Whenever one travels, it is always a good practice to know more about your destination beyond hotel information, tour times and activities. A lot of basic information about a country can be quite useful on your travels. Information like political stability, crime rates, currency exchange, average number of tourists and how friendly people actually are to tourists will give you a basic idea where to go and how to better prepare for your trip. And Norway is no exception. Knowing what to expect in a Norway holiday can help you plan for your trip.
As tourists, you would be glad to know that from the hundreds of thousands of tourists that visit Norway each year, most of them reported a trouble-free vacation. Regarding crimes, thefts have been reported in busy airports and railway stations especially in Oslo. It’s better, therefore, to keep valuables in safe locations and make sure that you have copies of identifications so you can get them renewed in your respective embassies or consular offices. There are other reports of petty crimes being committed but the incidence is low compared to other European destination countries. As tourists, you should also keep in mind that laws against using illegal drugs and even drunk driving are strictly followed and enforced. So it would be best to take easy on the partying and drinking to avoid any inconveniences from possible brush-ins with local law enforcements.
Speaking of driving, Norway authorities recognize UK or other EU/EEA driving licenses. Be sure that you have some form of vehicle insurance before you even travel by road. If you’re going on a road trip in Norway, be prepared to traverse long roads that are often narrow and winding.
The route will give you a fantastic view of the surroundings. It is an adventure, no doubt about it but part of the journey is being safe. For tourists, it is not advisable to go driving around Norway during the winter especially if you’re not that familiar with the roads. Some roads suddenly become impassable during the winter season and it’s easy to get trapped or get into accidents.
One way to travel to and around Norway is via bus. If you travel by bus you’ll have to pass a through series of check points that can be a little inconvenient. If you come form the Baltic regions and Asian countries, Norwegian border patrols will scrutinize you more at the check points than Westerners. So keep your updated papers and documents ready to avoid any delay. If you come from other European countries, traveling to Norway is easy, fast and cheap due to a number of options available.
Around Norway, tours and travel agencies are well updated and well prepared to help tourists. Because the country is already an established tourist destination, the routes are well established and the facilities are better compared to other countries. Aside from car rentals and public buses, going around Norway can be done through trains that traverse across the country sides. Another way of traveling is via express coaches which are cheaper but might take longer than expected. So if you pick traveling via coaches, make sure that you adjust your schedule.
If you know what to expect in a Norway holiday, you can maximize your stay in one place. You can better prioritize where to go and select the best and most suitable way of travel. Planning is as important as taking the vacation itself.