Sommarøy Island

Local conduct

In Norway, as well as other countries, situations may occasionally arise where visitors are unsure of how to act. A frequently asked question is whether it’s common to tip for service. It may also be useful to know which unwritten rules apply when taking photos in public places, especially when photographing people who you don’t know.


It is not uncommon to give tips in Norway, but it is not expected all the time. If you are satisfied with the service in a restaurant or bar, tipping will be much appreciated. The normal level is up to 10% extra. It is not so common to tip taxi drivers or for other forms of public transport. However, it is up to the customer to decide whether they wish to reward good service with a tip.



A lot of people visit Tromsø every year and many are very keen on photography. It is fine to take photos everywhere, including at most of the attractions. However, some have signs indicating that photography is not permitted. This is generally in the art galleries and on some exhibits at museums.

Photographing groups of people is usually ok, but if you are photographing an unknown individual then it is best and most polite to ask permission first. Photographing children or around schools and kindergartens is generally not accepted unless you have prior permission.

For photography/filming for commercial purposes, we recommend that you get permission in advance. This most relates to filming/photography inside buildings or museums.