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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.

Cruise Arctic Trollfjord

The almost mythical Trollfjord, a two-kilometrelong stretch of water separating the Lofotens from the Vesteralen archipelago, almost defies description with its slender entrance and sheer-sided, kilometre-high mountain walls. Take a boat trip to indulge in a spot of fishing or orcaspotting from the decks, and keep an eye out for white-tailed sea eagles in the skies above.

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!

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.

Wooden Cathedrals

Despite its renowned natural beauty, some of Norway’s most remarkable features are man-made: the country’s ‘stave hurches’ 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.

Serene & Spectacular Sognefjord

The ‘King of the Norwegian Fjords’ (and the longest ice-free fjord in the world at over 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.

Magical Fjærland

Set enticingly between a beautiful fjord and Jostedalsbreen, Europe’s largest glacier, is Fjærland, a pleasant village where you can hire a bike, visit the impressive Norwegian Glacier Museum, or even take a guided walk up onto the ice itself. For a truly Slow holiday experience, take to the water in a rowing boat, or simply while away an hour or two browsing the second-hand bookshops – Fjærland is just as appealing to bibliophiles as it is to lovers of the great outdoors.

Flåm & its World-Famous Railway

At the head of steep-sided Aurlandsfjord lies the village of Flåm (pronounced ‘flom’). Besides taking a stroll through the enchanting Aurland Valley from here (you pass several waterfalls en route), 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.

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.
To delve deeper and linger longer, we suggest:
Bustling Cities & Serene Fjords
Journey in Norway
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Discover Sognefjord – ‘king of the fjords’ – and Norway’s first and second cities on this week-long adventure by express boat and train.
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Journey in Norway
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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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