Norway Holidays – find the cheapest deals at Holidayguru.ie
Adventurous at heart? Then Norway is the destination for you. This deceptively large country is one of Europe’s true wilderness frontiers. Ski across sprawling pine forests, hike across colossal mountain plateaus, climb breathtaking peaks, and discover amazing vantage points of the breathtakingly majestic fjords. But that’s not all that this Scandinavian country has to offer. You’ve also got fantastic cities bursting with fantastic culture and a lively atmosphere, giving you the best of both worlds when it comes to nature and city breaks.
Getting to Norway from Ireland – Find cheap flights and great deals!
Norway may seem shrouded in mystery and legend, but in actual fact it’s just a short hop away from Ireland. There are direct flights between Dublin and Oslo, while other cities such as Bergen and Tromsø require a short stopover in the Norwegian capital. But one thing’s for sure – flying to Norway is a piece of cake!
For Oslo flights, you can expect to be flying with either Norwegian or Ryanair. The closest airport to Oslo’s city centre is Oslo Gardermoen, where you can get the Flytoget train to the Central Station very quickly and easily. Flights here tend to be served by Norwegian or SAS. Ryanair will fly to smaller airports such as Oslo Rygge or Oslo Sandefjord, but these are pretty far out from the city and require a longer coach connection. My Guru tip – it’s better to pay a little more to fly to Gardermoen as you’ll be saving loads of time. There are several direct flights between Oslo and Dublin every week, so you’ll have no worries about finding convenient dates for your holiday.
Since Norway is such a long country there’s a well established network of domestic flights. SAS and Norwegian have all the major cities and towns connected up and the regional airline Widerøe has pretty much every airport in the country included in their routes. Perfect for getting to those hard-to-reach places.
Book your Holiday to Norway Today!
Booking these cheap Norway holidays on my website is easy to do. Sometimes I might post flights by themselves if they are especially cheap – though since flights to Norway from Ireland already average out to around €50 return, it’s pretty hard to beat! But more often than not I’ll find lots of great city breaks, especially to Oslo. To book these holidays, simply click through to the provider’s websites where you’ll be able to see the deal itself. You even have the option to change the dates if they don’t suit and customise the amount of people travelling. Scandinavia might have the reputation of being expensive, but if you look hard enough you’ll actually be pleasantly surprised to see that you can go on holiday for very reasonable prices
The Best City Break Destinations in Norway
Oslo – Norway’s vibrant capital
Small but mighty – Oslo may be compact compared to other major capitals in Europe, but it doesn’t mean that the city is lacking in any way! It’s perfect for a short city breaks since it’s so easy to get around, but even if you decide to stay longer you’ll find that the blend of nature and city gives you more than enough to do, even if you’re staying for a week.
Main sights in Oslo include the lovely Akershus Fortress which overlooks one half of the city’s bustling harbour, while on the other side you’ll find the super-modern Opera House – a massive contrast to each other! Admire the stately Royal Palace, head to one of the many museums, or get your shopping fix along Karl Johans Gate. My favourite area of the city by far was Grünerløkker – as well as trendy café’s and colourful street art you’ll find all sorts of amazing street food and awesome clubs.
Need to get away from the busy streets for a little bit? Luckily Oslo has you covered with beautiful nature right on your doorstep. Take the metro up to Holmenkollen where you can head up the ski tower and hike or ski your way around the nearby forests or lakes. You can even hop on the ferry and go island hopping – this is especially recommended during the summer. Pack a picnic, chill out on the little pebble beaches and simply watch the world go by!
Bergen – the gateway to the fjords
On the other side of the country is Bergen, a small but charming city nestled between seven mountains. Its location makes it a convenient starting point for many cruises up into the fjords along the coastline, and its medieval Bryggen pier is one of the most famous sights in all the country. All up the mountainsides you’ll find lots of winding streets and traditional wooden houses – doesn’t really get more Norwegian than that!
The mountains around Bergen are a popular day out. You can take a funicular railway up to the top of Fløyen, which features a viewpoint with sweeping views of the city far below. For a full and proper day out, here’s my tip – make your way to the top of Ulriken mountain (whether by foot or by cable car!) and hike the mountain ridges around the city to Fløyen. It took me around 6 – 8 hours to do and the views were jaw-dropping at every turn.
Keep your eyes peeled for the little fish market at the harbour where you can pick up some fresh food such as curries and grilled fish for quite cheap. And if you’re finding the weather a bit cold then warm yourself up at one of the many cafés – Bergen has lots of them! Find your own cosy corner, put your feet up and snuggle up with a good book as you enjoy some beautiful coffee.
Ålesund – an Art Nouveau gem
Ålesund’s dramatic setting strewn across islands and peninsulas is just the icing on the cake. After a major fire destroyed most of the town at the beginning of the 20th century, Ålesund’s city centre was completely rebuilt in a striking Art Nouveau style. While you can get away with staying just a few days here at most, it’s still a great little place to stop off at, especially if you’re doing road trips along the coast.
From the top of Mount Aksla you’ll get the best views of the city and mountain peaks in the distance. And you can get in touch with nature too – how about heading out on a sea safari and catching a glimpse of seals and puffins? My little tip: head to Alnes Lighthouse for some seriously amazing cakes and lovely coastal walks.
Tromsø – the city of Northern Lights
One of the northernmost cities in the world, Tromsø is the place to be if you want a taste of life in the Arctic. With beautiful Polar nights and a chance to see both the midnight sun and the Northern Lights, winter is a fantastic time to visit. Sure, you’ll most definitely have to wrap up big time, but thanks to the Gulf Stream the weather is somewhat milder compared to other places on the same northerly latitude (such as the northern reaches of Alaska and Canada).
The city centre features some of the best preserved wooden houses in all of Norway, making it feel like a little step in time. Adventure seekers will get their fix here too. Go dog sledding across the plains, kayak in the midnight sun, cruise along the northern fjords or sail out to catch a glimpse of mighty orcas or humpback whales.
Natural beauty – the best of the best
Norway really was blessed with some of the most awe-inspiring natural beauty in the world. Here are some of my favourite places to see – they’re bucket list material for sure!
The Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten Islands are nothing short of dramatic. Jagged mountain peaks rise up from the Atlantic, sheltering everything from beaches to sleepy fishing villages. Colourful wooden huts cling to the coastlines, while small fishing boats make their way out to the high seas. Whether it’s cycling, kayaking, hiking or skiing, this archipelago in the north of Norway offers every conceivable outdoor activity. My tip: hike up to the top of Reinebringen for some of the best views of the area.
Jotunheimen National Park
The name of this park translates to “Home of the Giants” – doesn’t that just sound awesome?! Expect rugged, exposed valleys, lake systems and sweeping glens carved out by colossal glaciers. It’s one place in Norway where you can really sense the wilderness. According to Norse mythology, giants would turn to stone when exposed to the sun, so it’s hardly surprising that this park contains the highest peaks in Northern Europe, each one at around a staggering 2,460 metres.
Hardangerfjord & Trolltunga
Remember what I said about giants turning to stone? Well, whatever troll created the Trolltunga, he must’ve been cheeky! The name of this iconic rock formation translates to “the Troll’s Tongue” – if you keep these ideas from Norse mythology in mind you could easily imagine one sticking his tongue out… Probably after having a bit of craic with the trolls on the other side of the fjord. Those looking for that iconic fjord experience won’t be disappointed!
Lysefjord, Preikestolen & Kjeragbolten
More iconic rock formation can be found in the Lysefjord, another popular destination for cruises and hikers. If you have the head for heights, then you should hike your way up to Preikestolen. Towering over 604 metres above the fjord, “Pulpit Rock” will leave you speechless. Or if you like things a little more precarious, then you should visit Kjeragbolten, a boulder that’s wedged between two cliffs. Sure, there’s nothing anchoring it in place, and it is a fair way to the bottom of the fjord… just er, don’t look down I guess!
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As you can see, Norway is an absolute paradise for lovers of the outdoors and adventure seekers. If you’ve been considering going to Norway on holiday, then be sure to keep checking back for the best deals here at Holidayguru.ie!