Norway Tours & Holidays
Join us on a holiday to Norway
Few places on earth match the spectacle that is the breathtaking natural beauty of our tours in Norway.
Discover a land of magnificent fjords and mighty mountains, of charming cities and vast open spaces, where the midnight sun shines in the summer and the Aurora Borealis dances across the skies in winter.
Any organised holiday to Norway should probably begin with an exploration of the fjords - Norway's unique and most astonishing attraction. Stretching hundreds of miles from the striking coast to the pristine inland regions, their still, deep waters are fringed with picture-book settlements and backed by a breathtaking landscape of forests, glaciers and snow-capped peaks.
Particularly popular with customers of Newmarket tours in Norway, the fjords welcome their many awe-struck guests from early spring all the way into late autumn, each season revealing a different aspect of their glory – spring’s apple blossom and the freshness of the awakening year, summer’s warm days, which are perhaps the best time to venture inland to view the vast Briksdal Glacier, and autumn’s red and gold, when the plunging waterfalls are at their tumultuous best.
Nestled in the hidden coves and along the waterside meadows of the fjords, waiting to welcome visitors on a Norwegian tour, you'll find some of the country's most charming settlements. Mighty Sognefjord leads to Balestrand, where the Kviknes Hotel has been welcoming visitors (most famously Kaiser Wilhelm II) since the 19th Century, and remote Flam, terminus of the world famous Flamsbana Mountain Railway. Tiny Ulvik lies deep in the heart of Hardangerfjord, and Geirangerfjord is home to several picture-perfect fjord-side villages.
In the south-eastern corner of the country, Norway's capital, Oslo (which stands at the far end of its own little fjord) is small but perfectly formed and offers a plethora of things do for even the most discerning traveller.
Almost entirely at the other end of the country lies another of its most popular destinations - Tromsø. A little over 200 miles inside the Arctic Circle, this colourful city is a jumping-off point for tours of Norway's vast northern wilderness. It's a place of warm, welcoming bars and restaurants, and never-ending summer sunlight, dominated by the stunning, strikingly modern Ishavskatedralen (Arctic Cathedral) with its vast, triangular stained-glass window.
Even further north, in Alta, Honningsvag at mainland Europe's northernmost tip, and the remote Islands of Svalbard far out into the Arctic Ocean, Norway continues to offer astonishing sights and experiences and warm welcomes despite the isolation. In fact, wherever your chosen Norway tours take you, you'll find plenty to enjoy in what is easily one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Wherever you choose to travel on Newmarket tours in Norway, you’ll certainly be captivated by the country’s unbeatable Scandinavian charm.
Things to do in Norway
Norway’s landscape is diverse and layered: from the spectacular ruggedness of its northern crags to the lush green banks of its meandering fjords, untouched pine forests to mirror-like lakes, there are holiday opportunities for every kind of fresh air-loving traveller.
One of the best ways to see the Aurora Borealis is on a cruise ship. Watch the skies for signs of the Northen Lights aboard vessels like Astoria, Magellan or Marco Polo, all of which offer dedicated Northern Lights cruises to Norway in late autumn or early spring.
Enjoy Norway’s vast outdoors – hike through stunning scenery to dramatic peaks, ski on the mighty glaciers or enjoy whale-watching and wildlife expeditions.
Cruise through the dramatic landscapes of Western Norway's jaw-dropping fjords, stepping ashore to explore remote towns and villages, and to discover hidden waterfalls, slow-moving glaciers and beautiful, ancient timber churches.
Things to see in Norway
Norway tour highlights
Things to see and places to visit on your escorted tour of Norway
The striking, UNESCO-protected fjords of Norway are a defining feature of this Scandinavian nation’s clean and timeless natural beauty.
Tromsø, the territory of the fjords and the Northern Lights, is your stunning gateway to the Arctic.
Norway food and drink
Exploring Norway’s rugged wilderness and feeling that bracing Scandinavian breeze on your face will certainly build up an appetite for the country’s many delicious foods.
At first glance, Norwegian food is straightforward, hearty and entirely what you'd expect from a north European nation with a tendency for long, cold winters. But take a moment to look closer at the cuisine, and you’ll find a treasure trove of culinary surprises, one-off delicacies and dishes that are more complex and infinitely more delicious than they may at first seem...
Some dishes are certainly simple. Take Lefse, for example: simple flour and potato flatbreads cooked on a griddle, and yet they’re a traditional treat around Christmas and New Year and are delicious served as a sweet or savoury snack.
The national dish, Farikal, is similar: a simple casserole of bone-in lamb or mutton and white cabbage, but what lifts it is the quality of the meat (Norwegians are very proud of their lamb) and the golf-ball-size bundle of whole peppercorns that adds a spicy depth to the dish.
Other dishes are more unusual: Pinnekjott is a traditional Christmas Eve dish of air-dried sheep ribs that are soaked and steamed over beechwood, then served with mashed kohlrabi (which despite looking like a turnip is actually a sort of cabbage and tastes like fragrant broccoli), while Lutefisk is cod that has been soaked with water, then lye, then more water and then finally cooked. It has a soft, jelly-like texture and a subtle fish flavour.
More accessible, perhaps, are gravlax (salmon cured with sugar, salt, brandy and dill), or warm buttered Svele pancakes drizzled with syrup and served with coffee (or - if you're adventurous - with Norwegian brown cheese that has a texture similar to fudge).
Potatoes accompany almost everything in Norway, and meat is widely available, from tender roast reindeer, venison or even elk to moreish cured spekemat (which could be pork, lamb, beef or reindeer and is often served with creamy scrambled eggs). The most common fish dishes involve cod and shrimp, but pickled herring is less frequently offered than you might expect, although worth a try just for the experience!
If you're looking for a drink, expect to find coffee, traditionally enjoyed black and strong, everywhere you go on our Norway tours. The beer on offer in bars tends to be pils lagers, and to be rather more expensive than southern European countries, while wine is normally taken with meals.
If you've a taste for something stronger, look out for Linie Aquavit, which is a version of the national spirit that has been aged in barrels at sea. The bottle should tell you where that particular batch went, on which ship and how long it spent at sea, and you’ll find the golden liquor it contains will be a pleasantly warming drink in that Nordic climate.
Here are a few questions you might have.
- Time Zone
- GMT +1
- Avg. Flight Time
- 2 hours
- Visa Required
- Not required
- Norwegian Krone
What's the weather like in Norway?
The weather in Norway is warmer than you might think, given how far north the country is. In the north of Norway, summer temperatures can get up to almost 30°C, but tend to have cold, dark winters. Coastal areas have cooler summers, but milder winters. Inland, they have bitterly cold winters (up to minus 25°C), but warmer summers.
When's the best time to visit Norway?
Generally speaking, the best time to visit Norway is during the shoulder seasons, in spring (between May and June) or autumn (between September and October), when the weather is good and there aren't as many tourists as in high season (mid-June to August).
Is Norway expensive to visit?
Like the other Scandinavian countries, Norway is considered an expensive country to visit. Accommodation, food and transport can all be very expensive in Norway.
If you're thinking of visiting Norway, booking onto an escorted tour is a good way to save money.
What currency do they use in Norway?
In Norway, they use the Norwegian krone. For the latest exchange rates, see XE.
Can I see the Northern Lights in Norway?
Yes you can. Historically, the time to glimpse the Northern Light in Norway is between October and March, when the long winter nights make the lights easier to spot.
What is Norway famous for?
Norway is famous for its pristine fjords, clear waters and of course, the Northern Lights.
What language do they speak in Norway?
Norway has two official languages – Norwegian and Sami. However, Norwegian is by far the most common language spoken. English is also widely spoken, especially in tourist areas.
Below are a few useful phrases in Norwegian:
Hello – Hallo
Goodbye – Ha det
Thank you – Takk
Please – Vaer sa snill
Do you speak English? – Snakker du Engelsk?