Essential Travel Information for Norway

Essential Norway Travel Information

When to go

Norway averages 18°C in July and -4°C in January. In the north, average temperatures drop and it is wetter than the south and east. Bergen and the surrounding mountains, in particular, see more than their share of rain. For a few weeks around the summer solstice, the area north of Bodo basks above the Artic Circle. The best time for skiing is just before Easter.


Norway has a temperate climate, with great influences from the North Atlantic Current. Norway has a colder interior with increased precipitation and colder summers. The west side of Norway has rain all year round. July is the warmest month, with an average of 18°C and January is the coldest month with an average temperature of -4°C.

Visas and Passports

South African citizens need a visa for any lengths of stay. Citizens of Australia, Canada, the EU, New Zealand, and the US do not need a visa for stays of up to 90 days. All visitors need a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their journey to visit Norway and to re-enter their own countries again.

Health and Safety

Your health shouldn't be at risk while visiting Norway, you don't need to get any vaccinations and most food is safe. Drinking tap water in most cities is safe, but if you feel unsure, just order mineral water. Norway has a fairly low crime rate, but you should at all times be vigilant of pickpockets and purse snatchers. Keep your valuables locked up or very close and invisible.

Money and Currency

The Krone is the official currency unit of Norway. Banks and large post offices offer the best exchange rates. Tipping is not essential, but it is customary to tip 5 - 15% for restaurant service. A 15% service charge is often included in hotel bills.


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