Norway is generally well set up for travellers with disabilities and all newly constructed public buildings are required by law to have wheelchair access. That said, like in most countries, the situation remains a work-in-progress. As a result, anyone with special needs should plan ahead.

Most Norwegian tourist offices carry lists of wheelchair-accessible hotels and hostels, but your best bet is to contact the Norwegian Association for the Disabled. Nearly all street crossings are equipped with either a ramp or a very low kerb (curb), and crossing signals produce an audible signal – longer beeps when it's safe to cross and shorter beeps when the signal is about to change.

Most (but not all) trains have carriages with space for wheelchair users and many public buildings have wheelchair-accessible toilets.

Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.

Organisations & Tours

Mobility International USA (www.miusa.org) In the US, advising travellers on mobility issues.

Norwegian Association for the Disabled For information on travel and sites of special interest to travellers with disabilities in Norway.

Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (www.sath.org) In the US; offers assistance and advice.