Public holidays in Norway
- 1 January: New Year's Eve.
- Easter (moveable dates) from 22-25 April.
- 1 May: International Workers' Day.
- 17 may: Constitution Day.
- Ascension Day: 40 days after Easter.
- Whit Sunday: 50 days after Easter.
- Christmas Day: 25-26 December.
Climate and temperature
The climate in the Kingdom of Norway varies from region to region. In the capital, Oslo, temperatures range from +35 °C to + 26 °C. The four seasons in Norway are clearly separated; winter is cold, full of snow and dark with an average temperature of -4 °C. Summer in is characterized by the midnight sun as it is called and the temperatures are relatively moderate ranging from sunny to rainy. The weather in autumn and spring varies a lot between sunny, warm, snowy, windy or rainy and depends on the geographical location.
Monthly temperatures in Oslo:
• January: ranging from -7 / -2 °C
• February: ranging from -7 / -1 °C
• March: ranging from -4 / + 4 °C
• April: between + 1 / + 10 °C
• May: ranges from +6 / + 16 °C
• June: ranges from +10 / + 20 °C
• July: Between +13 / + 22 °C
• August: between +12 / + 21 °C
• September: between +8 and +16 °C
• October: between + 3 / + 9 °C
• November: ranging from -1 / 3 °C
• December: ranging from -4/0 °C
The Best Time of Year to Visit Norway
The best time to visit Norway depends on your hobbies. For those who want to enjoy skiing and Midnight sun, winter will be the best time for them. For those who enjoy beautiful views, long walks, hiking, nice weather then summer is the best time of year for them to visit Norway.
- Car rental.
The most important sites and landmarks
Lakes and islands in the Kingdom of Norway
The capital Oslo
- Mjøsa is about two hours to the northeast of Oslo.
- Randsfjorden is about two hours to the north-west of Oslo.
- Krøderen is about two hours northwest of Oslo.
- Bygdin is about four hours north-west of Oslo.
- Storsjøen is about an hour and a half northeast of Oslo.
- Osensjøen is about three hours north-east of Oslo.
- Øyeren is less than an hour to the east of Oslo.
- Tyrifjorden is about an hour west of Oslo.
- Møsvatn is about four hours west of the city of Oslo.
- Nisser is about four hours to the south-west of Oslo, or about three hours to the northeast of Kristiansand.
- Norsjø is about two and a half hours to the south-west of Oslo.
- Selbusjøen is about an hour southeast of Trondheim.
- Femunden is about five hours south of Trondheim.
- Nesjøen is about four hours south-east of Trondheim.
- Snåsavatnet is about three hours north of Trondheim.
- Røssvatnet is about seven hours north of Trondheim.
- Aursunden is about three hours south-east of the city of Trondheim.
- Salsvatnet is about four hours north of Trondheim.
- Tunnsjøen is about four hours north of Trondheim.
- Limingen near Lake Tunnsjøen and about four and a half hours north of Trondheim.
- Blåsjø is about four and a half hours east of Stavanger.
- Altevatnet is about three hours to the south of Tromso.
- Hornindalsvatnet is about three hours south of Ålesund.
- Fyresvatn about four hours north of the city of Kristiansand.
The most important islands in the Kingdom of Norway
- Spitsbergen: is a large island with a unique nature located in the far north of the globe in the Arctic Ocean, inhabited by more than 2000 people, and there are mines to produce coal. The island can be visited by cruise ships from different cities of the Kingdom of Norway.
- Nordaustlandet: Located to the east of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean.
- Edgeøya: Located to the east of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean, south of Nordaustlandet Island.
- Jan Mayen: An area within Edgeøya Island in the Arctic Ocean.
- Kvitøya: Located to the east of Nordaustlandet Island in the Arctic Ocean.
- Barentsøya: Located to the east of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean, north of Edgeøya Island.
- Prins Karls Forland: west of Svalbard or Spitsbergen, overlooking the Barents Sea in northern Norway.
- Kongsøya: Located to the east of Spitsbergen, overlooking the Barents Sea in the northern Kingdom of Norway.
- Bjørnøya: Located halfway between Spitsbergen Island and the Norwegian mainland in the Barents Sea north of the Kingdom of Norway.
- Kvaløya: is the island where the city of Hammerfest lies in northern Norway.
- Austvågøy and Vestvågøy: Located about an hour southwest of the island of Hinnøya.
- Hitra: about three hours west of Trondheim.
- Magerøya: It is about three hours north-east of Hammerfest, and is the northernmost region of the Kingdom of Norway on the coast of the Barents Sea.
- Stjernøya: overlooking the Barents Sea in the north of the Kingdom of Norway between the cities of Tromso and Hammerfest.
- Smøla, Møre, Romsdal: about four hours east of Trondheim.
- Tysnesøy: about two hours south of Bergen.
- Frøya: is located northeast of the city of Trondheim in the Norwegian Sea.
Restaurants and cafés
- Tjuvholmen Sjømagasin in Oslo.
- Istanbul Kebab in Oslo.
- Mehfel in Oslo.
- Saray Restaurant in Oslo.
- Anatolia Restaurant in Oslo.
- Lahori Dera Tandoori in Oslo.
- Gate of India in Oslo.
- Bislett Kebab & Pizza House in Oslo.
- Agra Indian Cuisine in Oslo.
- Habibi Resturant in Oslo.
- Taco City in Oslo.
- Tika tika in Oslo.
- Kebab Istanbul in Bergen.
- Istanbul Doner Chef in Trondheim.
- Zouq Restaurant in Stavanger.
Parks in Norway
- Slottsparken: park around The Royal Palace in Oslo.
- Frognerparken: park in Oslo.
- Tusenfryd amusement park: Amusement park in Oslo.
- Leos Lekeland: indoor Amusement park in Oslo.
- Hunderfossen familiepark: Family Amusement park in Lillehammer.
- Lilleputthammer: Amusement park in Lillehammer.
- Valldal Aktivitetspark: A park of the sport of climbing for children and adults is About an hour and a half east of Ålesund city.
- Kristiansand Zoo: is a Zoo in Kristiansand.
- Polar Park: is a Zoo for polar animals, about an hour north of Narvik.
- Foldvik Family Park: a Zoo in Stavern city, about two hours southwest of Oslo.
- The Mineral Park: Metal Park, about an hour north of Kristiansand.
- Sommarland in Bø: the biggest water park in Scandinavia, about two hours from the west of Oslo.
Museums and theaters
- Vigelandsparken: in Oslo.
- Munch Museum: Museum of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.
- Norsk Teknisk Museum: Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology in Oslo.
- Holmenkollen Ski Museum: The oldest ski museum in the world in Oslo.
- The National Museum: National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo.
- Norsk Folkemuseum: A museum that shows how people lived in Norway from 1500 in Oslo.
- Fram polarskutemuseum: a museum about the story of Norwegian polar expeditions with the Fram ship.
- Vikingskipshuset: The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo.
- Norges Hjemmefrontmuseum: a museum about the German occupation of the Kingdom of Norway during World War II, in Oslo.
- Norsk Oljemuseum: Museum of Oil Industry in Stavanger.
- Atlanterhavsparken: one of northern Europe's largest and most unique sea water aquariums in Ålesund.
- Vitenfabrikken: The science factory is full of exciting things to discover and is very useful and entertaining for children. Is located in Sandnes, near Stavanger.
- Setesdalsbanen Railway Line: is a railway line situated and using steam locomotives and carriages which are over 100 years old in Kristiansand.
- Jærmuseet: 13 museums aimed to introduce certain Norwegian regions, about an hour south of Stavanger.
Theater in the Kingdom of Norway began relatively late, after World War II, and became important to the Norwegian people today.
- The Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo.
- The National Theatre in Oslo.
- Det Norske Teatret in Oslo.
- Den Nationale Scene in Bergen.
- Trøndelag teater in Trondheim.
- Rogaland teater in Stavanger.
- Hålogaland teater in Tromsø.
- City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Tour A tourist bus to discover the most important sights of Oslo.
- Oslo Fjord Sightseeing Cruise A cruise in Oslo.
- All-Inclusive Oslo City Tour A trip to the most important museums and gardens in Oslo.
- Norwegian Evening on the Fjord A 3-hour cruise with dinner in Oslo.
- CitySightseeing Bergen is a tourist bus for sightseeing in Bergen.
- GuideCompaniet trip within Stavanger city.
- Tide Reiser Preikestolen: A trip to climb up to the top of the famous Breckstolen rock in Stavanger.
- Chasing Lights to enjoy the tropical twilight in Tromso.
Main events and festivals
- Øye: A lyrical festival in Oslo, usually in August.
- National Music Day: A music festival in Oslo on the first Saturday in July every year, featuring more than 40 theatres and hundreds of artists.
- by:Larm music festival in Oslo in February.
- Mela festival, Oslo: The festival has about 300,000 visitors a year and combines music, dance and eating at different international rhythms in Oslo.
- Slottsfjell Tønsberg: is a music festival in the city of Tonsberg in July, about an hour to the south-west of Oslo.
- Parkenfestivalen Music Festival in Bodo City in August.
- The Bukta Festival is a musical festival in Tromso in July.
- The Førde Traditional and World Music Festival is the largest dance and song festival in Scandinavia in Forde, about three hours north of Bergen.
- The Peer Gynt festival: A cultural festival featuring drama and music in Oppland County, about four hours north of Oslo.
Major Shopping Centers
- Paleet (Oslo)
- Steen & Strøm (Oslo)
- Aker Brygge Shopping (Oslo)
- Oslo City Shopping Center (Oslo)
- Eger in Karl Johan street (Oslo)
- CC Vest Shopping Center (Oslo)
- Byporten Shopping (Oslo)
- Grønland Basar (Oslo)
- House of Oslo (Oslo)
- Glas Magasinet (Oslo)
- Norwegian Outlet in Vestby, about half an hour south-east of Oslo.
- Trondheim Torg in Trondheim.
- Nerstranda Shopping in Tromso.
- Bergen Storsenter in Bergen.
- Galleriet in Bergen.
There are many local markets, mobile markets and food festivals especially in the summer. For example:
- Fiskeriet: The Fish Market in Oslo.
- The Fish Market in Bergen.
Car rental can be made at all Norwegian airports and cities, but be sure to check the corporate website for the presence of the required vehicle near the desired location.
The law does not allow anyone, whether a citizen or a tourist, to drive a car if the driver does not have a valid and approved driver's license and insurance.
It is advisable to examine the car well and take pictures showing the condition of the car before renting, and inform the responsible company as soon as possible if any shortage or bruises or problems in the car is discovered.
There are many sites on the Internet that compare rental prices among all the companies in the desired location.
Medical and therapeutic services
Emergency telephone number and medical ambulance: 113
The "Hjelp 113-GPS" application can be downloaded directly from the app store to facilitate the process of finding the caller's location directly and getting help without having to give an address.
It is normal that the caller gets some questions to ascertain the identity of the caller.
All persons (citizens and tourists alike) have the right to free emergency medical assistance at all emergency centers in the Kingdom of Norway.
It is preferred that the tourist has international health insurance when traveling, showing proof of insurance and papers proving the identity of the tourist and his age to facilitate the process of receiving the correct treatment.
Some health centers and hospitals in Oslo
- Legevakt Oslo Emergency Center, telephone number 116117 or direct number 23487200.
Address: Storgata 40, 0182 Oslo.
- Akerhus universitetssykehus hospital, Telephone number 02900.
Address: Sykehusveien 25, 1478 Lørenskog.
- Oslo Universitetssykehus Hospital, Ullevål, Telephone 02770.
Address: Kirkeveien 166, 0450 Oslo.
- Rikshospitalet Hospital, Telephone 02770.
Address: Sognsvannsveien 20, 0372 Oslo.
Some health centers and hospitals in Bergen
- Legevakt Bergen Emergency Center, 55568760.
Address: Solheimsgaten 9, 5058 Bergen.
- Hospital Haukeland universitetssykehus, telephone number 05300.
Address: Jonas Lies vei 65, 5021 Bergen.
Some health centers and hospitals are in Trondheim
- Legevakt Trondheim Emergency Center, telephone number 116117 or direct number 73969580.
Address: Prinsesse Kristinas gate 3, 7030 Trondheim.
- St. John's Hospital Olavs hospital, tel. 06800.
Address: Prinsesse Kristinas gate 3, 7030 Trondheim.
Some health centers and hospitals are in Stavanger
- Emergency Centre Stavanger Legevakt, telephone number 51510202.
Address: Armauer Hansens vei 30, 4011 Stavanger.
- Hospital Stavanger universitetssjukehus, telephone number 05151.
Address: Gerd-Ragna Bloch Thorsens gate 8, 4011 Stavanger.
Some health centers and hospitals are in Kristiansand
- Emergency centre Kristiansand Legevakt, telephone: 38116117.
Address: Egsveien 102, 4615 Kristiansand S.
- Sørlandet sykehus Kristiansand Hospital, telephone number 38074000.
Address: Egsveien 100, 4615 Kristiansand.
Some health centers and hospitals are in Tromso
- Emergency Centre for Legevakta i Tromso, telephone number 77628000.
Address: Sykehusvegen 30, 9019 Tromsø.
- Universitetssykehuset Nord-Norge Hospital, telephone 07766.
Address: Sykehusvegen 38, 9019 Tromsø.
Airports in the Kingdom of Norway can be reached using airport buses and taxis.
In Oslo, there is a direct express train service to Oslo International Airport "Gardermoen" as well as buses and taxis.
Currency, exchange rates and exchange centers
The local currency in the Kingdom of Norway is the Norwegian krone which is divided into 100 Ore. Norwegian coins have the following values: 1 krone, 5 kroner, 10 kroner and 20 kroner. Norwegian banknotes have the following values: 50 kroner, 100 kroner, 200 kroner, 500 kroner and 1000 kroner.
Currency exchange can be carried out in ATMs in some airports, such as the Oslo Capital Airport, various exchange offices and main post offices. Money can be withdrawn in Norwegian currency from ATMs anywhere by using any internationally recognized bank card.
It is recommended to use internationally recognized bank card when paying at for example stores and restaurants.
There is a very limited number of private exchange offices in the Kingdom of Norway. It is therefore recommended to go to the well-known international exchange offices.
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