Norway is one of the most remarkable countries on the planet. It’s a country where nature comes to the forefront with stunning scenery and a hefty dose of culture thrown in. Knowing what to pack for Norway can present difficulties, as even during the summer there can be a range of different weathers. Tourism plays a large part in the economy, with 1 in 15 workers involved in the industry.
The most popular months for tourists are between May and August. Whether you hike, cruse or simply enjoy the stunning scenery, knowing what to pack in advance will make sure you have the trip of a lifetime.
Packing for Norway: The Main Attractions
This is the largest fjord in Norway, reaching 204 kilometres inland from village of Skjolden. Known as ‘The King of the Fjords’, Sognefjord is nearly 5 kilometres across. The cliff walls of the attraction reach a mouth-gaping 1,307 metres high. There are many branches, inlets, and fjords along the way, with tourists flocking to such places as Naeroyfjord, a 17km stretch where the cliff walls are only a quarter of a kilometre apart. The most popular way to visit the fjord is by boat, most leaving from the town of Bergen.
This municipality lies in Northern Norway, just 349 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Tourism has exploded in Tromso ever since a BBC TV special named ‘Joanna Lumley in the Land of the Northern Lights’. The Aurora Borealis are particularly spectacular in Tromso and tourists can visit the Polar Museum, which will help explain the phenomenon.
This is another location where you can enjoy a fine view of the Northern Lights. The Islands form an archipelago off the Norwegian coast. Tourists especially enjoy the beaches and can see wildlife and explore fishing villages. The largest town of the Islands is Svolvaer, where you can find the Magic Ice Lofoten attraction, as well as a number of museums.
This attraction, otherwise known as Preikestolen, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Norway, although it can be quite a journey to get there. The trek to reach it is one of Norway’s most famous mountain hikes, with 300,000 people making the journey annually. The rock towers 604 metres above the Lysefjord. The hiking season runs from May to October (you can make the journey at other times of the year, but you will need special equipment).
Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf:
If you want to bring a great deal of colour to your Norway trip, a visit to the this historical Wharf is a must. The area is vibrantly painted and was once the centre of Trade for the Hanseatic merchants. Take a trip to the Hanseatic museum which has been open for fast approaching 150 years, which is located in a home built in 1704.
Norway: What to Pack for Summer?
Suitable Footwear: The footwear you’ll need to take will be based on exactly what you want to do when you’re in Norway. If you intend to go sightseeing, walking shoes or sneakers will be the way to go. If you intend to hike, invest in a good pair of hiking boots. It would be a good idea if these were waterproof (as many of the trails can be very wet).
Sun Protection: Protection from the sun is paramount in the country as those solar rays can be harsh. Take a hat and sunglasses, as well a good sunscreen lotion with a high SPF factor.
A Sleep Mask: During the months of May, June and July, the days are virtually endless, and many find it next to impossible to sleep. Pack yourself a sleep mask and you’ll be able to imagine you’re sleeping under the night sky.
Hiking Poles: If you intend to go hiking you could invest in hiking poles. Many of the trails are quite strenuous and trekking poles can make the journeys less hazardous.
What to Pack for Winter in Norway?
Winter Boots: Aim to wear waterproof winter boots in Norway in the winter. The combination of the temperature and melting snow make these a must. Adding wool socks will also do a fine job of keeping your feet warm.
Thermal Underwear: Another important item for your wardrobe, these will ensure that you remain warm. Thin, long sleeved thermal shirts and thermal leggings make the ideal base level for your outfit.
Warm Winter Jacket: Yes, the temperatures can go way low, so ensure that you have a warm jacket. Wind and water-resistant jackets make for the perfect combination.
Hats and Gloves: You might get bored of the ‘keeping warm’ theme by now. But make sure you have both these items to ensure that your sightseeing isn’t interrupted by shivering during the winter.
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