Norway is easily a contender for the most beautiful country in the world. The country boasts a picturesque landscape highlighted by deep fjords, majestic glaciers, and a rugged coastline. Throw in the colorful Northern lights, architectural marvels in Oslo, and picturesque fisherman huts in Hannoy, and you have a perfect holiday destination. Here is our Norway travel guide that will give you all the information you will need to plan a memorable trip to Norway.
Should you go to Norway in November to relish the autumn colors in full bloom? Or would you rather enjoy an ultimate getaway experience by visiting Norway in December? Perhaps you will love the longer nights and shorter days in Norway in October. Find out what works best for you by reading our article on the best time to visit Norway.
To determine whether one week in Norway will be enough time for you to discover the bustling city of Oslo, ride the funicular in Bryggen wharf, hike the scenic trails in Aurland, and soak up the sights of the shimmering Northern lights, check out our article on how many days to spend in Norway.
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The best time to visit Norway and how long to spend there is a matter of subjective interpretation. But one thing everyone can agree on is that Norway is not a destination you would want to be exploring in hurry.
Top Destinations in Norway
Discover the highlights of Norway.
Explore the Bustling City of Oslo
Norway’s capital city promises a unique blend of natural beauty, rich culture, and stunning modern landmarks. Simply stroll around the city center to appreciate the mix of traditional and modern architecture, then get on a ferry to enjoy a premium island-hopping experience. Adventure lovers would enjoy the scenic hiking trails in Langoyene and Nordmarka. In Holmenkollen, you will find an Olympic-sized ski jump that attracts winter sports enthusiasts from all over the world. You can wrap up your exploration with a trip to the magnificent Oslo Opera. View Tours
Enjoy Breathless Arctic Adventures in Longyearbyen
From simple pleasures like wandering through streets without names and enjoying endless rides on snowmobiles to more daring activities like hot air ballooning and horseback riding, the world’s northernmost city has it all. Stop by the Svalbard Museum to get a glimpse into the Norwegian past, then proceed to the Svalbard brewery to sample their signature beers. The North Pole Expedition Museum and Svalbard Global Seed Vault also make for a rewarding experience. You also would not want to miss the adventure-filled Longyearbyen sled ride. View Tours
Unlock the Hidden Sea Treasures in Bergen
Your Bergen trip begins on the train ride from Oslo. Your journey will take you past some of Norway's most beautiful scenery. However, these stunning landscapes simply serve as a teaser for what is to come in Bergen. Admire the colorful façade and attractive wooden structures of Bryggen, ride the funicular to the summit of Floyen for sublime views, and sample the riches buried along Norway's coastline at the Bergen seafood market. Visit the Bergen Aquarium to observe the colorfully diverse aquatic life and Troldhaugen to listen to soulful classical music. View Tours
When to visit Norway
Read the below travel guides to find the best time to visit Norway.
- Jan Avg Daily: 1 ° C Avg Nightly: -7 ° C
- Feb Avg Daily: 2 ° C Avg Nightly: -7 ° C
- Mar Avg Daily: 6 ° C Avg Nightly: -3 ° C
- Apr Avg Daily: 9 ° C Avg Nightly: 1 ° C
- May Avg Daily: 16 ° C Avg Nightly: 7 ° C
- Jun Avg Daily: 20 ° C Avg Nightly: 11 ° C
- Jul Avg Daily: 22 ° C Avg Nightly: 13 ° C
- Aug Avg Daily: 20 ° C Avg Nightly: 12 ° C
- Sep Avg Daily: 16 ° C Avg Nightly: 7 ° C
- Oct Avg Daily: 10 ° C Avg Nightly: 4 ° C
- Nov Avg Daily: 4 ° C Avg Nightly: -1 ° C
- Dec Avg Daily: -1 ° C Avg Nightly: -5 ° C
Best Time To Visit Norway
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Norway in March: Weather and Travel Tips
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Norway at a Glance
Quick facts about Norway
Oslo is the capital of Norway. The city boasts a rich cultural and architectural heritage. It is also the host city of the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony.
385,207 km². Some of the popular tourist attractions are quite far apart. Thankfully, there is a well-developed public transportation system, comprising trains, buses, and ferries.
The Norway country code 47 allows you to call Norway from another nation. Following the IDD, dial Norway telephone code 47. Norway international dialing 47 is followed by an area code.
The Norwegian krone (NOK) is the official currency in Norway, and the symbol is kr. Most tourist attractions accept Euros, but at lesser rates than exchange booths. Importantly, cash is not king in Norway, and most establishments will accept card payments.
The Oslo Lufthavn is Norway’s main airport, serving local and international travelers. It is located in Gardermoen, about 50 km from the city center. Code: OSL. Closest City: Oslo.
As part of the Schengen zone, most travelers can enter for up to 90 days without a visa. However, some nationalities need a Schengen visa. We recommend checking your country’s travel advisories before booking a trip.
The official language in Norway is Norwegian and Sami. The country has 13 spoken languages, and English is widely spoken in major cities. Learning a few native words and phrases, however, goes a long way. Start with ‘Hallo’, a customary local greeting.
The number to call in case of emergency is 112 for the police, 113 for an ambulance, and 110 for fire.
It is customary to take off your shoes when entering restaurants, hotels, and shops in Longyearbyen. The practice dates back to the city’s coal mining days.
How long to stay in Norway
Read about the ideal duration to stay in Norway.
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FAQs for Norway
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Sustainable Travel – How to travel through Norway responsibly
In line with Bookmundi's vision, we wish to provide our travelers with a sustainable travel experience through Norway. As part of this effort, we carbon offset any Norway tour that you purchase through us. You can read more details about our carbon offsetting program.
Here is what you can do to travel through Norway responsibly:
- Carbon-offset your transport to Norway via Norwegian. The moment your tour starts in Norway, and if you have purchased your tour through Bookmundi, we will carbon-offset your tour from its starting point to its ending point.
- You can donate a small amount to Fjord CleanUp, a group of volunteer divers, paddlers, and walkers that work hard to clean and restore the local fjords every week.
- Eat local and support small museums and art galleries when you visit Norway. Also, purchase souvenirs made by local craftsmen.
Norway Travel Tips and Insights
- Always pack an extra layer of clothes when traveling through Norway, especially during hikes. The weather can change in a flash, and temperatures drop as you approach higher altitudes.
- Due to “Allemannsretten” (Freedom to Roam), most outdoor locations, national parks, and all public lands are free to use for everyone. However, it is your responsibility to treat nature with respect and ensure you do not leave trash behind.
- Norway is not a cheap country. However, you can still travel on a budget by researching your accommodation options beforehand, choosing public transport, and purchasing raw food items at the supermarket rather than always eating out.
- Although there are more polar bears than there are people in Svalbard, do not expect to see them roaming the streets. You are only likely to encounter them if you roam deep into the wilderness.
- Northern Norway experiences polar nights during the winter, with some parts experiencing up to 24 hours of darkness. However, the opposite occurs during the summer months.
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