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Journeys in SlowMotion in Norway

  • Slow Motion journeys in Norway
  • Slow Motion journeys in Norway
  • Slow Motion journeys in Norway
  • Slow Motion journeys in Norway
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  • Europe’s spectacular outdoor playground
  • humbling scenery – beauty on a grand scale
  • magnificent fjords, wild moorland & remote mountains
  • the awe-inspiring Lofoten Islands
  • proud Norwegian culture & ancient traditions

 

At times, Norway beggars belief. It is a land of many faces, each one seemingly more extraordinary than the last. If the western fjords, where mountains plunge into inky-blue waters, are astonishing, then the Lofoten Islands are incredible, with jagged peaks that seemingly rise straight out of the ocean, leaving room for only tiny slivers of sand. Between these lie mile upon mile of rugged coastline, wild moorland and high green valleys; and, to the south, the bustling, friendly cities of Oslo and Bergen. This country, on the farthest fringes of Europe, is a pristine natural wonderland that leaves a lasting imprint on the memory.

Read on to discover more of what this spectacular outdoor playground has to offer...

The Lofoten Islands

The wild beauty of the Lofoten Islands is simply breathtaking. Rugged granite spires frame silver beaches and an impossibly blue sea, while rocky headlands are dotted with small communities of wooden houses and distinctive, red-and-white rorbuer (fishermen’s huts). Seek out the quintessential Lofoten fishing village of Henningsvær, strung out across tiny islands that are linked by bridges amid a stunning mountain backdrop; and the diminutively named Å, which is literally and figuratively at the end of the road: the final point on the most scenic of drives, as well as being the last letter of the Norwegian alphabet.
Explore these untamed islands on our Norwegian Highlights journey >

The Hurtigruten Steamer

The Norwegians proudly describe this journey, aboard one of the distinctive red-and-white steamers that ply their fjord-fissured coastline, as ‘the world’s most beautiful voyage’. Established in the late-19th century to connect the relatively prosperous south with the country’s northern wilderness, Hurtigruten’s fleet still carries cargo and calls in at ports both large and small, but these days the emphasis is firmly on comfort, good food, and – of course – the spellbinding scenery. Keep an occasional vigil for the abundant bird species and marine life, and, whatever you do, don’t forget your camera!
This is one of the high points that make our Norwegian Highlights journey >

Ålesund

Home to Norway's largest cod-fishing fleet, Ålesund sits on a narrow, fishhook-shaped peninsula and contains, within its colourful collection of buildings, a quite astonishing concentration of Art Nouveau (or Jugendstil ) architecture – the most complete and harmonious in Scandinavia. A devastating fire in 1904 was what prompted the miraculous rebuilding and rebirth of this beguiling port, and the town itself – together with its interconnected island neighbours – is a fascinating place to explore.
Admire Art Nouveau Ålesund on our Best of the Fjords journey >

Geiranger & its fjord

Geiranger, offering fabulous views down its eponymous, world-famous fjord, is justly popular; but it’s well worth braving the crowds who come to explore this twisting, 20-kilometre marvel (together with waterfalls boasting names like ‘Seven Sisters’, ‘The Suitor’ and ‘Bridal Veil’), especially if you divert away from the village itself to take a drive up the awe-inspiring sinuous curves of the ‘Nibbevegen’ road (one of the world’s most ambitious construction projects) to reach a 1,500-metre-high fjord lookout, the highest in Europe. You won’t be alone here either, but you can take in a vista you will never forget.
Geiranger is a must-see on our Best of the Fjords journey >

Magical Fjærland

Set enticingly towards the head of its own fjord, with the mighty Jostedalsbreen as a backdrop, is the enchanting and beguiling farming village of Fjærland. Here you can hire a bike, visit the impressive Norwegian Glacier Museum, or take to the water in a rowing boat for a truly Slow holiday experience. You might also wish to while away an hour or two browsing the second-hand bookshops – with no fewer than 14 selling a wide variety of reading matter, Fjærland is just as appealing to bibliophiles as it is to lovers of the great outdoors.
Unwind here on our Bustling Cities & Serene Fjords journey >

Hardangerfjord - Claims to Fame

Running from the Atlantic to the steep wall of the Hardangervidda Plateau, Hardangerfjord is not content – it would seem – with being the second-longest fjord in Norway (and the fourth-longest in the world). No, it also lays claim to be the ‘garden of Norway’, with its apple, plum, pear, and cherry orchards – and crops of redcurrants and strawberries – supplying almost half of the country’s fruit; and it reminds us of its role in inspiring Edvard Grieg, who composed several of his masterpieces – including The Holberg Suite and the music to Peer Gynt – in the cabin that now stands in the garden of the Hotel Ullensvang. But it is perhaps the intricately adorned hardingfele  (‘Hardanger fiddle’) for which the area is best known. This symbol of Norwegian folk music has been around since 1651, and its association with the fires of hell led to it being banned from church right up until the early-20th century. But, played right, there’s nothing demonic about the fluid, mellifluous tones that will emanate from its eight or nine strings.
Explore the 'garden of Norway' on our Best of the Fjords journey >

Serene & Spectacular Sognefjord

The ‘Queen of the Norwegian Fjords’ (and the longest ice-free fjord in the world at just over 200km), Sognefjord twists its way inland, its gnarled fingers reaching out to ever more remote-feeling spots. From water level, the mountains tower high above, and views unfold of a succession of headlands plunging into the sapphire depths. Along its shore lie fruit orchards, the quiet village of Balestrand, and the Cider House – a distillery and restaurant run by a Norwegian-Turkish couple amid over 100 varieties of fruit trees.
Sognefjord features on our Norwegian Highlights journey...
...and on our Bustling Cities & Serene Fjords journey >

Flåm & its World-Famous Railway

At the head of steep-sided Aurlandsfjord lies the village of Flåm (pronounced ‘flom’). Besides taking an exhilarating bike ride down the former Navvies' Road from Myrdal, we recommend calling in on the Viking-style Ægir Brewery. Admire its nine-metre-high fireplace and driftwood walls adorned with dragons’ heads before sampling one or two of its award-winning ales – and some excellent, home-cooked food. The main attraction here, though, is the Flåm Railway which takes in lush woodland, thundering waterfalls and magnificent mountain scenery. It’s undeniably one of the world’s great journeys by train.
Travel on this iconic line on our Norwegian Highlights journey...
...or on our Bustling Cities & Serene Fjords journey >

Wooden Cathedrals

Despite its renowned natural beauty, some of Norway’s most remarkable features are man-made: the country’s ‘stave churches’ take their name from their distinctive method of construction and are a truly arresting sight. The creation of these elaborate wooden structures was a huge undertaking, often involving an entire local community, with skilled craftsmen then applying the finishing touches, including dragons’ heads on the roof ridges, much like the prows of Viking longships. The Sognefjord region boats five of the best-preserved examples, all dating back to the 12th century.

Bergen - Gateway to the Fjords

Norway’s second city is one of Scandinavia’s gems, offering a relaxed atmosphere and a stunning location right on the western fjords. There’s a real sense of history here, and the famous Bryggen – the UNESCO-listed, Hanseatic harbour district – has long been a melting-pot for traders from all over the world. Wander amid its brightly painted shops and warehouses, and peek into the large, glass-sided Fisk Torget (fish market) – a riot of sound and colour, especially when the catch comes in.

Sleek & Forward-Looking Oslo

At Oslo’s Fram Museum, you can inspect the ship that took Amundsen all the way to the South Pole in 1911. But what we love most about the Norwegian capital nowadays is its bold sense of style and thirst for progress.   Typifying this is Aker Brygge, the waterfront district where you can ascend the 90-metre Tjuvtitten Tower (the ‘Sneak Peak’) for sensational views over the city. There’s also the Museum of Modern Art, newly re-housed in a building designed by Renzo Piano; and the Nobel Peace Centre, perhaps the ultimate symbol of hope for a more civilised future.
Visit the capital on our Norwegian Highlights journey...
...or on our Bustling Cities & Serene Fjords journey >

A Quiet Culinary Revolution

From envying other nations’ gastronomic prowess, to celebrating what is uniquely Norwegian in both modern and traditional ways, the change in fortunes for Norway’s food culture has been remarkable over recent years. With rich resources inland – from fertile pasture grazed by lambs and goats and populated by fruit orchards – and nutrient-rich waters off a fissured and far-reaching coastline, all the ingredients were there. All that was needed was a little enthusiasm, passion and expertise, and those enterprising Norwegians have done the rest. Now, locally produced cheese, honey and pastries are available across the land, and there are sufficient varieties of craft ale – and cider – to keep the pickiest of beer-lovers content.
To delve deeper and linger longer, we suggest:
Bustling Cities & Serene Fjords
1 June-31 August 2017
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Journey in NorwayBustling Cities & Serene Fjords
Discover Sognefjord – ‘Queen of the fjords’ – and Norway’s first and second cities on this week-long adventure by express boat and train.
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7 nights, from £1190pp
1 June-31 August 2017
Norwegian Highlights
1 May-30 September 2017
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Journey in NorwayNorwegian Highlights
Discover the magical Lofoten Islands, impressive fjords, wild mountains and Norway’s first and second cities on this two-week adventure by boat and train.
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14 nights, from £2460pp
1 May-30 September 2017
Best of the Fjords
1 June-23 September 2017
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Journey in NorwayBest of the Fjords
From Bergen to Ålesund via Handangerfjord, Nærøyfjord, Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord, this really is the very best of Norway's fjords. New.
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14 nights, from £2595pp
1 June-23 September 2017