For many people who are thinking of a Scandinavian destination for their next vacation, Norway often makes the top of their list. Norway is full of natural beauty, wonderful people and great places to stay. However, just like any destination, it’s important to be thoroughly prepared before you leave so you can make the most out of your experience. Here are some few tips for first travelers to the country.
Be Aware That Norway is Very Large
A lot of people may have a distorted view of how large Norway actually is, but it’s actually a very large country, so you have to be prepared for that fact. One of the most common mistakes people make when travelling to Norway is having tight and frigid itineraries with no provisions in case something unexpected happens. Always leave extra travel time in your schedule to prepare for unforeseen events and changes of plans.
Weather Can be Very Different Depending on the Region
Some people may think that all regions in Norway have pretty much the same weather, but that isn’t true. For instance, temperatures can reach up to the mid-80s in the Summer. While it’s not as hot as most American cities, it’s still pretty pleasant. However, in coastal regions, summers are significantly colder, and temperatures can drop pretty low, especially during the night. So if you were intending on staying in a cabin, then it would be wise to pack extra cozy clothing and a pair of hot booties before you leave.
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It isn’t Cheap
You might already be aware that the cost of everything in general is very high in Scandinavian countries, but it’s even more pronounced in Norway. Norway is one of the world’s wealthiest countries, and this is definitely reflected in prices. So, expect to pay a premium for things like taxis, personal service and food items. However, one good thing is that tax and service is always included in prices, so don’t have to worry about anything being added to your bill.
Things like air transport can be rather cheap, as long as you’re ready to be flexible when it comes to date and time. And there are tons of free fun to be had to. First of all, Norway’s “freedom to roam” policy gives you access to any part of the land free or charge, whether private or public. Also, there are many attractions, like the National Gallery, which are completely free as well.
If you’re going to eat out, know that prices are very expensive, especially by US standards. If you’re on a tight budget, we strongly suggest that you do your own groceries instead. Some supermarket chains like Rema, Prix and Kiwi do offer more reasonable prices on food and everyday items. Street food is also an option if you’re in a pinch.
So if you were thinking of going to Norway this summer, these tips will help you make the most of your trip. Make sure that you follow these tips and make sure that you learn the most about this beautiful country before you leave.