Norway Travel Guide
In Norway, over 1,000 grand fjords grace the western coast. Idyllic towns out of a fairytale set against impressive valleys pepper the eastern side. And in the Arctic Circle, the epic northern lights illuminate the night sky for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As one of the most beautiful countries on earth, Norway most certainly deserves your time and attention.
Learn more about the fjordlands
Bucket list experiences
Culture and history
Explore the culture, Viking heritage, food and way of life in villages and cities along the fjords.
Take an iconic road trip along Atlantic Road through an archipelago.
Adventure on land and water
Don’t just look at the fjords! They are perfect for hiking and kayaking adventures.
Other places to see in Norway
Oslo’s atmosphere is so cultured that it’s contagious. The city has, after all, mastered the art of mixing business with pleasure, innovations with outdoor exploits, and modern architecture with breathtaking natural wonders. There are only a few places in the world where you can kayak down a fjord in the morning, visit a grand historic place at lunch, and see an opera at night.
You don’t have to be a foodie, history buff or a cyclist to enjoy Trondheim, though if you are, then this town is for you. This colourful little city and old Viking capital is charming and energetic at the same time and is also a paradise for culture hounds and beer lovers. Carve your own trail based on your appetite – this is, after all, your adventure.
Jotunheimen National Park
With towering peaks dotted with picturesque lakes and lush valleys, the Jotunheimen National Park in the heart of southern Norway hardly needs a sales pitch. But if we must, then we’ll just say that it’s simply the ideal venue for unforgettable outdoor adventures. Hike, fish, bike, camp, climb, sled, see its myriad wildlife, whatever else you can think of. The entire national park is your oyster.
You might find yourself in Tromsø chasing the Northern Lights, but you’ll stay for the city itself. Start your visit right and slumber in an ice dome. Then, during the daytime, there are many activities on hand including dog sledding and whale watching, or warm up with a couple of drinks at Aurora Spirit, indulge in a delicious feast and shop for local wares. You’ll never want to leave.
Heddal Stave Church
There’s something about grand old churches that are simply appealing, and in Norway, they’re no different. If you were to follow this trail, then do it right by putting Heddal Stave Church at the top of the list. This early 13th-century church, Norway’s largest, boasts a triple nave and beautiful wooden interiors. It’s the stuff fairytales are made of.
It might be hard to narrow down Norway’s long list of attractions, but your list is incomplete without the unique twin waterfalls of Låtefossen. The spectacular beauty tucked outside the town of Odda is picture-perfect as it pours from Lake Låtefossen past a stone arch bridge into the anticipating stream below. Come in the late afternoon when a warm light casts a soft glow, making for great shots.
Norway is set on the eastern side of Norwegian Sea less than 1,500 kilometres from Iceland. It borders Sweden in the east and neighbours Denmark from the north. From London, it’s a quick, two-hour flight. From New York, it’s about seven hours.
Oslo, Norway’s most populous city, is the country’s capital. It is also the centre for economics, politics and culture.
Oslo Airport, Gardermoen, located 47 kilometres north of Oslo, is Norway’s biggest hub and services more than 200 destinations.
- Closest City
The official languages of Norway are Norwegian and Sami, though English is widely spoken.
Norway uses the Norwegian krone. The currency code is NOK. Bring some cash when out and about during your visit, but credit and debit cards are accepted at most businesses and establishments.
Citizens of EU countries as well Canadian, US, UK, and Australian citizens can stay for 90 days visa-free. Always check the entry requirements before you travel, as these are subject to change.
The standard voltage and frequency in Norway are 230V and 50hz while the standard socket is Type F, which fits plugs C, E and F. If you’re coming from a country that uses Type A and B plugs, bring an adapter. If your country uses 110V, pack a converter.
Recommended vaccinations for travellers visiting Norway include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies and influenza.
In case of fire and major accidents, call 110. For ambulance and medical emergencies, 113 is the best number to call. For police and rescue, call 112.
When to Visit
Visit ResponsiblyTravelling responsibly means respecting the communities, culture and environment of the places you visit. Keep these tips in mind when travelling to Norway:
Go green. Be environmentally conscious on the road by taking short showers; turning off the lights in your hotel room when you leave; and resisting the urge to collect any plants, seashells, or other natural flora.
Respect cultural differences. Before travelling, read about the local culture and customs – even just knowing the dress code and a few basic phrases in the local language will go a long way.
Support local businesses. Enjoy a more authentic experience and directly support the local economy by travelling with a local guide, eating in local restaurants, buying from local artisans, and staying in locally-owned and operated accommodations.
Wherever possible, avoid single-use plastics. Pack reusable items such as your own shopping bags, utensils, a water bottle, and a straw. These items are typically lightweight and compact, and will greatly reduce your consumption of plastics.
Be conscious of overtourism. Opt to visit the lesser-known regions of Norway or travel outside the peak season – you'll likely even get a better deal and won't have all the crowds!
Sustainable Tourism in NorwayIt's been said that one of the reasons why Norway consistently ranks highly on the UN's World Happiness Report may be the unparalleled scenery in the country. Norwegians are very adamant about protecting their precious nature, and take it seriously to ensure that tourism does not have a negative impact on the land. Here are some things being done in Norway to make it possible to tour sustainably:
Sustainable Destination Designation in Norway
Innovation Norway, a state-owned company that guides development of the Norwegian tourism industry, launched the Sustainable Destination designation in 2013. With 10 key principles that must be met by a city or region to qualify, UNESCO sites like Røros, the city of Tromsø, and theisland of Svalbard are a few destinations with this designation.
Future of Tourism Coalition
Innovation Norway is also one of the founding signatories of the Future of Tourism Coalition. The Future of Tourism Coalition consists of global tourism organizations that commit to using tourism to shape a more sustainable, equitable, and responsible future through the Coalition's 13 guiding principles.