Buses, trains and domestic planes are highly efficient, though not frequent and costly.
This is a great country for self drive, with magnificent views and safe roads, but car hire is expensive. Bring your own wheels!
Acrobat bridge over Central Station in Oslo. Photo by Knut Arne Gjertsen.
Driving: an excellent way to explore the land, with stupendous views and totally safe native drivers, but watch out for elk (moose) or reindeer.
Biking: surprisingly common considering the hilly nature and grand distances of the country, but bike hire is readily available just about anywhere. Car drivers are very careful and competent.
Hiking: plenty of great hikes not far from Oslo, from plateaux to glaciers. Geiranger and Jotunheimen are renowned hiking spots.
Fishing: fjord fishing has to be at the apex of ambient fishy experiences, tho’ freshwater fishing is also available. Licences are necessary and readily available.
Skiing: all year round, with glacier skiing in summer time, esp. around Jotunheimen.
Boat Cruises: short or long fjord cruising is one of the must-dos here, and Sognefjord is the classic spot.
Mountain climbing: if you can handle low temperatures there’s no shortage of serious, beautiful climbs along the whole length of the country, but stick to summertime!
White water rafting: from half a day to 2 days.
Easter, *Sami (Lapp) traditional celebrations in the north, esp. Karasjok, including reindeer racing.
May 17, ***Constitution Day – the country’s most colourful day, with national costumes coming out of the closet.
June, *Midsummer’s Eve Big parties and big, beach bonfires.
A genuine Viking longship in the Viking Museum, Oslo
The Viking Museum with three real ships, the Kon-Tiki Museum and the huge open-air Norwegian Folk Museum are all in Oslo and interesting.
EU citizens and nationals of USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand do not need a visa for up to 3 months travel in Norway; other Scandinavians don’t even require a passport.
Electric sockets are 230v and take 2 round pin plugs.
As usual in Scandinavia, many locals speak English though learning basic greetings is worth the trouble.
Bergen, Norway’s prettiest town and main activity centre. Photo by Joachim Kohler Bremen.
The Krone is the local currency and you’ll need a lot of them to enjoy Norway. Fast food and/or camping can keep expenses down.
Tipping is not strictly necessary in restaurants, but 5-10% for waiters and taxi drivers seems to be accepted practice.
No worries at all here unless having your car savaged by an elk is a problem for you.