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Norway is a Scandinavian dream made up of glaciers, coastline and Nordic charm.

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Discover The Land of the Midnight Sun

Full of incredible natural wonders and wonderfully stylish cities, Norway is a Scandinavian dream made up of glaciers, coastline and Nordic charm. There are few places in the world which can boast the sheer natural beauty of the Norwegian landscapes. All along the stretching coast are kilometres of magnificent fjords.

These incredible inlets, carved by some unseen hand into the sheer cliffs and mountains, are filled with the clear waters of the north Atlantic and offer unparalleled vistas of the glacial beauty of Norway. 

Far up in the Norwegian Sea in the north of the country is the untouched splendour of the Lofoten Islands. This archipelago is home to dramatic mountain scenery, pure open seas and attractive fishing villages. Notably, this is also one of the locations from which the midnight sun can be seen. This natural phenomenon is when the sun can still be seen at midnight, and on the longest day of the year, the sun never sets here. Meanwhile, in the south of the country, Oslo -the capital of Norway- provides a more human attraction.  Its fantastic buildings and extensive selection of museums and art galleries is extraordinary, with its contemporary Opera House frequently recognised as one of the finest examples of modern architecture in northern Europe. 

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The Northern Lights & Lapland

On this remarkable adventure we explore Norway and Swedish Lapland, journeying north far into the Arctic Circle where we seek out the magical Northern Lights, all whilst travelling on some of Scandinavia's most scenic railways.

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11 days from $4,385 pp

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Arctic Circle Express

Majestic mountains and heavenly fjords in Norway combine with the tranquil landscapes of Sweden on an epic journey that includes every great Scandinavian rail experience. On this exciting 16-day tour you'll visit the fascinating cities Oslo and Stockholm and travel beyond the Arctic Circle to the 'Land of the Midnight Sun.'

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16 days from $7,105 pp

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Fjords Cruise & Historic Cities of Norway

With their towering cliff faces, rugged rocky ledges and waterfalls that drop straight into the sea, the awe-inspiring Norwegian fjords really have to be seen to appreciate their beauty and majesty. On this fantastic tour we visit these natural wonders and cross spellbinding landscapes to visit Norway's magnificent cities.

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7 days from $2,425 pp

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Grand Arctic Circle Explorer

Explore Denmark, Sweden and Norway on this truly spectacular overland rail adventure. We visit the region's three magnificent and lively capital cities, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo, Norway's awe-inspiring fjords and the wild landscapes north of the Arctic Circle in the 'Land of the Midnight Sun.'

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21 days from $10,685 pp

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Arctic Norway & Midnight Sun on The Lofoten Isles

Travel the length of Norway aboard some of the world's most impressive railway lines, discovering its delightful cities and island communities along the way. Experience life in the Arctic Circle and feast like a Viking on our thirteen day tour.

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13 days from $5,715 pp

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Essential Norway

Marvel at the beauty and majesty of spellbinding Norway on this enthralling seven-day tour. Travel from the elegant city of Oslo to the breathtaking fjords and mountains of Norway's west coast. This tour is operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries.

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As though Norway's breath-taking scenery was insufficient justification for visiting, you can witness two further unique natural phenomena here. For around two months each summer a tilt in the earth's axis means that the sun never sets in northern Norway and daylight lasts for twenty-four hours. In the winter Norway's skies are illuminated by the ethereal Aurora Borealis: the legendary 'Northern Lights'.

When you factor in the excitement of travelling within the Arctic Circle and the pleasure of exploring cosmopolitan and culturally-rich cities such as Oslo and Bergen it becomes clear that Norway has everything to provide the rail tour of a lifetime.

The Northern Lights

Perhaps the most impressive of Norway's natural phenomena are the glorious northern lights. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, this spectacular natural light show which often illuminates the icy northern Norwegian sky, is caused by electrically charged particles from the sun which penetrated the earth's atmosphere and collide with local gases. The result is a series of multi-coloured rays which swirl in the night sky. With the stunning landscapes and lack of light pollution, the northern parts of Norway are often cited as the best place to experience the northern lights, and indeed, a number of Great Rail Journey's offer the possibility of seeing this fantastic natural marvel, including our Northern Lights & Lapland tour.

Norwegian Culture

Music in Norway has always been important to the country's identity. One famous Norwegian composer is Romantic master Edvard Grieg. His passionate and often nationalistic works include the Peer Gynt suites from which the unmistakeable 'Hall of the Mountain King' is an excerpt.

In the art world, Norway is known as the homeland of Edvard Munch. This expressionist painter is most well-known for his painting, 'The Scream', one version of which sold for around $120 million at auction.

Famously, Norway is the country of the Nobel Peace Prize, with a selection of five judges selected by the Norwegian Parliament. While the prizes themselves are Swedish and mostly awarded in Sweden, the peace prize is the only prize awarded by a Norwegian committee. This was decided by the founder Alfred Nobel, who left no explanation for his decision.

The national sport of Norway is cross-country skiing, with the annual ski marathon Birkebeinerrennet being the largest skiing event in the country featuring hundreds of skiers on a breathtaking 54km route over two mountains. Other sports include football and ice hockey.

Norwegian Railways

Like many Scandinavian rail networks, the efficiency and comfort of the rail service in Norway is unparalleled. There are few better ways to experience the fjords, the coastlines and the delightful towns than from the warmth of a Norwegian train.

Rail routes of outstanding panoramas include the Bergen Railway, often described as one of the greatest rail journeys in the world. This scenic journey treks from the old Hanseatic city of Bergen to Oslo, gliding alongside glaciers and mountains and passing several Norwegian towns on the way. Another example is the Flåm railway in the middle of Norway. This superb railway navigates some of the most beautiful landscapes in Scandinavia, across the fjords and through the firs of Norwegian forests. 

Norwegian Cuisine

As expected of a country with a coastline as long as Norway's, fish is a fundamental aspect of the country's cuisine. Tørrfisk - dried fish, often cod or haddock, is popular whilst Norwegian salmon is known for its firm flesh and distinctive, delicious flavour. Lamb is a favoured meat, typically eaten as Fenalår - a cured and seasoned leg of lamb, Pinnekjøtt - lamb ribs that have been dried or smoked and then cooked by steaming, Fårikål - lamb stewed with cabbage and peppercorns and, on special occasions, Smalahove - lamb's head. Served whole, and accompanied by vegetables, all of the head, including the eyes, may be eaten. Norway's national drink is Aquavit: a spirit distilled from potatoes and flavoured with botanicals including dill, coriander, star anise, fennel and caraway.

Norwegian Climate

Despite its proximity to the Arctic Circle, Norway enjoys a milder climate than other countries at the same latitude as a result of the Gulf Stream and thermal air currents. Despite this, warm winter clothing is always essential, as with every country as close to the pole as Norway.

 In summer, from late June to August, temperatures may reach around 77°F although the weather can be unpredictable. Inland temperatures drop during the autumn, leaving coastal areas the warmest. Norway is typically blanketed in snow during the winter and conditions can become extreme with temperature occasionally dropping as low as -40°F in some areas. Norway is at its most beautiful during the spring (May to mid-June) when trees and plants burst back into life after the snows, which melt away to boost Norway's rivers and waterfalls.

Norwegian Language

Like many Scandinavian tongues, Norwegian is a lovely lilting language with little influences from the outside. It is perhaps most closely related to Danish, which many words sounding very similar. Handy words to know include 'goddag' which means 'hello', 'ha det bra' which means 'goodbye' and 'takk' which means 'thank you'. Most Norwegians however, speak almost perfect English, though any attempt to speak the language is always appreciated.

Traveller’s notes

The 17th of May in Norway is known as Constitution Day. This day was historically the day which saw the signing of Norway's first constitution in Eidsvoll in 1814. Festivities on Constitution Day include a children's parade in every village, town and city where the participants dress in traditional Norwegian outfits.

Be aware that service charges are always included in restaurant bills. Norwegians will generally leave a tip in a restaurants or bars if they are satisfied with the service.

A tip of 10% or more of the bill's total is considered generous.

Annika Blau
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