This Scandinavian land of great glaciers, isolated islands, dramatic fjords and multi-hued houses looks stunning all year round - blanketed in snow, drenched in sun or under the glint of the dazzling Aurora Borealis. From hiking over alpine meadows in the spring time, through hitting the slopes in winter to kicking back on lakes during summer, Norway may not be the cheapest travel destination, but is well worth the investment.

Norway Tours & Travel

Top holiday deals in Norway

Departing Days Price USD
15 Jun 2017 Introduction to Spitsbergen (Sea Adventurer) 2017 9 $5596
15 Jun 2017 Introduction to Spitsbergen (Sea Adventurer) 2017 9 $5916
15 Jun 2017 Introduction to Spitsbergen (Sea Adventurer) 2017 9 $6316
26 Jul 2017 Spitsbergen Explorer (Sea Adventurer) 2017 11 $10956
26 Jul 2017 Spitsbergen Explorer (Sea Adventurer) 2017 11 $6556

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USD $6,495
CAD $8,385
AUD $8,800
EUR €5,700
GBP £4,500
NZD $9,650
ZAR R82,740
CHF FR6,365
Discover the essence of the Arctic on a trip around Spitsbergen, where polar bears, glaciers, fjords and Inuit...
USD $8,695
CAD $11,240
AUD $11,800
EUR €7,600
GBP £6,000
NZD $12,945
ZAR R110,945
CHF FR8,535
Discover the wild beauty of the Arctic in Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland. Be charmed by polar bears, cruise...
USD $2,540
CAD $3,080
AUD $3,250
EUR €2,110
GBP £1,665
NZD $3,495
ZAR R37,290
CHF FR2,335
Discover stylish Scandinavia and bohemian Germany on the ultimate urban adventure, visiting Berlin, Hamburg,...
USD $4,680
CAD $5,675
AUD $5,995
EUR €3,895
GBP £3,070
NZD $6,445
ZAR R68,790
CHF FR4,295
Discover Scandinavia on a trip to Norway, Sweden and Finland. Travel to Norway and visit Oslo, go to Sweden and see...
USD $7,180
CAD $8,695
AUD $9,195
EUR €5,975
GBP £4,695
NZD $9,885
ZAR R105,520
CHF FR6,595
Travel through northern Europe on a tour from Oslo to Berlin. Visit Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia,...
USD $6,995
CAD $8,490
AUD $8,965
EUR €5,825
GBP £4,590
NZD $9,640
ZAR R102,880
CHF FR6,445
A 22-day tour through the best of Scandinavia, including Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Helsinki and the Norwegian...
USD $9,640
CAD $11,690
AUD $12,345
EUR €8,020
GBP £6,320
NZD $13,275
ZAR R141,665
CHF FR8,875
A truly original 36-day itinerary, with highlights including Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Lillehammer, Tallinn, the...
USD $5,095
CAD $6,185
AUD $6,530
EUR €4,240
GBP £3,340
NZD $7,020
ZAR R74,935
CHF FR4,695
A picturesque 22-day tour through the best of northern Europe, including Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Denmark...
USD $19,995
CAD $25,820
AUD $27,100
EUR €17,400
GBP £13,800
NZD $29,725
ZAR R254,800
CHF FR19,600
Travel on this intimate journey from Longyearbyen to the remote Barneo Ice Camp, constructed each year in the North...
USD $5,195
CAD $6,670
AUD $7,000
EUR €4,500
GBP £3,600
NZD $7,680
ZAR R65,815
CHF FR5,060
Breathe in the crisp Arctic air and discover Spitsbergen, the largest island in Norway's wondrous, icy Svalbard...
USD $7,995
CAD $10,290
AUD $10,800
EUR €7,000
GBP £5,500
NZD $11,845
ZAR R101,545
CHF FR7,810
Soak up the essence of the Arctic on a voyage around Spitsbergen. Discover wild beaches and towering glaciers, and...

Norway trip reviews

Our Norway trips score an average of 4.75 out of 5 based on 36 reviews in the last year.

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Articles on Norway

Our budget travel guide to Scandinavia

Posted on Tue, 20 Sep 2016

Often, the first thing that comes to mind when we think of travel to Scandinavia is the cost. Not anymore, baby.

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The 15 most beautiful waterfalls in the world

Posted on Tue, 10 May 2016

What makes the perfect waterfall? Height? Water volume? Sheer volume? We put the world's best through their paces.

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Best of Instagram: want to know what Svalbard really looks like?

Posted on Fri, 22 Apr 2016

Svalbard is about as close as most mortal are going to get to the North Pole. So if you want to know what to expect there, this it it...

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Life in the north: our top 6 Arctic wildlife experiences

Posted on Wed, 20 Apr 2016

One thing the Arctic does have is wildlife. Lots of it. On a size and scale that puts a lot of the more traditional ‘animal destinations’ to shame.

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About Norway

At a glance

Capital city: Oslo (population 483,000)
Population: 4.6 million
Language: Norwegian Bokmal, Norwegian Nynorsk
Currency: NOK
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
Dialing code: +47

Best time to visit Norway

Because of the Gulf Stream, the climate in Norway is noticeably warmer than what would otherwise be expected at such high latitude. Summers can be moderately warm (up to 30 degrees Celsius), even in northern areas, but only for limited periods. The length of the winter and amount of snow varies around the country. In the north there is more snow and winters are dark; on the southern and western coasts, winters are moderate and rainy, while further inland the temperature can get below -25 degrees Celsius. March, April, October and November tend to be the rainiest months. Snow usually starts to fall in October/November in the northern areas (and in higher altitudes) and generally melts by the end of April. The Northern Lights are visible from parts of Norway, with September to April usually presenting the optimal conditions for viewing.

Norway weather chart

Geography and environment

Bright blue and green landscapes of Fjords in Norway
Sharing borders with Sweden, Russia and Finland, Norway occupies the northern corner of the Scandinavian Peninsula, with the North Sea, Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea providing coastline on the rugged northern, southern and western sides of the country. Possessing more than 50,000 islands, majestic mountain ranges, pristine fjords, glacial lakes and dramatic waterfalls, Norway has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. On the flipside, Norway is also home to vibrant, modern cities and charming rural towns, with most of the population living in the more hospitable south of the country.

Top Picks

Top 5 Must-Visit Museums of Oslo

1. Munch Museum

Oslo's comprehensive museum dedicated to the stirringly dark works of Edvard Munch is well worth a visit. Norway's best known artist is given the royal treatment with no less than 1,200 of his paintings and 18,000 of his prints displayed here.

2. Nobel Peace Centre

A museum dedicated to the promotion of world peace can only be a good thing. Home to photography exhibitions, informative lectures and interactive galleries dedicated to Peace Prize Laureates, this place takes the concept of peace and gives it a high tech makeover.

3. Holmenkollen Ski Museum

Found at the base of Oslo's iconic ski jump, the world's oldest ski museum showcases the 4000-year-old history of the sport. Who knew people had been skiing that long? Take the elevator to the top of the tower for supreme views of the city.

4. Vikingshipshuset

This museum dedicated to the preservation of Viking ships and artefacts features an astonishing array of intact ships, utensils and tools. Showcasing classic Viking design and decoration, it's astounding to think many of these boats were built in the 9th century.

5. Norwegian Folk Museum

Home to the world's oldest open air museum, this celebration of Norway's culture, history and customs is a one-stop shop for everything 'Norway'. From wonderful examples of folk dress, Sami artefacts and art, to rare musical instruments and toys, photography and prints from the 1800s, you could easily spend a whole day here.

FAQs on Norway

Tipping is done on a voluntary basis in Norway and is generally left up to the discretion of the customer. If the service in a cafe or restaurant is good, feel free to leave spare change or round up the bill.
Travellers should be able to access the internet at cyber cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots in Norway's major cities and towns. Remote and rural areas will have less internet availability, so be prepared for this when travelling out of the city.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Norway. Travellers should activate global roaming before leaving home.
Western-style, flushable toilets are the standard in Norway.
Cup of coffee in a cafe = 30-40 NOK
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 60 NOK
Basic, takeaway lunch = 80-120 NOK
Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant = From 200 NOK
Tap water is considered safe to drink unless otherwise marked.
Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops and hotel. Smaller vendors may not accept credit cards, so carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are commonly found in Norway's cities and urban areas. Remote regions will have less ATM availability, so prepare accordingly before travelling away from cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Mar 28 Holy Thursday
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 9 Ascension Day
May 17 Constitution Day
May 20 Whit Monday
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Andre Juledag

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to:

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

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Responsible Travel

Norway Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Norway

1. Be considerate of Norway’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with tap or filtered water.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
The Ice PalaceTarjei Vesaas
The SnowmanJo Nesbo
PanKnut Hamsun
MysteriesKnut Hamsun
The Castle in the PyreneesJostein Gaarder
The Real Heroes of TelemarkRay Mears