Norway: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

Norway: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About Norway


Norway, located in Northern Europe, is a country of captivating beauty and natural wonders. With its majestic fjords, snow-capped mountains, and pristine wilderness, it offers an outdoor adventurer's paradise. From hiking along breathtaking trails to skiing in world-class resorts, Norway beckons travelers seeking thrilling experiences amidst stunning landscapes. The land of the midnight sun and the northern lights, Norway enchants visitors with its unique celestial displays. Rich in Viking heritage and cultural traditions, it embraces modernity while cherishing its past.


Disclaimer: Space is a precious commodity in Europe, especially in its most dense cities, be prepared for smaller hotel rooms. The same goes for bathrooms and elevators, don’t be surprised if they feel cozier than those in the US.


Capital City:  Oslo, a vibrant city situated on the southern coast which offers a mix of modern architecture, historical sites, and beautiful parks.

Population: approx. 5.4 million people.

Currency:  Norwegian Krone (NOK). 1 NOK is divided into 100 øre.

Time Zone: Central European Time (CET), which is UTC+1. However, during daylight saving time, it observes Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is UTC+2.

Emergency Numbers:

  • Police: 112
  • Fire and Rescue: 110
  • Medical Emergencies: 113

Outlet: Standard plug type used is the Europlug (Type C). The voltage is 230V, and the frequency is 50Hz. It's advisable to bring a universal travel adapter if your devices use a different plug type.

A kayak in Nærøyfjord, Norway.
The city of Bergen in Norway.

Packing List

Speak the Language


  • Hello: Hei (hey)
  • Good morning: God morgen (goed mohr-ehn)
  • Good day/afternoon: God dag (goed dahg)
  • Good evening: God kveld (goed kvehld)
  • Goodbye: Ha det (hah deht)
  • See you later: Vi sees senere (vee sehs seh-neh-reh)


  • Thank you: Takk (tahk)
  • Yes: Ja (yah)
  • No: Nei (nay)
  • Please: Vær så snill (vair soh sneel)
  • Excuse me: Unnskyld meg (oonn-shyld meh)
  • I'm sorry: Jeg beklager (yay behk-lah-ehr)
  • Do you speak English?: Snakker du engelsk? (snah-kehr doo ehng-ehlsk?)
  • I don't understand: Jeg forstår ikke (yay fohr-stohr ee-teh)
  • Where is...?: Hvor er...? (voor air...)
  • How much does it cost?: Hvor mye koster det? (voor mew-eh kohs-tehr deht?)


  • One: En (ehn)
  • Two: To (too)
  • Three: Tre (treh)
  • Four: Fire (fee-reh)
  • Five: Fem (fehm)
  • Six: Seks (sehks)
  • Seven: Syv (suhv)
  • Eight: Åtte (oh-teh)
  • Nine: Ni (nee)
  • Ten: Ti (tee)
Remember to take your time practicing the pronunciations and feel free to ask for clarification if needed. Norwegians often have excellent English skills, so don't hesitate to switch to English if you encounter any communication difficulties. Lykke til! (Good luck!)
Geirangerfiord in Norway









Fun Facts

  • The Land of the Midnight Sun: In the northern parts of Norway, particularly above the Arctic Circle, the phenomenon known as the midnight sun occurs during the summer months. This means that the sun remains visible for 24 hours a day, creating a surreal experience of constant daylight.

  • Nobel Peace Prize: The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize is awarded annually in Oslo, Norway. This prestigious award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to promoting peace and resolving conflicts worldwide.

  • Fjords Galore: Norway is famous for its awe-inspiring fjords, which are deep, narrow inlets carved by glaciers. These natural wonders offer breathtaking views of steep cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and serene waters. The Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord are among the most spectacular and are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Outdoor Adventure Hub: With its vast wilderness and dramatic landscapes, Norway is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. From hiking and skiing to kayaking and fishing, there are endless opportunities to immerse yourself in thrilling adventures amidst stunning natural beauty.

  • Human Development Index (HDI): Norway consistently ranks among the top countries in terms of human development. The HDI takes into account factors such as life expectancy, education, and income, reflecting Norway's commitment to social welfare, healthcare, and education, contributing to a high quality of life for its citizens.


Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers, and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $10-15 per person/per day
Drivers USD $5 per person/per day



Where can I find information on travel safety? Check out the US Department of State's website for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling.

Is the water safe to drink? Yes, the water throughout Norway is safe to drink.

Do I need a Visa? For Visa information, click here. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after you return home and has two or more blank pages. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter.

What about vaccines? For vaccination information, click here.

Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner,, or from a provider of your choice.

How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour we recommend all travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please review our luggage restrictions below.

What does public transportation look like? Norway has a robust public transportation system in cities. For more information, click here

Is Uber or Lyft available? Uber is available in Oslo and Bergen.

What about Wifi? You should have very good access while in cities and towns. In parks or rural areas, reception can be spotty.

Luggage Restrictions

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