16 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Norway
Norway is an incredible country that attracts travelers with its unspoiled nature. In addition, the country beckons with a high standard of living and a stable economy. Find out the top things you need to know before traveling to Norway
Norway is a Scandinavian country that has been on the lists of the best places to live and travel many times. Picturesque nature, unusual architecture and high service attract tourists from different parts of the world to the state.
Norway can really surprise tourists. Already planning your next vacation in this mysterious place? We have prepared for you 16 features that you need to know before traveling to Norway.
Norway is a big country
Many tourists planning a trip to Norway may underestimate the distances in the country. Norway is quite a large country, and the roads here are not very wide and have many speed limits. Therefore, if you plan to visit sights in different parts of the country, you should allow a little more time for the trip.
If you plan to travel around Norway by public transport, be aware that it will take much longer than by car, and some buses to remote areas only run once or twice a day.
Norway's calling card is its nature
The main attraction of Norway is its nature, therefore, when planning a trip to the country, it is worth paying more attention to the countryside. You can only visit Oslo and skip the rest of the big cities.
Choose your fjords carefully
Norwegians use the word "fjord" to describe any long, narrow bay. If you are interested in fjords with rocky slopes that were formed by a glacier, then you need to go to the west of Norway.
Hotels should be booked in advance
If your vacation falls on the summer, it is better to book hotels in advance, because in the high season it can be quite difficult to find accommodation in Norway.
Choose national scenic routes for moving
There are quite a few scenic roads in Norway, but there are also a lot of normal highways. Therefore, if you are planning an unforgettable trip to Norway, then use the map of the National Scenic Routes.
Cash is almost never used in Norway
Payment by card is available everywhere in Norway, some tourist places do not even accept cash. Therefore, for a comfortable trip, be sure to take a bank card with you.
Only a local resident knows the best tourist route
If you search for tourist locations online, you will usually come across super popular itineraries, while only the locals know about Norway's hidden gems. Ask at the tourist information center or at your accommodation what is worth visiting, because only Norwegians know which route is best for the current season.
The weather in Norway is very changeable
You should not completely trust the weather forecast in Norway, because it can be warm and sunny, and after a few hours you will be caught in a snowstorm. So pack a woolen sweater and a raincoat in your backpack, even if the sky is blue.
Protect yourself from unforeseen expenses and situations while traveling to Norway by taking out reliable insurance
Be responsible when choosing the season to travel
In the summer and early fall, the weather allows for hiking, and in the winter, Norway has lots of fun snow activities and the northern lights in the Arctic. Traveling in the spring can avoid crowds of tourists and save money.
From November to January, there is very little daylight in Norway, so you will not have much time for sightseeing. Also, a summer trip cannot guarantee warm weather.
You can save money if you buy products in a supermarket
Norway is quite an expensive country, food in restaurants and cafes can become a significant part of the costs. At the same time, you can find products at fairly reasonable prices in supermarkets.
The northern lights and polar bears cannot be seen all over Norway
If you want to see the Northern Lights, you need to head north of the Arctic Circle. Polar bears also do not roam throughout Norway, if you want to meet them, then go to Svalbard.
Most Norwegians speak English
Most Norwegians speak excellent English and will be able to help with any question a tourist may have.
Norway is a safe country
Norway is one of the safest countries in the world. The crime rate is extremely low even in big cities like Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Stavanger.
Most national parks are free
All public lands are public, so you don't need to pay a national park entrance fee.
Norway is very diverse
Since Norway is a large country, the differences between regions are quite significant. The south of Norway has beautiful coastlines and warm (non-tropical) weather, the east is a forest zone, the west has fjords and mountains, and the north has arctic landscapes.
Also, the dialects spoken in different parts of Norway differ significantly.
Polar day and polar night
In winter in the north of Norway, the period of the polar night: the sun never rises above the horizon and the street is dark for 24 hours. In summer, everything is the opposite: it's a polar day - the sun never sets and it's always light outside.
Norway is an amazing country, a trip to which will give exciting impressions to every tourist.
Products from Visit World for a comfortable trip:
Checklist for obtaining a visa and necessary documents in Norway;
Legal advice on immigration issues in Norway;
Travel and medical insurance for foreigners in Norway;
Insurance for foreign students in Norway.
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