Expand your cultural horizons with a holiday home in Norway

Norway is a perfectly suited country for spending an active time here, for enjoying culture, nature or a family holiday. The country is versatile, thanks in part to the beautiful and varied natural landscape. Off the coast you'll find islands such as the Lofoten islands, while along the coast lie picturesque fjords like Nordfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In Sogn and Fjordane you will find beautiful Fjords like, Sognefjord, Sunnfjord and Nordfjord. There are also countless glaciers in Norway, including the largest in Europe, the Briksdalsbreen. Other famous glaciers you'll want to visit from your self-catering holiday home in Norway include Svartisen and Golfgeonna. The nature here is very attractive, can be enjoyed by both sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. Of course there are also beautiful cities that offer plenty of opportunity for a holiday in Norway. The main cultural destination in the country is Oslo, with wonderful sites like the famous Vigeland sculpture garden. 

Expand your horizons
Discover something new this year with an affordable holiday home in Norway. The country may surprise you with its beautiful and varied natural landscapes, cultural attractions and array of recreational activities. The city of Bergen, in Hordaland, is the second largest city in Norway. Known as "the city between seven mountains", it's a perfect holiday destination whether you're into outdoor adventure or you're more of the museum-goer type. You can explore one of the famous Seven Mountains, such as Floyen, which is accessible by cable car year round. Or be a part of the annual Seven Mountains Hike and discover them all. Those looking for the chance to soak up a bit of culture will find themselves at home in Bergen as well. Visit historic places such as Troldhaugen during your holiday in Norway, the former home of Edvard Grieg, and Bryggen, the oldest district of the city whose Hanseatic buildings have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Advariet aquarium in Bergen is great also, especially for children. Looking for more options? The city of Bergen is the southern terminus of the Hurtigruten, a sea voyage along the Norwegian coast, a wonderful way to get acquainted with Norway's impressive coastal scenery (don't forget your camera!). 

Stave off the mundane in Norway
Looking for the opportunity to enjoy some culture? If so, you should learn that in Norway culture comes in all shapes and sizes. For example, you can visit the beautiful medieval stave church in Urnes. In general, the stave churches were built from the 11th to 13th centuries and are the oldest wooden buildings in Norway. The style and beauty of the carvings is impressive and many of these stave churches are World Heritage sites. In Bergen, Norway's second largest city, you can visit St. Mary's church. Built in the 12th century, it's the city's oldest building. The rocky coast of Alta should also be included on your list of places to visit and enjoy in this fabulous country on the Old Continent. History comes to life here with the impressive petroglyphs which were first discovered in 1972. The oldest images are 6300 years old. Your imagination is the only limit that is set while enjoying this wonderful country.

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    Holiday homes Norway

    Holiday homes Norway

    With the holiday homes in Norway, you can easily explore the area. The North Cape is one of the many beautiful destinations if you like fabulous nature. The North Cape at the Barents Sea is almost the northernmost tip of the European continent on the island of Mageroya, 2080km from the North Pole. Europe's Cape Fligely is in the Franz Josef Land archipelago. During a vacation at the seaside you will find on the North Cape great trails and unique nature. Visit Frederick City on the Oslo Fjord, north of the Skagerrak. The fortified Gamlebyen-Old city with the two fortresses is the best preserved historic city, it should not be missed. The city of Tromso is a very different kind of town with beautiful museums such as the Polar Museum, Tromso Museum in People's Park. The IJszeekathedraal is a modern building with lots of glass, a work of Viktor Sparre. Enjoy the city and its surrounding area with the Fjellheisen cable car, as Norway is simply beautiful.

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    Apartments Norway

    Apartments Norway

    There is so much for you to discover near the holiday apartments in Norway. The Lofoten Islands is an archipelago in the Nordland province. The fishing tradition is something that stands out when you visit these islands. The wooden racks where you see cod fish hanging to dry attests to this. In mid-winter the fishing boats are sailing out on the sea for a nice catch. In summer, the island is often visited by tourists; discover the old fishing huts with their typical red color and visit the Viking Museum at Borg. The boat trips on the sea are combined with the spotting of seabirds. This is a unique holiday experience. Visiting a beautiful city as Kristiansand is also pleasant. Besides the city itself many visitors enjoy the Dyreparken-zoo and the amusement park. The Quart festival is an important festival in the city organized annually in July. A holiday in Norway is active and culturally very attractive.


    Villas from bungalow.net Norway

    Villas from bungalow.net Norway

    Villas in Norway give your holiday even more allure. Norway is a holiday destination with beaches but also mountains and fjords, beautiful cities with lots of history and culture. The coastline, complete with fjords, islands and inlets is 25.148km long. The fjords are a paradise for nature and hiking lovers. Think of Sognefjord, Hardangerfjord or Oslofjord. The Geirangerfjord is protected by UNESCO. The glaciers like Nigardsbreen and Briksdalsbreen are gorgeous. An example of a Norwegian city is Bergen, the city between seven mountains, including the Floyen. Enjoy the city from the Floibanen cable car to the highest mountain, Ulriken, or visit the Troldhaugen museum. You will also find unique stave churches in Norway, the oldest Christian buildings. What you should not miss: the Rock Coast of Alta or the open air museum of Maihaugen, the North Cape or the Preikestolen high rocks.


    Group accommodations Norway

    Group accommodations Norway

    The group accommodations in Norway are cozy accommodations with plenty of space for all the luggage and a playground for children. It is an excellent base for exploring the beauty of nature, such as the Norwegian fjords. The Geiranger fjord is located in the Sunnmøre region. There are several waterfalls here such as the Seven Sisters, the Bridal Veil and the Freer. It is a popular location with tourists. There are also several walking trails and the boat trips on the canal take you along the fjords. Dalsnibba is a 1476m high mountain not far from the Geiranger Fjord. It is often snowy here, even in summer. You will find countless beautiful landscapes in Norway. A visit to a Norwegian town is always different, as in Narvik for example. It is on the water side and it is perfect for diving. It is an almost ice-free port, bustling with activity and the War Museum in Narvik is a definite must. Discover Norway in all its facets!


    Holiday parks Norway

    Holiday parks Norway

    The holiday parks in Norway are active holiday accommodation. In the parks you can find a cozy restaurant, an Internet café, entertainment programs or a multipurpose sports field. Outside the parks, you can enjoy together as a family attractions like the Hunderfossen family park in Lillehammer. Here you will hear the traditional Norwegian fairytales of trolls, the theme of various attractions. Peer Gyntweg is a 60km long tourist road, an old turnpike with a specific route. Lillehammer is another tourist attraction with the open-air Maihaugen museum, with 187 houses dating from various periods. Other attractions in and around Lillehammer are the Garmo stave church, the Flygelet art museum, Skibladner-oldest paddle steamer in the world, but also Susjoen-great ski area and the rock paintings of Drotten. You cannot deny that Norway is a great year round holiday destination.

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Documents

You can travel to the country of Norway if you have a valid passport or identity card. This is the only required document. It is wise though to also have on you additional documents like your insurance papers and medical insurance papers. These are not mandatory but recommended. The same applies to the number used for blocking your debit card. A copy of your passport or driver's license is not a valid legal ID, but they can come in handy in case of loss or theft of your documents.

Driving a car:

A driving holiday in Norway is fantastic because of the beautiful surroundings here
Please note the following:

- You must have a valid driver's license and the complete insurance papers such as the green card for your car.
- Pay the toll fees – they can often be paid electronically, they form the financial basis for the construction of bridges, tunnels and for maintenance
- Generally there are few highways
- It often happens that due to snow or icy roads they are closed, get information on site
- Maximum speeds allowed: 30km per hour in residential areas, 50km per hour in urban areas, 90km per hour on two-lane roads, and when it comes to trailers the maximum speed allowed is 60km or 80km per hour depending on the weight.
- Passing requires extra caution.
- Drinking and driving is a serious traffic offense, this is not accepted in Norway
- You should have your low beams on at all times
- Seat belts are mandatory
- You should use winter tires during the winter season - October 15th to May 1st
- You need to have at least one fluorescent vest in the car, in addition to the safety triangle
- You can talk on the phone by using the hands-free option while driving but on these roads it is still not recommended to do so

General Information

  • Surface area: 323.787 km²

  • Population: 5.063.709 in 2013

  • Capital: Oslo

  • Form of government: parliamentary constitutional monarchy

  • Language: Norwegian - Sami

  • Currency: Norwegian Crown NOK

Currency

In Norway, you can pay with the Norwegian crowns, NOK. The banknotes are in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 crowns. 1 crown is 100 ore, there are coins in denominations of 50, 1.5, 10 and 20 crowns. Check the recent exchange rates on the internet before departure. You can also pay by bank card in stores. The most advantageous exchange rate is directly from the ATM. These can be found in various locations. Always have some cash in your pocket, you never know when you might need it. If you want to pay with Euros, which is often the case in larger cities, you should ask if that is possible first, and also keep in mind that you will get Norwegian money back.

Food and Drink 

Eating and drinking in Norway implies some specific habits. The traditional dishes vary by region. However, you will often find common ingredients such as potatoes, cabbage, winter vegetables with meat or fish
- Some of the people's favorites here are dishes like the lapskaus - a type of soup, Joika - pastries - reindeer meatballs in sauce, dumplings or granenbal or raspeballer.
- Three meals:
- Breakfast and lunch often consists of many types of bread with toppings, often combined with fruit or yoghurt
- The evening meal often consists bread and some snacks in the evening - kvelds
- Loff and crispbread can be found in all shapes and sizes
- Discover the brown cheese - brunost
Goat milk
- Yellow cheese - gulost, mild taste
- bread with liver pate, jam or applesauce
- Dinner: potatoes, meat and vegetables slightly different cooked
- Kjottkaker - flat meatball
- Lefse - pancake
- You can drink the tap water without any worries in Norway
- Alcoholic drinks are expensive but of good quality, the stores sell you what is says on the label
- Akevitt - norwegian alcoholic beverage made of potatoes and cumin
- Enjoy your meal in Norway.

Pets

A holiday with pets in Norway is very nice but there are certain things you must comply with. You must provide the following documents: Blue European passport, health certificate and vaccination certificate as well. The animal must have a microchip and it must have a distinctive tattoo for identification. The vaccination against rabies is an important preventive measure. If you are traveling to Norway through Sweden, you must take into account that you might need other documents. Each border crossing point still has its own interpretation of the European law. Your dog must be on a leash and wear a muzzle. Please get this information in advance! Ask your veterinarian about the currently applied measures.

A few words in Norwegian

Yes = Ja
No = Nei
Thank you = Takk
Please = Vær så snill
Excuse me = Unnskyld meg
Hello = Hallo
Goodbye = Ha det
I do not understand = Jeg forstår ikke
Where is ...? = Hvor er ...?
How much is the fare? = Hvor mye koster billetten?
One ticket to ..., please. = En billett til ..., takk.
Train = Tog
Bus = Buss
Underground/tube/metro = T-bane
Tram = Trikk
Train station = Jernbanestasjon
Bus station = Busstasjon
Airport = Flyplass

I would like to buy... = Jeg vil gjerne kjøpe...
How much does this cost? = Hvor mye koster dette?
Do you have...? = Har du...?
Do you accept credit cards? = Tar dere kredittkort?
Tourist Information = Turistinformasjon
Police station = Politistasjon
Hospital = Sykehus
Store/shop = Butikk

One = En
Two = To
Three = Tre
Four = Fire
Five = Fem
Six = Seks
Seven = Syv
Eight = Åtte
Nine = Ni
Ten = Ti

Day = Dag
Week = Uke
Month = Måned
Year = År
Today = I dag
Yesterday = I går
Tomorrow = I morgen

Monday = Mandag
Tuesday = Tirsdag
Wednesday = Onsdag
Thursday = Torsdag
Friday = Fredag
Saturday = Lørdag
Sunday = Søndag

Cultural habits

The people of Norway don't eat out as much because of the high prices, pizza being one of the favorites and also pretty cheap. In most restaurants you will find some local dishes such as marinated salmon - Gravlaks. Dinner in a Norwegian family is very informal. If you take a closer look at the country you will encounter many historic towns and villages with wooden churches, stave churches and really old architecture. Many of the older people still use the traditional clothing - costumes of the region. During festivals and festive markets, you can get acquainted with traditional folk dancing and singing, with stories about the trolls - a characteristic of Norway. The Norwegians like to spend time in the outdoors together with the family during weekends or holidays, with or without skis in the winter or with a picnic basket in the summer . The Norwegians see their own country as a great holiday destination and they are completely right! The Norwegians might be known as being rigid and boring. The reality is that they expect for the initial contact to be made by the others. Once you break the ice, you'll get to know a different side of the Norwegians.


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