Luxury Holidays in Norway: an Overview

Norway is a sort of European Canada - it's all about the outdoors and doing fun stuff in it, and we think it's great. So if you're the type who might like to ski by boat or take a snowmobile safari through polar bear country, you've come to the right place.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Scandinavians argue fiercely over the best place to spot the ethereal northern lights (Aurora Borealis), but Norway can certainly lay claim to some of the most spectacular locations to view them from.
  • A fiesta of Fjords awaits you dotted along Norway's Atlantic coastal area. Fly to Bergen and explore by car and boat as one amazing vista after another unfolds before your disbelieving eyes - the landscapes are best described as being on an XXL scale
  • Explore the fascinating indigenous Sami culture of Norwegian Lapland that is slowly dying out

Luxury Adventure in Norway: the Detail

Original Travel has trips to the fjords of western Norway and the Arctic island archipelago of Svalbard, both of which major in big, bold scenery. The fjord region is, quite simply, one of the most dramatic destinations anywhere in the world, while Spitsbergen, the main island in Svalbard, is a frozen landscape of glaciers, mountains and fjords full of blue icebergs - think the Scottish Highlands during an Ice Age with added polar bears and you'll get the picture.

Did you know

  • Norwegian law states that you can pitch your tent or hike anywhere in Norway that is not private property
  • The indigenous population in Norway are known as Sami
  • Nearly 70% of Norway is uninhabitable and covered by mountains, glaciers, moors, and rivers
  • The country of Norway is officially known as the Kingdom of Norway
  • Norway is the most successful nation in the world at the Winter Olympics
  • Norway is home to the world's longest road tunnel. With a length of 15.3 miles, the tunnel has become a tourist attraction in itself
  • Oslo is one of the world's most expensive cities

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Original Highlight

Polar bears! The Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard boasts more of them than humans, and is one of the only places on earth it is still possible to see these majestic predators.

Dave, Original Traveller

A note on price

An adventurous itinerary to see the Northern Lights in Svalbard will cost approximately £3,000 per couple for a five day trip activities such as dog-sledding, snow mobiling and ice fishing. Summertime fly-drive options for a family of four can be great value, starting from around £4,000 for a week. Learn more about our pricing

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Flight from London

2:15 hrs

Time Difference

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Top picks for Norway

Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands

Norway

Not many places out-dramatic the Fjords but their near neighbour the Lofoten Islands do just that.

Where to go

Juvet Landscape Hotel

Juvet Landscape Hotel

The Fjords

The Juvet Landscape Hotel may be located on a small farm estate dating back to the 16th century, but the architecture of the new rooms is decidedly futuristic.

Where to stay

Fjord seen through the Trees

The Fjords

Norway

Pining for the fjords? You should be.

Where to go

Brosundet Hotel

Brosundet Hotel

The Fjords

The elegant and peaceful Brosundet Hotel is located on the channel of the same name in the historic centre of Alesund. The Art Nouveau building was once a waterfront warehouse for storing and treating the catch of the fishing fleet on which the town’s wealth was built, but don’t worry, there’s not a whiff of fish since the complete refurbishment.

Where to stay

Rorbu in Northern Norway

Northern Norway

Norway

There are Arctic adventures aplenty to enjoy in Northern Norway, from dog-sledding and snowmobiling to skiing by boat and king crab fishing.

Where to go

The Northern Lights over Kirkenes Snowhotel

Kirkenes Snowhotel

Northern Norway

To give you an sense of how remote the North Cape is, if you were to head north from the Kirkenes Snowhotel, you’d bump into the isolated archipelago of Svalbard, then it’s next stop North Pole.

Where to stay

Stay in a Rorbuer Fishing Hut

Stay in a Rorbuer Fishing Hut

Lofoten Islands

One of the – many – fun things about visiting the Lofoten Islands is the chance to stay in a rorbuer – a traditional wooden fishing huts built right on the water’s edge.

What to do

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Northern Norway

The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel outside Alta is a cosier affair than its Swedish cousin the Ice Hotel, with only 30 rooms compared to 80, but just as amazing.

Where to stay

Union Oye

Union Oye

The Fjords

Few hotels have a roll call of distinguished guests to match that at the Hotel Union Oye. Since 1891 the great and the good have stayed in this historic hotel in the heart of the Fjords, with each room now dedicated to one of the most famous guests, and themed accordingly.

Where to stay

Dog Sledding Norway

Dog Sledding Norway

Svalbard

Huskies are incredibly affectionate and energetic dogs that live for running.

What to do

Svalbard Vista

Svalbard

Norway

Deep inside the Arctic Circle, this archipelago of Norwegian islands is remote, wild and completely beautiful.

Where to go

Spitsbergen Hotel

Spitsbergen Hotel

Svalbard

Overlooking the small town of Longyearbyen, the Spitsbergen Hotel has its historical roots as the headquarters and officers’ mess for the early coal mining company that operated on Svalbard in the 1940s.

Where to stay

Original Travel's dossier (restaurants, sights, useful tips) arrived through our letterbox before we left, and we sacked off TripAdvisor for the entire trip.

Lucy

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