Route suggestion: - Oslo - Trondheim - Bodø - Tromsø
Norway has the world’s second longest coastline, and covers everything from smooth rock slopes and beaches to deep forests and white mountains. If you plan your Norwegian holiday from south to north, you will be able to experience it all within a few days.
You can fly between all the largest cities, but there are several great train journeys to choose from, especially from Oslo to Trondheim and Trondheim to Bodø. For those of you who love the sea, there are several boat routes to explore. Hurtigruten is the most famous and it can take you from Bodø to Tromsø – a trip that takes about a day.
Whatever you choose, there will definitely be time for a breather and a couple of overnight stays during the trip. Here is an overview of our favourite routes showing Norway at its best:
From Oslo to Trondheim
Oslo is a must on a Norway holiday, and a kinder surprise in itself. Here you’ll find beach, forest and city life, all within a quick underground, boat or tram ride from the city centre. Oslo is a compact city, so you can use your legs or a bike. For the ultimate cultural experience in the capital, make sure to visit the municipal Deichman library in Bjørvika. From here you will find the spectacular Norwegian Opera House opposite. The Munch Museum is also just a stone’s throw from the Opera House, surrounded by some of the city’s best restaurants and bars. The National Museum and Akershus Fortress further west are also popular, and the beautiful Vigeland Park and lush Akerselva are well worth a visit. Thon is Oslo’s largest hotel chain, and offers a number of beautiful hotels in the heart of the city.
Once you’ve toured the capital, you can hop on the train to another Norwegian city, Trondheim. The train journey takes about 7 hours, depending on which train you choose and whether there is a need to change. If you want to save time and money, you can also take the overnight bus, which is often a double-decker. You can reserve a seat on the top level to ensure extra comfort and more legroom. Thon Hotels has two hotels in Trondheim, and they are all located in the city centre.
One of the nicest things you can do in Trondheim is to have a hot chocolate in Bakklandet. Here you will find wooden houses, small independent shops and a bustling city life. Also, don't miss Nidaros Cathedral, Norway’s most central church by virtue of being built on Olav the Holy’s burial site and one of the most beautiful churches in the country.