Best ways to travel around Norway
There's no singular best way to visit Norway. What’s best for you depends on how you want to travel, the attractions you want to see, your length of stay and the time of year you visit Norway. As a long, mountainous country with deep fjords and thousands of miles of coastline, with many differences in geography and climate from north to south, there are numerous ways to see Norway's top sights.
The most popular ways to get around in Norway are by rental car, train or cruise. With a custom tour arranged by Nordic Visitor it’s possible to experience all of those modes of travel in one trip! Check out our suggestions below for the best ways to explore Norway according to the country’s most popular attractions.
The best ways to see the Norwegian Fjords
The fjords of western Norway are a must-see for most first-time visitors to Norway, so trips from Oslo to Bergen are popular in all seasons. Nordic Visitor offers a few different options to travel this route:
- By car: If you want to take your time in the fjords and do some hiking at places like Pulpit Rock, then a self-drive holiday in Norway during summer is your best option. It’s possible to drive between Oslo and Bergen or nearby cities in about a week, though we recommend spending at least 10 days on a road trip between May and September. Why not ask the travel experts at Nordic Visitor to make a bespoke itinerary for you?
- By train: Train holidays, such as the Norway in a Nutshell trip from Oslo to Bergen, are available year-round and take around 7 days or less for a round-trip journey. Nordic Visitor’s railway tours are customisable, so you can spend extra nights in hub cities like Bergen or Trondheim or other towns on the route, like the small fjord village of Flåm.
Don’t want to travel to the fjords on your own? Nordic Visitor’s summertime guided small group tours in Norway are another great option!
The best ways to travel along Norway's West coast
Also a year-round travel option, the Hurtigruten coastal cruise is one of the best ways to experience the beautiful west coast of Norway. This famously scenic voyage is a flexible hop-on, hop-off style of cruise with 34 ports of call -- including major cities like Bergen, Trondheim and Ålesund, so it’s a great addition to travelling by train. Many of Nordic Visitor’s Fjord Tours combine trips by train and cruise in tours ranging from 7 to 14 days. With a holiday of around 2 weeks, It’s also possible to do the entire roundtrip Hurtigruten cruise between Bergen and Kirkenes in Norway’s arctic north.
The best way to see the Northern Lights in Norway
Northern Norway is the best place to see the northern lights and enjoy winter adventures like dog sledding, snowmobiling and more. December to March are the best months for both snow and northern lights conditions, so plan to spend about 4 - 7 days on a winter break that includes overnight stays in places like Tromsø, Kirkenes or the Lofoten Islands. From Norway’s main international airport in Oslo it’s only a 2-hour flight to smaller hubs in the country’s far north.
Need some more ideas for the best ways to explore Norway? Get in touch with the travel experts at Nordic Visitor who can not only suggest the perfect tour for you but also customise the itinerary to your interests.
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