Norway is one of most fabulous countries in the North Europe and
every year it attracts about 9 million visitors from around the globe!
Not everyone likes to spend vacation on beaches, and Norway has many
offers for an active tourism such as fjord cruises, mountain hiking,
skiing, kayaking, rafting and many more.
But if you plan a trip to Norway, you need to keep in mind that it is
the most expensive country in the world! In case, you have a modest
budget for your trip, you need to plan it very accurately. Below we will
look at all the steps of your trip and discuss it in details.
Book a cheap flight
There are plenty of lowcosters who offers affordable flights to
Norway, especially in Europe. Below you will see the list of a few
flight companies you may choose from:
- Wizz Air offers you many flights to Norway from Poland, Hungary,
Austria, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Serbia, Macedonia,
Cyprus and Romania. You can install the Wizz Air app and follow their
discount offers, and if you fly with Wizz often, you can buy a yearly
discount, which will make you to pay €10 or €5 less of each ticket you
- Ryanair has flights to Norway (Haugesund and Oslo) from Spain,
Lithuania, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Italy, Malta, Morocco and
Poland. They made a new app the “Ryanair Discovery”, which will make
your flight search fast and convenient.
- Eurowings provides flights to Norway from many European
countries as well – you can take a plane from Netherlands, Germany,
Austria, Hungary, United Kingdom, Croatia, Italy and Switzerland.
- Norwegian operates flight to Norway from Europe, Asia, South
and North America. Especially this is good for travelers from the North
America – Norwegian offers sometimes very affordable prices.
Options to stay in Norway
As it was mentioned above, Norway is an insane expensive country and
to stay at a hotel during a few days could cost a fortune. Sometimes
hotels offer discounts as well, more often in the off – season time, but
if you don’t like to spend the significant amount of your budget for
accommodations, you can consider the following options below:
- Hostel. There are many family and youth Hostels in Norway, which
offer relatively cheap accommodations for travelers, backpackers and
families. And if you don’t like to spend a night in the dormitory, many
hostels have single or family rooms.
- Camping. In Norway there are more than 1000 campgrounds or so –
called wild camping, where you can camp for free. For more detailed
information you can visit the website www.freecampersguide.no, where you
can find a place for camping near your location. In addition to this
there are also campsites where you can book a spot for your tent, motor
home or a camping cabin, if you like to have an indoor toilets and
showers. Despite you will have to pay for it, it will be cheaper, than a
hotel room. For example, you can visit www.eurocampings.co.uk and
choose Norway for your search.
- Farm stay is another good option for those, who likes fishing,
hiking, kayaking and horse – riding because many farms offer these
activities. Some farms open for day trips, others offer more long
holidays or great base camp. If you look for a free stay and want to be a
farmhand, go to www.wwoof.org or www.helpx.net.
- Airbnb is a popular option for accommodations worldwide. You
will live with a family or private, depending on accommodations they
offer. You have to register first and set up your account with a
picture, then choose available apartment and contact with a house owner.
Normally you have to pay with a credit card online.
The most food in Norway is crazy expensive too, especially if you eat
at a restaurant. But if you plan your trip ahead and learn how you can
save money on food, you will avoid higher costs. Below I will tell about
some tips, which will help you to make some savings.
- Go to a supermarket is the best solution to save your money
on food! Try to get a guest house or Airbnb with access to a kitchen and
cook your own food. Rema 1000 and Kiwi are the cheapest supermarkets in
Norway, while Coop and Spar are the most expensive ones.
- Prepare some sandwiches or other snacks if you plan an outdoor
adventure and you don’t know if you will be able to find some affordable
place to eat on your way.
- Kiosks. You might find so – called kiosks on your way, where you can buy some burgers or hot dogs – the famous pølse.
- Cafes. Coffee is very meaningful in Norway and you can see
combinations like “coffee + sweet” or “coffee + sandwich” for 50/60 NK,
which is about $ 5-6.
My trip to Tromsø
I made my trip to Tromsø in June 2018. The weather in June is still
quite cold – during my trip it was about +5, 6 Celsius and was raining
or snowing the whole week. July and August are the best months to make a
trip to the Northern part of Norway. The temperatures could reach + 20
I booked an Airbnb apartment close to the Arctic Cathedral in
Tromsø for 5 days, which costed me about $ 150. It was a private studio
on the first floor with the living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.
Isn’t it great?! This was a price for 5 days, while most of the hotels
offer only a one – night stay for this money. Every day I cooked my own
food – the kitchen was equipped with everything I needed.
Tromsø offers you a lot of activities for any taste. In my first
day in town I went to a cable car tour to the Floya Mountain, in
Norwegian – Fjellheisen. This is number one must – do things in Tromsø,
especially if you visit a city for a restricted amount of time. You will
get an amazing view from the top of the mountain on the city and
surrounding areas – mountains and fjords. Make sure to bring some warm
clothes because it is chilly on the top even in a summer months.
In summer you can take a kayaking tour, whale watching tour, go
fishing or climbing the mountains. If you visit Tromsø during a winter
time you can make a dog sledding tour or northern lights watching tour.
In case, you are not a fan of nature activities, you can visit some city
museums like Tromsø museum, the Polar museum, Northern Norway Art
Tromsø will always impress you whatever season you visit it! This
city is called “Paris of the North” and it is really true because of its
cultural variety, active night-life and surrounding beauty. Everyone
can find here something inspiring to do. Just plan your trip ahead,
think about tips I mentioned and you will have an unforgettable journey!
Written by Alex