Fjords and Northern Lights

Magic has never been more accessible. Swap drab and grey views for an authentic winter wonderland experience with a twin-centre city stay that lets you escape the English winter and embrace a whimsical Norwegian one.

Untouched landscapes that look like they’re straight from a Munch painting. Cuisine that's so fresh you can still feel the salty water that it was pulled from. The surreal and beautiful Northern lights (they’re on your bucket list for a reason). Enjoy the landscape and culture of the Fjord Norway region and then travel up north to experience the beauty and thrills of the arctic, from dog sledding to hunting down the famous Northern lights.

Welcome to Fjord Norway

The Norwegian fjords are transformed in winter. They become rawer and wilder, and the landscape is dominated by a constantly changing mix of light, colour and sound. Winter is the season for magical experiences in Fjord Norway, which you can experience in lots of ways.

Bergen - A European City of Culture

A European city of culture, a World Heritage city and a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, Bergen is located in the heart of the Fjords, and is the very start of your Norwegian adventure. There’s a whole host of attractions to keep you busy, too many for one day. The Hanseatic wharf Bryggen, Bergen Aquarium, the Fløibanen funicular and the Fish Market, are just a few of the activities on offer in this vibrant city. The KODE has one of the largest Edvard Munch collections in the world, as well as an impressive Nikolai Astrup collection.

Local food relies on fresh produce and the freshest of catches and seafood is a delicacy you can enjoy all year round, especially in the winter. The weather not only keeps seafood fresher for longer but also makes it tastier, pulling out the higher omega 3 fats. Enjoy the most delicious catches at BARE, the Michelin stared restaurant.

Winter at Mount Fløyen in Bergen. Photo: Casper Steinsland.

Sognefjord - The King of the Fjords

If city life is something you are wanting to escape then Bergen is the perfect place to start your exploration into the fjords. Experience the Sognefjord and the Nærøyfjord easily with Norway in a Nutshell - combine train, boat and bus for a simple and environmentally friendly experience. Flåmsbanen is a 20km train journey that works its way down the mountain to the fjord. You can spend the day in Flåm, go to Stegastein for the great Fjord view, taste Ægir beer at the local brewery and join a Fjord safari. Why not end your adventure with a luxurious stay overnight at the Fretheim hotel? There’s another scenic route you can take from Bergen to Sognefjord by catching the local express boat and experiencing how the vikings would have seen things. It’s no wonder National Geographic Traveller voted Norwegian fjords the best destination in the world.

Explore the magic ice caves in the Sognefjord area in Fjord Norway.|© Fjord Norway

Trolltunga - The Trolls Tongue

Trolltunga is the most spectacular rock formation in Norway. Located on the western edge ofHardangerfjord, it can be reached as the final destination of a hike that starts in Skjeggdeal,finishing at 700 metres above the lake Ringedalsvatnet. Thehike isa challenge, especiallyduring the winter season, so it’s advised that you experience Trolltunga with a local guide-either on aone or two-dayexpedition.

Our guides know to respect nature and will always put your safety first,but winter is a greattimeto avoid the summer crowds, so put on your snowshoes and join the adventure.You can stay the night at Trolltunga "arctic dome", an accommodation formed like an igloowith a see-through ceiling andwalls andwitness the beautiful sunset in the snow-coveredlandscape. This is an adventure that encounters peace and solitude unlike anywhere else.

Welcome to the North!

Now that you have seen the best of the fjords, it is time to head north and experience one of the most spectacular nature phenomenons in the World. The Northern Lights. It has never been more accessible, due to Widerøes direct flights from Bergen to Bodø and Tromsø. Here you can enjoy adventures in and around Bodø - the 2024 European City of Culture, or beautiful Tromsø with its fantastic scenery. The winter in the north is extraordinary, and a true magic experience.

Bodø and Salten Area

Sitting between an archipelago and the open ocean, vibrant and lively Bodøis the heart ofthe Salten region and Northern Norway’s second biggest city. A glacier, mountains, islandsand a strong maelstrom surround it. It’s also located in the northern lights belt just north ofthe arctic circle.

This is the place to walk the streets, have coffee in chic coffee bars, dine in a good restaurant and go shopping. Photographers go out on the breakwater ro to the little Nyholm fortress to vapture the view of the city with the peaks in the background or climb the hill at Rønvikfjellet to see the city from above. The northern light aren´t the only attraction, as Body´s´s selection as a European city of culture in 2024 attests. The Stormen concert hall and the new library are the newest cultural landmarks.

The Saltfjord is a huge fjord system, reaching 80 km inland. However, near the mouth thereis a passage that is both shallow andnarrow. You could compare it with all 90,000 footballfans at Wembley Stadium trying to get out through a single door after the match. When thetide comes in, there is simply way too much water pressing its way through the narrows. Afantastic spectacle ofwhirlpools can be observed from the cliffs on the shore as the waterrushes through in 10 to 15 knots. Go there with a fishing rod or take a RiB tour.

There is a whole world of adventure waiting for you in northern Norway. Cross country skiingin Sulitjelma is recognised as some of the best in the whole of Norway.In Sulisfjellet,Fjellfarer runs cross-country trails, which Martin Johnsrud Sundby describes as World Cupstandard. Dog sledding is another authentic winter experience that you can enjoy either as apassenger or driving your own team. No previous experience is needed to drive the sled intothe white landscapes and enjoy the arctic nature. You get to meet your dogs first andprepare the sled together. They are a bunch of barking huskies more excited than you tostart the trip! They are well used to visitors, great with children and love getting yourattention and petting.

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What are you waiting for?

From the fjords on the west coast to the Northern lights, thisjourney will enthral you and withits majestic views and unique experiences:from art, culture, and adventure to deliciousseafood pulled from the arctic ocean. The impeccably trained but playful dogs that steer youthrough the snowscape, the unmatched anddreamlikenorthern lights. See and do thingsyou’ve only ever read about, and that some people will never be lucky enough to experience.Flights to Norway start from as little as £65, with direct flights from London Heathrow toBergen. Fly with Widerøe and start your Norwegian journey the right way.