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Your adventure holiday guide to Norway

Norway is a land of jaw-dropping natural beauty and heart-pounding adventure.

With towering peaks, deep fjords and a sprawling Arctic tundra teeming with wildlife – Norway doesn’t do things by halves.

With 291 peaks, 1190 fjords and 50,000 islands, Norway’s wild landscapes and vibrant cities offer endless opportunities for adventure.

Whether you’re wandering the charming streets of Bergen, savouring fresh seafood in Stavanger, or hiking the stunning fjords, this country promises experiences that you won’t forget anytime soon.

With up to five flights a week from Newcastle Airport, you can fly to Norway in less than two hours with Loganair.

Plus, Newcastle Airport is kindly offering our readers 10% off their parking by quoting ‘HLNSUMMER’ upon booking.

Here’s your essential guide to adventure holidays in Norway, focusing on two of its most charming cities: Bergen and Stavanger.

HLN TOP TIP: June to August is the best time to visit Norway for good weather and cheaper prices. But December to February is the best time to see the northern lights.

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BERGEN, NORWAY: THE HEART OF THE FJORDS

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Explore the charming cityscape

Bergen, often called ‘the heart of the fjords’, is a city that blends small-town charm with a vibrant metropolitan vibe. Wander through its narrow cobblestone lanes, admire the houses clinging to hillsides and explore world-famous attractions.

One of Bergen’s most iconic sights is Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This Hanseatic wharf, with its colourful old wooden buildings, offers a glimpse into Bergen’s rich trading history. Today, Bryggen is home to a museum, shops, galleries, and restaurants, making it a hub for both locals and tourists.

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Savour the local cuisine

Food lovers, this is for you. Bergen is a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, renowned for its fresh seafood. Don’t miss the bustling Fish Market, which has been a local staple since 1276. Here, you can sample Bergen fish soup, fish cakes and persetorsk, a traditional steamed cod dish.

After a delicious meal, immerse yourself in Bergen’s lively music scene. With a student population making up 10% of the city, there’s always a concert or event happening.

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Dive into culture and history

For a dose of culture, visit KODE, one of the largest museums for art, design and music in the Nordic countries. Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s most famous composer Edvard Grieg, is another must-see. This living museum includes Grieg’s villa, the composer’s cabin, an exhibition centre and the concert hall Troldsalen.

If you have little ones the Bergen Aquarium and the open-air Old Bergen Museum are a must-visit, where you can step back in time and explore a reconstructed small town.

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Embrace the great outdoors

No visit to Bergen is complete without experiencing its stunning natural surroundings. The city is nestled between seven mountains, the most accessible being Fløyen. A six-minute ride on the Fløibanen funicular takes you to the top, offering panoramic views of the city.

For a more challenging hike, head to Ulriken, the highest of the seven mountains at 643 meters above sea level. From here, you can gaze out over the sea, islands, mountains, and fjords, truly understanding why Bergen is known as “the capital of the fjords.”

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ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES IN BERGEN, NORWAY

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Hiking – Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains perfect for hiking

Dogsledding – Explore an incredible glacier on a dog sledge

Kayaking and raftingBergen is a great starting point for canoeing and rafting

ZiplineThe fastest zipline in Norway

Glacier toursA spectacular nature experience

Horse riding  – Experience the scenic areas around Bergen on horseback

STAVANGER, NORWAY: A GATEWAY TO NATURE

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Discover the vibrant city life

Stavanger, another gem of Norway, offers a delightful mix of colourful streets, cool art, and historic charm. Start your exploration in Gamle Stavanger, the oldest part of the city, with its white-painted wooden houses and quaint cobblestone streets.

Don’t miss Øvre Holmegate, also known as “Fargegata” (the colour street), lined with vibrant cafes, boutiques, and galleries. This street is an Instagrammer’s dream, with rainbow-coloured buildings and whimsical street art at every turn.

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Engage with innovative museums

Stavanger’s museums are as fascinating as they are innovative. The Norwegian Petroleum Museum offers a unique insight into Norway’s oil industry, complete with survival suit experiences.

For a virtual journey back to the Viking Age, visit the Viking House and wear VR glasses for an immersive adventure.

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Enjoy thrilling amusements

For a family-friendly adrenaline rush, head to Kongeparken amusement park, home to Norway’s steepest drop jump, biggest merry-go-round and longest bobsleigh track.

After an exciting day, relax with a hot drink at one of Stavanger’s cosy cafes. With six coffee roasters in the area, you will surely find a locally produced taste sensation.

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Indulge in local flavours

Stavanger is also a haven for foodies. Visit Fisketorget, the fish market, for the freshest seafood, or enjoy a meal at the adjacent restaurant. Time your visit to the annual food festival, Gladmat, to sample a variety of local delicacies.

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Explore stunning nature

Stavanger is the perfect base for some of Norway’s most breathtaking natural experiences. Take a day cruise on the Lysefjord, or hike to the famous Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) or Kjerag for unforgettable views.

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ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES IN STAVANGER, NORWAY

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CoasteeringExplore hidden gems of Egersund in the open sea

BASE jumpingKjerag is one of the most beautiful and exciting places for BASE jumping in the world

KitesurfingLearn the basic skills to start kitesurfing on your own

Horseback ridingA unique way to explore a mountain with science views at the top

Mountain bikingExperience the thrill of mountain biking with sharp turns throughout the course

SurfingA chance to tick surfing off your bucket list

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After gaining a first in her BA Media and Journalism degree at Northumbria University, Rachael worked at Newcastle’s leading regional newspaper with her stories being picked up in national and global newspapers She spent two very successful years giving a voice to those communities across the North East who otherwise…

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