Information on Norway

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Location and geography:

The western coast of Norway lies on the European North Sea, the north coast on the Arctic Sea and the south coast on the Skagerrak, part of the North Sea separating Norway from Denmark. To the east, the country has its border with Sweden, to the north Finland and at its furthest north-easterly point the Russian Federation. The 2,700-km-long fjord coastline is Norway‘s „trademark“. The fjords are often very deep, on average between 80 and 100 km long, and surrounded by tall mountains. Further inland, there are vast forests in the south with numerous rivers and lakes, while in the north, within the Arctic Circle, the landscape is a harsh, mountainous one.

Capital:

Oslo

Form of government:

Constitutional monarchy

Religion:

Norwegian Church (Lutheran-Lutheran): 73%; Roman Catholic Church: 2%; Islam: 2.6%; Buddhism: 0.3%; Hinduism: 0.1%; Other/without religion: 17.7%

Language:

The country‘s official language is Norwegian. In the north of Norway, Sami (also an officially recognised language) is also spoken. Many Norwegians speak English, and some also speak German and French.
Note: The languages used on board are Norwegian and English.

Climate:

The Gulf Stream and air flows from the North Atlantic ensure a moderate climate at the coast. Generally speaking, the southern flatlands have warmer summers and colder winters than the coastal regions. Rain falls all year round, and in winter there are heavy snowfalls. Close to the Arctic Circle, there is constant daylight around the midsummer period and constant twilight during the winter months.

Electricity:

The mains voltage is 220 V, 50 Hz. You will need an adapter and voltage converter.

Local time:

Between Norway (UTC+2 hour) and UK (UTC+1 hour) there is the whole year a time difference of 1 hour.

Making telephone calls:

For telephone calls to the UK, please dial the country code 0044 first. For telephone calls to Norway, please dial the country code 0047 first. Omit the first zero in the area code.

Entry requirements for British citizens:

British nationals do not need a visa to enter Norway. Your passport should have six months left on the date of your arrival in Norway. Nationals of other countries are advised to inquire at the Norwegian Embassy about the entry requirements applicable to them.
Comments: Many Norwegian authorities and banks, for example, do not recognise personal ID cards. It is therefore recommended that passengers enter the country with their passport for longer periods of stay.
Note: The passport or personal ID card must also be presented when checking in at the Hurtigruten terminal or on board the ship. Entry requirements for British citizens may change at short notice. Legal information and/or information outside the scope of these notes regarding entry requirements can only be obtained directly from the embassy or one of your destination country‘s general consulates.

Currency:

The currency is called Norwegian Krone (NOK). 1 crown = 100 Øre. Course (as of June 2019): 1 GBP = 10,96 NOK, 1 NOK = 0.09 GBP. Banknotes are available in the values of 1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50 NOK, coins in denominations 20, 10, 5 and 1 NOK and 50 Øre.

Banks/Credit cards:

Money can go to the banks, exchange offices, and Main post offices are exchanged during opening hours. Bank opening hours: Mon – Wed and Fri 08.15/09.00 – 15.30 (summer until 15.00), Th 08.15/09.00 – 17.00.
Withdrawals: With EC/Maestro Card and PIN number, cash can be withdrawn throughout Europe in the local currency.
Note: No money can be withdrawn on board ship. Payments can be made in cash (the on-board currency is Norwegian Krona). Cashless payment via CruiseCard is the better option, however. To do this, the credit card (must be valid for at least a further 3 months) must be left with reception and the CruiseCard balance is then automatically deducted from the credit card, or a cash sum can be left at reception and the CruiseCard is then loaded with this amount.
On the final evening of the cruise, the CruiseCard is totalled. The final bill will be sent to your cabin and the CruiseCard cannot be used the following day.

Particular customs regulations:

Norwegian customs regulations are very strict. The import of alcohol, but also tobacco, is subject to strict conditions. Even small violations of the limits are severely punishable. High import duties are payable when importing cars. On departure, please be aware that the Norwegian customs only allow a maximum of 15 kg of fish to be exported per person.
Further customs information regarding the import of goods can be obtained from the embassy of your destination country. This is the only place from which to obtain legally correct and binding information.
You are able to view the customs regulations for the UK at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs or enquire by telephone.

Conduct on board:

Smoking: Smoking is only permitted in designated areas on deck on all Hurtigruten ships. Smoking is strictly prohibited inside cabins. Failure to observe this regulation will incur a fine.
Alcohol: A maximum of two bottles of alcohol (max. 1.5 l) may be brought on board per person. Anything above this amount will be confiscated and returned to you on the final day. Alcohol purchased on land must be reported to reception before departure. The consumption of alcohol that you have brought on board yourself is generally not permitted.
Clothing: Formal clothing or evening wear is not required, however a jacket or blazer is a good idea. The weather in Norway changes quickly, which is why the „onion“ approach is advisable. Breathable but wind- and water-proof clothing should also be brought along, together with a hat, gloves, scarf and functional clothing.

Special criminal provisions:

Drug-related offences and infringements of customs and fishing regulations are prosecuted harshly. The carrying of even the smallest quantities of narcotics will generally lead to arrest at the border, the imposing of an entry ban or imprisonment. Keen fishers should inquire about local conditions in every instance. Failure to observe the relevant regulations incurs very high financial penalties which must be paid immediately. Fishing near to fish breeding farms is strictly prohibited.

Medical information:

Vaccination: No special vaccinations are required to enter Norway. In certain parts of the country, tick-bites are transmitted at certain seasons (mainly April – October) for the transmission of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE). Therefore, in good time before entering these areas should be contacted with a travel / tropical medicine for a possible vaccination.
Medical care: Anyone requiring regular medical care should find out about the facilities available in the sparsely populated parts of Norway. There may be problems accessing certain services in different regions. Outside normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 3 / 4 p.m., local emergency centres (Legevakt) can be contacted. The central emergency numbers in Norway are 112 (Police) or 113 (ambulance). For the dental emergency service (Tannlegevakt), payment must generally be made locally in cash. For all other forms of treatment, any treatment costs incurred have been covered since 01.01.2005 by presentation of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which is available from the local health insurance organisation. You should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. After 31 December 2020, your UK-issued EHIC might not be valid.
Note: Due to the short distances between individual ports, there is neither a doctor nor a pharmacist on board. Medical care is available in port and in an emergency a helicopter can be summoned. All ships have a sick bay and personnel specially trained in first aid.
The Foreign Office recommends taking out foreign medical insurance with repatriation cover. In this context, we would point out that the costs of any assistance that may be required will be charged if you do not have additional cover.
No guarantee can be provided regarding the correctness or completeness of the medical information, nor can any liability be assumed for any damages that may arise. You alone are responsible for your health.
Customers must ensure that they are physically and mentally well enough to undertake their chosen trip. They should find out for themselves the physical mobility levels and mental capacity required for the trip in question.

All information is subject to change/Last updated: July 2020


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