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Norway Travel Guide

Norway is a constitutional monarchy of roughly 5 million affable citizens that extends along the western half of the Scandinavian Peninsula. Owing to large oil and gas deposits in the North and Norwegian seas, Norway ...

Norway is a constitutional monarchy of roughly 5 million affable citizens that extends along the western half of the Scandinavian Peninsula. Owing to large oil and gas deposits in the North and Norwegian seas, Norway today ranks as one of the top 10 wealthiest countries in the world, with the largest capital reserve per capita of any nation. Norway’s landscape is exceptionally dramatic; in particular, the famous fjords comprise some of the most impressive coastal scenery found anywhere. Because of Norway’s high latitude, from late May to late July much of the country experiences up to 20 hours of light each day. 

CLIMATE

The coast of Norway is warmed by the Gulf Stream, and around Oslo the climate is generally temperate. However, the country extends above the Arctic Circle, where summers are pleasant, but winters are exceptionally cold. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay). Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

Recommended Luxury Hotels in Norway

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Best Restaurants in Norway

Located in a loft-like space in Bergen’s museum district, this candlelit bistro has been a hit ever since chef Christopher Haatuft returned home after stints at Alinea in Chicago and Per Se in New York to cook what he calls ‘neo-fjordic’ cuisine. This runs to dishes like roasted scallops with leeks and beets. 

Rasmus Meyers Allé 9 Bergen

One of only two Michelin three-star restaurants in Scandinavia, this minimalist place is the most sought-after table in Norway and must be booked months in advance. The menu evolves constantly, but chef Esben Holmboe Bang has a reverence for Norwegian nature that is displayed on his tasting menu in dishes such as langoustine glazed with pickled spruce juice, cod with aquavit jelly, charred scallops and butter-fat sauce, and fried rye-bread cream with mead gelée. The occasional dish can be a challenge, however — anyone for porridge with reindeer heart and butter?

Schweigaards Gate 15b Oslo

Located inside the Hotel Brosundet and overlooking the harbor, this attractive bistro with an open kitchen is the most popular table in town. The tasting menu evolves regularly but stars freshly landed cod, halibut, monkfish, scallops and shrimp. Desserts run to waffles with Norwegian brown-cheese ice cream. 

Apotekergata 5, Alesund

After working at Quique Dacosta and Martín Berasategui in Spain, young chef Mikael Svensson returned to Scandinavia and won a Michelin star this year for his sleek restaurant near the Mathallen, Oslo’s trendy food market. His tasting menus change regularly, but a superb summertime dinner included scallops with peas and horseradish, brown-crab pudding, and chanterelles with miso. 

Maridalsveien 15e Oslo

For a tamer and more affordable experience of New Nordic cooking, this center-city tavern is ideal for a casual meal. Try small plates like spaghetti with bleak-fish roe and melted butter; reindeer tartare with beets and tarragon; and basmati rice with apple and caramel. 

Mariboes Gate 7 Oslo
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