Fast Facts: Norway

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

Please see specific entry requirements provided by our partner, VisaHQ.

In general, to travel abroad, U.S. citizens must have a passport which should be valid for at least six months after your return date. Many countries also require a travel visa for entry. Some countries issue visas upon arrival, but in most cases, you need to obtain visas prior to travel.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

Unless you have a fascination with snow and ice, June through September are the best months to visit Norway. Temps range from the high 60's during the day to the 50's at night. Norway is the land of the midnight sun, and if you visit during mid May through anytime in July, you will partake of that wonderful experience! Colder temperatures will follow you north, as will the longer days. One advantage to traveling during winter is the beautiful snowscapes and the Northern Lights! Otherwise, the winters are bitterly cold.

Check out the current weather conditions in Norway.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

Ticks carrying encephalitis inhabit the forest near Bergen during the summer. Ask locally about precautions.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

In Norway, the currency is the kroner. Please review the current exchange rate for the kroner.

Are tips & service charges customary?

You can show gratitude for good service by tipping. In restaurants or taxis, tip 10% of the bill or fare. Some restaurants do include a service charge in their bill. Tip 20 NKr for luggage carriers.

What are the best items to shop for?

Items to look for are handmade glass, textiles, porcelain dinnerware, pewter, elk or moose leather products, pine furniture, ceramics, toys, woolens, smoked salmon and ski equipment.

What are the voltage requirements?

230 volts. Plugs C & F. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.