The Land of The Midnight Sun is a splendid place on Earth where if you visit once, you will cherish your memories forever. Any guess about the name? Norway of course! The amazing nature bound region in the northern hemisphere that has some of the awe-inspiring stories to share.
Here Are 10 Things That A Traveller Must Know About Norway :
1. Scandinavian Country :
The beautiful land of Scandinavian consists of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. And Norway is one of the best places to visit in the world for people who loves to stay close to nature and want peaceful environment.
Though it is a very small country of about 5.2 million population there are many wonderful places to visit in Norway.
2. No Polar Bears :
Many people has this misconception that Polar bears roam about the streets. The truth is there are no bears seen on the streets. It is a very organised and well civilised country. You will not find bears on mainland. But there is an archipelago named Svalbard where you will find more polar bears than human. Although it is far from mainland. Even in the wild there are less chances that you will face wild animals every now and then. There is absolutely nothing to fear.
3. Currency NOK :
The Norwegian Krone is the currency of the region. So, you must carry cash in that currency. Moreover the currency value has become less which means your trip will be comparatively cheaper. And the best part is, credit card are accepted almost everywhere. People prefer card over cash; you can buy anything with your card.
4. English Is Accepted :
No need to worry if you have no idea about Norwegian language. Majority of the population speaks English. though a bit shy, they are welcoming and will assist you happily.
5. Global Seed Vault :
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (Svalbard globale frøhvelv) is a secure seed bank on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near Longyearbyen about 1,300 kilometres (810 mi) from the North Pole.
Conservationist Cary Fowler, in association with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR),started the vault to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds that are duplicate samples, or “spare” copies, of seeds held in gene banks worldwide.
6. Time Of the Year :
There are four main seasons to consider and they are winter, spring, summer and fall. Before you plan your trip you need to know the right time to visit. Certain activities are closed during winter, so you need to make sure to learn when to visit. Bring good amount of suitable clothes with you as weather changes between seasons. Being a part of the frigid zone Norway gets really cold that.
7. Go Wild! Go Camping! :
Norway is such a country where you can camp almost anywhere and you don’t need any special permission. Every man and woman has equal rights to public access. Outdoor activities is very important in a Norwegian’s life. So you will always find people carrying rucksack and camping in the wild without any fear. Nature and people has a great relation in Norway. Unless any place is specified as private or inaccessible you are free to go anywhere. And if you are an adventure seeker make sure you carry all the necessary things with you before you journey towards unknown.
8. Northern Lights :
Not many of us fortunate to see the vibrant streaks of green-purple colours in the night sky or at the dawn. If you are waiting to experience this nature’s spectacular creation then come and visit Norway. During the 6 months continuous night the sun is not visible, but it shows amazing, magical colour on the sky. This is also called Aurora Borealis. But not places in Norway is good to see the Northern Lights.
Places such as Bodo, Lofoten are famous for watching those mesmerising lights. Make sure that you visit between October and April as they are not visible during summer. The extreme northern part of the country gives the most clear view.
9. Food Is Fish :
Norwegian love their fish. It is a popular country to taste some exotic seafood dishes. Salmon is widely used in every Norwegian diet. No matter where you go you will never get the fresh taste of salmon as in Norway. Other than that cod and lute are also used in many dishes. So you will always find some great, authentic dishes in a restaurant.
Fiskesuppe and Rokt Laks are the two most famous dishes in Norway.
10. Long Country :
Always keep in mind that Norway has a large area even though it has less population. So whenever you plan to visit you need to consider to spend some extra days to see the whole of the place. Just a short trip to Norway will not satisfy you and you will end up seeing very less.
For if you are looking to spend your holidays in some thrilling cold region that can offer great cuisine, natural beauty, adventure and soothing environment, Norway is your place then. It is said that Norway is truly a fascinating place to see once before you die.
Very Safe to Travel : Norway is known for safety for tourists and for local people. Even in cities like Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim, the crime rates are really low. You can actually go out at night, return home safely and go for outdoor activities without worrying. You will find people are very much comfortable walking alone at night and going out anywhere anytime. Most cases are related to minor pickpocketing, and office burglaries. No big crimes are reported.
So here were 10 things about Norway you must know before you plan your trip.