Norway Basic Information
Norway has some amazing bicycle routes. It also has some pretty amazing bikeriders. Norwegian bikerider and daredevil Eskil Ronningsbakken is so awesome he can ride backwards! He completed a 4.5-kilometre winding mountain track in under 3 minutes, cycling backwards. Amaze! Want to know more about the clever Norwegian folk and their country? Read on.
Norway welcomes Aussies with open arms. Yep, that’s right, Australian passport holders won’t need a visa to enter Norway. Along with other European countries, Norway is party to the Schengen Convention, which means Aussies can holiday in the country for up to 90 days without a visa. Just make sure your passport has at least 6 months’ validity. For the latest information on entry and exit requirements, check in with the Norway Embassy or Consulate before you leave Australia.
In Norway, you’ll use the Norwegian Krone. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Norwegian Krone changes constantly so keep an eye on the exchange rate and purchase the currency when the rate is at its best. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit or debit card.
Modern Norwegian cuisine is still strongly influenced by its past, but you’ll now find pastas and pizzas sitting alongside meatballs and cod on restaurant menus. But with so many delicious traditional Norwegian dishes, why waste time on food you can eat at home? There are a few dishes you must try. Try brunost (sweet brown cheese) on crispbread for breakfast, pølse i lompe (a hot dog in a thin tortilla) for lunch and fenalår (cured, seasoned lamb) for dinner. Norwegian salmon deserves a special mention. With Norway’s long coastline and many fjords with cold clean water, there is a lot of very good quality fish. It’s said that fish grow slower in cold water and for this reason, the flesh is firmer. The salmon here has a distinct flavour; you must try it. For dessert, wrap your lips around multerkrem (a dish made from whipped cream and cloudberries), rommegrot (a sour cream porridge served with butter, cinnamon and sugar) and Freia Melkesjokolade chocolate. Wash it all down with the national drink, Aquavit, a potato-based spirit flavoured with anise, dill, caraway seeds, fennel and coriander.
Oslo isn’t just the capital of Norway; it’s the party capital too. There’s something for all sorts in Oslo – quaint pubs pouring fine beers, live music venues cranking some of the best rock in Norway and clubs where you can dance, dance, dance! Head to the city centre for blues and jazz venues like Herr Nilsen and Buckleys, Grønland for the cheapest beers in town and laidback clubs, and Frogner and Majorstua for fancy clubs like Monkey Bar, Skaugum and Raspoutine. In Grünerløkka, you’ll also find many cafes transform into bars come nightfall. Outside Oslo there’s some great nightlife too. Head up north to Tromsø for lively nightlife where café-lined streets pack out as soon as the temps reach 12 degrees Celsius in the summer. There are also plenty of regularly hosted pub crawls and some wonderful restaurants to check out. With over 100 nationalities living in Tromsø, you can sample many different cuisines. Bergen also has great nightlife with bars, clubs and excellent seafood restaurants where you can try local delights like fish soup.
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