Winter unveils a whole new world and an immense variety of new possibilities for travellers visiting this beautiful country. Take a look through the incredible adventures you could go on and find an activity for you to experience from this list of the top ten things to do in Norway in winter.
Now, whenever you think of Norway, you might think of this…
The fjords are the biggest draw for many people travelling to Norway, but there must be more to this country? Norway’s renowned for its design know-how, natural landscape and remarkable heritage, and winter covers the country in a blanket of snow, creating wonderful opportunities for travellers in this part of the world. Make the most of your time in this beautiful country and discover these fantastic things to do in Norway in winter.
1. Take a Ferry to see the Fjords (or Kayak!)
Ok, so the fjords will always be a favourite, no matter the time of year, and who wouldn’t love to see the fjords while rowing about on the water beneath in your own kayak? For those of you who’d prefer a ferry - after all, they give you the option to enjoy food and drink and generally relax - there are great options all across Norway. Wherever you end up, there’s no excuse not to visit the Norwegian fjords on your travels.
2. Step inside the Arctic Cathedral
An insanely impressive structure by architect Jan Inge Hovig built back in 1965, with sloped roofs reminiscent of arctic ice on the outside and shimmering glass mosaics inside, the entire building is a masterpiece and a must-see if you stay anywhere near Tromsø in North Norway.
3. See the Northern Lights – if you’re lucky!
Of course, millions of tourists go to see this once-in-a-lifetime sight every year, and millions of people don’t get to see it. Why? It’s simply a matter of timing. That’s what makes this sight all the more special when you get the chance to see the flickering colours across the sky. The northern lights are a wonder of the world so if you’re in North Norway during the winter season, try your luck at seeing Aurelius Borealis and you might get one unforgettable holiday experience.
The best place to see the northern lights is Svalbard, although as this is an archipelago or islands between Norway and the North Pole so it would mean making a special trip. If you are staying in the north of Norway then the towns of Bodø and Tromsø are two top places for those wishing to see the northern lights.
4. Discover Sami Culture
Attractions up on the Norwegian tundra are all connected to the Sami people their culture and their heritage. These northernmost of Norway’s indigenous people were once marginalised by the Norwegian government, they are now encouraged to celebrate their culture and this is your chance to find out about a fascinating heritage - not to mention, meet the reindeer. This leads me to my next point…
5. Go Reindeer Sledding
6. Go Whale Watching
Winter is the best time to see humpback whales around the coast of Norway! Head to Lofoten or Andøya, both popular whale watching destinations, to see these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.
7. Try Brown Cheese
It’s not technically cheese, it’s the bit that gets discarded during the cheese-making process. Apparently, Norwegians think it’s delicious!
8. Go Snowmobiling
A wonderful way to go far and see a lot of Norway’s breathtaking natural landscape. Finnmark’s flat terrain is the place for fast driving, while Troms has a landscape covered in slopes to overcome, and if you make in as far as Svalbard, you can go snowmobiling over beautifully varied terrain.
9. Hike to Pulpit Rock
Winter conditions can be treacherous, so go with a group and you might need extra gear like spikes, but the views are phenomenal. Take a trip in winter for an unforgettable view of sparkling snow-topped mountains and glittering snowy fjords.
10. Head to the spa
Norwegians know how to spa right. And after a long trip kayaking the fjords, snowmobiling and hiking to the top of Pulpit Rock, you’ll welcome a day of relaxation. With indoor waterfalls, ice cold baths and hot tubs outside where you’ll step straight into cold winter air after the warming water, there no shortage of places to relax at the spa.
Norway in winter is a magical place with unforgettable views of snowy landscapes, exciting adventure activities to get your adrenaline going and delicious Norwegian food that you can try when you’re ready for a break. Where will you start on your journey to Norway?