Norway is a once-in-a-lifetime destination and the essence of its appeal is remarkably simple: this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth.
Stirring Landscapes are part of the drama of Norway’s natural world. Impossibly steep-sided fjords of extraordinary beauty cut gashes from a jagged coastline deep into the interior. The fjords’ fame is wholly merited, but this is also a land of glaciers, grand and glorious, snaking down from ice-fields that rank among Europe’s largest.
Elsewhere, the mountainous terrain of Norway’s interior resembles the ramparts of so many natural fortresses, and yields to rocky coastal islands that rise improbably from the waters like apparitions. And then, of course, there’s the primeval appeal of the Arctic and the Northern Lights, a vast adventure playground, is a celestial light show. Cities amidst nature, a land of the midnight sun and one of the world’s natural wonders. Since being cut, carved and sculpted during the ice age it has changed little since the Vikings set sail from here on their voyage of discovery, trade and conquest. Small farms and colourful fishing villages dot the waterline at the foot of towering mountains and beautiful coastal and cultural cities where the fjord waters meet the ocean.
These land forms provide a backdrop for some of Europe’s most charismatic wildlife – polar bears (in Svalbard), reindeer and musk oxen to name just three – and the setting for many a picturesque wooden village.
If one topic above all others dominates conversations among travellers to Norway, is the formidable cost of travel. Make no mistake, Norway is one of the most expensive countries on earth, which is yet another reason why saving up to come here is akin to planning the trip of a lifetime.
But is it worth it? Absolutely, Norway will pay you back with never-to-be-forgotten experiences many times over.
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Northern Lights Voyage of Discovery
Experience the winter splendor of the Norwegian coastline on this 12 day cruise. Where you’ll cross the Artic circle twice, spend 7 days in the auroral zone giving you the best opportunity to see the Northern Lights.