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Visit the land of the midnight sun and discover one of the most beautiful countries on earth

Located on the Scandinavian peninsula, Norway is a country of stunning contrasts – encompassing fjords, lakes, glaciers and mountains. Whether you’re cruising the Norwegian fjords, taking a city break or touring around the country, Norway offers breathtaking scenery and some of the freshest air on the planet.

Norway has 64,000 miles of picturesque coastline, with whitewashed houses and an archipelago of some 240,000 islands. The north of the island is the most northern part of Europe and falls within the Arctic circle, where, from April to August, the sun doesn’t set.

Culture and history

Norway is one of the happiest countries in the world. They have a good health system and social support and a strong infrastructure. The people enjoy an outdoorsy lifestyle, including fishing, boating and skiing. It’s no surprise that Norwegians have the highest life expectancy.

Norway is influenced by both Viking and Danish heritage. The Vikings have a 200-year history ruling Norway. From 1815 to 1905, Norway was part of Denmark, until it finally gained its independence.

Aside celebrating outdoor activities, the Norwegian people have a huge food culture, celebrating fresh dishes consisting of local fish, wild berries and further north, wild elk and reindeer.

Things to do

You won’t be short of things to do in this active country. If you love the outdoors, you can enjoy the country’s vast waterways. If you love to ski, Norway offers skiing all year round at certain resorts. And of course, no visit to Norway would be complete without a trip to see the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights

Known as Aurora Borealis, northern Norway is one of the best places to see this natural phenomenon. The Northern Lights, if you are lucky enough to witness them, can be seen during the months of Sept, Oct, Mar and Apr (not guaranteed).

Trondheimu

Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway, with a history of over 1000 years. Founded in 997, it was the former capital of Norway during Viking reign. Its beautiful waterways and colourful architecture make it a must-see destination. Visit the Nidaros Cathedral, the Kristiansten Fort and Munkholmen – an old Viking that was used for executions.

Stave Churches

Stave churches are some of the oldest churches in the world. Intricately carved from woods, they were once dotted across much of northwest Europe. Today, they are almost exclusively found in Norway and are located all across the country, with many of them accessible by fjord.

Flight time

The flight time from London to Oslo is around 2 hours. Flights to Stavanger are around 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Currency

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The currency of Norway is the Norwegian krone.

Passports and visas

Visitors to Norway must hold a passport valid for the duration of your stay.

You do not need a visa to enter Norway, if you are a UK citizen.

For more information, visit the GOV.UK website.

Phrases

Hello – Hallo

Good morning – God morgen

Good afternoon – God ettermiddag

Please – Vær så snill

Thank you – Takk skal du ha

Goodbye – Ha det

Yes – Ja

No – Nei

Timezone

Norway is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Electricity

The standard voltage in Norway is 230 V. The frequency is 50Hz. You can use UK appliances in Norway, if your appliances are between 220 V and 240 V.

Norway uses the Shuko plug (type F), which is a two-pin plug. You will need an adapter.

Language

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Norwegian is the official language of Norway and the most widely spoken. It is a north Germanic language that is similar to Swedish and Danish. The Norwegian language is made up of Bokmål – the official written language or Norway, and Nynorsk, a much older language that is rarely spoken independently, but rather integrated with Bokmål by a small percentage of the rural population.

Tipping

Tipping in Norway is discretionary, however if you are satisfied with your restaurant experience, the recommended tip is between 10% and 20%. You do not need to tip hotel staff or taxi drivers.

Climate

The climate in Norway varies greatly from region to region. The far north is arctic, with thick snow and ice. Many of the mountain regions see snow all year round, whereas in the south, the coastal towns are much milder, with summer temperatures feeling quite warm and pleasant.

Health

We recommend you visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to Norway, to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures.

If you’re visiting Norway, you should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK.

For more information, visit the GOV.UK website.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.

Population and size

The population of Norway is 5.3 million.

The total area‎: is 323,802 km2 - 304,282 km2 is land, with the remaining 19,520km being water.

Smoking

Norway was the second place in the world to impose smoking restrictions. Smoking here is banned indoors, in all public buildings and on public transport. Outdoor areas in the city have designated smoking areas.



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