Activities For Dogs In Norway

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Introduction

Norway is considered a dog-friendly tourist destination, although perhaps not as dog welcoming as other countries. You will need to plan to make your trip with your four-legged companion enjoyable, so this means that you must book lodging that accepts pets well in advance. In doing so, you won't have to worry about securing a room for the night. Once you have established your hotel, it's time to explore all that the lovely Scandinavian country has to offer. You will find a wide variety of activities that you can share with your canine companion in the picturesque backwoods and thriving metropolises.

Exploring Oslo

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
8 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Treats
Bottled water
Travel water bowl
Activity description
Oslo is the capital of Norway and a must-stop place on any tour of the country. It is a lovely city that is thriving with a multitude of things to do. When exploring the city, always ask businesses, such as shops or restaurants, if they are dog-friendly before entering with your pooch. Many establishments in the town do not welcome canines so it is essential to make sure that your companion can enter the establishment ahead of time. Also, you will be doing a bit of walking together; pack a few bottles of water and a dog bowl so your buddy can have a refreshing drink.
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Vigelandsparken
This should be one of the first stops on your tour of Oslo. Hook your pooch on a leash and head into the park. The lovely landscaped expanse features sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. There is also a children's play here. As you explore the park with your pooch, you will see a tranquil lake and waterfalls. It is the perfect place to spend quality time with your dog or even enjoy a picnic together.
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Akershus Festning
Oslo's Akershus Festning is an ancient fortress and castle located within the town. Dogs are welcome at the site. Just make sure your pooch is under control with a leash. You should also be ready to promptly clean up any mess your pup may make. The fort is usually home to numerous cultural events that depict life in ancient Norway.
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L’ardoise
The L’ardoise is one of the few dining choices that allow dogs in Oslo. You can enjoy delicious cakes while drinking a hot cup of coffee. They also serve a wide array of French cuisine. You can even give your pooch a taste of the various foods.
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Fjord Cruise

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Any Day
Moderate
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24 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Dog Food
Dog Bowl
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Many people consider a fjord cruise to be the crowning jewel of any Norway trip. Dog owners will be happy to learn that many cruise companies allow your pooch to travel with you. You can view Sognefjord with your pet. Sognefjord is one of the longest and deepest fjords in the country. It extends deep into the Jotunheimen mountains. Companies often include the cruise with a rail trip or bus tour. You will need to decide if you will only be taking a day excursion with your pet or an overnight trip. When booking the cruise, be sure to tell the company about your pet.
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Leash your dog
Many dogs may balk at boarding the boat. It is very important that your pet remains on a leash at all times. Coax your pooch onto the boat with lots of praise and love. Once your canine is on the boat, they will usually settle down and begin to relax.
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Provide food and water
During the fjord excursion, you will need to provide food and water for your pet. It is not uncommon for a lot of dogs to not want to eat because they are nervous but always make sure your companion remains hydrated. Also, inquire about where the ideal place is to allow your pet to eliminate.
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Train or bus travel
If your fjord cruise involves disembarking and getting onto a train or bus, you will also need to encourage your pet so that your companion gets used to the new mode of travel. Many dogs will be afraid of the train; with the correct amount of encouragement, your dog should overcome any fears.
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Mountain Hiking

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Sunny Day
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12 - 24 hrs
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Collar
Water
Dog food
Bowls
Activity description
Norway's Fannaraken is a well-known mountain in Norway where tourists and locals hike each year. You can stay in one of the many pet-friendly mountain lodging choices and then hit the trails during the day.  Another hiking option is Vettisfossen where you can comfortably hike to the highest waterfall in the country. At Hardangervidda National Park, you might want to try to climb the famous Trolltunga. If you'd like to walk to a glacier with your four-legged buddy, then you might want to head for Buer glacier. The choices for hikes in Norway are genuinely innumerable, and they can all be enjoyed with your canine companion.
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Leash up and hit the trail
When you arrive at the trailhead, it is time to leash up your pooch. You should always be courteous of other hikers that you might encounter on the trail. Many tourists and Norwegians hike with their dogs, so it is not uncommon to run into other canines and their owners as you trek.
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Start hiking
At first, most dogs want to sniff every crevice and shrub. Give your pooch time to soak up the many odors of the great outdoors. Remember, dogs are very tuned in to their surroundings and enjoy following their noses. Take advantage of the slow pace to view the surroundings yourself.
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Stay hydrated
Dogs sweat by panting. If your dog is really working out, they will most likely be sweating and will need to stay hydrated. Offer water several times along the way so that your dog doesn't become thirsty. If you are hiking all day, you will also want to take time out to eat and rest.
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Dining With Your Dog

You might be surprised to learn that are numerous cafes and patio diners where you dine with your pooch in Norway. Lio’s Café Bar is a small cafe that welcomes dogs. You can eat salads and large sandwiches in a friendly atmosphere. The cafe offers indoor and patio seating. Loving Hut welcomes dogs and provides an extensive menu of vegan food choices. If you feel like pizza, then head to Mamma's Pizza with your dog. They also offer other Italian food choices. Many tourists who are staying in a local hotel might want to check out Oslo's Go'Grilla Food Truck where you can order tasty sandwiches to go. Take your food back to your hotel or go on a picnic with your dog. 

Enjoy a Dog Park

If your canine is hankering for a run in the dog park then why not check out Stensparken. The park features a nice trail, an ample amount of trees, and lots of locals and tourists walking with their canine companions. It is a great place to let your dog run and play. Hundeparken i Frognerparken is a dog park with a country feel. There are rolling hills and lots of shade trees. Your dog can run free, without a leash, at the park. Be prepared for numerous other pooches also running loose on the open grounds. The park is a pleasant area in which to play a game of ball or Frisbee with your canine companion.

Conclusion

Norway may not be a dog crazy country but its also not cold when it comes to canines. With advance planning, you will still be able to find suitable lodging for you and your pooch. Unlike other countries,  most businesses in Norway do not readily welcome dogs but many do, so don't become discouraged. Just do your research so you know exactly where to go and who will embrace your doggy buddy. The wide open countryside and miles of wilderness make Norway a great choice if you and your fur buddy love the great outdoors.