The land of the fjords, the waterfalls, the spectacular serpentine roads. Although the capital Oslo offers a number of sights with the Vigeland Park, the castle, the brick town hall and the striking opera, the main motive for many people to travel to Norway is the breathtaking nature in the truest sense of the word. The famous Geiranger Fjord and the deep Sogne Fjord, the Pulpit Rock on the Lyse Fjord, the thundering waterfalls and, last but not least, the North Cape are at the top of the travel programs. And for those traveling by car or motorcycle, the trips on the Trollstigen or the Adlerstraße not only provide exceptional views, but certainly also give you one or the other adrenaline rush.
As a country located in northern Europe defined by Countryaah, Norway is not a member of the EU, but the Schengen area. German citizens need an identity card or passport with sufficient validity to enter the country. According to the Federal Foreign Office, some Norwegian authorities and, for example, banks do not accept the German identity card.
In Norway, payments are made with the Norwegian krone (NOK).
ATMs are common, especially in the larger cities. To be able to withdraw money, you need a credit card or an EC card with the “Maestro” symbol. International credit cards are common. Often you can even pay with it in small shops, and some things can only be paid for with a credit card. Remember your PIN! ”
In the west, temperate and relatively humid climate. In the east the climate is more continental, the temperature fluctuations are stronger here according to Bridgat.
The national language is Norwegian. Many Norwegians – especially those who work in tourism – have a very good command of English, and knowledge of German is also widespread.
Telephone / Internet
The international dialing code is +47 according to AllCityCodes.
Electricity & mains voltage
The voltage is 230 volts, 50 Hz, so that all devices can be used without any problems.
Emergency numbers Central emergency number 112 Ambulance
Arriving by plane
The largest international airport is Oslo Gardermoen. There is also Oslo Torp Airport, which is more than 100 km from Oslo and is mainly used by low-cost airlines.
There are also a few other international airports such as Kirkenes, Bergen, Ålesund or Trondheim, as well as numerous regional airports that are often served by Oslo.
Arrival by ferry
Norway can be easily reached by ferry. This is a good alternative to traveling by plane, especially for holidaymakers who want to travel in their own car.
There are ferry connections from Kiel or Copenhagen (Denmark) to Oslo, as well as from Hirtshals (Denmark) to Kristiansand or Bergen on the south coast.
The following applies to traveling by car …
If you are traveling with your own car, you should definitely have your driver’s license and vehicle registration with you. It is also advisable to have the green insurance card with you. If you are not traveling with a vehicle registered for you, we strongly recommend that you obtain a power of attorney from the vehicle owner.
The gasoline prices in Norway are relatively high by our standards. The fuel names are not necessarily identical to “ours”. It is important to choose the correct octane number, 95 stands for super, 98 for super plus. “Blyfri” means “lead-free”.
In the far north of Scandinavia in particular, the network of petrol stations is getting thinner, so make the most of every opportunity there.
Maximum urban speed: 50 km / h
speed of highways / national highways : 80 km / h Maximum speed of highways: 90/100 km / h
alcohol limit : 0.2
Pay close attention to the signs. Violations are punished severely in Norway, the fines are high.
It must be driven with dipped headlights / daytime running lights all year round.
There are some toll roads, for example in Oslo or Bergen.
(Information without guarantee, please inform yourself about the relevant provisions before departure)
Best travel time
A trip to Norway is best between May and September, depending on the type of travel. The summers are relatively short in Norway and the further north you go, the cooler it is than here. In general, there are major regional differences: between east and west, inland and sea, plateau and fjord valley. Especially in the transitional periods, the weather can be very different from region to region: While the apple trees are blooming on the sunlit slopes of the fjords in May, there can still be meters of snow on the plateaus.
Car travelers should bear in mind that tours, for example to the North Cape and over the pass roads such as the Trollstigen, can still be influenced by snow in April and May.
Winter is ideal for trips to the northern lights.
The European health insurance card should be carried with you as proof of EU-wide insurance coverage. A private international travel health insurance is also recommended.
The supply of doctors and pharmacies is usually quite good. Of course, be sure to take with you any medication that you need to take on a regular basis. If you travel close to nature and in remote areas, you should stock up on the most necessary medication (for diarrhea, fever and pain, disinfectants, …) in advance.
If necessary, seek advice from your doctor about a vaccination against early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE).
Holidays and memorial days In addition to Christmas, New Year and Christian holidays with changing dates such as Easter, the following holidays apply:
May 17th, national holiday
Embassies & Consulates General
Oscars gate 45
Tel: +47 23 275 400
Thomas Heftyes gate 21
Tel: +47 22540200
Tel: +47 22542390