Private guides and guided tours in Norway
Currency: Norwegian krone (NOK)
Guide Licensing Information
COMMENTS ABOUT Norway:
The Kingdom of Norway occupies the western portion of the Scandanavian Peninsula, sharing borders with Sweden and Finland and a coastline with the Norwegian Sea. Norway includes Jan Mayen, a volcanic island located in the Arctic Ocean, as well as Bouvet Island and the Svalbard archipelago. The high latitude provides extensive seasonal variations in daylight, giving the country the nickname, “Land of the Midnight Sun.” Winters here are cold and snowy, but summers can be fairly warm and sunny.
Visitors come to Norway to experience amazing natural scenery and sights like the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. Glaciers, ice caves, rugged coastlines, fjords and rivers provides outstanding vistas and places for outdoor enthusiasts to explore. Whale watching is a popular activity for both landlubbers and sailors who take to the waters of Norway.
Historical and cultural interests can be explored within the capital city of Oslo. The Viking culture has historically been important to Norway, and one main attraction for visitors is The Viking Ship Museum. The Norwegian Opera & Ballet offers outstanding musical performances and the building’s rooftop is open for anyone who wants to take in an incredible scenic view.
Skiing is the most prevalent outdoor sport in Norway and Oslo’s recently opened Holmenkollen Ski Jump as a great venue for skiers, with an observation deck and Ski Museum.
Guide Licensing Information for Norway
Norway has always been a popular destination for tourists from all over the world due to its magnificent nature. And now there’s even an increase in the demand for tourism industry workers, since this industry is regarded as Norway’s fastest growing branch of economy for the last several years. That’s why professional tour guides are in high demand at the moment. However, not every private guide can officially render their services in Norway, since in most situations a valid license is required.
In case the guide is rendering services that emphasize the culture, history or geography of Norway he or she is obliged to carry a valid license issued by the Ministry of Tourism. In order to get such a license the applicant must show proof of relevant education, be fluent in Norwegian (or any other Scandinavian language) and at least one foreign language and have deep knowledge of local history, culture, traditions, economy and geography. The license can be obtained after passing the state exam and paying the taxes at the local authorities. The tour guide ID card usually offers certain advantages such as pass-the-line attendance to most natural museums and tourist spots.
Tourist activities that are not directly connected to culture, history or nature of the country, in contrast, do not require an official license.