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Criss-crossing Norway Posted by on Feb 28, 2019 in Nature

The famous Hurtigruten sails between Bergen and the midnight sun in Kirkenes! 🙂 (Pixabay license.)

If you look in an atlas, Norway looks like a very long vott (mitten – or do you see something else?) Add a lot of fjorder og fjell (fjords and mountains), and it’s easy to see how Norwegians can have a hard time getting around. 🙂 Fortunately, there are many ways to criss-cross the country…

Du kan gå. (You can walk.) Even in cities like Bergen I’ve found it easy å reise til fots (to travel by foot) – especially om sommeren (in summer) when været er fint (the weather is nice). If you travel på fjellet (in the mountains), check out all the nice hytter (huts) where you can spend the night.

Du kan haike. (You can hitchhike.) As far as I know, Norway is a relatively safe place for hitchhikers, and most Norwegians are vennlig (friendly) and høflig (polite). A girl who’d hitchhiked in Norway told me she hadn’t had any problems. Still, of course, you should ta dine forholdsregler (take your precautions). If you’re the driver, brace yourself for dyr bensin – expensive petrol.

Du kan reise med offentlig transport. (You can travel with public transport.) Busser (busses) are usually efficient, on time and not too expensive. 🙂 Between many cities and bigger towns you can also ta toget (take the train), which is run by the national company NSB. If beautiful scenery is your thing, I can recommend travelling by hurtigbåt (high-speed craft) in one of the fjord areas…

Du kan fly. (You can fly = take the plane.) Especially people who live in Nord-Norge (Northern Norway) rely a lot on fly (airplanes), since for example the capital is waaay down south… Det er mange flyplasser i Norge (there are many airports in Norway), which lets you easily travel innenriks (”domestically”) from Kristiansand to Tromsø. Flying within the country is cheaper than you’d think, as the government supports some flyruter (flight routes) financially – to help Norwegians get across the long distances.

Hva venter du på? (What are you waiting for?) 🙂

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About the Author: Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.


  1. Steve Leovy:

    The blog is awesome – just read the very helpful piece on passive verb construction.

    I must note, however, that anglophones brace themselves for things like expensive fuel; they do not “embrace” themselves.

    • Bjørn A. Bojesen:

      @Steve Leovy @Steve – thanks for the compliment. I’m also grateful for your corrections of my English; the more you learn… I’ll fix the mistakes right away! 🙂