Walking holidays in Norway

As one of Scandinavia’s superstars, Norway wows with plenty of natural wonders and a wealth of fascinating cities.  

Visit Norway’s oldest national park 

For walkers seeking peace and tranquillity, few places can compare to Rondane National Park. This pristine Scandinavian wilderness became Norway’s first national park in 1962 and it’s easy to see why. Moss-covered mountain plateaus give way to deep valleys and plummeting waterfalls, while high peaks and lakes provide a scenic backdrop for hiking trails.  

Discover historic cities 

It’s not just Norway’s natural landscapes that impress, the nation’s big-name cities meld centuries of maritime tradition with ultra-modern style. Wander between some of the most beautiful and best-preserved wooden buildings in Scandinavia with a trip to the port city of Stavanger. Stroll by the colourful harbourfront houses of UNESCO-listed Bergen and visit Oslo – Norway’s royal seat and culture-rich capital home to centuries of Viking history.  

Journey coast to coast by rail and boat 

While we love exploring on foot, Norway lines up a whole host of ways to discover its wild landscape of thundering rivers, sky-blue fjords, and frostbitten peaks punctuated by a flurry of fascinating cities. Take the Bergen Railway to its towering summit station, ride the famous Flåm Railway as it follows the course of sparkling blue rivers, and climb Mount Fløyen by funicular.  And no adventure in Norway would be complete without sailing through the fjords, of course.  

Find lots to love in Lofoten 

One of Norway’s most photogenic spots is the Lofoten Islands – a far-flung archipelago extending about 70 miles from north to south. Located 800 miles from Oslo and 95 miles north of the Arctic Circle, it rewards with snow-topped mountains, white-sand beaches, traditional fishing villages, and well-established walking trails. Marvel at the 150-metre-high pinnacle of rock known as Svolværgeita (also called The Goat) and admire the rorbuer cabins – the brightly painted wooden fishermen's huts that line the waterfront.  

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife  

There’s all manner of superb wildlife-spotting to be done on a Norway walking holiday. Expect to see white-tailed eagles, puffins, cormorants, and otters on coastal walks and hikes – and perhaps spy moose wandering along the beaches. There’s also rich marine life around the islands, which is unsurprising given that this is the home of the 25-mile Røst Reef – the world's largest known deep-water coral reef first discovered by scientists in 2002.  

Experience the midnight sun 

If you’re here between May and July, you can enjoy approximately 76 days of the midnight sun. This natural phenomenon occurring in the Arctic Circle and Antarctic Circle means that the sun does not set so there’s an extended period of daylight (usually up to 24 hours of sunlight).