Spend two weeks – though three would be ideal – following the country's invigorating, surf-battered coast, experiencing its laidback cities and wild landscapes en route.
Allow yourself a few days in the Norwegian capital, taking in its parks, museums, seafood restaurants and bars.
Stroll the atmospheric old town, visit the canning museum, boat out to an 1800-era lighthouse, then climb up to Pulpit Rock.
This lovely old port is celebrated for its handsome coastal setting and fine wooden architecture. Time your stay to coincide with a festival – Nattjazz, for instance.
4 Bergen to Trondheim by boat
No Norwegian holiday would be complete without a sea cruise – sit back and enjoy the views from the Hurtigruten.
Trondheim features a magnificent cathedral, a charming old district and is a great springboard for points north.
With its rearing peaks and turbulent ocean, this archipelago is Norway at its most beautiful.
Home to lively restaurants and simmering bars, this "Paris of the north" is the perfect spot to spend a few days gearing up for an excursion into the Arctic hinterlands.
The northern end of mainland Europe, this jagged promontory pokes a knobbly finger out into the Arctic Sea.