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Ultimate Travel Guide to Norway

We can definitely include Norway as one of the most stunning places on Earth. We can find natural wonders and wonderful cities, interesting history and really happy people.

Its fjords and mountains are complex. The public transportation in most places here is limited to one bus per day. That’s why it is impossible to go around Norway in just a couple of days. Visitors who want to do so must only focus on one or two cities or one region. Also, if you are planning to visit Norway, make a plan and detailed schedule months ahead. However, allow time for the unexpected.

Best Time to Go

  1. Climate

When every year starts, it is dark and cold in Norway. Have a nice thick warm wrap if you’re planning to visit in January or February. Do this especially when you’re going for cross country ski trails or finding the Northern Lights.

March is the best time to go to Norway. There is a maximized daylight and there is snowfall in winter sports resorts. By the end of April, there will be a lot of wild flowers and blossom appearing in country meadows.

In terms of temperatures, June, July and August are certainly the best months to go. Although, prices will be at its highest and there will be plenty of insects around the marshlands towards the north of the country.

Mid-September and October is when the school holidays are over. Travelling to this country becomes slightly more affordable because it’s caught between summer and winter. Some outdoor attractions are shutting up with the onset of snow and bitter winds.

November days are cold and dark with the Northern Lights starting to respond to these conditions. But, it’s really in December when things start to turn pretty with snow flurries, frozen lakes and Christmas festivities lighting.

  1. Peak Season

A lot of tourists go to Norway during the summer season. It is also the best time to visit as bus, ferry and train connections are at their most frequent. Take note that the summer in Norway is relatively short beginning from June to the end of August. In September, many tourist offices, museums and other sights will return to their regular hours. Also, ferries and trains have already switched to reduced schedules.

Transportation

The trains usually cost 300-610 NOK between cities. It depends on the distance and which time that you buy them. Book trains early and it will be a lot cheaper. There are express buses that connect cities all over Norway and even most national parks. Some lucky ones can get a ticket for this for as low as 80 NOK. Usually, it costs from 290-700 NOK and it can go up to 815 NOK!

The clean double decker bus are modern that features free WiFi, coffee, and tea. Buses can also reach Sweden, which can then easily connect you to mainland Europe.

Famous Attractions and Landmarks

  1. Roros

This is a nice place to learn more about copper mining and how it occurred a few centuries ago. In the 17th century, copper mining started and continued for more than 300 years, until 1977. The town is consists of 2,000 wooden houses that have been preserved.

 

  1. Voringfossen

It is Norway’s most famous waterfall. It stretches down to 180 meters (600 feet) in a series of drops. However, it ranks only 83rd on the list of Norway’s highest waterfalls. Vøringfossen is located at Mabodelen. This is a narrow valley between Oslo and Bergen.

 

  1. Heddal Stave Church

The church is still used today for weddings and religious services during the summer months. This is after the restorations in 19th and 20th century. The church in Notodden is also dedicated to the Virgin Mary.