Hampshire Hikes & Historical Sites
Bring intriguing coastal trails and history alive in South Hampshire
The fjords of western Norway are one of the world’s natural wonders, that has sculpted the landscape since the ice age, barely changing over the centuries, since the Vikings set sail from here on voyages of discovery, trade and conquest.
On a walking holiday in Norway, you can expect to discover small farms and colourful fishing villages dotted along the waterline, at the foot of towering mountains, as well as beautiful coastal and cultural cities where the fjord waters meet the ocean.
In recent years, Norway has also become the go-to location to spot the Northern Lights; a dazzling natural wonder which is especially prominent between November and March of each year. A walking holiday here gives avid hikers the opportunity to spot this glorious sight, surrounded by natural beauty and free from light pollution.
Norway’s fjordland is still largely wild and untouched, making it a haven for ramblers and outdoor enthusiasts. With around 2,000 individual fjords (with waters reaching up to 200-miles inland), you can explore Norway’s idyllic islands and lush peaks, all the way to the Arctic Circle.
Waterfalls cascade down dark rocks, huge glaciers continue to carve the high ground, and as the winter snows melt, they’re replaced by the bloom of wild flowers and blossoming trees. Glide by hills, cliffs and mountains when exploring this country by boat, before alighting onshore to take a closer look with walks into the hills. Avid ramblers will then venture into various Norwegian landscapes and ride on cable railways, see cobbled streets and merchant’s houses alongside the harbour fronts, to get a taste for this exciting, wild and beautiful country.
On a walking holiday in Norway, you can see reindeer in the wilderness, and visit the town of Kristiansund - which rests on four islands. You’ll then traverse mountain streams, and visit lakes where arctic foxes scurry by, before seeing the Foxfonna Glacier and hiking to the top of the mighty Sukkertoppen mountain.
The Arctic Autumn trip takes you by boat to quaint ports. Explore Sortland - encased by snow-capped mountains, and then onto the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund, as well as the Arctic Circle, where you’ll swap your boots for snow-shoes and hike through the wintry landscape.
Combining a cruise with guided walks ashore, it’s clear that Norway is more beautiful on foot. Walkers can truly appreciate this country’s breathtaking natural landscapes, incredible culture and captivating wildlife; offering the perfect adventure holiday.