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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.

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    June to August

    The months of June, July and August see Norway at its busiest. Summertime is the country’s warmest and most comfortable, the days are much longer and public transportation is more frequent, drawing in throngs of people from all over the world. The downside is most tourist attractions are overcrowded and everything is more expensive. Come from September to October when it’s less busy, the weather is cooler, the prices are cheaper and the Northern Lights start their stunning display. Keep in mind that business hours are shorter and public transportation runs less often.

  2. Low Season

    November to February

    Skip November as it can be cold and dreary. December, January and February are too, but if you’re looking for magical flurries and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and dog-sledding, they’re the best months to indulge. Be warned: the days are very short and the nights are excruciatingly long. March is just a little warmer and offers excellent chances for Northern Lights viewing. Come from April through early June when spring is in full swing, the landscape is bedecked with wildflowers, rates are low and festivals are aplenty (especially in May).

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FAQs about Norway

  • Do you tip in Norway?

    While not mandatory, tipping in Norway is customary. A tip of 5% to 10% of your total bill – 20% if the service is exceptional – at restaurants is the norm, as is the rounding up of your cab fare. Tipping to hotel staff and tour guides is not necessary.
  • What is the internet access like?

    It’s great! WiFi is easily accessible and even free in a lot of places including hotels, cafes, restaurants, trains and even some buses.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    Absolutely! Norway has excellent tap water so unless otherwise stated, drink to your heart’s content.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Most businesses in Norway accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and even Diners Club. Keep some cash or at least your ATM card handy as there are still some that might not like gas stations and supermarkets.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Maudy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday are celebrated public holidays in Norway, as are Constitution Day (May 17), Ascension Day (39 days after Easter), Pentecost (49 days after Easter), Whit Monday (the day after Pentecost) and St. Stephen’s Day (December 26).
  • What are the toilets like?

    Toilets in Norway are modern; however public toilets are not as common. Establishments like restaurants, museums and attractions will have toilets for their patrons while a small few like shopping malls might charge a small amount for use of theirs.
  • How do I get around Norway?

    Because of its unique topography, you’ll most likely end up using several means of transportation. Hiring a rental car is best, as Norway is great for road trips; and ferries are reliable for getting around in the fjordlands as long as you check the schedule.
  • Can I travel to Norway on a budget?

    It’s true that Norway is an expensive country. However, if you plan right – keep your eating out to a minimum, find cheaper accommodations and travel during the low season, for example – you’ll do just fine on a budget.
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