Norway

Norway Overview

Norway is a long, narrow country on the northwestern edge of the European continent. The northern third of Norway lies above the Arctic Circle and is called the Land of the Midnight Sun. Because this region is so far north, it has long periods every summer when the sun shines 24 hours a day.

The calm fjord attracts boaters while Oslomarka, a massive pine-forested recreation area with over 2500km of trails, located just outside the city draws hikers in summer and skiers in winter.

For many visitors it’s the fjords, mountains and islands that make this coastline one of the most spectacular on the planet. Bergen is regarded as the official gateway. From the low hills and green fjords of Sogn og Fjordane to the rugged crags of Trollfjorden, the scenery is extraordinary.

At the far north there’s the perfect vantage point to view the northern lights and the start of the Arctic Circle.

CLIMATE

The climate of Norway is much milder than that of most other regions as far north, especially along the country’s west coast. Near the Lofoten Islands, for example, January temperatures average 45 °F (25 °C).

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Oslo
POPULATION: 4.6 million
LANGUAGE: Bokmal Norwegian, Nynorsk Norwegian
CURRENCY: Norwegian Krone
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 230V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +47
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +1