West Nile virus (WNV) is spread by mosquitoes in many countries. There are usually no symptoms, although some people develop mild flu-like symptoms, nausea and skin rash. The virus is not contagious and should get better without any treatment.
Travel Vaccinations for Norway
Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Norway
A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.
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Destination Information for Norway
Visitors to the Scandinavian country of Norway are rewarded by the site of beautiful mountains, glaciers and fjords. This truly is a stunningly beautiful destination, which is a popular stopping point for tourist cruise ships. Norway is the land of the Northern Lights, the midnight sun, polar bears in the Arctic and striking, breathtaking waterfalls.
Norway’s capital city is Oslo, in the Southeast, where the majority of the country’s 5 million population live. Surrounded by forests, hills and lakes, Oslo is a pretty city, with plenty of museums and galleries, a lively restaurant scene and excellent nightlife. If you’re into walking or hiking, the city forest of Oslo is a good place to start, or for more experienced trekkers, try alpine climbing in Jotunheimen, part of the Scandinavian Mountains. Norway allows visitors to camp freely in the countryside, as long as not on cultivated land, so this is perfect for those wanting to explore this beautiful country on foot.
Tourists often head to Norway as a skiing destination, and it’s popular with both cross country and alpine skiers, particularly in the winter. There are a number of resorts in Trysil,Hafjell and Hemsedal in the Alps, and for summer skiing at Galdhøpiggen and Folgefonna.
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in Norway.
Non Vaccinated Diseases
Additional Health Risks Information for Norway
Visitors to Norway will be pleased to know that crime levels are low compared to other European countries, although petty crime such as theft and pickpocketing does occur, particularly in busy tourist areas and on public transport. Take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your valuables as you would anywhere else.
If you’re planning on hiring a car and driving during your stay in Norway, be aware that the roads can be narrow and winding, and especially during the winter months they can be slippery. Winter tyres are essential. The police in Norway are very strict and will impose high fines for drink driving and speeding. In extreme weather, there may be the risk of avalanches and landslides, along with flash flooding. Check the local weather conditions before heading out.
If you are visiting Norway during the winter, be prepared for cold weather, and take suitable clothing and equipment. Particularly if you’re walking, hiking or skiing, make sure you know the signs of altitude sickness and hypothermia, and you have a reliable way to summon help if necessary. The weather can change rapidly here. During the summer, mosquitos, midges and ticks are around, especially in areas of forest. Although there is no risk of malaria it is advisable to take 50% deet repellent! Campfires are not allowed in forest areas during the summer. Tick-borne encephalitis is endemic in Norway; consult a travel health specialist, as course of the vaccine will be needed if you are doing the mentioned activities.