often enormous with a variety of fish, meat, cheese and bread
served from a cold buffet with coffee and boiled eggs.
Lunch served in many hotels and restaurants
includes a koldtbord (cold table), with smoked
salmon, fresh lobster, shrimp and hot dishes. Open sandwiches
are topped with meat, fish, cheese and some salad. Other dishes
include roast venison, ptarmigan in cream sauce, wild cranberries,
multer (a berry with a unique flavour), lutefisk (a hot, highly
flavoured cod fish) and herring prepared in different ways.
Aquavit (schnapps) is a very popular
drink, but in general alcohol is limited and quite expensive,
although beer and wine are generally served in the restaurants.
Bars have table and counter service. Licensing laws
are strict and alcohol is sold only by the State
through special monopoly and Licensing hours are also enforced.
Several hotels and restaurants in Oslo stage
cabaret programmes and floor shows. Venues change so it is
best to check in the local newspaper for more details. Theatres,
cinemas, nightclubs and discos are
located in the major centres. Resorts have dance music, and
folk dancing is very popular.
Most towns and resorts have a shop where typical Norwegian
handicrafts are on sale.
and potteries are numerous and worth a visit.
Traditional items include furs, printed textiles,
woven articles, knitwear, woodcarving, silver, enamel, pewter,
glass and porcelain.
Tax-free cheques can be obtained from any of the 2500 shops
carrying the sticker ‘Tax free for tourists’.
These shops save visitors 11 to 18 per cent of the price paid
by the residents. VAT refunds are paid in cash
at airports, ferries, cruise ships and border crossings.
Monday-Wednesday and Friday 0900-1700/1800 hrs, Thursday
0900-2000 hrs, Saturday 0900-1300/1500 hrs.
For a full list, contact the Norwegian
Tourist Board. The following is a selection of special
events occurring in Norway during 2005:
Film Festival, Tromsø
|| Northern Lights Festival,
|| Winter Arts Festival (music,
theatre, art exhibitions), Narvik.
||Holmenkollen Ski Festival
||Borealis - Bergen Contemporary
||Svalbard Ski Marathon.
|| 5 Bergen International Festival
|| Norwegian Mountain Marathon
||The Great Norwegian Humor
|June 8th - 12th
||Norwegian Wood, music festival
||Midnight Sun Marathon, Tromsø.
||20 Cherry Festival.
|| Peer Gynt Festival, Vinstra/Gala
||Nordland Music Festival.
|| Mandal Seafood Festival.
|| Oslo Jazz Festival
||Norwegian International Film
||Norwegian Food Festival
|| Christmas in Lillehammer
Normal courtesies should be observed in Norway and it is customary
for the guest to refrain from drinking until the host toasts
Casual dress is quite normal.
generally takes place between 1200 and 1300 hrs and dinner
usually takes place at 1700 hrs. It is customary for an invited
guest to offer gifts to the host/hostess of the meal and punctuality
is expected if invited out for dinner.
is prohibited in most public buildings and on public transport
(although there are often special spaces for smokers to indulge
in cafes, bars and restaurants.
It is not customary to tip the taxi drivers. Waiters expect
a tip of no more than 5 per cent of the total bill. The porters
at airports and railway stations charge per piece of luggage.
Hotel porters are tipped NOK5-10 according to the amount of