Destination guide

So much to discover in magnificent Norway

A once-in-a-lifetime destination that counts storied Viking heritage, celestial light shows and dramatic natural landscapes among its highlights, Norway deserves a place on any travel bucket list. The country's steep-sided fjords, jagged coastline and mountainous terrain sit alongside the buzzing capital of Oslo, where cutting-edge architecture blends effortlessly with a growing hipster vibe. In Bergen, colorful boat houses line a medieval wharf in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bryggen. Whether you prefer to stay in the heart of the country's biggest cities or seek a little Scandi-style solitude, Norway vacation rentals will soon make you feel right at home.

Things to do

Year-round pursuits in Norway

Norway vacation rentals in the south of the country place you on the doorstep of Lillehammer. The resort town is at its best in winter, when popular pastimes include skating, curling and skiing along 100s of kilometers of Nordic trails, though attractions such as the open-air museum of Maihaugen and Peer Gynt's Cottage make a visit worthwhile in summer, too. Those keen to explore the country's hiking routes can find trails aplenty in its 46 national parks, with Jostedalsbreen National Park, home of mainland Europe's largest glacier, among the many popular spots.

Activities

Exploring Norway's cities and fjords

It's possible to explore Norway under your own steam, but if you'd prefer someone else to take the reins, local guides fit the bill perfectly. Walking tours of Oslo, taking in the likes of the Opera House and, in the summer months, the Royal Palace, are readily available, some requiring you to pay a set fee, with others operating on a tips-only basis. Fjord cruises depart from Oslo throughout the year, transporting passengers from the vibrant city center to the sheltered bays, steep green cliffs and tumbling waterfalls that are the country's most-famous natural attractions.

Weather

Norway's midnight sun and Northern Lights

Sharing the same latitude as Greenland and Siberia, Norway is often thought of as a land of perpetual cold weather. However, the country boasts a reasonably-mild climate, thanks in part to the warmth delivered by the northern Gulf Stream, particularly during the summer months of June through August. The country's far north is something of an exception, though. Extending over the Arctic Circle, northern Norway is home to the fabled midnight sun in summer and the dazzling display of blue, purple, red and green laid on by the soul-stirring Aurora Borealis in winter.

Natural features

Spotting awe-inspiring wildlife in natural Norway

Catching a glimpse of some of the country's extraordinary wildlife is a must during your stay in a Norway vacation rental. The Svalbard Archipelago is a popular spot for viewing both orca and humpback whales in the winter months of November through January, which ties in perfectly with the best views of the Northern Lights. In summer, the same area serves up one of your best chances to see polar bears in the wild. Sightings are not guaranteed, though, and you may find that it takes a multi-day expedition cruise to deliver that sought-after view of these majestic creatures.

Where to stay around Norway?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,635 vacation rentals near Norway. From 1,933 Houses to 67 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Norway for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Norway?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Norway. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Oslo: 92 vacation rentals
  • Bergen: 136 vacation rentals
  • Stavanger: 48 vacation rentals
  • Tromsø: 33 vacation rentals
  • Trondheim: 23 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Norway! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Norway?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Norway:

  • Oslo: 92 rentals
  • Bergen: 136 rentals
  • Stavanger: 48 rentals
  • Tromsø: 33 rentals
  • Trondheim: 23 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Norway?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Norway are:

  • Flesland Airport (BGO): 128 vacation rentals
  • Vigra Airport (AES): 35 vacation rentals
  • Karmoy Airport (HAU): 77 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Norway?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Norway. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art: 98 rentals
  • Norway Trade Fairs: 87 rentals
  • Hellesylt Beach: 45 rentals
  • Aurland Berekvam Station: 16 rentals
  • Oslo (XZO-Oslo Central Train Station): 97 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Norway listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Norway

Nordland
128 vacation rentals
Rogaland
235 vacation rentals
Hordaland
514 vacation rentals
Ostfold
58 vacation rentals
Telemark
95 vacation rentals
Sogn og Fjordane
324 vacation rentals
Buskerud
82 vacation rentals
Vest-Agder
330 vacation rentals
Nord-Trondelag
36 vacation rentals
Oppland
99 vacation rentals
Hedmark
109 vacation rentals
Troms
83 vacation rentals
Akershus
28 vacation rentals
Sor-Trondelag
52 vacation rentals
Møre og Romsdal
212 vacation rentals
Vestfold
28 vacation rentals
Aust-Agder
122 vacation rentals
Scotland
10,302 vacation rentals
Stockholm County
439 vacation rentals
Gotland County
90 vacation rentals