Facts about Norway
This note gives you the information you should know when you are going for an active holiday in Norway!
Active Holiday – for whom?
An active holiday demands more of you than a holiday at the beach. You must consider and decide if you are capable to participate at and complete such a tour.
Hiking: you should be able to walk 5-7 hours a day, through at partly rugged ground. We recommend you to walk in mountain/ hiking shoes, but not new ones!
Biking: you should be used to bike both at asphalt as at gravel roads, and to sit on the bike for many hours. When you rent bikes, you are responsible for checking the bike (especially breaks and gears) before leaving the bike rental. During the trip, you are responsible for the bike and damages caused as well as any equipment you have rented.
Ski trips: you should be able to ski for 5-7 hours a day, have knowledge about map and compass, and have the necessary mountain equipment. You must be aware of the fact that the weather in the mountains might change rapidly. For the Troll Trail without guide, there is a special formula. During the trip, you are responsible for the damages on the skis and the equipment you have rented.
Summer weather and light
Rainy weather can be just as good for the active holiday as sunny weather. 30ºC/ 86ºF and blue sky is not a supposition for a great trip. The best biking and hiking weather is maybe by changing weather; some sun, some clouds, some rain. Normal summer temperatures in Norway are between 10-25ºC/ 50-77ºF, at sunny summer days also above 30ºC/ 86ºF. The weather in the mountains is relatively stabile, along the coast rather changing.
In June, there is daylight around the clock, in North of Norway we have the midnight sun. Northern Norway is known to tourists as the «Land of the Midnight Sun». North of the Arctic Circle, the sun does not set between the middle of May and end of July; conversely the sun does not rise between the middle of November and the end of January. May and July have very light nights, in August the nights are getting darker.
Winter weather and light
In the winter, our ski trips go through areas with stabile winter climate, with 0ºC to -15ºC( 31ºF/ 5ºF. The mountain climate is very dry, and proper dressed, -15ºC/ 5ºF is no problem for skiing. The snow in Norway is throughout the winter normally dry and perfect for skiing.
March and April are good months for skiing. February and March are like January in the Alps, April with longer and warmer days, with fantastic skiing conditions (like March in the Alps).
Ours of day light: February – 8 hours, March – 10 hours, April – 12-13 hours.
Because of the dry snow in Norway, we do not recommend you to use so called waxless skis. The best skis to use in Norway are mountain skis with steal edges and wax according to the weather conditions. You get ski wax in every sports shop and in many grocery stores.
Clothes and equipment
When you book one of our trips, we send you a list of recommended clothes and equipment you should bring for the trip.
In the mountains and at the coast, the sun light is very strong. In April the sunlight is at its strongest through the snow reflections, also by cloudy weather! Clothes, caps and sunglasses protect your skin against sunburn. Children have a thinner skin and need more protection. Light skin is easier burned.
Use sun protection with a high protection factor (15 and more), and with UVA and UVB protection. With a sun protection with factor 15, you have ca 94% protection against the UVB radiation. When very cold, use sun protection without water.
Right of access to the natural environment – “Everyman’s Right”
This Norwegian law allows you to walk and ride your bike wherever you want, as long as nothing else is announced. This gives you numberless possibilities for exciting excursions! Private ground and cultivated land however, should not be trafficked. The nature must not be damaged! There might be stricter access to protected areas. Stick to paths and roads when you walk/ bike in agricultural and populated areas. Show respect for people and animals. Open fire is forbidden between the 15th of April until the 15th of September.
The national parks where grounded to protect and preserve untouched areas of great value. The total area with flora, animals, landscape and cultural memories is to be protected from pollution and other encroachments. Therefore, you must be careful when walking/ biking through national parks. You are not allowed to take with you any rocks, flora, bird eggs etc.
Our trips through national parks
Rondane with luggage transport
Rondane with guide and luggage transport
Troll Trail from Høvringen to Lillehammer
Ski tour in Rondane
Norwegian Package Tour rules
Norske Bygdeopplevelser AS is a member of the Reisegarantifondet (Travel guarantee fund). The Reisegarantifondet shall protect the customer having bought a packaged tour, against loss by bankruptcy, accord or insolvency by the tour operator.
Your safety by online booking and payment
When booking a trip at our web site, you get a confirmation per E-mail. We also send you a confirmation with the dayprogram, so we are sure you get what you have bookes.
If you wish to pay for the trip online, we send you the needed link.
Banks and credit cards in Norway
The opening hours of the banks are Monday to Fridays 9am – 3.30 pm, Thursdays 9am – 5 pm. Saturdays and Sundays closed. There are a lot of cash points which all take Visa and MasterCard, and are open around the clock. In almost every hotel, restaurant, petrol station and shop you can pay with your credit card.
Having your mobile phone with you might be helpful in emergency situations. But please note the following:
* in the nature, there is not always signals. When no signals, go upwards.
* do not make any appointments about when to call your family and friends, you might be in areas without signal
at the agreed time.
* bring recharge equipment and extra batteries.
* keep your mobile and extra equipment warm – it makes the batteries last longer.
* your mobile phone shall not be your most important emergency situation equipment.
For almost all medicines, you need a prescription. Foreign prescriptions are not valid in Norway, so be sure to bring the medicines you need. Norwegian cities have relatively few pharmacies. In cites with about 30 000 inhabitants, you will find 2-3 pharmacies. At the country side there are often prescription free medicaments at the grocery store (“Medisinutsalg”). Every countryside centres have a doctors office. Norway is an EEA member, entitling you to the same basic medical rights as a Norwegian citizen as long as you can produce a valid European passport. We recommend all our customer to have travel insurance.
The mosquitoes in the areas where our tours go are not too annoying. Mosquito repellent is sold in every grocery shop.
Busses and Ferries
Norway has a good developed and corresponding network for interregional-, regional- and local buses, going all over the country. It is no problem to connect to our trips in different parts of Norway. We are happy to help you with the transfer planning.
The railway network is not that good developed. The train connections at our trips are Oslo – Trondheim and Oslo – Bergen. The trains are modern with air-condition, good seats and beds. Additional, the train trip offers you great view over valleys, mountains, waters and fjords! The most known railway connection in Norway is the Flåms-railway, leaving the Oslo – Bergen connection at Myrdal. You can experience this spectacular train trip at our bike trip Rallarroad.