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In the far north of the European continent, southeast of Greenland, Norway is an inhabited northern land, but at a very low density. If you're in Europe, you can get there with a ferry crossing for ocean lovers. A parliamentary monarchy, it is above all a kingdom of rugged nature, coming from a country with an abundance of national parks. Mountains, forests, lakes, waterfalls, sandy beaches, glaciers or desert lands swept by the icy wind, make up the grandiose landscapes of this country. Renowned worldwide for these treks, the fjords and their heights are breathtaking and must absolutely be visited; those in the west of the country are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the South, you can walk on large beaches, wander through cute little fishing villages. On a road trip, the charm of the country is all the more impressive. In the North, you will be able to observe killer whales and whales. The North will offer you the spectacle of the Northern Lights in the winter; or the midnight sun in the summer thanks to the Arctic Circle? A small paradise for lovers of nature and wooden houses. There you will get to know the Sami (or Lappish) people. If the centre of the country is sparsely populated, it is because the Norwegians are mainly concentrated near the harbours, in soft and quiet cities: Oslo the capital, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger... where you will be able to visit majestic wooden churches. The Norwegian people, humble, courteous and generous, with Viking influences, have a lot to tell us about their eventful history, which gives rise to a change of scenery thanks to their Viking origins, their relationship with nature, their cuisine where salmon reigns, and their way of life

What to see, what to do Norway?

When to go Norway ?

The best time to visit Norway is undoubtedly from May to September, when the weather is mild and all tourist sites are open. However, if you're an avid skier, winter is the perfect season and if you're lucky, you'll be able to contemplate the northern lights of the aurora borealis. There is an unrivalled passion for Christmas in Norway, even among adults: in companies and businesses, the famous Julebord (Christmas party) is a huge hit with employees. But there are also many traditions such as gløg, a kind of low alcohol punch with currants that is sold on street corners. Christmas beer, Advent calendars, staying in the mountains (many Norwegians own a second home in the form of a mountain chalet), also remain deeply rooted customs among the population.

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Voici des positions d'itinéraires allant de quelques jours à quelques semaines. Si vous le pouvez, restez au minimum une semaine car autrement vous n'aurez ni le temps de profiter de quelques randonnées ou d'une ville ni celui de vous attarder dans un endroit qui vous plait particulièrement. D'autre part, la Norvège est un pays si grand et qui s'étend sur tellement de kilomètres qu'il vaut vraiment mieux explorer une zone en particulier plutôt que de chercher à tout voir pour au final se retrouver à passer son temps dans les transports. Si vous y aller l'été, les journées à rallonge vous donneront l'impression d'un séjour beaucoup plus long. Dans ce cas, il serait judicieux de faire le plein de sommeil avant de partir pour en profiter au maximum et faire comme les scandinaves qui dorment peu l'été. Plus vous resterez longtemps mieux vous découvrirez la nature du pays et aurez des opportunités de discuter avec les locaux.

How to go Norway

How to go alone

As Norway is surely one of the safest destinations in the world, travelling alone or with your family is very simple. Fluency in English is sufficient to cope with daily life and sightseeing, and it is relatively easy to move around. We adapt quickly to local customs and the kindness of the inhabitants makes the stay easier.

How to go on a tour

There are many trips and tours organised to visit Norway. You can opt for long stays (two or three weeks), short stays (three days in Oslo for example), immersion stays with the Sámi population, tours in the footsteps of the Vikings, and of course cruises through the fjords... In short, there will be plenty of options and you will have plenty of time to choose a stay that suits your wishes!

How to get around

There are about 50 airports in Norway. However, flights are still quite expensive. Ferries and ferries are a must and very frequent in the fjords. The railway network, which is also fairly well developed, does not serve the far north and is not very present in the fjords. The bus will take over. The car, as long as it is well equipped (nails, chains, snow tyres), is a real pleasure. Finally, don't forget the bicycle, which is very popular in Scandinavia!

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No matter the season or the location, Norwegian nature is exuberant and all-consuming. Norwegians know how to live in harmony with nature, whether inland or on the shores of a fjord. Hiking, canoeing, dog sledding, skiing, ice skating..., a multitude of sports are practiced in Norway, where the
population happily alternates between winter and summer sports. A nation steeped in history, some of the influences of the past are still present today. The fauna and flora live to the rhythm of the seasons in these lands with a climate that is sometimes harsh, sometimes very mild. Pioneer in terms of environment "thanks" to oil, we know nevertheless that the 100 % electric is not the solution, but rather the decrease of the consumption, on which the Norwegians (like all the countries!) still have much progress to make. Here are a few files to help you understand this fabulous country of a thousand contrasts that is Norway.

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Le port de Kristiansand. Tupungato - iStockphoto
La colonne Monolith du Parc Vigeland. Serge OLLIVIER - Author's Image
Vue aérienne de Drammen. Mrtekmekci - iStockphoto
Statue du Roi Karl Johan devant le palais royal d'Olso. Einbo

The 12 keywords Norway

1. #Ferry

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If you go to the west coast it will be almost impossible to avoid boarding the ferries to cross the fjords. And why not? Cheap, they will allow you to save a lot of time, but also to spend a pleasant moment on the deck to taste a softis (Italian ice cream which Norwegians are fond of).

2. #Fjord

Immense and majestic, with their cliffs that plunge into rushing water, witnessing the marriage between the salty ocean and the fresh waters of the glaciers, the fjords are a must for your visit to Norway. They can be explored on foot, on the water, by car, on the walls in via ferrata, and even in the air for the most daring!

3. #Hot-dog

Surprisingly, Norwegians love hot dogs! You can find them everywhere: from the airport to the train stations and from the city to the countryside! If they are obviously not gastronomy, pølser (in Norwegian) remain a must for your trip. Remember to ask for yours with small fried onions!

4. #Hytte

They are wooden houses often isolated in the nature and with variable comfort: some without water or electricity with dry toilets outside, others with flat screen and sofa... For a weekend or a holiday, Norwegians flock to their huts whenever they can. There are many for rent throughout the country

5. #Kos

Equivalent to the Danish word hygge, this widely used term represents well-being, a warm, friendly and comforting atmosphere, in short, the Scandinavian way of life! It is also used to evoke the simple pleasures of life, such as an evening around the fire with a few candles and good company

6. #Fishing

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Like skiing, sea and freshwater fishing is a national sport. Although no permit or licence is required to fish on the high seas or from the coast, the regulations are very strict and respected by everyone. The aquaculture industry is also an economic manna for Norway, which exports 95% of its production to Europe

7. #Oil

It is thanks to or because of him that Norway is so rich and a pioneer in renewable energy. At the end of 2020, Norway was awarded new oil extraction licenses in the Arctic that run counter to the Paris climate agreement. This is known as "petromonachy". Goal: 100% electric cars by 2025

8. #Skål!

It's the equivalent of our "cheers" when we drink and probably the expression you'll use the most, if you haven't already. But beware, in Norway there is no need to clink glasses, here are the habits: 1) Lift your glass towards the other and look at him. 2) Take a sip. 3) Step 1 again.

9. #Skiing

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One could say that Norwegians are born with skis on their feet as this activity is so much a part of them. If skiing is practiced from the door of one's home in the countryside, it is also very easy to go skiing from any city in Norway: in Oslo for example, the Nordic and Alpine ski slopes are accessible by metro!

10. #Dry toilets

Even if they are becoming popular in our country, dry toilets are still more widespread in Norway and in Scandinavia in general. And this is logical, since most of the houses and other secondary residences often do not have running water or sewage disposal. When do you install them in your home?

11. #Troll

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In Norse mythology, a troll is a rather large, repulsive and malevolent supernatural creature that lives in the seas, mountains or forests. The troll is an integral part of Scandinavian folklore and can be found in many forms in art and literature, making him one of the symbols of Norway

12. #Vinmonopolet

As the sale of alcohol in Norway has been a state monopoly under the Ministry of Health since 1922, only shops with this name are allowed to sell alcoholic beverages above 4.75°. Vinmonopolet closes at 4pm on Saturdays to encourage people not to go out again to buy alcohol in the evening and drive while intoxicated.

You are from here, if...

You like to swim in cold water.

You go to the mountains or to the sea whenever you have a free day.

You have an array of hand-knitted wool clothes.

You are almost always on time.

You drink four or five mugs of coffee a day.

You like to shake hands or hug(klem) rather than kiss and say hello.

You usually eat dinner fairly early, around 6:00 p.m., and have a light snack in the evening

A quick lunch at noon suits you better than a long, watery dinner at the table

Bad weather is not one of your major concerns

You are used to taking off your shoes when you enter someone's home.

Civic-mindedness is part of your daily life: don't queue up, respect the rules, be quiet on public transport

You get around as easily by car as you do by bike or ski

You have a drawer at home reserved for candles.

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