That way you have a far better chance of securing the most affordable tickets for public transportation such as flights, trains and busses – and also the cheapest accommodation.
Plan your trip to Norway together with your extended family or a group of good friends. That way, you can rent a large cabin, flat, or house and use this a base. This is a solution that can cut costs significantly.
Having the opportunity to cook for yourself, at least for parts of your trip, will work wonders on your budget. You can make yourself an unforgettable picnic or dinner from local delicacies without breaking the bank. Drop by a farm sale or delicatessen, or simply a regular grocery shop. Especially in the districts, they tend to have specific shelves with local food. Buy cheeses from the area – several of them are amongst the best in the world – rich butter, meat toppings, sausages, and freshly baked bread. In Oslo, you can get trendy street food at an affordable price at Vippa or Oslo Street Food in Torggata.
A proper water bottle that keeps its contents cold is a good investment, and you can fill it with crystal clear, free water straight from the tap. Consider treating yourself to an amazingly fresh Eplemost (norwegian apple juice) for breakfast, though. And yes, we do love a pint in the sun, but not necessarily in the most expensive bar in town. In most places in Norway, you can get beer from local manufacturers and microbreweries at farmers’ markets or in the grocery shop. You can also drop by Vinmonopolet for some trendy fresh Norwegian cider.
Norway is a natural playground where you can go hiking, cycling, skiing, kayaking, and climbing, or just enjoy scenic nature and lovely towns and cities. It might be a good investment to join one of the many guided activities offered all over the country, however. A guide can often add an extra dimension to the experience. Many places rent out equipment such as bikes, skis, canoes, kayaks, climbing harnesses, and more.
The many Norwegian national parks are our most beautiful and important natural areas. You’re more than welcome to explore them, as long as you do so in a respectful manner. That means don’t leave anything but footprints and stick to the marked footpaths. Always take your rubbish with you and use the toilets where you can. If nature calls along the way, go far from the path and cover up your business properly when you’re done.
A cheap way to experience Norway up close is cycling. The period between April and October is the best time to go, but in very popular areas, like the Lofoten Islands, it is better to avoid the high season from mid-June to mid-August. If you go in the off-season, there will also be less traffic and you will find affordable accommodation more easily. Check out Norway’s cycling-friendly destinations, where you can rent road bikes, mountain bikes, and electric bikes, and even find bike-friendly housing. You can also buy pre-planned cycling trips, and some even offer to transport your luggage for you.
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