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Norway Tours in January

Take a trip to Norway in January to experience the thrills of winter activities such as snowmobiling and to hunt for the northern lights at night. You can also explore the Norwegian fjords and Scandinavian capitals by train or cruise. Get a January holiday made just for you by the travel experts at Nordic Visitor.

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Travel to Norway in January

Visiting Norway in January is a great idea if you’re looking for snowy scenery and the northern lights. Opt for a winter tour to discover the fjords without the crowds or enjoy activities like dog sledding.

The Norwegian travel experts at Nordic Visitor will tailor an itinerary to suit you. At this time of year, you could explore the country independently via trains and cruises or book a partially guided tour to Northern Norway.

If you’d like to see more of the Nordic region on the same trip, extend your visit to Iceland or the neighbouring Scandinavian countries – Sweden and Denmark.

Plus, when you book a trip with Nordic Visitor, you get tried-and-tested accommodation, transportation reservations, daily breakfast, and many other benefits. You’ll also enjoy the personal service of your own dedicated travel consultant.

Keep browsing below to explore ideas for Norway tours in January.

 

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Experience the best of Norway in January

From northern lights to fjords, check out these best-selling tours to start planning your own Norwegian winter adventure.

Norway
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Cruise
7 days / 6 nights
4.6
Dec - Mar

Best of Northern Norway Classic - 71° North Cape

Northern Lights & Cruise

4512EUR

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7 days / 6 nights
Dec - Mar

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Norway
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Cruise
10 days / 9 nights
4.7
Oct - Mar

Northern Lights by Train and Cruise

Tromsø, Flåm & the Fjords

3985EUR

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10 days / 9 nights
Oct - Mar

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Norway
Cruise & Train
7 days / 6 nights
Oct - Apr

Express Norway - Winter

Coastal Cruise & Flåm Railway

2727EUR

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Norway
Cruise & Train
7 days / 6 nights
Oct - Apr

Norway in a Nutshell® Classic - Winter

1691EUR

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Oct - Apr

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Expand your Nordic adventure

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind Scandinavian holiday with these tours that can be tailored with extra days, optional activities and more.

Norway, Sweden & Denmark
Independent Tours
7 days / 6 nights
Oct - Apr

Capitals of Scandinavia in Winter

Cruise

1542EUR

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Norway, Sweden & Denmark
Independent Tours
10 days / 9 nights
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Best of Scandinavia Classic - Winter

Train & Cruise

2547EUR

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10 days / 9 nights
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Capitals of Scandinavia & Finland Cruise - Winter

Cruise

2052EUR

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Iceland, Norway, 2 more ...
Independent Tours
14 days / 13 nights
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Best of Scandinavia & Iceland - Winter

Train, Cruise & Minibus

4566EUR

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Norway Travel Experts

As a travel agency founded in the Nordic region, Nordic Visitor knows how to make the most of your time in Norway. We offer a variety of tours – both independent and guided – that include must-see attractions as well as lesser-known highlights that are hand-picked by our own Norway travel experts. To ensure a stress-free trip, we handle all the local details for you – accommodation, activities, rental car, train tickets, cruise reservations and other specialist services.

Oh, and we can customise your itinerary! If you decide you want to add extra nights at a certain location, for example, your personal Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be happy to make suggestions and modify your itinerary.

Different ways you can experience Norway

We have tours for all varieties of travel styles and interests. See our options for exploring Norway below.

What do our customers say?

The reviews speak for themselves. See what Nordic Visitor travellers said about their experience with us.

Ebru, Turkey

Northern Lights by Train and Cruise, November 2023

Glad that we chose Nordic Visitor

Overall it was an amazing journey, we have enjoyed every step of it. We thank you for flawless instructions and all useful information which made our trip a convenient one as well. Thanks a lot for all your efforts. We are glad that we have chosen Nordic Visitor for this trip and surely will recommend to our friends and family.

Karen, United States

Norway in a Nutshell® Express - Winter, March 2023

Wonderful experience

Our experience in Norway was wonderful. Our hotels were centrally located, clean and offered great breakfasts to start each day. Our transportation connections couldn't have gone any smoother and the scenery from the train into Flåm and boat through the fiords was spectacular! All three of us felt this was an amazing experience.

LynnAnn, Guatemala

Norway in a Nutshell® & Northern Lights Express, November 2023

We had an amazing time in Norway!

We had an amazing time in Norway! The people could not have been friendlier, the vistas were breathtaking, and our Nordic Visitor helper, Irja, went above and beyond to help us plan our stay and even changed some reservations for us at the last minute when I realised that I had made a mistake. We would absolutely come back to Norway with Nordic Visitor again.

Josephine, United Kingdom

Northern Lights Norway Classic, February 2023

The trip was perfect

I took my mum to Norway for her 60th birthday in the hopes of seeing the northern lights. The trip planned for us by Nordic Visitor was perfect. We were glad of the days we got to spend exploring Tromsø and the excursions that were included allowed us to make some truly amazing memories. The snowmobile tour was the highlight of the trip, truly thrilling and topped off by seeing the lights as we arrived back to the camp. All the people who led our excursions were friendly and really knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend the Nordic Visitor service as a way to pack a lot of unforgettable experiences into a short time.

Lois, United States

Northern Lights by Train and Cruise, October 2023

Great job

Nordic Visitor did a great job with set up for accommodation and travel within the country. Tour guides were friendly, helpful and informative. I liked the way it was set up to visit popular destinations/excursions but also allowed time to explore on your own.

Elena, France

Best of Northern Norway Classic - 71° North Cape, January 2023

One of the best experiences we have had!

Absolutely outstanding. The tour and excursion organisation was perfect, seamlessly executed. The agent, Sindre, very professional in recommending and adapting the tour to our needs. One of the best family travel experiences we have had!

Joyce, United Arab Emirates

Best of Northern Norway Classic - 71° North Cape, March 2023

A true winter wonderland!

This was absolutely the trip of a lifetime. We enjoyed seeing a true winter wonderland! The combination of beautiful fjord views from the boat, chasing the northern lights, dog sledding, the Snow Hotel, so many different experiences - there were a lot of beautiful moments to take in!

Kelly-Lynne, United States

Best of Northern Norway Classic, January 2023

Excellent

Absolutely superb hotels were selected. The itinerary was very clearly laid out and easily understood. Every excursion or extra activity was expecting us. We had no issues with the vouchers. We definitely feel we experienced the best of Tromsø. Great communication when excursions were cancelled because of weather conditions. Nordic Visitor was able to reschedule us on a different excursion quickly and easily. Local tours selected by Nordic Visitor were excellent, well run and definitely highlights of the trip.

Travel Guide

Be prepared for just about anything on your Norway adventure.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VISITING NORWAY IN JANUARY

If you’re wondering where to go in Norway in January and what to see and do, we’ve got you covered. Read on to learn all about tours to Norway in January with these answers to commonly asked questions.

What are the best things to do in Norway in January?

January is a great time to enjoy winter tours in Norway and tick off some bucket list experiences. You can make the most of outdoor activities in the snow and visit top sites with fewer visitors around.

Here are 10 of the best things to do in Norway in January:

  • Spot the dancing aurora borealis in the night sky
  • Stay in a hotel made of snow and ice
  • Enjoy a Havila cruise or Hurtigruten coastal voyage along the west coast
  • Marvel at stunning scenery on a Norwegian fjord cruise
  • Dine at top contemporary restaurants in Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim
  • Learn about Sami culture in Northern Norway
  • Have a go at dog sledding, ice fishing or Arctic trucking
  • Travel between Oslo and Bergen on the Norway in a Nutshell® tour
  • Try snowmobiling, snowshoeing or cross country skiing in the countryside
  • Watch live music performances at the Northern Lights Festival in Tromsø

Good to know: The Norwegian experts at Nordic Visitor will make sure your itinerary is tailored to your taste. Add activities like dog sledding or snowmobiling to your tour or even shore excursions as you cruise Norway in January. You could visit charming Ålesund and the Lofoten islands.

Plus, you’ll get all the signature Nordic Visitor benefits. These include access to our 24/7 helpline, a detailed personal itinerary, helpful travel guide and daily breakfast.



What are the best places to visit in Norway in January?

In January you can visit Northern Norway for aurora borealis tours and winter activities in the snow. Meanwhile in Western Norway, you can visit the iconic fjords without the crowds.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Norway in January:

  • Explore the capital Oslo and its many highlights and museums
  • Visit Tromsø to chase the northern lights in Norway’s aurora capital
  • Head west on a Norwegian fjord tour to discover Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord
  • Stay in charming towns like Flåm and Trondheim
  • Experience snow like never before in Kirkenes
  • Stroll through the “Gateway to the Fjords”, Bergen
  • Visit the remote Lofoten islands, where the mountains meet the sea
  • Sail north to see jewels of Arctic Norway like the North Cape
  • Venture off the beaten path to Camp Tamok near Tromsø

If the northern lights are on your bucket list, January is a fantastic time to visit Norway. The “northern lights belt” (also called “aurora belt”) passes directly through Northern Norway. This means the best places to go for viewing the aurora borealis are the Arctic towns of Tromsø or Kirkenes.



What is the weather like in Norway in January?

January falls in the middle of winter in Norway, so the weather is cold and the days are short. Temperatures are below freezing in most parts of Norway and the country is beautifully blanketed with snow. It is as expected for a country that stretches into the Arctic Circle!

What is the temperature in January?

As the country spans such a large distance, temperatures in Norway vary depending on location. The west coast is milder than the rest of the country due to the Gulf Stream.

In Oslo the average temperature is -4°C (24°F) in January, while in Bergen and Stavanger it is 1°C (34°F). In Tromsø the average temperature is -4°C (24°F), and in Longyearbyen, the main town of Svalbard, it is -13°C (9°F).

Does it snow in Norway in January?

Yes, you can expect plenty of snow-covered landscapes during your tour of Norway in January. It’s an ideal time to take part in activities such as snowmobiling or dog sledding.



What are the driving conditions in Norway in January?

Driving in Norway in winter is likely to be different than what you’re used to back home, even if you’ve experienced snowy, icy conditions before. Winter storms can bring high winds, poor visibility and slippery surfaces.

Driving over mountain passes can also require extra caution in January. It’s important to note that some roads are closed over the winter months. If you want to take the wheel on a road trip, we recommend you visit Norway between May and September instead.

Or, if you’d like to travel with a local guide and like-minded visitors, plan your trip for the summer to join a guided small group tour of Norway. The tour guides will take you to the best spots and share their insider knowledge with you. Southern Norway is especially beautiful in the summer!



What to pack for a trip to Norway in January?

The weather in January is cold, so you must bring suitable layers and protective gear. That way, come rain or shine, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the country.

Here is a packing list for your Norway trip in January:

  • Insulated and waterproof jacket
  • Wool jumpers
  • Waterproof or snow trousers
  • Insulated boots with a good grip
  • A warm hat, gloves and scarves
  • Thermal socks and underwear

If your tour includes activities like dog sledding or snowmobiling you may also wish to bring glove liners, a balaclava and maybe even warmer heat packs. Some excursions will provide thermal suits for your protection, but make sure to check details before departing on your adventure.

What to wear in Norway in January?

In the Nordic countries, they have a saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”.

When travelling to Norway in January, you can expect cold temperatures outdoors. They may feel even colder with the strong coastal winds (wind chill factor). To enjoy all your winter activities, come prepared with warm underlayers and insulated outer layers.

What are the daylight hours in Norway in January?

In January the days are some of the shortest in the year. In the south, you’ll experience 6-8 daylight hours. In the north, expect a maximum of 5 hours of daylight.

There is a big difference in daylight hours between the beginning and end of the month. In early January, the sun rises at 9:20 AM and sets at 3:20 PM in Oslo. In Tromsø, the sun does not rise for the first 2 weeks of January, a phenomenon called the “polar night”.

By the end of the month, the sun rises at 8:30 AM in Oslo and sets at 4:20 PM. In Tromsø, the sun rises at 9:30 AM and sets at 2:30 PM by the end of January.

Can I see northern lights in Norway in January?

Thanks to the long, dark nights of winter, January is a great time to chase the auroras in Norway. The darker and clearer the skies, the more chances you have of witnessing the incredible solar activity. That’s why winter is the best time to search for the northern lights.

The optimum place to look for the aurora borealis is towards the Arctic Circle. We recommend you head to Northern Norway with a stay in Tromsø or Kirkenes.



Is it better to visit Iceland or Norway in January?

Both Norway and Iceland have their own appeal and reasons to visit in January. The great thing about both is that there are fewer visitors at top attractions, as winter is a quiet travel season.

You can try your luck hunting for the northern lights in Iceland and Norway in January. Both of these Nordic countries are situated within the “aurora belt”, which means that they are prime locations for witnessing this natural phenomenon.

There are so many other exciting activities to enjoy in January. For example, both Norway and Iceland offer the chance to go whale watching, snowmobiling, and experience Nordic spa traditions.

In Northern Norway, you could stay in a hotel made of snow and ice. You can also go dog sledding, try ice fishing, or head out on a king crab safari. In Iceland, on the other hand, you could marvel at staggering waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes and ice caves.



If you’re struggling to choose between visiting Norway or Iceland in winter, then don’t! You could easily combine them on a multi-country trip, hopping from one to the other on a short 3-hour flight between Oslo and Reykjavík.

As a Northern European tour operator, Nordic Visitor specialises in organising trips to this beautiful corner of the world. We have many more ideas and travel tips to help you explore the region your way!

Good to know: Nordic Visitor’s itineraries aren’t set in stone. Our travel experts know their destinations inside out and will tailor your tour to suit you.



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