A simple guide to Norway: how to enjoy this Nordic land

If you are thinking about it or already decided to travel to one of the happiest countries in the world, here you will find a simple guide to Norway. This Nordic land is known for the majestic fjords and northern lights. And different from what you would expect, the climate is normally mild due to the Gulf Stream influence. Of course, you can always find lower temperatures and perfect places to skiing in the mountains and from December to March. There are a lot of places to see and things to do in Norway, so let's check it out.

The places you need to visit to make your trip worth it

Oslo

The Norwegian capital has a perfect combination of nature, modern architecture and offbeat places.

Let's start with free stuff. You can visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park with 212 sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland, which is very popular among tourists. And if you like skiing or ice-skating, feel free to explore the Oslomarka Forest, a wide forest on the hills, with many tracks open to the public.

Another place that you definitely need to visit is the Oslo Opera House. What is so amazing about it? Well, you can simply walk on the rooftop and watch ballet artists and opera. You will see on your right, the beautiful fjord of Oslo, on the south, the mountains and on your left, the centre of the city. Not bad, right?

The flea market also deserves a chance. The so-called Sinsen Bruktkhall is where you can find many cheap souvenirs and daily life objects of the Norway people. And if you're into Vikings culture, the Pentagon is the place for you: masks, Vikings outfits, knives and other similar relics.

Stavanger region

The famous Gladmat food festival is a great opportunity to try the Norwegian cuisine and also get a taste of the culinary from other countries. It's a 4-day event that takes place in July, gathering around 200,000 people.

Besides the beautiful wooden houses in the downtown of Stavanger, you will certainly enjoy the Preikestolen. Located in the Lysefjord, the Preikestolen, also known as the "Pulpit Rock" is a mountain plateau with 604 metres above the sea level. Exactly because of the beauty and peace that people can find on top of the Preikestolen, the Lysefjord is one of the most visited places in Norway. We suggest you go during the hiking season, from April to October.

The Geirangerfjord

This fjord is covered with waterfalls, hills and mountains. You can go:

  • cycling (very popular among locals and tourists)
  • hiking
  • making expeditions
  • rafting
  • fishing
  • and, of course, tasting the local food!

The Geirangerfjord is so important that is it's protected by the Unesco and it's considered as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

You can't miss the Northern lights

The Northern lights or Aurora borealis is one of the most beautiful phenomena of the whole world. The show of lights throughout the sky occurs when charged particles from the sun collide with the gases of the earth's atmosphere, such as oxygen. As a result, the sky is painted with different shapes coloured with green, blue, red and violet.

Even though this show of lights is becoming less frequent in some places, nothing changes in Northern Norway. The best period for you to admire the Aurora borealis is between September and March.

You may watch the northern lights in the following locations:

  • Senja
  • Svalbard
  • Tromsø
  • Bodø
  • Lofoten Islands
  • Narvik
  • North Cape
  • Lyngenfjord

Enjoy the Norway cruises

A convenient way of seeing many fjords of Norway in just one trip is cruising the coastline. With a cruise ship, there's no need to unpack your luggage and you may even stay for a few days in some place along the coast.

Also, there are different places in Europe from which you can start a cruise and stop by Norway. The cruise destinations that attracts most visitors are:

  • The North Cape
  • Oslo
  • The Geirangerfjord
  • Flåm
  • Bergen

Our tip: many people take the chance and watch the Northern lights from a cruise since it's much more comfortable than staying in the mountains with colder temperatures.

What else can you do?

  • Visit the Borgund stave church: a 900 years old wooden church, located in the Sognefjord.
  • Go to the Historical Museum of Oslo to learn about the origins of the Norwegian people.
  • Try the typical Norway cuisine: racks of lamb (Pinnekjøtt), brown cheese (Brunost), the crispy bread (Flatbrød).
  • Go in a safaris and see the whales, polar bears, musk ox and king crabs.

Some things you need to know

  • Most public places don't allow smoking and you must be over 18 to buy cigarettes.
  • Drones must be kept at a minimum distance of 150 metres from buildings, people and vehicles.
  • The electricity standard in Norway is 220 volts, so remember this when choosing your electronic devices for the travel.
  • There's no need to buy bottled water since the tap water of Norway is drinkable.
  • When visiting Norway, adjust your clock to Central European Time.