Discover Norwegian cuisine like a local
Food is one of the highlights of modern Norway, which has started to cultivate a new generation of extraordinary chefs. The "New Nordic Cuisine" (which was actually kick-started by Danish chefs in 2004) has spread to Bergen and Oslo, and uses the wealth of locally sourced ingredients to put a new spin on traditional cuisine. The thing is: it's hard to appreciate the diversity of local food without a grounding in Norwegian. That's why it really pays to take a Norwegian class or two before travelling. With some core vocabulary, you'll know exactly what you are ordering, and avoid any mishaps.
Heighten your career prospects with language skills
Norway isn't all about fresh air, fjords, and freshly picked berries. It's also an oil and gas giant, supplying the needs of northern Europe from North Sea gas fields. Because of this, thousands of UK workers are employed by Norwegian firms like Equinor. And Norsk Hydro is also a major employer of engineering talent. If you want to work on sustainable hydro or hydrocarbon discovery, a bit of Norwegian can go a long way. Naturally, most of your colleagues will speak excellent English. That's a given. But you'll find it easier to fit in and form working relationships if you learn the local language. And it could be a big career boost, too.