Tap Water Safety in Norway

Last Update9:45 pm, May 8, 2020

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Can you drink the tap water in Norway?

The US Center for Disease Control’s travel advisory confirms the safety of the tap water in Norway (source). However, it would be best if you take special precautions toward the unregulated water sources in some areas. Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.

What do people in Norway think about the tap water?

Tap water is always safe to drink in Norway so fill up a reusable bottle to stay hydrated and help avoid plastic pollution.

Water In The Great Outdoors

Out in the wild it’s wise to beware of drinking from streams as even the clearest and most inviting water may harbour giardia and other parasites. For extended hikes where you must rely on natural water sources, the simplest way of purifying water is to boil it thoroughly; at high altitude water boils at a lower temperature, so germs are less likely to be killed. Boil it for longer in these environments (up to 10 minutes) . If you cannot boil water it should be treated chemically. Chlorine tablets (Puritabs, Steritabs or other brands) will kill many pathogens, but not giardia and amoebic cysts. Iodine is more effective in purifying water and is available in tablet form (such as Potable Aqua). Too much iodine can be harmful.

Wikitravel

Take care when buying alcohol and tobacco. It will most certainly be more expensive than you expect. A 400 or 500 mL beer in a pub or restaurant will cost around NOK80 whilst a 500 mL can of 4.7% beer in a supermarket costs about NOK30. Cigarettes cost about NOK115 for a pack of 20, and a bottle of 500 mL Coke will usually cost NOK20. On the positive side: Norway has good quality tap water. Buying bottled drinking water is unnecessary and hugely expensive. Some Norwegians drink straight from streams when hiking, but periodic outbreaks of Tularemia makes this a bit risky.
Food safety is very good in Norway. Salmonella is very rare compared to other countries, and health officials inspect restaurants at a regular basis. Also tap-water is usually very nice; Voss water from Vatnestrøm in Aust-Agder is actually exported abroad, including to the USA.

How do People In Norway Rate The Tap Water?

Travellers and residents of Norway have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data. A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 6% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 15% Very Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 94% Very High
  • Water Quality 85% Very High

Reminder

Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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