THE LAND OF THE FJORDS
Short for NO by abbreviationfinder, Norway, the land of mountains and fjords, impresses with its incomparable nature. Norway’s varied landscape is characterized by mountain ranges and plateaus. Impressive fjords, high waterfalls, huge glaciers, picturesque harbor towns with colorful houses and of course the capital Oslo will inspire you. For nature lovers and travelers looking for something special, Norway will offer an unforgettable experience.
Our Norway travel offers offer a wide variety of possibilities to spend an all-round successful Norway vacation while meeting the various demands. Everything you need to know about Norway, the country and people, language and information about the climate, clothing etc. can be found below.
THE COUNTRY IN NUMBERS
According to countryaah, the Kingdom of Norway (Kongeriket Norge / Noreg) is located in northern Europe and the west of the Scandinavian Peninsula, the provinces of Finnmark, Troms and partly also Nordland are located north of the Arctic Circle. The area of Norway is 386,958 square kilometers and has an enormous coastline of around 25,000 km along the Atlantic (with the coasts of all 150,000 offshore islands it is over 80,000 km). Many narrow and deep bays lead deep into the interior, these fjord landscapes are one of the main attractions for visitors. Of the approximately 5 million residents of Norway, around 75% live in the larger cities of Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Frederikstad.
Especially in the fjord country and in the coastal regions the ferries are of great importance for traffic, the special geography of Norway means a constant challenge for road and rail traffic. The deep-sea ferries that connect Norway with Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the British Isles are important for international traffic. There are 101 smaller and larger airports in the country, which can also be used to reach remote regions.
In order to protect the Norwegian natural heritage and preserve it for future generations, numerous landscapes worthy of protection have been designated as national parks. These parks offer a wide variety of landscapes and many exciting activities in the great outdoors. For more information, see More about Norway and Norwegian National Parks.
Norwegian customs regulations are very strict and various import restrictions and bans apply. There are strict limits in particular for alcohol and tobacco products. When leaving the country, please note that the Norwegian customs allow fishing tourists to export a maximum of 15kg of fish per person (freshwater fish, salmon, trout and char excluded). Information about the customs regulations that you have to observe when entering Norway can be found under the heading Arrival.
In addition to the national language Norwegian, the employees in the hotels and restaurants usually speak good English. If you have booked activities and excursions, your guides’ primary language will also be English. German is rarely spoken. Learn more about the Norwegian language.
The Norwegian currency unit is the Norwegian krone, or NOK for short. We recommend using a currency calculator to always get the current rate. Credit cards are accepted in most shops, hotels and restaurants, sometimes only with a PIN. Even the smallest amounts are paid by credit card. There are enough ATMs in cities and holiday regions where you can usually withdraw money with your EC card. Please note, however, that in Norway, as in the other Scandinavian countries, cash is increasingly on the decline and may even be abolished entirely in the coming years. So is z. For example, in some hotel chains, paying with cash is no longer possible. A credit card is therefore strongly recommended as a method of payment.
The nights are long all over Scandinavia. In the north, the sun does not rise at all from mid-November to the end of January. Instead, you can see the northern lights dance in the sky. In the south you have between six and eight hours of daylight in the winter months. It is therefore particularly worthwhile to take a closer look at cheap Norway winter travel!
The northern lights appear in the night sky from September to March when the weather is clear. They can be seen especially in places where there is little artificial light influence and which are also north of the Arctic Circle. Current Northern Lights forecasts can be found in various apps and on the University of Alaska website: www.gi.alaska.edu.
In Norway it is light for a particularly long time in the summer months and the midnight sun can be seen in the northern parts of the country. The periods of the midnight sun depend on how far north you are in the country. At the Arctic Circle in the Nordland district, the midnight sun can be seen from June 12th to July 1st, and at the North Cape in Finnmark district even from May 14th to July 29th. At the North Pole, the sun doesn’t set for six months.
Approximate Dates At Which You Can See The Midnight Sun:
|Polar circle||June 12th – July 1st|
|Bodø||June 4th – July 8th|
|Svolvær||May 28th – July 14th|
|Harstad||May 25th – July 18th|
|Bardufoss||May 23rd – July 19th|
|Andenes||May 22nd – July 21st|
|Tromso||May 20th – July 22nd|
|Bossekopp||May 19 – July 24|
|Vardø||May 17th – July 26th|
|Hammerfest||May 16 – July 27|
|Berlevåg||May 15 – July 28|
|North Cape||May 14th – July 29th|
|Longyearbyen (Svalbard)||April 20 – August 22|