Travel in Norway

We are looking forward to helping you out. However, before reaching out to us, please check the list of general tips & tricks, information and frequently asked questions below

Tips, advice, and packing lists
Going to Norway in the summer

Norwegian summers are famous for the variety of weather. From hot to cold, from sun to rain and even snow (depending on how high up in the mountains you are), from a breeze to a storm. Be prepared for all of this, especially when hiking or paddling.

In Norway, they have a saying: ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing’. So now you know what to do. Pack smart!

If you have not planned on extensive hiking or kayaking we still advise you to bring enough WARM clothes (so that you can layer), a water-/windproof jacket, hat (that covers the ears), umbrella, and good shoes to walk in (preferably waterproof).

Going to Norway in the winter

Fjord Norway has a varied climate in winter depending on if you are at the Coast or more in the Fjords and higher up, and which month you travel. There can be temperatures from -15 °C to +5 °C.

Norwegians prefer woolen clothing above everything else (also because there are many comfortable items to buy here) rather than technical underwear because of the fact that wool isolates even when wet, and it doesn’t smell so much.

If you’re going to chase the Northern Lights in the arctic region of Norway. We made a packing list for you.

If you will be joining us on our ski or snowshoe week in the fjords. We made a packing list for you.

Packing list for kayak trips

Weather in Norway changes fast, be sure you have enough clothing suitable for the weather forecast.

If you are joining us on one of our 1 day sea kayaking trips. We made a packing list for you.

If you are joining us on one of our multi day sea kayaking trips. We made a packing list for you.

Hiking in Norway

We can promise you that hiking in the Fjords of Norway cannot be compared to other hikes you have done. The views are extremely scenic but the trails might have steep ascents and descents, are rocky and uneven, and the trails are not always well marked either. We have had many experienced hikers with us on our guided trips and all of them admit that hiking in the Fjords is heavier than they expected.

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Travelling with children

Our general advice:
Norwegian summers are famous for the variety of weather. From hot to cold, from sun to rain and even snow (depending on how high up in the mountains you are), from a breeze to a storm. Be prepared for all of this, especially when hiking or paddling.

In Norway, they have a saying: ‘There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing’. So now you know what to do. Pack smart!
We advise you to bring enough WARM clothes (so that you can layer), a water-/windproof jacket, hat (that covers the ears), umbrella, and good shoes to walk in (preferably waterproof).
We also have a list for packing when hiking in Norway, maybe you find some inspiration there.

Clothing for children:
Since children love to play with water and mud, in Norway children tend to get dirty quite fast, and well, isn’t this wonderful?
This is the reason why Norwegian children very often are dressed in rain clothing and boots when they play outside. We would definitely advise you to have this with you when you come to Norway.

Norwegian children have woolen underwear and fleece under their clothing, which is much better than cotton because it isolates them even when wet. And of course woolen socks.

All Norwegians wear hats or bandanas/buff that cover the ears, even in summer, because of a possible cold wind.

Stroller or carrier:
A stroller is, of course, good to have for use in the cities or villages. As you understand, if you want to do some short hikes/adventures, a stroller will not work. It works much better with a carrier. If you have one or can borrow one, please bring it.

If you want to have some fun preparing for your trip you could start to read some Norwegian children’s books (in English). We are working on a list with some tips for you. 

Travel & Transport
Travel to Norway
By Car

From mainland Europe you can take your car on the ferry of Colorline or Fjordline from Germany or Denmark.
Or you can drive all the way by bridge via Denmark and Sweden.

Check out our blog post about driving in Norway for tips and tricks that you might not have thoguht of.

By Plane

Note that Norwegian air often has very good prices for both international and domestic flights. New in summer 2017: direct route from New York and Boston to Bergen.
Also SAS-Scandinavian Airlines has several flights to and in Norway
For getting to the Geiranger region we advice you to fly to Ålesund. KLM has a direct flight from Amsterdam to Ålesund (Vigra)
You can also try to find good deals for flights on for example Skyscanner, Kayak, or Google flights

Travel in Norway
By Car

Be aware of the fact that driving in Norway takes a lot more time than you are used to. This is because of curvy roads (max. speed 60 – 80 kph or 35 – 55 mph) and fjord crossings by ferry. This means you have to take your time for the transportation laps.

We would advice you to buy a roadmap (can be bought at petrol station), which makes it easier to navigate (the road signs are not always so clear, and GPS does not always work.

Be aware that the fines for driving too fast are enormous, so watch your speed.

While driving in the mountains, always have water with you and some snacks.

Remember it might be far to the next petrol station.

For more tips and tricks, check out our blog post about driving in Norway.

Train and bus
If you want to make use of the Norwegian public transport system, you can find connections suitable for you on vy.no, where you can buy train and bus tickets.

We have partnerships with several of these companies can therefor offer you better prices, additionally we will be able to find the best connections for you.

Ferries and cruises
Cruise liners taking you to Norway, ferries taking you across fjords, and cruise ships taking you along the coast, travel by ship is part of daily life in Norway. 

If you have to cross a fjord on a travel day, take into account that you have to wait for  the ferry, and always check if the service is running in case of bad weather.

We have partnerships with several of the biggest ferry and cruise companies in Norway

Small group tours
FAQ 2 day Geirangerfjord kayak adventure

Here our list of frequently asked questions about this tour.

FAQ 6 days fjord kayaking trip Norway

Here our list of frequently asked questions about this trip.

FAQ 7 days fjord hiking holiday

Here our list of frequently asked questions about this tour.

FAQ 8 day fjord snowshoeing Norway

Here our list of frequently asked questions about this tour.