7 Tips for Packing to Norway from a Norwegian
Decided to travel to Norway or maybe other Nordic Countries? Congratulation! You are going to have a great time in the Nordic Countries. Still you haven’t done the packing to Norway? You are almost panicking? This blog post is the right place to be.
I will give the packing advice’s that is necessary for traveling around Norway the most convenient way.
Not having the right clothes or shoes is not going to break the trip in Norway, but it can be less comfortable. Let’s make it a comfortable trip and let’s make the packing to Norway right in the first time packing. In this way: Enjoying the trip in Norway and not using your energy on being cold in May! You have a warm jacket!
After growing up in Norway; I have picked up some tips on surviving Norway in all seasons of the year.
4 Seasons All time of the Year!
1. Packing to Norway means packing for all Seasons of the Year!
If you are going to travel around in Norway, this is a true sentence. The weather in Norway is changing always and it is not very stable. This is really not Florida. When packing to Norway you have to bring something from every season of the year. This is the best way to be ready for Norway’s weather condition. As Norwegian says: there is no bad weather only bad clothing!
2. Packing to Norway means Wool so you can fit in with the Locals
Norwegian´s love wearing wool, it goes back to tips number 1. With wool you are prepared for the four season’s of Norway. Wool has amazing quality and function.
In the winter and fall seasons it keeps you warm and in the summer and spring season it protects you with absorbing sweat when being activity.
For example when Hiking; The wool keeps you warm & dry. It makes sure there is time for you to enjoy the view of Beautiful Norway at the top of the mountain.
Wool is very comfortable wearing when moving around and traveling, when being in airplane my Wool t-shirt is a life saver. Use Wool and adapt to the Norwegian situation and style. This is maybe the most important layer of many layers when clothing in Norway.
Summer in Norway: My sister is wearing t-shirt and I have a wool sweater. She is the one that is never cold in the family. I’m always cold and pretty sure I’m born in the wrong country when it comes to climate. In this picture we are in famous Hoddevika, where Surfers from all over the world comes to try the waves of West Coast – Norway.
3. Packing to Norway is packing for Layer clothing
It gives you option in terms of weather and clothing. During the day you will be switching from only wearing layer 1 to layer 3, it all depends on the weather.
(1 layer) Closest to your skin their will be wool.
(2 layer) Insulation will be a fleece jacket or my favorite puffy down jackets, that can easily go in my day-pack. This jacket is perfect for spring and summer in Norway, is a great jacket for the winter to put under the last layer.
(3 layer) Shell. The shell is to keep you dry and protect you from the wind. You definitely need this jacket in Norway – Summer and Winter! It should be waterproof and breathable – Gore- Tex. Pack a Waterproof pants if you plan to have Outdoor and hiking activity’s in Norway.
When having these 3 layers you can easily adjust body heat with removing or adding these layers throughout the day. You are ready for Norwegian weather conditions.
4. Packing to Norway is packing shoes for Activity and Weather
I never manage to pack less than 3 shoes when traveling around Norway. I must have a comfortable yet chic sneakers for walking in the city. Then a pair for hiking – mountain boots that are water proof. The last one is shoe for going out in the city (If you have cool walking shoes, go for it and only go with 2 shoes).
Blister Plasters has to be in your day-pack when doing hikes, you never know when you need a lifesaver. That will avoid pain and scarred feet.
Hiking Lauparen at West Coast of Norway with my hiking boots
5. Packing to Norway is packing for Scarf, Hat and Gloves
It sucks to be cold when you are hiking for 5 hours or when you are sitting outside in the Norwegian’s Cafe and enjoying your café at 0 degrees. Norwegian´s love sitting outside. They do it pretty much the year around, except when there is -20 minus. We love siting outside in fresh air and maybe get some sun on our face in March. Prepare for that experience!
Even in Machu Picchu, I loved my scarf and head band! Use them a lot in Norway, everyday most of the year.
6. Packing to Norway is packing for Comfort & Practical clothing
Norwegian we are more about comfort and having practical wear before style and fashion. We do love when they actually manage to combine practical garment with comfort and fashion in one.
Norwegian´s love wool clothing, we love it even more if it has a nice design. Most of the time we choice practice and comfort over fashion. You will see more Norwegians with practical wear than fashion wear. Don’t be worried if you feel a bit sporty, that is a part of the Norwegian style!
That’s me hiking in the mountains – March
7. Packing to Norway is packing for the Chance of Summer, if summer season
Sometimes the Summer can actually be summer warm. When that happens: Norwegians go crazy. We love it! You should pack one pair of skirt and shorts. Just for when there will be some sun love. If you want to be crazy viking; Take a bikini and meet 12 degrees water in the fjords of Norway. Sometimes you find Norwegian’s going with shorts in 10 degrees because it’s summer! Not because, it’s warm. . .
If you need to check the weather Pent.no compares the two biggest weather channels in Norway, Storm and Yr.
Gerianger Fjord in May (Super lucky with the Weather)
If you are traveling around in Norway, I would recommend to get a backpack with a day-pack. Just because it´s easier. There are places and city´s in Norway with paving stone that is just horrible with a suitcase.
When snowing, the suitcase is a pain in the ass. If you are traveling on a cruise, maybe the suitcase will work fine. If you are traveling by airplane and by Norwegian they charge you almost 20 U.S to check in your luggage. If you can go hand luggage, you can save money for more fun things in Norway.
Money Saving Tips
A lot of things in Norway you can do for free if you like to be outdoors and active. Hiking, fishing is-bathing and enjoying fjord view with some of the freshest air in the world is for FREE.
A thing that is very expansive unfortunately is accommodation, if you are not the Camping person or Van Person, I will give you $ 25 dollars in FREE travel Credit when using AirBnB, which is great for option friendly places and the local experience. You can travel and I can travel for these money. Let’s help each other out. And you can get $ 15 Reward for You and Me when using booking.com.
Booking.com has a great variations of hotel choices on their page and great reviews about the hotels. Booking.com makes it easier to find the right hotel for the best experience in Norway.
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