Unforgettable Trip To The Beautiful Kingdom Of Norway
Whether you’re an avid traveler or just want to take an unforgettable trip with your family, you will first want to start by choosing a suitable destination.
The truth of the matter is that the possibilities are enormous, if not endless.
Nonetheless, some destinations will prove to be more exciting than others.
If you wish to visit a beautiful kingdom with a thriving economy and a rich history, you should definitely consider making Norway your destination.
By visiting Norway, you will be able to immerse yourself in beautiful landscapes, while simultaneously reliving the age of the Vikings.
Below, you will find tips for ensuring your tip is fun, enjoyable and unforgettable.
Prepare For Long Travel Times
While Norway is only home to fewer than 5 million people, it is essential to remember that the country itself is enormous.
The population is also very sparse.
Those traveling to the country for the first time will often misunderstand the long travel times and the dense population.
When venturing to Norway, you will need to carefully consider your choice of transportation.
Renting a vehicle is a good idea.
You’ll most likely find yourself driving over long distances, without seeing any attractions and only a few people.
Nonetheless, this is one of the reasons that many people love the country.
Bring A Camera on Your Trip to Norway
While there is plenty to see and do in Norway, the country itself tends to be the main attraction for most tourists.
This is the case, because the landscapes and mountainsides of Norway are absolutely jaw dropping.
The country is home to several lively cities, but many tourists will simply find themselves mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the country’s forests, lakes, and mountains.
With this in mind, you will definitely want to bring a camera along. With a little luck, you’ll return home with many amazing photographs that will make your friends and colleague envious.
If you wish to see Norway’s most amazing sights, you should consider investing in one of the best Norway travel packages.
A travel package will provide you with a tour and make it possible to see many beautiful sights in a short duration of time.
Health And Safety Are Not A Concern
When venturing to a foreign country, it is often essential to take precautions and protect yourself along the way.
Some countries are fairly unsafe and others can pose many health risks.
This will not be a problem with Norway.
The truth of the matter is that Norway has high standards in terms of health and safety.
In fact, guests will usually not have to worry about their safety.
If you visit the country during the summer, daylight will stick around for virtually 24-hours and this helps to stave off thieves.
At the same time, the country’s tap water is very high-quality and can be consumed without any worries.
Just be cautious of Mother Nature.
Try to stay a moderate distance away from waterfalls and glaciers.
Cheaper Cuisine in Norway
When visiting Norway, you will definitely want to experience some of the local cuisine.
Nonetheless, it would be a bad ideal to eat at the most expensive restaurants for the entire duration of your stay.
Instead, you should opt for cheaper cuisine more often than not.
Stopping at a supermarket is generally a good idea.
The country’s supermarkets will offer plenty of delicious foods at good prices.
You should also consider making a detour at one of the many pizzerias.
These establishments will provide you with scrumptious foods at a bargain.
And of course, the money saved can be put towards other aspects of your trip.
How To Educate Your Children On Norway’s History
One of the best ways to educate your children on Norway’s history is to take them to visit the country.
Norway is made up of 19,520 kilometers of water and 304,282 kilometers of land, with a population of over 5 million people.
Harald Fairhair unified the Viking kingdoms in 872 AD.
The Norwegians chose to settle in various areas, including Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, Dublin and Faroe Islands.
In the 14th Century, a king reigned over both Sweden and Norway, making the countries unified.
By the end of the Century, Denmark also joined the unification and this was during the Kalmar Union.
Learning The Norwegian Language
Traveling to Norway for the first time will be slightly difficult, since there will a language barrier between you and the Norwegians.
The best way to overcome this barrier is to learn the most basic words and terms of the Norwegian language.
You should definitely invest in a Norwegian language guide.
It also wouldn’t hurt for you and your family to enroll in language courses.
By learning the native language, you will be more prepared to communicate with the locals.
Just knowing the basic pronunciations and vocabulary, you will be able to seek assistance in the event of an emergency.
You will also be able to communicate with the local business people.
Overall, you and your family will have a better travel experience.
Dress Warmly on Your Trip to Norway
Whether you’re traveling to the southern or northern parts of Norway, it is almost certain you’ll find yourself shivering at some point or another.
And, you may also experience a great deal of snowfall.
The southern and western portions of the country tend to experience milder winters than the eastern and northern portions.
Nonetheless, it is essential to pack the appropriate clothing.
Bring along a warm jacket.
If you wish to avoid the colder areas of the country, you should remain near the capital of Oslo.
Also, some southeastern portions of Norway experience warm summers. Nonetheless, a jacket is recommended.
If you want to be able to enjoy the outdoors and do a little sightseeing on your trip, you will need to choose a climate, with the best weather conditions.
The country’s high latitude and location, which mostly north of the arctic circle, makes for a very cold winter and moderately warm summer.
However, the warm periods are limited, so be sure to pack an abundance of warm clothing.
Oslo Norway Travel VIDEO
Norway is the beautiful but kind of strange country, where you can find the strangest of foods, parks crowded with naked statues and the most beautiful views.
It is also one of the most expensive cities we’ve been to.
You think Denmark is expensive?
Then go to Oslo Norway and you will laugh at the mere thought of it, in Oslo you can experience first hand what expensive really means.
I never thought I would say “let’s wait to buy that until we get to Sweden”, as prices were pretty much half there.
On our way to Oslo, we stopped over for two days in my hometown Gothenburg Sweden.
Having the luxury of home-cooked meals, catching up with friends and a foot-bath was well needed.
I hadn’t realized just how badly my feet had been treated until my mother made that ”worried” remark about my blistered feet.
Those are things you really don’t have time to think about when you’re traveling, and getting those small every-day luxuries made me long for some time in one place.
Oslo was next on the agenda
It was pretty, small and had beautiful nature – which pretty much seems to sum up the whole of Norway.
I’ve never seen any other part of Norway, and I’m dying to see the fjords and northern parts of Norway.
I will make sure I get to see it within a year.
For some reason we saw more homeless people and druggies than in other parts of Scandinavia.
A bad place to be if you have no money, it’s pretty much double the prices of Sweden – and that in itself says something about the costs!
Oslo Norway – Expensive And Lots Of Swedish People!
I’ll probably get a lot of people disagreeing with me on this, and maybe I’m totally wrong to say it.
But Oslo didn’t leave much of an impression on me.
It was small, cute and nice, but I have a very strong feeling that the country side of Norway, places like Bergen and Stavanger – are completely different and amazing.
I can hardly wait to organize a trip to Bergen, Tromsö and the fjords, but Oslo?
Well, this time it was a bit of a lukewarm experience, which is ok, you don’t have to love every place you visit.
There really was nothing wrong about the city, but for some reason it failed to leave much of an impression on me, although there were a few things which really did stick out:
Experience REALLY Expensive For The First Time
You think Denmark is expensive?
Go to Oslo!
In Oslo you can experience first hand what expensive really feels like.
I never thought I would say “let’s wait to buy that until we get to Sweden”, as prices were pretty much half there.
Yes, Sweden is cheap compared to Norway.
A local bus ride through town would cost you 40 NOK (7 dollars), and a take away pizza 246 NOK, 44 US dollars!
I don’t know how all the homeless people made it through, it would have to be the worst place to be with no money.
Understandably it’s not that easy finding cheap hotels in Oslo, but there are a few cheap hostels around and we made it through by avoiding eating out every night.
Every Second Person Is Swedish
Every second person you’ll meet working in a supermarket, shop, restaurant or hotel – is Swedish.
According to the Swedish media (I don’t know myself if this is true), many young Norwegians don’t want these types of jobs, and meanwhile tons of Swedish people move to Norway and take any job available to save some money.
It was crazy to see how many Swedish people lived here, and I can’t quite understand why.
Yes, you earn more money, but you also spend a lot more – so in the end, doesn’t it even out?
The Closeness To Nature
Oslo is surrounded by green pine forest, blue ocean and the typical Scandinavian red houses with white corners, it’s easy to get out of the city and experience more of the landscape that Norway is famous for, which was great.
I will definitely return to Norway, hopefully soon, but next time I want to see what Norway is actually famous for, and see if it lives up to its rumors of being the most beautiful country in the world.
Here are 4 quirky things About Norway we learned
During our month in the woods of Norway we learned a lot about the beautiful country and its proud people – some things were exactly as we had expected (such as the overload of Swedish workers), while other things surprised us.
Norwegians are happy – even when they’re not.
Norwegians sound like they are constantly in a good mood – they even sound (and look) happy when they are mad, although that doesn’t seem to happen very often, as they tend to ‘look on the bright side of life’.
A common saying in Norway is that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing (det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!)
Which proves just how optimistic and outdoorsy they are.
Cash is overrated.
In Norway, we never saw anyone paying with cash – anywhere…And pretty soon we stopped too.
It’s the closest we’ve experienced to a country with a cashless society – you can pay with your credit card everywhere, even in the public toilets..!
Simple things get complicated.
A friend of Nathan’s told us about the two years he spent living in northern Norway, and how people there seemed to get very stressed despite having so little to do.
This is something we found equally true where we lived.
As soon as something is slightly out of routine, they don’t know how to deal with it – so they simply choose not to deal with it at all, hoping that everything somehow, sometime, will work out by itself.
They have an interesting attitude to life, which can be described as “if we don’t do it today, we’ll do it tomorrow”.
I also have the feeling that they suffer from the same habit like us Swedes of the need to have “meetings” all the time – only to never quite come to a decision anyway.
The sun sets all day.
What struck us the most in Norway was how the sun looked like it was about to set the entire day – always low, and always orange.
This had a strange effect on the landscape, which by the way was already pretty odd in itself – the nature with its endless rolling hills and winding river was beautiful, but had an eerie vibe over it.
Skiing from the top of the mountain kind of gave you the impression that you were skiing on a different planet.
Midnight sun and polar nights, extreme temperatures and dramatic landscapes, all this awaits visitors to Spitsbergen Norway.
Arctic cruises up to the Svalband archipelago is a simply unforgettable experience.
This is one of the best places in the world to see polar bears and a number of other wildlife that live on the ice floes, such as walruses, reindeer, foxes, seals, and seabirds.
Spitsbergen Norway Hidden History
The population of the archipelago is just 3,500, divided among small settlements.
This area started out as a whaling site in the 17th and 18th centuries, and then saw a resurgence for coal mining.
Visitors can explore these old mining towns, some of which are deserted while others remain inhabited.
There are also kooky legends of UFO crashes in the area.
However, the main attraction here is the fantastic natural scenery, and the best way to experience this arctic environment is through a ship-based excursion.
It’s possible to live an outdoor experience with the commodities of a cruise ship, you can focus on exploring the glaciers, fjords, tundra, and alpine scenery of the region.
Snowmobiling, skiing, trekking, and kayaking, are popular daytime excursions, and exotic activities such as kite-skiing and dogsledding are also possible.
Less-adventurous types can enjoy taking zodiac boats out to observe wildlife and simple walks across the icy terrain.
When to Go to Norway
The best time to visit is from June to September when the famous midnight sun occurs.
This far north, the sun never sets! This means any time of day or night is fine to explore the region’s six national parks.
It’s equally possible to visit in the off-season, but be forewarned that the temperatures are extremely cold and the polar nights are very long.
It’s not for everyone! Once you arrive, be sure to check out the museums in town in Longyearbyen to better understand the history of the region including the strong Russian influences, and stop and shop at local art galleries for souvenirs.
Karls-Berger Pub Café is a great place to warm up by sampling some of the thousands of whiskies, brandies, and spirits available.
Although it may be chilly, Spitsbergen, Norway, is an unbeatable destination for arctic adventure and epic sight-seeing.
Snowy Photo Essay – Trysil, Norway
Those who have climbed Mount Everest often say it changed something in their relation with mother nature.
They realized that she was more than a commodity, more than just a piece of land.
Many say they gained a new respect for her, and realized that not only is she alive, but she is powerful and has her own will.
Climbing that mountain made them see how small and helpless we all are in her hands.
That sort of relationship with nature is becoming increasingly rare in our world today. Being brought up in cities and locking ourselves inside with electronics, nature has become a stranger and is something we fear rather than love.
But on the Scandinavian countryside, that quiet, solemn energy that has become so hard to find, is still there.
There is something so pure and serene about the countryside of Norway that is really lovely, and for some reason being outside there makes you feel more energized than usual.
Sadly, many people today don’t like being outdoors. I used to be like that myself, but traveling and learning to ski changed all that.
I learned to love winter, to see the opportunities in nature, to be like a child again, and most importantly: to trust myself.
Nature can be boring, if you don’t know what to do with it, scary, if you don’t trust yourself, and dangerous, if you don’t respect it.