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Have you ever been in Norway before??

I'm here to find out what you guys think of Norway? Have you been there before, and what's your opinion about Norway as a destination?
10 years ago, February 13th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #103535  
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Hi. I'm a girl from Norway. I'm studying tourism.

I'm here to find out what you guys think of Norway? Have you been there before, and what's your opinion about Norway as a destination?
I hope you will take some time, and help me.

Thanks alot!
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10 years ago, February 17th 2010 No: 2 Msg: #104029  
I've been to Norway 3 times. Many years ago as a backpacker when I was 18 (I met relatives in Oslo); in college I worked on a farm in Syvde, near Ålesund; and this past summer I had a 3 week trip. I flew from Nova Scotia, Canada, where I live and arrived in Bergen. From Bergen I rented a car and drove up the west coast to Støren. I was one week driving and visiting and 2 weeks fishing Salmon (Lax) on the Guala River. All the time I was thinking that Norway should promote itself as "Switzerland" but with an Ocean. The friendly people and the easy way to get along as someone always can speak English. When my fishing was over I returned to Bergen to fly home.
Yes, Norway is expensive to visit but I think it is worth it.
Good luck with your tourism program.
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10 years ago, February 17th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #104048  
Hello Tiny 😊

I havent yet been to Norway, mostly because it is one of the more expensive countries in Europe.

I also imagine it is cold there with long dark winters, but this would not put me off going.

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10 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #104132  
Hi Tiny -

I have not been to Norway, but it is a destination that I would like to visit someday. When I think of Norway, I first think of the outdoors - fjords, mountains and scenic alpine tundras - then I think of foods like smoked fish and dense, dark breads. Lately I've come to associate Norway with winter sports but that's likely because I've been watching the Olympics. I never used to think of Norway as a European destination to ski.

Like Mel, I tend to view Norway as a generally cold place to visit, but I imagine that depends on the time of year you go.

Good luck on your project! Reply to this

10 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 5 Msg: #104135  
We would love to visit Norway but, for the same reasons stated above, it's lower on our list due to the fact it's expensive and a trip has to be properly timed (i.e., avoiding long, cold winters). Reply to this

10 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 6 Msg: #104138  
I quite fancy going there in Winter. It might be cosy. Or interesting at least, to see what it is like when daytime never happens. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 7 Msg: #104139  
I mean, there might be lights, saunas, open fires... to make everything cosy in winter. Is that how it is, Tiny? Reply to this

10 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 8 Msg: #104170  
I love Norway. I was there for a month and a half this past fall as part of a two month journey through Sweden and Norway (the blogs are still being written). I spent most of my time with family in Drammen, but I also visited Oslo, the Telemark area, Bergen, Tromsø, the northern fjords and a good bit of Svalbard. For the arctic portion I was sailing on an old barkentine sailboat. I only saw a fraction of what I wanted to see there, partially because it was very expensive, but also because the tourist infrastructure was starting to shut down for the winter and it was difficult to get around to some of the smaller towns. I loved everything I saw. I would say Norway is one of the best places I have traveled as far as the amount and quality of things to see. I was not put off by the cold, but I do tend to like extremely cold places. I think the costs could have been minimized if I was camping and cooking my own food. I will definitely be going back. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 18th 2010 No: 9 Msg: #104171  
Hi! I am hungarian and I work in tourism. If we think about people living in Norway, we think about drinking, eating goat heads and being really nature friendly.

For myself, I was at the Tromsö (?) marathon, the "midnight sun". That was really cool. Yeah, I think Norway - just like other northern countries - are a very valuable place to visit and to love. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 19th 2010 No: 10 Msg: #104182  
We spent less 5 days in Norway this summer. We stayed 2 nights in Oslo with friends. We liked Oslo, but prefer other European cities. However, or main reason to be in Oslo was to visit friends. Vigaland was really cool though.

The Fjords were INCREDIBLE. One of the most beuatiful places I have ever seen. Spent 2 nights camping in Flam, took boat trip along Sognefjord,Flamsbana railaway, and the drive along the Sognefjellet road through Jotunheimen National Park was breathtaking. Wow.....Wish I could have spend more time and headed more North. Driving along the fjords and through Jotunheimem was definitely the best drive I have ever done! I went in July so lots of daylight and great weather.

Hope to go back! Reply to this

10 years ago, February 19th 2010 No: 11 Msg: #104198  

eating goat heads ...

Never heard of that. I thought herring would be more the popular thing to eat there. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 19th 2010 No: 12 Msg: #104209  
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Thank you very much for good repiles!! 😊 This will help me alot with my project!

Mell: We do have some daylight in the winter, but in the north they may have only a couple of hours with a bit of light in daytime. But when we change for "summer time", the days becomes longer an longer 😉

We dont eat goat heads in Norway, but some are eating sheep heads, and thats called: Smalahove.

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10 years ago, February 19th 2010 No: 13 Msg: #104211  
How many hours of daylight would there be each day in Oslo in Winter, Tiny? Reply to this

10 years ago, February 19th 2010 No: 14 Msg: #104214  
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It becomes light around 9 in the morning, and becomes dark around 5 in the afternoon. But this is only in the middel of the winter, between december and january ca. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 19th 2010 No: 15 Msg: #104215  
Thanks for the information, Tiny, 😊 Reply to this

10 years ago, February 19th 2010 No: 16 Msg: #104228  

I have spent two winters in Norway and a summer - around Voss, Bergen, Lillehammer, Geilo.
During winter I was Nordic Skiing (training and competing) and it was amazing. The regime was pretty tough and we only had a few days off which would be spent relaxing. The scenery around these areas is fantastic and being able to get around the backcountry on skis meant we got away from the crowds!
The cost of living there is a little prohibitive but if you are careful and don't intend drinking too much it isn't hugely dirfferent from other European countries.
The Norwegian people are very friendly and accommodating!
Would love to go back and explore the North and especially the Lofoten (?) Islands, see the Northern lights and try to get out to Svalabad but time is against me at the moment!

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10 years ago, February 19th 2010 No: 17 Msg: #104291  
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Hi Tiny
Me and my boyfriend backpacked across western Norway this Summer. We LOVED it. never been there before and never really been backpacking and it was probably the best way to start.
It was the most beautiful scenery and purest air. Norwegians are incredibly friendly, helpful and welcoming.

The only negative thing to say, as mentioned here is how expensive it was. we spent 2 weeks here and ran out of money very quickly. (even though we camped and ate very little apart from pasta and bread) shops and travel were expensive. We traveled from oslo torp to langby, then to sjkak, to geiranger and then to Oslo and back to torp.

We did alot of walking, and white water rafted. We did things we wouldnt dream of doing here in England. we drank from water running in a stream off a mountain and swam in lakes. everything was so pure and clean.

We were in Oslo for just one night but found it very very overwhelming. And of course expensive. There was very obvious drug taking and trouble on the main streets and across the road you'd have people walking around in gucci and checking into a high class hotel.

It was everything we expected and more. we unfortunately didnt really have to opportunity to try traditional Norwegian food, most of the food places served pizza but one man in geiranger did tell us of this place that served 'a good hay soup' hehe.
Would love to go back to see the northern lights and midnight sun and more scenery..maybe once we've won the lottery though! 😉

Your very lucky to live in such a beautiful, friendly country i hope your proud!^_^ Reply to this

10 years ago, February 22nd 2010 No: 18 Msg: #104470  
Hi Tiny,

I had the honor of living and working in your country preparing for the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer. Besides the living and working situation, I also spent a lot of time roaming Norway and participating of as many Norwegian life activities as possible.... Norway is an enchanted place and its people are amongst the friendliest and most interesting people on Earth. The beauty and purity of your landscapes are reason enough to visit your country, but if you add on top of that all the cultural richness in everything else, you get a truly amazing mix that would please any visitor...

Vestlandet is one of the most beautiful areas in the planet.... and my favorite area of Norway. But many other areas are also worth many visits. In addition to the country itself, Norwegians maintain a great balance between work and life. Their attitude is very contagious and has remained with me since I left Norway after the Games.

As redshoes said, you are very lucky to live in such a beautiful and friendly country! Reply to this

10 years ago, February 23rd 2010 No: 19 Msg: #104662  
Hello Tiny
My wife and I visited Norway and we found it to be a beautiful country with lovely friendly people and some absolutely jaw droppingly breathtaking sites. The Towns and Cities are so clean and everyone obviously has such a deep pride in being Norwegian. In fact I wish I could live their (if not for the price of everything). Reply to this

10 years ago, February 24th 2010 No: 20 Msg: #104801  
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Hi Tiny! Thanks for putting up this question. My boyfriend is Norwegian and I plan on moving to Norway sometime in April this year and it feels wonderful to know that people are kind, warm and friendly.

Is there something I should be prepared for, before I travel to Norway and live there for a couple of months? Reply to this

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