Norway

This Scandinavian land of great glaciers, isolated islands, dramatic fjords and multi-hued houses looks stunning all year round - blanketed in snow, drenched in sun or under the glint of the dazzling Aurora Borealis. From hiking over alpine meadows in the spring time, through hitting the slopes in winter to kicking back on lakes during summer, Norway may not be the cheapest travel destination, but is well worth the investment.

Norway Tours & Travel

All our Norway trips

Scandinavia Explorer

15 days from
USD $5,820
CAD $5,995
AUD $5,890
EUR €4,055
GBP £3,395
NZD $6,560
ZAR R58,960
CHF FR4,895

Discover Scandinavia on a trip to Norway, Sweden and Finland. Travel to Norway and visit Oslo, go to Sweden and see...

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Oslo to Berlin

29 days from
USD $8,460
CAD $8,730
AUD $8,560
EUR €5,890
GBP £4,950
NZD $9,535
ZAR R85,690
CHF FR7,130

Travel through western Europe on a tour from Oslo to Berlin. Visit Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia,...

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Anchorage to Mexico City

52 days from
USD $5,590
CAD $6,060
AUD $6,001
EUR €4,091
GBP £3,400
NZD $6,629
ZAR R59,445
CHF FR4,945

Travel along the spine of North America and the centre of Mexico on a tour that takes you from the mountainous climes...

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Anchorage to Ushuaia

207 days from
USD $15,565
CAD $16,865
AUD $16,535
EUR €11,385
GBP £9,190
NZD $18,460
ZAR R165,510
CHF FR13,775

Travel the length of the Americas from North through Central and to the very tip of the South. From Anchorage to...

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Tromso, Bear Island and Spitsbergen (Sea Adventurer) 2016

12 days from
USD $6,995
CAD $9,690
AUD $9,500
EUR €6,300
GBP £4,800
NZD $10,580
ZAR R95,095
CHF FR7,915

Set sail from Norway and discover the history, landscapes, icebergs and wildlife of Spitsbergen. Travel along fjords,...

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Spitsbergen and Franz Josef Land (Sea Adventurer) 2016

13 days from
USD $7,495
CAD $10,300
AUD $10,100
EUR €6,700
GBP £5,100
NZD $11,250
ZAR R101,100
CHF FR8,415

Set sail from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen to Franz Josef Land, discovered just 150 years ago in far north Russia. Visit...

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Spitsbergen, East Greenland & Iceland (Ocean Nova) 2016

14 days from
USD $8,695
CAD $12,035
AUD $11,800
EUR €7,800
GBP £5,900
NZD $13,140
ZAR R118,115
CHF FR9,830

Discover the wild beauty of the Arctic in Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland. Be charmed by polar bears, cruise...

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North Pole Express: Barneo Ice Camp

5 days from

Travel on this intimate journey from Longyearbyen to the remote Barneo Ice Camp, constructed each year in the North...

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Scotland to Spitsbergen (Ocean Nova) 2016

15 days from
USD $8,295
CAD $11,420
AUD $11,200
EUR €7,400
GBP £5,600
NZD $12,475
ZAR R112,110
CHF FR9,330

Travel the ancient Norse route from Scotland to Spitsbergen via the west coast of Norway. Embrace culture, wildlife...

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Scotland to Norway (Ocean Nova) 2015

14 days from

This cruise into the compelling realms of northern Scotland and Norway has a nice balance of time spent on land with...

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Tromso, Bear Island and Spitsbergen (Ocean Nova ) 2015

12 days from
USD $6,995
CAD $8,620
AUD $8,455
EUR €6,085
GBP £4,245
NZD $9,415
ZAR R84,635
CHF FR7,045

Set sail from Norway and discover the history, landscapes, icebergs and wildlife of Spitsbergen. Travel along fjords,...

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Norway trip reviews

Our Norway trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Scandinavia Explorer, May 2014

Scandinavia Explorer, May 2014

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About Norway

At a glance

Capital city: Oslo (population 483,000)
Population: 4.6 million
Language: Norwegian Bokmal, Norwegian Nynorsk
Currency: NOK
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
Dialing code: +47

Best time to visit Norway

Because of the Gulf Stream, the climate in Norway is noticeably warmer than what would otherwise be expected at such high latitude. Summers can be moderately warm (up to 30 degrees Celsius), even in northern areas, but only for limited periods. The length of the winter and amount of snow varies around the country. In the north there is more snow and winters are dark; on the southern and western coasts, winters are moderate and rainy, while further inland the temperature can get below -25 degrees Celsius. March, April, October and November tend to be the rainiest months. Snow usually starts to fall in October/November in the northern areas (and in higher altitudes) and generally melts by the end of April. The Northern Lights are visible from parts of Norway, with September to April usually presenting the optimal conditions for viewing.

Norway weather chart

Geography and environment

Bright blue and green landscapes of Fjords in Norway
Sharing borders with Sweden, Russia and Finland, Norway occupies the northern corner of the Scandinavian Peninsula, with the North Sea, Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea providing coastline on the rugged northern, southern and western sides of the country. Possessing more than 50,000 islands, majestic mountain ranges, pristine fjords, glacial lakes and dramatic waterfalls, Norway has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. On the flipside, Norway is also home to vibrant, modern cities and charming rural towns, with most of the population living in the more hospitable south of the country.

Top Picks

Top 5 Must-Visit Museums of Oslo

1. Munch Museum

Oslo's comprehensive museum dedicated to the stirringly dark works of Edvard Munch is well worth a visit. Norway's best known artist is given the royal treatment with no less than 1,200 of his paintings and 18,000 of his prints displayed here.

2. Nobel Peace Centre

A museum dedicated to the promotion of world peace can only be a good thing. Home to photography exhibitions, informative lectures and interactive galleries dedicated to Peace Prize Laureates, this place takes the concept of peace and gives it a high tech makeover.

3. Holmenkollen Ski Museum

Found at the base of Oslo's iconic ski jump, the world's oldest ski museum showcases the 4000-year-old history of the sport. Who knew people had been skiing that long? Take the elevator to the top of the tower for supreme views of the city.

4. Vikingshipshuset

This museum dedicated to the preservation of Viking ships and artefacts features an astonishing array of intact ships, utensils and tools. Showcasing classic Viking design and decoration, it's astounding to think many of these boats were built in the 9th century.

5. Norwegian Folk Museum

Home to the world's oldest open air museum, this celebration of Norway's culture, history and customs is a one-stop shop for everything 'Norway'. From wonderful examples of folk dress, Sami artefacts and art, to rare musical instruments and toys, photography and prints from the 1800s, you could easily spend a whole day here.

FAQs on Norway

Tipping is done on a voluntary basis in Norway and is generally left up to the discretion of the customer. If the service in a cafe or restaurant is good, feel free to leave spare change or round up the bill.
Travellers should be able to access the internet at cyber cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots in Norway's major cities and towns. Remote and rural areas will have less internet availability, so be prepared for this when travelling out of the city.
Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Norway. Travellers should activate global roaming before leaving home.
Western-style, flushable toilets are the standard in Norway.
Cup of coffee in a cafe = 30-40 NOK
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 60 NOK
Basic, takeaway lunch = 80-120 NOK
Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant = From 200 NOK
Tap water is considered safe to drink unless otherwise marked.
Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops and hotel. Smaller vendors may not accept credit cards, so carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are commonly found in Norway's cities and urban areas. Remote regions will have less ATM availability, so prepare accordingly before travelling away from cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Mar 28 Holy Thursday
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 9 Ascension Day
May 17 Constitution Day
May 20 Whit Monday
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Andre Juledag

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/norway/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Norway Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Norway

1. Be considerate of Norway’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with tap or filtered water.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
The Ice PalaceTarjei Vesaas
The SnowmanJo Nesbo
PanKnut Hamsun
MysteriesKnut Hamsun
The Castle in the PyreneesJostein Gaarder
The Real Heroes of TelemarkRay Mears