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NORWAY

We have gathered some useful information to help you plan and best prepare for your next adventure to Norway! Browse through the information below or visit our travel bonanza for more stories and tips!

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Under Norwegian law, you are entitled to healthcare help in the event of emergency or serious illness. EU / EEA citizens are entitled to emergency care under the EHIC. As in other countries, private travel insurance will insure against hefty health treatment bills.

In urgent situations an ambulance can be called by dialing 113. 

Some pharmacies in central locations in Oslo are open 24 hrs, but in general, opening hours for pharmacies are between 8am and 4pm and offer the usual over-the-counter medication. It is recommended to bring a supply of medication which is only available on prescription.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Citizens of any EU/EMA country do not require a visa upon arrival in Norway. A valid passport is required which is valid until the date you intend to leave Norway. Norway also holds visa exemption agreements with a list of countries outside Europe, which can be found here, please check with your foreign department if you are unsure.

Citizens of countries that don’t hold a visa exemption agreement with Norway need to present a visa upon arrival, which allows you to stay in Norway for up to 90 days. You will also need to present a passport which is valid for at least another three months after the end of your visit.

SARS-COV2 INFORMATION

You can find up-to-date health and travel advise in relation to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and traveling to and in Norway on the pages of the Norwegian Tourist Board.

MONEY AND PRICE LEVEL

The currency used in Norway is the Norwegian Krona (NOK). It is possible to exchange money in banks, post offices, designated currency exchange offices and bigger hotels. It is widely common to pay by card in Norway, even for smaller amounts and some hotels or taxis will not accept cash anymore. Nevertheless, ATMs are widely available and it is recommendable to carry small amounts of cash. Banks are usually open between 9am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday.

Norway is an expensive country and you should budget accordingly. On average, a meal in an inexpensive restaurant costs between 150 

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 - 200NOK while a three course in a mid range restaurant will easily come to 400NOK per person, excluding drinks. A cappuccino starts on average from 40NOK, a soft drink from 30 NOK and a beer from 80 NOK. 

Service charge is included in hotels and restaurants, but it is common to allow 5 - 10% extra for good service. Taxi fares are usually brought to a rounded amount.  

OPENING HOURS

Shops are generally open Monday to Saturday between 9am and 6pm, some shops are open until 9pm and supermarkets may open for 24 hours. 

Tourist Informations are open between 9am and 7pm Monday to Friday, between 10am and 6pm on Saturdays and on Sunday afternoon. In small towns or remote areas the tourist information only opens over the summer months. General opening times for museums and other attractions are between 9am and 6pm, often longer in summer. Some are closed on Mondays and only open on the weekends over the winter.

ELECTRICITY

The voltage is 220V/50hz and sockets fit the standard European plugs with two rounds.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

January 1

New Years Day

Friday before Easter

Good Friday

Monday after Easter

Easter Sunday

39 days after Easter Sunday

Ascension Day

7th Monday after Easter

Whit Monday

May 1

Labour Day

May 17

National Holiday

December 25

Christmas Day

December 26

St Stephens Day

FESTIVITIES & EVENTS

Tromsø

Northern Lights Festival - classical and contemporary music festival

January

Kristiansund

Opera Festival - opera, ballet, art and concerts

February

Holmenkollen

Ski Festival - large festival with the World Cup in Nordic Skiing and biathlon, ski jumping and cross-country

Early March

Narvik

Winter Festival - sport events, carnival, concerts and opera

Second week of March to mid April

Rena to Lillehammer

Birkebeiner Intl Ski Race

mid March

Voss

Jazz festival

First week of April

Bergen

International Music Festival

Late May to early June

Oslo Fjord

Faerder Sailing Race

Mid June

Honningsvåg

Nordkap March

Mid June

Stavanger

Emigration Festival - exhibitions, concerts, theater and folklore

Mid  June

All Norway

Midsummer night

June 23

Kvinesdal

Emigration Festival

Late June to early July

Tromsø

Midnight sun marathon

Late June

Oslo

Exxon Mobil Bislett Games - Intl athletic competition

Early to mid July

Molde

International Jazz Festival

Mid July

Oslo

Norway Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament

Late July to early August

Telemark

International Folk Festival

early August

Vinstra

Peer Gynt Festival - music, art and parades

Early August

Oslo

Jazz Festival

Second week of August

Oslo

Chamber Music Festival

Mid August

Oslo

Oslo Marathon

Mid September

Oslo

Nobel Peace Price Ceremony

December 10

All Norway

Midsummer night

June 23

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