Norway is one of the world’s most beautiful countries and a popular cruising destination along its breathtaking coastline and up to the Arctic. With two-third of the country mountainous, it is no wonder that Norway is rightfully renowned for its stunning fjords, many of which are formed during the last ice age’s meltdown. In fact, the word “fjord” originates from an ancient Viking term that has since gone international thanks to the sheer number of these beautiful formations (there are more than 1,000!) in the country.
Interests in the Viking culture has gone through the roof in recent years and this country is the veritable destination for an authentic experience of all things Viking. Travel back in time to discover Viking ships and treasures through state-of-the-art technology, or simply attend a Viking festival at the open-air museums just to get a taste of the Viking way of life. Last but not least, visit the country to experience the magic of the northern lights, along with many exhilarating winter activities from dog sledding, skiing, hiking, fishing to wildlife safaris.
The best time to visit Norway is between May to September, when the days are longer, and the weather is warmer. The height of the summer draws the crowds to its natural playground, when the full range of outdoor activities are possible in some of the most spectacular landscapes, especially under the midnight sun. Consider May and Sep too for fewer crowds and a relatively pleasant climate. In the northern regions, especially beyond the Arctic Circle, the Northern Lights dazzle visitors with its mystical aerial display of lights between September to April, and the winter months are some of the best times to combine sightings with snow activities from husky and reindeer safaris, snowmobile expeditions and skiing.