If you're after glaciers, mountains, fjords, ski resorts and beaches, a holiday in Norway ticks all these boxes and more. Located between the North Sea and the Arctic Ocean, Norway has natural wonders in abundance as well as plenty of fabulous cities. Its capital Oslo enjoys temperatures of up to 30 degrees in the summer and offers a wealth of museums, galleries and restaurants. And if it's skiing you're after Trysil or Hemsedal won't disappoint. And then there's the wonders of Jostedalsbreen - home to Europe's largest glacier - and Tromso, located in the heart of the Northern Lights zone.
Only two hours from the UK, Norway is great for both a short city break or longer holiday and flights can be a real bargain especially when travelling with budget airline Ryanair. Other airlines that offer direct flights to Norway include Lufthansa, bmi, British Airways and Flybe. Flights leave from most UK airports to a range of destinations within Norway making it easy to get to wherever you are heading.
Travelling within Norway is easy thanks to the country's well-developed rail network which is comfortable and affordable, especially if booked in advance. Norway also has an extensive bus network and ferry services. Alternatively, you may wish to hire a car which can be an excellent way of exploring the country during your holiday to Norway, just be aware that Norway has a number of toll roads so you'd be advised to register your number plate and set-up automatic payments with a bank card.
A holiday to Norway isn't cheap and accommodation can be pricy. It is still possible to find a cheap hotel in Norway although you need to book well in advance and shop around for the best deals. Alternatively consider hiring a holiday cottage, apartment or taking your camping gear! Avoid peak times such as the Summer holidays to get the best deals.
If you want to avoid transport costs while sightseeing in Norway's cities, towns and countryside, consider hiring a bicycle during your holiday to Norway or walking around. This way you'll really appreciate the beautiful and often dramatic scenery on offer.
Eating and drinking out can be expensive so one way to cut costs is by self catering. Many guesthouses and hostels have kitchens and you'll never be too far away from a supermarket. Look out for chains such as Rimi and ICA which offer good deals on supplies. You could always pack a lunch box to take out with you to avoid hefty restaurant prices. One thing you don't have to splash your cash on is water as Norway has good quality tap water.
Updated 22nd May 2013
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