A family affair. The Royle family from Glasgow in Scotland is a happy gang consisting of parents Jacob and Lis, and children Ida (4) and Alva (2, not present here). He is an oceanographer and she works as a windpark developer. These outdoor enthusiasts go to Norway as often as they can.
How is Norway for families?
“We find Norway more organised and suited for traveling with children, than for example destinations in the Alps. We also appreciate that every activity is very well prepared and that transportation and other facilities all are on time, a revelation compared to the rhythm we are used to.” Read more about skiing in Norway.
What places in Norway have pleased you the most?
“We enjoyed Oslo, the beautiful inland county of Telemark, the Fjords and also a round-trip with Hurtigruten. There have been different types of activities, from island camping to experiencing the northern lights. In total, we have visited Norway about 15 times.” Read more about the northern lights.
“Norwegians speak English very well compared to locals in other countries. This is very helpful when travelling around Norway.”
How about travel costs?
“It may seem expensive, but there are often cheaper alternatives if you just look for them. We tend to pick new and cheerful eateries, or even bring our own food to enjoy out in the nature. We just discovered a great Thai place in Oslo that turned out to be both very good and sensible priced.”
When you mention “Norway” to the Scots, what's popping up in their minds?
“Undoubtedly the skiing possibilities and Hurtigruten.”
What will you tell people at home about Norway?
“Norway offers a completely different holiday experience. It is not about going abroad to get drunk, but rather to experience great activities.” Read more about things to do in Norway.
What will you buy to take home?
“We will bring warm children’s wool base-layers. The quality here is very good, due to the fact that Norwegians traditionally bring their children outdoors, even in cold temperatures. Back home, children are supposed to stay indoors once it gets cold. In Norway, you have proper clothing to play and have fun in all weather conditions.”
Any gifts you will bring home from Norway?
“Yes, the local brown cheese, Brunost, which is very popular among children, and not to forget, the traditional Norwegian Freia milk chocolate.” Read more about Norwegian food traditions.
Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature experiences and city life.
Western Norway is a region of narrow fjords cutting into tall mountains, of waterfalls cascading down mountainsides, and of glaciers that never melt. Spectacular architecture and exiting food made from local produce enhance the experience.
From Norway’s most charming coastal town to tall mountains and highlands, the county of Telemark is as diverse as it is beautiful.
To a lot of people Scandinavia is somewhere on the opposite side of the earth. This year exchange student Liu Ai Yin from Taipei in Taiwan is reading economics at The University of Helsinki in Finland. She had the idea to bring over some of her Taiwanese family members for a fun holiday in Norway.
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We want you to be happy in Norway, and enjoy your time here as much as you possibly can. Happy guests come back, and before you know it we have made friends for life. Makes sense, then, to share our best tips to make your stay a good one.
If you're hungry for food or hungry for action, we can help you to find what you need. Whether you want natural highs or artistic depths, climbing up or skiing down, walking slow or running fast, there's a good chance you'll find what you're after.
Equality, freedom… and waffles. The foods, traditions and way of life here on the outskirts of Europe may sometimes seem peculiar. Hopefully you can learn a thing or two by reading here.