Welcome to Norway, home of elusive trolls and fierce Vikings, breathtaking sceneries and magnificent fjords, country powered by nature and nature by endless beauty.
From the very moment you set foot on Norwegian soil you will feel it. That sense of something unique. That feeling of unscaled pride in every one of us. Pride of our country, rich in so many ways, but richer like no other when it comes to beauty: the spectacular view from mythical North Cape towards the freezing Arctic ocean illuminated by the midnight sun; the awe-inspiring 604m drop from the Pulpit Rock towering above the Lysefjord in the South; the old stave-churches found along the scenic roads which carve their insisting way through mountains and glaciers; the particular timeless calm that coats the isle of Lofoten.
Come with us on the boat from Hellesylt to Geiranger and marvel at the cascading waterfalls in this UNESCO World Heritage sight. Take the mini cruise to the village of Flåm, hiding in the deepest fjord of them all, the mighty Sognefjord, and continue onwards to Myrdal with the Flåmsbana, manifestation of the most daring and skilful engineering in Scandinavian railway history. Taste the freshness of the ever-near ocean at Bergen’s flourishing fish market and learn about the profound connection with nature that is an innate quality in every Norwegian child. At the end of your journey please bring this serene spirit with you back home – this is our gift to you.
We look forward to seeing you!
Did you know
the 5.0 million Norwegians are second most happiest people in the world after Danes
our language is Norwegian, but most of us also speak English. We are thoughtful and kind by tradition, so we will help you in any way they can
our currency is Norwegian Kroner, but most shops accept Euro
The fjords are the soul of Norway – and certainly are the most magnificent attraction Norway can offer. Fantastic, dramatic, spectacular, authentic or unique? It is difficult to describe Fjord Norway as it has been voted the world’s most beautiful and iconic destination.
The Norwegian capital Oslo is home of the Nobel Peace Center. Every year in December the Norwegian Royal family and the cream of Norwegian society gather in Oslo Town Hall for the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony, a tradition dating back to 1905
Oslo is a foodie's paradise, with an ever-increasing variety of restaurants and cafés serving delicious food from every corner of the world
The weather in Oslo is quite pleasant during the summer time, and the temperature will normally be around 20 - 22°C
Norway is inhabited by trolls? They usually live in caves or deep in the forest, and only emerge from their hiding places after sunset - legend has it that they turn to stone upon contact with the sun. Trolls are an important part of the Norwegian folklore. Although not all of them are mean, they are invariably rather scary in appearance, and generations of Norwegian children have grown up fearing them
You can see the northern lights in Norway. Watch nature's own theatre unfold above you as the most spectacular light show takes centre stage: The northern lights with you in the front row.
During summer, the sun never sets in the northern parts of the country. Capture this magnificent experience before the darkness of winter arrives.
The Sami are Norway’s indigenous people. Travel to Northern Norway to experience their culture. Learn to throw a lasso, or try reindeer sledding.
Because of the Nordic climate, Norwegian glaciers have "survived" until now, and are still a common sight. Norway has 1.627 glaciers, covering a total of 2609 km²
Due to the Norwegian Oil Industry, we are one of the wealthiest countries in the world
Practical information about Norway
Whatever the season, the Norwegian weather is liable to change from day do day.Remember that the weather and temperatures can change quickly, especially in the mountains. Late June to early August is when the weather is at its warmest. February is generally the coldest month.
Oslo offers convenient public transportation, and short distances make it easy to get around by walking or biking. You can use the same tickets on all public transport in Oslo: bus, tram, metro, train and ferry.
The Oslo public transport network is operating 24 hours a day, with special bus services covering the night and early hours.
Local Wi-Fi network are very widespread in Norway. Most restaurants, cafes, hotels, shopping centres or even petrol stations have free Wi-Fi available.
The Norwegian currency is the krone (NOK) which is divided into 100 øre. Many shops etc. do accept foreign currency in cash – at an unfavourable exchange rate for you. It is advisable to pay with Norwegian kroner.
Norwegian bank opening hours vary, but are generally from 8 am to 3.30 pm, Mondays to Fridays. Banks are closed during weekends. Currency exchange offices offer longer opening hours than banks and stays open on Saturdays and Sundays/public holidays. ATMs, found at practically all bank-branches, accept all major credit cards.
You may have trouble closing your suitcase after a shopping spree in Oslo. The shopping capital of Norway offers everything from the latest international trends to modern Norwegian designs and local handicrafts. Oslo has a variety of shopping opportunities from shopping malls, department stores to shopping streets with hundreds of small shops and retailers, and charming antique shops.
If you are a citizen and a resident of a country outside the EU, you can claim a Value Added Tax (VAT) refund. You can only shop in stores with “tax free shopping” signs in order to receive the VAT refund. In order to achieve the VAT refund, a minimum purchase per shop is required. When you approach the refund point, please make sure that you have the following with you:
Your Global Blue tax-free form
For more information please go to: http://www.globalblue.com/customer-services/tax-free-shopping3/ or ask in the ”tax free” shop.