Norway has a unique cultural mindset and upon arrival you are instantly astonished by its staggering natural beauty, as well as its harsh natural landscape.

Gillian Ore discovers restorative power of water in Norway
Fjord Cruise in Norway

For travellers interested in exploring the varying facets of a country’s wilderness, Norway is the perfect destination for you to do so. From its wooded and hilly mountains, to its beautiful rivers, glaciers, waterfalls and fjords, to its as exquisite coastal areas and little pristine islands it feels as if you’ve stumbled into a fairytale!

Kayaking in Svolvær
Kayaking in Svolvær

For individuals who wish to be a bit more adventurous, you can explore Norway’s different waterways, catch a boat from Bodø to Svolvær; and once in Svolvær try your hand at kayaking or boating as well as fishing! Whilst in the area, be sure to dine at one of the local fish restaurants.

Whilst in Norway, be sure not to spend all of your time in Oslo, try and experience as much of this picturesque country as possible including the town of Ålesund in the district of Sunnmøre. The town is a sea port, and is noted for its unique concentration of Art Nouveau architecture. A great location to stay is in the heart of Ålesund, just steps from all the key attractions.

Arrival at Geiranger
Arrival at Geiranger

Whilst there, take a scenic fjord cruise to nearby Geiranger where you can enjoy lunch at one of the little cafes and restaurants, followed by a special trip to the Union Hotel & Spa.

Treat yourself to a spa and bath treatment, where happiness and serenity begins with the mind and body at rest and in equilibrium. The power of water and nature will help sooth you and vitalise your energy levels. The Union Hotel’s spa experience, is a specially organised framework of treatments based on centuries-old secrets, where the most valuable element is water.

Relaxing at Hotel Union Spa
Relaxing at Hotel Union Spa

When you wake the next morning refreshed and rejuvenated, journey to the nearby town of Linge and make a booking to stay at Europe’s first landscape hotel. The cabins at the Juvet Hotel are set upon a sheer river bank, amongst birch, aspen, pine and nature-sculpted boulders.

Hotel Juvet, landscape hotel
Hotel Juvet, landscape hotel

Norway’s Big Five experiences are: Winter sports, Hikes, Rafting , staying at a Wilderness camp and visiting a World heritage site.

Did you know…

…that in Norway they have a law called ’Allemannsrett’: This law means that you can pitch your tent or hike anywhere you wish in Norway. Of course you can’t pitch a tent in the middle of Frognerparken, however anywhere in the great outdoors that is not private property is encouraged!
…that Norwegians as a rule are brought up not to complain! And if they do, it is very rare! So, if your visiting Norway and have an issue or grievance – don’t be surprised if the locals are surprised to hear about it!
…that if you can’t find a product on the shelves in Norway, it could be banned: The Norwegian Government is notorious for banning things.
…when it comes to public transportation, Norway deserves a round of applause – it’s fantastic! Many other countries could learn a thing or two!
…that Norway has a drinking tradition which involves people drinking to their hearts’ content on Fridays and Saturdays. They call this helgefylla or “weekend binge drinking.

Five ways to spend the money you save by booking Flight+Hotel together

  • Instead of the usual taxi or bus – why not hop on-board an express passenger boat from Bodø to Svolvær!
  • Go kayaking in the Svolværit harbour and view some breathtaking scenery from the water and get a great work out at the same time!
  • Sample some of the finest and freshest seafood on offer in the Svolvær waterfront – caught right on their doorstep!
  • Indulge in a spa treatment at Hotel Union. Rejuvenate your mind and body with the cleansing waters of the nearby waterfalls in Geiranger.
  • Whilst in the Capital, enjoy everthing that cosmopolitan Oslo has to offer! Enjoy the shopping, bars, restaurants and museums! A special mention for The Viking Ship Museum, a fun and informative experience for kids and adults alike that showcases the world’s two best-preserved wooden Viking ships built in the 9th century.
Kayaking in  Svolvær
Kayaking in Svolvær

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