With surreal landscapes and super charming cities, it is even difficult to choose which places will be part of a trip to Norway. Every corner of the country has something special to be seen. In addition, Aurora Borealis, one of the most beautiful phenomena in the world, can be seen from there!
For everything to go well during the tour, you need to do a good planning beforehand, right? With that in mind, I chose some essential information about Norway to help you. The country considered one of the happiest in the world will surely surprise you 😉
When to go
Choosing when to go to Norway will depend a lot on what you want to know. Some places only open at specific times of the year, so you need to decide the locations in advance. The midnight sun, for example, only happens between May and July – and in the north of the country it gets even stronger.
From December to February, which correspond to the winter months, the country is sought after by anyone who wants to ski or see the Northern Lights. If you want to go at a time with slightly higher temperatures, June, July and August are the ideal months. This season is also perfect for those who want to enjoy hiking. In the spring the weather is also super pleasant, so it is still a good option for those who want to escape the intense cold.
What to pack
No matter when you go to Norway – never forget to bring warm clothes that keep you warm. Our cold clothes are not always enough to withstand the country’s low temperatures, so be sure to buy new items that really warm up. Blouses, pants and thermal socks are always welcome, as are fleece jackets that cut wind and warm boots.
In times when the cold is not so intense, just take some clothes for cold if the climate undergoes any more extreme change. Ah, waterproof pieces and a good umbrella cannot be missing in the suitcase, especially if you travel in the spring or autumn. If you want to get an idea of the style of clothes needed, the post about our suitcase for Chile can be useful 😉
Getting around the country
Norway may seem like a small country, but if you want to visit several places you will need to rent a car. It is very easy to locate yourself there using only GPS and maps! Still, be sure to plan everything beforehand. I recommend that you draw a route on a map with all the stopping points of interest. This way, you will have a better view of the distance between each location.
The country’s bus network also works very well, connecting some of the country’s major cities. It is not the most efficient and comfortable way to travel there, but it is an option for those who do not drive or do not like to drive in unknown places.
I couldn’t stop talking about the country’s cuisine, right? Salmon is one of the Norwegians’ loves. If you are also a fan of this fish, you can be sure that you will love eating in Norway. The potato is a super common ingredient there, so you will also see that several dishes will accompany the baked potato.
Overall, the country’s cuisine is simple and light, but full of flavor. In addition to salmon, lamb meat is present in almost all restaurants. The main dish with this meat is Fårikal, served with cabbage and potatoes.
Ah, they have a very different type of hot dog. The sausage is served in a thin crust that even resembles a pancake. The base of the dough is made of potatoes and the filling, unlike ours, does not include potatoes, ketchup and mustard. Sausage and pasta are the only stars on the plate!
As I told you at the beginning of the post, Norway is a charming country. Because it has many incredible places to visit, be sure to make a short list with all the stops of interest. National parks are some of the main attractions and almost all of them have free admission. Some of the most visited are the Hardangervidda National Park, the Jotunheimen National Park and the Nigardsbreen Glacier.
In relation to cities, Oslo is the busiest for tourists. Other options are Bergen, Kristiansand and Trondheim. All are cute and deserve a visit of at least a day or two to see the surroundings.
When and where to see the Northern Lights
I find it practically impossible to find someone who doesn’t feel like seeing the Northern Lights live. It is one of the most beautiful and exciting phenomena in the entire world. Paulo and I have already seen Iceland’s light play, but it would also be amazing to have the opportunity to see Norway’s sky full of colors.
For those who plan to see the Aurora Borealis, the best time is between November and March, with the end of January being one of the best periods to see the dancing lights. As for cities, Tromsø, Lofoten and Ersfjorden are among the most sought after. If you are curious to know other places that give vision to Auroa Boreal, just click here 😉
For those who are going to travel there, be sure to exchange the real for nok, as the Norwegian currency is called. So, do you have any other travel tips for the country? Be sure to share it here in the comments!