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“Norway, new for me”
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Falls Church, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
36 reviews
34 helpful votes
“Norway, new for me”
Reviewed 28 July 2009

I did not know what to expect of Norway. I wanted to see the Viking Museum and buy a sweater, other than that I went with an open mind.
A total suprise was to experience the midnight sun in summer. We would be walking and enjoying the cities at 2 a.m. and there was enough light to see around. 20 hours of light was a welcome pace when you are travelling among th fiords and enjoying the FANTASTIC scenery. The fiords deserve a trip. Gorgeous mountains, waterfalls and rivers, surrounded by green mountains and blue water. The cities are very clean and the standard of living very high. Food is great, do not miss the salmon, which is out of this world and cheap! However, be prepared, because Norway in general is not cheap, but it is worth every Kroner. We visited Bergen, Alesund, Andelsnes, the fabulous Gerainger by the most majestic Fiord and of couse, the great city of Oslo.

2 Thank GloriaSilvestre
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 helpful votes
“On the Seventh Day, God created Norway”
Reviewed 28 March 2008

The countryside around London is green, flat and rainy. We never get enough snow. So when friends asked us to visit them in Bergen, Norway, we had to go. We flew to Haugesund and picked up a rental car, then drove to Bergen - three hours through scenery that takes your breath away even in a strong horizontal snowstorm. The route includes a ferry journey which, although cold, was still breathtaking.

Because of the way God folded Norway out of the rock, the roads twist and turn around the mountains, or go through them. One gets a sense of the landscape having won the battle against mankind here (rather than the other way round), which only adds to the sense of awe and wonder. People have built their little Norwegian houses in the most unlikely places, and they all seem to blend into the landscape.

The most stunning part of our visit was "Norway in a Nutshell", which is worth doing despite the cost. Where else can you go from 882m altitude down to sealevel in 50 minutes? Where else does salt water reach so far inland? Where else is the salt-water ocean as smooth as a mirror? Where else are the fjords so narrow that sunlight doesn't reach the water below?

Norway is expensive - we suspect this is caused by the cost of getting around, the cost of making a living from such inspiring landscape. But we think it's worth it. And if you want snow, Norway has plenty of it!

1 Thank princeofgonville
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San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
8 reviews
54 helpful votes
“Gorgeous Norway”
Reviewed 4 November 2006

I just loved the gorgeous natural beauty of Norway, especially the fjords near Bergen and the Lofoton Islands inside the Artic Circle

7 Thank photog4fun
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“Tipping and Etiquette”
Reviewed 28 May 2006

Tippng in Norway is totally uneccessary as everyone earns excellent wages, however in restaurants and bars it can be given only if you feel that the service deserves it. The wages in bars and restaurants are lower than elsewhere and take account of guests generosity.
Normally bar prices are structered so that if a beer costs Nkr44 then most norwegian guests will tip up to the next largest coin and pay Nkr 45 or Nkr 49 to paying Nkr 50. However as the bar owners are making exeptional profits on alcohol (even though taxes on it are also very high), you are cannot be expected to follow this habit as a tourist.
Norwegians are generally quite unaquainted with etiuette unless they play golf. As an example: If you are standing at a bus stop then you will notice perhaps a vague queue (line) with people standing everywhere but not orderly. Then when the bus arrives it is a survival of the fittist to see who gets on first with elbows and legs as weapons. If you stand and open doors at shops etc. for women then you risk being mostly ignored and perhaps have your toes trod on. However you will seldom get a Takk (thank you) as a recognition, this has to do with the emancipaction of women here.

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