5-Day Spectacular Adventure Tour in Norway

Norway

5 days

Aurora Borealis in Tromsø area
Bryggen area of Bergen
View of Trondheim
Trolltunga cliff
Tromsø city view point at wintertime

About Norway

Experience the magic of Norway, a Scandinavian gem renowned for its stunning fjords, Northern Lights, and vibrant cultural cities. Explore Oslo, the capital, with its blend of modern architecture and historic sites like the Viking Ship Museum. Venture to Bergen, the gateway to the fjords, and take a scenic cruise through the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord. Don't miss the charming coastal city of Stavanger, home to the famous Pulpit Rock. For outdoor enthusiasts, Norway offers exceptional hiking, skiing, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Experience the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Northern Lights in Tromsø or journey to the North Cape, the northernmost point in Europe. With its rich history, diverse landscapes, and friendly locals, Norway promises an unforgettable travel experience.

5-Day Itinerary

Day 1

Exploring Oslo

Morning

Start your day with a visit to the vibrant city center, where you can explore the local shops and cafes.

Lunch

Enjoy a traditional Norwegian lunch at a local eatery, featuring dishes such as Klippfisk and Raspeballer.

Afternoon

Spend the afternoon exploring the iconic Vigeland Sculpture Park, home to over 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland.

Dinner

Have dinner at a restaurant offering panoramic views of the city and the fjord.

Evening

End your day with a leisurely stroll along the Aker Brygge, a popular area known for its bustling nightlife.

Morning

Begin your day with a visit to the historic Akershus Fortress, a medieval castle that offers stunning views of the city and the fjord.

Lunch

Have lunch at a local restaurant, where you can try traditional Norwegian dishes such as Fårikål and Lutefisk.

Afternoon

Spend the afternoon exploring the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, one of the world's oldest and largest open-air museums.

Dinner

Enjoy a seafood dinner at a local restaurant, featuring fresh catches from the North Sea.

Evening

End your day with a visit to the Oslo Opera House, a stunning piece of modern architecture that offers panoramic views of the city.

Morning

Start your day with a scenic train ride to Bergen, known for its picturesque old town and surrounding mountains.

Lunch

Have lunch at a local eatery, where you can try traditional Bergen dishes such as Raspeballer and Klippfisk.

Afternoon

Spend the afternoon exploring Bryggen, a historic harbor area with colorful wooden houses that is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Dinner

Enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner at a local restaurant, featuring dishes such as Fårikål and Lutefisk.

Evening

End your day with a leisurely stroll along the harbor, enjoying the stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Morning

Begin your day with a visit to the Fløibanen funicular, which offers stunning views of the city and the surrounding fjords.

Lunch

Have lunch at a local restaurant, where you can try traditional Bergen dishes such as Raspeballer and Klippfisk.

Afternoon

Spend the afternoon exploring the Bergen Aquarium, home to a wide variety of marine life.

Dinner

Enjoy a seafood dinner at a local restaurant, featuring fresh catches from the North Sea.

Evening

End your day with a visit to the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the world's oldest orchestras.

Morning

Start your day with a scenic fjord cruise, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and waterfalls.

Lunch

Have lunch at a local eatery, where you can try traditional Norwegian dishes such as Fårikål and Lutefisk.

Afternoon

Spend the afternoon exploring the Hanseatic Museum, which offers a glimpse into the city's past as a major trading center.

Dinner

Enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner at a local restaurant, featuring dishes such as Klippfisk and Raspeballer.

Evening

End your trip with a leisurely stroll along the harbor, taking in the stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Attractions in Itinerary (9)

Vigeland Sculpture Park

1
Vigeland Sculpture Park

The world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist, Gustav Vigeland.

Parks
Attractions
Cultural Experiences
Akershus Fortress

2
Akershus Fortress

A medieval castle that was built to protect Oslo, it has also been used as a prison. It offers stunning views of the harbour.

Attractions
Monuments
Landmarks
Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

3
Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

One of Europe's largest open-air museums, with 160 historic buildings, a stave church from the year 1200 and a town with homes from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Museums
Cultural Experiences
Oslo Opera House

4
Oslo Opera House

Home to The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. The angled exterior surfaces of the building are covered with Italian marble and white granite and make it appear to rise from the water.

Attractions
Cultural Experiences
Architecture
Bryggen

5
Bryggen

A historic harbor district in Bergen, known for its colorful wooden houses and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Attractions
Landmarks
Cultural Experiences
Architecture
Fløibanen funicular

6
Fløibanen funicular

The Fløibanen funicular in Bergen is one of the most popular attractions in all of Norway. It is a funicular railway that brings you from the city centre to the top of Mount Fløyen, offering a stunning view over the city.

Attractions
Tours
Landmarks
Bergen Aquarium

7
Bergen Aquarium

Located on the Nordnes peninsula, Bergen Aquarium boasts one of the most extensive collections of marine fauna in Europe, including seals, penguins, and crocodiles.

Attractions

8
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

One of the world's oldest orchestral institutions, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra performs a wide range of classical music concerts, often featuring internationally renowned guest artists.

Entertainment
Cultural Experiences
Hanseatic Museum

9
Hanseatic Museum

The Hanseatic Museum is situated in one of the old trade houses at Bryggen in Bergen and provides a glimpse into the office of a Hanseatic merchant.

Museums
Cultural Experiences
Architecture

Local Food and Drinks (12)

Fårikål

Fårikål

Fårikål is Norway's national dish, made from mutton with bone, cabbage, whole black pepper and often a little wheat flour. It's traditionally served with potatoes boiled in their jackets.

Rakfisk

Rakfisk

Rakfisk is a traditional Norwegian dish made from trout or char, salted and fermented for two to three months, or even up to a year. It's a speciality of Valdres in Eastern Norway.

Klippfisk

Klippfisk

Klippfisk is dried and salted cod, which is a staple in Norwegian cuisine. It's often served with accessories like bacon, cream sauce, and vegetables.

Lefse

Lefse

Lefse is a traditional soft, Norwegian flatbread made with leftover potatoes, flour, butter, and milk or cream. It's often served sweet, rolled up with butter, sugar and cinnamon.

Krumkake

Krumkake

Krumkake is a Norwegian waffle cookie made of flour, butter, eggs, sugar, and cream. It's traditionally made during the Christmas season.

Raspeballer

Raspeballer

Raspeballer, also known as Komle, is a traditional Norwegian dish made of grated potatoes, where they are typically served with bacon, sausages or sheep meat.

Pinnekjøtt

Pinnekjøtt

Pinnekjøtt is a festive dish typical to Western- and Northern Norway, made from rib of lamb or mutton. It's traditionally served at Christmas with puréed swede and potatoes.

Rømmegrøt

Rømmegrøt

Rømmegrøt is a warm Norwegian dessert made from sour cream, whole milk, wheat flour, butter, and salt. It's often served with sugar, cinnamon and butter, and a glass of cold milk on the side.

Kjøttkaker

Kjøttkaker are Norwegian meatballs made with ground beef or pork, and served with mashed or boiled potatoes, gravy, vegetables and lingonberry sauce.

Aquavit

Aquavit or 'akevitt' is a distilled spirit that is principally produced in Scandinavia, where it has been produced since the 15th century. It's typically flavored with herbs like caraway seeds, anise, dill, fennel, and coriander.

Solbærtoddy

Solbærtoddy is a warm blackcurrant toddy that's a popular drink in Norway, especially during the cold winter months. It's made from blackcurrant saft, sugar, and boiling water.

Karsk

Karsk

Karsk is a traditional Norwegian cocktail made of coffee and moonshine or vodka. It's particularly popular in the Trøndelag region of Norway.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Norway largely depends on what you want to experience. For the Midnight Sun and outdoor activities like hiking and fishing, the summer months of June to August are ideal. The weather is pleasant and the days are long. If you're interested in skiing or other winter sports, or if you want to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, then the colder months from November to March would be the best time for you. However, do note that it can get quite cold during this period. For a balance of mild weather and fewer tourists, the shoulder seasons of April to May and September to October can also be a good choice.

National holidays

Here you can find the national calendar of all public holidays for the year. These dates are subject to change as official changes are announced, so check back regularly for updates.

DateDayHoliday Name

January 1

Mon

New Year's Day

March 28

Thu

Maundy Thursday

March 29

Fri

Good Friday

March 31

Sun

Easter Sunday

April 1

Mon

Easter Monday

May 1

Wed

Labor Day

May 9

Thu

Ascension Day

May 17

Fri

17 May Constitution Day (1814)

May 19

Sun

Whit Sunday

May 20

Mon

Whit Monday

December 25

Wed

Christmas Day

December 26

Thu

Boxing Day

Please note that during national and public holidays, opening hours for establishments, museums, etc. may vary. Don't forget to check in advance!

How to get around

Norway has a well-developed domestic air travel network. Major cities and even some of the smaller towns have airports, with regular flights operated by airlines such as Norwegian Air and SAS. This is a quick and efficient way to travel long distances across the country.

Norway's train network is extensive and offers a comfortable and scenic way to travel. The Norwegian State Railways (NSB) operates most routes, including the famous Oslo-Bergen line which passes through stunning fjord and mountain landscapes.

Buses are a cost-effective way to travel in Norway, reaching many places not served by train. Long-distance express buses connect major cities, while local buses provide transport within towns and rural areas.

With its extensive coastline and many fjords, ferry travel is a common and scenic way to get around in Norway. There are numerous ferry routes, including those that cross fjords, connect coastal towns, and serve the many islands.

Renting a car gives you the most flexibility to explore Norway at your own pace. Norway has a good network of roads, including National Tourist Routes which are specially designed to showcase the country's natural beauty. Remember to follow the country's strict driving laws.

Norway is a great country for cycling, with many well-marked cycling routes and the possibility to rent bikes in many locations. Note that the terrain can be challenging and the weather changeable.

Ridesharing services such as Uber are available in some Norwegian cities including Oslo and Bergen. This can be a convenient and cost-effective way to get around, especially in urban areas.

Norway's stunning landscapes make it a paradise for hikers. There are countless hiking trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging mountain treks. Always check local advice and weather conditions before setting out.

Norway's cities have good public transport networks, including buses, trams, and in Oslo, a metro system. Tickets can usually be bought on board or at stations, and often cover multiple modes of transport.

In winter, skiing is not just a sport but also a mode of transport in Norway. Cross-country skiing trails are plentiful and well-maintained, and in some areas you can even ski to work or school.

While we strive for accuracy in our "How to get around" section, the information may not always be up-to-date or 100% accurate; we highly recommend cross-checking with local resources before your travel.

Important information

Currencykr NOK

Time zoneUTC+1

Driving sideRight

Emergency phone112, 110

Drinking waterYes

Power sockets

Power socket type CPower socket type F

Voltage230 V

Things to know about Norway as a first time visitor

1

Norway is a Scandinavian country, and the official languages are Norwegian and Sami.

2

The currency used in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK).

3

Credit cards are widely accepted in Norway, but it's always good to have some cash on hand for smaller purchases.

4

Norway is known for its high cost of living. Expect to pay more for food, drinks, and accommodations compared to other European countries.

5

Tipping is not mandatory in Norway, but it is customary to leave a 10-15% tip in restaurants if you are happy with the service.

6

Norway uses the Type F power plug, so you may need to bring an adapter if your devices use a different type.

7

Norway is in the Central European Time Zone (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+1).

8

Norway has a temperate oceanic climate, with coastal areas having mild winters and cooler summer temperatures. The inland areas can have much colder winters and warmer summers.

9

In winter, temperatures can drop to -40 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 degrees Celsius) in the inland areas, while in summer, temperatures can reach up to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius).

10

Norway is known for its outdoor activities, so pack accordingly. In winter, warm clothing, boots, hats, and gloves are essential. In summer, lighter clothing with a waterproof jacket is recommended.

11

Norway has a high standard of healthcare, but it can be expensive for non-residents. Travel insurance that covers health is highly recommended.

12

Public transportation in Norway is efficient and reliable. It includes buses, trams, ferries, and trains.

13

Norway is a safe country to visit, with low crime rates. However, it's always important to take standard precautions to protect your belongings.

14

Norway has strict laws regarding alcohol. It's only sold at certain times in stores, and the legal drinking age is 18 for beer and wine, and 20 for spirits.

15

Norway is a very eco-friendly country. Littering is frowned upon, and recycling is widely practiced.

16

If you plan on driving, remember that Norway drives on the right-hand side of the road. Also, be aware of the many tunnels and toll roads.

17

Norway has a law called 'allemannsretten' or 'every man's right', which allows everyone to roam freely in nature, including camping in the wild.

18

In Norway, the sun does not set in the summer (Midnight Sun), and in winter, there is a period of darkness (Polar Night).

19

Norway has a rich history and culture. Respect local customs and traditions, and try to learn a few basic phrases in Norwegian.

20

Norway has strict laws on drones. If you plan to bring one, make sure to check the current regulations.

Basic Norwegian to know as a first time visitor

English phrase

Native phrase

Pronunciation

When to use it

Hello

Hei

hay

Greeting someone

Goodbye

Ha det

ha de

Saying goodbye

Please

Vær så snill

ver so snil

Making a request

Thank you

Takk

tak

Expressing gratitude

Yes

Ja

ya

Agreeing or confirming

No

Nei

nay

Disagreeing or denying

Excuse me

Unnskyld meg

uns-shild may

Getting someone's attention

I'm sorry

Jeg beklager

yay bek-lager

Apologizing

Do you speak English?

Snakker du engelsk?

snakker doo eng-elsk

Asking if someone speaks English

I don't understand

Jeg forstår ikke

yay for-stoar ik-ke

Expressing confusion

Where is the bathroom?

Hvor er toalettet?

vor er toa-let-et

Asking for directions

How much does this cost?

Hvor mye koster dette?

vor mye koster dette

Asking the price of something

Help

Hjelp

yelp

Asking for assistance

Call the police

Ring politiet

ring poli-ti-et

In case of emergency

I'm lost

Jeg har gått meg vill

yay har got may vill

When you can't find your way

Can I use my credit card?

Kan jeg bruke kredittkortet mitt?

kan yay bruk-ke kredit-kort-et mitt

Asking to use credit card

Open

Åpen

open

When you want to know if a place is open

Closed

Stengt

stengt

When you want to know if a place is closed

Food

Mat

mat

When you're looking for something to eat

Water

Vann

van

When you're looking for something to drink

Packing List

  • Clothing

  • Warm clothing (thermal underwear, sweaters, fleece jackets)

  • Waterproof and windproof jacket

  • Waterproof pants

  • Warm socks

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Gloves

  • Scarf

  • Hat

  • Swimsuit (for hot tubs or indoor pools)

  • Sleepwear

  • Underwear

  • Sunglasses

  • Toiletries

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Body wash or soap

  • Deodorant

  • Razor and shaving cream

  • Sunscreen

  • Lip balm

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Prescription medications

  • First aid kit

  • Travel documents and essentials

  • Passport

  • Driver's license (if planning to rent a car)

  • Credit and debit cards

  • Cash in local currency (Norwegian krone)

  • Travel insurance documents

  • Hotel and transportation reservation confirmations

  • Emergency contacts and addresses

  • Electronics and gadgets

  • Smartphone

  • Charger for smartphone

  • Universal power adapter

  • Camera

  • Charger for camera

  • Headphones

  • Portable power bank

  • Laptop (if necessary)

  • Charger for laptop

  • Miscellaneous items

  • Travel pillow

  • Earplugs and eye mask

  • Snacks

  • Water bottle

  • Books or e-books for leisure reading

  • Travel guidebook for Norway

  • Maps of areas you plan to visit

  • Travel-size laundry detergent

  • Ziplock bags for keeping things dry

Weather Conditions

Norway's weather can be quite variable, so it's important to be prepared for different conditions. In general, the country experiences a temperate oceanic climate, with coastal areas having milder winters and cooler summers compared to the inland areas. Winter in Norway, from November to March, can be very cold, especially in the inland areas. Temperatures can drop as low as -40 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees Fahrenheit) in the northern regions. Therefore, it's essential to pack warm clothing, including thermal layers, a heavy coat, gloves, scarves, and hats. Snow boots are also a must, as snowfall is quite common. Spring, from April to June, sees a gradual warming with temperatures ranging from 1.7 degrees Celsius (35 degrees Fahrenheit) to 15.5 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit). It's a great time to visit as the landscape comes alive with blooming flowers. Pack a mix of light and warm clothing, as temperatures can still drop, especially at night. Summer, from June to August, is the warmest season with temperatures ranging from 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit) to 22 degrees Celsius (72 degrees Fahrenheit). This is the best time to visit fjords and enjoy outdoor activities. Pack light clothing, but also include a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings. Autumn, from September to October, can be wet and windy, with temperatures dropping from 13.5 degrees Celsius (56 degrees Fahrenheit) to 3 degrees Celsius (37 degrees Fahrenheit). Waterproof clothing and warm layers are recommended. Regardless of when you visit, it's a good idea to pack waterproof and windproof clothing, as Norway's weather can change quickly. Also, remember that the sun can be quite strong in the summer, especially in the north, so don't forget your sunscreen. Lastly, if you're planning to see the Northern Lights, the best time to visit is during the dark, clear nights of winter.

MonthHi / Lo (°C)Weather Overview

January

2° / -6°

January is the coldest month in Norway, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. It's a great time for winter sports, but make sure to pack warm clothes.

February

3° / -6°

February is still very cold in Norway, but the days start to get longer. It's a good time to visit if you enjoy winter activities and want to see the Northern Lights.

March

7° / -3°

March sees the beginning of spring in Norway, with slightly warmer temperatures. However, there's still plenty of snow for skiing and other winter sports.

April

13° / 1°

April is a transitional month in Norway, with the last of the winter snow melting away. The weather can be unpredictable, so pack for both warm and cold conditions.

May

18° / 6°

May is a beautiful month to visit Norway, with spring in full bloom and temperatures becoming more comfortable. It's a great time for hiking and exploring the outdoors.

June

22° / 10°

June is the start of summer in Norway, with long days and mild temperatures. It's the perfect time to visit the fjords and enjoy the midnight sun.

July

24° / 12°

July is the warmest month in Norway, with plenty of sunshine and outdoor activities. It's a great time to visit the beaches and enjoy the summer festivals.

August

23° / 12°

August is still warm in Norway, but the nights start to get cooler. It's a good time to visit if you want to avoid the peak tourist season but still enjoy good weather.

September

18° / 8°

September is the start of autumn in Norway, with cooler temperatures and beautiful fall foliage. It's a great time for hiking and enjoying the changing colors.

October

12° / 4°

October is a cool and wet month in Norway, with the first snowfall in the mountains. It's a good time to visit if you enjoy quiet and solitude.

November

7° / -1°

November is a cold and dark month in Norway, with short days and the start of the winter season. It's a good time to visit if you enjoy winter sports and want to see the Northern Lights.

December

4° / -4°

December is a festive month in Norway, with Christmas markets and plenty of snow. It's a great time to visit if you enjoy the holiday season and winter activities.

Did you know?

Did you know that Norway is known for its fjords, deep grooves cut into the land flooded by the sea, which were formed by glaciers?

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