Looking for an adventurous holiday this summer? We’ve got an idea for you.
Under a summer sun that – at least in parts of the country – literally doesn’t set, the Norwegian cities are bustling with life around the clock – while the postcard nature and coastline will call for you to go on adventures.
With an Explore Norway Ticket you’ll get 14 days of unlimited travel around the country. Carrying a single ticket, you can choose among more than 40 airports, sometimes hundreds of miles apart.
Where you want to go is entirely up to you – obviously! Still, just to give you some inspiration, we’ll go ahead and suggest an itinerary anyway.
Along this route, you get to experience the vast diversity of Norwegian nature, culture and tradition.
Ready for an adventure? Read on to catch all the highlights along the way, and start to plan your dream holiday right now.
Oslo is a fantastic city in summer. In addition to the many green oases where you can barbeque, play games or just lie down and tan, there’s lots of opportunities to go for a dive in the fjord.
The Norwegian capital’s new seaside promenade will take you past the trendy Tjuvholmen, Aker Brygge, the beautiful new Oslo Opera House at Bjørvika, as well as the entirely new district of Sørenga – located just a stone’s throw from the Central Station. At Sørenga there are diving platforms and a family friendly, shallow beach – but you can jump from the quay pretty much all around the artificial peninsula.
From Aker Brygge (once you’ve tried a soft ice from the stands), hop on a boat and explore the Oslofjord’s many islands. We recommend Hovedøya – a great spot for swimming, picnics and long, sunny evenings among the medieval abbey ruins.
On a cloudy (or sunny!) day, take the opportunity to explore the Oslo’s many museums. See the latest, contemporary art at Astrup Fearnley, or travel to the past at the scenic Bygdøy peninsula, accessible by bus, bike or boat. Here you’ll find the Viking Ship Museum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, and the famed polar ship, Fram.
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Experiencing the majestic nature of Western Norway is something that everyone should experience in their lifetime. In more than one sense, summer sees the Sogndal area in full bloom.
Trek into the mountains to get up close and personal with the forces of nature, and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views. From 1,116 meters above sea level at Molden, you can see Jostedalsbreen (Norway’s largest glacier), Jotunheimen (our biggest mountain range), and the Lusterfjord. Travel to Nigardsbreen to experience the glacier up close.
From Sogndal, you can make the trip to the Nærøyfjord. This otherworldly place is perhaps the most stunning representative of Norway’s famous fjord landscapes. A small arm of the mighty Sognefjord, it is placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Get out on the water and float past steep mountains and sublime waterfalls.
Nearby, the Flåm Railway is one of the most scenic train rides in the world. In just 20 kilometres it climbs more than 800 meters in altitude, from the fjord and into the mountains. This area is also perfect for biking adventures!
If you’re interested in a biking holiday, read more on our Fly and Bike concept.
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It’s like magic when the sun appears and the summer heat arrives in Bergen. The population flows into the streets to have lunch and dinner on the sidewalks.
It teems with life and activity at the pier, around the Fish Market at Torgalmenningen and in the many narrow side streets around the city centre. Soak up the rays with a cold beer or coffee in hand, at Kafé Klippers or Café Bastant for instance.
Bergen is a beautiful city, surrounded by mountains and fjords. To get a good look at it, make your way to one of the many viewpoints overlooking the city. Just 150 meters from Bryggen and the Fish Market in the city centre, you’ll find Fløibanen, a funicular climbing to 320 meters altitude.
If you’re feeling sporty, you can also walk there in about an hour. The path will take you past charming, cobbled streets and lush forest trails. Or if you’re even more adventurous, you can climb to the considerably taller Ulriken, also reachable by a cable car with a stunning view.
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Kristiansand is the city of summer, with a capital S. A coastal town in the very south of Norway, the place is bursting with summery activities.
Whether you travel with children or not, you must of course stop by Dyreparken – the country’s largest and most popular zoo. Afterwards, head to Sjøhuset Restaurant in the city centre to enjoy some mussels in the sun.
In Kristiansand you’re all set for a wonderful beach holiday. There’s a city beach right in the town centre, where you can feel the warm sand between your toes, play some beach volleyball, and then throw yourself into the waves. Or you can go island hopping, and head for instance to Verftet, where you can dine at Bølgen & Moi and stay the night.
In and around Kristiansand there are also a number of charming shops and pubs, wonderful nature with acitivities like climbing and zip-lines, as well as numerous parks and museums.
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Will you be travelling in July or August? Then catch one of the many fantastic summer festivals in Trondheim. For instance, see the Pilgrims’ mass, medieval tournament and markets of Olavsfestdagene from July 28th to August 5th.
The Trøndelag region is Norway’s breadbasket, and Trondheim has more than 20 restaurants that specialize on local foods. From August 3rd – 5th, there are beer and food festivals in the city, with Norwegian championships for brewers and chefs.
A medieval city founded by Viking kings, Trondheim is home to the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world, Nidarosdomen. There’s also an old town, called Bakklandet – an idyllic district of colourful wooden houses.
The city has one of Norway’s most active music scenes. As well as attending concerts you can check out the music museums or Ringve and Rockheim. If it rains, the place to go is ironically Solsiden, meaning “the sunny side”. In this former industrial area there are art museums, shopping opportunities and great food.
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Flying to Sandnessjøen lands you amidst the rugged coastal scenery of Helgeland, one of the most beautiful areas of the entire Norwegian coastline. A perfect way to explore the area’s diverse sceneries is from the seat of a bicycle.
Make a day trip to the Petter Dass museum and Herøy. After experiencing the museum (designed just recently by the internationally renowned firm, Snøhetta), you should try the local cuisine at Marghrethe’s café. Ride back to the ferry at Søvik and sail over to Herøy – a flat and picturesque island with white sand beaches, dotted with charming small bridges and cottages. It also has a beautiful 12th century soapstone church, and a museum (Herøy Bygdesamling) that provides great insight into the old coastal culture.
For a biking holiday, also check out our Fly and Bike concept.
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Bodø is located just north of the Arctic Circle – meaning it lies within the realm of the midnight sun. In the middle of summer the sun will rest above the horizon through the night, and cast a reddish glow over the city.
The special light, and the cheerful locals, is just some of what makes this Nordland town a fantastic place to be in summer. Sit down with a cool drink at Bryggerikaia at the quayside, and breathe in the sea air. Then check out what’s on at Stormen, the city’s world-class concert hall.
In Bodø, the forces of nature are always on display. Visit Saltstraumen, the world’s strongest tidal current, just a few miles from the city. Or Keiservarden, Bodø’s most popular peak. The islands outside Bodø are also great for biking.
LEKNES AT LOFOTEN
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With its dramatic peaks plunging into the sea, white sand beaches, green meadows and cosy fisherman’s cottages, the Lofoten archipelago is a dream destination in summer.
Travelling to Leknes lands you at the heart of Lofoten. For an active holiday, aim for the mountain peaks, or try sea kayaking, scuba diving or wildlife safaris that’ll give you a lifetime of memories.
If you’re doing a bicycle holiday, this is where to enjoy narrow roads in spectacular surroundings, under the midnight sun …
For a bit of history, visit the LOFOTR Viking Museum. At Borg at Vestvågøy, a 15-minute drive from Leknes, one’s found the remains of a Viking chieftain’s seat, including the largest banquet hall know from the Viking Age in Scandinavia. And on August 9th-13th, there’s a Viking festival here!
STOKMARKSNES AT VESTERÅLEN
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Just north of Lofoten is another wonderful archipelago, Vesterålen. To explore it, the charming coastal town of Stokmarknes is a great place to start.
Vesterålen has attractions like Museum Nord, and is also known as the Hurtigruten’s birthplace. At the Hurtigruten museum, you can see the old coastal steamer, Finnmarken. Don’t miss the old fishing village at Nyksund, either.
Experiencing Vesterålen by bike is certainly not a bad idea. Take. for example, the recommended route around Hadselsøya (42 km), which is a nice day trip. You’ll bike close to the water on a narrow, winding, beautiful road with few hills.
On the way, you can stop to enjoy the view towards Lofoten and the open sea. See the art installation Ræv IV at Taen beach, where you can also sit at the “love bench”. A few kilometres later you’ll see the natural landmark, Uvêrshula. Then the next stop is Galleri Uvær, which can be recommended for anyone with even a remote interest in art.
With the appearance of the midnight sun, Tromsø really comes to life, offering some amazing summer nights.
Go for a midnight swim in Telegrafbukta, or hit a nighttime hole in one at Tromsø Golf Park, the northernmost 18-hole course in the world. You may also attend a late night concert in the Arctic Cathedral, and then experience the main street, Storgata, with open cafes, clubs and bars through the night – which is never dark.
Tromsø, too, has magnificent natural surroundings, and the majestic Lyngen Alps are close by. Experience the wilderness and the Arctic summer days with a hike around Kvaløya island, or take the mountain lift from the city all the way up to a spectacular viewpoint, 420 meters above.
By bike, you won’t have to go far outside Tromsø to find yourself in the countryside, and in close contact with the mountains and fjords. You can catch a number of sights on a day trip, including Nordnorsk Vitensenter, Botanisk hage and Tromsø Museum.
No visit to Tromsø is complete without a taste of the delicacies from the Arctic Ocean. Buy fresh shrimp on the pier, or enjoy delicious seafood at Emma’s drømmekjøkken. For hand-brewed coffee, seek out Risø mat & kaffebar – and make sure to grab a piece of rhubarb cake, too!
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Hammerfest is one of the northernmost towns in the world. Your trip isn’t complete without it.
Every summer, reindeer from the Finnmark plateau come here to graze. At Mikkelgammen, the Sami reindeer herders Mikkel and Solveig will take you into their magical world, offering exciting food and stories around the campfire.
You can climb the hills around the town with the help of an electric bike, which you can get at the airport when booking Fly and Bike. Then it’s easy to head into the country to see Finnmark’s amazing plant and animal life – you won’t see anything like it anywhere else.
You can combine your bicycle trip with island hopping, for instance by taking the boat to Sørøya. Bike on along the old Fyrvokterveien (“Lighthouse keeper road”). which has recently been restored. This leads you into the unique coastal scenery of Western Finnmark. Keep an eye out for sea eagles and whales, and stop at Gamvik Farm for a real, Northern Norwegian lunch.
If you fly on from Hammerfest to Honningsvåg, you’ll reach Nordkapp – marking the northernmost point on the European mainland. You’ll literally feel on top of the world.
Have a great trip!
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,Top image: Lovatnet in Sogn og Fjordane. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway