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A country of striking landscapes, wonderful wildlife and vibrant culture, Norway is not to be missed.
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Norway is renowned for it's scenic beauty and once you see it for yourself, it's easy to see why it's commonly referred to as one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Take in the stunning Fjords, discover picturesque villages, magnificent waterfalls, glaciers and World Heritage listed mountain landscapes. Even the sky captures your attention here, with both the Northern Lights and Midnight Sun lighting up the night sky at different times of year.
Norway's beauty changes with the season. Spring in March to May has the region covered in lush greenery and crisp air. June to August promise long days to explore the stunning fjords, local fresh fruit, Midsummer celebrations and the fabled Midnight Sun in the North. It's during this season that most travellers make their way to this region. September to November offer cooler temperatures and is a great time to spot the Northern Lights early. Though December - February are the most popular for the dancing lights, as it can be paired with other Winter activities, such as igloos, ice fishing and snow mobiling.
Norway’s crowning glory is its fjord heartland of Western Norway, a maze of sparkling waterways cutting through stark cliff faces. Many of Norway’s natural wonders have been recognised internationally for their
The idyllic islands of southern Norway are a
photographer’s dream with its abundant wildflowers and charming fishing villages. Lofoten Archipelago is particularly breathtaking and has been labelled the most beautiful archipelago in the world.
Beyond the Arctic Circle lies a land of forested tundra and snow-clad valleys. It is also the best part of Norway to see the famed Northern Lights, from September to March, dancing across the sky. Our trips allow you to see the Aurora in all its glory. Enjoy a traditional dog sled ride through the Arctic wilderness, sleep in hotel made of snow and ice, and many more exciting activities.
In the High Arctic region of Svalbard, the landscape is home to some of the most sought after and admired arctic wildlife - polar bears, arctic wolves, and elk to name a few! A place of adventure and expeditions, test yourself on the largest island of Spitsbergen like a true Arctic pioneer.
Discover the Midnight Sun that burns brightly throughout summer in Northern Norway.
Experience the culture of the Sámi people (also Saami) are an indigenous people of northern Europe inhabiting Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of northern Sweden, Norway, and Finland.
Emergency Services: 112. The emergency services may not always have English speaking staff.
Midsummer celebrations are popular across Scandinavia, when people gather to celebrate the longest day of the year, either with a bonfire or a maypole decorated with flowers.
Electrical Plug type: European
Voltage: 220-240 volts
Getting around Scandinavia and the Baltic States are easy, with car travel the most common mode of transport for visitors. The road systems are extensive and easy to navigate with most major highways paved. Several airlines provide domestic and international flights to neighbouring countries. Scandinavia has an extensive railway network, and ferries connect the islands, fjords and archipelagos. Travellers should always be sure to drive carefully and monitor weather forecasts, particularly in winter.
Please consult a medical practitioner or contact The Travel Doctor for your specific risk and requirements when travelling to this country.
Local languages include Norwegian and Sami. Most people also speak English.
Shops generally open from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, with reduced hours on Saturdays and Sundays in major shopping centres. Some supermarkets may open seven days a week until 11pm. Local specialities include woollen knitwear, handmade ceramics, glassware and silver jewellery.
Tips are not expected across Scandinavia and the Baltics since service charges are included in the bill. However, locals generally leave around 5-10% of the bill if they were satisfied with the service quality.
Official travel advice regarding visas is available by calling 04 439 8000 or visiting their website www.safetravel.govt.nz
Norwegian and Sami
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