Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard.
The rugged coastline, broken by huge fjords and thousands of islands, stretches 25,000 km. Much of the country is dominated by mountainous terrain, with a variety of natural features caused by prehistoric glaciers and varied topography. The most noticeable of these are the fjords: deep grooves cut into the land flooded by the sea following the end of the Ice Age.
The southern and western parts of Norway, fully exposed to Atlantic storm fronts, experience more precipitation and have milder winters than the eastern and northern parts. Due to its relatively mild climate in the summer and Arctic temperatures in the winter, Norway offers a diverse range of outdoor activities, including kayaking, hiking, skiing, paragliding and white water rafting.
Outside of activities, there is plenty to discover. Norway is filled with brightly-coloured, robust houses which adeptly animate the landscape. Travellers can enjoy locally produced cheese and fresh fish, relaxing in peaceful countryside, paddling among interspersed islands, exploring quaint villages and digging deep into the medieval roots of modern towns. The combination of immersive outdoor experiences, culinary delights, a far-reaching history and culture as well as the extraordinary setting, make for a tough place to beat.
– Population: 5, 213, 985
– Area: 385,252 sqkm
– Language: Norwegian, English
– Religion: Evangelical Lutheran
– Currency: Norwegian krone
– Highest point: Galdhøpiggen 2,469 m
Dramatic landscape connected by a network of fjords and islands can be explored by several different modes and at varying times of year. Depending on the season, southern Norway can offer the opportunity to view the stunningly beautiful fjords by air, on water or by foot, explore its’ isolated snowfields via dog sled and/or snowshoes and meander down a river in a raft or kayak, admiring the surrounding scenic cliff tops.
Our expert guides have backgrounds in professional sport and have decades of experience working in these bays and mountains. They will offer interesting insight into Norway’s rich cultural history and their expertise will allow us to change the itinerary on the ground offering alternatives, should there be any unforeseen amendments to the itinerary.
Staying in exclusive accommodation, you will have the opportunity to sample some of Norway’s finest delicacies, relax in immaculately kept spas and enjoy incredible surroundings with friends.
Southern Norway is renowned for its thermals meaning that paragliding here allows you to fly for long periods of time. Via tandem paragliders you can launch from a mountaintop for a soaring flight through the fjords.
Revel in a helicopter ride over Valldalenfjord and Geirangerfjord, looking down over small fishing villages and ice-capped peaks.
Geirangerfjord is particularly impressive with its’ waterfalls cascading down the almost vertical mountain sides. Among these falls are De syv søstrene (“the Seven Sisters”), Friaren (“the Suitor”) and Brudesløret (“the Bridal Veil”), which tease the cliffs with feather-light gossamer veils of mist.
HOT AIR BALLOON
For more than two centuries, humans have used hot air balloons to observe the world below from a unique perspective. The exhilarating experience of riding in
a hot air balloon safely and comfortably, however, has never been more accessible than now. Norway, is renowned for its beauty and rocky landscape; gain a new appreciation for the beauty and diversity that this country has to offer from height.
Trollstigen, 1,100 m from base to summit, and part of the mountain massif Trolltindene, is a popular destination for thrill-seeking cyclists visiting Norway. The serpentine mountain road, made up of hairpin bends, will test even the most road-savvy biker.
For off-road aficionados, the Kystriksveien Coastal Road will take you past jagged mountains, medieval churches and sandy beaches.
Juving, alternatively known as canyoning, takes place within canyons or gorges over portions of river where the water flows quietly. Canyons that are ideal for this are often cut into the bedrock stone, forming narrow gorges with numerous drops, beautifully sculpted walls, and sometimes spectacular waterfalls.
Dressed in wetsuits and helmets, you will be able to glide down natural waterslides and jump, dive or rappel down into 10 m deep gorges.
Via ferrata is a protected form of climbing that originates from the Italian Alps and is strongly associated with the First World War due to its routes being used to aid troop movements. The essence of a modern via ferrata is a steel cable which runs along the route and is periodically fixed to the rock (every three to ten meters) allowing you to climb easily and gain altitude with little form of training.
A country of incredible natural beauty, getting under the waves in Norway is not to be missed. The surrounding seas provide a wide variety of diving and submersible options that include thrilling drift dives, wrecks and vertical drop offs. Water temperatures are cool and vary between 15°C in summer, to freezing in winter.
Frankenvald, regarded very highly in the sub- aquatic world, has spent 70 years at the bottom of the sea. The deck lies at 24–34 m with the fore-deck full of interesting details including bollards, winches and ventilation pipes.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
Spring and summer are the perfect time for white water rafting in Norway. There are many contributing rivers which feed into the Atlantic which vary in technical difficulty and speed. A popular river, Valldøla, is for the most part grade 3-4 with some more gentle parts, suiting all comfort levels.
Discover the dramatic landscapes of southwestern Norway in a kayak; where glacially carved fjords cut deep into the mountainous coast and narrow green valleys dotted charming villages of red and white wooden houses interrupt the steep shorelines.
Hoddevika is a sandy beach between towering mountains on the westernmost part of mainland Norway, making it perfect for surfing and wind- surfing through the breakers. Surfers from all over the world flock to this Nordic beach due to its dramatic setting and being renowned for the best spot in west-swells.
Hike through the rugged, raw and ever-changing glacial landscapes and experience first-hand the water cauldrons, ridges, and deep crevasses. Gear up and climb the vertical faces of sheer ice or abseil down into their underbellies and listen to the glacier groan as it moves.
The glaciers of southern Norway are spectacular. This sculpted topography provides ample opportunity to enjoy the vista over numerous activities. From high adrenaline activities to lazily sitting back and chatting over a 3-course lunch on a table cut from ice.
Norway is a skier’s paradise with many different mountain ranges to ski untouched, powdery snow. Ski touring has long since been described as having originated in Norway, with a large proportion of its residents enjoying cross-country and/or backcountry skiing throughout many seasons.
Dog power has been used for hunting and travel
for over a thousand years. As far back as the 10th century BC these dogs have contributed to human culture. Experience an indigenous mode of transport while taking in the surrounding, snow-covered landscapes that pass you by.
Snowshoeing is a traditional method of walking across snow without sinking through the snow pack. The large surface area of the snowshoe, which is attached to your hiking boot, allows you to hike over large expanses of snow-covered ground efficiently.
At 1,222 m on northern Europe’s largest mountain plateau, Hardangervidda, sits Finse. Here on Hardangervidda the annual average temperature is -2°C, but the temperature has been recorded as low as -39.6°C.
Finse has been an attractive location for polar explorers for over a century due to its climate. Great explorers as Sir Ernest Shackleton, Frank Wild, Fridtjof Nansen and many more have used Finse
as a training ground for their great adventures. Inspired by the history and landscape of Finse you can immerse yourself in all things arctic expedition related.
Apart from the historical importance of the area, Haugastøl and Geilo both provide the perfect turf for a day of challenging and exhilarating kite-skiing or piste-skiing.
In February 1943, a small team of Norwegian Commandos prepared to carry out a strike against the Nazi-controlled water plant at Vemork, Telemark. The saboteurs parachuted onto the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, survived the harsh winter conditions and avoided capture from the German guards.
This successful Norwegian/British operation kept Hitler’s scientists from producing the first atomic bomb- a daring sabotage mission and has since been famed as one of the first special operations in modern warfare. Now you can experience Operation Gunnerside II for yourself.
You will follow this incredible historical feat
from learning how to parachute, to crossing the Hardangervidda on authentic skis and finally spending an evening under the Aurora Borealis in the very same cabin used by the original saboteurs.
Depending on your preference and/or itinerary, Norway can offer a wide range of accommodation options.
The picturesque mountains, rivers and fjords provide an idyllic setting for comfortable and luxurious lodgings and private houses. Stay nestled among the arboreal forests in a synthesis of raw Norwegian nature, cultural history and modern architecture, or on the edge of a fjord in a newly designed, refined lodge covered in floor to ceiling windows.
Conversely, for a truly authentic Norwegian establishment, stay at a favourite venue of royalties, writers and lovers, hidden in a quaint antiquitous village.