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

Top picks for Norway

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.

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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.

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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.

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Dog Sledding Norway

Dog Sledding Norway

Svalbard

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

What to do

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

Basecamp Hotel

Basecamp Hotel

Svalbard

A different style of hotel entirely from the Radisson and Spitsbergen hotels, the Basecamp Hotel (formerly the Trapper's Hotel) is a more traditional style lodge in the heart of Longyearbyen.

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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.

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Radisson Blu Polar Hotel

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel

Svalbard

The Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, once of Lillehammer (see the Original Thinking), is now Svalbard’s premier hotel, and the most northerly full-service hotel in the world. The rooms offer a level of comfort similar to what you might expect on mainland Europe.

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Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands

Norway

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

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Lyngen Lodge

Lyngen Lodge

Northern Norway

As boutique lodges go, Lyngen Lodge is pretty special. With its homely and luxurious décor, impeccable service and beautiful location, a stay here provides an Arctic experience like no other.

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Holmen Husky Lodge, Norway

Holmen Husky Lodge

Northern Norway

Holmen Husky Lodge is a rustic Tipi lodge offering dog-sledding excursions close to the arctic town of Alta, Northern Norway. Built in a converted barn, the lodge first opened its doors in 1996 when dog-sledding and husky fanatic Eirik Nilsen decided to share his passion with the world.

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Svalbard Vista

Svalbard

Norway

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

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