounges, hot tubs on the sun deck, a selection of cafes and bars, and more than twice the capacity of the Lofoten. Some voyages have special themes, for example celebrating the New Year at the North Cape. And whatever the sailing between September and early April, with the vast, black open skies generally pierced by stars, you have a good chance of seeing them awash with the aurora borealis. The themed voyages are based on a set itinerary or for those wishing to experience life ashore in the small communities, disembark at the Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands. North Cape In winter the road to North Cape is normally closed, except for groups who are treated to a snowplough escort - winter visitors generally arrive by Hurtigruten. Once high up on this rocky platform, take in the views over the wild North Sea at the northernmost part of continental Europe. From here the ships call in at the small community of Kjøllefjord, where you can disembark, change your mode of transport to a snowmobile, then join the ship again at Mehamn. This is an excellent way to build up an appetite just in time for dinner on board. Kongsfjord Guesthouse Not far from the Hurtigruten port of Berlevåg is an old 19th century farm. The buildings have been lovingly and faithfully restored, with the addition of some modern comforts. The peace and tranquillity here helps visitors unwind completely – relax and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature but keep an eye open in case the northern lights put in an appearance! Kirkenes The last port of call for Hurtigruten and just a stones throw from the Russian border - this is a modern town with an Arctic twist. Here you can stay in a Snowhotel, specially built each year. Or maybe try some snowmobiling, husky sledging or take a King Crab Safari to catch one of these giant creatures just in time for lunch. If you’d prefer not to experience ‘sleeping on ice’ then it is possible to simply visit the Snowhotel – there are plenty of hotels in town with heated accommodation. Despite the winter climate, the flights and transportation system tend to work pretty much like clockwork here. However, it is important to keep in mind that sudden changes in weather, road and sea conditions, can affect your journey. It may be necessary to make changes to your holiday itinerary, so it is important you travel with this in mind.
  20. 20. 20 visit discover-the-world.co.uk/norway Norway can be enjoyed in so many different ways and a boat trip along one of the many stunning fjords, often accompanied by commentary on local life past and present, provides a perfect introduction. Kayaking through Trollfjord in the Lofoten islands with mountainous peaks towering above provides a perspective often unseen. Canoeing and white water rafting can also be experienced in the fjordlands; there is even the opportunity to view the mighty Jostedalsbreen from the waters edge and navigate the impressive icebergs in its glacial lagoon. There are countless hiking trails for all ages and abilities - pick up a map, instructions and simply follow the route or, for those who would prefer someone else to take the lead, a local guide is a real asset and will no doubt share a troll story or two along the way. Glacier hikes in south Norway give you a chance to set foot on the very geological formation that has given rise to much of this dramatic fjord scenery. Cycling routes are a great way to cover a longer distance – some are level or take the challenge and scale a mountain peak! Activities & Excursions © Anders Gjengedal / visitnorway.com © CH / visitnorway.com
  21. 21. talk to the experts 01737 214 282 21 If all that activity on land and water makes you wonder what it looks like from the air, then a helicopter sightseeing flight, literally over the ‘roof of Norway’ will soon answer your question. You will be captivated by the sight of the landscape below with its peaks and fjords, lush green forests and glaciers. All over Norway, especially off the beaten track, you’ll find little museums and farms which over the years have diversified. Today, many provide a place to stop for coffee or offer relaxed dining – a chance to enjoy mouth-watering local specialities whilst admiring the scenery. For those with an interest in wildlife, over the summer months head north to Vesterålen for whale safaris and perhaps catch sight of the rare white-tailed sea eagle, and along the coast, the sea cliffs offer respite for birds on their migratory journeys. As winter approaches, Northern Norway is the best location for maximising your chances of seeing the northern lights, whether viewing from land or on board ship plying the Hurtigruten route. This remote, snow blanketed wilderness also sets the scene for other exhilarating winter pursuits such as husky sledging or snowmobiling. The King Crab Safari, available in Kirkenes, is highly recommended, especially as participants get to eat these enormous crustaceans at the end of it! Our website has details of the optional activities and excursions on offer and we are able to build these into your itinerary. If you’d like to know more, or maybe talk to someone who has first-hand experience, do give us a call. © Pål Bugge / visitnorway.com © Terje Rakke / Nordic Life / visitnorway.com
  22. 22. 22 visit discover-the-world.co.uk/norway Flåmsbana © Visit Flåm / Morten Rakke Casper Tyberg / visitnorway.com © Sari Kaufmann
  23. 23. talk to the experts 01737 214 282 23 Tailor-made Norway Everyone has their own wish list of what they would like to experience during their holiday and it can be a challenge to fit everything into the timescale and budget available. You may just be seeking inspiration and new ideas or perhaps searching for a more specific itinerary. This is where our expert team can step in. Our staff are passionate about the destinations we offer and this, combined with their knowledge gained from training and visits to our featured countries, means that we can confidently offer you a tailor-made service that ensures you have a holiday experience which exceeds expectations. The aim of this brochure is to both inspire and inform - the included maps will help you get your bearings however there is much more to discover than we’ve been able to show here. Our website features pre-planned itineraries but if you can’t find what you are looking for, we can modify the suggested routes or create a new itinerary specifically to your needs. It is sometimes difficult to find a holiday that will suit everyone in the party; this is where we can assist with suggestions to cater for all. Those celebrating a special occasion might be looking for hideaways that only a few know about or perhaps you have a special interest. Our team will be able to give detailed advice and possibly suggest some unusual activities - for example, the fjords and coastal areas in Norway have some surprisingly rich coral reefs and if you have an existing diving qualification, you can experience this amazing underwater life. You don’t just have to stay within the borders of Norway - with its excellent road network and trouble-free border crossings you could easily extend your trip to the neighbouring countries of Sweden and Finland. For holiday ideas to these two countries and beyond, turn to page 24. Special Occasion I Family Holidays I Unusual Interest & Activities Sometimes the best way to plan your holiday is face-to-face and we welcome visitors to our office in Banstead – but please make sure you book an appointment in advance so we can ensure the correct specialists are available at the time. If you’d prefer to call or email to discuss your travel plans, our team is ready to help. Original artwork © Liz Lunnon / doodles-by-liz.co.uk
  24. 24. 24 visit discover-the-world.co.uk/norway Norway & Beyond Although closely connected through history and culture, each of the other Nordic countries have very strong national identities and traditions - so why not explore a little further afield and make your holiday experience last longer? Sweden The 1619 km shared border with Sweden provides an excellent opportunity to visit this easterly neighbour and with national parks, lakes, cities, coastal areas and archipelagos, there is plenty to visit! As well as the scenery, Sweden is renowned for mouth-watering Scandinavian cuisine. Excellent rail and road connections allow easy access to all parts of Sweden - border crossings are easy though rental cars must be returned to their country of origin. Finland Norway’s northern most county, Finnmark shares its border with Finland. The indigenous Sami people have lived here for centuries, inhabiting both sides of the border and the Sami museum in Inari displays their rich traditions and culture. Finnish Lapland offers excellent hiking, kayaking and river rafting opportunities in the natural forests and fells that dominate this landscape. Further south along the Russian border, spend a night in a bear hide, silently waiting for, and hopefully rewarded with, a sighting of the endearing European brown bear. These ancient taiga forests, where the hides are situated, are teaming with other wildlife; there is a chance to spot birds, foxes, wolverines and perhaps even wolves. Iceland With flights from Oslo year round, it is easy to combine these two Nordic highlights. Bursting with mountains, waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, hot springs and geysers, there is not a part of Iceland that should be left unexplored. The lively capital, Reykjavik, is small and easy to get around. The world-famous Blue Lagoon is conveniently located near the airport, so a dip here on arrival or departure is a must. Whether you are whale watching, snowmobiling on a glacier, swimming in a hot outdoor pool, river rafting or horse riding, there is something for everyone at any time of year. Svalbard Heading up to the real Arctic wilderness, Longyearbyen on the Island of Spitsbergen is easily accessible by air from Oslo and Tromsø. Originally a coal mining town, it now serves as the base for Arctic voyages travelling further into the Svalbard Archipelago. The ice strengthened expedition vessels sail along the dramatic rugged coastline, with land excursions by Zodiac (rigid-hulled inflatable boats) to explore more of this barren beauty. Wildlife here is plentiful with numerous bird species, seals and walruses, whales and of course the king of the Arctic, the polar bear. Denmark Although not directly bordering Norway, it is still easy to travel between the two countries, by rail or ferry being the easiest. The countryside here is beautiful with rolling hills, beaches and forest, all perfect to explore on foot, by bicycle or car. Visit the capital Copenhagen, historic Aarhus and the home city of Hans Christian Andersen, Odense. Sweden I Finland I Iceland I Svalbard I Denmark
  25. 25. talk to the experts 01737 214 282 25 Iceland © RTH Sigurdsson Copenhagen © Andrew J Shearer © Staffan Widstrand © Tourism Skane Svalbard © RTH Sigurdsson Iceland © RTH Sigurdsson Svalbard © RTH Sigurdsson Finland © Iso-Syote Iceland © RTH Sigurdsson
  26. 26. 26 visit discover-the-world.co.uk/norway ARCTIC CIRCLE Mo i Rana Kristiansand OsloWEST AGDER EAST AGDER Stavanger ROGALAND Haugesund Boknafjord Bergen VESTFOLD TELEMARK ØSTFOLD AKERSHUS BUSKERUD SOGN OG FJORDANE MØRE OG ROMSDAL OPPLAND SOUTH TRØNDELAG NORTH TRØNDELAG HEDMARK NORDLAND HORDALAND LOFOTEN Ålesund Molde MoldefjordStorfjord Geirangerfjord Hjørundfjord Nordfjord Sognefjord Nærøyfjord Skien Trondheim Trondheimsfjord Lillehammer Elverum Fredrikstad Bodø Reine Trollfjord Å Odda Hardangerfjord Lofthus Voss Flåm Sandefjord Balestrand Skei Myrdal Loen Geiranger Lom Åndalsnes Kristiansund Rorøs Norway S N E W S N EW Oslo 200 km 100 miles Scale
  27. 27. talk to the experts 01737 214 282 27 TROMS FINNMARK Hammerfest VESTERÅLEN Svolvær Sortland Narvik Harstad Andenes Senja Tromsø Kautokeino Karasjok Alta Gjesvær North Cape Kjøllefjord Mehamn Berlevåg Kongsfjord Kirkenes Daylight Hours & Average Temperature Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Kristiansand 7h / -2C 9.5h / -2C 12h / +2C 14.5h / +6C 16h / +10C 18h / +15C 18h / +17C 15.5h / +16C 13h / +12C 10.5h / +7C 8h / -0.5C 6.5h / -9C Bergen 6.5h / +1C 9h / +1C 12h / +3C 14.5h / +7C 17h / +9C 19h / +13C 18h / +16h 16h / +15C 13h / +12C 10h / +8C 7.5h / +1C 6h / -2C Trondheim 6h / -3C 8h / -2C 12h / +1C 15h / +4.5C 18h / +7C 20.5h / +10C 20.5h / +15C 16.5h / +15C 13h / +10C 10h / +6C 7h / -4C 4.5h / -7C Tromsø 0.5h / -4C 7.5h / -4C 11.5h / -2C 16h / +2C 22h / +7C 24h / +7C 24h / +12C 18h / +10C 13.5h / +8C 10h / +3C 4h / -3C 0h / -3C Time/Distance Chart Approximate driving times / Distances in kilometres Oslo Bergen Stavanger Kristiansand Ålesund Trondheim Harstad Tromsø Hammerfest Kirkenes Oslo 470 445 309 554 485 1394 1623 2070 2361 Bergen 9h 207 438 381 625 1534 1763 2127 2500 Stavanger 8h 5.5h 233 588 804 1713 1942 2305 2680 Kristiansand 5h 9h 4h 763 791 1700 1930 2293 2667 Ålesund 8.5h 7h 12.5h 13.5h 300 1210 1439 1802 2177 Trondheim 8h 11h 15h 13h 6h 913 1142 1506 1880 Harstad 28h 27h 30.5h 29h 22h 15.5h 250 625 1000 Tromsø 27h 30h 34h 33h 25h 19h 6.5h 450 824 Hammerfest 31.5h 36.5h 40.5h 40h 32h 26h 12h 8.5h 495 Kirkenes 38.5h 41.5h 45.5h 44h 37h 31h 17.5h 13.5h 7.5h The distances and driving times shown here are based on the shortest routes.There may be a faster or more scenic route available so always treat this table as a guideline only and allow extra time for stops made en route, changes in weather etc. Information from www.vegvesen.no Daylight hours are based on the 15th of each month from sunrise to sunset - average daytime temperatures are in degrees Centigrade. Information from www.yr.no
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