Our tours are suitable for «the action viking» as well as «the sedate viking»; you choose whether to jump headlong into outdoors activities or to spend your expedition watching the winter landscape go by from the comfort of a train or ferry seat. You can choose to enjoy the local food prepared on a bonfire in the snow or in front of a cozy fire at your luxurious hotel. The choice is yours; action-packed or relaxed.
To «go viking» refers to the vikings’ expression for going on a journey or an expedition to foreign lands. For natural reasons, they might not have found the natives of the lands they visited too welcoming, but we assure you, when you go viking in Norway you will feel most welcome! With Fjord Tours you can customize your journey: where to start (Oslo or Bergen), where to stay, what activities to enjoy and how many days you go viking in the fjords.
Norway Winter Tours
Sognefjord in a nutshell - Winter Tour
The mighty Sognefjord is exceptional during the autumn and winter season! As Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, the Sognefjord extends more than 200 km inland. Experience the beautiful Norwegian winter by taking the Sognefjord in a nutshell Winter tour.
Suitable for all
Hardangerfjord in a nutshell - Winter
Explore the winter scenery in the inner reaches of the beautiful Hardangerfjord! On this tour, you will also get to experience how Norwegians have fun during winter and enjoy a traditional homemade Norwegian meal in a cozy lavvu!
Suitable for all
Norway in a nutshell® Winter Tour
- Go Classic!
One could claim that Norway’s most popular tour during the winter season is even more special. You will ride the Flåm Railway through the snow-covered Flåm Valley with frozen waterfalls to the Myrdal mountain station. The fjord cruise through Norway’s most unique fjord landscape is sure to leave a lasting impression as well - with the narrow UNESCO listed Nærøyfjord as a highlight.
Sognefjord in a nutshell Winter tour
- Go Large!
The «king of the fjords», Sognefjord is even more majestic during the winter season. The fjord is Norway’s longest and deepest and extends more than 200 km inland. It is enveloped with exceptional natural beauty. This tour offers a truly serene experience with a cruise on icy waters and a ride on the Flåm Railway line ascending to the snow-covered mountain.
Hardangerfjord in a nutshell Winter Tour
- Go Active!
This is our most interactive winter tour as you will also get to experience how Norwegians have fun, in the snow, during winter and enjoy a traditional homemade Norwegian meal in a cozy lavvu - a traditional abode. You will also get to go on a guided trip to the impressive Vøringsfossen waterfall. Do we need to say that the cruise on the Hardangerfjord is a special winter experience?
Read up on the Vikings
Let’s be honest, most people have quite an unsavoury impression when it comes to the Vikings and most educational resources tend to portray the Scandinavians as fearsome, ruthless, and dangerous.
When most people think about democracy, they tend to go straight to ancient Greece. However, what many people are not aware of is the fact that fans of modern democracy can actually thank Vikings for its creation.
When most people think about the Vikings that once wandered the Norwegian fjords, they tend to picture chaotic and violent warriors that lived by no one's rules. However, the reality is that they had a complex honor system that they lived by.
The history of the Vikings is something that draws millions of visitors to Norway every year in order to see things like the Viking Ship Museum. Although it is possible to see fictionalized accounts of Vikings in numerous TV shows and movies, a great opportunities to actually learn about the Vikings is to book a fjord tour in Norway and visit some of the historic sites they once ruled.
When you think of Vikings, what comes to mind—their legendary ferocity, dedication to honor, their massive ships, and desire to invade and claim new lands? One thing that’s almost certainly left out is the fact that several of the most legendary vikings were in fact female.
Just like any other form of ancient civilization, the Vikings of Scandinavian countries had their own god-based belief system. These mighty Viking warriors followed figures that were even more powerful than they were. After all, they needed some way to explain the natural wonderment of the fjords in Norway, so they turned to a collection of gods and goddesses as the answer.
From ice age to modern age, Norway has gone through tumultuous times to become the country it is today. The Viking era, unions, wars and independence has shaped Norwegian society and people through thousands of years. Getting to know the complete history of Norway is an arduous task, so check out this Brief History of Norway.
When your every-day activities include pillaging villages and exploring the impressive fjords in Norway, you are going to need a lot of energy to sustain yourself. This means eating some pretty astonishing meals in order to maintain proper health with such an active lifestyle.
Many tourists who travel to Norway are eager to learn more about the history of the Vikings. And, we can’t blame them. The Vikings were fascinating, complex people. Although they are primarily known as fierce warriors, they also engaged in trade and transport across much of Europe and built incredibly advanced ships that fascinate historians to this day. Here is some of what we know about how and where the Vikings traveled during the late 8th to the 11th century.
The Vikings lived a primarily nomadic lifestyle. In fact, in Norway today the term “Go Viking” means to go explore something new or to push your limits. However, when the Vikings did settle in towns and farms for either short or long periods of time, they built homes often referred to as longhouses.
No history of Norway is complete without mention of the Vikings. The Vikings were Scandinavian seafarers who raided and traded goods across a wide swath of Europe from the 8th to the 11th century. Much of the Vikings’ ability to expand can be credited to their ships. Viking ships were used for transport, trade, and warfare.
Every December the Vikings would celebrate the Midwinter Solstice, the longest night of the year and the daylight is the shortest of the year. The celebration included drinking, feasting, songs, games, banquets, and sacrifices for the gods and the ancestor spirits for 12 days straight.
A feast is a huge celebratory dinner with everything served in abundance. The Vikings were famed for their glutinous indulgence of food and habit of eagerly drinking beer or mead wine with every meal.