NORWAY TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

An enchanting mix of cities and villages, of fjords and breathtakingly beautiful seas, Norway is one of Europe’s few countries where you can be in a busy city in the morning and out in the countryside, without a soul around for miles, by the evening. The country’s main cities - Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and the like - are as swinging and modern as many in continental Europe, but out in the countryside, life is still as quiet as it was a century ago.

 

Norway means many things to many people. `The Land of the Midnight Sun’, this is the country where during the summer, the sun does not go down even at night (not a phenomenon all over Norway, though- it happens only in the Lofoten Islands). This is the land of famous explorers like Amundsen and Thor Heyerdahl and the greatest of all, the legendary Vikings.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Norway has reintroduced restrictions for travelers arriving from the UK. As of August 21, all travelers from the UK will be required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival.As of July 15, Norway is lifting restrictions on entry into Norway for people resident in countries in the Schengen area/EEA that have an acceptable level of infection. This means that residents of these counties will not be subject to quarantine when arriving to Norway. Nationals of these countries may still travel to Norway from other areas if they reside, work, or have property in Norway. If they travel from high-risk countries to Norway, they will be subject to a 10-day quarantine. The list of high-risk areas is being updated here.Travelers who are not residents in the above-named countries may only travel to Norway for specific reasons, for example to begin work or study in Norway, provided that the work is imminent. In order to gain entry, they will need to bring a copy of a work contract. People coming to Norway to work on a temporary assignment you should also bring evidence of this. Those who come to Norway to work or study are required to follow the quarantine regulations.Non-residents are still able to transit via Norwegian airports as long as the final destination is not within Norway.Entry is still restricted until at least November 01, 2020 for most other travelers who are not nationals or residents of the EEA/UK.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Oslo
  • Currency: Kroner (NOK)
  • Area: 323,802 km2
  • Population: 5,368 million (2020)
  • Language: Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk) and Saami
  • Religion: Christianity (mainly Lutheranism)
  • Electricity: 230V/50Hz (Schuko (Type F) European plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 1 May, May Day
  • 17 May, National Independence Day
  • 24 December, Christmas Eve (half day from 12 noon)

Also, Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Easter Monday, Ascension Day, and Whit Monday.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Most of Norway has a maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers. Because of the influence of the North Atlantic Ocean, Norway has a much warmer climate than its latitudinal position would indicate. Temperate along the coast, modified by the North Atlantic current; Colder interior with increased precipitation and colder summers; Rainy year-round on the west coast.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Norway can start as early as November and lasts until April. The busiest period is from mid December through to February, with the lesser crowded times in November, March & April.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Norway is from May to October, although the warmest months of June, July & August are the most pleasant.

BEACH:

While Norway may have some beautiful beaches, even the summer months have very moderate temperatures and don't really get hot.

WIND:

Norway can have great windsurfing conditions from April to November, with September and October possibly the best. If you're a kitesurfer, perhaps you want to consider snow kiting in the Winter months!

SURFING:

Norway is an all year round surfing destination. You will need a nice warm wetsuit as it can be very cold as Autumn and Winter are considered the best times of the year.

 

LGBTQ

Norway, like most of Scandinavia, is very liberal in regards to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights. In 1981, Norway became one of the first countries in the world to enact an anti-discrimination law explicitly including sexual orientation. From 1993 to 2008 Norway allowed same-sex couples to enter registered partnerships. Same-sex marriage in Norway has been legal since 1 January 2009, becoming the first Scandinavian country and the sixth country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.

 

Much like the other Nordic countries, Norway is frequently referred to as one of the world's most LGBT-friendly nations, with high societal acceptance and tolerance of LGBT people and with a well attended annual Gay Pride Parade in Oslo.

 

HEALTH

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