Norwegian Krone (NOK; symbol Kr) = 100 øre. Notes are in denominations of Kr1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Coins are in denominations of Kr20, 10, 5 and 1, and 50 øre.
Credit/Debit cards and ATMS
All major credit and debit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are widely available.
Accepted in banks, hotels, some shops and by airlines.
Norway is located far away from the European centres of culture such as Florence, Rome and Paris, and has therefore always been a little removed and isolated from significant European cultural trends and developments. Yet, it has had its own brand of distinct culture since as early as the ninth century when the Viking shipbuilders bequeathed the place with their strong artistic traditions. These were expressed mainly in crafts, wood carving and jewellery but also in the magnificent churches of the region.
Celebrations are common in Norway and elaborate folk costumes are worn at weddings and other festive events. Traditional folk dancing, singing and storytelling (often featuring trolls) are also popular.
Coastal areas have a moderate climate owing to the Gulf Stream and North Atlantic Drift. Inland temperatures are more extreme with warm summers and often very cold winters (November to March). In general, the lowlands of the south and the inland mountains experience colder winters than the coastal areas. Rain is distributed throughout the year with frequent inland snowfalls during the winter. The northern part of the country inside the Arctic Circle has continuous daylight in midsummer, and twilight all day during winter - you might even see the Northern Lights if you're lucky. The best time to visit is between mid-May and mid-August, unless you're coming to ski, in which case the best time is December to Easter.