Group accommodation in Norway at HI group hostels
Rich in history, Norway is a popular destination for historical education trips, but it is equally popular for winter sports trips and other group travel. Visitors ﬂock to Norway between September and March to try to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, and year- round the breathtaking landscapes offer groups spectacular rugged coastlines, fjords, glaciers, waterfalls and beautiful lakes and rivers. Travel within Norway is easy and allows you to explore both the urban and rural environments of this diverse country.
Hostelling International have a good range of hostels in all areas of Norway offering excellent group accommodation, and many offer extra group facilities and services such as:
- Private rooms for leaders and drivers
- Parking for coaches, buses or mini-buses
- Seminar rooms, games rooms and/or lounge areas
- Full meals service, and lunch packs for days out
- Staff who understand the needs of groups and can assist with recommended excursions and attractions
Our group accommodation in Norway provides an excellent base for exploring the amazing geology, learning about Viking and other ancient history, or participating in outdoor activities such as downhill and cross-country skiing, hiking, climbing and walking.
Whether you want to go skiing or snowboarding in Lillehammer, ﬁshing or hiking in Voss, photographing fjords in Bergen or absorbing the culture in Oslo, HI’s group hostels in Norway provide the perfect budget accommodation for groups of all types.
Choose from the following locations to view our group hostels in Norway:
Bergen – The gateway to Norway’s southernmost fjords and is home to a leading Norwegian university. The city centre is easy to walk around and it is here you will find the world famous Torget fish market.
Bodo – As the largest city in Nordland county and just north of the Arctic Circle, groups visiting Bodo can enjoy a variety of museums and galleries, cycling (on one of the many scenic cycle routes), a range of outdoor activities and sports , or even watching the famous ‘midnight sun’ at the beach. Bodo is also home to the largest colonies of Sea Eagles and these huge majestic birds can be seen daily flying over the city.
Geilo – Visitors to our group hostel in Geilo can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, fishing, water rafting, go-carting and many other outdoor activities in summer. In winter it becomes one of Norway's best winter sports centers with excellent alpine and cross-country facilities.
Gjøvik – It might not be one of the most well-known towns in Norway but Gjøvik has hosted music legends including Bryan Adams, Toto and Robbie Williams. The superstars played to thousands from the town’s outdoor football stadium. The small town is perfect for groups looking to get back to nature. It is on the banks of the Lake Mjøsa, Norway's biggest lake which has no end of water-sports in the summer and skating in the winter. The area is also famous for hosting the Lillehammer winter Olympics ice hockey in 1984, glass works and being one of the world’s biggest producers of fish hooks!
Hamar – There is something for all types of groups looking to visit the Norwegian city of Hamar. Located about an hour north of Oslo, one of the major attractions is the impressive Mjøsa Lake. Perfect for angling groups, this lake is the largest in the country and also stocks more than 20 species of fish, some weighing in at more than 20 kilos! Those more interested in culture should visit the medieval cathedral and folk museum where the cathedral ruins are on display in a glass house. For skating fans, don’t miss a visit to the Viking Ship which was built for the 1994 Olympic Games. And for train buffs, there is a railway museum here showcasing the Norwegian history of the railroads. A fun experience for all groups is a ride on the Skibladner - the world's oldest paddle steamer still in timetabled service. So whether you are visiting in the summer or the winter, there will plenty to see and do.
Kongsberg – Originally built on silver mining from 1624, there are many cultural monuments originating from its wealthy silver mining period. The Numedalslågen River, with its impressive waterfalls, ﬂows through the town centre, and the town is surrounded by hills and mountains.
Lillehammer – Our group hostel in Lillehammer is a great base for outdoor activities. In the winter it is a superb ski area and the magical winter theme park of Hunderfossen. In the summer there is mountain biking, hiking and ﬁshing.
Oslo – One of our most popular hostels in Norway, guests at the HI group hostel in Oslo can visit the capital’s many attractions such as the Kon-Tiki Museum, the Norwegian Folk Museum and the Edvard Munch gallery as well as being within reach of fjord country. Oslo Haraldsheim | Oslo Vandrerhjem Central | Oslo Hostel Ronningen Inn
Sarpsborg – Norway´s third oldest town - founded in 1016 by St. Olav. Places of interest include Borgarsyssel museum, the manor Hafslund Hovedgård, rock carvings and iron age burial mounds.
Stavanger St Svithun – As a busy, bustling metropolitan area, groups visiting Stavanger St Svithun can enjoy perusing the colourful open air markets, hike up Pulpit Rock, visit one of the many art galleries or relax at the popular harbour. Try river rafting in the Fjords, which are close by, or a full range of other outdoor activities and sports.
Tønsberg – Known as the oldest city in Scandinavia, Tønsberg is a great destination for history groups looking to discover its rich and varied past. Oseberghaugen, a Viking era burial mound is found here which dates back to 834AD and is thought to be where Queen Alvhild is buried. A Viking long ship was also found here which has now been removed and is in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. A replica is currently under construction for the city. For groups looking for a bit of retail therapy there are some great shops in the city centre, as well as first-class restaurants and bars situated around the picturesque harbour. A great destination in the summer, there are plenty of outdoor activities on offer including sailing, parcours, archery and dozens of walking routes near the beautiful, sandy beaches.
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