To a lot of people, Norway seems too far. Out of their reach. Cold, indifferent, distant, and expensive. Probably true, but a trip to Norway is also rewarding, surprising, exciting, and with some help from these apps, even great value for money. Let’s stretch your budget a bit with good planning.
In this digital age, travellers have more than one gadget when they travel. A mobile phone is a given. In addition, they bring their iPad or other tablets, laptop, an extra cellphone, and the like. They want to be kept updated, they want to access information while on the move.
Here are some travel apps to help you get the most out of your trip to Norway.
1) Visit Norway official travel guide to Norway. Free
This app gives you an overview on attractions, places to visit, things to do and where to stay in Norway. It can also be used to plan your holiday. Check out restaurants with the notation “Norwegian Footprints”. They serve authentic Norwegian meals from locally-produced ingredients.
Remember to enable your location settings so that you get the best and nearest suggestions when using the app in Norway.
For places to stay, you have a choice of apartments, camping places, cottages & holiday houses, farm holidays, guest marinas, hostels and guest houses, hotels, and motels. So there is something for all kinds of travellers.
For things to do, there is always something for everyone. Action & adventure, active holiday, attractions & culture, family & fun, food & drink, recreation & sports, shopping, and tours & safaris. When you choose, for example, a restaurant, you get the name, address, reviews, a map, and even a “take me there” button which functions like a GPS, telling you how to get to the place. You also get their contact information, like telephone, e-mail , and website address. You may choose to have the results either in alphabetical order, distance from where you are or by rating.
The what’s on section shows you concerts & festivals, congress & conventions, exhibitions, sports & activities, and theater & shows. In this section, you may choose to get the results either by distance from where you are, in alphabetical order, rating or date.
The app also gives you an overview of the different places in Norway from the Northern to Southern parts of the country.
Check out those noted with Norwegian Foodprints. These are eco-certified providers. Restaurants labelled with Norwegian Foodprints serve Norwegian food with ingredients sourced locally in the region where they are located. Green travelers would love this.
I feel that this app is very friendly and easy to navigate. Check it out.
2) Northern Lights – developed by the same makers of Visit Norway. Free
Chasing the Northern lights has been a dream for a lot of adventurers. But as a lot of earlier travelers have experienced, it is Mother Nature’s call whether you see it or not. This app will improve your chances of seeing Aurora Borealis.
This app gives you an overview on when you have the best chances of seeing the Northern Lights. It however, only shows a forecast for the next three days so the app cannot be really accurate when planning your Norwegian holiday in the distant future.
The app gives you:
- Norther lights forecast for the next three days
- Hourly forecast for the day
- Facts about the Northern lights
- Tips on taking pictures
- Shortcut to booking and links to more information
The app is in english.
3) Norway Travel Guide by Triposo
Information from this app comes from Wikitravel, Wikipedia, World66, Openstreetmaps, DMOZ and Chefmoz.
Norway Travel Guide is interactive. Once you have downloaded the app, you can access information even without internet connection. You don’t have to worry about roaming charges.
This app is powered by WikiTravel destination guide. It gives you information like general info, Regions, Cities, Getting there, Transport, Entertainment, Shopping, Eat, Drink, Place to stay, Stay safe, Contact, etc.
It covers, among others, these places:
The app even allows creating a travel log. No time for everything? You can have mini guides for day trip excursions.
Your Norway map in an app, Its a free app but it also comes in a Pro-version for more functionality. Once you have downloaded the app, you do not need internet to be able to access information.
The app also shows you directions on where to go for activities like boating, skiing, fishing, and hiking, among others.
5) Oslo – Official City app
Most tourists land in Oslo and spend a couple of days here even if their main destination is another place in Norway. An Oslo City Card is your best value for exploring Oslo. Download your city card on your phone and you’re ready to explore this wonderful Scandinavian city.
The map which shows most of what Oslo has to offer can also be accessed offline. Of course you have to download the app first.
With the calendar, you can see what’s happening in Oslo.
Love to share your experience? You can do so with Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and sms.
This official travel guide gives you the latest info about things to see, sightseeing, restaurants, shopping, getting around, accommodation, and a lot more.
Available in english, norwegian and german.
You can use the app for planning your tour to Oslo and for getting around the city when you arrive.