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    Take and wear layers.

    by libralass Written Jun 23, 2011

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear layers, tshirt, jumper or fleece, waterproof jacket

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: take as much as you with you that you think youl'll need, especially medicines, as not many people speak English and everything is VERY expensive in the shops

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  • Warm clothes needed

    by Giedreb Written Jun 22, 2011

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I would highly recommend to take a warm sweater, water and wind resistant jacket and a pair of some light leather gloves. If you are planning to do some climbing on the rocks - good shoes would be very helpful.

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    North Norway in Winter

    by mandie301 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Luggage and bags: wateproof rucksack liner especially if your luggage is going to be in transit often!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: -woolen socks are a must-( if you do the tours like husky sledging, snow mobiling or staying at the ice hotel these are usually provided as part of the price)
    -waterproof well insulated boots (again - these are generally provided by activity centres for excursions like husky sledging)
    -thermal base layer
    -waterproof jacket
    -woolen / thermal hat
    -scarf or even better a thermal neck warmer
    - thin jumper ( mid layer between thermal base layer and fleece)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: toiletries are expensive in Norway so bring your own!

    what to wear as recommended by the snowhotel! thermal body suits are provided for outdoor activi

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    Be prepared for some Wet weather

    by chagi1 Updated Mar 11, 2009

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We traveled to Norway the beginning of March, Oslo offered mild temperatures and very WET snow, slush everywhere.. no wonder the Norwegians all wear rubber boots, you need to if you want to stay dry!!!
    Bergen offered mild temperatures and lots of rain.. considering it's on the west coast (As is Stavanger) be prepared for some rain!!
    Pack water proof gear, jackets and mits.. umbrellas, yes, even rubber boots in the snow.. it's so wet you will soak through if you are doing lots of walking!!

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    What will the weather be like in August?

    by daarth Written Feb 17, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Allround weather clothes

    Miscellaneous: What will the weather be like in June 17th at 4:09 pm? What clothes to pack?
    I get similar questions often, and this is what I answere:
    The thumb of rule is that there is no thumb of rule. Coastal weather is impossible to predict here in Norway as elsewhere. It will always be a gamble no matter what time of the year it is, and the odds make no difference if you don't hit them. If you are lucky, you will have the trip of your life!! Many think that that alone is worth the gamble.
    Welcome to Norway!

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    by SORHUS Updated Mar 16, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: bring proper walking shoes if u plan to walk in the mountains (have seen tourist in city shoes and suits climing...not a good idea)
    depending on the time of year and where in our long country....
    winther: warm waterproof clothes and shoes
    summer: windproof gear, swimsuit...etc
    autum: water/windproof
    spring: anything fro tshirt to warm clothes

    Miscellaneous: if u plan to drinkalot of wine, vodka etc or smoke cigarets make sure u bring some with u from the taxfree befor arriving since we got high taxes on these things
    (ps! dont by beers in the most touristy places...the charge nearly double...find the local)

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    winter clothes

    by SORHUS Updated Mar 16, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: whenn i get visitors from abroad in wintertime they always freeze their...off
    no wonder since they use alot of cotton or acrylic etc
    the thing to use is wool wool wool :-)))
    get longjohns and top of wool to have closes to ur body..nothing else or u will be cold
    and not to forget thin woolen socks maybe two....
    layers are important...it makes it easier to keep warm
    wind and waterproof jacket are a must ..not thick thick ones , its easier to do layer because the temprature might change from anything from minus 30 celsius to pluss 10 , when its windy its always colder than the termostat say
    good shoes very important if you are here to see the country and not sit in the hotelbar :-)

    Miscellaneous: winter: keyword is wool
    summer: keyword is wind/waterproof and layers

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    Packing List

    by Gili_S Updated Jan 15, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's raining (almost) every day, as more you go north and inland it is less raining.
    At night it can get freezing. Take clothes accordingly. Good shoes is a must.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring with you as much duty free as you can, everything will cost you double in local stores & pharmacies.

    Photo Equipment: If use use films, bring them in advance from where ever you come, everywhere else in the world they must be cheaper ;)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: As the prices of hotels are high as the Norwegian mountains, camping is very common and popular. Have a list of the camping places and you will find them a long the 1000 kilometres long roads of Norway.
    Good tents & sleeping bags; we always go to camp on the higher mountains, the mosquitos do not like the cold and then you can sleep batter at night and get back to the fjords in the daytime.

    Miscellaneous: Oh Yeh, Money, and lots of it...:-)

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    dress warm or freeze!

    by tracknfield Written Oct 8, 2005

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I suggest warm warm clothes and lots of them. . . and many many socks. It is very cold in Norway especially when skiing. I brought alot of warm clothes and i barrowed a hat from my danish family so i would not be cold and get sick.

    cousin's and sister playing in snow

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    Bring drinks!

    by Saagar Written Aug 11, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: The cost of any alcohol, i.e.beer, wine, liquour... is extremely high due to a) government taxes and b) greediness.
    If you have the opportunity and interest, do bring your duty-free quota of beer, wine, cognac, whatever you want to sip at viewing the midnight sun, sorry, sheets of rain...
    They are very good gifts here, too. On the other hand, you can get some very good wines at the Vinmonopolet liquour stores here since Vinmonopolet is a huge bulk purchaser/importer and can get good quality fairly cheaply. For hard liquour the prices here are prohibitive. Myself, I buy my Macallan whisky, Norwegian aquavit and berry liquours in the OSL duty free on departure from Norway and reimport it on my return home... Check your duty-free allowance quota before you buy on the way here. This place ain't Euroland!

    Yes, please.. Good gift in Norway!
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    If hiking on the west coast, in More and Trondelag

    by Saagar Updated Mar 4, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: ... you should consider using sturdy rubber boots (wellingtons) instead of regular hiking boots, simply because it may be exceedingly wet ground (and sky...). Better slosh around in the rubber boots than in soggy and cold leather shoes. You may easily buy them in Norway, too.

    Rubber boots
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    Bring food

    by Leipzig Updated Aug 14, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: Norway is perhaps the most expensive country in Europe. Aside from bananas and fish, that are pretty cheap here, you have to pay more for food. Especially in the very north prices can be very high. In Hammerfest I had to pay for an ordinary Hamburger 16.00 €. So I recommend to bring some food (breat, spread, butter etc. if you want to camp here).
    Oh, and alcohol is hell to pay in Norway. Only millionairs can get drunk here. So bring some bottles of beer from abroad if you like to party.

    As I already mentioned, fish is inexpensive here. On roadside you find a lot of stalls selling fried or smoked salmon for 3.00 - 5.00€. Hmmm....delicious!!

    enjoy the beer as long as you can

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    All and especially alcoholic drinks are expensive!

    by Sunchild Updated Aug 13, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be prepared for ANY weather conditions! Weather can change very quickly according to what region/area you travel during the day.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Meanwhile, you can buy everything not only in big cities - but still, all seems to be more expensive than you are probably used to. If possible, take whatever you can with you!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are on a round trip, intending to stay in hytters, bring, besides your clothing, sleeping bag, fork, knive, spoon, cup, plate - that will do!

    Miscellaneous: Do you travel to Norway from other non-scandinavian countries? Well, it would be a good idea - if you travel by car - to bring food and drinks (alcoholic drinks), as much as it is allowed to take in, as these goods are very expensive in comparison to other countries! But pay attention to the limits to be taken in! Otherwise this could become very expensive again ;-)

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    What to put in your bag

    by ginte Written Apr 13, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: No matter for how long you are going to stay in Norway and no matter at what period of the year, the weather can change several times per day. So, even if you travel there just for a few days or a week it's necessary to have few T-shirts, one warm sweater and another light sweater, also a jacket from the rain as in the whole Scandinavia. Good shoes are also required as you will walk a lot for sure in 'discovering' cities or nature.

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    Packing for any kind of weather.

    by jonkb Updated Apr 2, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: For hiking: Backpack of course.
    For biking: Bicycle packs
    For anything else: Suitcase and a small backpack to carry escensials while walking around.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Raingear is a verry good idea (escensial), but bee aware of that many places are quite windy. Thus consider bringing something else than an umbrella (Raincoat works fine)

    Sensible comfortable shoes are a must, even if you're not hiking. I'd recomend waterresistand boots for hiking. Warm boots and warm socks are an absolute must if you're in Norway during the winter. The same goes for the rest of the body.

    Summer temperature: Maximum temparature: about 35 deg Celsius. One could expect temperatures down to 10 deg Celsius.

    Winter: Minimum temperature: minus 25 deg Celsius. In some inland areas it can get even colder (it was minus 40 deg Celsius during the winter Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994). Maximum temperature: depending on where you are. The west coast often has a few degrees celsius above freezing (0), but that is as warm as it gets.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Nothing out of the ordinary toothbrush. If you need medicine on a regular basis (eg. heartcondition) you should check with your doctor before leaving. You might need a letter saing that the drugs are medicinal.

    Photo Equipment: Bring your camera, tele and wideangle lenses. If you're going to see the midnight sun bring a grayfilter. Film isn't hard to come by in Norway, except if you're planning a trip into the nature of course. Camera equipment is a bit on the expensive side.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Water- _and_ Wind resistant gear is an absolute must.

    Miscellaneous: The electricity in Norway is 230 V and 50 Hz.
    The plugs are two-pin 'schuko'-plugs with earth on the side of the contact (not sticking out) and 4 mm between the two round pins.
    European (not UK) eletrical suplies goes well, but any other types of connection is headed for trouble if you don't bring an adapter.

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