Norway is a stunning destination for those who like their travel with a side of adventure, as well as those who prefer a cooler climate. With incredible vistas, towering cliffs, and unforgettable fjords, traveling to Norway is like taking a step back in time.
Before setting off on a memorable trip to Norway, there are a few things that are important to be aware of to make the most of the trip. Here are five important things to know about traveling to Norway.
You Need a Plan
If you have limited time in Norway, you’ll need a plan to see it all. The further north you get, the more challenging travel can be. You don’t want to miss some of the key attractions or risk missing your flight home due to poor planning. At Norway Tours, there are packages available for those who prefer to be guided and those who prefer to take on the open road themselves. Just because you have a plan, doesn’t mean you aren’t on a wild adventure.
By evaluating how much time you have and reviewing some of the common sights and destinations, you’ll be able to optimize your travel route (and methods) and check your must-see sights off your list.
What sets Norway apart from many other locations in the world is the concept of “Allemannsretten,” or “right of access” to natural settings. This rule means that you have a right to pitch a tent where you like, as long as you aren’t within 150 meters (approximately 500 feet) of another dwelling. This same rule means that it’s free to enter national parks, rather than paying admission.
While the free camping aspect is appealing to many of those on budgets, there are also affordable campsites for those who wish to have access to bathrooms and showers.
The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are one of the main “attractions” that draw visitors to the Scandinavian countries. However, the lights are fickle; you won’t necessarily see them without planning your trip to improve your odds at a sighting. The first thing to remember is that Norway is a large, long country. The further north you are, the more likely you are to see the lights.
The seasons also play a role in the Northern Lights, as well as many other aspects of traveling to this incredible country. Northern regions experience the midnight sun throughout the summer and prolonged darkness throughout the winter, making the late fall to early spring the ideal time to see the lights. However, the winter can also be difficult to navigate in the northern regions of the country. Travelers will need to evaluate how much this aspect of the trip matters to them.
Bring Versatile Clothing
Even the most meticulous packers have a hard time planning for Norway, due to the fluctuations in weather and differences between the northern and southern regions of the country. Norway truly has it all: cities with endless nightlife attractions and natural settings for hikers and nature enthusiasts, warm coastlines and frigid northern tundras. You’ll need to pack for all of it.
Travelers should invest in lightweight, moisture-wicking thermal gear for under their regular clothing, as well as waterproof, comfortable hiking boots. Keeping a rain poncho and extra sweater handy is also highly recommended for those who plan on spending ample time in the great outdoors.
Currency and Language
Most Norwegians speak English, making it easier for many travelers to get around the country. The Norwegian currency is the Norwegian Krone, which is fairly affordable for conversions. Additionally, credit cards are accepted widely throughout the country.
Dining out and visiting bars in Norway, however, is quite costly. Budget travelers should visit a grocery store and purchase their own food rather than relying on restaurants.
Norway is a country full of lovely people and natural phenomenons, creating the perfect escape for those who wish to immerse themselves in the trip of a lifetime.