Country of Vikings traveling through beautiful fjords to nothern circle, under the northern lights, all together with spectacular views and national parks. Super expensive and super colorful. Country from the dream. Let’s discover!
Language: Norwegian / Population: 5,1 million / Currency: Norwegian Krone
Climate Spring April – May. Most of the winter snow has melted, and only the mountaintops and north-facing hillsides remain white. Weather can also be very windy. Summer in Norway lasts from June to mid August. Days are long, sunny and warm. In the far north, the sun doesn’t set below the horizon at all for several weeks. Autumn starts in mid-August. The temperature starts to drop slowly during September and as autumn progresses, the afternoons and evenings become dark. Winter turns much of Norway into a winter wonderland! Temperatures can drop to below -30˚C in some parts of the country and it isn’t until early spring time that the days start to become lighter. The snow often lasts until Easter.
Suggested Clothing: Lightweights in warmer months, with extra woollens for walking and the cooler evenings. Medium- to heavyweights are advised in winter. Waterproofing is recommended throughout the year. Be prepared for rapid and extreme weather changes, no matter where and when you go it can be super cold.
Cuisine Norwegian cousine is based on fresh products, local fish, meats and game. Fish as a basis cuisine are served in many ways; boiled, fried, grilled, marined, dried and as tartare. Meals are generally cold. Cold breakfast can be like an open sandwich or cereals, such as corn flakes, muesli and oatmeals. Breakfast is served with fruit juice, milk or strong coffee without milk (Norwegians are in second place in the world in consumption of coffee on head). The dinner is hot meal. Fish or meat (lamb, mutton, beef) with vegatables and boiled potatoes or sausages with sauce, meatballs, meatcakes or stew. Then here you try extreme dishes like reindeer meat or salted and smoked sheep’s head.
Foreign Relations Norway is a founding member of the United Nations (UN), NATO, Council of Europe and EFTA. The Norwegian electorate rejected the treaties of accession to European Union in 1972 and 1994.
I wrote article about saving money in Norway: Top 10 ways to save money on your Norway travel. So let’s disover!
Expense report for Norway travel guide are based on my individual experience, big Mac index and online research. (2015)
|Big Mac||€ 5,19|
|Bread||€ from 2,30|
|Budget Lunch for 1 (with drink)||€ from 20,00|
|Budget Dinner for 1 (with drink)||€ from 25,00|
|Beer (0,5)||€ from 2,80|
|Wine (0,75)||€ from 12,00|
|Vigeland Museum||€ 6,80|
|Bus Ticket||€ 3,50|
|Hotel (**** double room) (Oslo)||€ from 120,00|
|Budget Hotel (double room) (Oslo)||€ from 80|
|Hostel (Oslo)||€ from 25,00|
I created as well rank with top tourist attractions, you can find it here: Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Norway.
1. Western Fjords
You can take round trip from Bergen which is about nine hours and takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Norway. The Basic Fjord Tour starts at the railway station in Bergen with the scenic railway journey from Bergen to Myrdal station. From Myrdal station, the tour continues on the famous Flåm Railway, one of the steepest standard gauge railway lines in the world. The Flåm Railway is very easy to find at Myrdal station. The 20-km-long train ride is a amazing journey that offers panoramic views of some of the wildest and most magnificent mountain scenery.
2. Oslo the capital since 1814, when Norway gained its independence from Denmark. The city is one of Europe’s fastest-growing capitals, with annual population increases exceeding 2 per cent in recent years. The capital is the seat of the Norwegian Government and the Norwegian Parliament. The home of Norway’s King Harald V and Queen Sonja, The Royal Palace, is located at the end of Oslo’s main street, Karl Johans gate. Many of Norway’s main businesses and educational institutions are based in Oslo, which is also home to important cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, the Norwegian Opera and Ballet and the National Theatre. Remember Oslo is second most expensive city in the world!
3. Bergen is an international town with small-town atmosphere. The inhabitants love to show off their beautiful and many-sided city. They are proud of Bergen’s shipping, trading and cultural traditions. The city is like a spectacular amphitheatre clambering up the mountainsides, overlooking the sea, embracing you. Norway travel guide suggest thatyou can roam through living history in this modern city, the gateway to the wildest and loveliest fjords of Norway. Tradition, initiative and drive have made Bergen one of Norway’s most vigorous cultural cities.
4. Stavanger Especially in the summertime, Stavanger’s harbour is full of large cruiseships.. The Port of Stavanger is a popular stop on the route to the Norwegian Fjords. The charming city center is just a small walk from the quay. There is not too many thing to do in Stavanger itself but splendid opportunities are nearby in adjacent municipalities: Lysefjorden is particularly popular for hiking. Tourists typically visit places like Preikestolen and Kjeragbolten. Preikestolen is a massive rock overhanging the fjord (604 meters below). Kjeragbolten is a rock wedged in the cliff approximately 1000 meters above the fjord. The straight fall 1000 meters down to the fjord makes Kjerag a very popular location for BASE jumping.
5. Lofoten Islands Archipelago and a traditional district in the county of Nordland, Norway. Though lying within the Arctic Circle, the archipelago experiences one of the world’s largest elevated temperature anomalies relative to its high latitude. Lofoten is known for a distinctive scenery with mountains and peaks.
6. Tromso Beautiful city with a lots of attractions like: Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden, Northern Norway Art Museum, Cable car to viewpoint. Midnight sun panorama, Polaria Arctic experience centre and many more . You will find something for yourself.
7. Longyearbyen Longyearbyen is the largest populated area on the territory of Svalbard, located in the high Norwegian Arctic. The settlement is popular as the most easily accessed frontier in the Arctic, and is an ideal base for the greater exploration of Svalbard. With over 2000 inhabitants, the town is the de facto “capital” of the islands, featuring the airport, a school, a shopping center, hotels, restaurants, so you cn discover a lot during your Norwy travel.
I wrote article about Top Activities in Norway, you can find it here: Top 5 Travelers Activities in Norway.
Norway travel guide advise that in the event of an emergency, please call: 110 – Fire, 112 – Police, 113 – Ambulance, 120 – Emergency at open sea.
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