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Norway on a Budget

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Take a Vacation to Norway

Planning a visit to Norway or looking for some handy tips or suggestions? Want to know what’s the best time to go or what to eat and where to stay? Look no further than our best travel guide covering everything you need to plan a successful tour to Norway.

Norway is destined not to be missed, packed with natural wonders and unique Scandinavian sensations. For some reasons, many travelers write it down as a costly destination – it’s certainly not. Although a Norwegian holiday will never be as budget-friendly as a tour to Asian or African countries, with the help of some useful tips, a little planning and a sense of adventure can make your vacations affordable and stunning to this amazing country. This is an essential guide to relish Norway’s each and everything staying on a budget.

Best Time to Visit Norway on a Budget?

Norway is one of the most amazing and attractive countries where tourists come all around the year to make themselves tranquil and happy. To have a budget-friendly trip to Norway totally depends upon the time you plan to visit, so there are few things you need to consider before you go.

Summer Months

Norway Fjords

The Summer months start from June – August. Boating, outdoor activities, festivals, night music shows, all this are the specials of Summer. The days are long and let the visitors enjoy the activities in the land of Midnight Sun.

Winter Months

Tromso Norway

The Winter Months are all about the short days from December – February when the amazing snowcaps and cozy evenings are enlightening by the fire, not to mention the wonderful delights of a Scandinavian Christmas.

So when to go? When the days are warm and lightly sunny. Save some cash and visit Norway in September or in March when the days are starting to lengthen and plenty of snowfall is on the mountains.

Getting To Norway

Norwegian Air

The best way to get to Norway is by plane. If you are in Europe, keep an eye of budget carriers – when the great deals are offered, pick one that best suits your needs. If you are already in the Scandinavian country, you will have a number of the best and cheapest deals offered by airlines to get to Norway which might be available only in Scandinavian countries.

Cheap and Adventurous things to enjoy

Norway Cabin Museum

The country’s breathtaking nature is absolutely cost you zero Norwegian krone. It’s totally Free. The best time to get out and enjoy the Fjords, Great mountains, and forests, is the summer time. There are plenty of best hiking trails with the impressive wilderness. In Oslo and Bergen, you can also enjoy the walking tours with free guide.

With online apps (work specifically in Norway) like, and Visit Oslo’s, you can travel by yourself. You can have itinerary, directions and best places to visit from these apps.
Oslo Norway Sculptures

Do you love museums and art galleries? Norway has this all for you. Go and visit the National Gallery in Oslo. You can get a free entrance on Thursday. Oslo’s Vigeland Sculpture Park features over 200 amazing and unusual sculptures and you can enjoy the art gallery free of charge all-round the year.

Getting Around in Norway

To keep the cost down, you can use these three ways to do so. You can explore as much as you want by deciding the right type of transport to use while moving one place to another. Luxury or private transport can add up more cost and ultimately you will end up with a costly travel trip in Norway.

Wisely consider these domestic traveling methods for both short and long distance domestic traveling.


Norway Train Station

Booking before the time of traveling can help you reduce the cost so much. For example, the 7-hour train journey from Oslo to Bergen is one of the world’s most adventurous and scenic trips so far. Always Buy a standard ticket on the day of travel, it will cost you around US$120 but using the online website of Norwegian State Railways, you can save much money as the ticket price will be around US$40-Us$50 (2-3 months advance booking before traveling), cheaper than other transportation means.


Want to explore via road trip? In Norway, Car rental can be affordable if you are traveling with friends, you can split up the whole expense. You can also experience camping, hiking, and outdoor activities. The roads of Norway are exceptionally maintained and cars are dynamically prepared with respect to the weather situation, winter or summer.


Norway Ferry

Norway’s ferry system is one of the worthiest and well-established systems in the world. If you love cruising, there’s 15-minute public ferry ride from Oslo’s Aker Brygge Wharf, you will be enjoying the best islands of inner Oslo Fjord all the way. If you want to get breathtaking sights of the Norwegian coastline, consider a public ferry or boat heading to the Bergen. You will be enjoying the most authentic glimpse into life in beautiful port towns and gorgeous cities along the way.

Food and drink in Norway on a budget

Deli Cafe

Food and drinks can be somewhat pricey – but you can manage if you use a bit of common sense. For example, try to cook whenever it is possible instead of relying on superstores or restaurants. Having a box of cereal and milk in breakfast can help you save much money over the course of the week.

Picnic and outdoor activities are a great way to enjoy the holidays, especially in the summer season. You will notice a lot of Norwegian people having barbecues and grills in the parks. Why not gather some friends together and try it yourself? You are hungry, doesn’t need to spend a handful of money in the restaurant. Just grab a cheap and tasty Shawrma or Kebab or even you can try a waffle topped with brunost, a sweet and delicious brown whey cheese. You will love it.

Useful Norway Travel Tips

  • Use public transport to save the maximum amount of money for the rest of your trip.
  • You can enjoy 24 hours in Oslo in spending less than $75.
  • Don’t forget to visit Oslo Fjord (a small arm of the sea) which is absolutely free.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle. Water Bottles are absurdly expensive in Norway.
  • Visit the Lofoten Islands (famous for fishing and sea views).
  • Visit Bodo (a city with the densest population of white-tailed sea eagles).
  • Beware of pickpockets in Oslo, Normally it’s the safest place in Norway.


Norway is a blessed country with stunning landscapes, the most efficient transportation system, and amazing cities to explore having 5.3 million people in it. Long days in the summer, you can enjoy the adventurous mountains and dramatic fjords, North Sea coastline of Norway. This amazing country is also known as for the natural beauty where you can mesmerize without paying anything.


4 thoughts on “Norway on a Budget”

  1. Excellent article….!!
    Very informative…I wanna go to Norway after reading your such an awesome article …. You have described each and everything about traveling in Norway …. !!!!

  2. I was there this year and I thought it was expensive compared to the US and the other places I’ve been. We stayed in an Air Bnb in Bergen and it was more reasonable than the hotels. However, keep in mind if you stay in any European hotel you will get a beautiful breakfast buffet that will hold you ’til dinner. As an example of price, we paid $72 US dollars for 2 cheeseburgers, 2 fries, 1 beer, and 1 soda. That was at TGI Friday’s in Oslo. All that said, I have to say that Norway is without a doubt the most beautiful place on earth. Don’t miss Norway in a Nutshell tour. Have a great trip.

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Ahsan Ali

Travel Blogger

Ahsan Ali is the founder of, a creative writer and social media marketer. He has been developing great content for various niches from travel to fashion industries. He’d love to travel to different destinations and like to make new friends.

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