Printable travel guide for Norway
Travel Guide

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about Norway that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main Norway Page.

Basic Facts


For map, flag and more facts about Norway, click here:

http://www.merom.no/MerOm/MerOmFerie.no/Artikler/vis_artikkel.asp?mPage=Les_artikler&ArtikkelID=161

Official Country Name: Norge, Noreg, Capital: Oslo, Population: 4,513,000, Telephone Code: 47, Time Zone: GMT+1, Area: 385,155 sq km, Language(s): Bokmål, Nynorsk & Sami, Ethnic Groups: 97% Nordic, Alpine & Baltic, with a Sami minority, Highest Mountain: Galdhøpiggen (2469 m), President/Head of State: Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, Government: Constitutional monarchy, Currency: Norwegian Krone (NOK), Exchange Rate: US$ 1 = NOK 7, Health Risks:, Electricity: 220V, Weights & Measures: Metric system, Country Name in other languages: Norway, Norwegen, Noruega, Norvege

Attractions and Things to See and Do

Maps

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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

Getting there and away, Getting around by Air, Train, Bus, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Hitchhiking, Bicycle ...

Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties ...

Money and Costs

Currency Norwegian Kroner (NOK), Exchanging Money Banks are typically open 09-17. A fee would normally be charged, Credit Cards Credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are widely available and accepts VISA/Mastercards, Tipping Only if you like, Bargaining In clothingshops it is possible to ask for a discount, the salesman might give you 10-20% off if you are lucky, Costs Are high. Bread 8NOK, 1L Milk 8kr, 0.33L Beer 12NOK, 20 Cigarettes 60NOK, intracity bus 20-40NOK

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country

Borders and Customs

Customs With Oslo being the most expensive city in the world, Norway is a very expensive country - especially when it comes to alcohol and tobacco. Wether you consume these products or not, it is anyway a good idea of taking your legal quota of 1L spirits, 1L of wine/beer and 200 cigarettes as you could give them as gifts or sell them to fund other expenses. Taking more than the legal amount will involve a fine up to 6L of spirits and/or 1000 cigarettes. Exceding this amount you will have serious trouble and is not recommended. The fine follows a linear scale according to how much excess you have brought: NOK300 for 2L spirits/400 cig, NOK600 for 3L/600 cig, NOK1200 for 4L/800 cig, NOK1900 for 5L/1000 cig, NOK2500 for 6L. On top of the fine, all your goods exceding the legal limit of 1L/1L/200 will be consfiscated. Only people over the age of 18 can import beer, wine and cigarettes - only people over the age of can import spirits.

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospitality Club into the category Offtopic Messages.

Hospitality Club Meetings

Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.

Travelogues

Have you written a story about a trip to this country? Just paste your text in here and share your experience with other members.

Photos

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

Geography

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps

Health

History

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List

Shopping

Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Norway (L)

Offtopic Messages

Here you can add messages that are not exactly related to the aims of the Hospitality Club (but related to the country). Do you need a visa invitation? Looking for an internship, job or a flat to rent? Just add this here, and if you are lucky other members will read it and contact you. Remember: do not send messages like this directly to members - after giving you this space here, we will fight spam even more strictly!
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