Norway Travel Guide - Travel Insights and Tips

Traveling to Norway? Our detailed Norway insights, blogs and travel tips will help you plan the best trip.

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.

Talking about the northern lights, here are the top three places to see Northern lights in Scandinavia.

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

Explore the Bustling City of Oslo

Discover the vibrant city of Oslo, Norway's capital, and immerse yourself in its lively atmosphere. Visit iconic landmarks like the Royal Palace and Oslo Opera House, explore the museums on Bygdøy Peninsula, and indulge in delicious Nordic cuisine. Don't forget to stroll along the picturesque waterfront and experience the city's rich cultural scene.

Tour the Arctic Town of Longyearbyen

Tour the Arctic Town of Longyearbyen

Experience the thrill of Longyearbyen, the world's northernmost city. Explore its snow-covered streets, ride snowmobiles, and go horseback riding. Discover Norwegian history at the Svalbard Museum and taste unique brews at the Svalbard Brewery. Don't miss the North Pole Expedition Museum. Embark on an unforgettable sled ride in Longyearbyen.

Embark on A Bergen Sightseeing Tour

Embark on A Bergen Sightseeing Tour

Embark on a Bergen sightseeing tour and soak up the charm of Norway's second-largest city. Explore the picturesque Bryggen Wharf, visit the vibrant Fish Market, ride the Fløibanen funicular for breathtaking views of the arena, and wander through the historic streets of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Uncover the beauty of Bergen on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

What to do in Norway

Top things to do in Norway.

Top 3 Places to See the Northern Lights in Scandinavia

Top 3 Places to See the Northern Lights in Scandinavia

Scandinavia is, arguably, the best place on earth to observe the northern lights, a fabulous natural phenomenon that attracts numerous visitors every year. And, the reasons for that are not limited solely to the geographical location with the region&rsquo...Read more

9 Best Things to Do in Norway

9 Best Things to Do in Norway

The land of the midnight sun, Norway, is known for its breathtaking fjords, mountains, and glaciers. The country is also rich in art, culture, and history. Set out on the crisp and clear waters of Norway’s fjords and coastline, stay further inland f...Read more

When to visit Norway

Read the below travel guides to find the best time to visit Norway.

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Best Time To Visit Norway

Best Time To Visit Norway

The best time to visit Norway is during the shoulder seasons, in spring (between May and June), and fall (between September and October), when the weather is amazing and there aren’t that many tourists. The summer high season between June and August...Read more

Norway in January: Winter and Northern Lights

Norway in January: Winter and Northern Lights

If you are used to the first month of the year being a disappointment, you have obviously not discovered touring Norway in January. Snow covers much of the inland areas of the country during this time of year, while fjords remain as beautiful as ever. Plu...Read more

Norway in February: Weather Tips and Low-Season Rates

Norway in February: Weather Tips and Low-Season Rates

At first glance, Norway might not seem like an ideal vacation destination for February. But look a little closer and you will find the most romantic month of the year has a lot going for it in this Scandinavian country. Full of local festivals and still c...Read more

Norway in March: Weather and Travel Tips

Norway in March: Weather and Travel Tips

A harbinger of spring, the month of March offers pleasant weather conditions with plenty of sunshine. Discover the wonders of Oslo and take a train to some of the country’s most famous fjords. If you are interested in outdoor activities, you might w...Read more

Norway in April: The Start of Spring Season

Norway in April: The Start of Spring Season

Spring dawns in Norway in April and the whole country comes to life. There is a newfound joy and vigor everywhere. The warm weather conditions create an ideal setting for outdoor adventures, while the Easter holidays add to the atmosphere. This is a great...Read more

Norway in June: Tons of Fun Under the Midnight Sun

Norway in June: Tons of Fun Under the Midnight Sun

With longer daylight hours, milder temperatures, and a flurry of festivals to fill your itinerary, it is no wonder that a trip to Norway in June is popular among travelers. The sun barely sets in the sky during the summer months – a phenomenon that...Read more

Norway at a Glance

Quick facts about Norway

CAPITAL CITY

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.

SIZE

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.

COUNTRY CODE

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.

CURRENCY

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.

MAIN AIRPORT

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.

VISAS

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.

LANGUAGE

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.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

The number to call in case of emergency is 112 for the police, 113 for an ambulance, and 110 for fire.

WHAT'S UNIQUE

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.

Great Norway Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?

Great Norway Itineraries: How Many Days to Spend?

The wintery wonderland of Norway has long been held in high regard for its plethora of stunning fjords and moorlands. From dramatic cliffs sloping down into deep river valleys to urban cities that are a mélange of quirky modern architecture and orn...Read more

One Week in Norway: Top 2 Recommendations

One Week in Norway: Top 2 Recommendations

Norway’s scenic fjords, craggy peaks, and picturesque landscapes have a lot to offer to outdoor enthusiasts, while its cities are a unique blend of medieval and modern design sensibilities. Many people think that it would take at least a month to ex...Read more

2 Weeks in Norway: Top 3 Recommendations

2 Weeks in Norway: Top 3 Recommendations

Experiencing Norway in 2 weeks allows you to cover a lot of ground, from the fjords of the north to wildlife photography tours in Spitsbergen to multi-country vacations that take you all over Scandinavia. By spending 2 weeks in Norway, you can spend time...Read more

10 days in Norway: Top 3 Recommendations

10 days in Norway: Top 3 Recommendations

Seeing Norway in 10 days allows you to hike along the famous Trolltunga, chase the northern lights in Tromso, or explore the coastal vibes of Bergen. We’d recommend spending at least 10 days in Norway so that you can check out the museums of Oslo be...Read more

5 Days in Norway: Top 3 Itinerary Recommendations

5 Days in Norway: Top 3 Itinerary Recommendations

Renowned for its breathtaking fjords, towering mountains, and rich Viking heritage, Norway offers an enchanting mix of destinations and experiences. While you need at least two weeks to properly explore Norway, a well-crafted itinerary of about 5 days can...Read more

FAQs for Norway

Read the most frequently asked questions and answer about traveling to Norway below.

  • Do I need to visa to travel to Norway?
  • Is Norway expensive to travel to?
  • How many days should I spend in Norway?
  • Are credit cards accepted in Norway?
  • What is the best time to visit Norway?

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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