Norway is a large country but it is sparsely populated with less than 5 million residents. The travel time between areas can be a lot farther than a lot of people realize for this reason. The mainland of Norway spans a distance that is similar to the distance from New York city to Miami, which of course is not exactly a quick car ride. Overall Norway is smaller than California but about three times as long.
When you are visiting Norway it is best to choose a city or two to focus on since it not possible to see everything within a few days. The transportation alone is more challenging since in some areas there is only one bus each day for travelers to take, so it is not the same as getting around many cities. Driving from the north to the south can take days at a time. One of the best ways to make sure your trip goes well is to be flexible with travel times, especially during the winter since public transportation can be a little unexpected.
One of the main reasons for going to Norway is to see the landscape itself. The particularly rugged area has fjords, islands, coastline, forest, lakes, mountains, and waterfalls. This is another reason why being flexible with travel times is a good idea, because you never know when you will want to stop and take in the landscape in between towns that you have scheduled to see.
There are a few different climates in Norway. The south-west coast is mild and humid, while the summers on the east can get quite warm. Even though Norway extends pretty far north it does not have an arctic climate. It is important to mind the sun in Norway even when it is not warm out because it is strong and can burn the skin and lips. Most of the cities in Norway are close to the ocean so the weather is more mild than in some of the more inland areas.
Of all the different things in the landscape of Norway, the fjords are one of the more popular attractions and they can be found all over the country. A fjord is a long, narrow, deep inlet of the sea between high cliffs. There are some that are more famous than others but they can be found all over the place so fit in the ones that fit in with the rest of your travel schedule.
Certain things in Norway can be pretty expensive since it is a very rich country. (Such as food, taxis, etc.) Do know that they always add taxes into the overall price so the price you see on any item is the final price that you will paying for it. Consider taking public transit over taxis when you can to avoid paying tons of money for going the same route. Security in Norway is generally not something to worry about, so it is considered a very safe place to travel.