Practical tips

Passport/visa

Citizens from the EU/EEC countries, or from the list of countries outside the EU/EEA with which Norway has an agreement, do not need a visa to enter Norway.

Currency

The currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). NOK 1,000 equals approximately EUR 100. There are a number of ATMs in the downtown Bergen area, but as Norway is a country at the forefront of digitalization, you will find that most every outlet accepts an international debit or credit card, such as VISA or Mastercard. Currency converter: www.xe.com

Time

In April, the Bergen sun rises before 6 am, and sets at approx. 9.30 pm. It was not until 1895, ten years after the inception of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) that Norway adopted a single time for the entire country. The move was prompted partly by the expansion of railway transport. The time zone Norway settled for, and retains today, is CET (UTC+1).

Clothes and weather

Norwegian dress code is more often casual than formal; if formal attire is required, it will usually be stated in the invitation. The weather in Norway generally, and specifically in Bergen, may vary during the course of the day. For your outdoor activities, we recommend the layered-dressing approach, easily adapting to changes in temperature, wind and precipitation conditions. Even if April of 2019 saw very little rain in Bergen, our city is well known for being the umbrella capital of Norway, with more than 200 days of precipitation per year. We advise you to bring a breathable rain and windproof coat, and rubber-soled, comfortable walking shoes for your Bergen excursions.

Food and coffee

Norwegians are second only to Finns when it comes to coffee consumption, and cozy coffee bars serving excellent coffee and light meals are pretty much everywhere. Bergen is also a renowned foodie town, with excellent restaurants in every category including vegan. However, it is perhaps fair to say that its seafood dishes are what set Bergen truly apart.

Power voltage and frequency

In Norway, the standard voltage is 230V with a frequency of 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Norway, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 V – 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you need a voltage converter in Norway. Norwegian sockets are 2-pin Continental, for which you may need an adapter.

Language

Norwegians are taught the English language from an early age and are well accustomed to using it as the natural choice for communication with visitors.

Smoking

In a pioneering act of legislation, the Norwegian parliament introduced a comprehensive ban on tobacco smoking indoors and in public places in 2013, following several years of gradual implementation. If you are so inclined, you may still smoke on the street or in designated areas but beware that people will expect you to be considerate and keep a good distance.

Mobile phones

Norway has an excellent mobile phone infrastructure, with the main carriers having agreements with practically every carrier outside of the country. Additionally, all hotels as well as many cafés and restaurants offer a free WiFi service for your smart phone.

Medical assistance and insurance

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 113 and ask for an ambulance. If you are referred to a medical facility for treatment you should contact your insurance/medical assistance company immediately. So having a current medical insurance policy is important. Members of the EU/EEA are advised to acquire a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC entitles you to state-provided medical treatment during your trip on the same terms as Norwegian nationals.