As a Canadian company we can appreciate the equally rugged appeal of Norway. It’s the land of striking Vikings, sweet cheese, and fjords galore. The country has the fourth-highest income per capita, one of the lowest crime rates, and is as gay as it gets...in the gleeful, old-school sense of the word. Norway ranked first on the World Happiness Report in 2017. What’s not to love!?
Currency: Norwegian krone (NOK)
Population: 5.3 Million
LGBT Rights in Norway
Like most of Scandinavia, Norway is assuredly gay welcoming. Same sex marriage and adoption are legal and it’s home to some of the world’s oldest anti-discrimination laws for our community. Citizens can apply to change their gender without any kind of medical intervention or diagnosis, and the country was even the first in the world to offer PrEP for free as part of their national healthcare strategy.
Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Legal
Right to Change Gender: Legal, surgery not required
Same-Sex Adoption: Legal
LGBT Discrimination: Illegal
Equal Age of Consent: Equal
Gay Norway Travel
As is the case across Scandinavia, gay travellers are completely welcome in Norway. The country celebrates the LGBT community with annual prides in its largest cities. Being a relatively small country, gay tourists will find the majority of gay nightlife in the country's capital, Oslo.
Oslo: While the city doesn't have a gay village per se, the central city of Oslo is where you'll find the majority of gay bars, clubs and saunas.
Pride and Gay Events
Best Gay Bars
Best Lesbian Bars
There are no lesbian-exclusive bars in Norway. The LGBT scene is very mixed and all gay bars mentioned above are also considered lesbian bars.
Best Places to Visit in Norway
5. Lofoten Islands
Monstrous mountains erupting from the sea form Norway's imposing and unmissable Lofoten Islands.
As the official European Green Capital, 2019, Oslo is a naturally beautiful city despite its booming size. Dive into its counter-culture, ogle at the Scandinavian architecture, appreciate the contemporary art scene and drink in one of the world's best coffee revolutions.
3. Jotunjeimen National Park
Norway is a gay adventure travellers dream. It is home to otherworldly fjords, ancient glaciers, infinite forests and ravishing ravines. All of which you'll find at their largest and most brilliant in Jotunjeimen National Park.
Dwarfed by its surrounding seven hills and seven fjords, Bergen is a pulsing UNESCO World Heritage city in the middle of what can only be described as Eden.
Cascading waterfalls, fathoms of royal blue water, soaring snow-capped peaks and endless forests that cling to the rugged cliffs. Geirangerfjord is the world's most famous fjord, and Norway's most visited.
Relevant Blog Posts
- What To Pack For Our Norway: Gay Mystery Expedition
- 5 Reasons To Join Us In Norway On A Gay Mystery Tour
- Podcast: Our Top 10 Gay Travel Experiences In Scandinavia
- Gay Guide: Oslo
Best Time to Visit: Summer (July & August) is a great time to visit Norway. You can take advantage of the extra-long days but beware that the temperatures can still be crisp and cool. Be sure to pack accordingly.
Electricity: F-type sockets.
Time Zone: Central European Time (UTC +1)
Vaccinations: The WHO suggests immunization against Hepatitis A and B, rabies, and influenza before visiting Norway. To determine if you should take preventative measures, talk to your doctor or a travel medical clinic.
Visas: If your passport is from the USA, Canada, or Europe you can stay up to 90 days without a visa. There may be exceptions. Click here for more info.
*ALL INFORMATION IS CORRECT AS OF MARCH 18, 2019