Shaped by the Ice Age, the epic landscapes of Norway are characterised by narrow fjords, majestic glaciers and towering mountains. Put simply, this Scandi nation features the kind of natural beauty that words will never do justice. The Norwegian fjords are the crowning glory of the country’s endless scenery. There are over a thousand scattered across the jagged coastline, but the most iconic –Nærøyfjord, Sognefjord, Lysefjord and Geirangerfjord – are located on the west coast. These secluded saltwater inlets are ideal for scenic boat or kayaking trips, allowing you to soak up the waterfalls and glaciers along the way. Capital city Oslo makes a for a great base, providing a middle ground between urban culture and rural wonders. Surrounding the abundance of museums, nightlife and restaurants are dozens of green spaces, with the Nordmarka forest no more than 30 minutes from the city centre. The area around Holmenkollen is a great spot for cross-country skiing or summer-time hikes.
For your best chance of spotting the illusive Northern Lights, plan your trip between October and March.
Anyone taking the time to explore Norway will spot a variety of wildlife, including humpback, orca and sperm whales. In the high arctic around Svalbard, there’s also the chance of encountering the likes of polar bears and walruses. Hotels, guests houses and apartments can be found everywhere in Norway, but to immerse yourself in the picturesque wilderness you may want to stay in a cosy cabin or countryside campsite where you can unzip your tent to views of mountainside scenery.
This was the best day of travelling I've ever had!!
The hotel staff were extremely helpful via email when trying to plan from the other side of the world. Got the hotel transfer from Alta and put my bags into the luggage room before hopping into a Thermosuit to go snowmobiling in Arctic Norway. Got back to a lovely warm fire and cup of tea to thaw out before a tour of the beautiful hotel and facilities.
The hotel is Ice Age themed this year and I have never been in a more beautiful place in my life! All of the rooms are lovely. The suites are individually themed and beautifully designed. You can walk around and look at all of them before guests go to sleep. My room/ my favourite was suite 29. It was so pretty and had LED lights constantly changing the colour of the headboard, coffee table and icicle sculpture.
The restaurant is fine dining Sami/modern Norwegian fusion and was unique and delicious.
Took a stroll out to the bridge over Alta river and managed to see some faint northern lights just over the hill. Then as we thawed out by the fire the receptionist came to tell us that there were stronger lights building up. Sure enough we got a beautiful dancing green sky right at the front of the igloo hotel. So lucky!
The bed is a giant slab of ice with a thin mattress covered by reindeer/ other animal hide. And when it comes time to sleep you hop into double-layer Arctic thermal sleeping bags. It was honestly the best sleep I had during my 4 weeks of vacation and the only time I felt cold was in the morning when I had to get out of my cocoon and carry the bags back to the main building.
The sauna is amazing and so refreshing first thing in the morning.
Breakfast was an interesting smorgasbord with lots of variety- everything from fresh bread, to a waffle station, to perfect berries, to cured elk and reindeer.
Highly comfortable room, lovely indoor swimming pool, nice fresh food, very professional staff and management. Enjoyed my brief stay very much. There was more to do in Geiranger than I expected, if the weather is good there is a lovely walk along the southern side of the fjord. Also there are walking trails up behind the hotel. It's not all just cruise ships and mass tourism!
Loved the view from the room window so relaxing and the room spacious and the bed very soft and comfortable. The best thing is the shower after a long day, you eant to stay in the water forever. The staff are super nice, professional and very helpful...
The location is fantastic. Near the central station, near the shopping area, near the opera house, near 7-11, and lots of restaurants. The hotel is so modern, so efficient. The staff are so nice and helpful. Fast Wifi. Very clean. Very stylish.
Breakfast fantastic. (Definitely the best I have experienced anywhere). Very helpful and friendly staff. Clean new rooms with comfortable bed. Location excellent. Great to have all local staff who were eager to make our stay positive.
Tasteful decorated room. Motion sensors activated the lights. The hotel overlook the Oslo Fjord waterfront, surrounded by gleaming buildings, art galleries and wide walkways. Chic restaurants along Aker Brygge harbor are steps away.
Very nice location at the fjord - clean and good
sized rooms, great pools and good sauna with views to the fjord and the indoor pool.
Good restaurant with menu choice and dessert buffet.
Very good breakfast buffet.