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Harnessing the Arctic's uncharted and other-worldly appeal Norway's landscape is on an epic scale; 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, then consider the monumental fjords of the west coast which echo the country's glacial childhood. There is something hearty about this landscape. Maybe it is 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 may want to have a look at photos of the fjords and the Northern Lights and reconsider!
Hemmed in by spectacular scenery Oslo has all the perks of a global capital: world-class museums, galleries and impressive architecture and design. Is has a cosmopolitan feel but with plenty of unique local cultural quirks. Plus the majority of the best places to stay in Norway!
Bergen is Norway's second city, a grand old trading port which was once the capital city. Most people visiting the western fjords pass through Bergen where there are wonderful wooden buildings and lively nightlife.
Bodø is the gateway 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, 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. This draws Humpbacks, Minke, Orcas and Fin Whales.
Trondheim is an ideal gateway into Norway and all its delights. Located roughly in the middle of the Nordic country there are easy and reasonably priced train links both to the remote lands of the Arctic Circle and the stunning fjords in the South.
Heggenes is one of the main towns in the spectacular Øystre Slidre region of Oppland. The wonderful natural beauty of the Jotunheimen National Park is a short distance away. In Winter you can ski - cross-country and downhill - or snowshoe, ride a husky sled or go ice fishing to your heart’s content.
Norddal covers an area with many distinct valleys and villages. The spectacular Norwegian County Road 63 traverses this municipality from south to north going through several tunnels in the mountains. This is an area of majestic fjiords and mountains.
Ålesund is an old sea port situated on a peninsula which was well known for its fishing fleet. In 1904 almost all of the town was destroyed by fire. Rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style the town is perfect for visitors who enjoy this architectural style as well as the outdoor sports available.
Join a whale-spotting safari, spend a night in a remote lighthouse, meet polar bears and reindeer 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.
Don't be put off by the threat of the cold, the Gulf Stream means temperatures aren't as low as you might expect. The temperature gets up to the low 30s (°C) in summer though 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 ranging from natural rock formations that resemble fortresses, to dense woodland, to flat scree further north and some of Europe's largest ice fields and highest waterfalls.
As well as the obvious hiking, biking, snow-shoeing, cross country skiing and white water rafting, there is also dog sledding and snowmobiling. Norway is all about getting closer to nature.
What Not To Miss
- If you're in Bergen then take the funicular up Mount Floyen and marvel at the breathtaking views over the city. If you are here for natural beauty then the stunning Geiranger Fjord is another top spot to visit. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with truly spectacular scenery.
- Wander around the Vigeland Museum, a park full of sculptures showing the famous Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland's lifework.
- The Fram Polar Ship Museum is wonderfully impressive - showcasing a large number of exhibitions and ships detailing the story of Norwegian polar expeditions.
- If you fancy a fun family day out then head off to Dyreparken, home to over 150 different species of animals as well as a waterpark. The kids will love it!
With so much to see and do the best places to stay in Norway are always popular so do plan ahead and book early.
- The Thief's name comes from its location on Thief Island whuich is 15 minutes from the centre of Oslo. This is a design hotel at its best with original art by Andy Warhol, Anthony Gormley and Julian Opie. It has dramatic public spaces and waterfront views.
- The Grand Hotel, on Oslo's grandest street, Karl Johans Gate, has all the traits you expect 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.
- Grims Genka boasts large and contemporary loft suites in the centre of town. Come back after a day out sightseeing to relax on the rooftop terrace whilst enjoying a drink from the bar.
- Expertly mixing classical style with contemporary features, Hotel Continental boasts chic accommodation with all the necessary mod cons as well as a restaurant. A top base from which to get to know Oslo.
- Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz provides smart and colourful boutique rooms. There is also a lovely guest lounge in which to kick back and relax. Ideally situated to see all that the city has to offer.
- Set in an impressive 1920s stone building, Havnekontoret features stylish interiors with the odd splash of colour here and there. Explore all over the city before coming back to tuck into a complimentary evening buffet focussing on Nordic cuisine.
Back To Nature
- Located in a gorgeous natural park, Herangtunet is a lovely 9 room hideaway set in a traditional lodge. With luxurious country and city themed accommodation as well as a cosy sitting room with a log fire it's a splendid retreat.
- If you fancy something different then check out Juvet Landscape Hotel. Boasting modern minimalist individual pods with floor to ceiling glass windows with views of the Valldal Valley, there is also a lovely indoor/outdoor spa. A truly dreamy escape!
- Storfjord enjoys a rural setting in the Glomoset hills with easy access to the Sunnmøre Alps. You'll love their accommodation with log walls, fireplaces and designer furnishings. There is gourmet dining and plenty of activities to get stuck into.
For An Apartment Or Villa
- If you'd rather the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.
- If you want warm weather then visit during the summer months - the average temperature rises to 18°C in July.
- However, this is peak season so expect accommodation to be more expensive and for there to be plenty of tourists around.
- For a quieter time but still the weather to enjoy the great outdoors then May or September are best with the temperature averaging around 12°C.
- Try to avoid visiting in January and February as these are the darkest and coldest months.
- International guests can fly into Oslo Airport, Sandefjord Airport, Stavanger Airport, Berger Airport and Trondheim Airport.
- For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
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Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, Oslo Oslo 151 rooms from £120Value chic - With doubles from just £120 B&B, it is excellent value.Great walks - Aker Brygge and Akershus Fortress nearbySights nearby - Royal PalaceShort break
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. See More
Hotel Gabelshus Oslo 114 rooms from £129Sights nearby - 10 minute tram ride from the Royal Palace and the city centreLocal markets - Aker Brygge District.Great walks - Frogner Park.Traditional
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. See More
Hotel Zander K Bergen 249 rooms from £70Sights nearby - Visit the nearby sights of Fløibanen and Kløverhuset.Local markets - Ten minutes walk from the lively Fishmarket Torget.Restaurant - Recommended.
Det Hanseatiske Hotel Bergen 37 rooms from £73Sights nearby - Visit the nearby sights of the Hanseatic Assembly Rooms and Torgallmenningen.Great walks - Go for a walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Bryggen district.Local markets - Two minutes walk from the fascinating Fishmarket Torget.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Ydalir Stavanger 59 rooms from £121Local exploring - Set on the University of Stavanger campus - this is an ideal choice for those visiting the institutionGreat walks - Just an hour outside the city are the epic landscapes at Lysefjord - ideal for long walks
A Scandi-chic hotel located right on Stavanger University campus. Light and spacious rooms are classically unfussy with floor-to-ceiling windows, pale wooden floors and simple contemporary furniture. A chic bar serves excellent cocktails and the cafe churns out some top-notch pasteries. A fine stay. See More
Sola Strand Hotel Stavanger 139 rooms from £134Families - Family suites, children's menus, plenty of activities for young and old(er), plus the beach - idyllic family escapeBeach Life - Set overlooking the picturesque and rugged white sand beaches on the North AtlanticTennis - Play a game on the hotel's courtsSwimming Pool - Indoor pool
Just minutes from Stavanger but feeling a million miles away. A quiet hotel set on one of the area's prettiest beaches. Choose from a cosy traditional room or a spacious modern offering. Complete with a spa, tennis courts and a superb seafood and game restaurant, this is perfect for a family break. See More
Nidaros Pilgrimsgard Trondheim 20 rooms from £113Outstanding location - Well placed on historic grounds set between the Nidelven River, the Nidarosdomen Cathedral and by the Gamle Bybro BridgeGroups - A well priced stay with the option of single, double, triple, and bunk rooms making it a flexible option for groupsLocal exploring - The hotel is also the city's official pilgrimage centre for Nidaros Cathedral, which is what many guests visit forSights nearby - Join a service at Nidaros Cathedral or simply admire the Gothic architecture
A small well-priced hotel and pilgrimage centre for the Nidaros Cathedral set right on the Nidelven River. Room options include singles, doubles, triples, and bunk rooms making this ideal for groups. All are contemporary and bright. Complete with a cafe and a riverside terrace, this is a cosy base. See More
Thon Hotel Nidaros Trondheim 163 rooms from £133Local exploring - Perfectly set to access the city's main attractions including historic sights, museums and a good choice of restaurants & shopsShort break - In the commercial district, near Trondheim Central Train Station — a convenient option for short business or leisure tripsHistoric - Situated in a 1908 Gothic-style stone building — there is a grand feel to the propertySights nearby - A visit to nearby Nidaros Cathedral is a must — it is the world’s northernmost Medieval cathedral
A grand historic Gothic stone building turned into a stylish contemporary hotel in the heart of the city. Rooms vary in size but are all decorated in bright yellows and greens with simple modern furniture. A hearty breakfast is served and you are just steps from the city's main attractions. See More
Sunde Fjord Hotel Alesund (Solavågen) from £105Active Holiday - Surrounded by the fjords and located on the coast there's endless opportunities to enjoy outdoor pursuits.Fishing - A fisherman's paradise with numerous types of fishing on offer.Views - Great views from hotelSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Storfjord Alesund 23 rooms from £156Kayaking - Paddle to the idyllic Glomset cove and out in Storfjorden.Fishing - ÅlesundFull of characterHideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Recommended by - Tablet
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. See More
Herangtunet Heggenes 9 rooms from £100Hideaway - The perfect choice if you want an off the beaten track Scandanavian spotKayaking - Øyangen - lake tripsBack to NatureFull of character
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. See More
Juvet Landscape Hotel Valld, Norddal 9 rooms from £302Romantic Break - The perfect hideaway for you and a loved one - the 'birdhouses' up in the trees in particularBack to Nature - Here you are one with nature - almost nothing seperates you from itEco break - An eco luxury escape, ensconced in natureFishing - Fjord fishing in the summer.