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Experience the Natural Charm of Norway

Chasing Myths On Fjords & Mountains
Whether it’s your dream to spot a sperm whale, picnic with the puffins, or catch the northern lights, Norway will guide you off the beaten track, to witness its wildlife, and embrace its cool, mindful energy.

Having made the top ten happiest countries in the world in 2023, the Norwegian spirit will rub off on you, encouraging you to stop, breathe in the crisp arctic air, and appreciate the little micro-moments and breathtaking scenery.

You may want to cosy up and embrace the hygge lifestyle in one of Norway’s picturesque fishing villages, or venture out in search of the Aurora on board your own private fjordlands boat cruise.

Our dedicated destination experts are here to find you natural beauty in the most unspoiled nooks and crannies of Norway.
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Summer In The Arctic
Some 200 miles from the 60th parallel well and truly place Finnmark in the Arctic. Summer sides with the adventurer, drenching each day in endless sunlight. Valleys flush emerald, purple heather bursts on mountain slopes.

This is the time to explore the Alta River valley. The Sautso-Alta Canyon beckons hikers, climbers and fishermen alike. Mountain bike among reindeer herds on the plateau, overlooking the canyon below.

At 400m deep, it’s northern Europe’s largest. Perhaps join traditional fishermen on a riverboat journey. Or a local guide can take you hiking on uncrowded trails, bestowing foraging wisdom.
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Polar Night
In spite of the dark, northern Norway’s winters are equally grand. There’s no greater thrill than a northern lights hunt, whether sailing across a fjord or from a mountain summit. Tromsø’s cable car is a more sedate, but equally magical option. It’s perfect for families, with warm cocoa waiting at the top.

There’s plenty to do when you’re not out chasing auroras. Co-founded by a former champion, Trasti and Trine offers excellent husky sledding. The other founder is a chef, so your daily excursions will be well rewarded.

Join a local guide, strap on skis or snowshoes and experience the silent majesty of pristine evergreen forests. You could also spend a night in an igloo — both ice and glass domes are options.
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Whales and Other Wildlife
With a brisk wind in your hair, whale spotting is a great privilege and adventure. The Norwegian whale safari season runs from November to mid-February. It’s then that orcas chase herring through the fjords, while more relaxed humpbacks gently breach the waves.

There’s ample wildlife on shore as well. Elusive lynx, wolverine, golden eagle, wolf and bear top the food chain. There’s also moose, reindeer, hares and seals. To ensure sightings, a stay at luxurious Wolf Lodge is a must.

Nestled at the heart of Polar Park — the world’s northernmost wildlife park — this is a truly exclusive experience. Here the wolves run right outside, howling their nightly chorus, a chilling and unforgettable lullaby.
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Local Culture
The Samí are descendants of the region’s first nomadic people. As time went on, they moved around increasingly less, switching to herding rather than hunting reindeer. Many now live as coastal fishermen, though some preserve their heritage as herders. Join them and their reindeer, learning what it takes to survive in Norway’s wild north, for a rich immersion into their culture.

Between activities, it’s worth enjoying a few days in Tromsø or Alta. Tromsø’s Arctic Cathedral is an architectural landmark, while Alta’s interactive Northern Lights Cathedral will teach you all about its celestial namesake.
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Norway the Journeysmiths Way
We take you beyond the ‘ordinary’ to give you a truly authentic sense of the destinations you visit; showcasing the very best of the country’s culture, and its most enchanting places. Let our team help you uncover the true spirit of Norway.
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Tips from Our Norway Expert
Kathryn, the latest addition to the Journeysmiths’ team, is armed with extensive insider insights into Norway. Having lived there with her Norwegian husband and three mini Vikings, she offers unparalleled guidance on navigating the country and its local treasures. While not a crosscountry skiing expert (yet), she’s adept at curating life-changing journeys to Norway.
KATHRYN’S TOP TIPS FOR FAMILY TRIPS TO NORWAY:

  • Don’t miss the fun, child-friendly museums in Oslo. My favourites are the Munch Museum with its sensory room, the Fram Museum and the Vigerland Sculpture Park.
  • Taking the train between Oslo and Bergen is a brilliant way to travel. There are family carriages and a kids playroom on board!
  • Don’t rule out Norway in the summer. It offers a wholesome family holiday. Think fishing for crabs from jetties, lake swimming, and exploring islands by boat.
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Botswana is Africa’s most exclusive safari destination. Each enormous private reserve has just one or two luxury lodges guaranteeing a series of private experiences as you travel from one exquisite location to the next. Expert guides will take your family on safari among big cats and vast elephant herds in beautiful deltas and deserts.
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We’ve created a list of our favourite activities to give you an idea of what you can expect from a trip to Chile.
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Luxury And The Big Five South Africa
Without a shadow of a doubt, South Africa is one of the very best places to watch wildlife in the world. The Kruger National Park — a protected area the size of Wales — is certainly the most famous and popular safari destination, but with Africa Exclusive you’ll escape the crowds to explore vast, wildlife-filled private reserves, in the company of the best guides.
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Brazil's Best Lodges For Birding
The birdlife in Brazil is especially impressive, with feathers reflecting every single colour of the rainbow. Whether you’re an amateur enthusiast or a serious birder, the Amazon Jungle is breathtaking in the variety of the species which live there. You’ll find the richest birding hotspots along with the very best birding guides in Latin America.
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Top Destinations And Travel Trends for 2023
Our team has been compiling a list of incredible travel destinations around the world to consider for the year ahead.
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The Wildlife Of Deepest Darkest Peru
What kind of creatures actually live in the Amazon Basin, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and in the Sacred Valley of the Incas?
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Fiesta Time! When To Visit Chile
Everyone has heard of the Rio Carnival, which takes place each year just before Lent, but such festivities are by no means a Brazilian speciality. At Journeysmiths we have a particular sweet spot for the fiestas in Chile.
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Astrotourism in Africa
Astro-tourism is travel with a star gazing theme, and it’ll take you to some of the last great wildernesses in Africa.
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Three Great Rivers Zambia
Three of Africa’s great rivers set the scene for your Zambia safari. The Zambezi, the Luangwa and the Kafue rivers are all of different character and have national parks named for them.
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The Giant Tortoise Of The Seychelles
It is not only the Galapagos which has giant tortoise! You can find them in the Seychelles too. These extraordinary reptiles grow up to four feet long, weigh as much as 770 lbs, and some of them are more than 100 years old. They’ve survived here because their populations were isolated, protecting them against predators. Spotting them is a rare treat, as they are found in so few other places.
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Battlefields And Culture South Africa
Formerly the Zulu Kingdom, the province of KwaZulu Natal runs along South Africa’s dramatic Indian Ocean coastline. The Drakensberg Mountains create a natural border between Lesotho and the Eastern Cape, and offer some excellent hiking routes.
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Explore The Garden Route South Africa
To experience a little bit of everything that South Africa has to offer, you can hardly do better than to drive along the coastal road of the Garden Route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. It’s an extraordinary journey, and there’s wildlife on both land and shore, endless beaches, historic battlefields, and the vineyards are never far away. One day you might be whale spotting at Hermanus — renowned as one of the best whale watching locations in the world — and the next you could be learning about the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, handling antique weapons and scrambling over the British and Zulu positions.
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Magnificent Cape Town
Cape Town is one of the world’s great cities with a unique setting beneath Table Mountain.
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Top 10 Costa Rica Activities
We highlight the top ten must-do activities for your to enjoy in Costa Rica.
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The Rainbow Nation South Africa
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was the first person to call South Africa “the rainbow nation”. It’s a reflection on the fascinating diversity of this country, not only in the identities of its people but in the landscapes, wildlife, cultures, and activities it offers. South Africa is a country which, because of its variety, can be all things to all people, truly a rainbow of varied opportunities and experiences.
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Himba Woman Serra Cafema Kunene Namibia
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History And The Himba of Namibia
Namibia has a diverse cultural heritage and is home to one of the most distinct African tribes — the Himba — a group of semi-nomads who live in the Kunene region.
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School Holiday Safaris
The school holiday cycle is full of opportunity; there is a safari for every season, whether it’s during the Christmas, Easter or Summer holiday period.
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Mother And Baby Gorilla Uganda By Nickjackson2013 Istock 512494361
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Ultimate Guide To Gorilla Trekking - Rwanda vs Uganda
Mountain gorilla can be found in Rwanda and Uganda, both superb destinations but each offering something slightly different. Read on to find out which is best for you.
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Episode 4 - Freshwater: Planet Earth III Filming Locations
Without freshwater, life on land wouldn't exist.
Freshwater is the most precious resource on our planet, but it's finite. Vital to life, only 2.5% of all Earth’s water is fresh and less than 1% of that is accessible. Planet Earth Three’s episode on freshwater documents its importance for selection of species.
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Chitwa Chitwa Activities And Wildlife Family Walking Across From Elephants South Africa
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Malaria - Should I Worry About It?
Many of Africa’s best safari regions are low to very low risk of malaria, particularly if you travel during the summer holidays.
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Patagonia Sr Whale Breach
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Episode 1 - Coasts: Planet Earth III Filming Locations
Are you feeling inspired to travel after watching Planet Earth Three?
Coasts offer the opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife both at sea and on shore and are excellent destinations for wildlife enthusiasts. Follow in the footsteps of the Planet Earth crew and journey along the picturesque Garden Route coast to see Cape fur seals gathered in their thousands in South Africa. Head to the eerie Skeleton Coast of Namibia to find the desert-adapted lions that laze on its sand dunes. Or hop on a boat in Chile and watch the enormous barnacled body of southern right whales emerge from the water as they breach a matter of metres from your eyes.
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Relation Swarm Of Flying Mosquitoes Istock By Hans Verburg
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Facts You May Not Know About Mosquitoes
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Chitwa Chitwa Activities And Wildlife Family Walking Across From Elephants South Africa
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South Africa Family Safaris
If you’re looking for a country that’s got everything, choose South Africa. Renowned for the spectacular views of the Garden Route, vibrant Cape Town, malaria free safaris, fascinating history and outstanding wildlife, the whole family will fall under the alluring spell of this diverse country.
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Child Taking Photos Galapagos
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Ecuador and Galapagos Family Holidays
Treat your family to an extraordinary wildlife adventure holiday in the Galapagos and Ecuador. It’s a place you’ll likely visit just once so be sure to do it well. We have access to the finest yachts, lodges and expert guides. This way your family can visit remote islands in comfort and privacy encountering amazing wildlife.
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