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Country Facts

Norway has to its credit the world's longest, most pristine, coastline and more than 150,000 islands and fjords. This ruggedly beautiful country is home to Vikings, polar bears, stave churches and the heavenly aurora borealis. Norway offers unique experiences, some of which include bathing in sunshine at midnight, being awed by majestic fjords and the brilliant blue of the Nordic glaciers, plucking mushrooms and berries as you tread across a mossy forest and laughing at awkward walruses glide gracefully into pristine waters. To get under Norway's skin, read Jostein Gaarder's 'Sophie's World', watch 'The Pathfinder and listen to composer Edvard Grieg.

  • Capital: Oslo
  • Official Languages: Norwegian
  • Government: Federal government
  • Currency: Norwegian Krone
  • Time Zone: +1:00 GMT (4 ½ hrs behind India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 0047

When To Go

Best time to visit: May to September (late spring to summer). Summer is from late June to early August with temperatures from 13°C - 18°C. Spring is from May to March, autumn from September to November and winter is from Dec to Feb where temperatures can fall to -15°C.

What To Do

What to eat and drink
  • Smoked salmon or trout: thinly sliced or diced salmon or trout that has been smoked to give it a delicate flavour.
  • Lapskaus: Meat stew with vegetables
  • Lutefisk: dried cod soaked in potash lye Pickled herring
  • Lumpe: a potato pancake
  • Brun ost: brown goat's cheese
  • Multe cream: made of cloudberries and available only during the holidays
  • Aquavit/Akevitt: the national drink, a liquor made of potato and caraway
  • Pils lager: Norwegian beer

Norwegian salmon, Viking memorabilia, winter-wear, traditional handicrafts, glass and silver ware.


Escorted Tours

The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

A world leader in budget travel, Cosmos combines the benefit of escorted travel with a great price. Ideal for practical, value-minded travelers. Vacations include comfortable hotels, breakfast and some meals, sightseeing with local guides and the services of an expert Tour Director.

Unmatched selection, more included features, quality first class hotels, and vast experience make Globus the obvious choice for travelers who want more. The world leader in quality escorted travel, Globus delivers memorable vacation experiences with knowledgeable Tour Directors and local guides.


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