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Southern Norway Holidays

Norway’s fairytale southern region provides a microcosm of the country’s natural wonders. Sun drenched sandy beaches, tiny islands and harbour-front houses are backed by rolling pastures and lazy rivers, which in turn make way for towering mountains, hidden valleys and historic stave churches.


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A word perhaps best known for the special style of skiing that was practised in the impenetrable upper districts, where no other type of transportation was possible. An exceptionally scenic road connects Telemark with Hardangerfjord and the impressive Telemark’s Canal stretches all the way to the foot of Hardangervidda.


Known as the ‘capital’ of south Norway, here you can immerse yourself in colourful legend and lore; explore the Christiansholm Fortress, the market place and the old quarter with its traditional wooden houses. Enjoy the many restaurants where local dishes, especially seafood, share the menus with a variety of international cuisine.

The Fish Market in Kristiansand is well worth a visit whether you are just looking for fresh shrimp to take away or a three-course dinner. It is a must to try the delicious waffles made from a 100 year old recipe that you’ll find available at an endless choice of cafes – and the famous homemade burgers at Café Generalen are to be recommended!

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Stavanger & Haugesund

This is where the beautiful southern fjords begin, places rich in history and culture with mouth watering culinary traditions. Due to its southerly position, the summer here begins in May with the blossoming of fruit trees and lasts until the beautiful autumn colours take over in September and October. Getting here is easy by air – direct from the UK or via Oslo – or perhaps take a speed boat from Bergen.

Everyone can enjoy swimming and leisurely walks on the sandy beaches, explore the countryside by bicycle or perhaps visit the Kongeparken amusement park with the longest bobsleigh ride in Scandinavia! There are also many museums to be found celebrating the history of Norway from Viking times to today’s modern nation enriched by the discovery of North Sea oil.

Almost directly east of Stavanger and forging inland is spectacular Lysefjorden, which boasts famous Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock. The hike to the plateau, some 604m above the fjord, is one of the most famous hikes in Norway. The round trip is around four hours and the view at the top is simply out of this world.