When you think of Norway, it’s easy to imagine the age of the Vikings and a time when such Norse gods as Odin were revered and celebrated. Evidence of these times can be seen in various parts of the country and it doesn’t take much imagination to feel as though you are being transported back in time! With natural sights, ancient attractions, superb architecture and wonders like the Northern Lights make for an unforgettable experience!
If you are planning a trip to Norway but you’re not sure about where exactly to go, what to see or where to book your hotel, just read through our Norway Travel Blog for plenty of inspiration! After just a few posts you will have a much better idea of what to expect from all the top tourist spots in the country and you can plan your trip to include all of your favourite highlights.
Norway Travel Blog: Travel advice for visitors to Norway
- Crime and safety: You will be happy to know that crime in Norway is fairly minimal compared to many other countries in the world. That said, you should be careful of pickpockets. Petty theft mainly occurs in busy tourists areas and you should avoid walking around alone at night or in dimly lit areas.
- Driving: If you choose to do some driving in Norway, you will need an international driver’s license. Check with the authorities regarding any special requirements based on your country of origin. You should also note that travel times tend to be longer than you may initially estimate. The roads in Norway might not be as long as the major highways in other countries but you will need to drive with care as you navigate the many turns and bends.
- Health and medical: Make sure that you visit your doctor 8 weeks before you travel to Norway and enquire about any necessary vaccines. Depending on your country of origin, if you are an EU resident you might be entitled to a free European Health Insurance Card which will allow you access to free government provided health care. However, this is by no means any kind of substitute for medical or travel insurance and you should make sure that you have comprehensive coverage for the duration of your trip.
- Seasonal changes: In the summer you will likely find an abundance of mosquitoes and midges. In the winter the weather can get particularly cold with a harsh wind chill factor too. Take these changes into account when planning your trip and activities.
- Money: Credit cards are widely accepted but you may run into difficulty at your local supermarket and similar places. It is often best to make cash exchanges at one of the local banks. Bear in mind that they may keep shorter hours than the banks in your home country! You can also send money via Western Union and Forex if need be.
- Work or Study: If you are thinking of working or studying in Norway, you will need a Europe Blue Card.