While most travellers are highly knowledgable, several myths and misconceptions prevail.  Here's tentative list and suggested corrections.

  • Norway is a large country, not small as sometimes assumed.
  • It is not possible to "see" Norway in a couple of days.
  • Norway is not arctic, climate in populated areas is in fact temperate (only the Svalbard islands are really arctic).
  • Norway is very green and fertile.
  • Snow is cold only when it melts.
  • Polar light is not visible in summer.
  • There are fjords all over.
  • There are more lakes in Norway than in Finland (some 400,000 lakes covering about 20,000 sq kilometers).
  • There is midnight sun only from Bodø and north, but 24 hour daylight all over at mid summer.
  • "National park" is a protection status, does not necessarily indicate the most scenic area. Public access to nature is not limited to national parks - about 95 % of Norway is some type of wilderness with public access.
  • Scandinavia includes Norway, Sweden and Denmark
  • Norway and Sweden together constitute the Scandinavian Penninsula
  • Norway and Sweden have many things in common, but are distinct countries
  • Vikings did not have horns on their helmets
  • During summer there is virtually 24 hour daylight.
  • Most Norwegians speak English (the two languages are in fact very close relatives)
  • Most Norwegians live in towns or cities.
  • Norway is expensive for visitors because it is a rich country
  • Norway is a modern, cosmopolitan, sophisticated society