WHY TO VISIT NORWAY
Nature is the star of this country and the landscapes are just about guaranteed to entrance you.
The capital, Oslo, is encircled by fjords and can easily be explored on foot: The museums, the Akerhus fortress, the castle, the Royal Palace, the Vigeland Park are all great places to visit and you could also go to the Bygdoy peninsula for the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions and that of the Viking Boats. Whatever you decide to do, as soon as you leave the noise of the central it is not difficult to find nature close at hand.
The centre of Norway is great for exploring the summits and fjords, and also the town of Bergen not just for its superb position but also for its architecture and cultural dynamism. There are some other towns that are definitely worth visiting in this area; Roros with its wooden houses of grassy roofs that are listed by UNESCO, modern Lillehammer too, but it is the fjords all along the coast that will leave the most lasting impression on you.
Tromso in the north is a dynamic town set in a privileged position among the snowy summits; it is the departure point for many polar expeditions.
WHAT TO SEE IN NORWAY
Top destinations in Norway are:
- Jostedalsbreen National Park
WHEN TO GO TO NORWAY
Weather in Norway
Best period to visit Norway is from May to September.
In the popular imagination, Norway is commonly regarded as remote and cold – spectacular but climatically inhospitable. There is some truth in this, of course, but the best time to visit is not, perhaps, as clear-cut a choice as you might imagine with other seasons other than summer offering particular bonuses. There are, for example, advantages to travelling during the long, dark winters with their reduced everything: daylight, opening times and transport services.
If you are equipped and hardy enough to reach the north, seeing the phenomenal northern lights (aurora borealis) is a distinct possibility and later, once the days begin to lighten, the skiing – and for that matter the dog-sledging, ice fishing and snowmobiling – is excellent. There are skiing packages to Norway from abroad, but perhaps more appealing – and certainly less expensive – is the ease with which you can arrange a few days’ skiing wherever you happen to be.
As the year advances, Easter is the time of the colourful Sámi festivals, and mid-May can be absolutely delightful if your visit coincides with the brief Norwegian spring, though this is difficult to gauge. Springtime is particularly beguiling in the fjords, with a thousand cascading waterfalls fed by the melting snow, and wild flowers in abundance everywhere. Autumn can be exquisite too, with Septemberoften bathed in the soft sunshine of an Indian summer, but – especially in the far north – it is frequently cold, often bitterly so, from late September to mid- to late May.
Nevertheless, most people travel during the summer season, which can be the best time to visit as bus, ferry and train connections are at their most frequent. This is the time of the midnight sun: the further north you go, the longer the day becomes, until at Nordkapp the sun is continually visible from mid-May to the end of July. Something worth noting, however, is that the summer season in Norway is relatively short, stretching roughly from the beginning of June to the end of August. Come in September and you’ll find that many tourist offices, museums and other sights have cut back their hours and buses, ferries and trains have already switched to reduced schedules.
Following a list of typical festival and celebrations of Norway
HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH NORWAY
For travelling inland, by air is definitely preferable over long distances such as from the north to south but buses are efficient and comfortable too as well as is the train. The ferries are great for navigating through the fjords. In Oslo trams and the metro are perfect combined with the buses and ferries.
by plane, main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON NORWAY
country entry requirements: for not EU nationals, passport + visa
health tips & vaccination: none
local currency: Norwegian krone
local time zone: GMT+1 (+2)
electricity: type C and F (230 V - 50 Hz)
mobile phone operators:
WHAT TO DO IN NORWAY
typical food in Norway
- Brunost, a sweet brown cheese made with whey;
- Rakfisk, fish dish made from salted and long-fermented fish (usually trout or char);
- Fiskesuppe, fish soup;
- Roast wild elk or reindeer;
- Lutefisk, baked preserved cod;
- Grøt, a form of porridge;
- Kjøttkaker, rough and large meat cakes of ground beef, onion and salt and pepper;
- Tørrfisk, cod fish unsalted and cold air-dried, ured through a fermentation process;
- Svinekoteletter, braised pork chops served with potatoes and fried onions or vegetables;
- Lapskaus, meat stew;
- Fårikål, mutton stew;
- Stekte pølser, fried sausages served with potatoes and vegetables;
- Svinestek, roast pork;
- Smalahove, sheep's head;
- Sodd, soup-like meal with mutton and meat balls;
- Kjøttboller, meat balls;
- Multer, cloudberries;
souvenirs from Norway
- Lykketroll, lucky trolls figures (belived the first inhabitants of Norway);
- Viking figures and other stuff;
- Rosemåling style decorated hand-crafts;
- Pewter and silver decorations;
- Christmas ornaments;
- Amber jewelry;
- Norwegian knives;
- Knitted woollen sweaters and garments;
- Cheese slicer;
- Smoked or gravlaks (prepared with salt, sugar and dill) salmon or Rakfisk (soaked fish salted and fermented for several months), Brunost og ostehøvel (cheese with a salty-sweet taste);
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