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Think of Norway and immediately snow covered peaks, glaciers, stunning fjords, the northern lights and of course fearsome Vikings spring to mind. And possibly the term Nordic Noir!

Norway with its population of just over 5 million receives 9 million plus visitors a year with the majority of those arriving over the summer months. Popular destinations include Oslo, Bergen, Flam and surrounding fjords (the Naeroyfjord) and Tromso in northern Norway.

In this post I have gathered together some of the best books about Norway (or set in Norway). If you are one of the many millions of people planning to include some Norway travel into your itinerary this year and want to learn more about Norway before you go why not read some of these great books to prepare for your trip?

This list includes both fiction and non-fiction titles for adults as well as some Nordic Noir but I have generally chosen popular fiction which will appeal to everyone. There are also a couple of books for children about Norway too.

 


BEST BOOKS ABOUT NORWAY – FICTION


Out Stealing Horses: A Novel

This New York Times top 100 best seller and award winning novel by Per Petterson tells the story of Trond Sander at 2 points in his life. Aged 67 having just suffered the loss of his wife and sister he returns to a childhood haunt where events over 50 years earlier at the end of world war 2 come back to trouble him.

 


Fellowship of Ghosts: A Journey Through the Mountains of Norway

Join the author as he hikes through the mountainous terrain of central Norway and recounts the tales of those who have walked before him.

 


BEST BOOKS ABOUT NORWAY – NORDIC NOIR


The Snowman (Harry Hole Series)

Jo Nesbo is one of the world’s best selling writers of crime fiction. The books are translated from Norwegain into English by the author Don Bartlett (whose personal favourite I read is The Snowman) If you want to try a little Nordic Noir then this author is the place to start with his Harry Hole series.

 


Nordic Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to Scandinavian Crime Fiction, Film & TV

The essential guide to Nordic Noir covering film, TV and Scandinavian Crime Fiction.

 

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BEST BOOKS ABOUT NORWAY – NON-FICTION


Summer Light: A Walk Across Norway – Lonely Planet Journeys (Travel Literature)

Join the author on his journey on foot and by bicycle from Oslo to Bergen.

 


The Social Guidebook to Norway: An Illustrated Introduction

Are you visiting Norway soon? This is a must-read and will help you learn and understand about Norwegians and their ways! I wish I had bought this book for my husband before he worked there for a few months. Essential reading for anyone planning a trip!

 


The Xenophobe’s Guide to the Norwegians

A fun easy read for anyone interested in knowing a little more about Norway and its inhabitants!

 


BEST BOOKS ABOUT NORWAY FOR CHILDREN


Tales from Norway: of Vikings, Gods, Giants and Trolls (Volume 1)

A great way to introduce children to Viking mythology. In this book they will learn all about the Vikings and sagas and myths involving gods, giants and of course trolls!

 


If You Were Me and Lived in …Norway: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World

I am a firm believer in teaching children all about different cultures around the world. If you are visiting Norway with your kids or simply want to teach them about life in Norway this is a great buy.

 

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Author: Tracy

Over the last 50 years I have lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to many more. I enjoy exploring and learning about new places and meeting people on my travels. History, reading, photography, nature and wildlife are my interests and I am ALWAYS researching and planning my next trip (preferably by train)

With a lifetime of travel experience, and a network of friends all over the world, I share genuine insider guides, recommended best book lists and train journey inspiration to help YOU travel authentically to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

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