On this page you’ll find all my articles on Norway… which at this time is just one lonely post.
I’m happy to answer questions about my time there in lieu of writing more blog posts on the subject but, in the meantime, check out this post that outlines how you can spend 24 hours in Oslo and see SO MUCH.
NORWAY TRAVEL BASICS
CURRENCY | Norwegian Krone (Check out xe.com for the most up-to-date currency conversion–they have a mobile app too!)
TIME ZONE | Central European Time, also known as GMT +2
VISA / PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS | If you’re planning to spend less than 90 days in Norway/the Schengen area, you can get by using just your U.S. passport–no Visa required. However, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you leave the Schengen area. It’s weird; don’t ask.
LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN | The most widely spoken in language in Norway is, you guessed it, Norwegian.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR? | As with almost all of Europe, pick-pockets are probably your biggest safety concern though I’ve personally never experienced anything in Norway that warrants mentioning.
Obviously, always take standard safety precautions (don’t wander alone at night, stick to major streets and pathways, don’t flash your wads of cash you baller you). For more information on Norway safety concerns, see this page and always pick up travel insurance before you go.
WHERE TO STAY IN NORWAY
The capital city of Oslo is worth the visit alone, but though Norway may be way up there it’s packing tourism destinations out the wazoo. After you decide where in Norway you want to visit,
And don’t forget, there’s always Airbnb and I can help you save $40 on your first Airbnb stay.
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RECOMMENDED NORWAY TOURS
➤ A TASTE OF SCANDINAVIA, INTREPID TRAVEL | If planning an entire trip sounds overwhelming, popular tour company Intrepid offers this 7-day tour of Scandinavia, hitting all the hot spots (including Norway). You’ll start in Copenhagen, Denmark and end is Oslo, Norway, hitting three other destinations in between. This tour includes all accommodation, some meals, and your own personal, knowledgable Scandinavia travel guide.
➤ VIATOR TOURS | If you’re just looking for day tours to various attractions in and around Norway, Viator is my go-to tour company. They’ve got tours for sightseeing in Oslo, fjord cruises, food tours, Vikings, and every single thing in between. Their tours include pickup and dropoff as well as your very own local tour guides.
NORWAY PACKING ESSENTIALS
➤ NORWAY GUIDEBOOK | I’m a big believer in travel guidebooks – they’re great for historical and background information, practical information like phone numbers, addresses, and opening and closing times, as well as restaurant recommendations and pretty pictures ’cause Norway is just a beaut’! Consider them your portable Norway travel guide.
Rough Guides and Rick Steves are my favorite go-to brands but Lonely Planet has their own loyal following as well.
And if you’re interested in a different kind of guidebook, check out Culture Smart! Norway. Culture Smart! guidebooks focus less on hotel recommendations and more on getting you acquainted with the local customs and culture of your destination. I LOVE these guidebooks and find them to be 100% accurate.