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.
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Articles on Norway
Norway travel highlights
Journey through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Naeroyfjord area
See the historic sights of Bergen's heritage-filled Bryggen area
Explore the eclectic Scandinavian wonders of urban Oslo
Norway holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Norway
Geography and environment
Must-Visit Museums of Oslo
Health and Safety
Norway travel FAQs
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 hotels. 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
- 1 Jan New Year's Day
- 13 Apr Maundy Thursday
- 14 Apr Good Friday
- 16 Apr Easter Sunday
- 17 Apr Easter Monday
- 1 May Labour Day
- 17 May Constitution Day
- 25 May Ascension Day
- 4 Jun Whit Sunday
- 5 Jun Whit Monday
- 25 Dec Christmas Day
- 26 Dec Boxing Day
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Norway go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/norway/public-holidays
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.