Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Campings, huts, fisherman-cabins, sea and farm cottages in Norway

In Norway you'll stay in unique places, very different to where you live at home.
And, no doubt, you'll enjoy that... at fullest!

Usually, the Norwegian camping, huts or even fisherman cabins are located in remote places, either in a rural neighborhood, below the mountain peaks or by the sea, places where natural beauty is all around at its own peace. Fauna and flora are at their own place, it's peace and quiet, you can enjoy awesome mornings right in the middle of that scenic serenity, eventually spying some timid deers grazing peacefully, birdwatching.

Norwegian hut
Norwegian hut (Own photo)
The eye-catching wooden huts with greenish grass roofs have comfortable room areas in a more "rustic" way and in a carefully protected atmosphere being more concerned by the environment, right in the middle of the unbeatable and fantastic mountain scenery.
Here, the indoor space is giving you the sensation of being outdoors and is, somehow, a solace for the soul offering a romantic glow and a total tranquility of mind.

The fisherman-cabins, farm cabins, lake sea cottages and sea cottages are relatively small but with a magnificent view over the sea and access to fishing waters for any type of angler; have broad boards, timber details and, often, fish symbols, and are giving you the opportunity to go fishing and taste from yummy fish delicacies.
And most important, here you'll feel like time has stood still and you'll relax enjoying an out of the ordinary experience... your holiday!

The farm cottages (with ecological focus and original details well preserved) are sort of dwelling houses, sometimes with folk motifs on walls, with view across the fields, long valleys or mountainous terrain, and remnants from a sweet childhood spent at village, with hardworking yet cheerful and protective grandparents - perfect places for taking your time out from the hectic pace of everyday life and routine.

And here are some options that you may like:
- Altafjord Camping   -   Langfjordbotn
- Camp Tamok   -   Tromsø
- Svinøya Rorbuer - BaseCamp Lofoten   -   Svolvær.

Hotels in Norway

Olden Fjordhotel, Norway
Olden Fjordhotel (Own photo)
In Norway you can find a wide range of accommodation from small hotels in peaceful surroundings, located in beautiful areas at countryside, to the finest, luxury hotels in the center of most cities or strategically situated nearby a tourist attraction, as well.

While being a guest at one of the Norwegian hotels you can enjoy cozy atmosphere, stylish rooms decorated following different specific theme, following Nordic design or other modern art influence.
Also, you'll be delighted with creative menus and a varied gastronomic choice from Norwegian to Scandinavian or international cuisine, tasting from fresh local (and often organic) products.

Here are some good hotels in Norway:
(sorted in alphabetical order, by city/ location)

Radisson Blu Hotel   -   Ålesund

First Hotel Marin   -   Bergen
Grand Terminus   -   Bergen
Rica Ørnen Hotel   -   Bergen

Scandic Fornebu   -   Fornebu

Thon Hotel Kristiansand   -   Kristiansand


Lindstrøm Hotell AS   -   Laerdal

Olden Fjordhotel   -  Olden

Carlson Rezidor Hotel   -   Oslo
Scandic Hotel Edderkoppen   -   Oslo
Thon Hotel Slottsparken   -   Oslo
Tribe Hotels Norge   -   Oslo
Park Inn by Radisson   -   Oslo Airport

Rosendal Fjordhotel   -   Rosendal, Hordaland

Røros Hotel   -   Røros

Smarthotel Forus Stavanger   -   Sandnes

Basecamp SHIP IN THE ICE - the world's only ice-bound hotel ship   -   Spitsbergen

Clarion Hotel Stavanger   -   Stavanger
Victoria Hotel   -   Stavanger

Malangen Brygger   -   Tromsø
Rica Ishavshotel   -   Tromsø

Britania Hotel   -   Trondheim

Utsikten Hotel   -   Utsikten

Indoor activities

It's a rainy day or just need to combine outdoor activities with indoor activities?

Kon-Tiki Museum - Bygdøy, Oslo
Kon-Tiki Museum - Bygdøy, Oslo (Own photo)
Here are some possibilities to join:
- dive into a museum or art gallery to admire a vibrant, contemporary (eventually) and creative tradition;
- fitness, wellness & spa,
- go shopping, especially if right before Ester, Christmas or simply love to offer a souvenir to a special person;
- indoor swimming pool;
- playland for kids;
- spoil yourself and your family at spa;
- go to a show;
- visit a museum or local art center;
- watch the latest movie at cinema;
and many more.
Own photo

Outdoor activities

Not sure what to do? Adventurous and nature lover?

Kayaking - Trondheim, Norway (Photo Sven-Erik Knoff)
Kayaking - Trondheim, Norway (Photo Sven-Erik Knoff)
Here are plenty of choices, such as:

- adventure activities (bicycle tours/ cycling, hiking, kayaking, skiing, sliding, trekking);
- adventure parks;
- Arctic summer adventure;
- bird watching;
- boat trips;
- canoeing;
- catch the first fish/ fishing;
- diving;
- exotic animals;
- experience Northern lights; 
- farm visits;
- golfing delight;
- go by train;
- go horse riding;
- helicopter;
- kayaking (at Trondheim);
- let the dogs take you away;
- Midnight Sun;
- mountain lift; 
- paintball;
- rafting;
- riding horses; 
- rock wall;
- sailing;
- sea rafting;
- sea safaris;
- skydiving (Kristiansand);
- Snowshoe hike to viewpoint (Aurland);
- take a cruise on a fjord;
- take a hot bath or just go swimming;
- take a tour to North Cape; 
- visit Røros - the former mining town;
- visit Tromsø and Lofoten Islands;
- walk through wonderful cities and villages;
- water games for the entire family;
- winter activities (Christmas market, dog sledding, ice hotel holidays, king crab safaris, Lapland winter tours, rail tours; snowmobile safaris, winter cruises etc);
and many more.

Norway geography

The Kingdom of Norway is a Scandinavian unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island.
Map of Norway
Photo source: Maps

Norway has a total area of 385.252 square kms and a population of about 5.110.000 people, also known as being the 2nd least densely populated country in Europe.

The country shares:
- land borders with Sweden (the longest uninterrupted border with Scandinavia and Europe), Finland, Russia, Denmark, and the Skagerrak Strait;
- maritime borders with Russia - Barents Sea, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland - the Norwegian Sea; and Sweden, Denmark, and the United Kingdom - North Sea.

Its extensive coast line, laced with impressive fjords, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea, is creating absolutely spectacular landscapes.

Norway history

It is said that in the first centuries, Norway consisted of a number of petty kingdoms, and that Harald Fairhair unified them into one, in 872 after the Battle of Hafrsfjord, when he became the first king of a united Norway.

Haakon the Good was Norway’s first Christian king, in the mid tenth century, though his attempt to introduce the religion was rejected.
Fram Museum - Bygdøy, Oslo
Fram Museum - Bygdøy, Oslo (Own photo)
In 1349, the Black Death killed between 40% and 50% of the population, resulting in a period of decline, both socially and economically. Royal politics at the time resulted in several personal unions between the Nordic countries, eventually bringing the thrones of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden under the control of Queen Margrethe I of Denmark when the country entered into the Kalmar Union. Although Sweden broke out of the union in 1523, Norway remained till 1814, a total of 434 years.

After Denmark–Norway was attacked by Great Britain, it entered into an alliance with Napoleon, with the war leading to dire conditions and mass starvation in 1812. As the kingdom found itself on the losing side in 1814, it was forced to cede Norway to the kingdom of Sweden, while the old Norwegian provinces of Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands remained with the Danish crown. Norway took this opportunity to declare independence, adopted a constitution based on American and French models, and elected the Danish crown prince Christian Fredrik as king on May 17, 1814. This caused a war to break out between Sweden and Norway, but as Sweden’s military was not strong enough to defeat the Norwegian forces outright, Norway agreed to enter a personal union with Sweden. Under this arrangement, Norway kept its liberal constitution and independent institutions, except for the Foreign Service.

This period also saw the rise of the Norwegian romantic nationalism cultural movement, as Norwegians sought to define and express a distinct national character. The movement covered all branches of culture, including literature (Henrik Wergeland, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, Jørgen Moe, Henrik Ibsen), painting (Hans Gude, Adolph Tidemand), music (Edvard Grieg), and even language policy, where attempts to define a native written language for Norway led to today’s two official written forms for Norwegian: Bokmål and Nynorsk.

Christian Michelsen, a Norwegian shipping magnate and statesman, Prime Minister of Norway from 1905 to 1907, played a central role in the peaceful separation of Norway from Sweden on June 7, 1905. After a national referendum confirmed the people’s preference for a monarchy over a republic, the Norwegian government offered the throne of Norway to the Danish Prince Carl and Parliament unanimously elected him king. He took the name of Haakon VII, after the medieval kings of independent Norway. In 1898, all men were granted universal suffrage, followed by all women in 1913.

During both World Wars, Norway claimed neutrality but during World War II it was invaded by German forces on April 9, 1940 while the allies also had plans for an invasion of the country.

In April 1940, the British fleet mined Norwegian territorial waters. Norway was unprepared for the German surprise attack, but military resistance continued for two months. During the Norwegian Campaign, the Krieg Marine lost many ships including the cruiser Blücher. The battles of Vinjesvingen and Hegra eventually became the last strongholds of Norwegian resistance in southern Norway in May, while the armed forces in the north launched an offensive against the German forces in the Battles of Narvik, until they were forced to surrender on June 10. On the day of the invasion, the collaborative leader of the small National-Socialist party Nasjonal Samling - Vidkun Quisling - tried to seize power, but was forced by the German occupiers to step aside. Real power was wielded by the leader of the German occupation authority, Reichskommissar Josef Terboven. Quisling, as minister president, later formed a collaborationist government under German control. At the time of the invasion, Norway had the fourth largest merchant marine in the world led by the shipping company Nortraship, which under the Allies took part in every war operation from the evacuation of Dunkirk to the Normandy landings.

Following the war, the Social Democrats came to power and ruled the country for much of the cold war. Norway joined NATO in 1949, and became a close ally of the United States. Two plebiscites to join the European Union failed by narrow margins in 1972 and 1994. Large reserves of petroleum and natural gas were discovered in the 1960s, which led to a continuing boom in the economy.

Text source: Norwegian Roots

Luggage

When traveling to Norway you are permitted to carry one item of hand baggage (max. 10 kgs - 55x40x23cm) in addition to one small personal item on board the aircraft.

Your personal item (e.g. small handbag, laptop or camera case) must fit perfectly under the seat from in front of you.

Infants under the age of 2 y.o., without their own seat, do not have allowance for a hand baggage and are only permitted to take on board food for the journey.

For safety and security reasons, certain items are prohibited for carriage in your hand baggage:
- weapons and replicas of weapons, 
- sharp items, tools, 
- explosives, flammables and chemical substances,
- quantity of liquids,
- usage of electronic devices during the flight.
Items such as baby food, medicine and tax free may be accepted for carriage onboard beyond these limits. 
Such restrictions are enforced by airport security and may vary depending on where you are travelling and each airline company policy.
Prior departure, it is recommended to check baggage rules - restricted items and limits for liquids.

When to visit

Not sure when to visit Norway?

Here are some hints to help you out and decide.

Sondefjord
Sondefjord (Own photo)
Norway is a year round travel destination, and depending on your themed holiday and desired place to visit, most spectacular seasons are winter and summer.

Also, you have to consider the area and precipitations, cause in Norway the weather can be wet and changeable, so make sure to have with you waterproof clothing.
The largest amounts of precipitation are in Western coast of Norway, and occurs during autumn and winter.
Showery precipitation occurs most frequently in Eastern Norway and Finnmark where summer is the wettest part of the year, and winter and spring the driest.

OsloRørosTromsø
Weather temperature in Oslo, Oslo, Norway

* Weather temperature in Roros, Sor-Trondelag, Norway

* Weather temperature in Tromso, Troms, Norway

January & February - are the coldest months of the year and the darkest ones, most areas are covered by snow and transformed into a paradise for ski and other winter activities at good prices.
Temperature riches at 2'C in Southern part and may go to - 30'C in Northern areas.

March - is the perfect time for going on ski slopes!

From May to June - is the most spectacular scenery in Norway, when whole nature awakens to life, everything is green, trees in blossom, the snow melts from mountains and creates joyful waterfalls.

June & July - are favorite months for traveling to Norway and most tourist attractions are fully open and crowded. In early summer you can enjoy the Midnight Sun, when you'll have warm weather and the longest days - especially in Southern Norway, and sunshine in Northern Norway.
Temperature is between 13 to 30'C.

May & September - are mild and perfect for sightseeing and outdoor activities, at more convenient prices and not so crowded.

October - is the most quiet moment for traveling to Norway, with very convenient costs, good for some sightseeing tours and outdoor activities (the ones that are still open) and wonderful autumn colors all over the place.

December - is one of the busiest months when travelers love to celebrate Christmas with family, friends or see the scenic Northern Lights; the costs are at highest level.

Public services & emergency phone numbers

Norway.no is a citizen’s guide to public services in Norway and is a portal and a help desk service.

Emergency phone numbers recommended to be saved on your mobile phone:
    110 - Fire
    112 - Police
    113 - Ambulance
    120 - Emergency at open sea
    1412 TDD - Text phone for the deaf or hearing impaired

If you are searching for TAXI phone numbers in Norway - click here - and you'll be redirected to Norway Taxi Contact Numbers list - by city or by taxi company name - and/ or click here for another list of taxi companies in Norway - by city.