From precipitous glaciers to steep-sided gorges and crystalline fjords, Norway’s natural beauty is impossible to overstate. The unspoilt wilderness of the Arctic north is one of the few places where the sun shines at midnight during the summer and where the magnificent Northern Lights brighten the skies during the long winter nights.

norwayAt a glance

Capital: Oslo

Population : 5,207,689

Area : 323,802 sq km

Dialing code: +47

ISO code: NOR

Currency: Norwegian krone

Official languages: Norwegian, Bokmål, Nynorsk


must seeMust See’s and Must Do’s

Ålesund, Northern Lights, Pulpit Rock, Svalbard, Bergen, Bergen funicular, Coastal voyage, Folk culture, Fredrikstad, Glacier hike, Hardanger Fjord, Historic Oslo, Ibsen’s birthplace, Lakeside cabin, See the Saltstraumen,  See one of Norway’s 28 surviving wooden medieval stave churches, Take a ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ tour from Bergen, Røros, Saint Olav Festival, Sami culture, Skiing and snowboarding, Tromsø brewery, Trondheim, Vøringsfossen waterfall


MoneyMoney and Costs

Norwegian Krone (NOK; symbol Kr) = 100 øre. Notes are in denominations of Kr1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50

1 AED =2.16 Kr



fun_factsFun Facts

In 2008, Norway knighted a penguin.

Boxing on TV was banned up until the late eighties

Prostitution is illegal, but being a prostitute is not

Norwegian Prime Minister, Kjell Magne Bondevik went off on sick leave because he felt the media treated him too harshly.

Most Norwegians think it is odd when someone start talking or smiling to them on the bus

Norwegians love frozen pizza.

SeasonsBest time to go

Low Season (Oct–Apr)
Can be bitterly cold. Many attractions are closed. March is considered high season in Svalbard. Accommodation prices high, except on weekends.

 Shoulder (May–mid-Jun & mid-Aug–Sep)
A good time to travel, with generally mild, clear weather and fewer crowds. Accommodation prices can be high, except on weekends. Book accommodation well ahead for festivals.

High Season (mid-Jun–mid-Aug)
Accommodation and transport often booked out in advance. Accommodation prices at their lowest (except in Lofoten). No guarantees with the weather – can be warm and sunny or cool and rainy.



EventsMajor Events

Stavanger Vinfest (April)

North Norway Festival (June)

Norwegian Wood (June)

Midnight Sun Marathon (June)

Ekstremsportveko (Extreme Sports Week) (July)

Riddu Riddu Festival (July)

Forde Folk Music Festival (July)

Norwegian International Film Festival (Aug)

Notodden Blues Festival (Aug)



visaVisa Info

The Royal Norwegian Consulate in Dubai :

Tecom C, Damac Executive Heights, Office number 2106, Tel : +971-4 382 3880

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi :

Etihad Towers, West Courniche, Tower No. 3 Level 11, Tel : +971-240 38400

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