This is Norway; a destination in which the exceptional landscape is rivalled only by the warmth and friendliness of the locals and traditional Norwegian rental properties to stay in. If you love the Scandinavian flair of cosy cottages in West Jutland in Denmark or a holiday home in neighbouring West Sweden, you'll be bewitched by Norway too. The Land of the Midnight Sun, so called due to the fact that the sun never sets completely in the north between the months of May and July because of the country's high latitude, experiences a mild climate during the summer, and can get a lot warmer than you might expect despite its latitude. The southern parts, including the capital, Oslo, are the mildest and also tend to have the least rainfall throughout the year. The currency in Norway is the Norwegian krone.
Favourite Destinations (Norway)
The city of Tromsø is the largest in Northern Norway, and is located north of the Artic Circle. It can easily be reached from the airport, as there is an express coach, or you can take a local bus or even a taxi, and be in one of the rental apartments in the centre of Tromsø in 10-20 minutes. This city is situated in the middle of the Aurora Borealis zone, thus making it one of the finest places in the world to experience the wonder of the Northern Lights. From Norway holiday homes in the city you can take a tour to travel to the best area from which to view the aurora, as in the centre there is usually too much light pollution which limits visibility. If you've always wanted to see the aurora but don't fancy travelling so far away, did you know it can also be seen from Scotland in areas such as Shetland and Orkney? During the Midnight Sun, a natural marvel which occurs between May and July in Tromsø, you can always see the sun, even at midnight, and between November and January the sun doesn't rise above the horizon. This makes it a really unique destination to book rentals during the winter, and also makes it particularly festive if you're planning on spending your Christmas holidays in Tromsø thanks to the twinkling lights and unusual activities available like husky sledging! While you're here, don't miss a visit to the Arctic Cathedral, this area's landmark, which is a very impressive masterpiece with a large glass mosaic. Things to do here in the winter include snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice fishing and whale watching, and there are plenty of things to keep you occupied in the summer too, such as hiking and mountain biking in the park and forested area extending across the island. During much of the summer, the sun is still shining at midnight, which means you'll have all the time in the world to discover the stunning scenery this peaceful place has to offer its visitors. Take a trip up Storsteinen Mountain with the cable car to get the best views across the city; whether the sun is shining or you're in the dark, it's sure to make an exceptional photo opportunity!
Norway's capital city, Oslo, is the ideal destination for those who enjoy being outside but also want to go on a city break, as it lies in between the Oslofjord and the Nordmarka forest, which both boast numerous outdoor attractions for travellers to Oslo holiday cottages in Norway. To get to the centre from the airport, you can take a train, bus, taxi or you can also book your own rental car if you're planning on doing more driving during your stay. By train it takes around 20 minutes, by car or bus around 40. Oslo Winter Park, the largest of the city's ski resorts, is situated only half an hour away from central Oslo. It has facilities for skiers of mixed abilities, including a ski school for children and adults alike, where you can learn cross-country, alpine and Telemark skiing, as well as snowboarding. If you don't fancy actual skiing, why not fly down the Holmenkollbakken (the landmark ski jumping hill) on a zipwire instead of skis, to feel the amazing sensation and see the incredible view of the city. The scenic Oslo Fjord also boasts plenty of possibilities for things like fishing, kayaking, canoeing and sailing, and there are also some nice beaches at Oslo where you can relax and take a swim, for example Huk (probably the most popular, which you can either drive to or take a bus or boat) and Tjuvholmen (very easy to find as it's right in Oslo). Most beaches are also suitable for children, making them a good spot to take the family. If you're staying in a self catering holiday home in Norway, perhaps you'd like to head to the Mathallen, a large indoor food market where you can buy all sorts of specialities from Norway as well as other foreign imported produce, before returning back to your rental property and cooking a traditional Norwegian meal. Don't worry if you're too tired after a busy day; there are also cafés and places to eat here so you can have your food cooked for you! The Viking Ship Museum has some of the best preserved wooden Viking ships in the world on display as well as other relics found in the Oslofjord area, and if you buy a ticket for this museum to learn more about them, it will grant you access to the Historical Museum as well.
Norway: Further inspiration
Fishing Holidays in Norway
If you're a keen angler and you want to try somewhere new this year, have you thought about Norway fishing holidays? In Norway, there are all sorts of different types of angling available for you, as many of the waters are rich with all sorts of species of fish, and although you may need a combination of licences before you start your trip, these are usually easy to get and not expensive. You will also have to pay a fee of around 247 NOK (around £20) for one person, or for a family you will have to pay 394 NOK (about £30), which will cover you for the entire year. Children under the age of 18 are allowed to fish without paying the fee, so you should only pay the family fee if your children are aged between 18 and 20. However, if you want to fish in the sea, you can do so freely without having any permit! Fishing is possible in the beautiful lakes, streams and rivers of Norway, and is particularly popular in the Gjøvik region, where you'll find the biggest lake in the country (Lake Mjøsa) as well as rivers and streams of all shapes and sizes with many differen species of fish to catch. The Hemsedal Valley is one of the top locations to fish for trout, and Trondelag has endless angling possibilies too, so you could make a booking in one of the holiday cottages in Norway in Trondheim and embark upon your best fishing holiday yet! Other places for fishing in Norway include Stavanger, Oslo and the seas off Tromso, too, where you will almost always get a catch whether you decide to fish from the shore or rent a boat for the day. There are plenty of remote areas to go to if you want some peace and quiet, as there are so many pristine lakes you're bound to be able to find one that's perfect for you.
Walking in Norway – Fjords, Mountains and Glaciers
Norway, with it's breathtaking natural scenery, vast mounains and sparkling fjords, is the perfect destination to travel to if you want an outdoors, active holiday, whether you come alone, with a group of friends, or with the whole family. Stay in one of the holiday cottages in Norway in the mountains or near a lake or glacier and have nature available to you right from your front door! In the west of the country, you will find fjords aplenty, such as the Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, which are both UNESCO sites, and ideal spots for hiking, and there are lots of different routes for you to follow, whether you're a total beginner or a seasoned professional. The best season for a hiking holidays in Norway is between May and October, but even during the winter when there is a covering of glistening snow it is still a wonderful experience. There are many well-marked pathways which are easy to follow, and you can buy maps from the tourist information centre if you want to make your own way, or you could go on a guided tour instead if you are worried you might get lost! If you want to have a rest, many of the fjords are also great places for fishing (and it's also free to fish here), so you could stop off for a while and see what you can catch. If you love the sort of landscape that you can see here, you're sure to love a trip to Iceland's Western Fjords too.
Walking in the mountains is another option in Norway, as you will be surrounded by beautiful, unspoilt scenery, for example up to the Romsdalseggen Ridge, a rugged cliff from which you'll be able to see across the mountains, fjords, waterfalls and the ocean. The Jotunheimen National Park in Lom has some spectacular mountain walks, or head to Rondane National Park if you want something a little smaller or perhaps if you are walking with children. You can also take a walk on glaciers such as the Nigardsbreen or the Folgefonna Glacier, and even climb into crevasse areas if you want to! Here again, there are walks of different difficulty levels, meaning there is something available for all the family to enjoy. For glacier walks, you will need to have a guide, as walking on a glacier without knowing what you're doing can be dangerous.