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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, and finally the monumental fjords of the west coast which echo the country's glacial childhood. 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!

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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!

Bergen is Norway's second city, 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 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, which draws Humpbacks, Killer Whales, 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 beyond the Arctic Circle and the stunning fjords in the South.

What To Get Up To

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. 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 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-shoe-ing, cross country skiing and white water rafting, there's also dog sledding and snowmobiling. It's 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're here for natural beauty then the stunning Geiranger Fjord's another top spot to visit, 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!

For a City Break

Oslo

  • The Thief's name comes from its location on Thief Island, 15 minutes from the centre of Oslo. This is a 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 spot 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, whilst there's also a lovely guest lounge in which to kick back and relax. Ideally situated to see all that the city has to offer.

Bergen

  • Set in an impressive 1920s stone building, Havnekontoret features stylish interiors with the odd splashes 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 ceiling to floor glass windows and views of the Valldal Valley, there's 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. With gourmet dining and plenty of activities to get stuck into, it's a splendid spot.

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.

Travel Information

  • If you fancy decent weather then a visit in summer's your best bet - the average temperature rises to 18°C in July.
  • However, this is peak season and so expect accommodation to be on the pricier side of things and for there to a fair few tourists around.
  • If you fancy coming at a quieter time but still enjoying the great outdoors then May or September are your best bets, 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 Holiday Autos.

Still not sure?

See all » 6 hotels in Oslo

  • Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz 151 rooms from $156

    Oslo

    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.

    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
    Check prices
  • Hotel Gabelshus 114 rooms from $168

    Oslo

    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.

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

See all » 1 hotel in Norddal

  • Juvet Landscape Hotel 9 rooms from $393

    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.

    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.
    Check prices

See all » 1 hotel in Ålesund

  • Storfjord 23 rooms from $203

    Ålesund

    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.

    Kayaking  -  Paddle to the idyllic Glomset cove and out in Storfjorden.
    Fishing  -  Ålesund
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices

See all » 1 hotel in Heggenes

  • Herangtunet 9 rooms from $130

    Heggenes

    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.

    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.
    Check prices

See all » 1 hotel in Bergen

  • Havnekontoret 116 rooms from $208

    Bergen

    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.

    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
    Check prices

See all » 6 hotels in Oslo

  • Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz 151 rooms from $156

    Oslo

    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.

    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
    Check prices
  • Hotel Gabelshus 114 rooms from $168

    Oslo

    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.

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

See all » 1 hotel in Norddal

  • Juvet Landscape Hotel 9 rooms from $393

    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.

    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.
    Check prices

See all » 1 hotel in Ålesund

  • Storfjord 23 rooms from $203

    Ålesund

    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.

    Kayaking  -  Paddle to the idyllic Glomset cove and out in Storfjorden.
    Fishing  -  Ålesund
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices

See all » 1 hotel in Heggenes

  • Herangtunet 9 rooms from $130

    Heggenes

    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.

    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.
    Check prices

See all » 1 hotel in Bergen

  • Havnekontoret 116 rooms from $208

    Bergen

    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.

    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
    Check prices