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Norway offers travelers a unique blend of stunning natural landscapes, from majestic fjords and towering mountains to the mesmerizing Northern Lights. This Scandinavian gem also boasts a rich cultural heritage, vibrant cities and a commitment to sustainability, making it an ideal destination for clients seeking both adventure and tranquility. Read on for what’s new and happening in this northern paradise.

Audley Travel Adds More Norway

Custom tour operator Audley Travel has expanded its Norway program to include new summer and winter trips to the northern regions. In winter, clients can search for the Northern Lights in Tromso and the Alta region or visit the Lofoten Islands in summer for activities like hiking and kayaking.

Audley’s new itineraries can be booked as suggested or customized with the help of country specialists to fit clients’ preferences, budgets and interests.

The 10-day Luxury Northern Lights Winter Break in the Arctic Circle itinerary is designed to help your clients maximize their chances of seeing the Northern Lights. It includes an evening catamaran tour across a dark fjord in Troms0, a guided snowmobile ride in the wilderness around Alta and a husky sled ride along the Finnmarksløpet route. Accommodation near Alta features rooms with glass ceilings to enhance the Northern Lights viewing experience. The itinerary starts at $11,595 per person (dbl) and includes flights from Oslo, transfers, accommodation and excursions.

The 13-day Self-Drive Tour of the Lofoten Islands is a summer itinerary that allows clients to experience the midnight sun while staying in traditional fishing cabins (rorbu) converted into luxury accommodations in Svolvær, Nusfjord and Reine. Activities include mountain hiking from Nusfjord and a fishing trip where chefs will prepare the catch for dinner. Clients also stay on Manshausen Island in luxury cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows. Excursions include a sea eagle safari and a private customized mountain hike. The itinerary starts at $15,195 per person (dbl) and includes flights from Oslo, transfers, ferry tickets, accommodation and excursions.

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Northern Lights Hunt in northern Norway. (Photo by Sorrisniva AS)

Up Norway Expands with Wild Varanger Immersion Itinerary

Up Norway is debuting its Wild Varanger Immersion, an 8-day journey through Norway’s northernmost landscapes. This itinerary offers encounters with local wildlife and immersion in Sami culture, including traditional reindeer herding. The trip is ideal for late summer and fall and can be combined with other Norwegian excursions.

The journey begins with a half-day Hurtigruten cruise from Kirkenes to Batsfjord in the northeastern Finnmark region. Known as the Norwegian Coastal Express, Hurtigruten provides a scenic introduction to the voyage. Guests will then wake up in Batsfjord, a coastal fishing village by the Barents Sea, where they will embark on a high-speed RIB cruise along the Syltefjord coast. This area is rich in Arctic wildlife, including seabirds, humpback whales and dolphins.

Travelers will stay two nights in a cabin on the tundra, guided by a Sami host. This segment includes learning about Sami reindeer herding traditions and sustainable practices. The journey continues with a King Crab Fishing Experience in the Varanger fjord, led by a professional fisherman.

The final part of the trip takes guests along the Scenic Varanger Route from Nesseby to Vardo, featuring a unique lunar landscape. Highlights include visits to Vardohus Fortress and the Steilneset Memorial. Accommodations in Vardo consist of a modern cabin with panoramic windows. The itinerary includes birdwatching on Hornoya Island and exploring Hamningberg’s rugged landscape.

As part of their package, your clients will receive a comprehensive pre-trip digital guide with insider tips, travel details and 24-hour direct chat support with the Up Norway team. Up Norway’s Wild Varanger Immersion starts at $4,200 per person.

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