Oslo is one of the most expensive and least-populated capital cities in Europe. Intrepid travelers who chase the midnight sun or brave the midwinter weather find a magical land of frost and fjords where the warmth of the people outweighs the chill in the air.

Whether you’re crunching over snow under an electric sky dancing with the Northern Lights, or in the urban comfort of Oslo with a warm fire and fine dining, you’ll start to understand how the country that brought Vikings and trolls to the world is also home to the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Norwegian, Bokmål, and Nynorsk


Norwegian krone

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Summer Winter
Tromsø 59 21
Bergen 64 29
Oslo 71 19

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Norway is during the shoulder seasons, in spring (between May and June), and fall (between September and October), when the weather is amazing and there aren’t that many tourists. The high season to visit Norway is between mid-June and August.

Fun Facts

  • The world’s longest road tunnel is in Norway
  • The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo
  • Income and wealth of all residents is on public record
  • Modern and ancient skiing were invented in Norway
  • Europe’s biggest herd of wild reindeer live in Norway
  • You can see polar bears in the wild (Svalbard)
  • Norway is one of the world’s happiest countries
  • The sun doesn’t set in the summer in northern Norway
  • Norway knighted a king penguin living at the Edinburgh Zoo Sir Nils Olav. He is the mascot for the Norwegian Guard

Bucket-List Activities

  • Climb Norway’s highest mountain, Galdhøpiggen (Lom)
  • See the northern lights (Tromsø, Alta)
  • Walk the Pilgrim Way (Trondheim)
  • Kayak on a fjord (Geiranger)
  • Ride the Bergen Line (between Bergen and Hønefoss)
  • Experience a homestay with a Sami reindeer herder

Natural Wonders

  • Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen)
  • Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord (Bergen)
  • The Seven Sisters (Møre og Romsda)
  • The Midnight Sun (Bodø & Lofoten)
  • Jostedalsbreen Glacier (Luster, Sogndal, Sunnfjord, & Stryn)
  • Saltstraumen (Bodø)
  • Aurora Borealis (Lom)


Major Attractions

  • Norwegian Glacier Museum (Fjærland)
  • Norwegian Canning Museum (Stavanger)
  • Tromsø Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden (Tromsø)
  • Lofoten War Memorial Museum (Svolvær)
  • Lofoten Aquarium (Kabelvåg)

Native Foods

  • Fårikål (Mutton and Cabbage)
  • Lapskaus (Stew)
  • Kjøttkaker (Meatballs)
  • Smalahove (Sheep’s Head)
  • Rømmegrøt (Sour Cream Porridge)
  • Raspeball (Potato Dumpling)
  • Pinnekjøtt (Dried Lamb Ribs)
  • Reindeer

General Travel Tips

Common Phrases

  • Ja – Yes
  • Nei – No
  • Takk – Thank you
  • Vær så god – You’re welcome
  • Vær så snill – Please
  •  Unnskyld me – Excuse me
  • Hallo – Hello
  • Ha det – Goodbye
  • Jeg forstår ikke – I do not understand
  • Hvordan sier man dette på norsk? – How do you say this in Norwegian
  • Oslo / Oslo Gardermoen Airport (OSL ✈✈✈✈) – The capital city and start to most Norway trips
  • Bergen / Bergen Airport Flesland (BGO ✈✈✈✈) – Norway’s southwestern coast surrounded by mountains and fjords
  • Trondheim / Trondheim Airport Værnes (TRD ✈✈✈✈) – Norway’s leading cycling city
  • Stavanger / Stavanger Airport Sola (SVG ✈✈✈✈) – An oil city on the west coast
  • Tromsø / Tromsø Airport (TOS ✈✈✈✈) – A major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle
  • Sandefjord  / Sandefjord Airport, Torp (TRF ✈✈✈✈)- Known for its rich Viking history and the prosperous whaling industry
  • Ålesund / Ålesund Airport (AES ✈✈✈✈) – A port town on the west coast of Norway, at the entrance to the Geirangerfjord
  • Haugesund  / Haugesund Airport (HAU ✈✈✈✈) – Homeland of the Viking Kings
  • Kristiansand  / Kristiansand Airport (KRS ✈✈✈✈) – A port city in the South of Norway
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