From Reinebringen, panoramic view on Lofoten islands

Norway Travel Guide

Practical information

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Language(s)
Norwegian
Currency
Norwegian Krone
Time zone
UTC +2

Time Zone

The time zone in Norway is GMT +1

Languages

Norwegian

Norway has two official languages, Norwegian and Sami. Sami is the language of the Sami tribe and Norwegian is more widely spoken. 

Useful Phrases

  • Ja - Yes
  • Nei - No
  • Vær så snill - Please
  • Takk - Thank you
  • Vær så god - You're welcome
  • Unnskyld - Excuse me
  • Beklager - I am sorry
  • God morgen - Good morning

Currency

Norwegian Krone

The currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). Visit www.xe.com for the latest exchange rates.

Please budget for:

  • Any additional activities
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Any meals not included in your trip package.


Allow 290 to 390 NOK for a traditional meal in a local restaurant. You can withdraw the local currency from in-country ATMs and payment by card is widely accepted. 

Electricity

In Norway the standard European plug (Type C and F) with two round prongs is used. The majority of Scandinavia is 220V.

Weather

Thanks to the gulf stream, Norway enjoys a milder climate than other countries at the same latitude such as Alaska or Greenland. The coldest temperatures are usually found away from the coasts or in the far north in the arctic zone. 

In the summer months the temperature will range from 13˚C – 18˚C but highs of 22˚C are possible in July and August. Rain can happen at anytime so you should always have your waterproofs to hand.

Hiking in Northern Norway

Geography

Before the last ice age ended about 10,000 years ago, Norway was covered in ice. When that ice finally melted, its movement across Norway formed the peaks, valleys and fjords that we know today.

Norway is one of Europe's most mountainous countries, and covered by the numerous Scandinavian mountain ranges. A rugged land of high plateaus, forested valleys and glaciers, including Folgefonna and Hardangerjokulen. Jostedalsbreen is the largest glacier in Europe.


Norway's jagged western coastline is an expanse of more than 50,000 islands and dozens of fjords including Baknafjord, Geirangerfjord and Hardangerfjord.

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