Norway is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. It is also consistently ranked amongst the most expensive tourist destinations as well. This might deter many out there who plan to visit the country each year but that should not be the case. Fortunately, it is possible that you can travel to Norway on a budget and we have gathered a list of tips and tricks to save money along the trip.
So, if you are someone who dreamt of visiting Norway as your next vacation destination, we are going to share everything you need to know so that you don’t have to break your bank. Let’s begin.
Search for Bargain Rooms and Rentals
When traveling around Norway on a budget, you do not necessarily need to stay at expensive hotels. The country offers many choices in terms of bargain rooms and rentals that help you save money. Before buying the ticket, you should put in a decent amount of research about rentals and bargain rooms. Booking accommodation as far in advance as possible will help you in the long run.
You can look over the internet for sites that specifically deal with accommodations. Sites such as Airbnb offer great packages and deals depending on the season too. There is a right time and season for visiting each country. For instance, if November tends to be the right season, the prices will go up and you will hardly find any bookings at a reasonable price.
With that said, you should plan out your accommodation before purchasing the ticket and packing your backs to avoid the expensive hotels that leave you with little or no money for shopping or dining out.
Rent a Car
Even though it might seem expensive but renting a car is the best way to explore Norway. If you are extremely tight on your budget, you can use the public trains. The reason tourists opt for renting cars is that the road conditions are extremely good throughout the country.
Having a car at your disposal allows you to explore places that otherwise are not possible on group tours or public roads. You do not need to rent out an expensive SUV. A simple four or two-seater sedan or hatchback will do. Just like finding bargain rooms in advance, you should also research about the car rental services and book a vehicle in advance.
Go Wild in the Country
Perhaps the best thing about Norway is the wilderness. Everywhere you go, you will come across splendid sites featuring hills, mountains, lakes, and beaches, etc. At the same time, camping is both legal and free across Norway as long as you pitch your tent at least 150 meters away from the nearest inhabited cabin or house.
If you love camping, then know that it will make traveling on a budget in Norway very easy and affordable. You will hardly need to book a room especially when you are spending the entire day outside with nature. However, there are certain rules & regulations you need to follow when it comes to camping.
For instance, if you would like to camp in the mountains or very remote areas, you will have to ask the landowner’s permission if you wish to stay for more than two nights in the same place. But otherwise, those who choose to camp in Norway, end up saving a huge amount of money at the end of their trip. This allows them to explore the country more and indulge in once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Use the Bottle Shop
Another useful tip pertaining to traveling on a budget to Norway is simply not drinking. You would be surprised to find out how expensive drinks are. If you feel like having a glass of beer or wine, you should drink at your accommodation before going out.
Even though beer is available at local supermarkets and shops but that is weak. For other types of alcohol, you will have to visit Vinmonpolet, which is a state-owned bottle shop. Here, you will come across a wide variety of alcoholic drinks at not too unreasonable prices.
Additionally, most larger towns include atleast one Vinmonopolet store but they follow limited opening hours. On Saturdays, they tend to close at 3pm, while during the regular days of the week, they shut down at 6pm. Then again, you will need to plan ahead since such state-owned shops are closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Purchase Basic Food Supplies and Shop in Low-Cost Supermarkets
While planning your trip to Norway, you should purchase and bring along basic food supplies. Everyone who has visited Norway will suggest the same. Even basic food items like pasta and bread are expensive in Norway. If you intend to be on the move throughout the trip, you should pack energy bars, water, baked beans, and other items that will make it through the trip.
Furthermore, instead of eating out, you should cook. Even the most basic food conveniences such as a roadside hotdog can cost over 5 Euro and a takeaway pizza over 20 Euro. It is also suggested that you pack some utensils in case you need any. Once you are in the country, you can purchase a compact travel store along with some propane gas canisters.
And since you already have things like pasta, soup, and beans in your backpack, you can easily munch them down with a few minutes of cooking time.
Make the Most of Your Breakfast and Love Your Lunch
If you decide to stay in a hotel, you should know that most of them offer an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet that runs until midway through the afternoon. These are self-service breakfasts that offer eggs, cheese, pickled or smoked fish and cold meats, etc. Therefore, if you plan on exploring the country throughout the day, you should make the most of it and skip lunch.
However, if your accommodation does not offer breakfast, you will find it beneficial and cheaper to have your main meal at lunchtime. Cafes in Norway set up some generous and delicious food portions throughout the day. At the same time, some cafes specialize in traditional dishes while others in international ones.
Depending on what you like to eat, you can look around for food outlets and pick the one that offers the best value for money.
One of the best things about Norway is that the most spectacular sights are free. You can explore the cities along the way but nothing attracts the eyes more than the lush greenery and picturesque sights. Following the tips above, you can shop around and easily come across affordable and reasonable quotes. If possible, try shelling out on a travel policy as well in case things go wrong while watching the northern lights.