Living and Teaching English in Norway - Habits, Customs & Curiosities
Located in the Scandinavian region of Europe, Norway stretches for over 1,500km from north to south giving it a diverse landscape, wildlife, culture and cuisine.
The following guides should provide some good information to help you plan your trip, from basic travel tips and cultural information to a range of weird and wonderful facts about the country.
There is also an introductory guide to the Norwegian fjords, which are one of the country’s top attractions, and a range of information on the Vikings.
If you like the idea of Norway as a destination you should check your visa situation before making any travel plans and also ensure you have some Norwegian krone in your pocket for transport and other essentials on arrival.
As Norway has a long history as a seafaring nation, you will find there is plenty of seafood on offer throughout the country.
During your stay there are many great experiences to be had, but you should certainly make sure you try a variety of winter sports and take a trip to see the spectacular northern lights.
Make sure you try some world famous smoked salmon, while the waffle-like krumkake is a must for those with a sweet tooth.
If you want to find out a bit more about Norway, take a look at this fascinating list of unusual facts about the country.
A selfie in front of the town sign is surely a must!
However, during your stay you are unlikely to spend too much time watching TV as there are a huge amount of stunning places to visit, as you can see from these photos.
Believe it or not, there is actually a town in Norway called Hell.
When in Norway you will find you have plenty of access to a variety of outdoor sports, which is just as well as the alternative is to stay in and watch a 12-hour knitting marathon or 18 hours of salmon spawning.
Although Norway has plenty of unique natural landscapes across the country, by far the most famous and most popular with visitors are the country’s fjords.
There are plenty of accommodation options to choose from in the area, from budget friendly campsites to high-end hotels.
Most visits to the fjord region incorporate a stay in the beautiful city of Bergen, Norway’s second largest city which has a stunning backdrop known as the Seven Mountains.
Formed over millions of years by the movement of glaciers, Norway’s fjords are a must-see attraction that can be explored via a network of passenger boats that connect every part of this fascinating region.
If you are looking for a real cultural experience, why not stay on a working farm where you will get an authentic look at local life?
The Vikings played a large part in the history of Norway and they are still the subject of countless books, films and TV shows today.
The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo is probably the best place to start as it has a huge collection of artifacts, including two Viking ships that date back to the 9th century.
You can even have a go at sailing a Viking ship.
For many visitors to Norway, exploring the colorful story of the Vikings is a must and there are plenty of places where you can do it.
Elsewhere you can enjoy a celebration in a reconstructed Viking longhouse, try your hand at archery and axe throwing, or pick up some handicrafts and traditional food at a Viking market.
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