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The essential phone apps you need to travel around Norway

Whether you prefer IOS or Android, apps make travel easier. Long gone are days of spending hours deciphering road maps and timetables. Here are the best for getting around Norway.

The essential phone apps you need to travel around Norway
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Vygruppen is a state-owned Norwegian transport group. On the Vy app you can plan your journey door to door using trains, busses, taxis, metro and boats. In addition to this it will show you nearby scooters and city bikes for hire in the bigger cities.

Currently you can book tickets with Vy and other companies such as Go-Ahead Nordic, SJ Nord and Ruter, as well as several smaller regional public transport companies. More regional companies will be coming to the app soon many you will be able to prebook many more journeys.

Vy is available on the IOS app store and on the Google Play store

Wherever you live in Norway be sure to download the city or regional specific public transport app. For Trondheim it is AtB. For Oslo, it’s Ruter. In Bergen, it’s Skyss. In Stavanger, it’s Kolumbus. And in Tromsø, its Troms Billet. All are avlaible in English.

Taxis in Norway are a very expensive way to get around. Prices aren’t regulated so tariffs can vary from company to company and between regions. Mivai is a taxi booking apps that gets quotes from nearby taxi companies and allows you to book the cheapest one directly. The app also allows you to rate the journey and driver afterwards.

Mivai is on both the Google Play and the App Store.

Olso is a great city to bike in. Luckily, renting a bike in Oslo is cheap and easy. The Olso City Bike app allows you to rent either a winter bike, with studded tires, between November and April or a regular city bike between April and November.

A season pass costs 499 kroner allowing you unlimited journeys under an hour until the end of November 2021.

It is on both Android and IOS 

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Driving? Then Waze is the way to go. Waze works just as well in Norway as it does everywhere else it is supported. Waze provides directions, live traffic maps, road alerts as well as information on the nearest place to fill up, or to park.

Waze is available on both IOS and Android.

Don’t own a car but need to rent one for a day or two? Car-sharing app Nabobil has a selection of 8000 cars in Norway. In Oslo and Bergen, they have 950 cars with keyless entry. Insurance and breakdown assistance are included.

Nabobil is on both IOS and Android.

Spring has sprung in Norway and soon the ski season will give way to summer hiking trips.

Ut.no is the Norwegian Tourist Associations own app, however it is loved by locals too. The app gives you access to thousands of hiking trips and other outdoor excursions based on your location, giving you the lowdown on the best spots and hidden gems in your area. The app isn’t just for hiking but for, skiing, biking, kayaking and more.

The trips also have a good description of what to expect, colours for difficulty, the length of the trip and how long it should take. You can save your favourite trips and create a to-do list.  

UT.no is available on both Google and Apple stores.

In case you run into trouble on your trip it is also worth having the Help 113 app. It shows your exact coordinates for your location in case you need someone to come to your aid. Should you get lost Sports Tracker is always a handy app to have on your phone too. It tracks your route leaving a virtual trail of breadcrumbs which you can follow to get back home.

Help 113 is on IOS and Android

Sports Tracker is both iPhone and Android friendly too.

It’s always important to check the conditions before heading out in Norway. The weather app used by the majority of Norwegians is YR. The forecasts are for more accurate for Norway than the bog-standard weather applications on your phone. YR offers detailed forecasts wherever you are in Norway.

YR is available on Android and Apple.

Another essential app if you are planning a trip to the mountains or the fjords. Varsom Regobs offers forecasts for landslides, avalanches and floods. If you are driving, then you can also check Varsom to see how much ice is on the roads where you travelling to and from.  

IOS and Android both support Varsom. 

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HEALTH

How much does going to the dentist cost in Norway? 

A trip to the dentist can be painful in more ways than one, especially for your bank account, so how much will it set you back in Norway and how do you get an appointment?

How much does going to the dentist cost in Norway? 
Many dread a trip to the dentist. Photo by Yusuf Belek on Unsplash

Is dental work free in Norway?

Norway’s robust and comprehensive public healthcare system is accessible through the Norwegian National Health Insurance Scheme. Because it is so comprehensive, many make the assumption that all health issues, including dental problems, are covered by the scheme.  

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case as, generally, dental care is not covered by the public healthcare system. Instead, you will have to go to a private practitioner should you have an issue with your teeth or if it’s time for a checkup. 

If you’d like to learn more about what is covered by the National Health Insurance, you can look at our guide on how the scheme works and common problems foreigners run into here.

How much does it cost?

The bad news is that, much like most other things in Norway, a trip to the dentists will set you back a fair amount, and unlike the Norwegian National Health Insurance Scheme, there is no exemption card, or frikort, after you have paid a certain amount. 

READ MORE: Seven things foreigners in Norway should know about the health system

On the bright side, dental treatment is free for children under 18, and if you are aged between 19 and 20, you will only need to stump up 25 percent of the total bill. 

In most cases, everyone over the age of 21 will be expected to pay the whole bill, apart from a few exceptions, which you can read about here

The cost of dentistry can be reimbursed or subsidised if you meet any of the 15 conditions that will entitle you to claim support from The Norwegian Health Economics Administration or Helfo.

Helfo is responsible for making payments from the National Insurance Scheme to healthcare providers and reimbursing individuals for vital healthcare services not covered by the insurance scheme. 

The list of conditions includes essential work, such as having an oral tumour removed, for example. You can take a look at the 15 conditions for which you claim help from Helfo here.

You can also apply to the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) for financial assistance relating to dental work.

How much you are eligible to receive from NAV will depend entirely on your situation. 

Below you can take a look at the rough cost of some common dental work in Norway. 

  • Examination/appointment- 600 kroner 
  • Examination/appointment with tartar removal and x rays- 1,000 kroner 
  • Small filling- 900 kroner 
  • Medium sized filling 1,400- kroner 
  • Large filling- 1,500 kroner 
  • Tooth surgically removed- 2,000 kroner 
  • Root canal filling 3,800 kroner
  • Crown- 7,000 kroner

How to book an appointment

Booking an appointment in Norway is as simple as contacting your nearest dentist. Before you book, you can typically check the price list of the dentist you will be visiting to get a rough idea of how much the visit could cost you too. 

The majority of dentists in Norway will speak good English. You can also visit an entirely English speaking dentist surgery, where all the staff will speak English, in the big cities such as Oslo if you haven’t quite gotten to grips with Norwegian yet. 

You can search for a dentist using this tool which will show you your nearest dentist in the town, city or county you live in. 

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