Norway - Traveling
Diplomatic representations: All Norwegian Embassies and Consulates can be found here.
Organizing your trip
Means of transport recommended in town
Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country
Extensive system of ferries and express boats link Norway's coastal towns, fjords and islands. Ferries are mostly roll-on, roll-off car ferries. Small islands are served by water buses.
|Name||Type||Domestic flights||International flights|
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||low cost||Yes||Yes|
Traveling by yourself
Norway is not ideal for cycling due to the long distances and hilly terrain.
Different forms of tourism
- Historical Museum (Oslo),
- Sculptures of Vigeland (Oslo),
- National Museum (Oslo),
- Bergen Museum (Bergen),
- Viking Ship Museum (Oslo)
The most famous ferry route in Norway is the Hurtigrute coastal boat. It sails a long and beautiful route from Bergen to Kirkeness. Boat stops at thirty ports along the coast and the whole trip lasts eleven days, making the ride quite an experience.
Reaching the remote and wild Svalbard archipelago requires more effort and money.
- Urnes stave church (Viking woodcarvings)
Paléet, Oslo City and Galleri Oslo are Oslo's shopping malls. A lot of shops and boutiques around the city centre. Woodcarvings, Viking paraphernalia, knitwear and ceramics and wrought-iron pieces are popular souvenirs.
Health and safety
Time difference and climate
Summers are generally hot and winters cold. Inlands and the northern parts are cooler than coastal areas, which experience more rain. The northernmost part has a maritime subarctic climate. The Svalbard archipelago has an arctic thundra climate. The hottest month is usually July with average temperature 17,3°C in Oslo. The coldest month is January, when the average falls to −4.7°C.
From November to late January, the sun never rises above the horizon in the northern areas, and daylight hours are short in the rest of the country. Conversely, during the summertime there can be 20 hours of daylight per day, except in the north where the sun never descends beneath the horizon.
The best time to visit is from May to September. The winter is cold and dark, but offers possibilities for skiing and watching the aurora borealis.
Some Norwegian specialties: Laks: Smoked (or grilled) salmon in many varieties.
Gravlaks: Raw salmon cured in salt, sugar and dill.
Rakfisk: Raw fermented trout or char.
Fårikål: Lamb meat and cabbage served with potatoes.
Geitost: Brown goat cheese