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From the clusters of white-washed harbour towns nestling along the rocky south coast, to the snow swept spine of mountains running down its centre, the Arctic's uncharted and other-worldly appeal and the monumental fjords of the west coast, which render great slices from the land and echo the country's glacial childhood, Norway's landscape is on an epic scale. There's something hearty about this landscape; maybe its all the cold, fresh-aired magnificence, but many of the best places to stay in Norway are fantastic because they bring you somehow closer to it. If this beautiful land is not on your travel "to do list", then you might want to have a look at photos of the fjords and the Northern Lights and reconsider!

Sure, Oslo is great too, a cosmopolitan city of sleek Scandi architecture and vibrant, colourful local traditions. And Norway's other great cities are also worth mentioning. But it's the remote wildernesses which really deserve bucket-list status.

Join a whale-spotting safari, spend a night in a remote lighthouse, meet polar bears and reindeers in Svalbard, relax under all night summer sunshine on the flat rocks at Kristiansand and drink and make merry like a Viking, there are many ways to experience Norway. And don't be put off by the threat of the cold, the Gulf Stream means temperatures aren't as low as you might expect, and it gets up to the low 30s (°C) in summer. Of course it can fall below -25°C in winter...

Great swathes of Norway's unpopulated interior have been turned into national parks and the epic and varied landscape has inspired adventure sports-folk on to new creative heights.

There are plenty of unusual outdoor pursuits you can try against backdrops which range from natural rock formations which look like fortresses, to dense woodland, to flat scree further north and some of Europe's largest ice fields and highest waterfalls.

And of course the sea which creeps inland at the fjords. As well as the obvious hiking, biking, snow-shoe-ing, cross country skiing and white water rafting, there's also dog sledding and snowmobiling. It's all about getting closer to nature.

Best Places to Stay in Norway

For a City Break

  • Oslo

Hemmed in by spectacular scenery, Oslo has all the perks of a global capital: world class museums and galleries, impressive architecture and design and a cosmopolitan feel but with plenty of unique local cultural quirks. Plus the majority of the best places to stay in Norway!

The Thief's name comes from it's location: on Thief Island, 15 minutes from the centre of Oslo. This is design hotel at its best, with original art by Warhol, Anthony Gormley and Julian Opie, dramatic public spaces and waterfront views.

⁃ The Grand Hotel, on Oslo's grandest street, Karl Johans Gate, has all the traits you want to find in a hotel of this name. Exquisitely elegant rooms and suites and luxurious public spaces make this hotel a real treat.

⁃ Central but quietly located, in a residential area just 10minutes from the Royal Palace by tram, Hotel Gabelshus is simple and stylish.

  • Trondheim is an ideal gateway into Norway and all its delights, roughly located in the middle of the Nordic country with easy and reasonably priced train links both to the remote lands beyond the Arctic Circle and the stunning Fjords in the South.

To access its Natural Wonders

  • Bergen is Norway's second city, and a grand old trading port which was also once the capital. Most people visiting the western fjords pass through Bergen, but as well as the fjords there are wonderful wooden buildings and lively nightlife.
  • Bodø is the gatewtay to the Lofoten Islands, the small bowler hat shaped, green islands set just off the coast. These are the best places to stay in Norway for biking and sea kayakers. This is also where you'll find one of the world's most romantic beaches, windswept and interesting Vestvgoy.
  • Tromsø is a beautiful coastal region fringed with fjords, glaciers and arctic mountain scenery, and a pristine whale watching setting. The ocean around Tromso is deep near the continental shelf, and the churning waters there create a breeding ground for whale food and herrings, which draws Humpbacks, Killer Whales, Minke, Orcas and Fin Whales.

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  • Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz


    A chic, contemporary hotel in heart of Oslo, providing 'home from home' comforts, with an emphasis on quality from the bed linen to the smart TV and Bose sound system. Bright, colourful rooms plus an exclusive guest lounge with great views. Perfect for business trips or local exploring.

    151 rooms from $154
    Value chic  -  With doubles from just £120 B&B, it is excellent value.
    Great walks  -  Aker Brygge and Akershus Fortress nearby
    Sights nearby  -  Royal Palace
  • Hotel Gabelshus


    An attractive hotel with an ivy clad facade in a peaceful residential area. Simply decorated rooms with lots of natural light, some with private balconies. Buffet breakfasts and set dinners. A good option for families, couples, and those keen to be close to the shopping district.

    114 rooms from $166
    Sights nearby  -  10 minute tram ride from the Royal Palace and the city centre
    Local markets  -  Aker Brygge District.
    Great walks  -  Frogner Park.

See all » 1 hotel in Norddal

  • Juvet Landscape Hotel

    Valld, Norddal

    Europe's first ever 'landscape' hotel lets the incredible beauty of its surroundings envelope it. Its individual pods are minimalist and afford phenomenal views out over the Valldal valley. Make sure to experience the indoor-outdoor spa. Quite simply mesmerising.

    9 rooms from $388
    Romantic Break  -  The perfect hideaway for you and a loved one - the 'birdhouses' up in the trees in particular
    Back to Nature  -  Here you are one with nature - almost nothing seperates you from it
    Eco break  -  An eco luxury escape, ensconced in nature
    Fishing  -  Fjord fishing in the summer.

See all » 1 hotel in Ålesund

  • Storfjord


    A luxury hotel set in secluded Glomoset hills overlooking the Storfjord. Handcrafted log walls, roaring fire places and comfortable designer furniture. Plenty of activites for everyone - including kayaking and watersports from the hotel. Gourmet fine dining and local produce.

    23 rooms from $200
    Kayaking  -  Paddle to the idyllic Glomset cove and out in Storfjorden.
    Fishing  -  Ålesund
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

See all » 1 hotel in Heggenes

  • Herangtunet


    A small, luxury Norwegian hotel in a stunning natural park. Surrounded by woods and water, this traditional lodge has cosy country & city themed bedrooms, and sitting room with log fire and comfy sofas. Big banqueting tables and lots of atmosphere. A great spot to explore the beautiful countryside.

    9 rooms from $128
    Hideaway  -  The perfect choice if you want an off the beaten track Scandanavian spot
    Kayaking  -  Øyangen - lake trips
    Full of character
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.

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  • Havnekontoret


    Located in the Bryggen district of Bergen, a World Heritage Site, the hotel has views of the historic port. A 1920s stone building, the fashionable interiors are stylish and welcoming. Complementary evening buffet features traditional Nordic cuisine. Plus there's a relaxing sauna and gym area.

    116 rooms from $206
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located in the Bryggen district
    Sights nearby  -  Bryggen World Heritage Site. Just minutes from the Rosenkrantz Tower
    Views  -  Lovely views over the historic port
    Local markets  -  Torget, Bergen's food market
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