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Welcome to Norway

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

If you are planning a visit to Norway, one thing you certainly won’t need to pack is your rose-tinted glasses. Norway is a jaw-droppingly beautiful place; indeed, many would argue that that you won’t find such a stunning landscape anywhere else in the world.
The extraordinary drama of Norway's natural landscape is difficult to get across in words. A series of fjords make deep slashes for into the coastline, creating the country’s unique silhouette. The landscape also boasts majestic ice-cold glaciers, brooding mountains and a succession of craggy islands that rise somewhat unnervingly from the sea. This diverse natural setting is a backdrop to an incredible array of arctic wildlife - from reindeer to polar bears. The interior is dotted with wooden villages that will remind you of the pages of a fairy-tale - fittingly - as Norway is a setting that has a magical and almost other-worldly atmosphere.
Norway and nature are synonymous, and the Norwegians as a race display knowledge and a passion for their homeland that is infectious. A huge range of activities are on offer - from summer pursuits such as cycling, hiking and white water rafting to skiing and dog sledding in the winter months when snow is plentiful. Winter is also the time of year to visit if you hope to catch a glimpse of the eerie, luminous beauty of the Northern Lights that whirl and streak impossibly high in the vastness of the atmosphere, and have been a source of wonder to visitors for eons.
Although famed for its stunning natural beauty, there is far more to Norway than this. The cities are modern and cosmopolitan, with a great variety of architecture that well demonstrates the indisputable Scandinavian aptitude for design across the centuries.
 
Everywhere you go in Norway brings a new experience. The must-see areas of a country that is a never-ending series of highlights are hard to summarize, but there are some locations that it would be criminal to miss:
Naeroyfjord is one of the most impressive fjords in the country. Seventeen kilometres long, this deepest blue slash of water is bordered by huge cliffs and is home to a smattering of lonely farms and a number of impressive waterfalls. The most impressive of these is the Kjelsfossen waterfall that spills from the southern side of the valley, while the isolated village of Gudvangen looks on from its vaulted position above. For a true wow factor, approach by sea - the views are quite simply to die for.
Dotted with abandoned farms that cling determinedly to its gravity-defying sides, the twenty kilometre long Geirangerfjord is another wonderful example of Norway’s landscape at its very best. Also graced with several waterfalls, it is possible (and advisable) to take a ferry right along the length of the fjord - in this way you will be able to understand the scale and majesty of this awesome place.
Bordered by never-ending woodland, the capital city of Norway is a fascinating place, with an eclectic variety of architecture and a pleasingly laid back vibe. Small but perfectly formed, it is ideally sized to explore on foot, and there is plenty to see and do - with some great museums, lots of outdoor pursuits and a vibrant night scene.
Culture vultures will find themselves spoiled for choice. Visit The National Gallery and you will come face to face with the world famous painting The Scream by Munch, which is an experience in itself. Viking fans will find themselves in heaven at the several destinations that celebrate that fearsome race, including a fine array of folk museums and the impressive Viking Ship. And, after a day soaking up the culture, what could be better than diving headfirst into Oslo’s diverse night life? This includes some fantastic restaurants and a whole variety of cool clubs and bars, plus an ever-expanding music scene - both classical and popular. If you are based in Oslo, it’s incredibly easy to leave the urban city centre and immerse yourself in nature. Within easy reach you will find limitless opportunities to cycle, ice skate, sail and even ski.

Climate

Perhaps surprisingly, the climate in Norway can be quite mild - a result of its position in relation to the Gulf Stream. However, temperatures in summer can go above 30 degrees, and plunge down to -30 in the depth of winter. In summer the days are endless - the perfect time of year to visit the waterfalls, although do be prepared for rain all year round. The nights quickly start to draw in as autumn approaches, and the snow starts to fall. Winter is the skiing season, and is also the time to visit if you hope to catch a glimpse of the elusive Northern Lights. Spring is the ideal season for hikers, with a multitude of budding flowers decorating the landscape.

Getting Around

Norway has very efficient public transport which consist of buses, trains and ferries.

Often the buses and the ferries times are linked together and you will be able to check all times and connecting transport in any station.

If you would like a taxi, they are easy to hail around taxi ranks and be reserved by phone. Your hotel and any tourist office will happily help you with any reservations.

Health

Before travelling to Norway you should get yourself the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). 

This card is an entitlement to state provided medical treatment. If you do not have an EHIC then you will have to show your travel insurance and make sure that you have accessible funds for any treatment that may be needed.

Language

The main language is Norwegian, although many inhabitants have a strong command of English.

Money

The currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone.
It goes without saying that when you book a holiday in Norway with JiveHippo.Travel you will be embarking on a magical adventure, the memories of which will last you a lifetime.

Safety

Crime levels are generally low, but there is always a risk of petty theft. This mainly occurs around airports and railway stations around Oslo.

Always take sensible precautions and make sure that you safeguard you belongings.

Remain alert at night and stick to main roads and well lit areas as assaults and mugging reports have increased.

Time

Norway is under the Central European Time Zone (UTC+01:00).

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