If you want to get smiles in Norway then making an effort to learn the language is a great start. The first question to ask any descendant of a Viking is "Snakke du engelsk?" This translates as "Do you eat English people?"
Every Norwegian we meet, bar one, speaks English. To our shame we learn no other Norwegian. When we arrived at Tromsø and waited for our missing bag Gayle chatted with a teenager who is sitting next to her. She tells Gayle that all the youngsters here can speak good English but if we want to get any sense out of anyone to ask the older folk.