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These are our best tips

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.

A-Z of tips and facts

Alcohol

To buy wine or beer in Norway, the minimum age is 18 years. For spirits, it is 20 years.

Beer can be found in most shops, but is only sold before 8 pm on weekdays or 6 pm on Saturdays. For wine, spirits or strong beer, you must visit one of the Vinmonopolet outlets, found in most large cities and towns.

Budget travel

Yes, it's possible. See our 10 budget holidays tips here.

Brochures

Visitnorway doesn't make travel brochures or catalogues anymore. But don't worry, you'll find a lot of information on the site. We offer travel tips, maps and a route planner, directions on how to get around, as well as an abundance of hard facts for a soft landing in the land of the fjords and the midnight sun.

Calling home

Dial "00" followed by your two or three digit country code, the area code and phone number.

On most mobile phones, using "+" instead of "00" will also work.

If you are calling home on a mobile phone, buying a local pre-paid SIM-card (called "kontantkort") may be the cheapest option. 

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Daylight Saving Time

Also known as summer time, DST always starts on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October.

Time is adjusted one hour forward in the summer, to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. Read more about Seasons & climate in Norway

Disabled?

In general, airlines, trains, buses, ferries and shops in Norway are accessible for everyone. But some advance planning will still make it easier for you to get around. Read more about travelling in Norway with disabilities.

Drinking water

Tap water is universally drinkable in Norway, and tastes great. So no need to buy bottled water.

Most running water in the mountains and forests of Norway is clean enough to drink, but avoid water running through pastures or runoff from glaciers, as this may contain harmful microorganisms.

Electricity

220 volts AC (50 Hz) is the Norwegian standard.

Norway uses the continental European standard socket.

Almost all electricity in Norway is hydroelectric, so use it with a clear conscience.

Emergency telephone numbers

  • 110 – Fire
  • 112 – Police
  • 113 – Ambulance
  • 120 – Emergency at sea
  • 22 59 13 00 – Poisons Information Centre
  • 1412 TDD (textphone for the deaf or hearing impaired)

Foreign languages

Most Norwegians speak passable English, especially the younger crowd.

Many have also learned German, French or Spanish at school, but skill level may vary.

Getting here

By plane or by train, by bus or by boat, we can help you getting to Norway.

Internet access

Internet access is good in most towns and cities, either through mobile data, or public wifi in cafés and other public areas. Mobile data coverage will be spotty in sparsely populated areas.

Most hotels have free Internet access in the rooms, but if it is important to you, it’s best to ask the hotel before you book.

Many buses, express buses and trains offer free onboard wifi, but this will often require registration and have limited capacity.

LGBT

Most LGBT venues and offers are found in the big cities like Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim.

Marriage

Sure you can get married in Norway, but it takes a bit of planning. Start by contacting your Norwegian Embassy for details.

Money

Norway's currency is "kroner", abbreviated NOK. That said, how much should you tip, pay, or expect to be billed?

Pets

Make sure you read the full instructions at the Norwegian Food Safety Authority in good time prior to your travel. Dogs, cats and ferrets from all EU countries must have pet passports, ID marking and valid rabies vaccination. Dogs must be given approved tapeworm treatment, minimum 24 and maximum 120 hours before arrival. Small rodents, cage birds and rabbits must have valid import permits issued by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. Certain dog types are prohibited in Norway. Norway is among few rabies-free countries thanks to high awareness and strict rules.

Additional rules apply for non-EU countries. For further information not found on the website of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority please contact the Norwegian Embassy or Consulate in your country.

Public holidays

Norwegian public holidays are New Year's Day (1 Jan), Labour Day (1 May), Constitution Day (17 May), Christmas Day and Boxing Day (25-26 Dec). Movable holidays are Easter, Ascension Day, Whit Sunday, and Whit Monday.

Most shops will be closed on public holidays, and public transit may run with reduced frequency and capacity. Many restaurants and bars will be open, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Many museums are open on Sundays and some public holidays, but will often be closed on the following Monday.

Retail therapy

Here's what you need to know about shopping in Norway. And before you go, here is information on currency and prices

Right of access

In Norway everyone has the unrestricted right of free access in the countryside, ­including the national parks. Read more about the rights of access

Safety

We want you to come back, so see our tips on how to stay safe in the mountains, on the seas, or on the roads.

Smoking

Sorry, but indoor smoking in most public places is prohibited. This includes hotels, bars, restaurants and all other establishments where food and beverage are served.

You must be over 18 years to buy tobacco in Norway.

Time zone

All of Norway uses Central European Time (CET), which is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal time (UTC+1).

Toll roads

Norway has many toll roads, but most are quite inexpensive, and you don't even need to slow down to pay. Find out more about AutoPASS if you're planning to drive in Norway.

Visa requirements and passports

Visitors from the Schengen countries do not need a passport or visa when entering Norway, but must show valid and sufficient ID. A European Union ID-card or passport is recommended.

Svalbard is not part of the Schengen area, so all foreign visitors must bring their passport. The European Health Insurance Card is not valid in the Svalbard Islands. It is therefore strongly recommended to purchase travel insurance before you go there.

Citizens of some countries outside the EU/EEA have to apply for a visitor's visa. You can easily check if this is required for you at udi.no.

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Understand the natives

Understanding the language will help you along a great deal, not least due to the sympathy you'll elicit from the locals, who are only too happy to help a visitor out. This list will give you a firm foundation.

Yes = Ja
No = Nei
Thank you = Takk
Excuse me = Unnskyld meg
Hello = Hallo

Train = Tog
Bus = Buss
Metro = T-bane
Tram = Trikk
Station = Stasjon
Airport = Flyplass

Hospital = Sykehus
Emergency services = Legevakt
Fire services = Brannvesenet
Police = Politi

Food = Mat
Drink = Drikke
Alcohol = Alkohol
Non-alcoholic = Alkoholfritt
Vegetarian = Vegetar
Allergic = Allergisk

Receipt = Kvittering
Bill = Regning
Cash = Kontanter
Credit card = Kredittkort

Day = Dag
Week = Uke
Month = Måned
Year = År
Today = I dag
Yesterday = I går
Tomorrow = I morgen

Monday = Mandag
Tuesday = Tirsdag
Wednesday = Onsdag
Thursday = Torsdag
Friday = Fredag
Saturday = Lørdag
Sunday = Søndag

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