A Guide to Shopping in Norway

Amazing Shoping in Norway

Norway is definitely an expensive country, although you can also find great bargains when it comes to shopping. Typical to each town are shops with Norwegian handicrafts, potteries and silversmiths. Norway’s traditional items include woven articles, woodcarvings, pewter, glass and porcelain, as well as furs and printed textiles.

Let’s take a look at some of the great shopping deals in Oslo.

4984307First stop is Oslo’s earliest shopping center, the Aker Brygge in Vestbanen and Oslo City, the biggest mall in the city with its marble-lined atrium, which is near gate 93-41 and Oslo S station. Norway Designs has a vast selection of Norwegian folk arts while Lille Gensen 7 and Husflidena offers a wide range of handcrafted products such as pewter, and knitwear. William Schmidt and The Oslo Sweater present the top sweater design collection in the city. Stortorvet is an open-air market near the cathedral, catering to souvenirs and flowers, handcrafts, and clothing. If you are looking for antiques, art galleries and food shops, Bogstadveien is the place to visit, which is located just between the Karl Johans and the Royal Palance in Frogner.

Opening hours for these stores are usually Monday – Wednesday and Friday 0900-1700. Late openings during Thursdays are until 1900 while early Saturdays goes on early closing at 1500. Most shopping centers are open on Saturdays until 1800.

In Bergen, the streets of Marken, Torgalmenningen and Gamle Strandgaten cater to shops selling trolls to antiques, ceramics to silver jewelry, and handicrafts. Shopping hours are 0900-1630 during weekdays and 0900 – 1500 on Saturdays. Kløverhuset and Bergen Storsenter have late opening hours of 2000 during weekdays and 1800 on Saturdays. Galleriet has 70 stalls providing live music, exhibitions and entertainment and definitely scrumptious menu ranging from the cheapest to the most expensive ones. Torget is a market for flowers, vegetables, fruits, and fish opening Mondays through Fridays 0700 – 1600 and closes an hour early during Saturdays.

The prices of fuel in Norway are generally more expensive than other countries in Europe. You probably would want to use your Shell card or other international oil stations like HydroTexaco (Texaco in the US) and Esso (Exxon in the US).


 



 


The country’s currency is Norwegian Krone (NOK) and could be in denominations of NOK50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000, while coins are 50 øre, NOK1, 5, 10 and 20. ATMs are available as well as establishments accepting major credit and auto debit cards, with some exception to pharmacies, grocery store and The Wine @ Spirit Monopoly. Personal cheques may be encashed through eurocheque cards. Value added tax or MVA as termed locally is 24%. However, there are 3000 ‘Tax free for tourists’ shops where tourists can get tax-free cheques. MVA refunds are available at cruise ships, airports and border crossings.

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