An Arctic Adventure

fjord landscape in Norway

Norway offers travelers unmatched adventure and natural beauty. Follow these tips to make the most of your visit to the Land of the Midnight Sun

Don't: Leave Home Unprepared

Before your trip, make a packing checklist to avoid a last-minute panic at the airport. You don't want to miss your flight because you turned around to grab a phone charger or coat.

If you're worried about an emergency or break-in while you're gone, ask a neighbor or friend to stop in while you're away.

Home security systems can provide peace of mind, and many have web or mobile apps that enable you to check in from abroad.

Do: Visit in the Summer

Norwegian winters aren't for the faint of heart. Average daily highs hover around freezing and lows dip below zero. Daylight hours wane, with about six hours of daylight in December and January.

So unless you're headed to Norway to ski or see the Northern Lights, the best time of year to visit is summer, when average temps reach a crisp 13-18 degrees Celsius (57-65 degrees Fahrenheit).

A phenomenon called the Midnight Sun results in about 20 hours of daylight a day, and in northern parts of the country the sun never fully disappears.

Don't: Rely on Guidebooks Alone

Guidebooks provide a comprehensive overview of a city and its neighborhoods, but to really get a taste of life in Norway, chat up a few locals.

Not one to walk up to a total stranger for restaurant recommendations? Ask a waiter or bartender at a charming restaurant or a salesperson at a boutique you love.

If you like the place where they work, you'll already have some common ground, and they should be more than happy to recommend their favorite spots.


Do: Consider Alternative Accommodations

Hotel prices throughout Norway can be expensive, so travelers on a budget should consider abandoning traditional hotels.

Rent a flat on a website like www.trivago.com or AirBnB.com, or find a hostel.
For more adventurous travelers, couchsurfing and camping are good options, too.

Don't: Miss the Fjords

Western Norway is world-famous for its exquisite fjords, narrow inlets of the sea steeped between soaring slopes and cliffs.

Two of the most well-known fjords, Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You can easily reach these fjords by boat. Hurtigruten is one of the oldest cruise lines that offers trips along the country's beautiful and jagged coastline.

Norway can be quite expensive for many travelers, but with proper planning, it can also be an affordable adventure you won't soon forget.



This article is written byBaron Chavez.

Baron loves to travel by train in first class and by plane in coach. He has visited 22 countries and has written over 100 reviews about ideal travel spots for numerous online and print journals.


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