Planning a trip to Norway

Good to know before your begin your journey to Norway and Nord University.

​Planning a trip to Nord in 2020?

In autum 2020, international students should also consider the special circumstances associated with Covid-19.

This page provides useful, general information for travellers to Norway and Nord University's study locations.

>> For information about what to consider in relation to Covid-19 see our webpage on "How Coronavirus measures and restrictions can affect you".

Getting to your study location

For new international students in Bodø and Steinkjer, there is a compulsory orientation meeting for new international students. Plan to arrive in time to attend this meeting and otherwise in time to participate in Orientation Week at your chosen study location.

                                     
Plane to Bodø
Norwegian and SAS operate flights between Bodø and Oslo, with departures on a regular basis.

Plane or bus to Namsos
SAS/Widerøe operate flights between Oslo and Namsos. A regional bus also operates between Trondheim Værnes Airport and Namsos.

Plane and train to Levanger and Steinkjer
To get to Levanger or Steinkjer, fly to Trondheim Værnes airport, then take the regional train to either Røstad (stop after Levanger) or Steinkjer. Train timetables are available on the national railway's website, NSB.

Routes
Book your flights as soon as you know you will be coming to Bodø or Trondheim. Prices increase closer to the departure date. Return tickets are often cheaper than one-way tickets. It may also be cheaper to book flights between Oslo and Bodø or Oslo and Trondheim separately, rather than booking connecting flights from your home country.

Customs clearance in Oslo
If you have arrived at Oslo (Gardemoen) on a international flight, you must collect your baggage, clear customs and check in your baggage again for your flight to Bodø or Trondheim. Customs clearance applies to all international arrivals, regardless of whether you have a connecting flight to another Norwegian city. After you have checked in your baggage, proceed through the security check and into the domestic departures hall.

Arrival
>> More information under Arriving in Norway.

Health and insurance

Nord University strongly encourages all international students to obtain private travel, health and accident insurance prior to arrival in Norway, regardless of the level of public medical cover for which you are eligible in Norway. 

Access to medical care
Members of the National Insurance Scheme, citizens of EEA states, and passport holders from countries that have reciprocal health care agreements with Norway are entitled to the same level of health care as Norwegian citizens. The public health system in Norway requires patients to pay a nominal fee for medical services.  Read more about eligibility for medical care under Health and Medical.

Compulsory health check
Residents of countries outside of the EU/EEA, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan must take a tuberculosis test and chest x-ray upon arrival in Norway. The health check is free of charge. Nord University arranges appointments with the local health clinic. If you belong to this group, ensure that you bring a valid vaccination record with you to Norway. More information under Health and Medical.

Clinical practice (MRSA screening)
If you are participating in clinical practice at a health care institution in Norway, you must be screened for MRSA . If you choose to take the test in your home country, it must not be more than two weeks old and you must not have entered a hospital following the screening.

>> More information about health care in Norway is available under Health and Medical.

Currency and budget

Norway's currency is the Norwegian kroner, NOK.  The central post office in Bodø exchanges euros  and US dollars. If you wish to exchange other currencies or you are travelling to one of our other study locations, we recommend changing money upon arrival at Oslo International Airport. 

Read more about banking, payment and currency exchange on the webpage "Arriving in Norway"​.

Budget / Cost of living
The cost of buying food in supermarkets and other stores remains moderate to high by European standards.

Examples of food prices
1 litre of milk: NOK 18-27

Kilo of cheese: NOK 95
Loaf of bread: NOK 18-30
12 eggs: NOK 30
Cappuccino at a coffee bar: NOK 40-50
Main course in a budget restaurant: NOK 100-150
Main course in an upmarket restaurant: NOK 220-350
A bottle of beer in a grocery shop: NOK 25-35
A bottle of beer in a bar: NOK 70-90

Examples of transport prices*
Bus card for 6 months (unlimited rides): NOK 2160
Bus card for 1 month (unlimited rides): NOK 410
1 litre of petrol: NOK 13-16
Car rental for 1 week: NOK 2800-10 000
*Prices are approximate. Student prices for collective transport.


What to bring

Packing list
  • Waterproof, windproof jacket / raincoat
  • Winter jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Hiking shoes / boots (Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Warm sweater
  • Thermal underwear
  • Warm hat, gloves, and scarf
  • Swimsuit (for indoor pool / ice-bathing / sauna)
  • Sport clothes and shoes or indoor training (training centres do not allow singlets or outdoor shoes)
  • Camera with charger (Norway is an eldora​do for amateur photographers)
  • Medications (bring original containers and prescriptions)
  • Norwegian phrasebook

Climate

Bodø is located on an unsheltered peninsula in the Norwegian sea and is one of Norway's windiest cities. Despite its location north of the Arctic Circle, the city has a temperate climate with mild winters and cool summers. The weather and temperature can change suddenly and we recommend good footwear and warm clothes for any season.

As a rule, the weather in any Norwegian city can be unpredictable. So, even if you are traveling to Steinkjer, Levanger or Namsos, we advise newcomers to be prepared for all kinds of weather. 

International Week

Every autumn, Nord University celebrates International Week. International students have the opportunity to represent their home country at stands and the food festival. If you would like to participate, remember to bring your national costume and some items that represent your country.

 

> Equipment for outdoor activities: the student welfare organisation loans out bikes, cross-country skis, fishing equipment and more. Consider borrowing equipment to reduce your load. Read more about borrowing recreational equipment here.

> No bad weather? Norwegians say there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Get the most out of your trip with practical, comfortable clothing, which is less likely to restrict the activities you can participate in. We do not recommend heels for daily wear.

> Clothing prices: Outdoor / sports wear is expensive in Norway and we recommend bringing any hiking / technical gear from home, if you can.             



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Useful websites

Visit Norway: www.visitnorway.com 
Study in Norway: www.studyinnorway.no 
SAS (flights): www.sas.no/en 
Norwegian (flights): www.norwegian.no/en
NSB (train):www.nsb.no/en/