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.
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.
Yes, it's possible. See our 10 budget holidays tips here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Norwegians speak passable English, especially the younger crowd.
Many have also learned German, French or Spanish at school, but skill level may vary.
By plane or by train, by bus or by boat, we can help you getting to Norway.
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.
Most LGBT venues and offers are found in the big cities like Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim.
Sure you can get married in Norway, but it takes a bit of planning. Start by contacting your Norwegian Embassy for details.
Norway's currency is "kroner", abbreviated NOK. That said, how much should you tip, pay, or expect to be billed?
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.
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.
Here's what you need to know about shopping in Norway. And before you go, here is information on currency and prices.
In Norway everyone has the unrestricted right of free access in the countryside, including the national parks. Read more about the rights of access.
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.
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.
You will find storage lockers for your luggage at Oslo S/Oslo Central Station. You are welcome to keep your belongings in the lockers at all hours but you will not be able to access the same lockers when the station is closed between 01:10 am and 04:30 am. Make your payment for the use of storage lockers by cash, Visa or Mastercard.
All of Norway uses Central European Time (CET), which is one hour ahead of Coordinated Universal time (UTC+1).
Norway has many toll roads, but most are quite inexpensive, and you don’t even need to slow down to pay. Read more about invoicing and how to register your car.
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.
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.
The regulations concerning entry to and residence in the Svalbard Islands are different from the regulations on the Norwegian mainland. Svalbard is not part of the Schengen area. Norwegian authorities do not require a visa for visiting Svalbard, but as most transport links connect Svalbard with Norway, foreigners with visa requirements to Norway/the Schengen area will need a valid visa to travel through the Schengen area.
Please read more about entry to Svalbard at sysselmannan.no
The European Health Insurance Card is not valid in Svalbard. It is therefore strongly recommended to purchase travel insurance before you go there.
The Norwegian currency is “Kroner”, which is sometimes mistranslated into “crowns” in English. But whatever we call our money, cash is no longer king in Norway, and almost all establishments accept debit cards.
Many people think Norway is an expensive country, and to an extent they’re entirely correct, but chances are they haven’t really tried to save money.
Along select roads in Norway, natural wonders are amplified by art, design and architecture – taking you closer to nature in new and surprising ways. Meet the award-winning National Tourist Routes.
Using Hurtigruten as a basecamp gives you the best possible starting point for exploring everything the Norwegian coast has to offer – from fjords and iconic towns to northern lights and midnight sun.
Norway is a country of outstanding natural beauty, with dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear fjords, majestic mountains, and spectacular glaciers. Preserving this landscape, its communities, and their way of life is essential for locals and visitors alike.
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
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.
Belgian small school teachers Delfien Cocquyt and Fien Sinove from Gent are best friends. The devote travellers finance frequent exotic vacations with weekend babysitting.
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Planning your trip well helps you get what you want and find the experiences you wish for, without risking your hard-earned days off. And if you don't know what you want, we're happy to help you find some ideas.
According to ancient legend, the name Norway comes from the old norse word Norðrvegr, which means “the way north”, a name given to this long and craggy coast because it was largely ice-free in the wintertime.
Modern conveniences have made it much easier to get around in Norway. These days, trains, boats, roads, and a network of small airports are all making it quite practical to see any part of the country.
By all means, enjoy Norway to the fullest, but be careful while you do so. After all, we'd like you to come back and see us again, and enjoy the rest of what we have to offer.