Passports and Visas
All passengers require a machine-readable passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip, with appropriate visas. You should carry your passport with you at all times to ensure against its loss or theft in hotels. Check with the Norwegian Consulate to determine if any visas are needed. Securing required documents is the responsibility of the traveler. This information is a guide only and it is essential that you check all current passport and visa rules with your travel agent before departure.
Norway uses the Norwegian crown or "krone." You can change US dollars at banks and currency exchange agencies for the best rates. Hotels and some shops can also change them for you, but the rate will likely be much higher. ATMs are also an efficient way to get money in the local currency, and can be found in the urban areas of Norway. Credit cards are widely accepted by many establishments in Norway, with the exception of grocery stores and post offices.
Norway has 230 V at 50 Hz, with a type C or F socket. America's electrical currents are 120 V at 60 Hz, with a type A or B socket, so you'll need a converter and an adapter.
Wireless and wired Internet access is generally available throughout the populated areas of Norway. Many of the hotels we use offer this service free or at a small charge. You can also check out the Internet cafés in main cities that allow you access, usually for a small charge. In addition to free Internet access on the limited computers in public libraries, you may find wireless Internet zones that you can access for a fee at Norwegian gas stations, city centers, cafés or shopping centers.
Phoning home from another country can be expensive. All hotels will add a service charge to the cost of any phone calls you make from your room. This charge can be very high. It is always cheaper for you to use public telephones (payphones) if your cell phone is not set for international calls. Your Travel Director can explain how to dial internationally if you are unsure.
You'll find a traditional retail practice in Norway in that smaller shops close up early on Saturdays and, on Sundays, most all the stores are closed. Believe it or not, shopping malls are the norm in Norway. In fact, Scandinavia's largest mall, Sandvika Storsenter, sits just 15 minutes outside Oslo. Shop 'til you drop, all in one place! Highlights of shopping in Norway range from handmade glass, ceramics, porcelain dinnerware, pewter and textiles to elk or moose leather goods, pine furniture, toys and ski equipment. A bit of Norwegian smoked salmon also makes for a tasty souvenir.
We suggest the following tipping rates: Taxi drivers won't expect a tip, but rounding up the fare on the meter is appreciated, Restaurants and bars 10-15% of the total bill.
As with most of Europe, traveling within cities and towns in Norway can be easily done on foot, by bus, tram or taxi. If your travel plans include two or more cities, bus and rail networks will get you to and from. Renting a car in Norway may also be an option for the more adventurous.
Generally, casual jeans or slacks, shirts, sweaters, a jacket and comfortable walking shoes are all you'll need. If you plan on an evening at a nicer venue, dressier clothes may be called for. If you happen to be in Norway for Constitution Day on May 17, it's traditional to dress up for the occasion. Otherwise, attire in Norway is relaxed and casual. Warm clothing is also a good idea, regardless of the season.