Key information for your trip
Here is a summary of the information you should know before flying off to the country.
Sail by boat during a cruise Norway
Providing lovers of nature an unlimited pleasure, Norway is one of most beautiful countries in the world. Lady Nature reigns everywhere you go: fjords, forests, rolling hills and green meadows... These sweet monotony landscapes metamorphose suddenly in high Rocky Mountains.
The Norwegians gave a lesson of complete harmony with it. Fjords cut the west coast of Norway, extending over nearly 3.000km. Ferries carry you everywhere: to the islands, fishing villages and caches of the fjords. Inside, peaks, glaciers, forests and tundra landscapes are amazing to be discovered by walk, ski, sled or train.
The Norwegian cities live peacefully. The history is evident in carved wooden churches and Vikings boats saved from the waters.
Choose well the season before going, it might be one thing or the opposite. The midnight sun or the polar night. From mid-May to early August, the sun does not lie, even in southern Norway. The night is only a long twilight. And then it is the reverse. The polar winter night descends to north of Arctic Circle and is installed for several months in northern Norway. And you have all the time to scrutinize the sky in search of Aurora Borealis.
Currency is crown, but it is not the same as that in Sweden or Denmark.
One Norwegian krone (1Nok) worth in August 2004 near 0.11 €. 1 Euro worth 8.80 Nok.
We find coins of 1, 5, 10 and 20 and 50Nok.
Bills are distributed in 50, 100, 200 and 500Nok.
We can change money in most tourist offices, until Saturday and Sunday, but attention: commission is sometimes really higher than in banks. Preferably don’t change money in shops for tourists: charge huge commissions.
Possibility to change in post office. You have to wait, but commission is minimal. Advantage: there is a post office in every town.
Traveller’s checks: in banks, commission for traveller's checks is often a fixed price per check, but this commission can vary between banks (between 10 and 12Nok by check or about 1.50 euros). Search before. It disadvantages change of small quantities.
Ahoy, post offices don’t accept traveller's checks!
Most of banks have a cash dispenser that accepts Visa. The American Express is less frequent.
Cards are accepted in many shops and restaurants, but the commission is sometimes 5
Identity card or passport for a less than threes months stay.
For more than three months you need a visa*
Mosquitoes in summer
Due to the hard Norwegian winter, wear very warm clothes
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Head of state :
Roi Harald V